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DURBAN ARTISTES TO GERMANY (article first published : 2000-06-12)

A group of University of Natal students, former students and staff is currently performing at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, until June 17

The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and the Department of Foreign Affairs were involved in the arrangements for the South African cultural participation in World Expo 2000 Hanover, Germany. The University of Natalís Centre for Jazz & Popular Music was one of the institutions asked by DACST to submit a proposal that would showcase the different styles of music in South Africa at World Expo. Project manager Glynis Malcolm-Smith headed for Pretoria with a strong proposal that resulted in a contract for a group of 40 (29 students, former students and staff from the University of Natal) to represent South Africa at this prestigious event.

The group will participate in the South African National Day celebrations on June 16. They will sing the national anthem for distinguished guests such as President Mbeki, members of the South African Government, German Government and President of Expo. The NU Jazz Connection will play at a special luncheon in honour of President Mbeki and the grand finale will be an evening fusion concert of all the groups in the main Expo Theatre, again with the guest of honour being President Mbeki.

The team consists of music director Mike Rossi (acting director of CJPM), Jurgen Brauninger (as sound engineer), Patricia Opondo (artistic director) and Glynis Malcolm-Smith. The musicians are made up of 22 students from the University of Natal, three musicians from Umlazi, 10 Cape traditional singers from the Western Cape and Pedro Espi-Sanchis who will be doing workshops in the cultural village section of the South African Pavilion at Expo.




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