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MIAGI ‐ Music is a great Investment, ‘Uniting the Power of Classical, Indigenous and Jazz’ – is a South African section 21 (not‐for‐profit) company established in 2001 with support of the Department of Arts and Culture.

MIAGI invests in human capacity through music. Human capacity is the only way to sustainability and sustainability is economic growth.

MIAGI’s mission therefore is to:

  • contribute to social upliftment

MIAGI promotes music education for children and youth as an effective tool for social upliftment. 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.

  • create job opportunities

 
MIAGI empowers South African young people through our extensive music education programmes and by arranging national and international events and tours as a platform for our young beneficiaries to showcase their skills. The MIAGI platform offers a space for creative experimenting, leading to new South African music styles that are overwhelmingly well received by audiences and media alike.
 

  • address the issue of ethnic relations


MIAGI ‘unites the power of classical, indigenous and jazz’ and thus offers a key to positive social development and to deep understanding between people across all borders. Through this platform for intercultural creative dialogue, MIAGI further brings young people, artists and audiences together that would otherwise never meet.

  • promote a unique new form of South African music

During our recent, extensive international tours (2009, 2012 and 2014), MIAGI has shown how its ingenious young members, when given the right kind of opportunities, are capable of composing and performing  fabulous, fun and funky new music. They do this by uniting Western classical, jazz and African indigenous music forms, as well as other music forms and styles that in various ways are relevant to the young South African of today, such as hip hop, rap, rock and pop.

  • promote South Africa internationally through music

The positive impact of a South African group of young people representing all layers of our rainbow society, performing together joyfully at a level that matches highest international standards, cannot be stressed enough.

  • consolidate the South African constitution and deepen our understanding of the principles which underpin it

MIAGI strives to create an environment of non-racialism and contributes to an equitable society as well as to poverty reduction in the long-term. MIAGI strengthens its work by carefully selected collaborations with individuals and organisations outside the circles of music that work towards the same goals, thus complementing and reinforcing MIAGI.


MIAGI’S KEY PROJECTS INCLUDE

the MIAGI Youth Orchestra & MIAGI New Skool Orchestra, the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto, MIAGI Pre‐school and Day care centre Music Training Programme for Children, the MIAGI Mentor & Protégé Programme – a Programme for Excellency, the MIAGI Indigenous Music Programme and the MIAGI Intercultural Programme

THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE AND MIAGI

The South African Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with MIAGI- download highlights pdf - Collaboration projects from 2001 until 2014 here

Meet the MIAGI Team here

Presentation of MIAGI Creative Manager Ingrid Hedlund - Classic Woman (Classic Feel Magazine 2013) here

Read about 10 Years with MIAGI, download the 2010 - MIAGI Ten Years pdf

Email us at MIAGI

Since 2001, MIAGI has produced international, intercultural events ‘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 fourteen 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

Miriam Portrait

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.

Thank you!

 

THANK YOU!

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.

Follow this link to watch the video about CMCM on Youtube

MIAGI and the European Union

Follow the link below to read and watch the Capacity4Development blog from December 2016, with video about our music centre by the European Union - Culture in Development Co-operation

The European Union contributed significantly to building MIAGI through their Youth Empowerment through Culture Programme

 

Thank you Department of Arts and Culture for your support towards our on-going music education programme and the upgrading of our music centre building - the CMCM in Soweto!

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO OUR CMCM PAGE

April 2015 - watch our new video - the CMCM Elementary Music Training Programme HERE

Our CMCM Pennywhistle Ensemble performed at the Sounds of Celebration Concert on17 March - follow this link to a video, where your can hear them performing together with peers from other music education initiatives

CMCM 2014 YEAR END REPORT HERE

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.

April 2015 - watch our new video - the CMCM Elementary Music Training Programme HERE

3. MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA, MIAGI NEW SKOOL ORCHESTRA - AND THE SEMI PROFESSIONAL FORMATIONS DERIVING FROM THIS WORK

MIAGI's youth orchestra and ensembles work grew out of the need of formations 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 picture of the quality of our youth orchestra work, please follow these links:

article about our MIAGI Youth & New Skool Orchestra tour of Europe 2014 written by Allister Sparks and published in Business Day on 30 July 2014.

MIAGI video from the 2014 tour (click on the icon): - MIAGI Youth Orchstra: Shostakovich - Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra, conductor: Brandon Phillips

Front Article that was published in STAR TONIGHT in connection with our MIAGI Youth Orchestra tour of Europe 2012.

MIAGI Youth Orchestra at Konzerthaus Berlin 2012

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

MIAGI, Venda Ngoma Drummers and Dancers and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra


Thikundwi kha Sialala and the CPO

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!

 

Enjoy MIAGI impressions at our MIAGI page on Facebook:

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 and opportunities for them, in South Africa and abroad.

MIAGI YOUTH ORCHESTRA GETTING READY FOR 2018 AND THE GLOBAL NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

.. the preparations for the extensive international MIAGI Youth Orchestra 'Be the Legacy' campaign tour, celebrating Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018 in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation are in full swing...

The motto for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations, coined by the Nelson Mandela Foundation is 'Be the Legacy'

Please support the MIAGI and Nelson Mandela Foundation 'Be the Legacy' campaign by setting up a secure, online donation at GivenGain from anywhere in the world.

About the MIAGI/Nelson Mandela Foundation campaign: To underpin our determination, MIAGI Youth Orchestra with its 92 members is embarking on two extensive international
‘Be the Legacy’ campaign tours to celebrate Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018. The motto for Mandela Centenary 2018 is ‘Be the Legacy’ - MIAGI Youth Orchestra ‘Is the Legacy’; a realisation of Nelson Mandela's dream, with young musicians of every colour and background playing together with a warmth of spirit that is infectious and inspiring. The orchestra will perform at prominent stages in Europe, the United States and South Africa. The opening concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is scheduled for 6th July, 2018.


Want to help even more? View the “Start fundraising” option to create your personal fundraising project for us, and ask your network to support you by donating to your project!


If you have any other ideas of how you could and would like to get involved, please email ingrid@miagi.co.za.

Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada.


We are forever grateful for the times we got to spend in your immensely inspiring presence and company Uncle Kathy. We miss you sorely, but know that you are now reunited with Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela. South Africa and the world however are very much poorer from this day onwards, 28 March 2017.
The MIAGI Team

Photo by Mikael Strandänger - MIAGI

Follow the Youtube link to watch and hear Ahmed Kathrada speak at a seminar arranged by MIAGI at the Almedalen Week 2014 in Visby on the Island of Gotland, Sweden.

The seminar was arranged by MIAGI, in partnership with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. Towards the end of the video we perform in the presence of Struggle Icons Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan in Visby Cathedral.

 

 

MIAGI COLLABORATED WITH ABB IN SWITZERLAND!

Follow this link to watch our photo potpourri from the events on Youtube

MIAGI Orchestra and soloists, 70 musicians, featured in two MIAGI produced anniversary shows for ABB 'ABB 125 Years', in Switzerland

".... this was a fantastic new benchmark of an incredibly successful and excellently executed very very classy event.....". Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB

APRIL 2 2017

Congratulations ALISTAIR RUTHERFORD - We have a New Guinness World Record!

"The Running Viola" smashed the world record 02 03 2017, Liverpool, UK!

Below the photo please find how you can support, and watch Alistair smashing the record in the Half Marathon!

Our Arco Teacher and Champion Alistair Rutherford set a Guinness World Record and same time he is raising funds for Arco - Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music distance learning project in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Photo: Alistair in his viola costume

Alistair says: "One evening whilst in our local pub myself and fellow Arco teacher Matt Johnstone joked about a Guinness World Record involving both the things I love; running and the viola. "12 weeks later my application was accepted by Guinness World Records to attempt the record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument at the Liverpool Half Marathon!

Alistair's raising money for Arco through his record via JustGiving and here you can follow a video from his Half Marathon on 2 April on Youtube.

Photo: Alistair teaching at our CMCM in Soweto

APRIL 1 TO 6 2017 - ENTRANCE FREE TO ALL OUR PUBLIC EVENTS, BELOW PLEASE FIND THE PROGRAMME

Arco Festival, the first in a row of two planned for 2017, soon commencing!

A culmination of over two years of cross continental collaboration and very hard, wonderful work! Arco teachers from Birmingham Conservatoire directed by Louise Lansdown are again travelling Birmingham to Soweto for the second Arco Festival at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto. The Festival includs public concerts, intensive individual tuition, quartet lessons, instrument specific classes, listening classes and much, much more.

Saturday 1st April
10:00 Festival Welcome and Concert - Louise Lansdown and Lucy Nolan
To include Viola Duos by Telemann, Kaliwoda, Bartok and Lutoslawski

Tuesday 4th April
10:00 Louise Lansdown and Daliwonga Tshangela
Hindemith Duo for Viola and Cello

Wednesday 5th April
10:00 Serge Cuca, Lucy Nolan, Louise Lansdown, Daliwonga Tshangela
Haydn: Seven Last Words (a selection)

15:30 Hear all 24 Arco Students as soloists in this afternoon showcase

Thursday 6th April
10:00 Chris Bishop, Kabelo Monnathebe, Louise Lansdown, Lucy Nolan, Daliwonga Tshangela
Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat K407

15:00 Festival Culmination Concert - Featuring all Arco students,
including Arco Orchestra and 6 Arco String Quartets

HIGH-LIGHT 2016

MIAGI COLLABORATED WITH ABB IN SWITZERLAND!

Follow this link to watch our photo potpourri from the events on Youtube

MIAGI Orchestra and soloists, 70 musicians, featured in two MIAGI produced anniversary shows for ABB - ABB 125 Years - in Switzerland

".... this was a fantastic new benchmark of an incredibly successful and excellently executed very very classy event.....". Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB

NOVEMBER 2016

THE SIMPHIWE DANA SYMPHONY EXPERIENCE, WITH SIMPHIWE DANA, ASA AND CONCHA BUIKA!

The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience was presented by MIAGI through generous support from the National Lotteries Commission in solidarity of vision for the African cause.

This was an unprecedented and certainly a South African first event of its kind. The much lauded Afro soul artist Simphiwe Dana, the melodically gracious Asa (Nigeria), the imperiously vocal Concha Buika (Equatorial Guinea), a 60-piece orchestra and a choir of 30 together on stage!

 

OCTOBER 2016 - MIAGI ORCHESTRA ON TOUR IN EUROPE

From 12 to 22 October, 60 MIAGI Orchestra members toured in Germany and Switzerland together with peers and colleagues from all over the world. Soloists included Just6 (vocal ensmble) Anders Paulsson (soprano saxophone) and Emilia Utter Mangsbo (soprano) - Conductors / composers, Duncan Ward and Tshepo Tsotetsi.

The two major concerts/shows were tailor made by MIAGI, as celebration events for a major international company. The shows, for invited guests only, were an extraordinary success for MIAGI and for the host!

SEPTEMBER 2016 - PREPARING FOR THE TOUR

20 of the 60 MIAGIans that will be going on tour to Germany and Switzerland in October started rehearsing for the tour at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, 6, 7 and 8 September 2016. They will later be joined by the others as well as by musicians from all over the world to together create a spectacular show where ancient music from many epochs and cultures, some of the music and instruments date back well over 1000 years, will meet our time, and even the future. How? :-) that is a secret

JUNE 2016

A delegation from the European Union visited our Music Centre at the beginning of June.
Thankfully and proudly quoting the letter from the European Union:
"The work of MIAGI remains an inspiration, and we are proud to have supported

3 JULY 2016

Don't miss this GREAT opportunity to hear highly regarded, renowned & inspirational BUSKAID Soweto String Ensemble at our Centre for Music on 3 July @ 2:30 PM - Entry Free - Welcome!


JANUARY 2016 - THE DISTANCE LEARNING VIA SKYPE HAS BEGUN AT OUR MUSIC CENTRE IN SOWETO!

In the brand new distance learning studio at our music centre, our young students are now able to receive tuition from teachers at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK!

The collaborative project launched between Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, and Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Department - 'arco - Bridging the Divide is in full swing - follow this link to read more about this wonderful project!

26 NOVEMBER 2015

MIAGI at Global Child Forum at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Read more at our MIAGI Sweden page

2 - 7 MARCH 2015

MIAGI 'New Skool' Orchestra already stars in Europe after having performed to packed halls and standing ovations at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, toured South Africa

"A Revolution in the Concert Hall" according to the press in Europe

Conductors: Tshepo Tsotetsi and Brandon Phillips - Soloist: Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone - Works by Tshepo Tsotetsi, Anders Paulsson, Zakes Nkosi and Ilke Alexander

Photos: MIAGI 'New Skool' Orchestra and Ahmed Kathrada - Wits Great Hall, Wednesday 4 March, 'Deepening Non-Racialism'- concert with opening words by Ahmed Kathrada, presented together with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in presence of among others former President Kgalema Motlanthe

MIAGI SWEDEN FOUNDATION

The Music is a great Investment - MIAGI Sweden Foundation is a result of a partner driven cooperation project 2013 - 2014 funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency - Sida. We will be posting information at our MIAGI Sweden page.

 

After soon 10 years with this website, we at MIAGI are busy with creating a new home for our information and communication.

We are a small team, and for the moment being we are putting our energy into creating the new MIAGI online home, rather than into updating and sharing information on this platform.

We ask our visitors and followers for your understanding and patience.

The MIAGI Team

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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.

MIAGI was among the last beneficiaries of the excellent Partner Driven Cooperation (PDC) programme of the Swedish international development agency - Sida. Due to a new development aid policy in Sweden, this programme as for South Africa has now sadly been phased out.

The Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida funded a Music Exchange programme between Sweden and South Africa - the 'MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey - with the Times' project.

The project enabled MIAGI to make fantastic new contacts in Sweden. As a direct result of the project, we are looking foward to the official launch of MIAGI's 'daughter organisation 'MIAGI Sweden'.

Thank you Sweden!

Photo/Swedish Embassy/Pretoria: Robert Brooks, Executive Director of Miagi and Marie Bergström, Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria

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 Yende many 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.

Pretty Yende

Musawenkosi Ngqungwana

Angela Kerrison

Donné de Kock after winning 2nd prize in the Artscape National Youth Music Competition in 2011

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