WOODLANDS’ saxophonist Simone van Niekerk will host a night of good music on November 9 a t Solid Rock Global Ministries in Retief Street Pietermaritzburg. The event, called Simply Complexed, is a production that will see van Niekerk share her journey and her experiences at university; all through music.Highlighting the reason for the show, van Niekerk explained that, being a university student, one is exposed to drugs, violence, and many other temptations. Apart from the hard work one has to put in to studying, she said being in the music industry is demanding on its own. “Having to juggle between studies and gigs is tough but, in and around these temptations and challenges, it is important to be a strong and focused person,” said van Niekerk, who added that it is in fact good to say no to things that are not good for you. The former Maritzburg Christian School pupil said she has always wanted to play music, stating that her parents invested in instruments for her when she was only seven-years-old. “My dad introduced my sisters and I to the art of music from a young age; music is the heartbeat of my home,” said van Niekerk, who also noted that the words that have inspired her, kept her passionate and enthusiastic, are the ones her mother always reminds her of: “Everything you touch turns to gold.” She also shared that she has accomplished a lot so far.“Firstly, I have got closer to God and my family. I have completed my Bachelor of Arts in Music. I have also met John Legends’ saxophonist and I have been a part of Noma Khumalo’s band. I have been a part of the UKZN Big Band as of 2015 and I have shared a stage with Dr Tumi on a few occasions and once with Planetshakers. I am currently a part of the Maritzburg Philharmonic orchestra,” explained van Niekerk.The saxophonist said she is also passionate about helping the community as she is part of the feeding scheme at her church, Jesus Centre Church in Copesville.She said she also helps another church’s Sunday School children.“I will continue to impact the lives of many through music. I will host shows and teachings with the hope to get people off the streets. I love helping people,” said van Niekerk.The event on November 9 will start at 5.30pm. For more information contact 081 489 9785.