What the Sekunjalo Delft Big Band have been up to

Published 22 March 2018, supplied by IOL
Sekunjalo Delft Big Band was established in 2008, in an initiative by the Department of Social Development and an NGO, called COAST (Cape Outdoor Adventure Service and Training), aimed at offering Delft’s vulnerable youth an alternative to the anti-social influences around them.
 
Legendary jazz trumpeter, Ian Smith, was chosen to head the project as its Musical Director.
 
Although the funding was withdrawn after six months, Smith continued working with the core group that had shown great talent and interest, developing their music knowledge and technique to what you can experience today.
First eight years
For eight years, Smith honed the musical talent of his young charges, teaching them to read music and play big band arrangements, as well as exposing them to a performance circuit that generated further opportunities.
 
The original band members, many of whom are in the current line-up, attribute much of their exposure to life outside of the confines of Delft to him.
 
Over the years, a few significant steps were taken, which established the music project as not just an NPC (2011), but also as a sustainable youth development project, with the addition of a feeder band and a music academy (2015). The band recorded its only CD to date, in 2015. Copies can be bought at most live performances, as well as online, at www.loot.co.za.
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