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Neo Muyanga is a composer and musician. He was born in Soweto into a long line of traditional composers and makers of the timbila, a Mozambican tuned wood percussion instrument. He studied the Italian madrigal tradition with choral maestro Piero Poclen in Trieste, Italy. In the mid 1990s he co-founded the acoustic guitar duo BLK Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere, garnering critical acclaim throughout Southern Africa and internationally. Neo writes, plays, and composes for chorus, chamber, and large ensembles. Most recently, his Memory of How It Feels was performed at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. He has also composed music for and toured with Britain's prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and South Africa's celebrated Handspring Puppet Company and served as artist in residence at the University of Cape Town School of Drama. He continues to tour widely as a solo performer and as a member of BLK Sonshine. Neo also curates the Pan African Space Station online. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.