Thursday, 18 April 2013

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Carol receives the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, from Rhodes University

"PROMINENT South Africans, including musician Vusi Mahlasela and Dr Carol Hofmeyr, are among those to be honoured by Rhodes University at its annual graduation ceremony.

Hofmeyr will receive an honorary doctorate from the Grahamstown university on Saturday for her significant contribution to upgrading the quality of life of many Eastern Cape people, particularly in the village of Hamburg where she settled in 2000.

Mahlasela will receive his Doctor of Laws honoris causa today.

Hofmeyr founded the Keiskamma Art Project, and then set up the Keiskamma Trust, which aims to attend to a broad range of community needs.

The impact of her work has not only been in the aesthetic and creative arenas, but also in areas that involved generating income, as well as enhancing the health and education of the community.

The project supports about 130 people and has become well known for its impressive works such as the Keiskamma Tapestry (2004), the Keiskamma Altarpiece (2005), the Creation Altarpiece (2007) and African Guernica (2010), as well as the Rhodes University Tapestry (2011).

The art project has been the recipient of various accolades.

The Keiskamma Tapestry, which was bought by Standard Bank and placed on permanent display in parliament, won a Brett Kebble merit award.

The project also won the Gold Award at the FNB Vita Craft Now Exhibition in 2004 and the Chairman's Premier Award from Business and Arts South Africa in 2011.

Mahlasela was honoured for the role he played in helping to unify and contributing to the building of the South African nation as a social commentator and through the medium of popular African music."

(Article from The Herald - 5th April 2013)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Music Academy Annual Easter Concert

Saturday 6 April 
at 15h00 
at the brand new Emtonjeni Artist Residency 
in Hamburg

On the programme will be a selection of movements from Keiskamma Carnival and several traditional Xhosa songs.  Some of our new orchestral students will also be featured at the concert. 
Keiskamma Carnival is our first truly inter disciplinary work with Keiskamma Art Project.
Based on the work Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens, our Keiskamma Carnival score was arranged by Cape town composer Allan Stephenson, through a generous commission by SAMRO Foundation.