PMB’s classical guitar prodigy goes to Spain

EPWORTH School’s Luthando Jackson (10), jetted off to Spain on Monday, 25 July, to participate in a classical guitar workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Camino de Santiago in Palencia.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality mayor Yusuf Bhamjee was at the send off for Luthando, which was held last week at Epworth’s chapel.

Bhamjee praised Luthando on his achievements and abilities and reminded him that he is representing the country at the prestigious event.

“You have been blessed and brought joy and happiness to us - it would be a crime not to assist you. You will be rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most talented people, so celebrate every second of it,” said Bhamjee.

Luthando was invited by the CaminoArtes Association and will spend six days in an intensive workshop until 30 July where he will be exposed to performance, technique, styles and music theory. He will also participate in master classes and ensembles.

The workshop is being hosted by Dr Federico Sheppard, director of the CaminoArtes Association and Dr Rene Izquierdo, associate professor of classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. As part of the workshop, Luthando will also perform for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Luthando is a self-taught guitarist who learnt to play the guitar at the age of seven by listening to CDs and watching YouTube instruction videos. He joined Epworth last year in order to benefit from its music programme.

“As uMgungundlovu District Municipality we are proud to be associated with him and recognise such great talent. This gesture is befitting especially in Mandela Month, and the love Madiba had for children.

“As the district we want to see our youth become role models, and urge our children to stay in school, live healthy lifestyles and stay away from drugs and other illegal activities,” said Bhamjee.

“As the district we want to see our youth become role models, and urge our children to stay in school, live healthy lifestyles and stay away from drugs and other illegal activities,”