Published 24 May, by a staff reporter, IOL.
Over the past seventeen years, the Sekunjalo Development Foundation has hosted the annual Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert, where young music students share the stage with established artists. This year, the concert will take place on Saturday 1 July at the Artscape Theatre.
The exciting line-up for the 17th rendition of this annual favourite, includes the Sekunjalo Edujazz Big Band, The Foster Kids and The Dynamic Voices featuring The Voice SA finalist Robin Pieters, Idols contestant Elwira Standili, internationally acclaimed crooner Jarrad Ricketts, and singer, songwriter and music producer Lana Crowster, who also appeared on The Voice SA and won the inaugural espYoungLegends competition in 2016.
They will be accompanied by legendary bass guitarist Sammy Webber who will bring his special blend of bass slaps, funk flair and authenticity to this star-studded event.
In 2001, music teacher Donovan Witten had the vision to bring jazz music back into Cape Flats schools after the education department made the decision that art and music no longer had a place in our children’s education.
He shared his vision with Dr Iqbal Survé who was instantly on board and soon saw the establishment of the Sekunjalo Edujazz Project.
The Edujazz Big Band for 2017 will be under the direction of Andrew Ford. Andrew has achieved international acclaim and received awards for music and post production from Cannes Lions, London International Advertising Awards, the New York Festivals and of course our own, South African Loerie Awards. As an arranger, he is constantly in demand by Big Bands and has conducted various orchestras including The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, the Edujazz Big Band performed at the recent Cape Town International Jazz Festival and will now be showcasing their flair with audiences in July.
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