Friday, March 4, 2011


South African Association for Jazz Education - SAJE
18-20 March 2011

The SAJE JAZZ FESTIVAL will take place from Friday18 March to Sunday 20 March 2011 at UCT and at Jazz at the Nassau. This year's SAJE Jazz Festival comprises of 3 exciting days WORKSHOPS and PERFORMANCES by some of the most talented local and international jazz educators and artists.

Workshops will be conducted by

Amanda Tiffin - helping teachers and students prepare for jazz and jazz vocal auditions at tertiary level.
Alistair Andrews - introduction to music technology for school music programs
Bob Sinicrope - teaching jazz to beginners ...
Mike del Ferro (Holland) - networking for musicians
Carlo Mombelli - improvisation
Monique Hellenberg - relaxation techniques for jazz musicians and vocalists
Ed Backhouse - care for Brass

The Dan Shout Band
Mike del Ferro (Holland) - piano, Mike Rossi - woodwinds, Mike Campbell - bass and Heinrich Goosen - drums
Sandile Gontsana - voice and Mike del Ferro - piano
The Darren English Band and special guests .....

The SAJE Jazz Sextet with Gordon Vernick (USA) - trumpet, Mike del Ferro (Holland) - piano, Kesivan Naidoo (SA) - drums, John Baboian (USA) - guitar, Bob Sinicrope (USA) - bass, Mike Rossi - woodwinds

Ulrich Suesse (Germany) - electronics
Carlo Mombelli (SA) - bass, as well as The Roses, Odd Meter Ensemble and the CAFCA BIG BAND - all from Mamelodi,

and more ....

Below is a more detailed program :

Friday 18 March - SA College of Music @ UCT
Teacher training workshops from 3.00pm to 5.30pm
with Amanda Tiffin, Alistair Andrews & Bob Sinicrope

Concert @ 8.15pm in the Chisholm Recital Room (C7) with Mike del Ferro (Holland), Ulrich Suesse (Germany), Carlo Mombelli, Mike Rossi, Sandile Gontsana, the Darren English Band, and some special guests ….

Saturday 19 March - SA College of Music @ UCT
Workshops & performances by Mike del Ferro (Holland), Carlo Mombelli, Bob Sinicrope (USA), Monique Hellenberg, Mike Rossi, Mike Campbell, Heinrich Goosen, the Dan Shout Band, the Roses (Mamelodi), Eddie Backhouse and some special guests ….. from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Sunday 20 March - Jazz at the Nassau @ 7.30pm
Odd Meter Ensemble from Mamelodi led by Jesse Mogale
Milton Academy Jazz Ensemble from Boston
The SAJE Jazz Sextet featuring: 
Mike del Ferro (Holland) – piano
Bob Sinicrope (USA) – bass
Kesivan Naidoo (SA) – drums
John Baboian (USA) - guitar
Gordon Vernick (USA) – trumpet
Mike Rossi (USA/SA) – woodwinds

Friday 18 March - Concert @ 8.15pm - Free for SACM staff and students
Tickets = R50 / *SAJE members/senior citizens/students/learners = R25

Saturday 19 March - Free for SACM staff and students 
Day Tickets = R75 / *SAJE members/senior citizens/students/learners = R30

Sunday 20 March @ Jazz at the Nassau
Tickets: R80 - please contact Cliff Wallis at 076-401-0008 to book
• For more info or to book contact Diane at or 082-515-7051
• Tickets also available at the door!

From Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 24 March we will also be conducting free jazz workshops at various schools in and around Cape Town. Please feel free to contact Diane with any queries or to book. Prices range from R25 to R75 for workshops and concerts.
Some of the guest artists will also be performing at various venues in and around Cape Town - at the Winchester Mansions Hotel Sunday Jazz Brunch and at the Green Dolphin amongst others.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

R.Y.T.H.M Our Music Concert 2010 - A Review By Carol Martin

R.Y.T.H.M Our Music Concert 2010, Baxter Concert Hall, Cape Town, 23 Sept 2010
Reviewed by Carol Martin
Photographs: Gregory Franz

There were some stunning sounds coming forth at the Baxter's annual 'Legends in Jazz' concert sponsored by the young musos who have registered their NGO, Reaching Youth Through Music(R.Y.T.H.M). On that Thursday evening, the 23rd September 2010, a celebration of South African jazz enthusiastically engaged a crowd of like-minded musicians and listeners, as a precursor to Friday's Heritage Day .

The evening was long, with three key bands performing, but certainly worth every minute. Thanks to Mmino funding, notables like Feya Faku and his band were flown in from Johannesburg, and included bassist Herbie Tsoali, himself a Capetownian, who thrilled us with incredible runs and solo scales, Mthunzi Mvubu on alto saxophone who physically reminded one of McCoy Mburbata, not to mention his versatile sound; Ndunduzo Makathini on piano, Ayanda Sikade on drums who provided some very impressive drills, and poet Lefifi Tladi who presented lively spoken lyrics of a part political, part soulful nature. But it was Feya's leadership in presenting legendary South African jazz of past and living composers that offered substance and purpose to the evening's events.

He was preceded by local Capetownian greats in the George Werner band of young and old: trumpeter Duke Ngcukana who gave tribute to his late brother, Ezra, and his role in growing local jazz; guitarist Errol Dyers continued giving respects to the repertoire of another late legend, Winston Mankunku; and pianist George played his own older, yet unperformed song, "The Awakening", which grabbed all. The youthful backing of Carlo Fabe on drums, Wesley Rustin on bass, and Sisonke Xonti on tenor saxophone made clear that the legendary was, indeed, transferring to the younger students who were also evolving their brand of South African jazz.

Gloria Bosman took to the stage with local bassist Shaun Johannes, pianist Bokani Dyer, and drummer Frank Paco. Unfortunately, I missed this set, thanks to the engaging chats had outside with some of the above named elders of the jazz scene.

One hopes that those guys and gals behind RYTHM will continue their spirited and sincere pursuit of spreading the legacies in South African jazz, and will find sustainable funding in the future to allow them to carry out the much needed workshops in schools that educate the young about this form of indigenous music.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Our Music Concert 2010

Celebrate Heritage Day 2010 with R.Y.T.H.M

R.Y.T.H.M (Reaching Youth Through Music) together with the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch will be hosting Duke Ngcukana and his band, musician and cultural purveyor Errol Dyers, Johannesburg-based trumpeter Feya Faku, as well as jazz vocalist extraordinaire Gloria Bosman.

Date: 23 September 2010
Venue: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch
Ticket Prices: R80, R60 for students and pensioners
Book at Computicket

20:15 Opening Welcome (Clarence Ford- MC)

20:30 Ngcukana Band:
Duke Ngcukana (trumpet)
Errol Dyers (guitar)
George Werner (piano)
Carlo Fabe (drums)
Peter Ndlala (bass)
Sisonke Xonti (Tenor Saxophone)
Lwanda Gogwana (trumpet)
Steven Campbell

21:00 Feya Faku Band
Feya Faku (trumpet)
Mthunzi Mvubu (Alto saxophone)
Ndunduzo Makathini (Piano)
Herbie Tsoali (Bass)
Ayanda Sikhadi (Drums)
Lesisi Tlabi (Poet)

BREAK (21:30 - 21:45)

21:45 Gloria Bosman Band
Gloria Bosman (vocals)
Shaun Johannes (Bass)
Bokani Dyer (Piano)
Kevin Gibson (Drums)

For this year's event, R.Y.T.H.M is largely funded by the South
African-Norwegian music corporation, MMINO.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Media Release - Celebrate Heritage Day 2010 with R.Y.T.H.M

On Thursday, 23rd September at 20h00 R.Y.T.H.M (Reaching Youth Through Music) together with the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch will be hosting Duke Ngcukana and his band, musician and cultural purveyor Errol Dyers, Johannesburg-based trumpeter Feya Faku, as well as jazz vocalist extraordinaire Gloria Bosman.

R.Y.T.H.M was formed in 2009; the group, largely made up of students from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, aims to celebrate local jazz legends, but most importantly endeavors to help the youth discover our rich musical heritage.

For this year's event, R.Y.T.H.M is largely funded by the South
African-Norwegian music corporation, MMINO.

The program for this year's concert will be particularly special as we pay tribute to three legends; Winston Mankunku, Robbie Jansen and Ezra Ngcukana, who recently passed away.

The concert will be held in conjunction with music and cultural workshops on Heritage Day24 September 2010, facilitated by Little Giants director, George Werner. Workshops will focus on the history of jazz in South Africa, the personal stories and experience of South African Jazz Legends, as well as showcasing South African Jazz Music.

R.Y.T.H.M will provide transport for 120 children from high schools on the Cape Flats to the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.

Tickets for the Our Music concert are available at Computicket: R80 for adults and R60 for students/pensioners.

For more info, please contact
Monique van Willingh
Cell no: 072 1777 441

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

R.Y.T.H.M Jazz Legends Concert 2009

R.Y.T.H.M Jazz Legends Concert
Baxter Theatre,Rondebosch, Cape Town
Heritage Day, 24 September 2009

R.Y.T.H.M Profiles

Monique van Willingh

Since the year 2000 Monique has been performing on stage, whether be it for Wind band, Orchestra or jazz bands. Starting out at Beau Soleil Music Center thus becoming the principal flautist of the senior wind band and symphony orchestra.

While at Sans Souci Girl’s High she received awards every year for outstanding performance in music and was awarded full music and academic colours. In her matric year she received second place prize at the Beau Soleil Matric solo competition and also conducted the wind band, which received a distinction in an eisteddfod under her leadership.

She has participated in the ABSA National Youth solo competition which was held in Port Elizabeth and she has completed her grade 8 Royal Schools qualification. She was selected as the Principal Flautist of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra, which toured Germany, as well as a finalist of the FMR Competition (Jazz Category).

Linda Tshabalala

Linda Tshabalala has been a performer for the past six years, starting out at the Music Academy of Gauteng in Benoni. With this school’s big band she backed some of the best musicians in South Africa; the likes of Hugh Masekela, S’bongile Khumalo, Gloria Bosman, Barney Rachabane, and a host of others.

She has also travelled with this big band to Holland and Sweden, on a tour promoting South African music in 2003. In 2004 she had the privilege of performing at the now defunct IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators).

In 2006 she performed in South Korea for six months with fellow musicians at the Intercontinental Hotel. In 2009 she was selected as one of only 12 participants of the Jazz Legends Course, in which the participants learnt about their South African Jazz Heritage. She is currently busy with her third year of studies at the UCT College of music. And is also part of the R.Y.T.H.M executive team that is organising the Cape Town venture of the project.

Candice Martin

Candice Martin is currently studying at the University of Cape Town aiming to finish her BMUS studies at the end of 2009. She is studying with Fardia Bacharova and has been a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra since 2005. I n 2006 the orchestra travelled to Germany to participate in the Beethoven festival. She is also a member of the UCT Symphony orchestra and the UCT string ensemble.

She is the leader of Intermezzo String Quartet which frequently performs at weddings and corporate functions in and around the Western Cape. The quartet has been playing together for the past five years.

Recently Candice has been involved in improving the awareness of South African music. Being on the planning committee of R.Y.T.H.M (Reaching Youth through Music) and the Bow Exchange Project, an exchange of musical ideas between Western and African Bows.

Lwanda Gogwana

Lwanda Gogwana is from East London, South Africa. He started his music career by picking up the trumpet, piano and sung in the school choir at the tender age of 7 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cape Town, having majored in composition and also studied at the University of Oslo Norway, in Europe (2006). The latter was on a Scholarship programme.

He has been a member of the National Youth Jazz band in 2007 and 2008; a UCT Big band member for 4 consecutive years

Project Team

We are a group of music students from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town who are passionate about our South African Jazz Heritage. We are committed to enriching the lives of young people by exposing them to the music of their rich cultural heritage.

Monique van Willingh
Candice Martin
Linda Tshabala
Lwanda Gogwana
Ethan Smith
Spha Mdlalose
Thandi Ntuli
Babalwa Mpulu
Siya Charles
Adele Wyngaard

Our Music - A Celebration of Our South African Jazz Heritage

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