There’s nothing quite like getting up early to see the sunrise, and it’s an experience that’s been translated into music over and over again. While many of these musical depictions of dawn come from the European orchestral repertoire, there’s one in particular that appeared on the musical horizons of South Africa.
Greetings! I’m Loki Karuna, and on today’s edition of Noteworthy I’d like to introduce you to the bright light in South Africa known as the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble.
The Buskaid Soweto String ensemble is based in the township of Soweto, which you’ll find in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was founded in 1992 and highlights both western orchestral masterworks as well as traditional South African music that the group performs in a way that only they can. This performance of the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble features their take on a South African folk song titled Sunrise.
While this group is still relatively obscure to classical music listeners here in the United States, their work shines a light on how innovative and culturally connected a string orchestra can be through performances, recordings, and educational activities. The Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble proves that the future for string orchestras is bright not only in the country of South Africa, but around the world, earning them a spot among today’s most noteworthy.
Noteworthy is a production of WDAV classical public radio.
Pictured: Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble/Facebook.