Joe Ntsako Makhanza


Joe Ntsako Makhanza (born in Giyani, Limpopo Province) was a kora player and self-taught instrument maker from South Africa.

He passed away on 9 April 2024.

He graduated from Wits University with a bachelor of music degree and a post-graduate diploma in arts marketing. As of 2020, Makhanza was studying for a masters in ethnomusicology. He is also a part-time lecturer in African music studies at Rhodes University.

Makhanza played the kora, mbira, valiha, masenqo, xiwewe, ngoni ba and xizambi, among others. He also manufactured the above instruments.

In 2011 and 2019, he traveled to Mali and Senegal as part of his ethnographic research, to learn how to play djeli ngoni and the tambin flute.

Makhanza worked with such artists as Concord Nkabinde, Bokani Dyer, Tlale Makhene, Bheki Khoza, Aly Keita and Louis Mhlanga.

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