Youth plan for music industry

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ct City Hall Sessions9879 (26717995) INLSA JAZZMAN: Pianist Bokani Dyer performs during a workshop for high school pupils invited to the City Hall Sessions music festival. Picture: Greg Maxwell

CONTEMPORARY music is expected to hit all the right notes over the next few days as the City Hall Sessions project gets under way at the City Hall in Cape Town.

The event, funded by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund, started last night and will run until tomorrow.

A special workshop has been planned for pupils from 10 provincial high schools to teach them how the music industry in Cape Town operates. “We want to introduce the youth to a diversity of music and educate them on the music industry as well,” said Nikki Froneman, a co-organiser of the City Hall Sessions workshop.

Alexander Sinton High School pupil Brandon Williams, 17, who said he has been playing the saxophone since the age of 13, was thrilled to meet Carl Martin from Sweden, who also plays the saxophone. “I was happy to meet someone who I am about to become,” Williams said.

Nicholas Felix, 17, from Pinelands High School said he was inspired most by EJ von Lyrik – (hip hop MC) and was pleased to meet Zolani Mahola, who was lead singer of popular local group Freshlyground and who will also be performing at the festival.

Musicians Bokani Dyer, EJ Von Lyrik and Madala Kunene are among the many others who will be performing during the City Hall Sessions.

Audiences will also be treated to a photographic exhibition held during the course of the festival where female South African musicians will be showcased to commemorate Women’s Day on August 9.

Tickets range from R40 to R150 from Computicket.

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