New beginning: Delft Big Band rise to fame

Delft is finally getting a good report as a local jazz band rise to fame. This week on new beginnings we look at a band that made it against all odds and made a difference in the community. We talk to Ian Smith the musical director of The Delft Big Band, one of South Africa’s top trumpeters, and the leader of jazz group, Virtual Jazz Reality. We also talk to Adelia Douw a female vocalist for the band.

The Delft Big Band, is an NGO that takes youngsters off the streets of Delft and give them a fresh new start to enable them to have a better life. This is the initiative of Department of Social Development targeting vulnerable youth from high schools and equipping them with valuable life-skills. The band is now performing internationally, performed for Prince Charles and Camilla, queen Silvia of Sweden, touring France and the international jazz festival.

Ian Smith was recruited by Social Development to run the project but after three months he was left to run the project by himself. The project was sustained by getting a small donations from local business people until a board of directors was formed recently.

Adelia joined the band at the age of 16 after she tagged along with a friend to one of the band's rehearsals. She is now the female vocalist of the band. After completing her matric in 2011 she went on to study performing arts and marketing. Her dreams are to become a solo artist and becoming a legend in the music industry. .

Being in the band has changed my life; I have seen places that I never thought I would see

Adelia Douw

Adelia recalls the day that she nearly got shot at her house by gangsters trying to break in. These are some of the challenges the band faces by operating in one of the most violent suburbs on the Cape Flats. the band has lost one turner saxophone due to lack of transport.

We are really hoping that at some stage a miracle will happen and someone or a company will donate a vehicle or a small bus to transport the band members easily

Ian Smith

Delft big band is launching their CD on the 05th of February. The show starts at 20:00 and ends at 22:00, all these will be happening at The Crypt jazz restaurant. And R85 will get you an entry to this beautiful show.

For more information and directions call: 079 683 4658

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