UNIZULU Choir conductor Bhekani Buthelezi is passionate about music. “Music is my only passion in life,” he says.
Born at Enkonjeni in Ulundi, he can play a number of musical instruments and is also a teacher. He matriculated at Ekudubekeni High School in 2001 and obtained his Grade 6 Piano Certificate from Unisa. He studied at UNIZULU and passed his BA degree with Distinction and also attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
Buthelezi then went across uThukela River to pursue a BA Honours at the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the prolific composer Phelelani Mnomiya. He completed his Master’s Degree in Music Performance under the internationally renowned pianist and conductor Professor David Smith.
UNIZULU has offered Buthelezi a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfil his dream of studying internationally. He will be jetting off to Appalachian State University in the United States where he will spend three months training in studio recording, producing and promotion. He will also be a guest conductor and lecturer. After that Buthelezi is planning to take music to another level at UNIZULU. Under his leadership the choir received a lot accolades for its excellent performance regionally and nationally.
He started singing and conducting at a young age. He has trained and conducted more than 50 different choirs from schools, church, community and departmental choirs. He has worked with choirs from Germany, USA and United Arab Emirates.
He has also worked with popular musicians and producers such as Robbie Malinga, Zwai Bala, Zakes Bantwini, Zahara, Lindelani Mkhize, Rebecca Malope, RJ Benjamin and Nqubeko Mbatha.
He has directed the musical production that tells about the history of the university for the past 50 years. He plans to continue identifying, training and promoting talent in UNIZULU.
He will also be focusing more on community outreach programmes and wants the university choir to play a more visible role in promoting African music internationally.
Musically yours, Bhekani Buthelezi