Inkanyamba hits right chord

2015-06-04 06:00

Veteran musician Fezile ‘Ringo’ Ndzuzo wants to transfer skills to youngsters as part of his Inkanyamba Youth Development Project. 

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Veteran musician Fezile ‘Ringo’ Ndzuzo wants to transfer skills to youngsters as part of his Inkanyamba Youth Development Project. PHOTO: Inkanyamba productions

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The youth of Langa could find themselves benefiting from 25 years worth of music experience and skills.

That is if the Inkanyama Productions youth development project gets off the ground.

This initiative aims to offer music education to youngsters, develop jazz in the townships and revive the love of jazz.

At the helm of Inkanyamba Productions is Fezile ‘Ringo’ Ndzuzo, a guitarist that went from the streets of Langa to touring countries such as the Netherlands.

Ndzuzo has had a long career both as a performing artist as wells as sound engineer after qualifying as a jazz musician in 1994.

He has performed in Europe in musicals the likes of Diamonds andamp; Dust, which he had devised with the Barnyard Theatre and went on to take part in almost every show that the Barnyard Theatre has hosted for the past ten years.

He now wants to share his skills and the knowledge gained in his illustrious career with the youth of his community.

“There is an abundance of talent in Langa, with young artists showing their mettle each year, but there is not enough space to nurture such talent.

At Inkanyamba we want to refine them in the Jazz genre and teach them not only the musical side but the business aspect of the industry,” he said.

He noted that throughout the years Langa has been famed for producing music greats such as Brenda Fassie and Ezra Ngewana to mention a few.

He said that times have changed and such talents are not being discovered in the current generation.

“In the 1990s Inkanyamba used to host Jazz events in the country and bring unknown future stars such as Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu and Selaelo Selota.

We are looking forward to staging those kinds of events to revive the love of Jazz music in our townships,” he said.

“The biggest challenge is the lack of funding. “We have a huge problem of drug and alcohol abuse in our townships and I believe that projects like these are pivotal in fighting the scourge,” he said.

He said that his organisation is currently working hard to stage Jazz shows in Langa. To support this initiative you can contact Ndzuzo on 074 9951661

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