The Vusi Mahlasela Music Development Foundation (VMMDF) is helping young individuals learn and preserve indigenous music. The foundation is providing quality musical training to historically disadvantaged individual through professional training and specialized coaching.
Not only do they teach young aspiring musicians, the foundation is also helping these individuals gain entry in institutions of higher learning that offers music as curriculum. Recently, the VMMDF entered to an agreement with University of South Africa (UNISA) to help confer certificates to its graduates.
Under the Vusi Mahlasela Music Academy, students are offered a nine-months, trimester, full-time tuition, on a three-year academic cycle that is benchmarked against UNISA’s grading system. Each year of study, correspond with a relevant grade at basic, intermediate and advanced level in different genres.
The academy offers lessons in theory, drums, piano, guitar, trumpet and saxophone, vocals and marimba.
The Vusi Mahlasela Music Development Foundation, was founded in 2002, by the legendary Dr Vusi Mahlasela, after he saw a shortage or rather a neglect in the historical indigenous African ancient music.
By Dimpho Temane