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Making music in South Africa

Children playing the instruments in Cape Town

Young people in South Africa are making music with a batch of musical instruments which were previously used by the Southampton Music Service and shipped to Cape Town by Devereux Removals after the Co-operative College was asked if it knew anyone who could make good use of the instruments when the service replaced them.

Children playing the instruments in Cape Town

Young people in South Africa are making music with a batch of musical instruments which were previously used by the Southampton Music Service and shipped to Cape Town by Devereux Removals after the Co-operative College was asked if it knew anyone who could make good use of the instruments when the service replaced them.

Last year, the College got in touch with Kronendal Music Academy, a non-profit music academy which offers musical tuition and other activities for under-privileged and economically challenged communities and aids racial integration in Hout Bay. The Academy’s patron is Denis Goldburg, the South African social campaigner who was active in the struggle against apartheid and was imprisoned for 22 years with the seven other ‘Riviona Trialists’ including Nelson Mandela. When Denis was released from prison, he joined his family in London, and the contact came about through their active involvement in co-operative youth organisation the Woodcraft Folk.

Children playing the instruments in Cape Town

As some of the instruments are in need of maintenance and repair the academy has formed an Instrument Repair Programme to train three people in instrument repair, answering a need for job creation and this service in other projects.

The Academy’s Director Dwyn Griesel said: “They have truly been used and also farmed out to other needy projects in Cape Town who really need them. There is a never ending need here and we can always do with more.”