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South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Arts & Culture visits Kuwait to enhance arts and cultural relations
March 29, 2017, 1:08 pm

The Honourable Deputy Minister of Arts & Culture, Ms Thizwilondi Rejoice Mabudafhasi will lead a delegation of young musicians from the Tshwane School of Music (TSOM) Jazz Band to Kuwait from 1 to 7 April 2017. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen arts and culture relations between South Africa and Kuwait, and to participate in the cultural programme of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters in celebration of Kuwait as the Islamic Youth Capital in 2017.

The Deputy Minister’s programme will include bilateral meetings with her counterparts, Kuwait arts and culture institutions, and visits to cultural and historical sites.

The TSOM is a non-profit organisation that provides accredited music education to students and primary school children, music therapy, along with a variety of short courses for the professional and semi-professional community musician. Students attend an instrument class, music theory class and an ensemble class every week and all students and learners play in one of the school’s twenty bands.

TSOM follows the University of South Africa’s jazz curriculum and is an exam centre for the University of South Africa graded instrument, theory and performance exams.

TSOM’s student bands have performed at a variety of events for corporate and government entities such as the City of Tshwane, South African Reserve Bank, Pretoria University Sports Awards, Department of Arts & Culture, National Teachers Awards, University of Pretoria’s Tuks JazzUP Festival concert, etc. TSOM has also hosted a variety of South African and international music legends in the community of Eersterust since its opening in 2013, including Mafikizolo, Moss Galane, Jonathan Butler, Gary Whittner, Kicks & Sticks, Christian Scott and Bob James.

The Tshwane Music School Jazz Band will perform at various venues in Kuwait as follows:

• 3 April 2017, at 19:00 pm, at the Dasma Theatre
• 4 April 2017, at  11:30 pm, at the Arab Open University
• 5 April 2017, at 12:50 am, at the Kuwait English School


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