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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, read, and/or workshopped by musicians such as the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.

Upcoming projects for 2020 include December premieres of a new song cycle commissioned by Thompson Street Opera Company and a miniature work (“Weaving”) for Kompass Ensemble

He holds a degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he studied composition under the supervision of composers Jürgen Bräuninger and Clare Loveday.

Njabulo Phungula bio