Your guide to the Hout Bay Ing

Photo: Facebook/Ashley Newell/HoutBayIngomaChoir/

Your guide to the Hout Bay Ingoma Choir summer concerts

Catch the Hout Bay Ingoma Choir performing in the Western Cape this February.

Your guide to the Hout Bay Ing

Photo: Facebook/Ashley Newell/HoutBayIngomaChoir/

The Ingoma Choir from the Imizamo Yethu community in Hout Bay will perform at the Centre for the Book in central Cape Town this February.

Since their formation in 2017, the Ingoma Choir have performed extensively across the Western Cape at weddings and other events. The choir was formed as a social initiative by Tanya Blacher, a local resident who decided to start an initiative to improve the lives of people living in Imizamo Yethu.

About the Ingoma Choir

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According to Cape Town etc, Blacher wondered why Hout Bay didn’t have a choir at the time as the market for it was there. And so instead of trying to uplift the community by providing them with new skills, she thought it would be a better idea to take existing skills in the community and market them. And then the Hout Bay Ingoma Choir was born.

There are 22 members in the Hout Bay Ingoma Choir, with ages ranging from 18 to 40 right now. Singing for the choir is not all that the members do. Most have jobs (including a petrol pump attendant, a teaching assistant, and a community worker) and others are in high school or are pursuing a tertiary education.

In fact, most of the members have no formal musical training. However, Blacher says “many have been in choirs previously, often connected to the church – and as is the way in this community, have been singing one way or another all their lives.”

The choir also has two conductors, Zamile Gantana and Samukelo Mhlongo, who are professionally trained performers.

“My dream would be to take the choir to tour in UK and Europe and use that as an opportunity to shine a light on both the beauty of the music and the continuing hardships endured by most urban Africans in this country,” Blacher said further.

Ticket details

Tickets for the Hout Bay Ingoma Choir summer concerts are available online at webtickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.

  • 6 Feb 2020 18:30
  • R120 – R200
  • 20 Feb 2020 18:30
  • R90 – R120