LEKKER INITIATIVE: Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert takes place on 1 July at the Artscape Theatre Pictures by noor slamdien

The Sekunjalo Development Foundation has hosted the annual event over the past 17 years, and this year, the concert will again take place on Saturday 1 July at the Artscape Theatre.

The line-up includes the Sekunjalo Edujazz Big Band, The Foster Kids and The Dynamic Voices featuring The Voice SA finalist Robin Pieters, Idols contestant Elwira Standili, internationally acclaimed crooner Jarrad Ricketts, and artist Lana Crowster, who also appeared on The Voice SA and won the inaugural espYoungLegends competition in 2016.

They will be accompanied by legendary bass guitarist Sammy Webber who will bring his special blend of bass slaps, funk flair and authenticity to this star-studded event.

In 2001, music teacher Donovan Witten had a vision to bring jazz music back to Cape Flats schools, after the education department made the decision that art and music no longer had a place in our children’s education.

He shared his vision with Dr Iqbal Survé who came on board and soon saw the establishment of the Sekunjalo Edujazz Project.

The core of Sekunjalo Edujazz is to fund bursaries at disadvantaged schools while promoting music development.

Jazz musicians such as Alvyn Dyers, Andre Petersen, Ivan Bell, Camillo Lombard, Amanda Tiffin, George Werner and Shannon Mowday are all mentors on the project.

Cherie Hendricks, Director at African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (a Sekunjalo Group Company), says: “We realise we would not be able to do this without the wonderful support of the music-loving audiences to whom our bands play. And we'd like to thank everyone for their continued encouragement of this initiative and for their financial support through the purchasing of tickets that affords deserving students the access they need to better their craft.”

Tickets are on sale for R100 at Computicket.