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19 Apr 2011

Band Aid - Julius May

The G Spot in conjunction with the WCMA is hosting a Band Aid on 27 April 2011 at The G Spot Lounge in Epping in order to raise funds for musicians in despair.
The particular beneficiary at this event will be guitarist Julius May, a young man who became susceptible to substance abuse and other temptations and pitfalls of the industry like alcohol.

After a suicide attempt 3 months ago Julius decided to turn his life around and go to a rehab for cleansing and restart his life.

Ironically the 27 April which is Freedom day will mark Julius's discharge from rehab and the talented young guitarist has pledged to assist other aspiring muso's who experience the same struggle in the industry.

He will also perform with his band on the day.

Musicians who offered their time and talents to the cause thus far are:
Jonathan Rubain
Allou April
Sammy Webber
Gio Band
The Next Step
Brown Suga
Rudolph Paulse
Q'base Collective
The Young Visitors
Litmus 5

Fires will be provided for a Bring n Braai and the doors will open at 2pm
The live action will kick off at 4pm.
Donation is R40

Any bands or artist who wants to contribute are welcome to come along or call William Rezandt on 073 399 0244 for more info.

17 Apr 2011

Donations towards the Alexander Sinton Jazz Band's participation in Tutti World Youth Festival Beijing

Alexander Sinton Jazz Band(ASJB) is participating in the Tutti World Youth Festival to be held in Beijing in July 2011.

If you would like to make donations towards their participationin this event, please do so here:
Bank: First National Bank
Acc. name: Alexander Sinton High School Fund
Acc. no: 501 500 38500
Reference: Beijing Tutti
Branch: Claremont
Branch Code: 200-109

Your contribution will be highly appreciated.
Contact details for ASJB:
Mobile: 082 678 3452
Email: deleurjones{@}
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16 Apr 2011

Hamba Kahle Duke Ngcukana

Trumpeter Duke Ngcukana, passed away today, 16 April 2011.

Condolences to his Family and Friends.


Duke Ngcukana, another Cape Town Jazz legend, passed away on April, 16th. - In every note of his soulful flugelhorn playing you could hear what a genuinely warm person he was. And he was also an excellent educator: without him (and his late brother Ezra) no award winning "Little Giants", no IMAD (Institute for Music and Indigenous Arts Development), and also no MAPP (Music Action for People’s Progress), or no Choirimba (the Langa Adult Choir featuring a Marimba- and Jazz-Band). Duke, we will sorely miss you.

We send our most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


Andreas, George and Regina and all musicians of Jazz Potjie Projects

06 Apr 2011


If you missed the last audition for Brundibár, a Children’s Opera, which is to be staged at the Artscape Theatre from 18 - 21 July 2011, then contact Serena at Cape Town Opera on 021 410 9919 or email  her at to book  an audition slot  for  Tuesday 12 April between 3pm and 5pm. The audition takes place in Room 301, Artscape Theatre Centre and is for children between the ages of 7 and 16 years. Boys between the ages of 10 and 14 years with strong voices are encouraged to come along. 

Should you be chosen to be part of the opera, you will have to be free for Music Rehearsals every Tuesday afternoon starting from 26 April 2011 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm; Production Rehearsals 28 June to 17 July; Performances 18 to 21 July in the Artscape Theatre (evenings at 7pm and one 3pm matinee) as well as Schools’ performances 25 to 29 July 2011. 

It is essential to have written consent from a parent or guardian to be part of the opera and to attend rehearsals and performances

Directed by Aviva Pelham, Brundibár is the tale of two children who seek money to buy milk for their sick mother. Their quest is thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár, but with the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph.

05 Apr 2011

Artscape Concert for the Alexander Sinton High Jazz Band

Artscape Concert for the Alexander Sinton Jazz Band
Gloria Bosman, Jimmy Dludu, Errol Dyers, George Werner and guests
Jazz stars in support of Sinton’s participation in the Tutti World Youth Music Festival
15 April 2011

On Friday 15 April 2011, South African jazz stars will gather in support of the Alexander Sinton High Jazz Band’s pending trip to the Tutti World Youth Music Festival this July. For the first time this Cape Flats Arts Focus School will send its music learners to an international gathering where the upbeat youngsters will perform only South African music.

Their journey to Beijing is historical, says music director Ronel Nagfaal: "We are proud and eager to represent Athlone and South Africa at this global assembly, where youth musicians will present musical traditions from their countries. This contact and exchange is a unique cultural experience, a tremendous opportunity for the musical and personal growth of our youth and their grooming as leaders in music and in their communities."

The other Cape Town schools sending their bands to the 8-day festival are Heathfield, Bergvliet and Wynberg Girls High.

Appearing at the Artscape Theatre Centre will be vocal star Gloria Bosman, who will make a rare Cape appearance, supported by pianist George Werner, bassist Norman Sauls and drummer Frank Paco.

Star guitarist Jimmy Dludlu’s distinctive Afro jazz flavoured sounds will be heard, as will renowned Cape troubadour Errol Dyers and promising jazz vocalist Lee-Ann Fortuin.

Now in their 11th year The Little Giants directed by Werner and the Alexander Sinton Jazz Band will be the youth jazz groups in attendance. Both groups will participate in this year’s Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Festival.

Bosman appears on the back of a career in the music topflight that started in the mid 1990s. This vocal powerhouse finds herself in the slipstream of diverse musical styles, be it opera, Afro jazz, or Afrikaans pop. After several albums and headlining performances worldwide, she’s become an eminent voice on Mzansi’s musical landscape.

The concert starts at 8 pm in Artscape’s Opera House. Tickets are available at Computicket and cost R100 for adults and R50 for pensioners & children under 18.

For further information, contact 083 390 4529.

"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk
"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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