City fulfils young guitar ace’s equipment wish

2015-08-19 12:20
Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela handed over R37?000 worth of musical equipment to guitar prodigy Luthando Jackson at the Epworth Preparatory School yesterday.

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela handed over R37?000 worth of musical equipment to guitar prodigy Luthando Jackson at the Epworth Preparatory School yesterday. (Ian Carbutt)

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MSUNDUZI Mayor Chris Ndlela made a gifted nine-year-old’s music wish come true yesterday.

Luthando Jackson, a self-taught guitarist, wrote to the mayor last month to ask if the municipality could sponsor equipment he needed.

Yesterday, Ndlela handed over R37 000 worth of musical equipment to the talented youngster.

Now the musical prodigy wants to pay it forward by donating his old guitar to a child who wants to learn how to play.

Luthando, who moved from Merchiston Primary to Epworth Preparatory School to join their music programme, was elated at the mayor’s presence and prepared a speech he delivered during a school assembly.

“I want to thank the mayor and everyone who has supported me. Many children have come to me to ask if I can teach them how to play the guitar. With this new musical equipment, I can now read, practise and record my music and teach others,” said Luthando.

He said he knows many children have the ability and talent to learn, however, they may not be able to afford the instruments.

“So I would like to donate my old guitar to anyone who wants to learn how to play. Music can keep children out of trouble and a child with music is a happy child,” he said.

Mayor Ndlela said he was “truly touched” when the municipality received Luthando’s request.

“This is opening the doors of culture and learning together. The city will support all progressive initiatives and Luthando is the first of many who will be supported by the municipality,” the mayor said.

Ndlela urged children to grab onto opportunities such as these.

“Personally I regret not singing and pursuing ballroom dancing. We didn’t have these opportunities that are presented to children today. I appeal to all children to grab these opportunities. Remember a better life begins at school,” he said.

David Orr, head of the music department at Epworth Preparatory, said Luthando will receive guitar and clarinet lessons and will also be studying music theory

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