Evans Netshivhambe

Evans Netshivhambe was born in 1982 in Venda in an area called Nzhelele, Limpopo, South Africa. He completed his high school education in the year 2000, at Dimani Agricultural High School. He then pursued the study of music towards a professional career for a year at the University of Venda in 2001 because he did not have formal music training at high school.

Netshivhambe enrolled in 2002 for a BMus degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, which he completed in 2005, specializing in music composition. In his senior undergraduate years, he was appointed as a part-time lecturer/tutor for first-year students in sound mixing and design, as well as score arranging. For his final undergraduate year, Netshivhambe produced a portfolio of music compositions which demonstrated his originality and creative flair as a composer, obtaining a distinction in Composition. He also completed a long essay on the transcription of Venda dance forms, qualifying with a first class pass. 

In 2007, Evans graduated with a Masters degree in Digital Arts, and subsequently enrolled for an MMus degree in Composition. The areas that he specialized in for this Masters degree were Music Composition, Sound Design, Sound Engineering as well as Audio Mixing for production and Multimedia Composition. In 2008, Evans was awarded third prize in a Choral Music competition pioneered by the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO),which showcased 20th Century choral music style. He also received three commissions from SAMRO in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is very passionate about music composition and has been composing music since he was 16 years old.

Evans Netshivhambe was part of an ensemble of four brothers which was called “Boys Beat”. This is where he discovered his composition ability. He is currently enrolled for a PhD in music composition at the University of the Witwatersrand. Netshivhambe has been appointed as music lecturer at the University of Pretoria with focus on re-structuring the music programme's indigenous knowledge system.

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