Phelo Bala Uncovered

Phelo Bala,

Live Performance

Phelo Bala Uncovered is a musical performance which highlights his compositions from the Ndim’lo album. Mandela Bay Arts Festival audiences will get the opportunity for a first hand experience of Phelo's unmistakable voice. Unravel the mystery of his musicality with this unforgettable experience.


1. Bassist - Linamandla Nomnganga
2. Drummer - Zwelethu Skosana
3. Keyboard(s) - Dominic Hans
4. Lead Guitarist - Ndumiso Ntantiso
5. Percussionist - Luphumlo Batyi

About the Artists

Like many great singers, Phelo Bala started singing in his church choir at an early age, and it was immediately clear that he’d inherited the unique musical gift from his beloved mother and brothers Zwai and Loyiso, who Phelo would eventually form the globally acclaimed Bala Brothers with, when he was only 14 years old. Following in his brothers’ footsteps, Phelo joined the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in KwaZulu Natal, where he rose to become deputy head boy and head of choir.

After completing his studies at Drakensberg Boys, Phelo’s professional career started with the release of the first Bala Brothers CD in 2006. The success of Bala Brothers saw Phelo performing on stages all over the world including England, Scotland, Japan, Australia and of course all over Southern Africa as both a soloist and as part of an ensemble. In 2011 Phelo joined the highly acclaimed and multi award winning Joyous Celebration group which also launched his songwriting career and in 2017 he released his debut album called Ndim’lo.

His career has seen him performing for Nelson Mandela and a host of other dignitaries and celebrities including John Legend, Kenny Latimore, Kirk Franklin, Samuel L Jackson, Thabo Mbeki, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as sharing the stage and collaborations with ,Lira, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dozi, Sibongile Khumalo, Soweto Gospel Choir, TKZee, Frenzy, Mobi Dixon, Brenda Mntambo, Dr Tumi. He has also done backings for Hle Mntombela, Mnqobi Nxumalo and Rebecca Malope.

  • Target Age Group
    Adults Only
  • Age Classification
    All Ages
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  • Name
    Mendi Arts Centre
  • Location
    Mendi Arts Centre, New Brighton, Gqeberha
  • Directions
    The Mendi Centre has secure parking , through the entrance on Mendi Road.
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  • Accessibility Info
    Mendi is fully accessible to wheelchair users as there are no steps on the performance and exhibition levels.
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  • Event Format
    Live Performance