City committee approves young guitar prodigy’s request for music equipment

2015-07-24 09:29
Epworth Primary School pupil Luthando Jackson (9) will receive funding from the Msunduzi Municipality for professional music equipment.

Epworth Primary School pupil Luthando Jackson (9) will receive funding from the Msunduzi Municipality for professional music equipment. (Jonathan Burton)

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A NINE-YEAR-OLD guitar prodigy seems to have pulled on the right strings after his request for funding from the municipality was approved at yesterday’s executive ­council meeting.

Luthando Jackson, a Grade 4 pupil now at Epworth Preparatory School and a ­self-taught guitarist, wrote to Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela appealing for ­professional music equipment, recording equipment and a computer.

His request amounted to the value of R37 426.

The letter was discussed at the strategic management committee where it was ­decided that the request for sponsorship be denied, however, at yesterday’s council meeting, Exco member Jabu Ngubu counter proposed that the municipality should strongly consider Luthando’s request.

The strategic management committee decided against the sponsorship, saying “while the cause may be a good one, it would set a dangerous precedent which could not be sustained”.

However, Ngubu said the council “needs to invest in young talent in the city”.

Luthando’s request for funding ­eventually came to a vote yesterday and was approved.

Luthando also specially requested that the delivery of his equipment be made personally by Ndlela.

“I would be very happy if you can deliver the equipment in person [to my school] so I can play for you.”

His father, Oupa Jackson, said his son has inspired many children of his age and has put the province on the map with his talent.

“He plays classical music and has made a name for himself by delivering amazing performances at the University of ­KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg ­campus, Midmar and the Tatham Art ­Gallery.

He is an ­enthusiastic guitarist who needs professional music equipment to nurture his young talent,” said Jackson.

In a recent Witness interview with ­Jackson, he said his son received a guitar for his seventh birthday.

He said Luthando started listening to songs on the radio and began playing them.

The self-taught guitarist said he hopes to become a music teacher one day.

“Last year we received a scholarship from Merchiston because he is so talented,” said his father.

One of the country’s top classical guitarists, James Grace, recently praised Luthando’s talent on his Facebook page after seeing him perform at a school assembly.

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