Young jazz musicians from Incopho Development Project got right into the groove at a special concert at Stirling Presbyterian Church on Saturday.
The non-profit was established in 2017 to bring energy and aspiration into the lives of residents through the power of art and education.
The goal is top-quality music education for children, using a holistic approach that takes in a plethora of issues and conditions facing the children’s well-being, as well as getting involved with community health, welfare, and providing precious academic support.
Thirty-six people were involved in the production, with children as young as eight getting to grips with movement, song, and instruments.
Founder and director Anthony Drake were pumped with excitement.
“The show was more of a success than we anticipated.
“We had the audience singing and dancing, which was beautiful to see.
“I am incredibly proud to be leading the project. The children have made outstanding progress in musical performance.
“What a triumphant concert.
“Thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially the children and staff of the project.
“I look forward to working with them on many more performances. They should all be incredibly proud of themselves, the hard work they put in, and their commitment,” Drake said.
This was a free concert that featured iconic pieces by SA jazz maestros Strike Vilakazi, the Manhattan Brothers, and Dudu Pukwana, but there was some international music too with nods to Teleman, Jerry Ragavoy, and Coldplay.
Arrangements were by Drake, Thabo Ngoxo, and Wonke Mapuma.
Funds to host the event came from the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Cultural Council.
The public was asked to donate funds to help the project, which also provides music study bursaries for children of families who are unable to afford them and it provides vital life skills education for children.