Benjamin John Peter Tyamzashe
TYAMZASHE, Benjamin John Peter. b. 5 September 1890; d. 5 June 1978. Tyamzashe was born in Kimberley, South Africa. Also known affectionately was B-ka-T, Tyamzashe was the son of a Congregational minister in South Africa and a prolific composer of over 200 works. (Dargie, 1997) He followed John Knox Bokwe*’s footsteps in adding innovations to the makwaya* style of singing, a choral form often sung by large groups of people in church and civic settings.
Tyamzashe was educated at the Lovedale Institution in Umtata and obtained a Primary Teacher’s Diploma. Through private study he was awared his Senior Teacher’s Diploma while teaching at the Tiger Kloof Institution in Vryburg. A member of the...
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