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[19 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on 10 things you can do to help! | ]
10 things you can do to help!

10 things you can do online (for free!) to help the National Youth Orchestra:
1. Tell people about us! www.sanyo.org.za
2. Invite your friends to like us on Facebook @SANationalYouthOrchestra
3. Follow us on Twitter @SANYOF
4. Sign up for a MySchool card that benefits the National Youth Orchestra – email us on team@sanyo.org.za and we’ll send you the form
5. Become and advocate on GivenGain (our online donation platform)
6. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
7. Follow us on Instagram @sanatyouthorch
8. Invite young musicians to apply for the course at http://bit.ly/2iIde1W
9. Sign up to our newsletter!
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[21 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on What does it SOUND like? | ]
What does it SOUND like?

The National Youth Orchestra, the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of SA’s most colourful and innovative musicians.

Think Black Cat White Cat meets Brenda Fassie – add an opera singer, a polish refugee, a Manchester born kwaito star and SA’s most cunning linguist, and you have half the picture. The other half is best experienced live! Be taken on a journey from baroque to boeremusiek, comedy to kwaito, and a lot in between – a new South African sound that’s best served hot! Bring comfortable shoes to dance in – your feet will thank you. Shows on 11, 12 and 14 December in Johannesburg.

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[17 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Watch Bombshelter Beast! | ]
Watch Bombshelter Beast!

We are really excited about this video for our concerts in December. A big thank you to the team at Black Gosling who worked so hard conceptualising, directing and filming, Sumo Sound for the Bombshelter Beast recording, Tiger Fight for the mix and the wonderful members of the band and the National Youth Orchestra and friends for being the superstars!
Watch it now:

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[16 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone | ]
Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone

Suzy is a Sousaphone. Her relatives come from America, but she was born in Japan in 1989 in the Yamaha factory, and came to live with her musician Alex Hitzeroth, in Johannesburg in 2015. Sousaphones are seen as funny instruments, but really they’re quite sensitive and don’t take to being teased. Suzy is an integral member of Bombshelter Beast, a band that performs a wide variety of music (she’s responsible for keeping the bassline pumping). She used to play in the army band, but she’s left them now in favour of a life made for dancing. She loves dancing.

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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin | ]
Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin

This December I’ll be playing with a band called Bombshelter Beast. Bombshelter What, you ask? That’s what I thought. But then I heard their music – and wow! They made my bow skip a beat! The reason I get to play with them is that we’re doing concerts with the National Youth Orchestra, my regular gig.