MiTH uplifts local music talents

2016-11-02 06:02
                                                                       PHOTO: SUPPLIED Pietermaritzburg musician Nosihe Zulu (left), who recently made the top eight on ‘Idols SA’ season 12, is one of MiTH’s sponsored musicians this year.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Pietermaritzburg musician Nosihe Zulu (left), who recently made the top eight on ‘Idols SA’ season 12, is one of MiTH’s sponsored musicians this year.

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MUSIC in The Hills (MiTH) at The Knoll in Hilton proves to be more than just a source of entertainment, with its continued encouragement and support of local talent.

The semi open-mic music club and venue for musicians to share music started a sponsorship initiative in January this year.

Two local musicians have been sponsored so far, Nosihe Zulu, a Pietermaritzburg musician and regular performer at MiTH who recently made the top eight on Idols SA season 12, and Lunga Rubuluza, a member of the KZN Midlands Youth Choir. Zulu received sponsorship towards her 2016 tuition fees to pursue a degree in music at UKZN Howard College.

“I am honoured to have been given such an opportunity to do what I love and cannot wait to share more musical experiences on the MiTH stage,” she said.

Rubuluza’s membership fee with the KZN Midlands Youth Choir was sponsored this year.

William Silk, KZN Midlands Youth Choir master, said: “Our current membership stands at 65 — comprised of pupils from 17 schools. The aim of the choir is to give children from Grade 8 to Grade 12 the opportunity to expand their musical horizons through singing music more challenging than that which they might ordinarily encounter in their school choirs.

“The repertoire is representative of the western and southern African choral traditions in particular, and includes music from other parts of the world. Thank you for the wonderful sponsorship,” added Silk.

MiTH seeks out local talent for sponsorship, whom the organisers believe are deserving and would be “a good fit”, rather than receiving applications for funding.

“We use our knowledge of local musicians and our network of contacts to come up with options [of sponsorship receivers], and discuss them as MiTH organisers,” said Charles Webster of MiTH.

“The sponsored artists receive cash towards their needs. In this case it was tuition fees and membership to the KZN Midlands Youth Choir.

“As a young, but proud, member of the KZN Midlands music community, MiTH has been honoured to give back to the community through two sponsorships. In total, the sponsorships have been worth just over R10 000, which was split equally between the two beneficiaries.

“We have used our small income to pay off the musical gear used by performers at the club. Now that we have most of what we need, we wanted to find a worthwhile way to help build local music talent,” added Webster.

MiTH is open to anyone with a passion for music, whether it’s a newbie looking to perform publicly, an experienced musician looking for new listeners, or simply an audience with an appreciation for all types of music.

Musicians who wish to play at MiTH can phone Bill Pocket at 076 684 7647 or e-mail bpocket@ am

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