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GERMAN-SA CULTURAL WEEKS 2004 (article first published : 2004-10-5)

Durban audiences will be able to enjoy performances from young jazz musicians from Germany when they tour South Africa during German-South African Cultural Weeks 2004. The German Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra BuJazzO will perform ten concerts at a number of venues in October.

With principal sponsors being the German Foreign Office and DaimlerChrysler, the 32-piece BuJazzO is led by Peter Herbolzheimer, one of Europe's most reputable and best known big-band leaders. He has been with the group since its foundation, conducting over 300 concerts in 20 countries. BuJazzO will be appearing in South Africa for the second time as part of this initiative which represents the German government's commemoration and celebration of ten years of freedom and democracy in South Africa coordinated by the Goethe Institute.

As the organisers believe that jazz plays an important role in cultural integration, BuJazzO will join African musicians of the likes of Johnny Mekoa and his group and take part in workshops and meetings with other young talented South African musicians.

A leading South African jazz musician and graduate of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Johnny Mekoa, is involved in musical education of underprivileged youngsters in the Johannesburg and Gauteng area.

This tour will be supported by the German Embassies in Windhoek and Pretoria, the German Consulate General in Cape Town, the Goethe Centre NaDS in Windhoek, the National Theatre of Namibia, DaimlerChrysler AG Stuttgart, DaimlerChrysler South Africa, the University of Cape Town, the Community Centre of Gugulethu, the Jazz Department of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban and the Music Academy of Gauteng.

Further information from Nikolai Petersen, Head of Cultural Programmes, Goethe-Institute on 011 442 3232 or email, petersen@joburg.goethe.org




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