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

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

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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



Music Exchange returns to Cape Town Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme. Music Exchange(MEX) returns to Cape Town between Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Afrirca’s entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today,” states Music Exchange founder Martin Myers.

2016’s #MEX16 is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation.

Guest speakers confirmed already include: Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Derek Geddes, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hofmeeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London) and John Fishlock, among others

Over the two days, the annual symposium of the industry strategists, marketers and musicians will get to share and engage in lectures, collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain.

Diverse subjects covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be unpacked and shared by the very best in their respective disciplines. From the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, right through to rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market, both cluttered with more noise than harmony – MEX2016 will deliver it all.

For more information, visit #MEX16

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 or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.


Internationally acclaimed songbird Sophia Foster to open for Peaches and Herb 4 May – GrandWest

Sophia Foster

Sophia Foster

American soul supremos Peaches & Herb are set to wow Cape Town early next month along with Zayn Adams, Sophia Foster (pictured above) and Isaac Monty.

The sweethearts of soul will give a once off performance on Saturday 4 May at GrandWest Casino outside Cape Town.

Concert promoter Lifestyle Events International will bring the hit makers to Cape Town for this historic concert that will feature the duo’s latest and greatest hits: Reunited, Let’s Fall in Love, Close your Eyes, For Your Love, Love is Strange and Shake Your Groove Thing.

Proving that they are concert promoters with a conscience, Lifestyle Events International will give R10 of each ticket sold to the Mayoral Special Fund, which is used to assist the needy of Cape Town.

Peaches & Herb began its meteoric rise in 1976 when Let’s Fall in Love hit the charts. Thereafter, a steady succession of hits followed. Reunited attained the no 1 slot worldwide in 1980 and has become known as the duo’s signature song; but other, equally successful hits followed. Reunited’s success was followed a year later by the dazzlingly successful album I Pledge My Love, which has gained favour as a wedding march. The duo cemented their success the following year when they stormed the hit parade with Bluer than Blue.

Strong & smooth Herb and the rather peachy Peaches will ignite the stage of GrandWest with his brandy-and-cream voice and her velvet tones.

Wanda Tolson is the latest in a series of illustrious female performers to take to the stage as Herb’s singing partner Peaches.

Boasting an independent singing career that is as successful as that of her 6 predecessors, the current Peaches also introduces a fresh, sexy quality to the duo.

The rest of the evening belongs to SA talents Zayn Adam, of Give a Little Love Fame, internationally acclaimed songbird Sophia Foster, and new kid on the block, Isaac Monty, who recently made the startling switch from choirmaster to tabloid star.

The concert will be held in the Arena of GrandWest, which for the duration of this night will be transformed into an intimate stage for one of the world’s most unforgettable duos – one that after 40 years in the spotlight can still shake their groove thing.

The Peaches & Herb concert takes place on Saturday 4 May at 8.30 pm in the Arena of GrandWest. Tickets range from R230. Tickets are available from Computicket.

for more info contact Martin Myers –

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