Amathongo is a Cape Town based World Music project which mixes traditional African styles with jazz and a great variety of other music genres.

Lungiswa Plaatjies

Lungiswa Plaatjies was born and raised in Langa, Cape Town where her musical training began in childhood. She started singing at the tender age of 8 and went on to become the lead vocalist of Amampondo. Having toured extensively (throughout South Africa, the Far East, Scandinavia, Europe, the USA, the UK and Canada) she released her first solo album Lungiswa (Ekhaya) and her second 'Unonkala' in 2002 followed by Mamelani produced by Don Laka.

By this stage she had proven herself as an african music connoisseur, digging deeper into the foundations of african music and isixhosa dance (umxhentso). Multi-instrumentalist, Lungiswa plays mbira, marimbas, djembe, kayomba, uhadi and umrhubhe as well as showcasing her natural singing skills.

She has been nominated for various SAMA and KORA awards and has just released her fourth album 'Ndiyahamba'.

Lungiswa worked with the composer Neo Muyanga on two of his operas, The Flower of Shembe (2012) and The Heart of Redness (2015).

She has worked with Amampondo, Ibuyambo, Madala Kunene, and Max Lasser (Swiss guitarist). At the moment she is working with Ssshhh ensemble and Amathongo.