2019 / 2020

2019 / 2020



Between 29 November and 2 December 2018, the CTMA hosted the 3 Continents Jazz Exchange: Cape Town – a three day series of free jazz workshops and performances for students and musicians, presented by top jazz educators and professionals from South Africa, Mongolia and Germany. It was held in collaboration with UCT’s South African College of Music.

Joining from Germany, was the world class trumpeter and head of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts Jazz Department, Professor Claus Reichstaller, and double bassist and Jazz Bass lecturer, also at Munich University, Martin Zenker. Zenker is also currently an honorary professor at the Mongolian State Conservatory and consultant for the Goethe Musiklabor in Ulan Bator, which also contributed to the exchange.
For his work, he has received the second highest honour from the Mongolian State in cultural achievement – Seuljin Terguune Adjiltang.

Zenker taught Harmonic Issues of Bass Playing, Repertoire, Memorising Techniques and Stylistic Diversity, and Reichstaller, being a Big Band expert, focussed on aspects of Big Band Playing, Phrasing, Improvisation, Breathing Techniques and Practice Routine.

As one of Mongolia’s finest jazz exports, and currently based at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts, exceptional vocalist, Enji Erkhembayar, presented classes in jazz singing and the highly specialised Mongolian art of throat singing or “longsong”.

From South Africa the brilliant composer and electric bass player, often regarded as a national treasure in his own right, Carlo Mombelli, originally self-taught and currently Associate Professor at the Wits School of Performing Arts, presented a master class in advanced bass playing, artistry and composition.

On Friday evening, 30 November, a concert featuring the workshop lecturers was held at SACM. Stephanie Vos of the Africa Open-Institute for Music, Research and Innovation, started the evening with a dialogue with Mombelli, Reichstaller, Zenker and Erkhembayar about their work. The series concluded with an exclusive sunset concert on Sunday, 2 December, at the prestigious Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch, publically showcasing the talent of the four tutors with Mombelli taking the lead. During the course of the evening, titled Carlo Mombelli & 3 Continents Collective, Mombelli performed music from his latest album with his stellar local band, featuring Kyle Shepard (piano), Jonno Sweetman (drums) and Keenan Ahrends (guitar). They were then joined by the three international guests – Claus Reichstaller (trumpet), Martin Zenker (double bass) and Enji Erkhembayar (vocals), as well as Prof Andrew Lilley from UCT on piano.

It was an evening – and week – of exquisite cultural exchanges and new musical journeys.

“In the past two years I had the pleasure to participate in several projects conducted by the CTMA, namely the 3 Continents Jazz Exchange to Cape Town and Mongolia as well as the YME Initiative.
All three projects have been planned and executed extremely well. Furthermore, they have all been designed very thoughtfully to meet the needs of students and teachers and leave a sustainable impact.
The CTMA´s work perfectly serves several very important goals:
Support of local musicians inpursuing their career, provide education for young musicians and represent South African music in other parts of the world.”


Martin Zenker
Professor h.c.Mongolian State Conservatory
GMUB Consultant
Lehrbeauftragter HMT München



Following the success of the fi rst leg of the 3 Con􀦞 nents Jazz Exchange Programme held in Cape Town in 2018, an invitation was extended to the CTMA by h.c. Prof Martin Zenker from the Mongolian State Conservatory and the Goethe Musiklabor to visit Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, for a fortnight during August and September 2019.

A South African Music Week consisting of workshops and performances was held in the city over a period of six days. The CTMA’s Music Director, Schalk Joubert, acted as band leader and worked with the Conservatory’s Jazz Lab Big Band to perform a series of South African compositions and standards with the Mongolian students at the famous Fat Cat Jazz Club. The band was also joined by some well known Mongolian industry professionals.
The concert series was sold out and news of the South African festival featuring Schalk and the young Mongolian band even made the evening radio news bulletin. The group was also featured on the local TV channel’s breakfast show. The exposure to African music style playing and rhythms opened a new world to the Mongolian players and audiences alike, and South African music, its stories and rich history, reached new frontiers.


Unfortunately the 3 Continents Jazz Exchange: Munich 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19.
The CTMA was invited to travel to Munich where Schalk, members of the Mongolian Jazz Lab Big Band and South African jazz singer, Sima Mashazi, would have performed on the evening of International Jazz Day, 30 April 2020, as one of the headline acts at the Grafi ng International Jazz Festival.

Berklee City Music
& SU

Learning to live Music



  • Total Participants: 170
  • High School Learners: 80 from various areas in the
    Western Cape including underserved communities from
    Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Kraaifontein, Ceres, Cape
    Town, Strand, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Lavender Hill.
  • Students: 39 from the Unit for Community Music
    Certificate Programme, SU
  • Mentors: 51
  • Various music teachers, tutors, community leaders,
    youth workers and pro musicians

After the success of the first international winter school programme held in Stellenbosch in 2017, the CTMA once again partnered with Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and Stellenbosch University’s Unit for Community Music to bring to Cape Town 8 of their top Berklee City Music Tutors and faculty to present a week long focussed workshop in various aspects of jazz music for high school learners, students and music teachers (mentors) between 17-20 June 2019. To this Berklee also added a HipHop component, a music style that distinctly resonates with the communities of the Cape.

True to Berklee City Music’s holistic approach, the “Learning to Live Music,” was designed to expand each participant’s knowledge base and vision for use of their authentic voice through music cultural infusion, improvisation, study in music literacy and technology, as well as performance and career applications in music. Berklee City Music fully immersed students in their music making to inspire the student voice and self-identity with professional purpose through an exploration of music’s social cultural context, and with observations, study and practice in jazz, this culminated in an opportunity for reflection and a community wide performance.
Mentor participants were engaged in strategies to bolster their own teaching programmes, personal development as a musician and tutor, and skills in working with youths.
The series also awarded mentors with access to contemporary popular music pedagogies and methods, and an introduction to the PULSE Music Method – Berklee’s online music archive and curriculum as an instructional tool for continued depth and growth as teachers.

The multi Grammy winning musician and producer, Prof Prince Charles Alexander again inspired participants with his electives on music production and Berklee Vice President and head of City Music, Krystal Banfi eld, again gave instruction in PULSE Prof Ron Mahdi (bass) and Chris Rivelli (drums) returned to lead and instruct ensembles together with newcomers Leo Blanco (piano) and vocalist and HipHop producer, Danielle Scott. Berklee City Music Creative Director, Misael Martinez
worked specifi cally with the Mentor group in creative and sustainable youth development. Additional contributing tutors were Skyped in, including award winning music film maker Michael Shore, well known musicians Fraser Boy and Al Kapone. Shore’s winning film, Take me to the River, which follows jazz from New Orleans into current Hip Hop, was also screened.

Presented by the CTMA and the Toyota US Woordfees, YME 2020 was a three-day focused workshop in various aspects of jazz music presented by top international and local music educators for young developing musicians in the Western Cape held at Paul Roos Gymnasium from 6-8 March during the Toyota US Woordfees.

“It has been such a wonderful opportunity and experience for our students to be part of the collaboration between Stellenbosch University, the CTMA and Berklee City Music. This partnership has provided our students a renewed sense of camaraderie with their fellow musi cians and has also given them access to the skills sets and work ethic of musicians who are experts in their fields. I sincerely hope that this project continues, as it is a valuable learning opportunity for all involved, even the teachers.”


Inge Engelbrecht
Lecturer: Certificate Programme in Music
Department of Music, SU

Youths In Music
Excellence (YME)

educational &





  • Attendees:
    56 learners and students between the ages of 14 and 22 from high schools and music institutions in the Western Cape, including various underserved communities.

Sixty young folks between the ages of 12 and 22 participated in the very fi rst YME Initiative. They were from across the Western Cape – from Langa, Mitchells Plain, the Southern Suburbs, Bellville, Kuilsriver, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, to mention a few.
Although a diverse group from various back grounds and cultures, they had one unifying goal and that was to learn music – and learn from the best in the world they did!

The course consisted of a series of intense educational and performance workshops (group lectures, ensemble and individual work) and was designed to develop, shape and elevate a young person’s musical skills and pursuits.
YME took a hands-on, holistic approach which included focus sessions in psychology, marketing, music business and etiquette. This spoke to the conduct of the musician as an individual and a business person. Focus was placed on South African music history and culture, local infl uences and compositions, in order to help students understand and nurture their individual voice and playing style.

On Sunday 8 March the selected YME Youth Band performed as opening act for Karen Zoid and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the Karen Zoid 20 Years Pops Concert at the Toyota US Woordfees at Coetzenburg Stadium. The YME initiative was curated by Gavin Minter, Director of Real Wired Music, Schalk Joubert, Music Director of the CTMA and Dr Andrew Lilley, Deputy Head of the Department of Music at UCT.

International lectures included some of Sweden’s top jazz professionals – Fredrik Norén, lead trumpeter and musical director of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, award-winning sax player Fredrik Kronkvist, from the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and considered one of Europe’s fi nest alto sax players, and young star drummer, Adam Ross, and from Germany, Martin Zenker, lecturer in jazz bass at Munich University and honorary professor in Jazz at the Mongolian State Conservatory.

Heading the YMD programme curriculum development was UCT’s South African College of Music (SACM) Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department, Dr Andrew Lilly. He was supported by twice Metro Award winner and UCT master’s degree graduate in vocal studies (cum laude), Nomfundo Xaluva, guitarist par excellence Reza Khota and Mandisi Dyantyis, international touring vocalist/trumpeter and musical director for the theatre company, Isango Ensemble. Cape Jazz legend, Hilton Shilder gave a lecture on Cape Jazz and Ghoema. UCT Head of Jazz Studies, Amanda Tiffi n delivered a special guest lecture on gender based equality in music.
Entry to the workshop was free of charge and open to all – prospective participants had to submit videos to the curators and places were awarded according to the individual’s level and potential.

The CTMA was supported by the Toyota US Woordfees and the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Aff airs and Sport. The event was hosted at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.