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Njabulo Phungula (b. 1993) is a composer from Durban, South Africa. His music often explores ways of approaching form and texture that draw on the impressions left by the sonic, literary, cinematic, and visual works of other artists.

His works have been performed by 
Kompass Ensemble, the ensemble of the 2016 Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, bassoonist Midori Samson, saxophonist Naomi Sullivan, and soprano Stephanie Lamprea, among others. He has received commissions from the New Music Forum at Stellenbosch (“Abyss”), NewMusicSA (“Kaleidopatterns), the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (“Circles”), as well as from Thompson Street Opera Company, the Royal Academy of Music, and Peridot Duo. He participated in masterclasses and workshops at NewMusicSA's Unyazi 2016 Electronic Music Festival: Infrastructures, as well as at the 2018 SASRIM Composers Meeting.

 

He is currently a JACK Studio Artist for 2020-22. This two-year residency includes a commissioned work for the JACK Quartet. He is also currently a Postcolonial Recherche Fellow with ensemble recherche and the Goethe-Institut.

Upcoming projects include new works for the JACK Quartet, Peridot Duo, and Ensemble Recherche.

He holds a BA Hons. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he studied composition under the supervision of composer Jürgen Bräuninger, and later with Clare Loveday.