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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.

Othandwayo Bill and @Alungile Dlayedwa at an AMP vocals class. One of the pictures shows their range being captured on screen.
If you like to support AMP, please consider making a donation to our crowd-funding campaign: www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/amplify-us
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Us👭❤👑 i am so proud😊💃

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AMPs' volunteer Matti Musfeld-Bongartz joined Gareth Walwyn (AMP's director) and Shiloh Marsh (AMP's manager) to explore and enjoy the beachside when Village Scribe Association welcomed their new volunteers Paula Lambeck and Phillip Knaak and bade farewell to Meika & Anika. ... See MoreSee Less

AMPs volunteer Matti Musfeld-Bongartz joined Gareth Walwyn (AMPs director) and Shiloh Marsh (AMPs manager) to explore and enjoy the beachside when Village Scribe Association welcomed their new volunteers Paula Lambeck and Phillip Knaak and bade farewell to Meika & Anika.Image attachmentImage attachment

AMP learners Olwethu Bruintjies and Sigcobile Kolisi introduced to their first studio recording session - as part of their weekly sax lesson with Mr Flanagan at Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown ... See MoreSee Less

AMP learners Olwethu Bruintjies and Sigcobile Kolisi introduced to their first studio recording session - as part of their weekly sax lesson with Mr Flanagan at Diocesan School for Girls, GrahamstownImage attachment

 

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Well done on the work and passion you are passing on.

Keep up the good work Jay. Proud of you son.

Well done to you Jason..

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AMP was extremely fortunate to be invited to a recital by Terence Marais at Rhodes University Department of Music & Musicology on Wednesday. Terence has had a noteworthy career of studies and is also the co-founder (with Njabulo Thabiso Madlala) of the Amazwi Omzansi Africa Opera Competition - EC soloists. On Friday, he visited AMP and shared a little of his story and insight with our learners. Thank-you very much to Rhodes and to Terence for such wonderful opportunities! ... See MoreSee Less

AMP was extremely fortunate to be invited to a recital by Terence Marais at Rhodes University Department of Music & Musicology on Wednesday. Terence has had a noteworthy career of studies and is also the co-founder (with Njabulo Thabiso Madlala) of the Amazwi Omzansi Africa Opera Competition - EC soloists. On Friday, he visited AMP and shared a little of his story and insight with our learners. Thank-you very much to Rhodes and to Terence for such wonderful opportunities!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Awesome to see you guys! But I think 'co-founder' is a bit strong😂

Wonderful to see Terry.

Wonderful to see Terry.

Awesome ❤️

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"A very warm welcome to Matti Musfeld-Bongartz - all the way from Germany - who will be volunteering at AMP for a year, as part of the weltwärts programme, in partnership with Deutsches Rotes Kreuz in Hessen Volunta. Matti plays oboe, piano and saxophone, and we are delighted to have him on our team! ... See MoreSee Less

A very warm welcome to Matti Musfeld-Bongartz - all the way from Germany - who will be volunteering at AMP for a year, as part of the weltwärts programme, in partnership with Deutsches Rotes Kreuz in Hessen Volunta. Matti plays oboe, piano and saxophone, and we are delighted to have him on our team!

On Friday evening (2nd Aug), AMP learners attended a jazz concert at the Rhodes University Department of Music & Musicology. The learners were treated to compositions by Dr. Nishlyn Ramanna (piano) and the group comprised Chris Thorpe (drums), Kingsley Buitendag (bass), Professor Mageshen Naidoo (guitar) and Justin Bellairs (alto saxophone). Beautiful compositions, including a suite with movements inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Dr. Ramanna's distinctive use of irregular time signatures, made for a thoroughly enriching listening experience. The performances were remarkable, with outstanding section playing and improvising by all instrumentalists and the AMP students went home inspired and proud to be musicians themselves. ... See MoreSee Less

On Friday evening (2nd Aug), AMP learners attended a jazz concert at the Rhodes University Department of Music & Musicology. The learners were treated to compositions by Dr. Nishlyn Ramanna (piano) and the group comprised Chris Thorpe (drums), Kingsley Buitendag (bass), Professor Mageshen Naidoo (guitar) and Justin Bellairs (alto saxophone). Beautiful compositions, including a suite with movements inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Dr. Ramannas distinctive use of irregular time signatures, made for a thoroughly enriching listening experience. The performances were remarkable, with outstanding section playing and improvising by all instrumentalists and the AMP students went home inspired and proud to be musicians themselves.

2 months ago

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Congratulations to Dele Msotra, a Ntsika Secondary Grade 12 learner and a trombone player from Access Music Project for passing with merit his Grade 5 ABRSM theory exam. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Sisipho Mangete, a Ntsika Secondary Grade 12 learner and a trombone player from Access Music Project for passing with merit his Grade 5 ABRSM theory exam.

 

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Well done boy keep up the good work

Congratulations

Congratulations

Congratulations.

Well done

Well done Msotra

Congrants

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2 months ago

Access Music Project

"The world is waiting for your sound. The story you carry might have common themes with those of others .... but only you can tell it like you." - Nombasa Maqoko (musician, songwriter)
You see her here working with Access Music Project songwriting hopefuls on Sat, 13 July. The next session will be at 11:30 on Sat, 27 July at the Joza Youth Hub.
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So wonderful. So much talent in our town.

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3 months ago

Access Music Project

On Monday schools are opening for the second semester, and we thought this would be a great time to remind everyone of AMP’s crowd-funding campaign!

AMP gets its funding from a variety of sources, including grants from public and corporate funders. However, without the support of private donors and ordinary individuals, we would not be able to make the magic of AMP happen. For this semester we need to raise an amount of R 60 000 through our crowd-funding campaign in order to support the primary work of our programme - these funds will go directly to our learners' music tuition, or donors may choose specific items to sponsor. We are already more than a third of the way there. Help us to reach our target by making a donation and/or by sharing AMP’s appeal.

See our campaign for more details: www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/amplify-us

A sincere thanks to all those supporters who have already made donations! You are contributing directly to the personal, educational and career development of young, talented and dedicated children in Makhanda!
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On Monday schools are opening for the second semester, and we thought this would be a great time to remind everyone of AMP’s crowd-funding campaign!

AMP gets its funding from a variety of sources, including grants from public and corporate funders. However, without the support of private donors and ordinary individuals, we would not be able to make the magic of AMP happen. For this semester we need to raise an amount of R 60 000 through our crowd-funding campaign in order to support the primary work of our programme - these funds will go directly to our learners music tuition, or donors may choose specific items to sponsor. We are already more than a third of the way there. Help us to reach our target by making a donation and/or by sharing AMP’s appeal.
 
See our campaign for more details: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/amplify-us

A sincere thanks to all those supporters who have already made donations! You are contributing directly to the personal, educational and career development of young, talented and dedicated children in Makhanda!

 

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3 months ago

Access Music Project

18 of our AMP learners have just completed an exhilarating 6 days as participants at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival! Here are some photos of the learners in their respective bands performing alongside other young musicians from around the country. Many of our learners passed an important milestone in jazz by performing their first improvised jazz solo in public!

Once again, a huge thank you to the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival (SBNYJF), SAMRO, African Musical Instruments (AMI), Acoustic Cafe, Rotary Club of Grahamstown Sunset, Pro Carmine Choir, Rotary Club of Grahamstown, Redwood Spur Steak Ranch, Debbie Smuts, Este Coetzee, Don Hendry, Janet Brown, Norman Brown, Martina de Lange, Ingrid Schudel, Sue Skipper, Geoff and Margie Antrobus, and Denise Lesar Dalton for sponsorship and donations that enabled our learners to attend!
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