Valanga Khoza was born in South Africa, where he spent his youth in Alexandra (a black township of Johannesburg) and in rural Transvaal. Music, dance and storytelling were an integral part of his community, where many could neither read nor write. Following his migration to Australia in 1976, Valanga, a consummate musician since youth, has devoted himself to performing. His solo engagements include: supporting Kanda Bongo Man, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Geoffrey Oryema.
THE PERFORMANCE: OUT OF AFRICA
Valanga is a consummate storyteller – his school performances are highly theatrical with more than a touch of comedy. He manages to impart the rhythmic vitality of African music with a passion and spontaneity that never fails to captivate his audience.
THE TALK: FREEDOM & APARTHEID
Interweaving contemporary African music in his talk, Valanga recounts his childhood in South Africa and the events that led to his exile in 1976 as a member of the South African Students organization. Valanga personally knew Steve Biko. Having revisited South Africa on many occasions since 1992 he is able to give a broad insight in to the current situation.
Suitability: Year 7 – 12 students, especially English & SOSE
Valanga can also do Artist in Residencies.
“They loved his music, but on top of that we had many comments from students about his really having given them an insight into what it was like growing up as a black person in South Africa.”