CHDM jazzing it up for artists
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.”
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