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Phumzile Sojola



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Phumzile Sojola, proud native of Gqeberha, South Africa, made his Broadway debut in the Tony award winning Porgy and Bess (Peter). He also originated the role of Lord Pinkleton in the Broadway production of Cinderella.  He sang in the hit Off-Broadway show Three Mo' Tenors and was recently seen in the North American tour of Phantom of the Opera (Ubaldo Piangi). Favorite opera performances include L'etoile (Herrisson) and Troubled Island (Popo), both with New York City Opera.  Phumzile sang La Boheme (Rodolfo) with Missouri Symphony Orchestra and Leader in another South African story, Lost in the Stars with Skylark Opera. He also performed in The Magic Flute (Monostatos) and Carmen (Remendado) at Dayton Opera and supporting roles in La Traviata and Turandot with Cincinnati Opera. Phumzile has enjoyed singing several roles in Porgy and Bess all around the world. He sang the role of Robbins/ Crabman in France with Opera National de Lyon and The Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. He also performed the show in Italy and stateside with Jacksonville Symphony and Knoxville Symphony. He had the pleasure of singing in Russia with the Krasnoyarsk Ballet Orchestra and The Orpheus Radio Orchestra in Moscow. Other concerts include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Another international favorite was singing in the famed art festival, La Biennale di Venezia in Italy, with the jazz pianist, Jason Moran. Phumzile also frequently performs with the band Woza Masekela singing the music of his native land. Phumzile’s voice can be heard on the Broadway cast recordings of Cinderella as well as The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other recordings include Treemonisha (Cephus) with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, featured soloist in both Kahlil Kwame Bell’s Homeland and The American Spiritual Ensemble CD, The Spirituals. His favorite role to date is Daddy to 10 year old actress, Zani Jones Mbayise.

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