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SAMRO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS COMPETITION FOR SINGERS 2019
Keorapetse Kolwane, winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers 2019 Jazz award, performs with Victor Masondo (Bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums) and Melvin Peters (Piano).
Just knee-high when she fell in love with music, Keorapetse Kolwane always knew she wanted to one day be a performing artist and now added her skills as a songwriter, composer, bandleader and music educator. She completed a Diploma in Jazz at TUT and then completed her fourth year (BTech) at the Jazz and Popular Music Department of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Keorapetse also works well as a recording artist, session vocalist, sideman, and lyrical contributor in various ensembles. She has performed at several well-known festivals including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Redbull Music Festival and Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway.
Runner-up to the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for singers 2019, Daniëlla Hart sings Wen’use Goli a work commissioned from Siya Makuzeni for the competition. She is accompanied by Victor Masondo (Bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums) and Melvin Peters (Piano).
Daniëlla Hart is a consummate vocalist, composer and music educator who has found her deepest moments of joy through music. The Johannesburg-born artist studied at Tshwane University of Technology and graduated in 2017 with a BTech degree in Jazz and Popular Music. Her recent accomplishments include receiving second place in the UNISA National Voice Competition (Jazz category) in 2017 and also competing in the UNISA International Voice Competition in 2018. Daniëlla has been gigging professionally since 2013 and performed in bands with iconic musicians such as Karendra Devroop, Roland Moses, Peter Sklair and Sydney Mavundla, to name a few.
Palesa Malieloa won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers 2019 in Western Art Music. She is accompanied by Elna van der Merwe on Piano.
Palesa Malieloa, who hails from Kroonstad, obtained her BA in Music and Society at the North-West University’s School of Music and Conservatory Potchefstroom Campus. She has a number of past tributes under her belt, including winning first prize in the ATKV-Muziqanto singing competition in 2016 and the UNISA National Voice Competition in 2017. She was also a finalist in the Opera Crown Tbilisi International Voice Competition. More recently, Palesa competed in the Stanislaw Moniuszko and the Mirjam Helin International Voice competitions. Palesa is currently focussing on her Master of Performance studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tans Köln, under Professor Josef Protschka.
Thembinkosi Magalula was the runner-up for the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers 2019. This performance from the semi-finals is accompanied by Elna van der Merwe.
A MMus student in Applied Vocal Studies, Thembinkosi Magagula is currently furthering her skills in the Netherlands under the tutelage of professor Yvonne Schiffelers. Thembinkosi is known for her powerful portrayals as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Musetta in a production of Puccini’s La Bohème by the Nederlandse Reisopera and the aria Cunegonde in the Netherlands and in Portugal. Her many accolades include winning second prize in the 2018 UNISA International Voice Competition and securing a place in the semi-finals in the International Voice Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She also recently performed with dynamic professional Dutch orchestra Rotterdam Sinfonia.
A summary of winners of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition from 2015 to 2018.
With a legacy of more than 50 years, the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Singers 2019 brought new opportunities for some of our country’s best emerging artists. Watch the entire competition featuring finalists Thembinkosi Magalula, Palesa Malieloa, Daniella Hart and Keorapetse Kolwane. Featured performances include Indigenous African Music (IAM) specialist - Mpho Molikeng - and Prince Bulo.
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Composers 2018
View the whole final event of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Composers 2018.
Andrew Hoole - 2018 Winner in Jazz - Inspired by the Miles Davis and Gil Evans nonet of the cool jazz period, ‘Kind of Cool’ aims to capture the quality of this unusual crossover jazz/classical chamber ensemble.
Lise Morrison - Dololo. Dololo was composed with the mbira in mind - as if someone starts playing on an mbira and a group of instruments join in to imitate the sound and playing technique. The rhythm of the word “dololo” was a starting point and led to a series of half-syncopated, stretched rhythms in the ensemble, which tend to almost miss each other. Different colourations of a small riff modulates through the piece, with a specific use of silence.
SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Keyboard Players 2017
Ntando Ngcapu - Winner of the Jazz component of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Keyboard Players 2017
Megan-Geoffrey Prins - Winner of the 2017 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Keyboard Players in the Western Art Music category
2016 SAMRO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS COMPETITION FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS
Andre le Roux speaking at the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Clare Loveday’s Shadow Lines - performed by Dylan Thabisher
Prince Bulo’s Ilali performed by Linda Sikhakhane
2018 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Composers
News 24 Interview with 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Instrumentalists Finalists
Dylan Tabisher @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Linda Sikhakhane @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Sally Minter @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Benjamin Jephta @ the finals of the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Morning Live: Sikhakhane on winning the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition
Concerts SA Video - 2016 - Featuring Mandla Mlangeni
2015 SAMRO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS COMPETITION FOR SINGERS
Prof Njabulo speaks on Gerard Sekoto, the National Development Plan and other matters.
2014 SAMRO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS COMPETITION FOR KEYBOARDS
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UNESCO (2015) Reshaping Cultural Policies
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