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SU jazz concert helps raise money for Stellenbosch Work Centre

by Kirthana Pillay

The Stellenbosch University (SU) Jazz band led by Felicia Lesch hosted a virtual concert on 20 September 2020. 

The concert was in celebration of women and featured vocal performances from Zinzi Carolissen and Anneli Kamfer. 

Carolissen who is a student of the Berklee college of music, expressed that her interest in women empowerment and anti-gender-based violence motivated her to perform at the concert for women. 

“I really have a passion for anti-gender-based violence and I’ve been so vocal about it on my social media,” said Carolissen. 

Carolissen also performed her own composition, Freedom, which is about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Stellenbosch Work Centre to benefit

Money raised during the show will be donated to the Stellenbosch Work Centre for Adult Persons with Disabilities. 

Before the concert, Felicia Lesch spoke to Mr Wilfred Daniels, the chairman of the board at the Stellenbosch Work Centre. 

According to Daniels, the Stellenbosch Work Centre depends on their grant from the Department of social development and their fundraising efforts which, apart from.the jazz concert, could not take place this year.

“It has been really challenging and that is why We are so appreciative for the universities jazz ensemble to have really gone out of their way to secure the funding to host this concert on our behalf,” Daniels said to Lesch. 

Excluding the small in-person audience, over 120 viewers tuned in to watch the show on Vimeo.


R 22 800 was raised from the Jazz Concert.