Samson got his first taste of music in Soweto, where he studied with the founding director of Buskaid, Rosemary Nalden. At the age of 17 he attended the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, where he obtained both the Bachelor of Music Honours
Kutlwano made his conducting debut during the 2006 Arts Alive Festival conducting the music of Todd Mathsikiza and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His drive is towards exploring cross-cultural works that stimulate dialogue between different performance traditions.
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Pretty Yende was born in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province in South Africa. She only started singing at the age of 16 after hearing the Flower Duet from Lakme in a TV commercial. Two years later she was accepted at the University of Cape Town’s