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Fokkens, Robert ORCID: 2021. Bhekizizwe. [Score]. Composers Edition.

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(an operatic monodrama in 6 parts, librettist Mkhululi Mabija) Bhekizizwe explores questions of identity, race, immigration, parenthood and culture through the eyes and experiences of a young South African Zulu man. The production traces the life of Bhekizizwe Shange, from his childhood during the last years of apartheid in South Africa to studies and unexpected fatherhood in the UK in the early 2000s. Bhekizizwe draws on a range of musical and theatrical traditions - including traditional music and more recent styles from South Africa, British popular culture, and contemporary classical music - with a bilingual libretto in English and Zulu, and baritone Njabulo Madlala assuming multiple character roles as the story develops, moving backwards and forwards in time.

Item Type: Composition
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Composers Edition
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:06

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