LOOK: Independent photographer shortlisted for global award

Published 25 May, by a staff writer, IOL. 
A top Independent Media photographer is a finalist in an international prize for young photojournalists organised by Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya.Phando Jikelo, 31, who worked for the Cape Times when he took the picture up for the award, which was used on page

one, has been shortlisted for the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, selected by a jury and includes photographers from 14 countries. The winners will be announced on August 7 in Moscow.

He has since been transferred to Independent’s African News Agency.

Executive chairman of Independent Media Dr Iqbal Survé said: “Phando’s ability as a young photographer goes without saying.

“He has captured moments that convey stories and his heart-wrenching pictures have brought change to the lives of many people. To be shortlisted in one of the most prestigious international photographic competitions for young photojournalists is a testament to his skill and bravery for always getting the shot. I am immensely proud of Phando for being the first South African photojournalist to be shortlisted in this contest.”

As previously, the winning photos will be displayed not only in Russia but abroad until the end of the year.

This year, the number of countries taking part has increased, securing the contest’s status as a prestigious international platform that discovers new names in world photography.

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Musical joyride for Edujazz Concert

Published 24 May, by a staff reporter, IOL. 

Over the past seventeen years, the Sekunjalo Development Foundation has hosted the annual Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert, where young music students share the stage with established artists. This year, the concert will take place on Saturday 1 July at the Artscape Theatre.

The exciting line-up for the 17th rendition of this annual favourite, includes the Sekunjalo Edujazz Big Band, The Foster Kids and The Dynamic Voices featuring The Voice SA finalist Robin Pieters, Idols contestant Elwira Standili, internationally acclaimed crooner Jarrad Ricketts, and singer, songwriter and music producer Lana Crowster, who also appeared on The Voice SA and won the inaugural espYoungLegends competition in 2016.

They will be accompanied by legendary bass guitarist Sammy Webber who will bring his special blend of bass slaps, funk flair and authenticity to this star-studded event.

In 2001, music teacher Donovan Witten had the vision to bring jazz music back into Cape Flats schools after the education department made the decision that art and music no longer had a place in our children’s education.

He shared his vision with Dr Iqbal Survé who was instantly on board and soon saw the establishment of the Sekunjalo Edujazz Project.

 The core of Sekunjalo Edujazz is to fund bursaries at disadvantaged schools while promoting music development. Since its launch, the project has sparked a great following – not only from members of the public who enjoy witnessing South Africa’s musical future but from the artists themselves who recognise the importance of sharing their knowledge and expertise with aspiring entertainers.

The Edujazz Big Band for 2017 will be under the direction of Andrew Ford. Andrew has achieved international acclaim and received awards for music and post production from Cannes Lions, London International Advertising Awards, the New York Festivals and of course our own, South African Loerie Awards. As an arranger, he is constantly in demand by Big Bands and has conducted various orchestras including The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, the Edujazz Big Band performed at the recent Cape Town International Jazz Festival and will now be showcasing their flair with audiences in July.

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Independent Media scoops 4 awards at INMA

Published 24 May, by IOL. 

Independent Media scooped four prizes at the prestigious International News Media Association (INMA) Global Media Awards in New York on Wednesday.

Independent Media scooped first prize in the category: Best Community Service Campaign for the Racism Stops With Me Campaign and was placed second in the Best New Print Product and Best Use of Video for the Independent Home magazine and the ‘Don’t Look Away’ video series for 16 Days of Activism. They also walked away with the Global Media Award for Best in Africa.

The awards were held at the prestigious Harvard Club and attended by leading media executives from around the globe.

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