Festival gives schools opportunity to learn music

2019-10-08 06:01
Eluxolweni Primary School’s band serenades the attendees. PHOTO: NICK GREEN

Eluxolweni Primary School’s band serenades the attendees. PHOTO: NICK GREEN

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In an effort to bring musical entertainment to the community and to give youngsters an opportunity to perform in front of an audience, Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development (IMAD) hosted the first-ever Lansdowne Spring Music Festival on Saturday 28 September.

IMAD seeks to develop music and indigenous arts while making it easy to access and to provide education in the field of arts. They are targeting schools and local communities at grassroots level.

Held at York Road Primary School, the event saw more than five bands belting tunes on stage.

The bands included the hosting school’s band, Khayelitsha’s Eluxolweni Primary School and Little Giants.

One of the organisers Nick Green said even though the event was happening for the first time, the intention is to make it an annual affair in the area. He mentioned that it has been hosted in other areas such as Khayelitsha.

“This event gave our young musicians from these communities the opportunity to experience performing in front of an audience. In addition, it provided an evening of entertainment for members of the local community,” he explained.

He added the concert also provided the availability of music tuition to the youngsters in their community.

Included in musical tuition, the youngsters were taught how to play the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar and drums. They were also given some mini-workshops on how to sing in a choir.

“They have the opportunity to play in a band and then graduate to the Little Giants, the premier youth band in South Africa. IMAD concentrates on teaching and playing indigenous South African jazz,” he explained.

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