Nteta violinists set for big stage

2015-11-12 06:00
Noluvuyo and Siyathemba Nteta will be among the rising stars on stage at this year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops concert.  PHOTO: Michael Pace

Noluvuyo and Siyathemba Nteta will be among the rising stars on stage at this year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops concert. PHOTO: Michael Pace

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Khayelitsha siblings Noluvuyo and Siyathemba Nteta are preparing to share the stage with Arno Carstens at this year’s Nederburg Picnic Pops concert.

The violinists will be performing as part of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Saturday 21 November when they accompany Arno, jazz singer Adelia Douw, award-winning soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, tenor Lukhanyo Moyake and choristers from the Boland Community Choir.

The annual benefit concert aims to showcase young and emerging musicians on a platform where they get the opportunity to share the stage with more recognised names.

Noluvuyo and Siyathemba’s mother introduced them to music. Her friend teaches at the Beau Soleil Music Center and when they were looking for children from Khayelitsha to participate in a violin programme in 1999, she signed her two up.

Noluvuyo says she knew nothing about the violin to begin with. “When I first saw the instrument I did not like it and hearing other kids play to me- they were just making a noise,” she admits.

Today however, Noluvuyo has combined her dream of teaching and her passion for music is studying to be a music teacher. She is involved with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Masidlale outreach project, which sees her teaching violin lessons at Sonwabo Primary in Gugulethu.

One of her goals is to be able to give back to her community. “I love being part of the project because I am myself a product of a project so I understand what happens in the township I understand the need for improvement.”

Like his sister, Siyathemba says he is also a “product” of a project, having started his musical journey with Beau Soliel’s Ifidyoli Ensemble.

“That is where I spend my Saturday mornings: with some of the youngsters who also want to become professional musicians.”

Noluvuyo plays first violin and Siyathemba plays second, which makes practicing at home together easy and fun. “I am more focused than my brother- he likes to just rush through things sometimes - I calm him down.”

Their relationship within the orchestra is also interesting as Noluvuyo says she will often help her brother focus during rehearsals as well. “The same bond we have at home is transferred in our music.”

Her nurturing nature probably comes from their mother who they both cite as their biggest motivation. Although she can’t always watch their performances, she knows exactly where they are going and what they are playing.

“Even when we were much younger, before we play an exam or concert she would ask us to play for the family, so she keeps us going.”

Both Noluvuyo and Siyathemba say they are looking forward to the music and the atmosphere at the picnic concert. They are looking forward to sharing the stage with other professional musicians and playing for an audience who appreciated their music.

The concert starts at 18:00 but gates open at 16:00 and families are encouraged to bring snacks and enjoy the afternoon sun.

V Tickets cost R100 each from www.webtickets.co.za and children under 12 enter free. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on the day. Visit www.nederburg.com/za or call 021 809 8412 during office hours for more information.

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Three families can each win a set of four tickets to enjoy the show. SMS the word “Nederburg” followed by your email address to 45527 before noon on Monday 16 November to enter. SMSes cost R1.50.

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