Field Band Foundation

Youth Development through Music & Dance

Category: Education

FBF National Workshop in Parys, Free State

Maskandi fundi jams with FBF

Manqobizizwe Ncala

Maskandi guitarist Manqobizizwe Ncala shared tips about this SA music type with Field Band Foundation tutors during an FBF leadership workshop on 23 June.

Ncala’s passion for the genre led him to begin studying the indigenous instruments used in Maskandi, and he taught himself how to build and repair them. He also runs a school where he teaches and passes on the knowledge he has acquired over the years about Maskandi.

Ncala says Maskandi can be defined in numerous ways and can be both a musical genre and lifestyle. He says it is a similar concept to that of hip hop.

Maskandi is about “being original, living your truth, knowing yourself as a person”. Ncala shared his thoughts on what this means practically in life, together with the values required to be living as an authentic musician.

The Foundation thanks Ncala for taking the time to share his amazing musical journey with us.

Monday Motivation

Congratulation to Dennis Tlou, Freddy Mondhlana,Tshepo Siloto and Khayalethu Benela on doing exceptionally well on The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM practical exams.

These four FBF members took the exams on 23 May 2017, and they all passed, gaining one distinction and two merit certificates along the way. Well done!

Monday Motivation

Congratulation to Dennis Tlou, Freddy Mondhlana,Tshepo Siloto and Khayalethu Benela on doing exceptionally well on The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music ABRSM practical exams.

These four FBF members took the exams on 23 May 2017, and they all passed, gaining one distinction and two merit certificates along the way. Well done!

 

 

FLYING THE FBF FLAG IN AMERICA

Letlhogonolo Modisane (centre) and with his family

Gontse Motlhabane (left) with his mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two members of the Field Band Foundation (FBF), Gontse  Motlhabane from the Investec Alexandra Field Band and Letlhogonolo Modisane from the Setlabotjha Field Band, recently left for the USA to take part in the multi-city tour of that country’s top class  Pioneer Drum &and Bugle Corps. The Corps is a longstanding partner of the FBF.

This comes after Gontse and Letlhogonolo showed outstanding musical abilities, along with their initiative and determination to participate fully in Foundation activities.

Since 2001, more than 53 FBF members have gone to the US in this programme.

Our FBF members are kindly hosted by Pioneers Corps director Roman Blenski and his family while they acclimatise to the country, foods, and cultural habits, before starting rehearsals.