CROWD-PLEASER: Jimmy Nevis is set to entertain at the Sekunjalo Edujazz concert tomorrow. Picture: Ross Jansen
CROWD-PLEASER: Jimmy Nevis is set to entertain at the Sekunjalo Edujazz concert tomorrow. Picture: Ross Jansen

Youth skills at heart of Edujazz concert

By sandiso.phaliso Time of article published Jun 2, 2016

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Sandiso Phaliso

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.

“The objective of the concert is to raise funds for educational bursaries for impoverished students in the Western Cape, as well as promote the rich culture of jazz music in Cape Town by staging a well-known group of artists alongside up-and-coming young artists from either primary or high schools,” said Cherie Hendricks, corporate affairs and sustainability director at African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited, a Sekunjalo Group company.

“We are so proud of what we have achieved and accomplished over the past 16 years. We look forward to making more music dreams come true as this project continues to grow year after year.”

Tickets are on sale at all Computicket outlets and online at R95 each.

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