The Soweto String Quartet
The Soweto String Quartet is a unique musical eruption of four African men, playing eighteenth century, classical, musical instruments with the rich heartbeat of Africa resonating through their bodies and into their music.
The Soweto String Quartet’s music is composed of both contemporary and traditional repertoire, some original and some on loan from Africa’s rich treasury of musicality.
The Soweto String Quartet have impeccable qualifications and they portray the enduring spirit of Africa in their performances.
The Soweto String Quartet have been a permanent professional outfit since 1992, when their home country, South Africa was in the midst of dramatic change.
The founding members of The Soweto String Quartet, were three brothers (the late) Reuben Khemese (Cello) RIP, Sandile Khemese (Viola), Thami Khemese (Violin) and friend, Makhosini Mnguni (Violin), the project grew out of a Khemese family musical dynasty. The Khemese children had no choice but to thrive in their artistry, in spite of the racial exploitation that sought to hold them back.
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Sandile Khemese (on what the effect of the changes which took place in South Africa were on the band): “The elections in 1994 turned everything around for us. Our first really important gig was actually at President Nelson Mandela‘s inauguration. That was very emotional, but it was also the turning point for our career. The President even started recommending us for all sorts of other jobs”