Sep 09

Free music workshops – celebrate Durban!

Musicians and people interested in music can attend free workshops as part of the two-day MMINO MusicMix: ‘A Boundless Experience’ Festival.

This is taking place at the ICC in Durban with Johnny Clegg headlining on September 24 and Hugh Masekela on September 25.

Central to the Celebrate Durban activities celebrating heritage month, the MMINO MusicMix festival features some of the finest musicians from nine SADC countries (Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa), including Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ray Phiri, Etran Finatawa, Oliver Mtukudzi, and many others.

The festival creates an exciting opportunity to promote the musical talent and culture from these countries and marks the culmination of a four month Boundless Southern Africa Expedition led by National Geographic explorer Kingsley Holgate, whose aim is to raise awareness of the Transfrontier Conservation Areas as tourist and investment destinations.

In line with promoting musical talent and culture, and breaking down musical barriers, free educational workshops with participating musicians will take place.

Three times Grammy Award winning South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, will present a workshop on “The Magic of Isicathamiya” while African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician, Ray Phiri, will present a workshop entitled “Sing and Write From the Heart”. Etran Finatawa, the first group to use the songs and music of the Wodaabe in a modern context, will present a workshop on “Music from Niger”.

Presenting a workshop entitled “Tuku Music” will be Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi whose music invariably deals with socio-economic issues. The self taught musicians of the Malealea Group, who create their own music embracing elements of Lesotho traditions, township jive and South African hip hop, will present a workshop on “Music in Lesotho”.

Other workshops on offer are “Indian Rhythms” presented by Pregalathan Singaram, “Maskanda Guitar Styles” presented by Vusi Mkhize, “Music from Zambia”, “Artist Management and Booking” presented by Jamad Mthembu, “Music and Dance from Botswana”, “Sounds of Swaziland”, “Sounds of Namibia” presented by Stella Kapeko and “Timbila Rhythms from Mozambique”.

All the music workshops are free of charge and take place from 14h00 to 18h00 on Thursday, September 24 and from 13h00 to 18h00 on Friday, September 25, 2009. For more information contact Brendan on 083 227 2376. Bookings for the festival in the evenings can be made through Computicket on 083 915 8000. For more information about the festival, go to www.musexchange.co.za.