CHDM jazz­ing it up for artists

The Rep - - NEWS - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

A JAZZ sum­mit con­ducted by the Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) has, as its main in­ten­tion, the up­lift­ment of Komani into a fu­ture des­ti­na­tion for jazz de­vel­op­ment and growth.

The sum­mit, at the CHDM Bells Road cham­bers, was at­tended by Bio Mu­sic Busi­ness In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Sid­ney Kaqo­qonga who said the in­sti­tute fo­cused on the value chain of the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The in­sti­tute aimed to em­power Komani jazz artists to al­low them to de­velop strate­gies to best make use of the area’s jazz her­itage and how to make a liv­ing from their tal­ents.

Kaqo­qonga said it was im­por­tant for artists to work to­gether as a team.

East­ern Cape Au­dio Visual Centre (ECAVC) artis­tic co­or­di­na­tor Siduduzo Myeni said ECAVC was a unit of the Fort Hare Univer­sity with the in­volve­ment of the depart­ment of sport, recreation, arts and cul­ture based in East Lon­don.

“My duty is to look af­ter East­ern Cape-born artists even if they re­side in other prov­inces. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has a public, com­mer­cial and aca­demic man­date.”

The ECAVC wanted to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to de­velop artists by run­ning work­shops which would fo­cus on all as­pects of the mu­sic in­dus­try.

“In terms of our aca­demic man­date we are in the process of de­sign­ing a higher cer­tifi­cate for 2018 to al­low learn­ers who did mu­sic in ma­tric, but who do not qual­ify to study for a BA de­gree in mu­sic to gain this qual­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

MU­SIC POWER: The Chris Hani Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) hosted a jazz sum­mit in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Chris Hani Month, with, from left, CHDM port­fo­lio head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Si­bonile Mbot­shane, East­ern Cape Au­dio Visual Centre (ECAVC) artis­tic co­or­di­na­tor Siduduzo Myeni and Bio Mu­sic Busi­ness In­sti­tute di­rec­tor Sid­ney Kaqo­qonga

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