Lestie Hughes


Lestie Hughes obtained a B Mus (Ed) degree and an Orchestral Diploma from UPE in 1989 and 1992 respectively. Merging her Music studies with Philosophy and Sociology she obtained an MA (Sociology) degree Cum Laude from UPE in 2000, with a thesis investigation the life and music of the New Brighton township jazz legend Dudley Tito. In 2021 she obtained a D Phil degree in Music from NMU with the thesis “A Problematisation of Afrikaner identity subject positions as found in the coverage of Contemporary Afrikaans music in Huisgenoot magazine discourse”.


While studying part-time, Lestie served as music teacher and Head of Music at numerous schools, including the Collegiate High School for Girls, St Dominic’s Priory and Woodridge College, where she was the chairman of three Knock on Wood Festivals. She is currently teaching flute and music history at Pearson High School and is the co-ordinator of the Pearson Praeludium Festival. Lestie was chairman of the Gqeberha-branch of the South African Teachers’ Association for 12 years and served as National President of this association in 2019.

As contract lecturer she presented courses in South African Music – including African Traditional Music, Township Jazz, Protest Music, Kwaito and Afrikaans Music – to NMU students and students from NMU’s International Office for a total of 20 years. In 2021 she, furthermore, presented an electronic course in Protest Music for UCT. She is a Research Associate at NMU and will be presenting a paper on Afrikaans Music at the forthcoming SASRIM Conference.