Sibongile Mngoma – Opera Meets Jazz

Artist, voice teacher, coach, and opera singer, Sibongile Mngoma is a musical gem in South Africa’s cultural landscape. She has also, in the past few months, become an important cultural activist, publicly holding to account those tasked with funding the arts from the public purse. As one of the country’s finest operatic voices, she has performed throughout the world, in many of the leading performance venues. The two-time SAMA nominated artist has also been the Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Music and the FNB Vita Award Winner for Best Female Lead in Opera. Part of Mngoma’s charm is her ability to perform a variety of genres of music, and she moves easily from opera to classical to jazz and gospel and has become a popular feature in the corporate market. In this performance she teams up with jazz musicians to present a cross pollination of opera and jazz. Fluid and impressive operatic lines meet the rich and tantalizing harmonies and rhythms of jazz.

  • Ticket Price: R50.00
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration (minutes): 120mins
  • Ages: 7+
  • Release Date: August 19, 2021 07:01 - September 14, 2021 01:59



Sibongile Mngoma (Vocal)
Lungelo Ngcobo (Piano)
Tshepo Mngoma (Violin)
Edwin Steyn (Bass guitar)
Kenny Williams (Drums)


Sibongile Mngoma was at very young age described as ‘a natural diva’. Schooled in KwaZulu-Natal, she started by studying law at the University of Zululand. The call of the creative arts was however, too strong. She moved to the University of Cape Town, where she studied for a BA degree, majoring in Drama and Greek and Roman Literature and Thought. She then studied for an honours degree in Educational drama at the UCT Drama School.

In 1993 Mngoma started her opera training at the South African College of Music, under the tutelage and mentorship of Professor Angelo Gobbato and Sarita Stern. Mngoma has had the opportunity to further her musical studies at the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Italy, where she did specialist courses for advanced singers and voice trainers where she not only got top on honors but was top of her class, which led to her Italian debut in the opera Didon.
Mngoma is a respected voice teacher, vocal coach and vocal rehabilitation expert. She has been taught by some of the world’s premier opera divas; i.e. Sarita Stern (South Africa), Shirley Verritt (America), Mirella Freni (Italy), and Jessye Norman (America). The work with Ms Norman was part of the prize the Rolex Mentor/Protégé Programme for 2004.

2015 Mngoma sang the role of Winnie Mandela in the production of – Mandela’s grandson Unathi Mtirara (libretto) and Sibusiso Njeza (music) – Madiba An African Opera at the State Theatre. In 2012 Mngoma took part in the critically acclaimed tour of Porgy and Bess (singing the role of Bess) in the UK.

Mngoma started her singing career at a very young age in Cape Town, under the mentorship of Prof Angelo Gobbato at the Artcape (then Capab). She has performed an impressive array of different roles, with an amazing versatility in terms of repertoire. Opera roles include Zandile in Temming’s Enoch Prophet of God, First Boy in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Clara and more recently Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Zerlina and later Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Michaela in Bizet’s Carmen, The Voice in Breytebach’s Johnny Cockroach, Arbace in Bach’s Catone in Utica (sang on the cd recording which is distributed internationally), Didon in Piccini’s Didon (sang on cd recording also distributed internationally), Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneus, Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo, The first lady and Queen Silomo in Khumalo’s Princess Magogo. In Italy under the directorship of world acclaimed South African conductor, maestro Arnold Bosman; she sang the roles of Arbace, Idamante, Donna Elvira, and Didon to critical acclaim even earning her a front page honor in Italy’s foremost newspaper Curiera della Sera for her debut in Didon.
Part of the charm of Mngoma’s craft is her ability to perform a variety of genres of music. Oratorio and other serious music in her repertoire include Mozart Stabat Mater, Rossini Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Khumalo’s Shaka ka Senzangakhona (she sang on the cd recording of this work). UShaka kaSenzangakhona also toured Europe in 2004 as part of South Africa celebrations of the ten years of democracy.

Mngoma has sung in light musicals like Woza! A Celebration of South African musicals (which was her brainchild and her first venture into producing) – which had a very successful run at The Joburg Civic theatre with an extended seven-week run. Other productions include Nkosi the Healing Song, Johnny Cockroach, Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, Rodger’s and Hammerstein in Concert.
On the popular music front, she has been heard in extravaganzas like Skouspel, Afrikiti, Starlight Pops, Bravo China in collaboration with the Chinese government, the Last Night at the Proms, and Two Nations Celebrate in London – singing for Nelson Mandela and the Queen of England. She has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Concert hall and the Coliseum in London, opera houses in Bari and Milan in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Cannes, Munich, Rome and all the major opera houses and venues in South Africa.

She has performed with all the major orchestras in South Africa including children’s orchestras. She also sang at the inauguration as well as farewell dinner of the former governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni. She sang at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration lunch for heads of states.

Close to Mngoma’s heart is the art of gaining from and imparting her knowledge to others. To this end she has taught vocal technique in her studio at home. She has been the head of the Culture Department at the Wits Technikon (UJ). She has worked with the School for the deaf. She has done a lot of work with and for the Drakensburg Boys choir. Mngoma does a lot of charity work for the cancer and HIVAids organizations as well as poverty alleviation organizations. Mngoma currently teaches voice, runs workshops around the country for young singers and produces opera productions that include creating performance opportunities for young singers.
Mngoma composes and arranges music; as a result she produced her debut album called A Glimmer of Hope in 2004, which was nominated for Two SAMA awards. She has collaborated on a few projects with other South African artists, i.e. Werner Coulier, Classicfm Compilation album – African Baroque, Milestones cd recording, the Skouspel DVDs.

Mngoma is very respected in the corporate circuit for the versatility of her sound. She has been known to move from opera to jazz to gospel to pop within the same concert and sometimes in the same song. She has sung at most major corporate events. BMW, Rand Merchant Bank, Mercedes Benz, ABSA, Standard Bank and the South African government are some of Ms Mngoma’s regular clients. In April 2005 she performed with Luciano Pavarotti sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank.
Mngoma has been honored with a few choice accolades. She has received two SAMA award nominations for her debut album – A Glimmer of Hope, an FNB Vita award for best female lead in Opera, Standard Young Artist award, and merit awards from the Accademia Chigiana, and UCT, brand ambassador for National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), Mbokodo award for best opera singer.
Recorded projects still to be released include Mngoma’s 2nd album Restoration Redeemed, which was launched at the end of June 2013, the DVD recording of the 10SA Sopranos, recorded at Carnival City in 2013, a live DVD of her production Opera meets Jazz (recorded at the Orbit), which has received standing ovations from audiences abroad (Moscow) and here at home in South Africa.
Mngoma currently has recently relocated to Bloemfontein where she hopes to impart her impressive skills to the young musicians and put on world class shows that will make the world look up and notice Bloemfontein.

Lungelo Ngcobo
Pianist, Organist,
Arranger, Composer

Born in Port Shepstone, a small town down south in KwaZulu Natal, Lungelo began his musical journey with private Music Theory and Piano Lessons with Davin Guest using the UNISA Piano and Theory Grades.

In 2011 he joined UKZN for a Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music. He completed the Diploma in 2014 and then studied for a Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in Arranging and Composition which was completed in 2015.

In 2012 he was selected to be part of a school exchange program between UKZN and University of Virginia (USA). In that same year he was selected to be part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, which toured Sweden that year as well. He headed back to Virginia (USA) again in September of 2015 and 2016 as a Composer and Arranger for the Virginia Commonwealth University Big Band.

In the meantime he recorded with various artists, and played with various acts and artists such as Tshepo Mngoma, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Khumalo, Brian Themba, Ntokozo and Nqubeko Mbatha, Joyous Celebration, Sosha Oshaye (USA), Brenda Mntambo and Lloyd Cele just to name a few.

From 2011 he has performed with various productions and artists in countries including London, Germany, Netherlands, USA and Denmark just to name a few.

In 2015 he entered the 5Th National UNISA Piano competition where he took 2nd place and was a finalist at The 13th International UNISA Piano competition.

He has also worked for various TV productions such as I want to Sing Gospel Season 3, X Factor South Africa 2014, 14th, 15th and 16th Metro FM Awards, The 2016 SAMA Awards. He was the Music Director for Gauteng Sports Awards 2016.

He had the privilege of playing part of the ensemble that performed at The Presidential Inauguration.

He has also done work for film, short stories and ads.

Tshepo Mngoma
Tshepo Mngoma is a sought after music director, arranger, producer & violinist. He has been featured as a violinist in Sibongile Khumalo’s Immortal Secrets & Quest. He studied at the University of Cape Town, graduated in 2002 for his BMus Studies; he has acquired recognition through merits during his time as a student, including that of Old Mutual Jazz Encounters with fellow varsity band Letlareng for best Afro Jazz band in 2001. He has featured in many musicals including Moya Wa Sechaba which was staged at the Grahams town Arts Festival, also in Guardian of the flame & Aqua Opera to name just a few. Tshepo Mngoma’s albums include Journey, 4 Winds, People and Places. He also released a single this year (2021) titled Instrument of Praise (Shabach).

Eddie Steyn
Eddie Steyn is a Producer, Composer, Session Musician and owner of Black Stain Productions. He started playing Drums when he was 5 Years old and also started playing guitar at 6 years old in his local Church Sunday school. After high school he studied Performance Diploma in Jazz Studies and later changed to TLD in Jazz at the University Of Cape Town’s College Of Music where he majored in Bass guitar and Piano as second instrument.
In 2005 he relocated to Gauteng to work with award winning opera and jazz singer, Sibongile Mngoma, and soon after started working with SAMA AWARD winning drummer, Vusi Khumalo Maxwell Vidima. He also joined Urban Reflections, a corporate band with whom he played various Festivals and corporate functions. Urban Reflections also recorded a single that he co-wrote with legendary SAMA winning producer Alexis Faku.
In 2008 he joined Event Pro Technical Services and then Groove Masters Entertainment as Technical director where he managed, produced, directed and wrote various shows. He was the Technical director for the Graceland Reunion Documentary with Paul Simon by TIA films and various other projects. He was part of the House band for the Nelson Mandela Memorial at Cape Town Stadium that was live on DSTV and the band backed up all the artists including, Jonny Clegg, Brenda Fassie and Lucky Dube Tribute Singers, Carla Diamond, Alexis Faku, Allou April, Ladysmith Black Mambaso and Soweto Gospel Choir.
He is still the bassist and now also Musical Director for Sibongile Mngoma with whom he recorded a new album that’s due for release and also produced one of the songs. He recorded a full album with Monde Mutsutwana and the music video is on high Rotation on Mzanzi Magic, Channel O and Trace Music Channel. With his vast experience he is fortunate to be in a position where he played on various music videos and Television channels such as Lilizela Milizeli on SABC 2, Imizwilile on SABC 1, Idols SA Mnet & Mzanzi Magic, Afro Cafe SABC 2, Nelson Mandela Memorial Concert at the Cape Town Stadium broadcast-ed live on ETV and DSTV Channels, Souled out Sessions on SABC 2.

Kenny Williams
Cape Town born and bred Musician Kenny Williams have been playing the Drum kit since age 5 in church and started his professional career at 14 years old. In 2002 he enrolled at the South African College of Music where he was part of the Jazz Programme under the tutelage of Efrain Toro (Puerto Rico) and Clement Benny. He moved to the Gauteng in 2006 where he is currently residing.

Kenny is the resident Drummer with America’s Got talent 2019 Finalist Ndlovu Youth Choir and Little Falls Christian Centre. He has also had the privilege of working with Laurika Rauch, Kurt Darren, RJ Benjamin, Bruce Cassidy and Louis Britz among others. He has travelled and worked throughout the African continent such as Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya to name a few. International tours include Russia, England, Holland, Denmark and Germany. It is also worth mentioning that he was part of the Aarhus Vocal Festival with Mzansi Youth Choir in 2013-the biggest vocal festival in the world.