VUSI MAHLASELA MUSIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Reviving African music
Promoting and preserving indigenous African music in its diversity, is
the driving force behind charitable cultural music organisation, the Vusi
Mahlasela Music Development Foundation. This is achieved through our range
of modern music development programmes.
The VMMDF is the initiative of award winning and internationally established
South African recording artist Vusi Mahlasela. The foundation was established
in late 1998, and its Trust Fund was registered in 2000.The foundation was
registered as section 21, in June 2202.
All our tutors are incredible professionals who have established themselves
in their own right and who are very committed to the organisation.
Our organisation aims to:
- Revive interest among South African musicians for playing, investing
in and recording with traditional African instruments such as the kora,
mbira and marimba.
- Develop a workable music training curriculum which will cater for
intemediate, advanced and special training of musicians who are interested
in contributing towards promoting African cultural music. The training
academy will be professionally run and managed.
- Conduct a series of music workshops for the benefit of musicians.
Workshops will be facilitated be established musicians and enhanced
by the contribution of visiting overseas musicians.
- Create development projects that will include outreach projects
to be carried out for the benefit of school children in townships and
rural areas. This will be done in association with the Department of
Education of the relevant provinces.
We offer the following:
- Music theory
- Music practical
- Aural general musicianship
- Music workshops
- Vocal Coaching
The foundation has developed a curriculum with a prominent university.
The university will procure the necessary accreditation of the foundation
courses with SAQA (South African Qualification Authority) towards degrees
and diploma studies.
Free workshops are conducted by our tutors every Friday between 09h00
and 16h00 for the learners. Occasionally other artists and celebrities are
invited to the workshop to share their knowledge and skills.
VMMDF has hosted a number of events since inception in 2001, which include:
African Nights Live Music Shows at the State Theatre – a series
of shows featuring developing groups sharing the stage with established
musicians. The shows ran at the State Theatre from July to December 2002.
It was then adopted by Mr. Pat Ranoto and in 2010 and 2011 VMMDF the jazz
band was one of the groups featured.
4th Floor, State Theatre Building, 320 Pretorius Street, Tshwane, 0001
P.O.Box 11864, Tramshed, 0126
Tel: 084 018 3034
Fax: 012 322 5295