Knowing Me, Knowing You — Mr Phiwe Ndodana Makaula [alumnus]
Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
University Diploma in Music, BA Music & Society, Honours BA Music, MMus
Qualifications completed elsewhere:
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (Unisa), 2013
Notable professional achievements:
Singing at President Zuma’s first inauguration; having my singing student become Gauteng Provincial champion in 2013 going through to Nationals of the South African Schools’ Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE).
Current professional position / occupation:
Voice trainer and music literacy teacher at Gauteng Department of Education Magnet Schools of Music, based in Buhlebuzile Secondary School in Thokoza.
Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Handel — Julius Caesar
2. Nina Pastori
3. Cesaria Evora
4. Bhaca traditional music (processional songs during Umgidi wamaHlubi celebration of the return of male initiates)
5. Any Rossini opera at any given point
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Performing the Role of King Oswald in the Cape/Umculo Festival’s production of King Arthur by Henry Purcell in Cape Town. And many more, but this stands out as I am crazy about Baroque music.
Top 3 must-read books:
1. The History of Medieval Europe by RHC Davis
2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
3. Web of Deceit by Mark Curtis
Matthew 6 verse 25-34
Top 4 must-see movies:
1. The Notebook
3. Identity Thief
4. The Bourne trilogy
Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
Game of Thrones
Any food, bring it on!
How do you relax?
Movies at home, listening to music, and singing.
Family (spouse / children):
Wife Nezeka and son Thuthuka.
Which places would you still like to visit?
Italy, Germany, France, Hungary and Poland (I love ancient buildings).
What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
House no. 51 with the boys, first year’s concerts and Thursday student concerts … hahaha … funny memories only.