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Never mind the sweet song of birds of this spring, it’s time to see some of this country’s finest singers live in action.
The Africa Voices Trust Spring Soulstice, which is presented in partnership with the The Young-blood Arts and Culture Foundation, will showcase the works of these singers at the Beautifull Life Building on Thursday.
The Africa Voices Trust is a non-profit organisation that hosts the seasonal Soulstice series of concerts and most of them have been sold-out hits with music lovers.
The trust was founded by Alice “Shy” Gillham and aims to be a catalyst in the development of young musicians in general and singers in particular. It does this through practical exercises, mentorship and an education programme.
The main aim is to equip young musos with the skills that will ensure they can build sustainable careers.
The trust also acts as a school of sorts and has a programme that the likes of Greg Carlin, whom you may know as the frontman and founder of the award-winning band Zebra and Giraffe, has taken part in.
Speaking about Gilham’s teachings, this lead singer has said: “Shy has taught us new ways of thinking about our music, from how we produce it to how we perform it. She has re-energised the band in ways we never thought possible.
“I have personally learnt more from Shy in the past few months than I’ve learnt in my entire time in the music industry. The programme has demystified so many aspects of what makes music successful, powerful and globally accessible. It’s knowledge that’s being offered nowhere else in South Africa.”
The Africa Voices Trust Spring Soulstice will feature the talents of The African Voices 2012 programme participants, Geran Steyn, Spha Mdlalose and Nkosiyati Khumalo.
Steyn has said that “Africa Voices has given me the opportunity to join with like-minded musicians to get exposure and gain the knowledge I might never have had before – a truly amazing experience”.
And he’s not alone in his sentiments. Khumalo (pictured), a choir member who is more popularly known as Yati, had this to say: “What really made the entire journey unforgettable for me was the amazing advice, wisdom and insight I received.
“I got a first-hand glimpse into the hard work that goes into creating high-calibre performing and recording artists.”
So these artists will be putting everything they’ve learnt into practice at the Spring Soulstice.
• The Africa Voices Trust Spring Soulstice is at the Beautifull Life Building, 70-72 Bree Street. 7pm. Tickets are R150. Call 021 462 3583