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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Cape Times personal reflection on passing of Hugh Masekela

Thank you to the Cape Times for calling me to write a personal reflection on the passing of Bra Hugh this week

Not an easy to do

Rest in Peace -Hugh

I think the world has gone mad…

I got this note from a friend of mine -Too good not to share

I think the world has gone mad…with Trump leading the charge.

Too much news’ bombardment…..too much attention paid to people who really do not matter

Gossip on a global scale.

Global lack of privacy, everyone is talking , but saying nothing of substance…… and no one is listening or being able to, at the very least, decipher the noise from the words that matter from the people worthy of being listened to.

The people who created social media should be arrested for crimes against common sense.

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Have a splendid week ahead .

RJ BENJAMIN TO HOST MASTERCLASS IN CAPE TOWN ON SATURDAY 13 JANUARY

RJ BENJAMIN TO HOST MASTERCLASS IN CAPE TOWN

Written by Lonwabo Marele

RJ BENJAMIN promised to Change The World one day at a time, while many may say he has been quiet for quite sometime, the man with over 15 years of experience in the music industry is back in the mothercity to host a music masterclass at the Paul Bothner in Claremont on Saturday, January 13.

Born Roy J. Benjamin, but formally known by his stage name, RJ Benjamin is an award winning songwriter, producer and vocal coach.
In 2009 he took the world by storm with his hit single, Change The World, which sparked masses and collaborations worldwide.

He has worked with local and international artists such as Tamara Dey, Lira , Ziyon, ProVerb, Slikhour, Elvis Blue, DJ Cleo, Danny K, and New York based award winning artist, Jann Klose in Johannesburg.

Some of his most successful students include winner of Idols SA season 10 Vincent Bones, Vusi Nova, Naak Musiq, Amanda Black and Anatii.

RJ Benjamin said late in 2001 and early 2002, he spent a lot of time as a music lecturer, which led him to meet a young man who asked him to play his music, in return, donating R30,000 for studio time.

RJ Benjamin said many musicians would ask when would he record his album(s), and after a spur of excitement in 2004, he released his debut album, “Who I am”.

“It was the best thing because it improved the quality of my songs and song writing. I got a lot of calls to write songs for artists,” he said.

RJ Benjamin, who recently dropped his 5th album, titled 5th Story in December last year, said technology has changed the music industry, “it has never been a better time for African sound.”

“It is not enough to just post music for streaming anymore. There are digital companies out there to assist. But artists often ask themselves: do I need to be signed on a record label? How will people who never heard of me find my music? The play field is the same worldwide,” he said.

“Producers are getting better at mimicking but are also getting their unique style. People want to be played on BBC Radio but have the same trap sound they have in America. I was a music director in Nigeria and their sound is going to take the world by storm. In SA we need to focus on creating something that is going to make you stand out. Sounds like Stimela, Hugh Masekela, Tresors, Shekhinah, Amanda Black etc, people will call them up internationally and play them often,” RJ Benjamin said.

RJ Benjamin said the masterclass will focus on how to release music in 2018, on how to get a quality printed music cover, how artists with small studios can make their music quality by using various apps, distribution companies and many more topics.

Entry is R50,00 at the door, from 10am till 12pm noon. Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont.

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