Music centre hit hard by robbery

Babalwa Mentjies, Khayelitsha

The Institute for Indigenous Music and Arts Development (IMAD) provides – principally at this stage – access to music education and performance.

We operate in Khayelitsha and Lansdowne and currently teach more than 200 young people. We have been doing this for a long time and our premier band Little Giants are in their 20th year.

Some ex-Little Giants are making it big on the stages of Europe and the US.

We do good. So it saddens me to come to you my friends with an appeal. At 5am yesterday morning, Saturday November 2, our instrument store at the Eluxolweni Primary School in Khayelitsha was broken into and following is the list of musical instruments stolen from our storage container: six trumpets, five saxophones, five trombones, two keyboards, a drumkit, cymbals and stands, two acoustic guitars, one guitar amp and two bass amps.

The kids are preparing for an end-of-year concert and this really impacts their ability to prepare. It impacts our ability to teach. It takes away something important from kids who have so little to start with. So this is an appeal. If anyone has some instruments that are collecting dust because our kids have lost interest or for whatever reason, please, consider donating by them to IMAD.

For more information, Babalwa 079 874 5769.