Valanga Khoza left South Africa in 1976, exiled along with many other young people because of their struggle against apartheid or racism. The music and stories he has since created reflects the places he has been and the people he has touched throughout his journey across the world as a refugee, finally settling in Australia.
Valanga has performed and warmed audiences of adults and children at selected world music events and in many schools across Australia and the Pacific. As well as recording six albums of original music, he is also the author of well known Gezani and the Tricky Baboon republished by Ford Street Publishing in 2014.
Valanga charms his audiences with humour and wit, telling stories that are embellished by beautiful music form many traditional instruments such as the kalimba, marimba and shijoro (jaw harp) aswell as irresistable rhythms from the guitar, percussion and Valanga’s velvety voice.
Children's Book Festival 2014
Jackie French, Kylie Dunstan, Ursula Dubosarsky, Sarah Ward, The Mighty bUZZniks, Uptown Brown, Bernard Caleo, Andy Griffiths, Libby Gleeson, Marc Martin, Bec Matthews, John Marsden, Valanga Khoza, Tohby Riddle, Nicki Greenberg, Terry Denton, Sally Rippin, Kutcha Edwards, Ron Murray