Neo Muyanga is a composer and musician. He was born in Soweto. He trained in Italy before returning to South Africa in the mid 90’s to co-found the critically acclaimed acoustic guitar duo, BLK Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere. Neo writes, plays, and composes for chorus, chamber, and large ensemble. Most recently his opera, “Heart of redness”, was performed at the Fugard theatre in Cape Town. His major collaborations include works with William Kentridge, Paco Pena, John Kani, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Handspring Puppet Company among others. He’s been awarded research fellowships with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, Duke University in North Carolina and the University of California Irvine’s Humanities Research Institute. Neo continues to tour widely as a solo performer, bandleader and choir director. He co-curates the Pan African
Space Station – a portal for contemporary African music and art online as well as the Spier poetry festival. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.