Young musos at the museum

2014-03-06 00:00

TALENTED young musicians from the organisation Music Voyage will be performing at the Msunduzi Museum’s Our Friends in Heritage Event at the museum at 351 Langalibalele Street in Pietermaritzburg, tomorrow.

Elrica Henning, chief research officer and head of the department of research, information and collections, said she first heard of the organisation while watching the television programme Mooiloop.

“I was so impressed by the talented youngsters playing these difficult instruments, and made contact with them to see if they would be willing to entertain us at the museum tomorrow at Our Friends in Heritage event, and again on March 17 for our Library Week event,” she added.

“I went to see them at one of the rural schools in the Fort Nottingham area. Young boys and girls were playing lovely songs on flutes, even songs such as Sarie Marais!

“Music Voyage is a non-profit organisation and depends on people’s goodwill to get the funds to train the children and get them to write [music] exams.”

The Our Friends in Heritage event starts in the Msunduzi Museum’s Centenary Hall at 9.30 am tomorrow.

The aim of the event is to pay tribute to those people who have made a contribution towards the growth of the Msunduzi and Ncome museums’ unique collection of objects relating to the history and cultures of KwaZulu-Natal, and also those people who have contributed in some way towards the museum exhibitions.

The Msunduzi Museum has also invited local schools to set up exhibitions, and four schools — Longmarket Girls’ School, Primêre Skool Gert Maritz, St Nicholas Diocesan School and Northern Park Primary School — will deliver presentations on the importance and preservation of heritage resources.

The keynote address will be by Dr Kogie Archary, chairperson of the South African Reach-out Initiative Foundation.

Archary is also involved in the 1860 Indentured Labourers Foundation and Ithembalethu Community Organisation, and is on the executive council of the Oral History Association of South Africa.

The museum would also like to invite those who wish to donate relevant items to the museum to take them to the event.

“We will have a special table where you can hand in your items and fill in the required documentation,” Henning said.

Inquiries: e-mail eolivier@msunduzimuse or sngobese@msunduzimuseum. or phone 033 394 6834.

The museum will also be hosting a Library Week event — Celebrating Libraries in 20 years of Democracy — on March 17, starting at 9.30 am.

The speaker will be Phumi Zikode from the Family Literacy Project and there will also be talks by Read SA, the Reading Association of South Africa, and D. Mccube, the Msunduzi Museum librarian.

Music Voyage will again provide the entertainment.

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