7 days ago
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 ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
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
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 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
"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
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
"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. ... See MoreSee Less
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! ... See MoreSee Less
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! ... See MoreSee Less