They have traveled the world with their incredible ensemble. now, for 4 shows only, catch Phuphuma Love Minus in concert with special guests during Heritage week at POPArt!
Directed by Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Phuphuma Love Minus is a flamboyantly, afro-centric music ensemble specializing in Isicathamiya music. Rooted to the Zulu history, cultural tradition and values, yet responding to the influences of modernity in a big city.
The group originates from the most rural South Africa, Kwa Ngabayela-Umsinga village in Kwazulu Natal. This powerful ensemble was formed in 2002 by the late Mr. Khetheyakhe Ngidi with an aim of teaching the important lessons of history; respect, self and social awareness, cultural identity and restoring and maintaining the legacy of South African oral history.
The group started by performing in traditional events such as weddings, harvest celebrations, and many community gatherings in Umsinga Village. In 2003 members of Phuphuma Love Minus moved to Johannesburg and affiliated in the National Iphimbo Isicathamiya music organization led by the late Mr. Simon Ngubane. Under this organization, Phuphuma Love Minus won over a number of provincial and National competitions against other Isicathamiya music groups. Within the same period, PLM managed to make successful recordings of 2 albums entitled “Imfihlakalo yezulu” and “Yithi Ojikelele” In 2010 Phuphuma Love Minus got nominated in the National South African Traditional Music Awards.
In 2008 Phuphuma Love Minus collaborated with Robyn Orlin and met Nhlanhla Mahlangu who is now the current manager through the company Song and Dance Works. That has created a unique opportunity for the ensemble to take Isicathamiya music to International stages
Since then Phuphuma Love minus have become a frequent touring ensemble in many parts of Europe. France Belgium, Switzerland to name a few…..
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