To unite the power of classical, indigenous and jazz and thus offer a key to positive social development and to deep understanding between people across all borders
“Sustainable development and the flourishing of culture are interdependent” (UNESCO)
Our vision also encompasses:
Consolidating democracy and promoting human rights
Poverty reduction in the long-term
MIAGI - ' Music is a great Investment' - Our South African section 21 ( not-for-profit) company promotes music education for children and youth as an effective tool for social upliftment
MIAGI further addresses the issue of ethnic relations through its all-inclusive programming. By offering a platform for intercultural creative dialogue, MIAGI brings young people, artists and audiences together that would otherwise never meet.
Studies world-wide show that music education and participation in musical activities are the right tools to awaken young people’s creative vocation, promote social development and community cohesion, develop life skills and enhance career opportunities.
The South African Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with MIAGI- download highlights pdf - Collaboration projects from 2001 until today here
Since 2001, MIAGI has hosted an international, intercultural festival ‘uniting the power of classical indigenous and jazz’ in collaborations with dazzling soloists and ensembles from South Africa and abroad. Among them, Maxim Vengerov, Thikundwi kha Sialala, Bruce Cassidy, Fazil Say, Miriam Makeba, the MIAGI Youth Orchestra & Youth BigBand, Sibongile Khumalo, Soweto String Quartet, Louis Moholo, Irene Schweizer, Madosini, the Ngqoko Women, Sergei Nakariakov, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the English Chamber Orchestra to mention just a few.
MIAGI has for the past ten years wowed fans across South Africa with its exciting events, celebrating the unity in diversity of our musical heritage by fusing distinctly African with Western classical sounds.
MIAGI AND MIRIAM MAKEBA
In 2004 and 2005, MIAGI had the honour and joy of working with Mama Africa, and to experience her exemplary artistry, paired with an immaculate professionalism and righteousness - the three corner stones that make a truly great artist and human.
Realising the MIAGI idea would not have been possible without generous and compassionate support from our international star-guests.
Read about our wonderful MIAGI Youth Orchestra conductor 2013, Duncan Ward at our artists page.
Assisted by 21 instructors from South Africa and abroad, he guided and conducted the 110 young 'Miagians' at the course. Together they presented a truly impressive 'open reharsal' (on the programme among others Symphonie Fantasitque by Berlioz) for invited guests on 4 May.
MIAGI, Venda Ngoma Drummers and Dancers and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Venda Ngoma Drummers and Dancers and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Thikundwi kha Sialala – Venda Ngoma Drummers and Dancers met the musicians and the audience of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Click here to watch and listen to excerpts from this event on Youtube!
Read about MIAGI's partners, our generous funders and sponsors at our Sponsors Page
We are grateful to the NLDTF's Arts and Culture Distribution Agency for allocating a multi year funding grant to MIAGI!
MIAGI has throughout the years frequently received generous funding through the NLDTF. Without your support, a large number of all the initiatives, projects and events documented on this website would not have been possible.
Five major components form MIAGI's music education programme:
1. CAPE GATE MIAGI CENTRE FOR MUSIC IN SOWETO
CMCM is MIAGI's centre for music education, located at the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School. CMCM also serves as an important community centre.
Children entering the building for music lessons at CMCM
2. PRE-SCHOOL AND DAY CARE CENTRE MUSIC TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN
Apart from playful singing and dancing, the participating children are offered elementary music literacy training, and as instruments we have introduced pennywhistles, xylophones and djembes. The programme is running at Pre Schools and Day Care Centres in Soweto. The CMCM music teachers are on weekdays visiting Siyacathula Day Care, Asha Pre-School, Peaceful Day Care, Salvation Army Crèche, Seoding Pre School and Morris Isaacson Crèche.
3. MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND YOUTH BIG BAND - MYO & MYBB - AND THE SEMI PROFESSIONAL FORMATIONS DERIVING FROM THIS WORK
MIAGI Youth Orchestra and Youth Big Band grew out of the need of a formation for youth studying within the many developmental music education initiatives that MIAGI has partnered with and supported since 2001. The members are guided by some of the very best tutors and conductors and come from all ethnic and social backgrounds. There is no cost to individual participants and MIAGI arranges orchestra courses and international tours as well as other performance opportunities for the young musicians.
To get a feeling of the quality of our Youth Orchestra Work, - download and read a Front Article that was published in STAR TONIGHT in connection with our MIAGI Youth Orchestra tour of Eruope 2012, and/or listen to the MIAGI Youth Orchestra at Konzerthaus Berlin on Youtube
4. MIAGI MENTOR & PROTEGE PROGRAMME - READ MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME IN THE MIAGI CREATES OPPORTUNITIES COLUMN AT THIS PAGE
5. INDIGENOUS MUSIC EDUCATION PROJECTS
Our support for African Indigenous Music is on-going and we are supporting these initiatives by financial assistance for transport, attire and the making of instruments. These groups are supported to practice their own music but constantly inspired to go into projects with a strong emphasis on cultural dialogue, as expressed in our slogan ‘Uniting the Power of Classical, Indigenous and Jazz’. Our constant effort to link these groups to performance opportunities has shown good results nationally and internationally.
CDG Xincaiyncayi Dancers - Ribungwani Village, Limpopo - one of MIAGI's flagship projects within the field of indigenous music
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MIAGI's patron: violinist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov
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MIAGI empowers South African young people by arranging and facilitating extensive music education opportunities and international, intercultural events for them, in South Africa and abroad
JANUARY 10 TO 18 2014
DECEMBER 17 2013
The 'MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times' project special appearance in Stockholm for the second time - report will follow!
DECEMBER 1 2013
THANK YOU! FULL HOUSE AT OUR END OF YEAR 'OPEN DAY' CONCERT AT CMCM - 1349 Mputhi Street, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto
Young violinist, penny whistle and percussion stars studying at our CMCM in Soweto in concert at the Soweto Theatre!
Click here for more images from the event at our CMCM page
4 TO 9 NOVEMBER 2013
The 'MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times' project - Five young South African musicians in love with Sweden and Sweden in love with them!
Thembinkosi Mavimbela (double bass), Brandon Ruiters (trumpet), Thabang Sithole (trombone), Musa Mdluli (piano), Tshepo Tsotetsi (saxophone) engaged in workshops at Lilla Akademien and Fryshuset - MIAGi's two partner organisations in Stockholm, Sweden, where they also performed alone and together with Swedish musician friends...
Thank you to LILLA AKADEMIEN and to FRYSHUSET for receiving our young musicians so generously! To Lilla Akademien a very special thank you for helping us out with instruments, equipment and transport in addtion to the great educational opportunities you offered us in the company of your wonderful teachers and students!
...and our 'New Skoolers' brought the house down at Fasching, according to DownBeat Magazine: "Sweden's best spot for jazz and world music has been wowing music lovers since 1977. With local and national talents galore, this Blue Note-style club's forte is presenting folks like Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter and Christian McBride"
Photo: five 'New Skoolers', all members of the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and the New Skool Orchestra brought the house down during the post concert, informal jam session, on the very first night of their visit to Sweden - check out the photo on our Success page!
28 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER 2013
MIAGI STRING TRAINING ASSESMENT WITH WORKSHOPS AS WELL AS SECTIONALS FOR MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA GAUTENG BASED STRINGS WITH NINA BALABINA (VIOLIN), AND ULRIKA EDSTROM (CELLO)
Nina and Ulrika from Lilla Akademien, MIAGI's top level music education institution partner in Stockolm, interacted with MIAGI's teachers and students within the 'MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times' project's capacity building/sharing programme.
Nina Balabina with the MIAGI Youth Orchestra strings at the State Theatre in Pretoria
NEW SKOOL ORCHESTRA LAUNCH EVENTS WERE A GREAT SUCCESS!
Photo: New Skool Orchestra at the Soweto Theatre, 25 September
Tshepo Tsotetsi's and MIAGI composer in residence Anders Paulsson's compositions, performed by the splendid 46 'New Skoolers', received owerwhelming, positive response from the audiences at the Soweto Theatre, Musaion, University of Pretoria and at the African Gospel Church in Newcastle! Only launch tour set back; the poor attendance in Rustenburg, at Lebone II College of Royal Bafokeng. Anders Palulsson plays a key role within MIAGI's collaboration project with Sweden, funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida.
The launch events were proundly sponsored by Lanxess
MIAGI has registered New Skool Orchestra as a section 21 company – not for profit. Through funding from the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa, MIAGI was enabled to set up the orchestra with an own office and administration and to provide funding for the New Skool “in the making” workshops. New Skool Orchestra, performing in a variety of smaller and bigger formations, can now promote its own brand, promote young composers and other young musicians, take leadership and create an own market.
“New Skool Orchestra is a true reflection of a new South Africa, a reflection of how we view our country in a new way, as well as a unique modern-day South African approach to orchestral music. The orchestra seeks to bring forth a new wave of music that speaks of a current reality. One important way of achieving this is by giving young composers an opportunity to have their newly composed works debuted. New Skool Orchestra seeks to be the voice of modern day South Africa.” Tshepo Tsotetsi, Founder and Director of New Skool Orchestra
MIAGI creates opportunities for South African aspiring artists to develop and showcase their talent.
MIAGI introduces South African music to audiences worldwide. We inspire dialogue among people of different cultures through an intense process of artistic exchange that includes commissioning new intercultural compositions. This underlines our objective to educate in the broadest sense of the word – MIAGI unites people through music and empowers musicians throughout South Africa.
On the 8th of January 2013 the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria signed a contract with MIAGI.
Sweden is through Sida funding a Music Exchange programme between Sweden and South Africa - the 'MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times' project.
Photo/Swedish Embassy/Pretoria: Robert Brooks, Executive Director of Miagi and Marie Bergström, Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria
Read more here (link to the relevant page at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria website) and to our 'Success' pag' here
MIAGI COMMISSIONED INTERCULTURAL COMPOSITIONS
Photo from a performance of the second MIAGI commissioned intercultural composition - ''The Songs of Madosini' - 2002
MIAGI has commissioned and premiered 15 major new intercultural works (read more about them here)
The 2012 commission was Christian Muthspiel/Tshepo Tsotetsi - Out of South Africa, Symphonic Poem on Themes by Tshepo Tsotetsi - listen to a performance of this work here(read more here)
Christian Muthspiel and Tshepo Tsotetsi
THE MIAGI MENTOR & PROTEGE PROGRAMME
MIAGI MENTOR & PROTEGE PROGRAMME supports young exeptionally talented aspiring artists - has offered many young musicians study opportunities, instruments, as well as opportunities to take part in prestigeous international competiotions.
Many of our proteges are now pursuing successful careers abroad, read about some of them below:
MIAGI offered Pretty Yendemany opportunities that she utilised optimally; these included the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch and the Istituto Internazionale per l'Opera e la Poesia opera competition in Verona.
Since she won all first prizes at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna in 2009, she is continuing earning accolades and prizes through her participation in prestigeous concerts and competitions all over the world. Pretty Yende is enrolled in Milano within the Teatro alla Scala Academy programme.
Musawenkosi Ngqungwana, also a succesful International Hans Gabor Belvedere competition participant, is currently Resident Artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Angela Kerrison who after her successful participation in the IIOP Opera Competition in Verona was enrolled at the International Opera Studio, Operhaus Zurich, is currently pursuing a successful international career.
Donné de Kockafter winning 2nd prize in the Artscape National Youth Music Competition in 2011