Archive for the 'music' Category
Report by Kayleigh Tuck & Michael Dorfling
Avigail Bushakevitz, a South African born in Jerusalem, is a gifted violinist and winner of the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist award for music. As a child, her mother supported her love for piano and violin and would drive her the 400 kilometres from George to Cape Town every fortnight. The violinist captivated the audience at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival with her pianist brother, Ammiel. Avigail speaks of her history, her favourite compositions and her advice for other young artists.
Report by Sebastian Burger & Bracken Lee-Rudolph
Pieter van Zyl is an experienced musician paying homage to the works of celebrated composer Arnold van Wyk in his performance at National Arts Festival 2016, 100 years after van Wyk’s birth. He discusses his musical – and theatrical – qualifications and history, his approach to stage presence and attire, and what Arnold van Wyk’s music represents to him and why he wants to ensure it stays relevant.
Report by Stephanie Shumba & Kayleigh Tuck
Ladies of Midnight Blue performed at the Beethoven Room in Grahamstown during the National Arts Festival. The two women band from Newcastle, England have travelled the world spreading their message of social change, unity and freedom through their fusion of diverse, cross-continent music forms. The band features instruments from the djembe and mbira to the trombone and drums. They aim to get their audience moving and singing to bridge the divides.
Report by Sebastian Burger, Bracken Lee-Rudolph, Zondelela Njabo, Zizipho Majavu, Athini Majali & Mihlali Ntsabo
The 42nd National Arts Festival kicked off at the 1820 Settlers Monument in Grahamstown on Wednesday, 29 July.
MEC of Sport, Recreation Arts, and Culture, Pemmy Majodina was present alongside Makana Mayor, Nomhle Gaga, and Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester. Earlier in the day at the press briefing the National Arts Festival’s government funding and Grahamstown’s water crisis were discussed.