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SA’s top 10 Field Bands live in Parys

Celebrate the Field Band Foundation’s 20th year, and enjoy spectacular
15-minute performances by SA’s top 10 Field Bands…

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.

16 Field Bands parade on Youth Day

Tomorrow sees 16 Field Bands celebrate Youth Day with parades in different townships across SA; involving 1 500 young members of the Field Band Foundation.

These performances will start at 09:00, with brass, percussion, movement sections, and flags aloft in typically upbeat Field Band style. These celebrations commemorate Youth Day in the 20th year of the non-profit Field Band Foundation’s work.

In this time, almost 50 000 youngsters have passed through Field Band Foundation (FBF) programmes; 25 000 of them for a minimum of three years. The FBF operates 42 Field Bands in seven provinces, with a “Music for Life!” lifeskills training programme alongside its musical training.

Youth Day street parades will take place in Alexandra, Blouberg, Soweto, Hammanskraal, Khatu, Kimberley, KwaThema, Molteno, Musina, Parys, Plettenberg Bay, Stellenbosch, Thabazimbi, Ventersdorp, Viljoenskroon, Witbank.

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.

Our Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW goes Mashadi Precious Mokoena

 

Mashadi Precious Mokoena

Our Woman crush Wednesday #WCW  goes to Mashadi  Precious Mokoena – Graduated at the University of North West this year. She obtained a Diploma with distinctions in Music.

Mashadi was only 12 years when she joined the Field Band in 2004 in Cullinan outside Pretoria.  She graduated from the Field Band Academy in 2011 and received a certificate for both theory and practical through the royal school of music.

In 2012 she was selected for the USA exchange programme with the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corp for 3 months (May-August)

20 years of your Foundation – an FBF Fit for Purpose

Dear Friend of the Foundation

The Field Band Foundation has reopened its central offices at the start of our massive “Fit for Purpose” year. This year marks our 20th of making “Music for Life!” – a journey that has seen more than 50 000 young South Africans pass through our lifeskills and musical training programmes.

It is an enormous achievement, and it is one that belongs to many people, both within the formal Foundation, and among our broader Foundation Family of supporters in South Africa, and across the world. We thank every one of you, deeply, for your part in this.

We will celebrate these two decades through this year, culminating in four regional gatherings of Field Bands through the country, and a special supporters’ celebration, in October, while also announcing important “step-up-rollouts” of our work, the start of a redesign of how we operate. In this, we are working with main partners to deepen the positive long-term effects of Field Band Foundation activities and of their inter-generational outcomes.

While some may feel that ours is a country best described in “hashtags-and-falling”, our actual destiny is more clearly seen in the youngsters who have raised the flag and marched in FBF formations, changing the future of us all.

They do this with the sureness that comes from you walking alongside. What a thing to behold, in many places already and others yet to come, of tomorrow’s positive realisation being fashioned by our youth. It is your and our story too, and profoundly so: #FBF-SouthAfricaARISE!

Indeed, we have a good year ahead, friends, and we look forward to this next part of our exciting journey together, as we continue on to a tomorrow of promise that South Africa will realise.

With warm wishes
Nicky du Plessis
Chief Executive Officer