Gigs and yoga on Steve Newman’s agenda

2019-04-02 06:00
Steve NewmanPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Steve NewmanPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Renowned local guitarist and jazz musician, Steve Newman has no intentions of slowing down in the near future and still passionately pursues his career in music.

Newman made a name for himself over four decades, enchanting the public with his melodies and forming part of a number of jazz groups including Tananas with Gito Baloi and Ian Herman; and the Steven Newman Trio with Carlo Fabe and Peter Ndlala.

Over the years of his career he has built a strong following of jazz lovers and a community that continues to support him.

To raise awareness of tuberculosis (TB) Newman was invited to Lady Michaelis Community Health Centre to speak to its patients about his experience with TB and provide some entertainment on Wednesday 20 March. His journey is like so many others where the illness was not immediately diagnosed due to the fact that many people are unable to recognise its symptoms.

“I thought I had a chest infection and I didn’t have it checked out until I came down to Cape Town and went to the GP (general practitioner),” he explained. “That is when we found out that it was TB. I had a friend who had developed the drug-resistant strain of TB and he was on medication for two years, so when he found out I had TB, he called me and said to just be patient.”

Neeltjie le Roux of the USAID TB Project South Africa, who works with the centre on their TB treatment strategy, explained the importance of treatment completion.

“We need to get people to get onto treatment and adhere to their treatment for the full duration. You need to take the full six-month treatment, [the duration of] which is also dependant of the type of TB,” she said.

For one month of his seven-month treatment, he received his medication and guidance from the team at the centre who contributed towards the recovery that has allowed him to return to the music scene.

This year he has already performed at a number of events including Jazz in the Quad with the Steve Newman Trio, in Cape Town.

“I think a lot of people who hadn’t heard of the trio were very impressed,” Newman said.

He doesn’t only perform his music in his day-to-day life, he also teaches yoga in Cape Town with his son.

“I’ve been obsessed with yoga since high school and I teach mainly therapeutic yoga. It takes into account age and injuries, and it’s not just a one-fits-all approach.”

Throughout the year he will be taking on solo gigs across the country and collaborating with various artists. From Friday 19 April to Monday 29 April he will be back in Cape Town, gigging at various venues and teaching yoga.V To keep updated on where to find him, follow @stevenewman4 on Facebook.

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