Multi-instrumentalist and builder of traditional Southern African musical instruments, Phillip worked in the nine years leading up to the end of apartheid in South Africa as a cultural activist in music/dance/drama performances and workshops which brought together separated youth in a dynamic and creative expression of their hope and vision for the future.
Phillip is an accomplished African and contemporary dance drummer, storyteller and teacher of inter-disciplinary cultural forms in which music is the central core.
He also works with the traditional panpipe dance forms of Southern Africa and has led many people in music and movement experiences. One of the largest of these was with 250 participants of a medical symposium at the University of Cape Town that included psychologists and traditional healers.
Phillip co-work shopped and performed in the cross-cultural Abamanyani show, (Grahamstown Festival 1st Fringe Award 1987), directed the music and performed in Isegazini, (Festival 2nd Fringe Award 1988), directed the music for Third World Bunfights’ production “The Prophet”, (Festival 1st Award 1998).
He worked with leaders of some Cape Town marimba and dance groups to create Kwangoma, an orchestra of traditional Southern African instruments. He co-initiated and directed the We Create Our Future Trust multi-cultural rural youth project which hosted Africa’s first “Peace Child” and won the Captrust Award for the top cultural and environmental education centre.
Phillip has performed amongst others with Munkie Ncapayi, Syd Kitchen, Pedro espi Sanchez, Sam Mokoena, Steve Newman, Greg Giorgados, Kholeho Mosala, David Tomsu, Ayanda Holo, and Derek Gripper. He currently lives in Italy and is a teacher, performer, instrument builder, artist and farmer.
photographs by Phillip Nangle