Music runs in Jasmine’s blood

2016-09-27 06:00
Jasmine Minter has got the genes to make it in the music world.

Jasmine Minter has got the genes to make it in the music world.

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Music runs strong in the genes of Jasmine Minter from Pinelands who has just made her first music video available.

She is the daughter of Gavin Minter, well-known as singer/sax man with various outfits and most notably Wired to the Floor from the 1990s, who still performs to acclaim as soloist and various projects around the country.

“My mom, her gran is a singer,” says Gavin.

“On my mom’s side I remember her brothers and my grandfather always making music so that blood runs strong. She was born into the music,” he smiles.

Jasmine laughs as she realises that this is very true.

“I have pictures of me as a toddler on stage with my dad, joining him in front of thousands at Kirstenbosch was one of them so music was always going to be in my life,” she says.

As she got older she started piano when she was five and continued to achieve Grade 6 but in the last few years started teaching herself to play the guitar.

As a singer she explains that she did the whole music thing at school with choirs and concerts but made her solo debut at last year’s Cape Town Folk Festival.

“This was very exciting because it was me giving the public my own music,”she says.

“In a way that was my first ‘big’ concert but the response was fantastic and probable motivated me to believe in a song that I was working on for a few years.”

The result of this inspiration is the release of her debut music video of her composition “Gain” on Youtube which has been getting lots of interest across the world.

“It helps having a dad in the business when I started the project so some of the best in the business got involved.

“He, along with Mark Fransman, produced it and Mark also played all the instruments.

“It was fun doing the project because I just got some of my friends from school and church to join me and we had a lot of fun doing it.

“There is also a lot of positive feedback and it just gives me confidence in knowing that music is what I want to do with my life.”

Asked about the chances of an album she is quick to say that her education is a priority at this time.

“The thought is always there, but matric comes first next year,” says the Grade 11 learner at Rustenberg.

“After matric I have no plans to study yet. I’m calling it a gap year but I know I want to immerse myself fully in music. It’s what I’ve been all my life.”

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