Hazyview Campus Partners with Casterbridge Music Development Academy

The campus was buzzing with excitement from the moment the first musical instruments were set up for the event. Once the music began you could not distinguish between the GWF working team and the students, as everyone was singing and dancing to the music of the marimbas and drums that were played on the front lawn of the building. The late musical icon and South African Legend, Mariam Makeba, was the choice of the day: I’m certain that at least one of her albums was sung fully, with the favourites being the click song and ipatapata.

“The Stones” band from the CMDA, founded by Donna Dillion brought their talent to display at the launch and sang songs from well-known artists getting everyone either humming along or dancing with them on the stage that was set up in the HDLC Barn. The band is made up of high school and primary school kids who have performed with the most amazing artists of our time. “When I first joined the group, I was told that I could not sing even to save my life, but today if I were to name the people I have met and performed with, I might even be taken for a joker,” said Sihle Chauke, the lead singer of the band. Though the band only gave us a taste of their musical flair, their presence was much appreciated, with hope that the next time they come back, it will be a full concert that will last even longer.

“Sis” Lerato Maile, who heads the musical space at HDLC, was the most exuberant, playing all the instruments she knew how to, dancing and singing her favourite traditional songs and ululating throughout the event, wishing it would never end. “I could start and end my day like this everyday,” she said. During the course of this musical hub, the students will learn how to play the African djembe, the marimba and the kalimba.

The Music Academy is now a reality at the HDLC, opening the opportunity to learn and develop an interest in music for both the Open Learning Academy learners as well as any of the adult students who share an interest in music.

It has been just over three months since the opening of the Music Academy, and the students already sound like professionals when they play some of the instruments like the marimba and the djembe. Soon, the students will add a theory part of music to their practical skills

Sis Leroto Maile breaks a sweat to the sound of the Marimbas and drums on the GWF lawn.

Sis Lerato Maile breaks a sweat to the sound of the marimbas and drums on the GWF lawn.

The GWF Team in their outstanding pink welcomes the Music Academy .

The GWF team in their outstanding pink welcomes the Music Academy.

 Photo 3-The Stones band has performed with many well-known artists of our time.

The Stones band has performed with many well-known artists of our time.

A lot always happens under the HDLC -Digital Tree of knowledge, and this time, it was joyous music with the Stones band from Casterbridge Music Development Academy.

A lot always happens under the HDLC Digital Tree of Knowledge, and this time, it was joyous music with the Stones band from Casterbridge Music Development Academy.

Written and photographed by Accolade Ubisi.

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