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Biography

  • Years Active

    1979 – present (41 years)

  • Founded In

    Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Members

    • Dizu Plaatjies
    • Lungiswa Plaatjies
    • Mabi Thobejane
    • Mzwandile Qotoyi
    • Simpiwe Matole

"Amampondo is a South African percussion ensemble which was started by Dizu Plaatjies in Langa Cape Town in 1978. The other founding members were, Simpiwe Matole, Michael Ludonga, Mzwandile Qotoyi, Leo Mbizela and Mandla Lande.

Amampondo has entertained audiences with their broad spectrum of African traditional and contemporary compositions . They have taught and played the world over, from Israel to Japan, from Scandinavia to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

The group continue to perform but without their former leader, Dizu Plaatjies who has started his own project entitled , Ibuyambo."

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