After seven years of commissioning, performing and recording, the Bow Project has reached it’s final stage with the double CD being released on 16 October.
Hailed as one of the most important musical heritage projects in South Africa, The Bow Project was launched in 2002 by composer Michael Blake as a project of NewMusicSA’s annual New Music Indaba at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. South African composers were invited to respond to the uhadi songs of the legendary performer from Nqoko village near Lady Frere, Nofinishi Dywili. It is to the memory of Nofinishi that the project and this recording are dedicated. The double CD contains recordings of both remastered recordings of Nofinishi’s original songs and of the works that have been written in response to her songs for the project by composers such as Robert Fokkens, Michael Blake, Sazi Dlamini, Mokale Koapeng and Jurgen Brauninger.
The launch will take place on 16 October at Stellenbosch University at 18:00