The Sekunjalo EduJazz Journey 2001 – 2016

In a world where many of our local communities are under constant threat of negative elements of crime, gangsterism and drug abuse, the Sekunjalo Investment Group has been making a major difference with their Edujazz programme since 2001.

The musical experience that they have taken to so many youngsters across the peninsula has been an investment that has inspired so many of the participants from those early years to make music their careers, and now many of them are sharing those experiences to inspire another generation to play their part in the legacy of great sounds that come from this part of the world.

An integral part of this experience was more than just getting onto a stage to perform, but also a chance to learn and be mentored by a host of the legends of local music.

Imagine turning that clock forward at the time and realising that many of them would go on to become part of the bands backing those legends. That investment has played a part in making some musical dreams come true…and it is a journey that still continues!

As we get ready to celebrate another year of the EduJazz project, it’s time to reflect that we really have a life-long friendship to thank for getting it all going.

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Youth skills at heart of Edujazz concert

Published, 02 June 2016 by Sandiso Phaliso, Cape Times at 22:43pm
The Sekunjalo Edujazz concert is set to entertain and empower the Mother City, with this year’s edition of the annual fund-raising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre tomorrow evening.
Celebrating its 16th year of supporting local talent, Cape Town’s own Jimmy Nevis will be the main artist at tomorrow’s concert.
Also performing on the night are two exciting home-grown jazz bands, The Belhar Music Collective and The Edujazz Big Band.
Belhar Music Collective music director Keith Tabisher said he was excited to be sharing the stage with Nevis.
“We have been working so hard for this event, and it will be a wonderful experience as we will be collaborating on two songs with Jimmy (Nevis),” he said.
The concert not only supports local music development through fund-raising, but provides a platform for aspiring musicians from underprivileged communities to showcase their talent.
These young bands are given the chance to work with established headline artists and some of the greatest music educators South Africa has to offer. Extensive workshops are conducted by their mentors to help musicians with skills and experience in live performances.

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