Saxophonist returns to home soil

2016-04-06 11:41
Sax man Harold Jefta will be blowing up a storm at the Jazz Yard Academy concert in Kensington Civic Centre.

Sax man Harold Jefta will be blowing up a storm at the Jazz Yard Academy concert in Kensington Civic Centre.

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A musical maestro from Maitland is coming back to his home town on Saturday 16 April to make some musical magic with a new generation.

Saxophonist Harold Jefta may have moved to Sweden many years ago but his love for music started when he had to spend some time at the Maitland Cottage Home to recover from an accident in his youth.

While Jefta was born in District Six, he grew up in Salt River and Elsies River and is an integral part of the legacy and history of Kensington with his cousin guitarist Kenny Jephtha living in the area for many years before his death.
“Uncle” Harold, as he is fondly known, recalls those happy days with his cousin and explained that it was Kenny who really caused him ending up in hospital.
“We were still living in Salt River at the time when Kenny built me one of those scooters we were so fond of in those days,” Harold recalls.
“While coming down one of those steep streets I had a very bad accident with it, I smashed my knee and I was a patient at Maitland Cottage Home for about five years.”

This was where the young Harold found himself listening to music constantly, either on the radio that featured bebop or swing, or to other boys who had to occupy their time productively.

From these humble beginnings Harold grew to the musician that has graced the world’s stages from his base in Sweden and as part of the renowned Charlie Parker Memorial Band, getting the nod from Parker’s widow to fulfil this role.
The performance at Kensington Civic Centre will be special for him because he is showing his support for a project based in Bonteheuwel that is grooming a new generation to be part of the musical legacy of the Cape.

The Jazz Yard Academy has been wowing crowds since it started about a year ago as it teaches children music and life skills.

Tickets for the event are R60 with the Keith Fisher Trio adding some Flamenco spice to the concert.

For more information and bookings, call Chris on 071 886 1791, Gino on 073 441 6863 or Judy on 079 493 1233.

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