It is with great sadness that Keiskamma Trust says "Au Revoir" to Flo, Franck and Clarisse Danais.
A multi talented family who have left their own unique marks within the community.
Frank, a passionate environmentalist and organic gardener "leaves lovely fertile places" around the village! The produce garden he established behind the Treatment Centre, will be named Franck's Garden in his honour. From this.......
Flo, no less passionate in her managing of the Keiskamma Art Project, and establishing Capoeira and Ballet in Hamburg!
"The difference Flo has made to the management of the Art Project leaves us with systems in place and an understanding of the way money is used" Carol Hofmeyr
Such a sense of humour......
Clarisse, promising artist, collector, adventurer, natural scientist and keen life observer!
Many closely observed drawings and illustrated poems were freely given and are set among prized possessions within the homes of the community.
This has been a year long programme encompassing art, music and creative development around the theme of Birds and the role they play in traditional amaXhosa life, culminating in the performances, exhibitions, book launch and workshops at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2015.
Keiskamma Music Academy:
Indalo Performances 8th July @ 10.00, 9th July @ 18.30,
10th July @ 14.00, 11th July @16.00, 12th July @ 10.00
Venue: Memory Hall
Keiskamma Art Project:
Art Exhibition of "Intsikizi Tapestries" 2nd July to 12th July
Venue: Christ Church Hall
Official Opening with storytellers Wednesday 8th July @15.00
Keiskamma Book of Birds by Carol Hofmeyr and the Keiskamma Art Project
A beautiful book explaining the stories told in the "Intsikizi Tapestries" (Ground Hornbill)
Wednesday 8th July @ 15.00
Venue: Christ Church Hall
A dedication of the "Lady Chapel" embroidery by artist Nombuyiselo Malumbezo
Friday 3rd July @ 17.30
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Fun Learning Opportunities:
Intlantsi Creative Development Programme is running workshops comprising dramatized storytelling using birds as reference.Kids will make bird stick puppets and create a short story animated by their puppets.
Wednesday 8th July @ 12.00 to 14.00 and Thursday 9th July @ 10.00 to 12.00
A new and exciting initiative kicked off
this month within the Art programme. Mercedes Benz SA, recognising the
expertise of the Hamburg artists and the importance of skills training for
unemployed youth, are funding a 1-year pilot programme for up to 40 new
students. At the beginning of March we launched the new bridging programme,
aptly named 'Isango' (the gate) with a taster day to explain to interested
young local people what the course of study would include. All students will
begin withdrawing classes to be followed by foundation classes in various
artistic disciplines- ceramics, textiles and embroidery, print-making and
......... All work and research will be based around themes; the first three
months is focusing on South African Birds, to be followed by Environment and
then People & Culture. There will also be English and Maths support, but
lessons are to be very practical and closely linked with the current theme.
Business and Life Skills complete the initial programme. There are also plans
for further diversification for committed students, giving them opportunities
to try out hospitality, driving and other options.
We have made a good start on this ambitious
programme. Students are now signed up and have each received a bag of basic
stationery and art materials. Some students are embroidering their bags to
create their own personal statement. All their work is being recorded in a
journal. For most of these young people this is their first exposure to a
vibrant creative education. So they bring a fresh and infectious
No doubt there will be challenges up ahead.
For some of our senior artists this is their first experience of being
'tutors'. We shall also struggle to have the staff to deliver a pilot programme
that is as consistent and robust as we would wish. We hope that during the year
some international volunteer teachers will visit and offer their skills to
complement the basic schedule. We hope that our new students will have the
courage and commitment to stick with this new venture.
Meanwhile, one of our students, Aviwe had
this to say about her experiences so far:
IENJOYED THE FELTING LEASON
You choose a suitable work surface than can
tolerate water and place and old towel and spread the wool on it.
It was quite exciting to work with felt,
because have learnt a lot. I did not know that I can make something creative
and nice on wool without using a needle o sewing machine.
This workshop opened my mind to such an
extent that it drawn my attention to Art. I never know Art is broad and wild I
was looking it at one dimension butnow
I learntsomething new because this
workshop teach me how to make something out of nothing.
Music Academy was delighted to be taking part in the 1st South
African Galway Flute Festival hosted by the doyen of British flute
playing, Sir James Galway and his lovely wife Lady Jeanne Galway in
Cape Town between 17 - 21 February 2015. Keiskamma Music
Academy's top performers from 2014's music examinations Sambesiwe
Mavela and Wonke Mapuma were accompanied by KMA's Head Anthony Drake
and Katharina Appel, one of our hard-working volunteers from Germany
(who is also a flautist).
was exceptionally busy with workshops and master classes beginning at
9 am and sometimes finishing at 9 pm. Scrumptious vegetarian
lunches were supplied by the Baxter restaurant. Evenings were
also rounded off with incredible recitals given by Sir James Galway,
Lady Jeanne Galway, pianist Anne Marshall as well as stunning
von Durckheim, Liesl Stoltz, Bridget Rennie Salonen and Marlene
a range of general flute and practice techniques was an extremely
eye-opening experience for Sambesiwe & Wonke for whom this was
their first visit to the Mother City. Many teaching techniques
were also demonstrated which were of great benefit to both Kathie and
Anthony. On one of the days, everyone did have the opportunity
for a quick visit to Cape Town's beautiful Waterfront with
magnificent views of Table Mountain. Sambesiwe, Wonke &
Kathie took part in the final public concert at the Baxter Concert
Hall where around 100 flute players performed together.
students were buzzing when they returned to Hamburg! Sambe explained;
was brilliant. The highlights for me were watching Sir James play and
his morning 'warm-ups' and being taught by Lady Galway. It made me
want to be the next Sir James!! When I came back I practised so much,
even for the first time ever on a Saturday night! I want to thank
both Sir James and Lady Jeannie for making me love and appreciate
music even more and for opening my eyes to just how amazing music can
we are all sincerely grateful to the Galways for their generous
sponsorship of Keiskamma Music Academy students to be able to attend
this event and eagerly anticipate the 2nd South African Galway Flute
Fesitval in 2016!
The Art Project enjoyed an inspiring
story-telling workshop from February 2nd – 6th.
Zukiswa Pakama. originates from Hamburg, went on to study
Journalism and now works in Cape Town. She was asked by Carol to lead
the sessions on the theme of Birds and the Environment, especially to
inspire our artists for the production of the new major works for
Grahamstown Festival 2015.
We learned and shared songs about
birds, we found out how birds can be omens and we found out how the
bird feathers can be used in different ways, for instance by the
Masai people of Kenya or by the Sangomas here. We talked about the
relationship between birds and humans, and we compared traditional
stories about birds with some interesting scientific facts. For
instance, did you know that the Kori bustard weighs a magnificent 19
kilos?! Or that the Intsikizi Southern Hornbill can predict the
One afternoon we had visitors to our
workshop from the UK, so we took the opportunity to tell our own bird
stories and sing songs. It was a wonderful celebration of the new
ideas that we had been sharing.
By the end of the week we felt excited
to begin designing our new works of art and to integrate some of the
important facts and myths that Zuki and our artist colleagues
introduced us to. We are continuing our research into local birds and
stories about them and you will all enjoy the finished pieces in
Grahamstown this winter; colourful, vibrant and bursting with our
Angalakha Mangwane is a young 'mover and shaker' in the Hamburg community and she was recently honoured by being selected as one of the 'Top 30 Under 30's' by the Alberta (Canada) Council for Global Cooperation. This award recognises thirty youth both from Alberta and the global south who are making a difference in the world.
Angalakha was invited to a celebratory launch in Alberta; sadly it's a little too far just to pop over from Hamburg! However, we are hopeful that her community involvement and leadership skills will give her the wings to fly before too long!
Group exhibition of Textile Art created by Mogalakwena, Heartworks, Willemien de Villiers, Sally Scott, Ronel Jordaan, Celia de Villiers, Gina Niederhumer, Keiskamma, Woza Moya.
Mogalakwena exhibits works that reflect cultural aspects of the African Continent. Please join us for a glass of wine while viewing our current exhibition now open on the ground floor of no 3 Church street, Cape Town CBD.
are excited to invite applications for an opening in the position of
Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher. Based in
Hamburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa, the Music Programme
Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher will aid the Music
Programme Manager in advancing the music education and development of
students at our Music Academy, a flourishing music outreach programme
and integral part of the The Keiskamma Trust.
Keiskamma Music Academy
Academy was founded in 2006 by Helen Vosloo, one of South Africa’s
leading classical musicians. In 2013, one hundred and three children
and adolescents are students at the Music Academy and its expansion
project to neighbouring villages. Primary solo tuition is on
recorder; all students learn the basis of classical and indigenous
music through their recorder studies, in addition to theory classes
and ensemble work with indigenous African instruments. Highly
motivated senior students take up an orchestral instrument as well.
Over fifteen students now study a range of orchestral instruments
including cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, oboe, piano, trombone,
trumpet, and violin among others.
unique sound of the Music Academy Ensemble incorporates recorders,
orchestral instruments, and indigenous instruments including marimba,
uhadi bow, and drums. In 2011, our Ensemble toured to Cape Town and
Stellenbosch where twelve advanced students performed as soloists
with Camerata Tinta Barocca. This was followed by a Christmas tour of
the Garden Route with performances at exclusive resorts and game
parks. In 2012, our Standard Bank Ovation Award-winning production at
the National Arts Festival was followed with a series of performances
for the French Season in South Africa 2012. In 2013, four students
had the opportunity to perform in Hamburg, Germany to celebrate the
exhibition of The Keiskamma Altar work at Christuskirche Wandsbeck.
Following that was a presentation of Keiskamma Carnival in the Arena
Programme of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The Keiskamma
Music Academy is currently preparing for their new production,
'Indalo' (Nature), to showcase at The National Arts Festival in
Grahamstown in July 2015.
Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher.
incoming Music Programme Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher
will be hired on a one-year renewable contract with a preliminary
probation period of six months. Applications are welcome from South
Africa and internationally. Preference will be given to applicants
with a strong background in recorder performance and teaching, but
all applications with music education qualifications will be
considered. We look forward to welcoming a new Music Programme
Administrator/Recorder Specialist Teacher at an exciting time of
program expansion and broadening horizons specifically for
community-wide sustainability and youth development work. The ideal
candidate will continue the rigour and excellence of the existing
programme while bringing in their own new ideas and unique
Bachelors in music performance or related field
Excellent oral and written communication skills
A strong record of teaching and dedication to teaching excellence
Experience in an administrative role
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently
Good time-management, detail-oriented, and self-motivated
Comfortable working in a small collaborative team environment
Takes pleasure in enabling and supporting others to be effective in
Ability to handle a diverse workload and multitask as needed
Experience in music performance, music education, or music technology
R120 000 per annum based on qualifications and experience.
date: 15 April 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Education: Assist the Music Programme Manager in the music education
of over one hundred and three students, including recorder lessons,
orchestral lessons, music theory, aural skills, and basic
musicianship; facilitate and deliver solo and ensemble music tuition,
primarily on the recorder; supervise the selection of appropriate
solo and ensemble repertoire, following the UNISA syllabus for solo
repertoire in preparation for exams; assist in the coordination of
new ensemble music arrangements from internal or external composers;
assist in the supervision of preparation and entry for practical and
theory exams and competitions; plan and deliver music workshops for
the full student enrollment; facilitate education on indigenous
instruments, including but not limited to marimbas and traditional
Xhosa instruments; assist in the supervision and training of student
teachers; encourage a music pedagogy that strives for excellence and
uplift; cultivate a positive learning atmosphere.
Performance Management: Prepare students for performances; plan
concert programmes; assist with the preparation of concert
publications, including promotional materials and posters; assist
with concert organization and marketing; assist in the development of
repertoire for major productions, such as the National Arts Festival,
tour programs, or recording projects.
Operational and Administrative Responsibilities: Supervise the
maintenance of all Music Academy property, including instruments,
music library, and buildings; assist with publicity, including blog
writing, newsletters, YouTube, Facebook, and interviews; assist with
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