Published, June 06 2016 by Independent Online at 08:44am
Sekunjalo and African Equity Empowerments Investments Limited (AEEI) hosted the 16th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert at the Artscape on the 4th of June. 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.

Also performing on the night were two exciting home-grown jazz bands; The Belhar Music Collective, a sensational group of young people who began their musical journey in church and have already performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Artscape Jazz Festival; and The Edujazz Big Band, comprising top music students from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and Rondebosch Boys High School, and fresh off their performance at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This year’s mentors are Keith Tabisher (FET Curriculum planner for the Western Cape) and renowned jazz educator, Terrence Scarr.
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Published June 17, 2016 by Gasant Abarder, Cape Argus at 09:23am
Gasant Abarder spoke to Nadine Cloete, who has won acclaim for her documentary telling the story of young anti-apartheid fighter Ashley Kriel.

Cape Town – It was in 1987, the year film-maker Nadine Cloete was born, that a security policeman brutally murdered anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel. Exactly 29 years later this year, Nadine has immortalised in film his sacrifice in the Struggle for a free South Africa.
So committed was she to ensuring his story was told, that she devoted a third of her life to producing Action Kommandant – the Untold Story of Revolutionary Freedom Fighter Ashley Kriel.
The film has been showed to seven sold-out screenings at this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Action Kommandant won the festival’s audience award for Best South African Film.
I was lucky enough to get a seat to the South African premiere and was among many of Ashley’s contemporaries and peers from Bonteheuwel and beyond.
In the film, Nadine uses them and Ashley’s closest family as the devices to tell his story. It is a gripping account that has light moments as it moves from his early years as a 13-year-old upstart, primary school activist, fighting for textbooks, to leaving you outraged at his untimely death.

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