On the more urbane side of the entertainment spectrum, students and lecturers have been attending frequent music, drama and comedy shows, and we thank the Pretoria State Theatre for inviting us to their monthly shows! Two of the highlights at the State Theatre were The Mother of All Eating by Zakes Mda and the Afrikaans comedy Vettie Vettie starring Tobie Cronje. We were really impressed with the live piano soundscape performed during ‘Mother’. Other excellent musical and drama shows our students attended include Fishers of Hope; Township Funeral; Leviticus 20:13, Road to Damascus, and the exceptional tribute to Queen The Show Must go on.
We have also been attending the lunch-hour concerts at Tukkies, where our students get exposed to musical genres that’s a bit removed from their normal comfort zone. We enjoyed performances from jazz bands, film music, choirs, orchestras to brilliant solo instrumental artists. A Definite student favourite was May’s event Symphony goes African, performed by the UP Symphony-and Wind orchestras, and conducted by the very entertaining and audience-friendly Gerben Grooten. They pulled off a very inspiring and diverse programme, spanning from Bollywood hits, film themes, Indian- and African traditional songs to the likes of Mango Groove and Lucky Dube!
On the academic side, strange goings-on have been spotted on-and-around campus recently. On our parking lot, a throttling car was recorded rather closely for a student game project, while a grand piano at the Pretoria Art Museum suffered similar treatment.
It seems that there is rarely a hushed moment at EMENDY. Watch this space for updates on our EMENDY Battle of the Bands; visit to Mediateck 2015, upcoming course and workshops and the annual EMENDY Student Showcase event!