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Ntombizodwa String Quartet (South Africa)  

The Acosa Ntombizodwa String Quartet is made up of four young Soweto women - Zanele Tshabalala, Dudu Dube, Balekane Moloisane and Tshwarelo Mothopeng. They are students at tertiary institutions.

These string players are trained at the ACOSA Soweto Music Conservatoire and are members of the Soweto Youth Orchestra under Michael Masote. The African Cultural Organisation of South Africa (ACOSA) is a Non-Profit section 21 company registered in 1998 which relies on donations and funding for development of youth orchestras and music.

They have been studying music and their instruments for over 10 years. For the past three years they are ploughing back to the Soweto Music Conservatoire as trainee trainers, orchestra sectional leaders and co managing the Soweto youth orchestra.

Genre: African, classical
They are also members of the Johannesburg Camerata under the Tirisano Khulanathi Music Research and Development Project. The Ntombizodwa quartet is involved in a Cadet Scheme were they play in professional orchestras such as Johannesburg Music Initiative Orchestra and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

This all young female quartet performs for Corporate Functions, Community Programmes and Youth Orchestra Concerts. Their highlight is playing for President Mbeki at the Presidential Banquets to visiting ambassadors including the African Heads of State.

Recently the quartet was honored to play for President Bush of America and Chancellor G Schroeder of the Federal Republic of Germany during their visit to South Africa. In October 2003 they were invited by the South African High Commissioner to the UK Ms Lindiwe Mabuza to perform at concert for the delegates of a special conference in London.

The Ntombizodwa String Quartet repertoire includes South African classics, South African traditional music and the western string quartet music. They have vibrancy and youthful approach yet business like in performing their musical commitments. Occasionally they are accompanied on piano by John Mothopeng employed by ACOSA to arrange African music for the group.

They are young ambassadors worthy of representing South Africa musically both at home and outside the country and are managed by Mrs Sheila Masote who is also one of Acosa directors.

Contact Details:

Mrs Sheila Masote: Public Relations Officer-Manager

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