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Photos: Louise Howlett Presents: Midweek Sessions 30 July 2014

Two mini concert sessions of classical and jazz side by side on one night under one roof @ the Church on Greenmarket Square. 19.30 – 20.30 – Our classical session featured cellist Rosamund Eliza vd Westhuizen performing unaccompanied suites by Bach and Prokofiev interspersed by arias sung by soprano Louise Howlett accompanied by Albert Combrink. […]

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Two mini concert sessions of classical and jazz side by side on one night under one roof @ the Church on Greenmarket Square.

Central Methodist Church

Central Methodist Church

19.30 – 20.30 – Our classical session featured cellist Rosamund Eliza vd Westhuizen performing unaccompanied suites by Bach and Prokofiev interspersed by arias sung by soprano Louise Howlett accompanied by Albert Combrink.

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Rosamund Eliza vd Westhuizen

20.45 – 21.45 – Bassist Graham Strickland joined Albert Combrink on keys and Louise Howlett (vocals) for highlights from ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ – a programme of torch songs from the era of Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and more.

Soprano Louise Howlett

Soprano Louise Howlett

NEXT SHOW: 13 August 2014

Rosamund Eliza vd Westhuizen

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Tickets available from Webtickets and at the door.
R60 per session or R100 for both (pensioners and student discounts at the door)

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Graham Strickland

Graham Strickland

Great coffee and refreshments are available at Heaven Coffee at the venue, or why not combine a session with supper and drinks from one of restaurants on the square.

Why not enjoy a supper on Greenmarket Square – Inn on the Square and Bellini are two excellent options – before or after your session of choice, or enjoy both sessions with some great coffee and cupcakes from Heaven at the Church during the break.

Doors at the Church on Greenmarket Square
open at 19h00.

Future concerts take place on
August 13 & 27
Sept 10 & 24
Oct 8 & 22
Nov 12 & 26

For further information on this and future concerts,
contact Louise on 084 682 1337 or email info@louisehowlett.co.za

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Louise Howlett presents’ is a brand new concert experience with two pop-up Midweek Sessions in one evening. Classical works and easy listening jazz are performed together on one night under one roof at the Church on Greenmarket Square. Vocalist and concert manager Louise Howlett presents and performs in each session with pianist Albert Combrink, and there will be regular guest appearances by some of Cape Town’s finest classical and jazz musicians.

Be the first to hear a ‘sneak peek’ of new programmes being worked on, or enjoy old favourites being performed just for fun. Tickets are priced R60 for a session, or R100 for the full evening (student and pensioner discounts at the door). Great coffee and refreshments are available at Heaven Coffee at the venue, or why not combine a session with supper and drinks from one of restaurants on the square.

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Photos: Tango Night Live – Argentinian Association 5 July 2014

The Argentinean Association of South Africa hosted the  CT Tango Ensemble & Juan Simon Presenting live their latest CD “Tango Dreams” and other favourites A Night of Tango Music and Dance ! Hosted by the Argentinian Associatin of South Africa – an honour to present Tango to the people who created it! Sunset soundcheck Our […]

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The Argentinean Association of South Africa hosted the  CT Tango Ensemble & Juan Simon
Presenting live their latest CD “Tango Dreams” and other favourites
A Night of Tango Music and Dance !

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Hosted by the Argentinian Associatin of South Africa – an honour to present Tango to the people who created it!

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Sunset soundcheck

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Our dear friend Juan Simon, who performed with us both here and at the Classic FM Classical Soiree the following night.

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Empanadas Step 2 – Add Smiles!

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Empanadas Step 3 – Ready to bake

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Empanadas Step 4 – Tuck in!

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Carbonada: Cooked INSIDE the pumpkin!

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I thought for a moment that was Martha Argerich taking a break from beating up pianos, but that’s our hostess Marcella.

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Three CD’s to sell – the fruit of over a Decade of playing Tango!

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Our Hostess

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For more information and future notifications, contact nora@asociacionargentina.co.za

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Photos: Lady Sings the Blues: 5 Rooms at the Alphen Hotel 17 July

  “Lady Sings the Blues” at 5 Rooms at the Alphen: Famous Women of Jazz & Blues Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass) Next performance: Wed 23 July Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden […]

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“Lady Sings the Blues” at 5 Rooms at the Alphen: Famous Women of Jazz & Blues

Louise Howlett (Vocals), Albert Combrink (Piano), Graham Strickland (Bass)

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Next performance: Wed 23 July

Exquisite venue

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their “Blues in the Night”

Graham Strickland, Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Great food, great music, great fireplace!

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Graham Strickland

TWITTER : @LHConcerts / @albertcombrink

Find Louise Howlett’s Website HERE
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Alphen Hotel: Home of “5 Rooms Jazz”.

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Make a Reservation: Contact +27 (0) 21 795 6313

or   e-mail: 5rooms@alphen.co.za

Graham Strickland, Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Graham Strickland, Louise Howlett & Albert Combrink

Enjoy some old school standards as this Trio of well-known musicians celebrate the songs of the legendary women of Blues & Jazz: from golden era performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, to modern songbrids Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones & Adelle. These women have all shared their stories, uniting women around the world as they sang their “Blues in the Night”

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The 5 Rooms restaurant at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in the Constantia winelands will join the growing list of Cape Town venues offering live music from March 1.

Live performances – in a cosy, informal-yet-sophisticated venue – promise to please music lovers and to satisfy discerning diners. They are scheduled from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Under the curatorship of saxophonist Rus Nerwich from The Woodstock Music Academy, this partnership offers a musical feast as well as creative culinary fare. It combines the intimate warmth and luxurious ambience of a centuries-old manor house with superior entertainment.

This initiative is designed to transport guests into the world of the musical and culinary arts. Surrounded by vineyards and oak trees and with plenty of secure parking, the Alphen Boutique Hotel is a sanctuary of charm, history and culture with modern glamour and flair.

Booking will be essential.

- See more HERE

- Visit the Alphen 5 Rooms Website HERE

Music at 5 Rooms at the Alphen

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Photos: Classic FM Soiree on Sunday 6 July at Summer Place – CT Tango Ensemble

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Nomsa Mpofu & Albert Combrink perform at Parliament, Cape Town 15.6.14

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Nomsa Mpofu was born 21 years ago in Cape Town and started singing in choral eisteddfod competitions with the Luhlaza high school choir, based in Khayelitsha. She’s a 4th year student studying at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town studying with Patrick Tikolo. She has participated as a chorus member at the University in several productions that include L’elisir d’Amore ,Cunning little Vixen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Viaggio a Reims, La Boheme and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. She also participated in the extracts of Handel’s Opera Rinaldo as Almirena and in Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) as a first lady in the Opera Kaleidoscope. She was awarded 1st prize at the tertiary competition (SATICA) and performed in Youth Music Festival 2012 with Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arjan Tien. She has performed her debut the role of Fiordiligi in the production of “Cosi fan Tutte” production of UCT\Cape Town Opera. In 2013 she was one of the finalists of the South African National Opera Singing Competition in the Amazwi Omanzi Arts Festival. She will take the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” performing it in the Darling Opera Company.

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Photos: French Festivities – Petrus de Beer (Violin) and Albert Combrink (Piano) at La Motte 12.6.14

J’ADORE LE VIOLON Date – 12th July 2014 La Motte Historic Cellar Petrus de Beer, one of South Africa’s foremost violinists performed J’adore le Violon as part of La Motte’s Bastille Festival celebrations. Partnered by Albert Combrink, they explored the stories of love and passion often associated with the French Violin music of Faure, Debussy, Ravel […]

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J’ADORE LE VIOLON

Date – 12th July 2014

La Motte Historic Cellar

Petrus de Beer, one of South Africa’s foremost violinists performed J’adore le Violon as part of La Motte’s Bastille Festival celebrations. Partnered by Albert Combrink, they explored the stories of love and passion often associated with the French Violin music of Faure, Debussy, Ravel and more.

Albert Combrink (Piano), Louise Howlett (Concert Manager), Petrus de Beer (Violin)

Albert Combrink (Piano), Louise Howlett (Concert Manager), Petrus de Beer (Violin)

Petrus is a freelance musician in various combinations and styles, ranging from Classical, Blues and Jazz. He is a highly sought after chamber musician and also plays regularly for the Cape and teaches both violin and viola at the University of Stellenbosch as well as a number of local schools.  He is also a member of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble.

La Motte: Home of Good wine and Good Music

La Motte: Home of Good wine and Good Music

Albert Combrink is regarded as one of the most versatile pianists in the country. From solo recitals to chamber performances across the styles of classical, opera and jazz he is known for his unique programming and story telling connectivity and collaborates with many of the top musicians and singers in Cape Town. Albert is a founding member of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble and is also very involved with creating opportunities for emerging artists and assisting them with the transition from tertiary education through to an international career.

The exquisite La Motte guest houses

The exquisite La Motte guest houses

Concert information & Reservation details for future events:

Angela at +27(0)21 876 8000 or concerts@la-motte.co.za

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French festivities all weekend.

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The exquisite Pierneef Restaurant is justly famous for fine dining.

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Impressionist colours fro Impressionist composers.

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Cold Midwinter Magic.

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Petrus de Beer and I rehearsed at Mountain Shadows Guest Farm in Paarl: generous and warm hosts.

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The historic Steinway Model C – a joy to play!

 

The view in April

The view in April

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Forest Magic

Forest Magic

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Photos: Goitsemang Lehobye & Albert Combrink perform at Kelvin Grove, Cape Town, June 2014

An Opera Rectial presented by the Owl Club of Cape Town at The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, 144 Campground Road, Newlands, Cape Town Tues 17 June 2014 Goitesemang Lehobye (Soprano) Read More about Goitsemang Lehobye  HERE: Albert Combrink (Piano)    

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An Opera Rectial presented by the Owl Club of Cape Town at The Grill Room, Kelvin Grove, 144 Campground Road, Newlands, Cape Town

Tues 17 June 2014

Goitesemang Lehobye (Soprano)

Read More about Goitsemang Lehobye  HERE:

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Owl’s Club host and long-time music lover and member of the Symphony Choir, Prof. Philip Lloyd and Soprano Goitsemang Lehobye

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Old World Class and Charm at Kelvin Grove

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The trusty old Blüthner, a glamorous old dame who won’t be hurried to the party, but can certainly still kick up a storm once she gets there.

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Photos: CT Tango Ensemble – Hermanus Fynarts Festival June 2014

CT Tango Ensemble presented by the Hermanus FynArts Festival Vist the Festival Website: http://www.hermanusfynarts.co.za/ Visit the CT Tango Ensemble Website: http://www.goodmusic.co.za Buy CT Tango Ensemble CDs HERE: http://www.independentmusic.co.za/artists/ct-tango-ensemble

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Photos: Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle 15 June 2014

Petite Messe Solennelle” by Rossini Sunday, 15 June 2014, at 5.00pm St. John’s Church, St. John’s Road, Wynberg Conducted by Alexander Fokkens Pianist – Albert Combrink Organist – Erik Dippennaar Bass – Martin Mkhize Tenor – Willem Bester Mezzo-Soprano – Bongiwe Nakani Soprano – Nomsa Mpofu The Symphony Choir of Cape Town An unusual work […]

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Petite Messe Solennelle” by Rossini

Sunday, 15 June 2014, at 5.00pm

St. John’s Church, St. John’s Road, Wynberg

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Pianist – Albert Combrink
Organist – Erik Dippennaar

Bass – Martin Mkhize
Tenor – Willem Bester
Mezzo-Soprano – Bongiwe Nakani
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An unusual work for Choir, Soloists, Two Pianos and Harmonium, was first first performed at the dedication (14 March 1864) of the private chapel in the hôtel of Louise, comtesse de Pillet-Will, to whom Rossini dedicated this refined and elegant piece, which avoids the sentimental opulence of most contemporary liturgical works, such as those by Gounod & Co. In the audience at that first performance were such giants as Giacomo Meyerbeer, Daniel Auber and Ambroise Thomas.

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St John’s Church Wynberg, Cape Town: an impressive an suitable venue for this work.

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The rhythm of the architecture seems to mirror the music we are about to perform.

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Bongiwe Nakani (Mezzo-Soprano) & Nomsa Mpofu (Soprano)

Bongiwe Nakani is a very gifted young Mezzo-Soprano whose voice has already attracted National and International attention. Winner of the Amazwi Omzansi National Singing Competition instigated by British-Based South African Baritone Njabulo Madlala, she took part in the New York State Glimmerglass Opera Festival 2014. She has also performed in New York to the United Nations General Assembly to honour Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. Recently she was seen in the groundbreaking Umculo Festival’s “Comfort Ye”.

Nomsa Mpofu is a very promising young soprano who has already been seen in the lead role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and will be seen in Rossini’s Il Viaggio A Rheims” in 2014. She is becoming a regular performer on Oratorio and recital. Watch her on Youtube.

Martin Mkhize (Bass)

Martin Mkhize (Bass)

Martin Mkhize is currently a student at the UCT Opera School. He has been seen in performance with the Black Tie Ensemble and Gauteng Opera. Listen to Martin on Youtube.

Martin Mkhize (Bass) & willem Bester (tenor)

Martin Mkhize (Bass) & Willem Bester (tenor)

Willem Bester is a well-known tenor in Cape Town. He recently performed in Orff’s “Carmina Burana” Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Willem is also a member of the highly acclaimed early music ensemble The cape Consort. Find his CV HERE.

Erik Dippennaar (Organ)

Erik Dippennaar (Organ)

Erik Dippennaar is an early music Performance Scholar, harpsichordist, organist and accompanist.

Albert combrink (Pianist)

Albert combrink (Pianist)

Albert Combrink has worked with the Symphony Choir of Cape Town on many occasions, both in rehearsal and performance. Concerts have included “Carmina Burana”, “Sunset Carols at Groot Constantia”.

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Some of members of the Berg River Choir attended this performance of  Gioacchino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solenelle” performed by the Symphony Choir of Cape Town. It was part of a collaboration and cultural development program we initiated with different role-players for the Berg River Choir. Read More.

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Creative Code – an inspiring afternoon at Ikamva Youth Makhaza Township. Cape Town

Public Speaking and Presentation Workshop: “Creative Coders” Preparing the “Creative Coders” from Ikamva Youth. I spent a great afternoon at one of Cpae Town’s most successful community education projects, Ikamva Youth, by presenting a workshop in public speaking: helping by coaching the speakers – refining the pitch, presentation and public speaking – in preparation for […]

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Public Speaking and Presentation Workshop: “Creative Coders”

Preparing the “Creative Coders” from Ikamva Youth.
I spent a great afternoon at one of Cpae Town’s most successful community education projects, Ikamva Youth, by presenting a workshop in public speaking: helping by coaching the speakers – refining the pitch, presentation and public speaking – in preparation for their pitch for funding from World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

Countdown to the presentation on 27 May at the Pavilion Clocktower Conference Center, V&A Waterfront.

Participants: Marion Walton, Albert Combrink, Zukile Keswa and learners

Inspiring young people. Insipring Ideas. Inspiring dreams. Inspiring Lives.

Please visit Creative Code‘ Facebook page and support their activities.
Please visit the IkamvaYouth SA Facebook page and support them.
Also visit the Ikamva Website here: http://ikamvayouth.org/

Follow Dr. Marion Walton from the University of Cape Town

Paying it forward because I can not pay it back.

Here is an excerpt of the final rehearsal of the Funding Pitch:

 

Find out more about the project and how this video came about:

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Ikamva Lisezandleni Zethu is a South African non-profit organization focussed on the empowerment of youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance.

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The lab urgently needs some curtains or blinds. The lighting makes it very hard to see the screen – very important when teaching computer skills! Note the portable projector propped up on a discarded Chips carton.

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The sense of humour, excitement and fun are immediately apparent. Serious learning occurs here – note the older volunteer tutors in the back row helping the younger learners. I notice no “discipline” issues or inattentive learners – a topic much debated amongest educators in all the schools i which I have worked.

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Always time for a smile! Even in these cramped quarters, with space- and time-allocation issues with the next door library always arising, the learners were genuinely enthusiastic about the subject content and are learning really valuable skills.

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Petrol-bombed in 2011, this insipiring mural reflects the passion and dedication of a small but brave project.

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A hub of activity as schoolchildren come to study, get tutoring, work together in groups. Such a tiny little space. Filled with volunteers, willing learners, and that energy which is the future of my country.

 

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A portable data-projector propped up on a chair on a table. We are a nation of innovators. Necessity is clearly also the mother of invention. — with Marion Walton

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Textbooks line the one wall. Connecting volunteers and learners is one thing. Finding and managing a dedicated space equipped with the materials for learning, is quite another.

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Mission statements do not come much clearer than this…

 

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I made a video of the pitching-session practice and gave a quick workshop on presentation, honing the content of the pitch where I could, using my stage-experience to help the group get their message across as clearly and effectively as possible. What is humbling, is how a small intervention is so eagerly – even greedily – absorbed. More. We need to do more. Much more

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Marion Walton with Zukile Keswa, branch co-ordinator for the Makhaza branch of Ikamva Youth. Refining the script and changing a word here and there can make all the difference. Zukile’s dedication and supportuve, calm nature makes him a tremendous asset in this situation. — with Marion Walton  Albert Combrink Ikamva Youth 5 (3)
The four presenters of the pitch going through some final revisions before I started my work of working on the presentation aspect.

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Talita Maliti is a very impressive young lady. Confident and bright, responsive to and so deserving of meaningful input.

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Other members of the group were there to support and comment, even though they would not be part of the final presentation of the funding-pitch. There was a great atmosphere in the room.

 

 

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As part of the “Creative Coders” project, Talita designed a computer-game in which her self-named character overcomes obstacles such as bullying principals and lack of access to facilities, by “eating”  books and leaping over the difficulties. There was a tender moment when we realised how much of her own life-experiences, her negative experiences but also her determination to overcome them, her dreams and aspirations were “coded” into what on the sturface appears to be a bit of frivolous computergaming children’s “e-tertainment”. See an example fo some of the pixel-based artwork HERE.

Talita Maliti is a young lady with a great future ahead of her, and she knows it and she’s going out to meet it head-on!

 

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Vuyani made tremendous progress in the workshop. Understanding how language-differences and accents impact on the audience was a great lesson to learn. He was absolutely ON BOARD and worked so hard to implement the suggestions made. What a lovely young man.

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A member of the “Creative Coders” team, amused at something his team mates did. I could not help but notice the face peering over his shoulder: With Madiba looking on at the progress being made… Could everybody please stop TALKING about “legacy” and get on with doing what needs to be done?

 

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Marion Walton doing a formidable gut-punching demonstration to show how firm your tummy muscles can be to help you with projection of your voice. Especially when you we are nervous do we need to activate those muscles. And believe me, when Dr Walton comes at you with those fists, you get mighty nervous! — with Marion Walton

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I was so happy that my experience and ease with talking in front of audiences gave me something meaningful to contribute to this amazing group of people. All those singing-lessons and opera workshops and playing for school-productions has built and refined in me an entire set of additional skills which I now look at with different eyes. Thanks to this experience I view my life as a pianist differently. How blessed am I.
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Getting intense about presentation technique!

I found an unexpected and moving connection with the tone of the pitching session:
~Building an idea from nothing, usually with no budget and few other resources other than your own skills and creativity,
~Pitching your idea to someone in the hope that they will reward you for that idea with some money to help make it come true.
~Studying your budget, your script and making a carefully rehearsed but sincere and heartfelt presentation with the hope of a favourable outcome,

Is that not the life of an artist?

I have more in common with this group than might at first reach the eye!

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It doesn’t matter where you come from. It matters where you are going to.

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Boys and girls walking from school. I take a quiet resolution to be ten times stricter with my own child about the state of his school uniform.

Albert Combrink Ikamva Youth 7 (3)The school uniforms are all spotless. The pride of these young people in their community’s acheivements is palpable.

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A man with a motorised wheel-chair. Where did he get it? Who paid for it? What does he do? Where does he live? Who looks after him? What is his life like? What is the impact of his diability on his emotional state? He waved and smiled at us later as we drove off. A great open smile and a big thumbs-up with BOTH thumbs. Clearly, all these questions had answers…

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Hair. Black hair. It is a science all on its own. Thandi’s salon is 2x2feet, and the hole in the window sort-of covered by a closet of sorts, but she’s open for business!

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WHERE you are does not define WHO you are.

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A vision worthy of our nation.

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Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the most privileged of us all?

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I just play the piano, I couldn’t do this math! But it felt great to be able to pass on other skills that I had learnt in my years as a performer, which did not necessarily relate directly to my musical skills.

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How to make sure that the door to tertiary education does not remain locked or remain a revolving door for many: build from the ground up.

 

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Dear Old Man with your RainBowTie, do you see?

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