Melodi: A South African Choral Evolution at UJ

The University of Johannesburg’s Arts & Culture, a division within the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture (FADA) is pleased to announce its first performance for 2024. Kicking it off with UJ’s Artist in Residence, celebrated UJ Choir alumnus, musician and composer, Sabelo Mthembu’s latest production, Melodi: The Evolution of South African Choral Music taking place on 24 February 2024 at The Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre, in Kingsway Campus.

This choral production takes a deep dive into the rich history of choral music in South Africa, exploring its evolution through different eras and the profound societal and political influences that have shaped this musical tradition.

Mthembu’s residency project promises audiences an enlightening journey through the diverse landscapes of South African choral music. From its humble beginnings to its current forms, Melodi unfolds the intricate tapestry of melodies that reflect the heart and soul of the nation.

Mthembu, who is the Quava Vocal Group founder and conductor, says the audience can expect to be taking a musical journey skilfully woven with lush voices entwined with captivating storytelling and poetry.

“Come and embark on a journey with Melodi as we delve into the rich history of South Africa, as our country embarks on celebrating 30 years of democracy. Discover the origins and significance of the distinctive melodies that have shaped our people and their stories”.

Mthembu further emphasises the crucial role of the UJ Artist In Residency programme which has supported his creative research, specialising in African choral music. It is an experience that transcends time and resonates with the spirit of the nation. The project sheds light on how this art form has reflected the nation’s struggles, triumphs, and resilience through music.

Tickets are now available for Melodi: The Evolution of South African Choral Music at UJ Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre on 24 February 2024 at R100.

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About UJ Arts & Culture

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni and the general public to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts.

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education.

About Sabelo Mthembu

Sabelo Mthembu is a renowned musician, composer, and cultural ambassador dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of South African music. With a diverse body of work that spans genres and traditions, Mthembu continues to be a driving force in the global appreciation of African musical artistry.