Funk it up!
At 5:30pm on Tuesday the Jazz and Pop musicians took to the stage in the David Wynne Auditorium. First up was the very groovy Jazz Ensemble which impressed everybody with their sophisticated harmonies and tight ensemble playing. Probably the most interesting piece was a terminally-funky rendition of Winelight by Grover Washington Jr. Their set was characterised by some inspired improvisation by Tamia Mfazi, Nicole Ruwodo, Francis Christie and their bandmaster, Mr Rick van Heerden. They were followed by the stylish Contemporary Band, run by Mr Flanagan, who presented three beautiful pieces. The highlight was probably the excellent rendition of the great Stevie Wonder classic Superstition. What was particularly impressive was the neat guitar playing by Sean Howard and the obvious and infectious joy that Alex Duckworth experiences while singing.
Open MIC poetry reading
On Tuesday night they gathered around a fire. Words were shared: from The Bard himself to Joan Hambidge, Antjie Krog, Andrew Renard, Ignus Potgieter, Joe Orsmond and Yates.
Claire Squires transported us to a world far beyond our reach, Rorke Wilson delighted with ‘A love poem for lonely Prime Numbers’ and poetry sprouted from the minds and hearts of many young artists like Elliot Apps, Matthew Thompson, Sihle Bhangaza and Kelly Mitchell and others. Sherrie-Lee Lockwood met Marilyn Monroe, Dayton Avery moved us to want to phone home, while Aaron Adriaan returned to the womb.
Despite the cold, the rain and the hour, they braved the most daunting task of all – sharing a little bit of their soul. And all of us were allowed to suspend the drudgery of everyday life just for a few magical moments.
Matric Drama performances
All Strings Attached
At 7.30pm on Wednesday the David Wynne Auditorium was home to a Grahamstown Strings extravaganza. There were 26 Violinists (13 from SAC/DSG and 13 from VG), two Violists (both from VG), seven Cellists (five from SAC/DSG and two from VG) together with the GATE String Quartet plus Mr Kwazi Mkula on Double Bass (plus a partridge in a pear tree!).
The combined String Orchestras of SAC/DSG and VG provided six pieces and the highlight undoubtedly was the Kwela Eureka by the Soweto String Quartet. Their performances were characterised by a warmth and energy that was infectious.
The latter part of the concert consisted of the DSG/SAC String Quartet combining with GATE plus Double Bass to present three works. This professional sounding ensemble’s most impressive offering was the five movements performed out of the six movement Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock. At the end, the happy audience left well-satisfied! The String teaching staff of Ms Lizzie Rennie, Mr Kwazi Mkula and Ms Mikayla van Blerk can be justifiably proud of a job very well done.