Soweto String Quartet


The Soweto String Quartet emerged during the 80’s around the nucleus of the three Khamese brothers, violinists Sandile and Thami and cellist, Reuben. The Khamese brothers attend their uncle’s music school with Sandile and Reuben, later serving as violinists in the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. The Soweto String Quartet was formed in 1989 at the Madimba School of Music. The ensemble initially faced criticism at home for their adherence to traditional European instruments, but through the years their music has absorbed native African rhythms and intonations. The quartet became a full-time professional outfit in 1992. They performed at President Mandela's inauguration, after which Mandela started recommending them for other jobs.

Their albums showcase the band's unique blend of traditional rhythms, Township Jazz, Pop songs, Jazz fusion, and of course, strong Classical influences. Their music is a fusion of the dance rhythms of kwela, the syncopated guitars of mbaqanga, the saxophones and trumpets of swaying African jazz and the voices of people singing in joyous, easy harmony. Their albums include 'Zebra Crossing' (1994), 'Renaissance' (1996), 'Millenia' (1998), 'Rhythms of Africa' (1999), 'Four' (2001) and 'Our World' (2003).


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SSQ - Timbuktu | Vra my (snippet)


ZAJohannesburg, South Africa


Merchant Music
Profile added by DJ Okapi on 27 May 2014