Soweto String Quartet does Afrikaans hits
The Soweto String Quartet is back with an album that will most definitely surprise and enthral everyone who hears it. Soweto String Quartet speel Afrikaanse treffers Vol. 2 promises, like the first volume, to be a big favourite among the South African community. The Soweto String Quartet, or SSQ for short, has released numerous albums and has become a part of our beautiful country’s heritage, much like boerewors, biltong, Madiba and rugby. They are definitely one of most loved local instrumental ensembles –playing at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration being one of their career highlights. Their black and white zebra striped jackets symbolise how our different cultures in South Africa need each other and SSQ themselves stand for unity and for building our nation.
Currently, the group consists of two brothers and two friends: Sandile Khemese on first violin, Thami Khemese on second violin, Makhosini Mnguni on viola and Themba Machobane on cello. As little boys they walked dusty dirt roads with their instruments hidden in paper bags to attend music lessons and this was the beginning of a legacy that today needs no introduction. Soweto String Quartet speel Afrikaanse Treffers Vol 2 promises to take listeners on a South African journey with favourites like Timbuktu, Die Bloubul, Baby tjoklits, ’n Vrou wil dit hoor and Tussen jou en my to name a few, played in SSQ’s unique way and giving the songs an African flavour that will have you dancing along. What makes this album extra special is that it also features collaborations between SSQ and artists like Gerhard Steyn, Dozi, Anton Goosen and Juanita du Plessis on their original hit songs.
Soweto String Quartet speel Afrikaanse Treffers Vol 2 will be available in stores from middle October.