Siyabonga has been singing all his life. Born in Soweto, Gauteng, he won the North West University Singing Competition in three consecutive years between 2009 and 2012. He is currently fi nishing his studies at the North West University under the guidance of Dr. Conroy Cupido as his voice teacher.
Siyabonga is a member of the FNB 20 Tenors, an initiative funded by FNB. This group has performed to great acclaim under Richard Cock at RMB Starlight Classics in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He also won a scholarship to the Schleswig Holstein Festival Choir based in Germany, which enabled him to work with Rolf Beck and Paul McCreesh – both in rehearsal and concert settings.
Siyabonga has participated in masterclasses with the likes of Jeremy Ovenden, Prof. Kobie van Rensburg, Barbara Hill Moore and Paul Mc-Creesh. During last year’s Johannesburg International Mozart Festival Siyabonga took part in a masterclass with Prof. Josef Protschka and was chosen for a scholarship to study at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, for one year.
His concert activities are very diverse: in 2009 he was chosen to sing at the Cricket ICC World Championships held in South Africa. He also sang at the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma in 2009 and at the celebrations for President Nelson Mandela’s birthday at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.
Siyabonga sang Acis in Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea in 2010 under the directorship of Prof. Kobie van Rensburg, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Roux’ Coming Home Cantata, Bach’s Magnifi cat, St. Matthews Passion, Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast and Mozart’s Requiem.
He regularly performs with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra under Richard Cock and is part of the Chamber Choir of South Africa.