Mntana WeXhwele

Bio

Mntana WeXhwele (born Nkosenathi Ernie Koela in 1993) is a Ph.D candidate specialising in indigenous music therapies at the University of Cape Town.

Using interdisciplinary practice encompassing being an African multi-instrumentalist, instrument maker, composer, writer, poet, playwright, director, singer, academic and dancer; Koela creates textures of music embedded in African spirituality. Observing musical instrument connections of Africa and Asia as archaeological and knowledge sites, Koela explores how healing practices through sound creates space that manifests spiritually and materially.

At the core of Koela's practice is an interest of how people as custodians of the instruments become the living library and creators of indigenous knowledge systems. Through his work he is creating an inter-sectional and inter-disciplinary indigenous museum that locates sound and movement practice in Afrika as a material space of healing that functions to serve and inform its community. Koela has performed across the continent and internationally. He released his first solo ‘Inkaba’ an Afro-Spritual collection of dream and soundscapes,(Brazil, Cape Town), (2018). He has performed at the International Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, (2011); The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, (2011); Riaz Festival, Mozambique, (2015/2019), UCT Ibuyambo shows (Baxter theatre, 2014-17) and Dance Umbrella Africa (2019)

Koela has been a performer and instrumentalist for over 15 years, Alongside playing instruments he also teaches others how to play traditional instruments. In this, teaching others about the instruments h’story, spiritual significance and importance. This he does as testament to his ancestry, the long line/s of traditional instrumentalists, diviners/ healers (amaGqirha namaXhwele) that run in his family, who are in their own right, masters of traditional San, Bantu and Nguni music/heritage.

Apart from institutional training he has also apprenticed directly under renowned traditional
instrument master’s/ virtuosos;

Prof. Dizu Plaatjies (RSA - leader of AmamPondo), Matchume Zango (MOZ - leader
of Timbila Muzimba), Kofi Lartey (GHA - master dancer ), Mabengu /Bavikile Ngema, (RSA - master of Zulu bows), Mantombi (RSA- master of Xhosa bow and vocal music), Sultan
Mama (IND - Sufi bow master ), Vintani Nafassi (MOZ - Makonde instrumentals and dancer), Ntate Maholomola ( Lesiba master) and Mestre Espirrinho (BRZ - 2nd degree master of capoeira).

Koela's life is dedicated to the preservation, renovation and resuscitations of indigenous instrumentalism, technologies and musicianship.

Posts

Indigenous Frequency Cast Live Stream
‘ONTHOU’ (2019) is a 20min short film directed by the artist, /Xam Fortuin.
Indigenous Frequency Cast Kunda Valley live loop
|Kaggen The Sky People

Music

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Afrika Burn Live
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AbaNtu! ft Iman Adams & Mestre Espirrinho
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Dona Maria - Solar Plexus (In - Tli - Zi - Yo)
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Inkolo YabaNtu ft Ubumbano Orchestra
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So Bilal - ft Kwasukasukela Arts Collective
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ULwazi LwaseManzini- MaNdawe
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Mutwas Gathering
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Mbabane- Live at Avalon Ashram ft Cebo Zuma (prod: Nkosenathi Koela)
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Iziko (Mntana.WeXhwele & Prof. Dizu Plaatjies)- prod by Ernie Koela
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Adungu Mantra - prod by Ernie Koela
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Mntana.WeXhwele & Sibusiso Nkambule ( Themba Likhona Live At Roots Bar)- prod by Ernie Koela
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Sibusiso Nkambule & Mntana.WeXhwele (Baba Omncane)- prod by Ernie Koela
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Shiwele (Ngoma Chant) - (prod. Ernie Koela)
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Hlinz'Inkomo (prod. Kerim Becker)
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Amampondomise (prod. Oswin Lohss)
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Iphupha LeXhwele (prod. Oswin Lohss)
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Mukwerera (umthandazo) feat. Thandeka Mfinyongo & Paul Rommelaere (prod. Bubele Booi)
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Videos

‘ONTHOU’ (2019) is a 20min short film directed by the artist, /Xam Fortuin.
Indigenous Frequency Cast Kunda Valley live loop
|Kaggen The Sky People
UkuNqula kukuThandaza
Indigenous Frequency Cast Live Stream
Indigenous Frequency Cast Live Stream
Master Sultan Afro-Asian Masters
Grand Master Madala Matuse
A(ncient). C(odes) - Peace Ntate Mahlomola
Embo - Ethongweni Interview /preview
Engcobo
Live Session Afrika Burn
UMRHUBHE
Inyanga Eli-Mhlo-Phe
Inyanga EliBomvu
Understanding Healing Properties of Indigenous Sound EP 1 - Mntana Wexhwele talks Inkaba
Quarantine Collaboration with Master Dancer Cebolenkosi Zuma - Solar Plexus
Quarantine Collaboration with Master Dancer Cebolenkosi Zuma - Sacral Chakra
NDINXANIWE
Mntana WeXhwele Live with Drawing Room
Adungu Mantras - Haum, Eim, Om
UmVelingqi Ntate Mahlomola - Lesiba
Umida Senzala - Mestre Espirrinho ft Iman Adams & Mntana.WeXhwele
AbaNtu! Mntana.WeXhwele ft Iman Adams & Mestre Espirrinho
Dona Maria: Solar Plexus - In-Tli-Zi-Yo
ULwazi LwaseManzini: Sacral Chakra
Mutwas Gathering - Root Chakra
ZACape Town, South Africa
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2014

Contact

+27783651744
NKosenathi Ernie Koela

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