“Ntyilo Ntyilo” (South African Xhosa Song): Goitsemang Lehobye (voice), Albert Combrink (Piano), Hendrike Kovats (Double Bass)
Live Amateur Footage from “Opera in a Convent Garden 2014” held in Cape Town at Springfield Convent.
Read more about Goitsemang Lehobye HERE: https://www.albertcombrink.com/2013/12/19/goitsemang-lehobye/
Read more about “Opera in a Convent Garden” HERE: https://www.albertcombrink.com/2014/01/01/ocg2014pressrelease/
Read more about the original song and the composer (Including Sheetmusic, Original Xhosa Lyrics and English ranslation) HERE:
Goitsemang Lehobye — SOPRANO — Résumé
Goitsemang was born in Ga-Rankuwa in South Africa and loved singing from as early as she can remember. After finishing her school career, she could not pursue her studies due to a lack of funds and she joined The Black Tie Ensemble’s “Incubator” Scheme in February 2005. Goitsemang performed with The Black Tie Opera Chorus, taking part in productions of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale Puccini’s Tosca and Madama Butterfly and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
Goitsemang soon attracted attention for solo work and her achievements include the role of Micaëla, in Tshwane University of Technology’s production of Bizet’s Carmen, and the DVD recording of Bravo Mozart and Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow.
In the beginning of 2011 Goitsemang got the opportunity to further her studies at the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In May 2011 she sang the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème in the Baxter Theatre
Highlights of her career include the Johan Botha Gala Concert at the Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg presented by Cape Town Opera and the CPO’s Neil Schicoff Opera Gala. Most recently she took a leading role in CTO’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She was also winner of the 2013 Schock Sining Competition. She currently receives vocal training from Hanna van Niekerk.