Music greats mentor pupils
UP-AND-COMING musicians are getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn skills and get advice from music royalty.
In anticipation of next month's Joy of Jazz festival a music camp was organised for high school pupils interested in the industry, mentored by musicians such as Concord Nkabinde and Ringo Madlingozi.
Jazz camp organiser Rosie Katz said she hoped the pupils would leave the camp with more confidence and motivation.
The camp caters for pupils from 23 Gauteng schools that have music in their curriculum.
It is funded by the Department of Education and concert promoters T-Musicman .
"All these children study music and they want to be in the music industry," Katz said.
As part of the jazz camp, the pupils receive talks from experienced musicians such as Madlingozi, on what they can expect in the music industry.
Madlingozi shared his memories of rigorous touring, schedules, his school days and life lessons.
"During the school break, when the other boys were playing soccer, I used to sing in my corner. Then people wanted to hear me singing and I would charge them. That's when I realised I could get paid for singing," he said.
He also advised up-and-coming musicians that they should be smart about the legal and business side of the music industry.
Katz said the concept of a jazz camp had grown over the years.
"T-Musicman had the concept of a jazz camp a couple of years ago, and then last year I introduced a one-day jazz camp for the Joy of Jazz and then this year we turned it into a four-day camp," she said.
Hlobisile Mahlangu, one of the pupils from the camp, said:
"We are learning lots of things, they're encouraging us to grow and we learnt a lot about the music industry."
The 16-year-old from Cultura High School in Bronkhorstspruit said she was impressed by the talent displayed at the camp, adding that she wanted to try out for the SA Idols to advance her love for performing.