Some of the best improvisers in the history of Jazz have studied intently under the guidance of their heroes, and some of the most iconic mentor-protégé relationships have been within the Jazz space. Seasoned musicians and educators have a lot to teach the next generation of artists which is why we are excited to be celebrating Youth Month on The Art of Sunday with leading vocalist and educator Ziza Muftic.
On the 23rdof June, Muftic will give an interactive masterclass with about 20 students from the South West Gauteng TVET College as well as the WITS School of Music where she will explore notions of music and mastery. ‘Here on Kaya we spend hours giving access to established musicians and artists, and this month we give young vocal enthusiasts a chance to find out what it takes to be a singer. We also give another perspective about Ziza as being more than a songwriter and singer but also a vocal teacher par excellence,’ explains Brenda Sisane, host of the show.
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Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Muftic began her career at the age of seven and her first instrument was the violin. Immigrating to South Africa in 1992, she began her music studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her BMus (Bachelor of Music) degree in 1996. Ziza also holds a Masters in Music from the University of the Witwatersrand (2013). She has performed with some of South Africa’s top Jazz musicians including; Sydney Mnisi, Reza Khota, and Marcus Wyatt.
Her debut album, Ziza Muftic Quartet: Silver Moonbeams came out in 2015 to significant response, and she will be performing off her latest release, Shining Hour, with her band after the masterclass. On what she will be bringing to the class, Muftic expresses – ‘I plan to listen to the performers and comment on their technique and stylistic musical features. We have limited time on air so I will make sure the students sing more than I would talk’.
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The students who Muftic will be teaching from the South West Gauteng TVET College, are under the guidance of their passionate teacher Mzwakhe Kheswa who requested the support for the learners as the school cannot provide the experiential learning of live performance which would enhance their learning, something TAOS thought was a great way to support the youth — giving them a chance to interface with their favourite musicians and role models. WITS Music School is a vibrant higher education environment and TAOS will be joined by students from the institution who are studying voice and jazz singing.
‘My favorite form of learning in the classroom champions the idea that every child has a form of inbuilt creativity in them, something which can be cultivated to help them grow as creative individuals with the proper guidance. It is important that we as patents also understand that artistry is a process and it needs to be nurtured and encouraged,’ Sisane notes further.
Listen to Ziza Muftic’s masterclass and live performance this Sunday, the 23rd of June from 10:00 – 14:00 on The Art of Sunday.