The Kronendal Music Academy's, "flagship" KMA Jazz Band, leaves for Germany on their first tour on Wednesday June 13. The tour has been organised by the Goethe Institute, Aktion Welt and The Exlie Centre in Germany.
The band will perform at two ca..major festivals, including the Stelzen Fest where they will share the stage with Abdullah Ibrahim. The members of the KMA Jazz Band, all from Hout Bay, are Aviwe Mkhaphuza (alto sax), Hadrien Ramondi ( trumpet), Cameron Claasen (drums), Chad van Rooyen (piano and vocals) , Leanne Johannes (vocals), Lungisa Chili (bass) and the band leader, Louise Zschage (trombone).
Founded by Dwyn Griesel in 2007, the KMA is a non profit music academy dedicated to providing music education of all styles and instruments to the underprivileged communities in Hout Bay. She said it now provides musical opportunities to more than 130 pupils, priding itself on successful cultural and raeial integration, which is KMA's underlying principle.
Over the last five years, the academy has grown exponentially on an annual basis and is now establishing itself as a sustainable and reputable music school in the Hout Bay valley, providing a much needed service to not only the disadvantaged communities, but also the many families in Hout Bay who can afford music tuition for their children.
KMA has won many awards, including the Mixed Choirs Trophy at the 2011 Cape Town Eistedfodd, and the Hout Bay Lions Club's Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. In November last year, Ms Griesel received the 2011 Inyathelo Philanthropy in the Arts Award. Besides 11 other ensembles on the go, KMA has established a successful partnership with James House Children's Home in Hout Bay, by developing a marimba group of 12 girls from Imizamo Yethu informal settlement, who have performed in and around Cape Town on a regular basis since 2010.
Ms Griesel said the members of the band wished to thank their patron, Professor Denis Goldberg, for his generous support and all those who had contributed to helping the band fulfil its needs for the trip, especially Michelfine Daniel at ProAdd and Nigel Lardner-Burke at Fabric House, and the Rotary Clubs of Hout Bay and Pinelands.
Tomorrow, Saturday June 2, at 6pm, the KMA Jazz Band will hold their final fundraiser concert at Riverside Estates, Valley Road, Hout Bay (opposite the World of Birds), where they will perform with other Cape Town musicians, including Derek Gripper, Tony Cox, Michele Maxwell, David Ledbetter, Buddy Wells, James Kibby, Chantal Willie and André Petersen. Tickets cost R120 which includes wine and snacks. Booking is essential. Email lanagintekom.co.za or call 082 331 4062. Members of Hout Bay's KMA Jazz Band who will be performing at music festivals in Germany.
In the front row from left are, Lungisa Chili, Aviwe Mkhaphuza, Hadrien Ramondi, Chad van Rooyen.At the back are, Leanne Johannes and Cameron Claasen. Not present is band leader, Louise Zschage.