This Sat 7th Masterclass with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing -See poster for details


How to make money from writing songs with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa -7 April

How to make money from writing songs
Masterclass with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa

Areas that will be focused on include:

• So you wrote a song and it’s now on the radio – how do you get paid?

• How do you get the song onto a TV programme or a film or even better – a commercial?

• How much does that pay?

• How long does it take for the money to arrive in your account? What happens if it lands up on the Internet?

• Who is supposed to look after all of these things for you as a writer?

Come and hear David Alexander explain the workings of the music publishing business and how you need to protect yourself in a world where the digitisation of everything is leading to a reduction in earnings for songwriters all over the world.

David will be available to answer any questions you may have about the music publishing business – including how you could get your song onto the next Black Panther

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Time: 10:30am to 12:30am

Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online VIA Quicket or R70.00 at the door

Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont

: Powerful arts and culture mix for Cape Cultural Collective’s Voices programme -16 March

Powerful arts and culture mix for Cape Cultural Collective’s Voices for Human Rights programme

Fresh from a hugely successful tenth anniversary year, the Cape Cultural Collective kicks off its second decade with a powerful line-up of performers for its human rights themed cultural programme.

The event, comprising music, dance and poetry, will take place at the Slave Church Museum, 40 Long Street on Friday 16 March 2018 at 7pm.

Artists include singer Roeshdien Jaz, musicians Didi & Jules and the band Azanian Aesthetics as well as the much-loved Rosa Choir. Poets Roche Kester, Pro-Found and Allison Claire Hoskins will also perform.

Audiences can look forward to hearing the number one songs of Roeshdien Jaz aka Mr Jaz as well as the spellbinding original compositions of Didi & Jules, a guitar, violin and vocal duo. Azanian Aesthetics are fast becoming a favourite of CCC audiences with their amalgamation of old traditional and Pan African instrumental story telling.

Three powerful, no holds barred, performance poets will also grace the stage: Roche Kester, Allison-Claire Hoskins and Ziqu Pro-Found Ndabezitha.
No CCC event would be complete without the much-loved Rosa Choir. This incredibly diverse group of choristers, now in their 6th year, sing a range of songs in Afrikaans, Xhosa and English.

The event will be opened by the stirring rhythms and sounds of the CCC Drummers headed by Mbulelo Mapila.
“These monthly programmes are incredibly powerful and are attracting growing numbers of arts and culture lovers from across the Cape,” said Kay Jaffer, founder member of the CCC.

Our theme speaks to the need to put the concept of Human Rights under the spotlight and to give it real meaning in a time of uncertainty,” said Cape Cultural Collective programme organiser June Knight. She also added that “it is always inspiring when we manage to bring together such a diverse range of performers and audience members from all over Cape Town, it shows that we can break down artificial barriers”.

“The Slave Church Museum, with its deep-rooted connection to our slave history and wonderful acoustics, is the ideal place for thought-provoking and entertaining programmes of this nature,” said Mansoor Jaffer, chairperson of the CCC.

Refreshments will be on Sale. Entry is free and donations are welcome.

The Cape Cultural Collective is a diverse cultural group that promotes ideals of unity, inclusivity and equality and draws a link between history and the social challenges of our time.

Formed in 2007, the CCC has an impressive list of projects under its belt, including: monthly cultural programmes; a poetry anthology; the Rosa adult and junior choirs; the Vulamathuba choir; four major celebration concerts for UWC’s 50th anniversary; the Uhadi poetry production performed in Paris in 2013; cultural tourism initiatives, a hugely successful 10th year anniversary celebration which included a sold-out production at Artscape and a community picnic at the Castle.

The CCC works closely with a range of communities including Langa, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg and Bonteheuwel

The event is organised in collaboration with the SA Sendinggestig Museum. The SA Sendinggestig Museum examines the history of slaves and other marginalised groups and is housed in the oldest indigenous mission church in the country.

Issued by the Cape Cultural Collective and the SA Sendinggestig Museum.

For more information contact;

Kay Jaffer 082 2023131
June Knight 079 1835170
SA Sendinggestig Museum 021 423 6755

Poster for the CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL @Steenberg High on 11 March

Do try and Support the event on 11 March at Steenberg High

Book via the school or at Quicket

Jazz on Bree with Larry George in association with Music Exchange Fri 2 March 7pm

Fri 2nd Mar 2018 19:00 – 22:00

Youngbloodafrica, 70-72 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Larry George

Born in Mamre on the West Coast hails a young talent that started his musical career as a piano player at the tender age of 9.

Inspired by his dad a saxophonist, Larry George started to fiddle around with the saxophone at 14 years old. Larry George is no slouch when it comes to education as he holds a degree in education, with this degree he hopes to start a music education programme.

This silky saxophonist quickly started to grace the big stages with big cats such as Emo Adams, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Katlego Maboe, Kurt Darren, Ernie Smith just to name a few.

His career highlight was performing with his iconic legend; Kirk Whalum.

His most memorable performance was at the 2012 SARU Rugby awards and to be part of a production at KKNK ‘Karoo Swing’ with Bobby Van Jaarsveld.

Larry George is set to release his new single ‘God Knows’ early 2018, followed by his own live brass production in June 2018.

He is currently writing new material to roll out an album by December 2018.

This young talented silky saxophonist will be performing his original music as well as some of his favourite cover pieces.

Catch him live with special guest Kay at the Youngblood Art Gallery 70-74 Bree Street Cape Town.

Jazz on Bree is hosted and curated by Esra Overberg in association with Music Exchange

This series will showcase Legends in Jazz, Woman in Jazz, Youth Jazz, Acoustic Jazz and Cape Jazz. Larry George will kick off the debut Cape Jazz series.
Date: 2 March 2018
Time: 7pm
Fee: R100

book Quicket


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.


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.


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

SOPHIA .jpeg

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


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



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

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