Last name First name Synopsis
Bouws Jan

Musician, composer, lecturer and author

Boxall Dorothy Ruth music lecturer,  founder of the Young Citizen’s Orchestra, served on executive council of the Johannesburg Music Society, adjudicator, member of the Music Committee of the School Teachers’ Music Association, served on the Research and Education Committee of the South African Society of Music Teachers, and was twice chairwoman of the Witwatersrand University Musical Society.
Carstens Nicolaas “Nico”

Legendary accordion player and composer of boeremusiek.

Chabane Ohm Collins

Member of the African National Congress (ANC) underground, prisoner on Robben Island, previous MEC for Limpopo’s Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, current Minister in the Presidency and musician.

Clegg Jonathan

South African musician, anthropologist, recipient of the South African Presidential Award, The Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, for 'bridging African traditional music with other music forms, promoting racial understanding among racially divided groups in South Africa under difficult apartheid conditions, working for a non-racial society and being an outstanding spokesperson for the release of political prisoners.'.

Coertse Mimi

Vocalist and South Africa's First Operatic prima donna

Coetzee Basil

Musician, liberation struggle activist and volunteer.

Daniels Deon

DJ; music producer; TV and radio presenter; Director of Community and Youth Development for NPC, GCAP/SR4A; precision drifting and stunt car driver

Dube Lucky

 South African musical artist and was attributed as one of the world's greatest reggae superstars

Dube Nokutela (nee Mdima)

Musician, founder member of the Daughters of Africa and wife of John Langalibalele Dube. 

Dunlop Penelope

Singer and songwriter

Dyer Steve


Fassie Brenda

South African pop singer

Folley Lawrence

Lawrence Folley had a long and distinguished career on the stage, appearing in opera, operetta, musicals and concert platforms around the world.  He won the Nederburg Opera prize five times and the coveted Artes Award.  Folley was voted South

Galeta Hotep

Jazz musician and music educator

Glasser Adam
Gow (Adams) Vera

Opera singer and Social Worker

Gumede Sipho

South African jazz bass guitarist

Gwangwa Jonas

Jazz Artist, Composer, Musical Director

Hendricks Bobby

Saxophone player known as the “King of Langarm”, a popular form of South African Coloured dance music

Ibrahim Abdullah

Known as South Africa’s most distinguished pianist and a world-respected master musician.

Jansen Robert


Klaasen Thandi


Lombard Rashid
Mafela Joe

Television personality, actor, writer, director, producer, musician and businessman

Makeba Miriam

South African singer and human rights campaigner, Makeba was the first vocalist to put African music onto the international map in the 1960s. Makeba is well known throughout the world known as 'Mama Africa' and the 'Empress of African Song'. 

Masekela Hugh

Celebrated musician, singer, composer and trumpet player

Masuka Dorothy

Musician and Singer, exiled person

Mathosa Lebo

Singer and Actress

Matshikiza Todd

South African jazz pianist, composer and journalist.

Matshikiza Patrick

Pianist, singer and composer

Mattera Don

Poet, Musician, and Community Activist

Mbuli Mzwakhe

The musician and political activist Mzwakhe Mbuli has played an essential role in the musical culture of South Africa before and after the fall of the apartheid government.  His poetry and music were a crucial part of the cultural movement in the

Mbulu Letta


McGregor Chris

Jazz musician, pianist and composer

Mdunyelwa Sylvia

Jazz Musician 

Mentz Esther

Recording artist, taught singing, promoted the development of opera and was a member of PACTS’s opera committee and of the Johannesburg Music Society, a pioneer in the Afrikaans film genre and in theatre

Mergia Hailu

Musician and Cab driver

Mhlongo Busisiwe

For her excellent contribution to music and putting South Africa on the international music map with her prolific musical compositions, Mhlongo was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver

Moeketsi Kippie

South African jazz musician and a saxophone player

Moyaga Harry

Artist and musician

Mrwebi Benni

South African saxophonist and a pioneer in the music scene and international recognition of African jazz in the 1950s and 60s.


A self-taught pianist, saxophonist, guitarist, composer and arranger


singer, song-writer, actor and film director 

Ngozi Winston

Jazz artist (saxophonist) 

Ngqawana Zimasile

South African musician, flautist and saxophonist

Nkabinde Simon

Artist - Musician

Nkosi Isaac

Saxophonist, composer and record producer

Nokwe Tu


Ntsangani Bonakele

Musician, charged in the 1956 Treason Trial, involved in the Rivonia Trial, Robben Island prisoner and served as an MK commander in the Border region