Each year the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) hosts a number of free masterclasses, where those in the music industry have the opportunity to learn from business professionals and established artists. Recognising that an artist’s music is their business, and that knowledge is king, the CTIJF created a series of smaller and more intimate workshops in 2016 called uMculo Wam – aimed at students and those considering a career in show business.
Meaning ‘My Music’, the uMculo Wam mentorship programme and masterclass aim to arm participating youngsters with the ability to make informed choices and help them get the right start.
Billy Domingo, CTIJF Festival Director encourages young musicians and music educators from the surrounding areas to register early, saying that seats are limited. “As most will know by now, the CTIJF is much more than a weekend-long music festival. It is in fact an incubator for musicians and event personnel. It is our duty to drive a sustainable events and entertainment industry in South Africa and for this reason, we created a number of mechanisms to ensure we maintain standards and nurture homegrown talent, developing them into seasoned and successful professionals.
“Not everyone has the ability to travel and attend masterclasses of this calibre, so we made the decision to bring them to the people. But, because it is more impactful to convey theoretical and practical knowledge in an intimate setting, we have restricted attendance and therefore I urge you to register online and secure your seat today. You will not regret it.”
The first workshop will be held at the Cape Music Institute in Athlone on Thursday 22nd March. The workshop gives musicians and performers from higher education facilities, the opportunity to interact with mentors in the music industry and those at the forefront of Music Business Development. Participants will also hear from local favourites Mi Casa, and gain valuable insights into how they have gotten to where they are now.
The uMculo Wam Masterclass will take place at the Gugu S’Thebe Theatre in Langa, also on Thursday 22 March. This meeting of musical minds will provoke discussion and provide practical interaction between mentors, educators and students. Songstress Amanda Black and the a capella group The Soil, will be on hand for an intimate knowledge transfer gathering.
Book online today: http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/umculo-wam-booking
UMCULO WAM Mentorship – Athlone
Thursday 22nd March 2018
10H00 – 13H00
UMCULO WAM Masterclass – Langa
Thursday 22nd March 2018
14H00 – 16H00
Official sponsors of the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and AYO Technology Solutions. Other sponsors include host city, City of Cape Town and Peninsula Beverages.