Sunday, May 13, 2012 'Mzilikazi Khumalo is due to be honoured for his immense contribution to choral music.'

[J. S. Mzilikazi Khumalo (b. 1932) (Photo: Peter Mogaki,]

The South African composer, arranger and choral director J. S. Mzilikazi Khumalo was born June 20, 1932 and is profiled at

May 11, 2012 | Patience Bambalele
"Khumalo, who turns 80 on June 20, is regarded as a genius in choral music circles.  He is also a professor emeritus of African languages.  The professor is renowned for producing what are regarded as the first African opera pieces - uShaka and Princess Magogo.

"Khumalo has not only made choral music his life, but has also ensured that all the brilliant - living and dead - composers receive recognition. Together with another top choral music icon, Richard Cock, Khumalo led the popular Sowetan Massed Choir Festivals for many years. Khumalo's tribute show, titled Sing Africa Sing, will take place at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown on May 27."

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