Luyolo Lenga

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Originating from the rich and fertile womb of Mdantshane, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Luyolo explicitly emits his latria for Xhosa culture and African spirituality in his music, drenched with exuberance and humility. The songs in his latest album entitled “Sabela” embody rhythms and messages which teleport audiences to realms of deep spiritual connection, ancestral incantation and self-actualization. https://www.musicinafrica.net/directory/luyolo-lenga

Luyolo is a music composer, author and arranger of a fusion style of music that pays homage to the isiXhosa language, accessing ancestral sounds from ancient bow and percussion instruments, utilising classical techniques and shifts back and forth through time gathering elements of jazz and a range of contemporary styles. In light of the fact that most of the music promoted today is primarily embraced as entertainment, Luyolo’s music delves deeper to access the rarely expressed spiritual and divine aesthetics of music. His music communicates the truly divine messages of the universe, alongside the happiest and perhaps saddest experiences of mankind, breathing to life personal depth to the widely accepted notion that music is a universal language. Luyolo’s songs implant a conscious appreciation of the social, economic and psychological challenges found in many communities in South Africa and the world. Songs in his album Sabela like “Madoda” narrates the abuse and suffering of women and children which often lead to the senseless violations and killing of women (femicide) in a manner that initiates a discourse on the issue. Across the world, as is the case in South Africa, many still live under systematic poverty which is underpinned by unemployment, lack of proper housing and sanitation, no access to adequate education often due to mismanagement of state funds, ineffective oversight and inadequate enforcement of accountability. The song entitled “Enyanyeni” and “Kwenzeka Ntoni?” inspires thoughtfulness on this matter. The song “Unmtu” is a song that gives hope and a sense of inclusion to those who may find themselves vulnerable, cast out or are considered different or strange. After composing the song, Luyolo described it as a song that restores a sense of identity and belonging. “Livumil’icamagu” inspires hope as it tells a story of triumph through trials and tribulations. “Kwelamaqabimbola” demonstrates and celebrates the most beautiful aspects of African culture and customs in a somber correction of the misperceptions often curated by global media.

Luyolo and his band have performed in venues and events such as; Cape Town Jazz Festival, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Pan African Space Station Festival, AfroFest, Baxter’s Zabalaza Festival, The Muizenberg Festival, The Raiz Festival and artist residency in Mozambique Maputo and such venues as Soweto Theatre, Alexandra Theatre and the Market Theatre etc . Luyolo’s music consists of songs that each have a distinct rhythm and powerful message teleporting his audience to realms of deep spiritual connection, ancestral incantations and self-actualization. During his media interviews; Luyolo emphasizes the rareness of this sacred craft and knowledge, and the urgency to protect and to impart as much knowledge to everyone who is willing to learn....

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Videos

Luyolo Lenga - Ubukapitali (Official Music Video)
Luyolo Lenga - Wandamkela live on Heritage Day
Siphiwo Sam rehearsed
Luyolo Lenga - Vuma (Played on Mqangi mouth bow)
Luyolo Lenga - Camngca (Played on Mrhubhe mouth bow)
Meet Luyolo Lenga - Folklore Fireside - Sabela
Luyolo Lenga - Folklore Fireside - Spirit
Luyolo Lenga - Folklore Fireside - Healing
Luyolo Lenga Showing Maponga Joshua III Mara Rah how to play uhadi calabash bow on Sankofa
Luyolo Lenga Introducing African Bow Music to Mapong Joshua III on his Sankofa interview
Luyolo Lenga Jamming on Mrhubhe and Mbira with Maponga Joshua III Mara-Rah
Luyolo Lenga meets his bow music master Madosisni at her home in Libode Eastern Cape
Luyolo Lenga Introduction
Kwelamaqab'imbola Live @ Soda Studios
Luyolo Lenga Umntu Live @ Soda Studios
How to play Mrhubhe Mouth Bow by Luyolo Lenga
Luyolo Lenga Sabela Live @ Soda Studios
Luyolo Lenga with Lwanda Gogwana - Senza nje Kwelamaqab'imbola
Luyolo Lenga - Album Release & Virtual Concert feat. Ngqoko Women's Ensemble Promo Vid
Luyolo Lenga - Silungise Lyric Video
Luyolo Lenga singing for a new generation of calabashes after harvest.
Luyolo Lenga jamming with child wood friends on his birthday
Enyanyeni Promo Video (Part 1 in Duncan Village) by Luyolo Lenga
Making African Indigenous Musical Bow Instruments with Luyolo Lenga
Bow Music Master Class - Jam session JHB
Thandeka Instrumental by Luyolo Lenga
How to play uhadi calabash bow
Siphiwo Sam CTV Performance
How to play uHadi Calabash Musical Bow
Luyolo Lenga Interview with CTV
Luyolo Lenga - Amadoda Live
Luyolo Lenga - Kwelamaqabimbola live
Luyolo Lenga - Gabul'izigcawu
Luyolo Lenga - Madoda
Luyolo Lenga receiving words of encouragement
Luyolo Lenga - Kwelamaqabimbola
Luyolo Lenga - Umntu
Luyolo Lenga - Siphiwo Sam
Luyolo Lenga Recording the sound of masengwane friction drum.
Luyolo Lenga -Silungise
Luyolo Lenga - Umntu-(Festival Raiz Maputo)
Luyolo Lenga - UQamata Makalawule Groove
Luyolo Lenga - Stolotolo Jaws Harp Jam
Luyolo Lenga with Seka Maleka - Mrhubhe Mouth Bow Song
Mqangi Mouth Bow Song
Luyolo Lenga - Uhadi Jam Session
Luyolo Lenga - Cape Talk Interview
FIRE #Musical Ecology Muizenberg 2019
When Muso's meet they find each other #Musical Ecology 2019
Luyolo Lenga's African Bow Music Class @ The Muizenberg Festival 2018
Luyolo Lenga Learns the Xhosa Traditional Dance
Luyolo Lenga talks and Demonstrates his African Musical Bow Gift
Luyolo Lenga and Mthwakazi play "Ingxembula" on Mrhube and Uhadi bows.
Mthwakazi and Luyolo Lenga discuss their music background and bow music @ The Weekend Edition
Mthwakazi and Luyolo Lenga talk about their bow music and teach how to play bows 27 Feb 2017 12
Mthwakazi Speaks about her music @ Afternoon Express SABC3 27 Feb 2017
Mthwakazi and Luyolo Lenga perform Ingxembula @ The Weekend Edition Sat 24 Sept 2016
Mthwakazi performs "Umphefumlo" joined by Zolani Mkiza @ Afternoon Express
Mthwakazi sings Isihobe @ Cafe Roux
Mthwakazi sings Kholosa @ Cafe Roux
Mthwakazi sings Umphefumlo @ Cafe Roux
Mthwakazi jams uMphefumlo (Composer and Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi jams Uthu Wethu (Author and Composer - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings Nkqe (Composer & Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sing "Ingxembula" (Copmposer & Author - Nofinishi Dywili)
Mthwakazi sings "Isihobe" (Composer and Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings "kholosa" (Composer & Author- Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi Music Video 2016 UTHU WETHU V FIN YOUTUBE
Mthwakazi performs Nguwe Live on Expresso (Composed by Luyolo Lenga & Authored by Mthwakazi
Mthwakazi sings uMthwalo (Composer & Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings "UMphefumlo" - (Composer & Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings "Ingxembula" (Composer and Author - Nofinishi Dywili)
Mthwakazi sings 'Isihobe" (Composer & Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings "Kholosa" (Composer and Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings UTHU WETHU V FIN YOUTUBE 2016 (Composer & Author- Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi performs Nguwe Live on Expresso (Composed by Luyolo Lenga & Authored by Mthwakazi)
Mthwakazi sings "uMthwalo" (Composer & Author - Luyolo Lenga)
Mthwakazi sings "UMphefumlo" (Composer & Author - Luyolo lenga)
Luyolo Lenga and Mthwakazi at work
Qangi Qangi Bow Music Workshop 2015 facilitated by Luyolo Lenga and Mthwakazi
Mthwakazi and Luyolo Lenga on The Weekend Edition
Mthwakazi and Luyolo's pop up performance on the streets of Muizenberg

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