Self-taught boy (8) shines on guitar

2014-03-05 00:00

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD guitarist Luthando Jackson performed in his first-ever public concert at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus last Friday.

The Merchiston Grade 3 pupil, who lives in Mountain Rise, is entirely self-taught.

“He asked his mom for a guitar for his birthday and has been playing ever since,” his father, O.B. Jackson, said.

Luthando plays both classical and Spanish guitar and says he learned what notes to play simply by listening to guitar music.

Jackson said Luthando’s ability has surprised the rest of the family as none of them play musical instruments.

But they are keen to support his talent and have been trying to find a place in the city where he can continue to learn and perform.

One of the places they tried was the iThembalethu Academy for the Performing Arts at the Thembalethu Trust in Burger Street.

Luthando was too young to join the programme, but he so impressed the staff at the academy that they invited him to join the students’ show at UKZN on February 28.

“He’s really excited about doing the show … and we would love to give him the chance to perform elsewhere,” Jackson said beforehand. To help Luthando, please call his dad at 082 678 5654.

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