Requiem for the Living

Dr. Rexleigh Bunyard made history in South Africa in 2016 when her humanitarian oratorio, Requiem for the Living, received its world première in August, with performances in the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and the ZK Matthews Hall at Unisa. This composition has given rise to an NGO with the same name, (RFTL) in aid of AIDS orphans and people who have suffered devastating loss, which enjoys the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court, and SA Diva Mimi Coertse. Requiem for the Living the composition, has its own website at

The praise singers of diverse cultures brought ancient texts alive in several international languages including Portuguese, French, Chinese, Indian, English, German, Hebrew and South African indigenous languages of SeSotho, isiZulu, Setswana, isiXhosa, and Afrikaans.


The story of Requiem for the Living is a personal journey of integration, from exclusivity to inclusivity.