The Little Giants live at The Daisy Jones | Stellenbosch
The Little Giants was established in 1999 by local jazz icons, Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner, at the request of organisers of the annual Jazzathon festival. They needed a township youth band to perform South African standards at their 2000 event. The performance was received with such great response from the audience that it was decided to continue with the project.
This group of 22 young musicians, aged between 15 and 25 years, from the townships of the Cape Flats and beyond, has developed into a tightly knit integrated unit, bonded by their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences. Their repertoire of African standards, jazz standards, fusion and original material has wowed the crowds wherever they have played. The combination of traditional rhythms and a solid brass section has provided this group with a biggish band sound that is not often found in community projects of this nature.
They are performing LIVE at one of Cape Town's premier music venues, The Daisy Jones in Stellenbosch, on Monday 29 November 2021.
Doors open 17h00
Show starts 19h00
Tickets R100 online at Quicket or R120 at the door
Food and drinks available at the venue.
First-come-first served on seating.
No mask, no entry.
The Little Giants are also one of the successful beneficiaries of the Concerts SA Digital Mobility Grant 2021.
In association with Concerts SA, The Norweigan Embassy, Samro & Samro Foundation, and IKS Cultural Consulting this show will be recorded and released as a stream early in December. Follow the Little Giants Facebook Page for updates. #DMF2021 #ConcertsSA
More on the project
Over the years, more than 250 youth have been developed through this project and many of the Little Giants have been selected to represent the National Youth Jazz Band or Schools Jazz Band in Grahamstown. Several have gone on to successfully pursue music careers becoming established musicians and teachers, too, Some have studied and/or are living abroad, e.g. USA, Norway, Ireland and Australia. The most notable are Shaun Johannes, bass, lecturer, UCT; Darren English, trumpet, 2016 Grammy Nominee, Lwanda Gogwana, Sisonke Xonti, Keenan Ahrends – recorded artists- to name a few...
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