Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Dizu honoured with Achievement Award

Dizu Plaatjies has been honoured with an award by this year's Moshito Music Conference.

The annual South African music conference, Moshito took place in Johannesburg in September 2017 and featured Dizu as panelist and performer as well as giving him their lifetime achievement award for his contribution to traditional music.

Dizu in his office at the UCT College of Music this week, with his trophy. Pic Annagret Mason

Dizu is a founder member of Amampondo, the marimba group from Langa, Cape Town, that put traditional South African music on the international map in the 1980s.

He went on to establish his current backing group, Ibuyambo with whom he has toured throughout the world for the last 10 years. Together with Ibuyambo he has also won two SAMA Awards for this albums, African Kings and Ubuntu-the common string.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


We have not blogged about Dizu's activities for a while but here is a brief update. He has been busy in the last year or so, mostly in SA.

Since we last posted Dizu has won a SAMA award for his album, Ubuntu-The Common String.

 Here is a link to a clip from the album - . The track was also nominated for an AFRIMA award at an event held in Nigeria.

The recognition of the SAMA released lot of demand for his services at concerts in southern Africa.
Here some pics -

A noice tribute piece -

Due to taking off time for a sabbatical from his teaching at UCT he is able to fulfil some of that demand. This includes an artists residence at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. The residence includes a number of events, see these shows -

On the international front there have also been a few highlights, notably a trip to Moscow and Brazil.

 Following the events above he will fly to Asia with his band. Details soon.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Great Media Reaction to new Dizu Plaatjies album.

The media reaction to the new Dizu album - UBUNTU - THE COMMON STRING  - has been nothing less than stunning. Here is a selection.

Cover art of UBUNTU Digipak.




Great review in World Music Central




Top of the World Album in SONGLINES - UK

Double page spread in FOLKER - Germany

Review in fRoots - UK


Press Ads - FRANCE




Will add stuff as we get hold of it.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

DIZU - French dates coincide with album release

Dizu Plaatjies and members of his Ibuyambo Ensemble will play 4 dates in France in December 2015. The schedule is as follows -

Strasbourg - 8 December
Lamballe - 10 and 11 December
Brest - 12 December

The concerts coincide with the French release of his new album, Ubuntu - The Common String. The album features different guest performers but Dizu will perform the album repertoire with his traditional instrument ensemble.

Although a regular visitor to France over the last 10 years he has not performed at the locations in the north West of the country before.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Official Bio - Dizu Plaatjies

This is the official bio of the artist - DIZU PLAATJIES. No reproduction without permission.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Dizu Plaatjies for Penang World Music Festival 2015


Internationally acclaimed World Music star and African musicologist, Dizu Plaatjies, will lead his Ibuyambo Ensemble on stage at the Penang World Music Festival in April 2015. Dizu is the former leader and founder of Africa's popular marimba group, Amampondo.

Ibuyambo have confirmed their participation, which will be the second international appearance by Dizu and his 7 piece group since their concert in New York a month ago. The festival runs over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of April at the Padang Esplanade in George Town, Penang.

Standing ovation in New York's, Carnegie Hall, November 2014

The group are expected to present an uptempo program including some of Dizu's new songs, to entertain the open air festival fans. The actual date and times of the show are not yet available but will be published on theses pages as soon as we have these.

Dizu and Thongo live at WOMAD, UK
Photo - Graham Boynton

Dizu's manager, Patrick Lee-Thorp, said that the artist is delighted to get this invitation to return to Malaysia, which builds a presence of African musicians, and particularly Dizu, since headlining the Rainforest World Music Festival in 2013, in S E Asia.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Dizu Plaatjies & Ibuyambo International Concert List

Dizu (centre) live 2007.  © Songwrights Publishers

We have tried to re-construct the list of shows done by the group and by Dizu solo over the last few years. The list begins with the season at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town where Dizu's first solo album was launched with a stage production in 2003. It excludes all other shows in South Africa.

The pics below are taken from Dizu's profile in the Ethnoworld website. The list in incomplete but hopeful will be updated as we remember all the places where he appeared! There are a couple of duplications due to the info on that site being altered.

Some more from 2010 in France, info from Maitemusic, thanks - 




Twiza Festival, Morocco, 2014 - OCTOBER

Standing ovation, Carnegie Hall, 1/11/2014 (c) Songwrights