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Thembela Vokwana

Thembela Vokwana's broad areas of interest are in African music, choral music, Opera, African disapora music, cultural anthropology, cultural history, queer musicology and culture studies. His doctoral project focuses on the life and music of Reuben Tholakele Caluza. It examines the transatlantic cultural and ideological relations between US and South African Black Intellectuals, the rise of Black nationalism and its effect on amakhwaya music viewed through the art-world of RT Caluza. Thembela has also written on post-apartheid opera in South Africa, South African popular music (kwaito), music performance and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, University of Fort Hare