“Vuthela” means “to blow”, and the “Blowing up a storm” refers to the array of wind instruments performing on Saturday, October 1, commencing at 3pm at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre.
‘Vuthela- Blowing up a storm!’ (previously the ‘Brazz Band Extravaganza’) under the direction of Marc de Kock, has a mandate to promote musical literacy and social harmony within the Western Cape. This production will showcase the students’ commitment to musical literacy, while promoting the development of young musicians in the field of brass and wood winds.
The Artscape Audience Development and Education (ADE) department partnered with Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble for this project.
Taking centre stage will be four distinguished musical groups: New Face of Africa, a 15-piece community jazz band under the direction of Gcinikhaya Mnyamana. Their repertoire includes jazz standards like St Thomas by Sonny Rollins and Y’al inkhomo written by the legend Winston Mankunku.
Conductor Faan Malan will direct the hand-picked musicians who make up the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble. This band provides an amazing platform for young artists to display their extraordinary talents. The band will also feature two amazing young vocalists from Elsies River, namely Craig Jordaan & Dehanre Kiewiets.
The Artscape Big Band consists of up and coming young jazz musicians from all over the Western Cape, which includes participants from Elsies River and Rondebosch Boys High School and UCT. The band provides a platform for these young artists to play and feature their talents. The band will be performing a variety of music such as ‘Montreal’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Night & Day’ and ‘Happy’, to name a few. The band will also feature Elsie’s River vocalists, Craig Jordaan and Dehanre Kiewiets.
Rounding off this triumverant is the Elsies River High School Band, directed by Donveno Prins, who performed at the prestigious 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This band previously performed with CPYWE and has really come into its own as a force to be reckoned with. They also played at the International Jazz Festival earlier this year.
This engaging musical presentation was conceived by Thoko Ntshinga. The show covers a broad spectrum of musical genres and composers, including Labi Siffre, Bruno Mars, Wiston Mankunku, Robert Sheldon and Aaron Copland.
* Tickets are available by visiting computicket; or b y calling Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.
For more information about these and other productions at Artscape Theatre, visit their website at www.artscape.co.za.