Jazz it up at local school

2018-02-27 06:00
Sophia Foster.

Sophia Foster.

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Steenberg High School learners are busy preparing for their first ever jazz concert­.

The school will present the inaugural Cflat Youth Jazz Festival on Sunday 11 March. The festival is hosted in association with Musiquelaine SA, The Fostering Foundation, Music Exchange and RJ Benjamin.

Aligning with the Musiquelaine SA motto – “Music education for life transformation” – the purpose of the festival is to create a unique opportunity to showcase the abundant musical talents of the youth of the Cape Flats.

Additionally, in partnership with highly respected South African musicians, this event will enable mentorship and the further development of the talent of participating and aspiring performers.

Starting at 15:00, the event will take place in the main courtyard on the Steenberg High School premises, where a 1000-seater outdoor Alstom Music Pavilion has been erected.

School principal, Andre Kraak, says he is delighted to see the courtyard at the school being used to its full capacity, allowing several institutions to participate in this year’s exciting inaugural event, including Steenberg High Wind Band, South Peninsula High School Jazz Band, Steenberg High Jazz Band, Steenberg High Jazz Ensemble, Stellenbosch University Jazz Ensembles and The Fostering Foundation Artists

The showcase also includes special guests Sophia Foster and RJ Benjamin.

Benjamin will fly in from Johannesburg to mentor the Steenberg School jazz band for the preceding week.

He will also be performing some his own material, fresh from his sold-out Orbit jazz show.

Foster has decades of music knowledge, international performance experience and vocal prowess to share.

“Together, they will be dedicating the week leading up to the event to refining the Steenberg musicians’ repertoire and integrating The Fostering Foundation singers into the festival programme,” says Jo Francis.

Steenberg High School is known for its academic and sporting excellence­.

In 2013, the school introduced a music education project, created by the NGO Musiquelaine SA, and today the school is equally respected for its music excellence.

This music project has highlighted the innate musical talent of community youth. It aspires to reach out to other schools in the area too by offering the immediate and greater community of Steenberg a platform for musical entertainment.
The Alstom Music Pavilion has provided a much-needed space for developing cultural events at the school and more specifically for public events open to the Steenberg community and its surrounds. Historically, the diversity on the Cape Flats has proven to be one of the most musically creative and vibrant places in South Africa.
Foster and Benjamin say they are delighted and honoured to be involved as this gives them the opportunity to pass on their experience and provide guidance to the next generation of talent. 
“This is more than a passion project, as like-minded foundations including The Fostering Foundation, Music Exchange and Musiquelaine SA have collaborated. The aim is to proactively foster young aspiring talent in order for them to reach their full potential,” adds Francis.
The vision is for the festival to be the precursor to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), and it will take place annually in the two weeks leading up to the CTIJF.
VTickets are available from the school on 021 701 2281 or via QUICKET at R50 each

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