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Sunday, March 15, 2020


Recording Jazz artist and music director at the Chris Seabrooke’s centre at Durban High School, Natalie Rungan, is serious about her commitment to developing and growing young musical talent in the KZN province.

This forms the impetus for the launch of the first KZN Schools Jazz and Rock musical festival which takes place at Durban High School from March 20 to 22, 2020.

The three day camp is open to children between the ages of 13 and 18 who sing or play musical instruments. The daily programme will be full of jazz and rock music teaching and performances.

KZN based music educators and profession players will conduct workshops with the learners. Culminating in a concert at 18h30 on March 22. Sibaya trust has partnered with Rungan and has offered generous sponsorship.

A total of seven concerts will take place featuring big names such as Ernie Smith, Rowan Stuart, Bruce Baker, Neil Gonsalves, Shaun Johannes, The Black Lapels, Afrosoul and KZN schools rock and jazz bands. It promises to be an exhilarating weekend of music making.

The festival will open with a free hour-long concert at 18h00 in the main hall at Durban High School presented by the KZN Youth Orchestra. Conducted by Lyk Temmingh, this features 80 young musicians from all around KZN, and will showcase a number of popular classical pieces and some rock and jazz numbers where they will be joined by scholars from the jazz and rock schools ensembles.

Performances are as follows:

March 20 at 18h00 – KZN Youth Orchestra

March 21 – Rowan Stuart (18h00) Jazz Quartet (19h30) and Black Lapels (21h00)

March 22: Ernie Smith (15h00), KZN Schools’ Bands (18h30) and Afrosoul (20h00)

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Durban High School is situated at 255 St Thomas Road in Musgrave, Durban.