Fish Hoek’s Thundercloud Music store recently showed their support for young, aspiring musicians in the Deep South by bolstering the efforts of Strummin’ and Hummin’ Guitar programme.
Thanks to the musical instrument retailer, the facilitators of the Ocean View-based music programme were able to gift two exceptional achievers with brand new guitars after receiving a generous donation.
“The Strummin’ and Hummin’ Guitar programme is part of the Cape Flats Wellness Centre’s ethos of uplifting our communities through empowerment and has been running in Ocean View at The Busy Bee Crèche since October 2020,” explains Nishaat Moses, a ceramic artist who runs the programme in collaboration with musician Jenny Chadwick.
Now at 7 Libra Road in Ocean View, the guitar class is held weekly as part of the Cape Flats Wellness Centre’s range of offerings. The centre has, since its inception, hosted chess sessions, provided educational programmes for local youth, and facilitated clean-ups at a local home for the aged, among other things – and has been in search for official premises since last year.
Now, their guitar programme is nurturing the youth’s musical talent; with two students showing promise.
Zane Petersen and Sebastian de Stadler received a certificate of achievement for their pace, progress and dedication to the programme. In addition to their certificates, they were gifted with new guitars.
“We are happy to have received guitar donations from Thundercloud Music in Fish Hoek and from local Kommetjie resident René Lambert from Seed to Flower – Yoga and Massage,” says Chadwick.
Moses adds: “It is with our greatest pleasure that through the generous donations from Terry Smith and Jarred Smith from Thundercloud Music and René Lambert that we could present them both with their own guitars.”
Explaining the circumstances their learners face, Chadwick continues: “Some of our students have their own guitars but many don’t. To have an opportunity to learn and experience playing the guitar where a few guitars are provided to use during the weekly lesson is great. To have your own instrument is much better. Personal practise out of lesson time can only assist with the rate a student can develop. The benefits also include the discovery of the joy of playing music.”
The hope of the programme’s facilitators is that the partnership between “Thundercloud Music and local residents continues to grow through playing music,” Moses concludes.