Soweto String Quartet
In the volatile 1960s, three young boys are trundling over Soweto's sandy roads. The Khemese brothers fearlessly ventured to music classes, armed with attitude, violins, and cellos, and facing jeers, sniggers, and taunts from the townspeople. Because their parents forbade them from hanging out on the unfriendly streets, the lads learned African choral singing and took up playing those strange Euro instruments, mastering them with natural born ease. The seed had been planted.
The dusty track began to clear in 1978. While the elder Khemese siblings, Reuben and Sandile, were representing the SSQ in Aberdeen, Scotland, their blossoming skill was noticed, and Sandile was accepted into the Darlington College of Arts in England in 1980. The greatest day of the Soweto String Orchestra, according to Mike Masote, was when they were invited to play for Lady Aberdeen in Haddo House on a Sunday. This was one of the most significant opportunities that put the foursome on the map. The group performed and attended a classical music workshop led by Professor Alexander Pavlovich, head of the Department of Music at Belgravia, and Deborah Johnson, a well-known classical musician, during their two-week tour.
He subsequently went on to study for four years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Sandile returned to a music-starved South African society in 1986, armed with new music abilities, culture, language, and lifestyle, and the SSQ was recreated, this time with boyhood friend Makhosini Mnguni. The Soweto String Quartet, also known as the SSQ, is a world-renowned South African brand. In recent years, SSQ has toured the world as ambassadors for the new South Africa. SSQ is not your typical classic rock band. The music is unique to Africa and does not sound like a traditional string quartet. It's a one-of-a-kind fusion of traditional rhythms, township jazz, mbaqanga, pop melodies, jazz-fusion, and significant classical elements. Their music is a soulful combination of kwela dancing rhythms, Mbaqanga syncopated guitars, swaying African jazz saxophones and trumpets, and people singing cheerful easy harmony. SSQ consists of three brothers, Reuben, Sandile, and Thami, as well as a close friend, Makhosini Mnguni.
There was motivation for children to study violins and to aspire to be like the SSQ. This gave rise to SSQ songs being played and recorded by the majority of young orchestras, such as the Baskaid String Project. Thus, the SSQ has celebrated 25 years of producing superb music and deriving pure driving enjoyment from BMW. This Quartet became a full-time professional group in 1992 and has continued to perform in significant events around the world, including a performance at Nelson Mandela's historic inauguration. Since then, many such historical performances have taken place. The Soweto String Quartet has made an impact on people's lives throughout Africa and beyond.
Its relevance to social issues provided hope throughout a difficult transition from apartheid to independence, allowing it to stand apart, separate, and far ahead of its counterparts. The group's lovely sound has grown with the times while preserving the group's essence of creating sounds of African heartbeat and soul that espouses music for its soul survival. When discussing successful musical groups in Soweto, the Soweto String Quartet quickly rises to the top of the list of long-lasting musical organisations. The ensemble has established itself as a forerunner of brilliance and the ultimate reference point in the type of music it has become recognised for around the world, threading its way to the summit. It is a brand that goes beyond the mundane assembly of a musical instrument, but rather an impeccable blend and discrete selection of sound that tells the great South African stories in particular, and African stories in general.
Since the band's start, an estimated 20 million individuals have been reached through album sales. The reach includes both faithful album collectors and new audiences reached through dedicated projects such as the 2006 Gospel Album, which sold over 50,000 copies, and the current Afrikaans Album, which went platinum after only a week of sales.
The classical character of the music ensures longevity in the purchaser's family and makes for wonderful gifts. SSQ believes that corporate firms will gain greatly from SSQ performances due to their distinct positioning in terms of music and performance. This advantage stems from the fact that SSQ is not mass-market music but is quite popular. Individuals who attend SSQ shows and functions are individuals with incredible individuality.
These people have a strong drive for success, responsibility, and accountability. This is a group of high achievers, therefore the standing of SSQ.