“When I am with the choir, I feel like somebody who is worth something.”
Rachel’s face lit up as she uttered these words. At 14 years old she is one of 40 young members of the Junior Rosa Choir, established by the Cape Cultural Collective in 2016.
The Cape Cultural Collective focuses on communities in the City of Cape Town. The CCC unites communities and promotes personal and community development through the Arts.
The children who are between the ages of 10 and 14 reside in Manenberg, Langa, Kalksteenfontein, Gugulethu, Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. Many of their families face a daily struggle for survival. They battle to make a living and put food on the table. Some experience the trauma of gang violence.
For a few hours every week, they can relax and experience the joy of singing together without restraint. They gather for practice under the guidance of a qualified music teacher, singing in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. The excitement and the energy are palpable as the young ones express themselves in their regular sanctuary.
Their confidence and self-esteem grow visibly. Singing together breaks down cultural, language and spatial divisions. Music improves their learning abilities and promotes harmony among the singers. They also participate in performances, an annual concert and a summer camp.
The partners in the initiative are the CCC and the Denis Goldberg House of Hope, an arts development centre in Hout Bay inspired by the late Rivonia trialist who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 along with Nelson Mandela and others.
About 16 children from the Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu communities are part of the choir.
One of our biggest needs to ensure the sustainability of the Junior Rosa Choir is transport, which accounts for about half of the choir’s expenses annually.
To help cover the fuel costs for the remainder of the year, estimated to cost R30 000, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on BackaBuddy, so that the children can continue their magical experience of singing, developing and moving around the City.
“Transportation is expensive. Some of the factors that drive up the costs of transport are high petrol prices and long distances which result from the legacy of spatial arrangements during the time of segregation.” – says Kay Jaffer, Founder of the Junior Rosa Choir
Support the Junior Rosa Choir on BackaBuddy: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/cape-cultural-collective-fundraiser
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