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What’s all
that noise?

Venture down Sani street on a weekday afternoon and you may hear the sounds of Ma Brrr, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Purcell, Michael Jackson, fanfares, umxhentso, dubstep, Bob Marley, Jonas Gwangwa… or something else you’ve never heard before. Trombones, marimbas, bass guitar… piano, voices, cellos, drums… shouts, whispers, booms, clicks, screams… it’s the sound of young people working, playing; the singing of beating hearts and the creaking of expanding minds.  Access Music Project (AMP) is an Eastern Cape music education centre connecting young people with their creative identities and opportunities in the creative economy, in partnership with local schools. AMP was established in response to the problem of young potential musicians not having access to music studies. In many schools music is not an option for study, and arts in general have little priority. AMP’s model is that of a centre where human and physical resources are pooled to serve learners from various under-resourced schools, enabling the creation of a well-equipped, diverse and high quality music programme. Engagement with arts provides a space in which children can explore those parts of their selves that cannot be understood through words, and develop critical and alternative ways of thinking and expression. The opportunity to study music formally can open up another world of pathways for children who are talented and aspiring musicians.

3 days ago

Access Music Project

Sept 19 at the All Strings Attached concert in Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown. Our learners were plying their wares with the best in the local eurythmic world. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Access Music Project

The free All Strings Attached concert takes place this Wednesday at DSG. (Time? 17:30.) ... See MoreSee Less

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One of our bright AMP learners, Anam Fulatela setting the stage alight at Acoustic Cafe. ... See MoreSee Less

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AMP Intern Yolanda Bonani stands by the new guitar racks in the band room which he installed yesterday. The racks were designed by AMP Director Gareth Walwyn and built by African Musical Instruments, our long-standing local partner and supporter. Many thanks go in particular to Christian Carver for realising the design so beautifully on AMI's CNC machine! ... See MoreSee Less

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Video clip from the series of drama workshops to boost Access Music Project musicians' stage presence run on Saturdays at 10:30 by Tanya Brown and Mandisi Damien Emo-e Heshu at the Joza Youth Hub. ... See MoreSee Less

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