‘Hit man’ Tay­lor ready to rock the Guild stage

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EVER-POP­U­LAR muso,

Garth Tay­lor, will grace the Guild Theatre stage on July 20 and 22.

The tal­ented SA Mu­sic

Awards (Sama) nom­i­nated artist is cel­e­brat­ing 20 years in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Tay­lor said that he was very grate­ful to his fam­ily, friends, and fans for their sup­port.

“I want to take my fans on a jour­ney from the very first song I wrote and the in­flu­ences I had at the time of each song,” Tay­lor said.

Tay­lor started play­ing the gui­tar at the ten­der age of seven – and was tu­tored by his mother.

His tal­ent shone in 1998 with his de­but sin­gle, Why, be­ing played on ra­dio. He will per­form a va­ri­ety of mu­sic from his many al­bums over the years. His pub­li­cist, Mon­ica Steyn said it was his at­ten­tion to de­tail and pas­sion for what he did, that were al­ways ev­i­dent in his ca­reer.

“Garth had a start in life that would have bro­ken many. It was his gui­tar, a pen, and pa­per that have been the only con­stants through­out his life,” said Steyn. Cam­paigns against abuse and bul­ly­ing of chil­dren are causes close to Tay­lor's heart, hav­ing grown up in sev­eral chil­dren's homes.

“I used to be the or­phan dream­ing of be­ing a pop-star and hav­ing my photo taken with a fa­mous mu­si­cian. I then got to be­come the mu­si­cian who brought joy and laugh­ter to or­phans and have them look at me with the same hopes and dreams that I had as a child,” Tay­lor said.

East Lon­don Child­hood Can­cer Foun­da­tion (CHOC) re­gional man­ager, Deb­bie Kleinen­berg is de­lighted that Tay­lor will sing for their cause.

All pro­ceeds from the Sun­day con­cert will go to as­sist CHOC East Lon­don with their fundrais­ing. Tick­ets are avail­able on Com­puticket at R120 and the con­cert will start at 3pm. NTOBEKO Mji­jwa will be ex­hibit­ing his African-in­spired art­work at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery in East Lon­don from to­mor­row un­til Wednes­day.

Mji­jwa is a lec­turer in fine art at the African Chris­tian Uni­ver­sity in Zam­bia. He also holds a Bach­e­lor's de­gree in Fine Art from Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­sity (NMU) and a Cer­tifi­cate in The­ol­ogy from Ge­orge White­field Bi­ble Col­lege.

He makes use of a few mod­ern art move­ments when cre­at­ing his work, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from his mu­si­cal and bib­li­cal back­ground.

“I looked at a few move­ments such as avant garde, ex­pres­sion­ism and fau­vism. I then tried to com­bine them, started ex­per­i­ment­ing, and it worked out well,” Mji­jwa said.

Mji­jwa said what he did had more im­pact and value be­cause he re­ceived a lot of en­cour­age­ment from his fa­ther.

Ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­iser, Claude Qong­wana, said the ex­hi­bi­tion theme aimed to take you through times past, bring you to the present, and have you gaze into the fu­ture.

“One will be able to see a jour­ney in each in­di­vid­ual paint­ing yet also link paint­ings from dif­fer­ent times and how they re­late to each other,” Qong­wana said. He said there would be 18 ex­hibits on dis­play which por­trayed “town­ship life, de­pict­ing South Africa and Zam­bia”.

Gallery cu­ra­tor Leon du Preez said it was good to see emerg­ing young artists com­ing through to show­case their work.

“His work shows prom­ise and the few por­traits I’ve seen have beau­ti­ful colour,” he said.

“The art is ex­pres­sive yet has re­al­ism with a dis­tinct African feel­ing,” Du Preez said. Mji­jwa's work aims to res­onate with art lovers, de­pict­ing how we live in our so­ci­eties and ig­nite on­go­ing con­ver­sa­tions.

There are two art­works set aside for sale and pro­ceeds will go to­wards two cho­sen char­i­ties.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

CREATIVE TOUCH: Zam­bian lec­turer Ntobeko Mji­jwa pho­tographed with his art­work that will be on ex­hibit from to­mor­row at Ann Bryant Art Gallery

GARTH TAY­LOR

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