Legendary Abigail Kubeka
joins inaugural Craighall Primary
choir festival this September
The Craighall Primary School Choir Festival will be Abigail Kubeka’s first public performance with the Craighall School Choir as part of her new role as music ambassador for the long-established government primary school.
The inaugural Craighall Primary School Choir Festival takes place this September, with special guest performer, legendary South African singer Abigail Kubeka.
To be held on September 11th at Craighall Primary School, the festival will feature a line-up of top school choirs from Craighall, Montrose Primary School, Bordeaux Primary School, IR Griffith Primary School and Bryneven Primary School. Their performances will take place under the theme “Celebrate Life”
The Craighall Primary School Choir Festival will be Kubeka’s first public performance with the Craighall School Choir as part of her new role as music ambassador for the long-established government primary school.
In the build-up to September 11th and beyond the festival, Kubeka will also impart more than 50 years experience as a singer, songwriter, musical arranger and actress to a new generation of young creative talents.
“I’m delighted to be able to work with such enthusiastic young singers,” comments Kubeka. “Craighall has a special place in my heart with one of my grandchildren attending the school. But the fact that the festival will bring so many choirs and young singers together is something that brings real joy to me.”
Since 1957, when she first joined Miriam Makeba’s The Skylarks at the age of 16, Kubeka has performed with an incredible array of international and South African talent including Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand), Kippie Moeketsi, Philip Tabane’s award-wining Jazzmakers, Tshooks Tschukudu’s Elite Swingers, Mackay Davashe’s Jazz Dazzlers, Eartha Kitt, Percy Sledge and Monk Montgomery.
Kubeka’s versatile gifts have also seen her perform in film, television and on stage and her songwriting canon is a significant contribution to South African music.
“We are honoured to have someone of Abigail Kubeka’s calibre to contribute to both our choir and the upcoming festival,” says Craighall Primary School principal, Andrea Prout-Jones.
“Music is woven into the fabric of Craighall Primary School. We’re hoping to be able to turn the school choir festival into an annual event that grows yearly and provides a showcase and affirmation of the important role that culture continues to play in government schools.”
The Craighall Primary School Choir Festival has a legacy component following the request by Kubeka for participating schools, community members, parents and friends to donate unwanted musical instruments to the Abigail Kubeka Music Instrument Project, supported by Craighall Primary School. The instruments will be donated to under developed schools to assist in the creation of vibrant music departments.
“We hope people will respond to the request for unused instruments and so allow the choir festival to support the growth of music education in schools that are not as well-resourced as ours,” adds Prout-Jones.
“This is part of our ongoing commitment to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela who is not only an inspiration to our teaching staff and learners, but was also born in the same year that Craighall Primary was founded and so has a special place in our hearts.
Tickets to the Craighall Primary School Festival cost R30.00 per adult and R10.00 per child.