SAJE are hosting three music workshops at the Masque Theatre on Saturday 14th October. There is no charge to attend the workshops. Anyone is welcome to attend. Bring your instruments!
The South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE) is celebrating 25 years of promoting jazz and jazz education in South Africa. We organise festivals, conferences, outreach projects and workshops. Our mission is
to build the jazz arts community by advancing education and research
to promote skills and youth development, and performance
SAJE in conjunction with the Muizenberg Jazz Festival will present three jazz workshops on Saturday 14 October at the Masque Theatre. The workshops will be conducted by three leading professionals in the South African jazz industry: Bokani Dyer, McCoy Mrubata and Bongani Sotshononda. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments.
The workshops are open to all – from beginners to professionals.
Bongani is a composer, arranger, accomplished percussionist and chromatic marimba player who has travelled extensively sharing his skills with audiences in South Africa and abroad.
Bongani presented a workshop on marimbas, jazz and world music.
12h00 – Bokani Dyer’s Workshop
The South African Songbook
Bokani Dyer is a leader of the new wave of contemporary young jazz artists from South Africa. A pianist and composer, his music is appreciated for its creativity and emotional depth. His repertoire reflects both a strong sense of cultural identity as well as a celebration of all music with no borders. Winner of multiple awards including the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year for Jazz, he regularly performs in Africa and Europe with his Trio.
Bokani presented a workshop on the South African Songbook with a focus on SA jazz and jazz pianists.
14h00 – McCoy Mrubata’s Workshop
Saxophonist, flute payer, band leader and composer
Reedman McCoy was born in the historic township of Langa but now lives in Johannesburg. He has collaborated with a dazzling array of South African and International jazz players. McCoy also produces, teaches and spends a lot of time simply being a family man.
McCoy presented a workshop on his music and his favourite SA composers / songwriters which focused on how he learned music and how he composes, and incorporated aspects of woodwind playing.