Cape Town musician returns home with Global Peace Song Award for Mandela homage

Trumpeter Darren English grew up in Strandfontein, his music studies later taking him to Norway and the United States. Now he's returned to Cape Town from Los Angeles with the Global Peace Song Award in the jazz category under his belt.

He tells Jeremy van Wyk about how as a schoolboy, he graduated from playing the tambourine to playing the trumpet.

I played tambourine for six months, so just picture me with a mushroom haircut and a tambourine in a bright blue uniform, super embarrassing, and I was like, man, I want to play a real instrument.

Darren English, Award-winning musician

During his time in the US, English recorded an album in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014.

After its release in 2016 and nominations for various awards, it was put through for the Global Peace Song which awards musicians who compose music for peace.

The trumpeter's 'Imagination Suite' features on the album and was composed to pay homage to Nelson Mandela and the struggle to end apartheid. `

The first movement is Imagination, the second movement is Pledge for Peace which won the award and the third is the birth. So Imagination is the nation that Nelson Mandela imagined...the birth is the birth of the new nation. This was all written before he passed away so it wasn't a marketing strategy.

Darren English, Award-winning musician

Back in Cape Town, English is committed to creating more opportunities for young jazz musicians in the mother city.

Myself and my wonderful manager, Shadow Twala, we're working on things in Europe at the moment and the States. We just did a concert on Thursday in town... we're looking to do these shows once a month and we have some awesome people on board and we are talking to quite a few bands.

Darren English, Award-winning musician

So that we can work on having Cape Town be the amazing city that it is musically as well.

Darren English, Award-winning musician

After listening to his award-winning song, an emotional English had some words of encouragement for young musicians.

Just keep at it. Again, when opportunities arise, take it, even if you feel it's something that's not your genre. I think the modern-day musician needs to be versatile.

Darren English, Award-winning musician

Listen to the full interview and a performance of the award-winning song below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Could latest allegations spell the end for ANC's Ace?

Could latest allegations spell the end for ANC's Ace?

A report on Tuesday claims the ruling party will investigate its secretary-general for alleged involvement in formation of ATM.

Arms deal review: 'Crucial evidence ignored, witnesses not allowed to testify'

Arms deal review: 'Crucial evidence ignored, witnesses not allowed to testify'

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela and activist Terry Crawford-Brown look at the arguments brought by civic organisations.

'A child without a car seat doesn't stand a chance in a crash'

'A child without a car seat doesn't stand a chance in a crash'

Wheel Wells founder Peggie Mars discusses keeping children safe on and near our roads.

Release full Ramaphosa-Bosasa report, DA tells Public Protector

Release full Ramaphosa-Bosasa report, DA tells Public Protector

Opposition chief whip John Steenhuisen refutes allegations the party's interest is to get ammunition against the president.

Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

The author says his book is part of challenge young black South Africans set him to do 'white work' about effects of apartheid.

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

A specialist attorney explains the process of trying to change a no-pet rule and how to address problems with 'nuisance' animals.

Popular articles
I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Simon Brown, Financial Educator at Just One Lap.

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

Advertisers traditionally warn against working with children. In this ad it works beautifully, says ad expert Andy Rice.

Court orders Gupta-linked Trillian to pay back R600 million to Eskom

Court orders Gupta-linked Trillian to pay back R600 million to Eskom

It also ordered the company to pay for all the costs of the application. Bruce Whitfield interviews EWN’s Clement Manyathela.

You’re almost certainly – no matter what you believe - crap at investing

You’re almost certainly – no matter what you believe - crap at investing

Data shows that almost everyone sucks at investing, says Warren Ingram. Here's how to avoid shooting yourself in the foot.

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

On May 7, the Land Claims Court heard an application to have the eviction of Nomabongo Sweetness May and her family rescinded.

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Staff and guests at Durbanville's Ruslamere hotel were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze on Tuesday morning.

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says after affidavits taken and charges laid, Al-Noor orphanage has been deregistered.

BP could be fined millions for illegally building 17 petrol stations

BP could be fined millions for illegally building 17 petrol stations

The case against international petroleum giant was brought by environmental group Uzani Environmental Advocacy.