Steenberg High School presents the inaugural CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL on 11 March

Steenberg High School will on Sunday 11 March 2018, present the inaugural CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL.

The festival is hosted in proud association with Musiquelaine SA, The Fostering Foundation, Music Exchange and RJ Benjamin.

Opening at 3pm, the event will be held in the main courtyard on the Steenberg High School premises, where the 1000-seater outdoor Alstom Music Pavilion has been erected.

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Mr Andre Kraak the school’s Principal is delighted to see the courtyard at the school being used to its full capacity, allowing the following institutions to participate at this years exciting inaugural event. These include:

  • Steenberg High Wind Band
  • South Peninsula High School Jazz Band,
  • Steenberg High Jazz Band
  • Steenberg High Jazz Ensemble
  • Stellenbosch University Jazz Ensembles
  • The Fostering Foundation Artists 

The showcase also includes special guests Sophia Foster and RJ Benjamin. Benjamin will fly in from Johannesburg to mentor the Steenberg School jazz band for the preceding week. He will also be performing some his own material, fresh from his sold-out Orbit Jazz show.

Sophia Foster too has decades of music knowledge, international performance experience and vocal prowess to share. Together, they will be dedicating the week leading up to the event to refining the Steenberg musician’s repertoire and integrating The Fostering Foundation singers into the festival programme.

Steenberg High School has established itself for its academic and sporting excellence. In 2013, the school introduced a music education project, created by the NGO Musiquelaine SA. Today the school is equally respected for its music excellence.

This music project has highlighted the innate musical talent of community youth. It aspires to reach out to other schools in the area too by offering the immediate and greater community of Steenberg a platform for music entertainment.

The Alstom Music Pavilion has provided a much-needed space for developing cultural events at the school and more specifically for public events open to the Steenberg community and its surrounds.

Historically, the diversity on the Cape Flats has proved to be one of the most musically creative and vibrant places in South Africa.

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Aligning with the Musiquelaine S.A. motto: ‘Music education for life transformation’, the purpose of the CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL is to create a unique opportunity to showcase the abundant musically talented youth of the Cape Flats. Additionally, in partnership with highly respected South African musicians this event will enable mentorship and the further development of the talent of participating and aspiring performers.

Both Sophia and RJ commented: “We are delighted and honoured to be involved. This gives us the opportunity to pass on our experience and provide guidance to the next generation of talent.

More than a passion project, like minded foundations including The Fostering Foundation, Music Exchange and Musiquelaine SA have collaborated and the aim is to pro actively foster young aspiring talent in order for them to reach their full potential.”

Sophia Foster -pictured

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The vision is for The CFlat Youth Jazz Festival is to be the precursor to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, and it will take place annually in the two weeks leading up to it.

R J BENJAMIN pictured

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The first edition of the CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL will be launched on Sunday, 11 March, at 3pm, at The Steenberg High School.

Join us in a celebration of the musical talent  – with the people for the people.

 

Tickets are available from the school, on 021 701 2281

Or via QUICKET at R50 .00 each

For interviews or more information contact:

Jo Francis

021  701 2281

Steenberg High School

Cnr Symphony Avenue and Orchestra Street

Steenberg

7945

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Sipho Hotstix Mabuse to celebrate Burnout with his show “Timelessness 50 years on” Wed 1 Oct Lyric Theatre

TIMELESSNESS 50 years on 

On Wednesday evening, 1 October, for one-night-only, one of South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, most admired and respected musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – is set to perform at The Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg, in a special, single performance, affair.

Titled Timelessness, a name coined by Mabuse, the show will  tip its hat to the masters, taking fans on musical journey filled with extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, performances.

2014 is a momentous year in Mabuse’s 50-year career immersion in music. Not only is it his golden anniversary of his unwavering commitment and contribution to South African music, it is 30 years ago his now 500 000 copy-selling single “Burn Out” changed the face of shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in pop music history.

Timelessness

From his first group, Harari, through to his stellar solo career that spans the better part of his adult life, Mabuse’s Lyric Theatre reveal is going to be jam-packed with so many hits and memories, beyond “Burn Out”, that “we might not be able to fit it in,” he jokes.

Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic this musician makes is practically impossible to pigeonhole. Drummer, flautist, alto flautist, pianist, saxophonist, kalimba player, timbale and African drummer, Mabuse’s raw ability and talent know no limit!

His name became synonymous with township jive nearly three decades ago, and today his live performances still present the master’s art as the stuff of legend.

As the musical ambassador for South Africa, performing in virtually every country in Africa and touring the US, England, France, Germany and Italy, amongst many more, Mabuse’s recorded and produced the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Ray Phiri and Sibongile Khumalo.

Head out to The Lyric Theatre, at Gold Reef City, and come celebrate the multiple anniversaries with his friends, peers and contemporaries. Expect tributes, tears and Timelessness aplenty as Sipho”Hotstix” Mabuse unpacks, retells and delights the night with songs that remain as perpetual as the master maker himself.

Tickets are available from Computicket.co.za or call: 0861 915 8000 or click on link below 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/sipho_hotstix_mabuse_timelessness/846750980/referer:-highlights-index-0-1_1_19766141-0-grid-

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For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Sipho Mabuse, Sophia Foster, Alistair Izobel for Music Alla Kaap Sat 27th September Grand Arena

Cape Town’s annual music extravaganza Music Alla Kaap is back for its third year running at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town for one night only on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 8pm.

Following 5 sold out shows in two years’, this has become a must-see event on Cape Town’s social calendar.

Music Alla Kaap will be celebrating South Africa’s music icons and the best of the mother city’s artists and entertainers coming together to perform on one stage.

The star-studded line-up will be hosted by veteran stage, film and television star Shaleen Surtie-Richards for a second consecutive year.

She was recently seen in Lara Foot’s adaptation of the stage production Scrooge and was the master of ceremonies at the 10th Cape Town Comedy Festival.

The show is a celebration of great music featuring performances by Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Alvon Collison, Nur Abrahams, Karin Kortje, Sophia Foster, Salome

The show  includes a 6-piece band headed up by one of Cape Town’s top music director’s Trevino Isaacs, Don-veno Prins on saxophone, Ryan Kierman – trombone, Lorenzo Blignaught – trumpet, Jason de Laney on guitar and Melvin Williams on bass.

Music Alla Kaap is produced and conceptualized by Alistair Izobell who will also be performing on stage with the rest of the stars, together with a few other surprising artists on the night.

For Sipho  this September  marks the 30th anniversary of the icon’s hit-makers song “Burn out”, where 500 000 copies of this selling-single changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in SA  pop music history.

Mabuse is a 2005 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Chairman of the non-profit organisation Music Exchange and a 46664 Ambassador having performed at both London’s Hyde Park in 2008 and New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

The line-up of acts to join Mabuse includes Cape Town’s ‘Mr Showbiz’, Alvon Collison who’s been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years.  This all-round entertainer has appeared in a variety of shows over the years, and has made several TV appearances on entertainment programmes throughout his career.

Sophia Foster forms part of the incredible line-up as well.  Her unique talent has transcended all boundaries of music and secured her place as one of the country’s top divas of song. Today, she is one of South Africa’s pioneers and much loved ‘sisters of song’.

Foster has performed internationally and to local audiences over the past four decades. Having starred in various musical extravaganzas, it’s her one woman shows that have earned Foster her greatest acclaim.  She’s been compared to those of Billy Holiday, Lena Horn and Shirley Bassey, and is been celebrated for her unique and sophisticated style.

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Local Cape Town singer Karin Kortje joins the ensemble of entertainers with her sultry and powerful singing voice.  Suave vocalist Nur Abrahams brings his musical charm to the show.  This seasoned artist has appeared in a number of productions.  His performed to local and international audiences as is well-known for his performances in David Kramer’s award-winning musicals and was a former member of the popular band JAG.

Singing sensation Salome Damon Johansen is no stranger to Cape Town audiences. She’s travelled and performed in various cities with Madame Zingara, and formed part of the Diva Tour featuring SA’s top female singers in Cape Town.

Tickets range from R120 – R180 and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.

 

Cape Town Collaborative who met at Music Exchange have put together a special track titled “I Am Woman”

Epiphany Band

Epiphany Band

The month of August is dedicated to all women in South Africa.  In celebration of Woman’s Month, Cape Town Collaborative have put together a special track  titled “I Am Woman”.

It available as a free download, on their Reverbnation Page – http://www.reverbnation.com/epiphanybandsa

Valentino van der Schyff and Tina Gordon are a male and female duo called Epiphany, who have put together a project called  The Cape Town Collaborative.

Epiphany have always wanted to write a song in honour of women and decided to get in touch with artists they met at Music Exchange this year.

The artists who feature in this track are:  Valentino van der Schyff, Tina Gordon, Ronald Jones, Angelo ‘Ello’ Bagley, Clint Brink, Siphokazi Jonas and Antholeen Petersen .

Tina recalls writing the song: “I wanted to write a song about women I admire and women others look up to.

It needed to be a powerful showing and an ode to all women of strength.  We attended an open mic event at Liquid Lime Studios hosted by PANSA, after receiving an invitation from Natalia Da Rocha.   It was at that moment we realised that we just had to complete the dedication to women in a composition we had in mind for so long.

Valentino explains:  “After attending Music Exchange in March 2014, I was taken aback by the valuable information gained and realised how much we still need to do in the South African music business.  Music Exchange has taught me so much and I’ve shared all of the knowledge gained with my partner in crime – Tina!  We got right into it.  Kept recording originals, kept writing songs, kept doing every single gig we possibly could.  After Music Exchange, my mind set has shifted and we have never looked back since.”

Future Projects – Epiphany are already onto their next track titled “My Favourite” which will definitely be released before the end of September, if not sooner!  For now, it is all about women and their Cape Town Collaborative tribute!

For more information contact:

Valentino van der Schyff – 071 902 5535  or  Martin Myers -083 448 4475
@EpiphanyBandSA

Bongani Masuku Benefit Concert 2 July 2014

South African artists came together to remember musician Bongani Masuku at a benefit concert for his family on 2 July 2014 at Joburg Theatre.

[Pictures: Valentina Nicol/The Citizen Newspaper]

The music fraternity learnt the shocking news of Masuku’s untimely death on the evening of 17 May 2014.

He was tragically shot and killed in Troyville.

Masuku was a long standing band member of Johnny Clegg and he left behind his wife, Linah Masuku, and their four children.

The benefit concert on 2 July 2014 at The Mandela at Joburg Theatre,raised funds for the family and raise awareness for Artists against Violence.

South Africa has lost many high profile musicians to crime including, Lucky Dube, Mafikizolo band singer Tebogo Benedict Madingoane and Gito Baloi due to violence in South Africa.

The line up for the benefit concert included top musicians:

Ard Matthews
Claire Johnston from Mango Groove
Johnny Clegg and band
Khanyo
Ringo
Ross Learmonth from Prime Circle
Sibongile Khumalo
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse
Victor Masondo
Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Musical Director for this benefit concert was  Andy Innes, who is Musical Director, guitarist and vocalist for the Johnny Clegg band and has been for over twenty years.

The show is produced by Real Management.

Bernice Boikanyo takes the stage at the Joburg “Civic” Theatre on Monday June 16

Bernice Boikanyo is set to thrill  music lovers once again when he takes the stage at the Joburg “Civic” Theatre on Monday June 16 to commemorate the Youth Day,hence the “LOVE UPRISING CONCERT” as he explains it.

Bernice is fresh  from a series of concerts in Los Angeles, New York and around S.A – which included a gig with South Africas saxophonists Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at Liliesleaf in Rivonia for 50th commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s “I AM PREPARED TO DIE” speech and the musical “ANTHEMS OF DEMOCRACY” that took place in Joburg Theater last month in Mandela Theater, which was celebrated by amongst others including   Bright Blue,Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Sipho Mabuse, Joan Armatrading .

 

In 1976 the youth of South Africa uprised against the enforcement of AFRIKAANS by the apartheid regime.

 

Today Bernice is celebrating this day by encouraging South Africans to love and embrace each other instead of accusing one another by racial believes or colour of their skin.

 

“For me it is going to be a particularly special moment because I will be performing in a place that in 1976 a black artists/musicians wouldn’t be allowed to be in adds Bernice.

 

One of the country’s talented and entertaining drummers, Boikanyo has graced international stages and played alongside world-class musicians – notably Edmund “Ed” Thigpen, a veteran American jazz drummer well-known for his involvement in the Oscar Peterson Trio; and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, twice Grammy winner known for his stellar works with jazz giants like Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

Bernice Boikanyo

Bernice Boikanyo

 

 

He has also played with drummer/percussionist Tutty Moreno, an important figure in Brazilian popular music. On the local front, Boikanyo has pitted his skills against notable figures such as Tlale Makhene, Sylvester Mazinyane, Prince Lengoasa, Bheki Khoza, Jimmy Dludlu, Sipho Mabuse, McCoy Mrubata, with whom he recorded that amazing collaboration album, Brasskap Sessions – Volume One, and Vusi Khumalo, his mentor. He was a core member of the Ringo Madlingozi band.

 

“For this gig, music lovers should expect songs from my debut album, My Soul as well as new material for my forthcoming release. Fans should be thrilled by his regular line-up of young talents such as Sakhile Nkosi (bass), Mongezi Conjwa (piano), Percy Mbonani (sax). Boikanyo will be performing at the Jorburg/Civic Theatre for the first time as a leader, but remarkably his been performing in other places including the Soweto Theater in 2013 a stunning show that was put together by his company “Boikanyo Music Productions.

 

Born in a musical family in Soweto, Bernice’s love for music was evident from an early age when he started singing in a boys’ choir at primary school. He took formal lessons at several institutions, notably FUBA Music Academy in Joburg and Funda Art Centre, Soweto.

 

The Joburg Theatre show promises to be a great symbolic of love uprising. Doors open at 7pm. The show starts at 8pm.

 

for more info contact Razia Myers  –Razia@triplementertainment.co.za

Trevor Jones speaking personally about The 20th anniversary of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa

There are many special moments and memories that I have of 1994.

In particular the extraordinary experience of standing in a queue in Trafalgar Square outside South Africa House, with my mother, who was visiting me in London, she was waiting to vote in the first democratic elections of our country.

I had  my passport revoked and had been stateless for a number of years, studying in exile in Britain, and consequently could not vote.

On my return to South Africa after 29 years, my four children and I were invited to apply for re-instatement of South African citizenships by the immigration authorities.

I had vowed that I would never return to South Africa while apartheid existed and until such time as one man, one vote was instituted.  But frankly I dreamt but never believed that this would happen in my life-time.

In those years in exile I vigorously pursued my studies and forged a career in Film and Music.

There were always two cars outside my house in London which was under surveillance by the Security Police   —  while downstairs in my studio,  I was composing the music for short anti-apartheid commercials while my brother Colin Jones hosted Senior exiled members of the ANC.  He would update people like the Pahad brothers,  on  recent events in SA.

Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki were my neighbours in Muswell Hill.

A couple of months after voting on the birthday of our eldest son my family and I watched the inauguration of Nelson Mandela – it was a joyous double celebration that day in our household.

Nearly a year later – on the 21st March (1995) – I watched with pride along with the rest of the world, live from Cape Town, my brother, Colin Jones, The Dean of the Cathedral hosting Madiba, The Arch, (Bishop Tutu), Martin Luther King’s widow, The Queen of England and Prince Philip, and other dignitaries,  commemorate the first human rights day   in South Africa.

 

This was the beginnings of our infant democracy, a twenty year young evolution and learning curve – which needs to be a constant process of change and development.

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Trevor Jones

The most important for me being Investment in our greatest resource  – the nurturing and education of our young – the next generation of the rainbow nation.

As we learn lessons about what a democracy should be and how to exercise our rights within the system, lets recall some of the words of Madiba:

.Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

It is what we make out of what we have,     not what we are given, that separates one person   –  from another. 

He could also have said that you can lead a horse to the water but its up to us to drink – of the waters of freedom.

We look forward with hope and enthusiasm to the next twenty years as we learn from the successes and mistakes of the last twenty years.

Success is the 10% tip of the ice-berg      –        of which 90% is striving and failure.

GOD grant us the SERENITY to accept things we cannot change.

The COURAGE to change the things we can.

AND the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE.

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