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June Newsletter, 2011

This month we celebrate one of our members winning a SAMA award, and look at what the Grahamstown National Arts Festival has in store. We also review a book recently published by an EC Talent member, and review a jazz show which took place in May.

ological studies
The Cape Town based group was announced as the winners of the 2011 South African Music Award for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album on Saturday, May 21.
PE artist part of SAMA Award winning band...

By Sibongile Xaluva (EC Talent artist coordinator )

Eastern Cape saxophonist, Phumlani Mtiti is part of the SAMA Award winning jazz band, Ological Studies. The Cape Town based group was announced as the winners of the 2011 South African Music Award for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album on Saturday, May 21. The group was up against jazz giants Jonathan Butler and Carlo Mombelli.
The band’s 11 track album entitled “Free- Dom” has produced a number of hits including Latest Groove, The Gathering Of Great Minds, and Siyabangena. In the album, Ological Studies combines a number of different genres including African Jazz, Gospel, R ‘n’ B and House music into one product.
Phumlani Mtiti was born and raised in the Eastern Cape and made his mark on the music industry when his family moved from Mthatha to Port Elizabeth where he attended Victoria Park High and Edu College.
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Abigail George
The newly published poetry collection, “Africa Where Art Thou” focuses on the beauty and the nature of the African continent and all the countries that surround it as well as personal experiences from family to romantic relationship and the presence of God.

Review of Abigail George, Poetry Collection “Africa Where Art Thou?”

By Sibongile Xaluva (EC Talent artist coordinator )

Eastern Cape Talent has reviewed a recently published poetry collection, “Africa Where Art Thou?” written by EC Talent member, Abigail George. George is no stranger to the world of words, having published a number of works including  poetry, short stories and essays.
Born in Port Elizabeth, 32 years ago, George studied film and production before landing up in writing. Although by her own admission, she claims to be an ‘upcoming’ writer, some of her poetry works have been published online from Nigeria to Finland.

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Grahamstown National Arts Festival Madam Silk
Ireland's foremost aerial dance theatre company, Fidget Feet, presents a visually stunning show featuring spectacular aerialists, beautiful choreography and multimedia magic that draws you irresistibly into the fascinating world of Madam Silk

Looking forward to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival!

By Sibongile Xaluva (EC Talent artist coordinator )
Despite the cold and rainy whether conditions brought along by the month of June and July, the Eastern Cape cherishes these moments as they signify the beginning of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The festival is attended by between 50 000 and 100 000 people from different parts of the country every year and offers a major economic boost for Grahamstown.
Starting from the 30th of June -11th of July, attendees are promised the most spectacular festival that brings together 14 different nations in every creative genre including art, music, dance, poetry reading, drama and stage production and comedy, leaving the audience with a huge appetite for more.
Eastern Cape Talent will be bringing you some of the latest information about all of the events happening at the festival, so keep a lookout on the website, or Facebook pages for updates.
Visitors to the festival will be spoiled for choice, and will enjoy art exhibitions from ceramics to sculptors. Crafters will be selling their works between 09h00 to 18h00. Maps of the festival are available at the Monument or Village Green Fair.

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Afromix plan on continuing the workshops and jazz concerts throughout the year, on one Sunday of every month. However, their challenge is lack of sponsorship and it will be difficult to continue without the support from the public.

Local Band Rocks at Red Location Museum

By Sibongile Xaluva (EC Talent artist coordinator )
I had the pleasure of watching Local jazz band “Afromix” playing at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton on May 22. The event was themed as a SPECIAL show following public demand from their previous performance.
Although the show started a little bit late after the scheduled time, everything went well, the entry fee was a reasonable R50, and the weather was great for a Sunday Afternoon Jazz session, the venue very accommodating.
According to director and conductor of Afromix Jazz Band, Musa Mavundla the aim of the ongoing concerts is to revive and sustain the passion of music shown by local artists during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, while affording local musicians a platform to showcase their talents.
John Edwards
Don’t miss out on this eclectic mix of music from top performing artists in the Bay. The concert will take place on June 13 at the NMMU South Campus auditorium. The show starts at 19h30, tickets can be purchased at the door. Adults: R65, Pensioners: R50, Students: R20 and Scholars: R15.
An “evening of collaborative artistry” by John Edwards and Friends

Don’t miss out on an exciting evening of jazz fusion this June! The John Edwards and Friends concert will feature “something for everyone” with live performances by a number of the Eastern Cape’s top musicians from a wide range of genres. The concert will take place on Monday, June 13 at the NMMU South Campus auditorium.
Well known jazz pianist, composer and educator, John Edwards moved to Port Elizabeth in January 2010, and has been performing together with a variety of artists around the Bay.
According to Edwards, “the concert aims to reflect Port Elizabeth’s diversity of musical talent, and audiences can expect an evening of collaborative artistry by well known local musicians from both the jazz and classical fraternities.”
Although his preferred medium is acoustic jazz, Edwards’ musical versatility has enabled him to perform, compose and record in many musical contexts, including rock bands and jazz/classical fusions. He is currently lecturing in jazz studies at NMMU.
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Check out EC Talent's Latest Members:
Bulelwa Belewa - Designer
Bulelwa Belewa

Bulelwa has graduated in fashion and design at Nelson Mandela Metro University (NMMU), and is currently working on her BTech degree. In the future, she would like to explore the world of fashion editing, and become more involved in the business side of fashion.
Bulelwa Belewa
Fundiswa Sylvia Tshazibana - Poet

Fundiswa Sylvia Tshazibana is the author of “Intanyongo,” a collection of poetry - which was co-authored by her daughter, Neliswa Tshazibana her daughter and Daniel. Z. Hermans, a local poet. It was published in June 2010 and was officially launched in July 2010 during the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
She has also written a collection of short stories called "Amabali Amnandi" and a book entitled "Ukhanyo", meaning "light" in isiXhosa.
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Nombulelo Peter - Designer
Nombulelo Peter

Dynamic young fashion designer, Nombulelo Peter was born in Port Elizabeth and matriculated at Linkside High School. Throughout her school career, she enjoyed making her own clothing and following the fashion trends. After realizing that she had a passion and flair for fashion design, Nombulelo attended Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and completed her fashion diploma.
Nombulelo Peter
Noluvo Duna - Gospel Singer
Noluvo Duna

According to Noluvo, “Music is a calling, and God is looking for true sons and daughters who, with their voices, will praise and worship until the heavens are open. Their gift will help make homes a better place to be, restore families and heal our land.”
She acknowledges the supporters and fans from her past, and promises to bring them some fresh new music. “Enkosi ngegalelo nenkxaso yenu! From the days of the Themb’ uJesu album to the Ebenezer album, be blessed!”
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Sivuyile “Vovee” Batala - Gospel Singer

Singer, songwriter, pianist and dedicated man of God, Sivuyile “Vovee” Batala has made a name for himself in the South African gospel industry, working with top producers and artists since the age of 19. Vovee has worked together with a wide range of South African gospel artists as well as Mbongeni Ngema and Rebecca Malope.

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