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South Africa (until 1980)

Early 70's
Active in cultural wing of Black Consciousness Movement, travelling around the country reviving traditional art forms. Worked closely with Steve Biko and others on developing nationwide literacy campaign.

1975 Devised and performed "The Rebirth" at the University of the Western Cape.

1976 Performed "Rebirth" in Soweto during uprisings.

1976-1980 Played active part in the creative movement that led to the nationwide explosion of popular theatre, poetry, music and the subsequent establishment of regional arts collectives.

Taught poetry and drama at Abangani Open School, Durban (Institute of Race Relations). Assisted in extensive research on South African music which resulted in the publication of the book "In Township Tonight" by David Coplan.

1978 Founded music and dramatic poetry group "Malopoets" which performed in South Africa and subsequently Britain, Europe and the U.S.A. Collaborated with Mabitsela Malefane as chief correspondent in Natal for African Music Dept. (UNESCO), Lesotho.

England (arrived July 1980)

1981 Converted living room of a Brixton council flat into an exhibition and arts workshop space for local artists and children. Formed combined arts group "Metaphorhythms" and staged
at the Oval House Theatre a performance (choreography, African masks and symbols) based on his poetry on the South African political struggle.
Started 10 years of establishing and teaching at the Oval House Music School - African drumming, chanting and jazz composition. Began 3 years of performing with London based poetry and music group Pula Arts Commune.

Co-founded PITSO organisation that set out to bring together South African artists - irrespective of political alignment - living in exile in Britain. Composed soundtrack for film by Jimmy Matthews on the South African sculptor Pitika Ntuli.

1983 Devised and staged a music and movement performance using ancient African myths and combining contemporary Western and traditional African music - "Masibambisane".

Since 1983 Toured major festivals providing music for award winning Guyanese poet John Agard & led extensive workshops and performances with children.
Composed soundtrack for Channel 4 (Bacchanal Series) documentary "Exiles " on South African artists.
Co-founded Dade Krama traditional African music group.
Composed and performed music for "Trojan Snapshots" by Lorna Marshall, a performance based on "The Women of Troy" by Euripedes, combining ancient Greek theatre, modern dance, mime and music.
Devised and staged "Sing For The Motherland" at Oval House Theatre.
Worked closely with internationally acclaimed Kenyan authors Ngugi wa Thiongo and Micere Githae Mugo (Wazalendo Players) to produce their play "The Trial of Dedan Kimathi" about the Kenyan peasant revolt (Mau Mau).
Since arriving in England extensive summer workshops on music, instrument making and performance with children. Appearances with various jazz outfits including District Six, Kintone, Thebe Lipere, Bheki Mseleku, Mervyn Africa.

1985 Composed and performed music for Loose Change Theatre production "Serenade in the Night".
Organised combined arts exhibition "Boomerang to the Source" with South African and London based British artists (Monti wa Marumo) at Brixton Art Gallery giving lectures, performances and workshops.

1986 Collaborated with Mervyn Africa on music for Channel 4 documentary "Still on Strike" about an industrial dispute involving a British company.
Taught African history through performing arts at Jenako Arts, Hackney, London.

1987 Composed music for Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam in "Ours to Hold" performed as part of C.A.S.A. (Anti-Apartheid festival).
Composed and performed "live" music for Dutch (IKON) T.V. production of Jack Klaff's play "Nagging Doubt".
Composed and performed music for "Serote Speaks", a contemporary dance piece combining Oriental movement, mime and African oral traditions, based on the poetry of ANC poet Mongane Wally Serote. Performed at Edinburgh Festival and toured Holland as part of Stagedoor Festival.
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