Sekunjalo Edujazz celebrates 15 years

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Beatenberg will perform with the Beau Soleil Stage Band and the Edujazz Alumni Band on Saturday  20 June 2015 at Artscape to celebrate 15 years of Sekunjalo Edujazz.
Beatenberg will perform with the Beau Soleil Stage Band and the Edujazz Alumni Band on Saturday 20 June 2015 at Artscape to celebrate 15 years of Sekunjalo Edujazz.

The ‘Sekunjalo Edujazz’ concert is set to thrill the Mother City once again with the annual fund-raising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday 20 June 2015 at 19h30.

Sekunjalo Edujazz celebrates its 15th year of supporting and growing successful home-grown artists and this year the headline act, local pop-jazz sensation and winner of six South African Music awards, Beatenberg, will have the audience singing and dancing to their unique beats.

South Africa is ripe with talented young musicians, aspiring to reach their dreams. Joining Beatenberg in the 2015 line-up are; the Beau Soleil Stage Band, and the Edujazz Alumni Band,

Cherie Hendricks Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (formerly Sekunjalo Investments Limited) said: “The objective of the concert is to raise funds for educational bursaries for impoverished students in the Western Cape, as well as promote the rich culture of jazz music in Cape Town, by staging a well-known group or artist alongside up-and-coming young artists from either primary or high schools.”

Beatenberg is a fresh South African face in the music industry, whose rise to fame includes two record breaking songs ‘Who is Chelsea Blakemore’ and ‘Remember You’ (with their collaboration with DJ Clock and Pluto) number #1 on the charts for 17 weeks.

Without a doubt Beatenberg is creating and defining a ‘new South African sound’ that pays homage to South Africa’s musical heritage while breaking new ground with their unmistakably global pop sensibility. “They stand as a great example of what can be accomplished on the music scene and therefor their presence on this year’s Edujazz billing is self-explanatory,” commented Hendricks.

Adding to the happy sounds of the pop-jazz group is The Edujazz Alumni Band. Performing together since 2008 when they started at Alexander Sinton high school at the age of 13 & 14 and under the guidance of music teacher Ronel Nagfaal, the band has gone from strength to strength.

Says Hendricks, “All members of the band have made phenomenal progress as musicians but if I must single out one, then bassist, Sean Bratz would be one to keep an eye on. A proud moment and achievement for Edujazz was when Sean won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the USA.”

Providing its own unique flair to the occasion is the Beau Soleil Stage Band. Beau Soleil will keep the audience entertained with music from various genres, including some current local and international jazz titles. This band has completed an extensive ensemble-training programme under the directorship of Merlin Mc Donald. Some past pupils are currently pursuing highly successful performing careers, both locally and internationally.

Helping the Sekunjalo Edujazz concert gain prominence and support over the past 15 years, and sharing the stage with aspiring young musicians, have been acts such as Jimmy Dludlu, Tucan Tucan, Virtual Jazz Reality, The Darryl Andrews Jazz Band, Vicky Sampson, Galumphing, MiCasa and Jimmy Nevis.

Now in 2015, Beatenberg has brought a new beat to the party and the organisers can guarantee that the monies raised from the sale of tickets to the event will play an instrumental role in ensuring that yet more young music stars can have their shot at their name in lights.

Tickets are on sale at all Computicket outlets and cost R90.

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