Loyiso Bala


Loyiso Bala says the only time he has time for reading is when he is sitting on a plane. Between his performances, his work behind the scenes on ad jingles, documentaries, shows such as Takelane Sesame, scores for Tshasha and his South African Music Award-nominated work with producer Kryton on arrangements for Gang of Instrumentals, there isn't much free time. It might surprise fans of his Sama and Metro FM award-winning albums Wine, Women and Song, Blow your Mind and Amplified, to learn that Bala was the youngest conductor of the National Youth Choir in 2000 at the age of 19, and was head of the Drakensberg Boys' Choir. This year he presented the Samas, an experience he says was really cool. "It was the first time that I was in control,� he says. Bala is preparing to perform at Madison Square Gardens in New York at the 46664 concert. Maybe then he'll get some reading in. � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: Santorini, Hyde Park, Johannesburg