"Echoing the evocative challenge for Africa to identify and define itself."


The core message of this album of choral works by the legendary composer, Shalati Joseph Khosa, is evocative: Challenging Africa to identify and define itself. For far too long Africa and Africans have allowed themselves to be described or defined by others. Much to their detriment - as the African proverb admonishes: “Until lions have their own historians, all stories about hunting will glorify the hunter” (The hunter being the coloniser, the lions being the colonised). The clarion call of this choral collection is: Africa, proclaim your philosophy, take a stand, declare your capabilities and contributions to humanity.

Running through this selection is the African worldview of ‘Ubuntu’ (African ontology) expressed in the song Xa Nkoka I Munhu (The Human Being is Quintessentially Important) as well as these ontological pieces for which I wrote the lyrics: Vumunhu Bya Africa (Africa’s Humanity), Africa Rhangela (Let Africa Lead), Nsusumeto Wa Vurhangeri (The Leadership Motif / Purpose Driven Leadership) and A Service Folk Song. This was a most edifying collaborative work with one of Africa’s most prolific composers (SJ Khosa composed over 800 songs during his lifetime).

New Africa is in a sense taking the listener to a joyful state of accomplishment where Africa lives in peace and harmony, a notion that is further celebrated in Our South African Dream. In terms of its musicality, the former shares pride of place with such SJ Khosa classics as Ndzalo and Tintshava ta Drakensberg (The Drakensberg Mountains), also featured on this album. The latter is a fitting tribute to the breathtaking beauty of one of South Africa’s mountain ranges – so magnificent that it purifies the soul. Also featured are graduation and wedding songs.

This album covers a broad spectrum: Philosophy, culture, nature, history and nation-building, and is for your enjoyment and edification.


Dr Reuel J Khoza

Executive Producer Brothers in Music, Brothers by Choice, Choice Brothers!


Executive Producer: Dr Reuel J Khoza
Producer: Mark Cheyne
Musical Arrangements: Mark Cheyne Recording
Engineers: Evert De Munnik & Richard Mitchell
Mixed & Mastered: Mark Cheyne
Album Artwork: Marc Barnard


Situated at the heart of Mankweng, 30km East of Polokwane City, the University of Limpopo gave birth to the UL Choristers in the early 90’s.

The “UL Choristers Family” as it is affectionately known, is built on three pillars: love for choral music, love for one another and a great sense of musicianship. In the words of our Mozart, SJ Khosa, “music keeps us united and strengthens us. Music allows us to serve one another, to serve our community, and to serve humanity far and beyond.” The choir is lead by Thabe Matsebatlela, an associate professor of Biochemistry at the University. He has performed and studied music internationally and has a personal affinity to the music and legacy of SJ Khosa.

Sopranos: Maria Hlongwane, Joy Seerane, Jessica Kgoedi, Khenso Khosa, Sandra Maja, Portia Malapane, Siphesihle Mhlongo, Sharon Mogale, Queeneth Mokabane, Irene Molokomme, Paulina Moningi, Teffu Kekeletso, Lwazi Thwala

Altos: Neo Motiang, Violet Lepota, Thato Lebatha, Phillistus Mathapo, Kim Mokonyama, Phuti Poopedi, Paballo Shingange, Precious Mohlangu, Tebatso Malatji, Nelly Mahlo, Mpoeleng Soetsang, Melita Masinamela, Mabuza Nomcebo, Jubity Makoetlana, Koketso Ngwaile

Tenors: Arone Ndobe, Dan Dlamini, Agreement Mashele, Kgothatso Moabelo, Maxwell Botha, Sandile Mathebula, Sizo Zulu, Puleng Fisha, Tshepiso Sebata, Solly Mochaki, Mokopa Hlaka, Cornride Mathebula, Kagiso Ramapele, Mahlatse Thema, David Kgomo, Tshepo Makuwa, Ekundayo Ayeku

Basses: William Makokga, Holeng Masemola, Kgotso Rakeng, Dennis Mathelele, Frans Mokgola, Koketso Makhatho, Iven Lebotse, Mandlenkosi Mnisi, Vhutshilo Tshivalo, Tshepo Rammalo, Mashao Ramaremo, Tinyiko Bevula

Conductor: Thabe Matsebatlela Chairperson:Holeng Masemola Secretary: Tshepo Makuwa Treasurer: Kim Mokonyama PRO: Cornride Mathebula Equipment Manager: Sharon Mogale Patron: Maria Moja


The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra comprises 70 professional musicians from more than 20 countries. It enjoys a reputation for innovative excellence in South Africa and has proved to be a formidable resource countrywide.

Conductor: Lyk Temmingh
Concert Master: Joanna Frankel
Violin I (Assoc. Concert Master): Violeta Osorhean
Violin I (Principal): Beatris Lauenburg
Violin I: Emi Fukuda, Geza Kayser, Elena Kerimova, Mihail Mihaylov, Roberto Palma, Ievgen Pronenko, Lidia Sanacori
Violin II (Principal): Petya Koleva
Violin II: Jane Baillie, Regomodicoe Molosioa, Patrick Motsa, Natalie Pronenko, Thomas Steinhausen
Viola (Principal): David Snaith Viola: Laura Blazyte, Annamaria D’andrea, Todor Hadgiev, Nassie Hadzhieva, Marco Mazzi, Tshegofatso Mokobe
Cello (Principal): Boris Kerimov
Cello: Fiona Grayer, Ralitsa Pechoux, Alejandro Pradenas, Marguerite Spies
Double Bass (Principal): Simon Milliken
Double Bass: Andreas Kappen, Yuri Litvinenko
Flute (Principal): Sabine Baird
Flute: Lisa Thom
Oboe (Principal): Nuria Cabezas Castano
Oboe: Stella Martin
Clarinet (Principal): Annelize de Villiers
Clarinet: Kirsten Sayers
Bassoon (Principal): Lubomir Minkov
Bassoon: Anele Mnguni French
Horn (Principal): Sorin Osorhean
French Horn: Neil Smit, Alice Thom, Marian van Duyker
Trumpet (Principal): Michel Schneuwly
Trumpet: Jonas Brolin, Cathy Peacock
Trombone (Principal): Andrea Baloco
Trombone: Duncan Wooldridge
Bass Trombone (Principal): Jonathan Hooper
Tuba: George Foster
Timpani (Principal): Stephane Pechoux
Percussion: Thando Nkangana, Joshua Kim Harp
(Principal): Linor Steinhausen
Drum Kit: Bruce Baker
Piano: Mark Cheyne
Orchestra Manager: John Walton
Chief Executive & Artistic Director: Bongani Tembe

SJ Khosa Session Orchestra
(Featured on tracks 2,4-9,11-16, 18-20)

Conductor: Thabe Matsebatlela
Violin I: Miroslav Chakaryan, Kabelo Motlhomi, Melale Mantu, Elena Zlatkova
Violin II: Evert van Niekerk, Kabelo Monnathebe, Waldo Alexander, Bernard Madumo
Violas: Violeta Miljkovic, Kate White, Tiisetso Mashishi
Celli: Daliwonga Tshangela, Susan Mouton
Contrabass: Nico Kruger
Flute: Malane Hofmeyr-Burger
Oboe: Andrew Moorosi
Clarinet: Chrisna Smith
Bassoon: Paul Rodgers French
Horn: Frik Le Roux
Trumpet: Neil Engel, Donny Bouwer
Trombone: Etienne Mecloen
Percussion: Rudolf van Dyk
Piano: Denzil Weale
Guitar: Mouritz Lotz
Drums: David Klassen
Bass Guitar: Denny Lalouette