Bongani Sotshononda

A composer, arranger and accomplished percussionist and chromatic marimba player, and that is to mention a few of the many instruments that Bongani plays. Bongani has traveled extensively and has shared his skills with many different audiences. He has been well-received in both South Africa and abroad.

Poster for Bongani Sotshononda's show

Bongani Sotshononda’s United Nations of Africa band will showcase Sotshononda’s journey with collections from different cultures fused with his own African (Xhosa) traditions.

Some of the projects he has created include the indigenous orchestra which comprises an array of different African instruments from across the African Continent. One such example is the Marimba Extravaganza which comprises an 18 piece marimba ensemble with brass and percussion.

Bongani also heads the United Nations of Africa Band, a Jazz project that as been featured twice at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This band includes musicians from across the continent. He is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Phambili Marimba Band.

Bongani is currently working with Professor Mike Campbell (PhD UCT Jazz Studies). Together they wrote and co-produced music for 50th Africa Day Celebrations which was held at Artscape on 25th May 2013, comprising the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the SA Youth Choir and Khayelitsha Black Mambazo.

Bongani is in partnership with Artscape where he directs music for various productions. He is also a member of JAV which is a collaboration of musicians from Reunion Islands, Madagascar and South Africa. He is currently working on an album with Mike Campbell (to be released in 2014).

Some of the musicians he played with include Stefon Harris (New York), the Brubeck Brothers, UCT Big Band, Andy Narell Intsholo, Pascal Schumacher (Belgium), Willy van Zyl, Morris Goldberg, Pops Mohamed, JAV, McCoy Mrubatha, Jimmy Dludlu and many more.

Bongani’s aim is to keep teaching and sharing his music, culture and experience with the world.