We are very excited about the year ahead and have got some big plans. The first exciting thing is that we were awarded NPO (Non Profit Organisation) status towards the end of December 2014. Our NPO Number is 146-689 NPO. This development allows us to formalize things and apply for government funding to enable us to start the "amaWolseley Cultural Association". Our plans here are to source a venue in the town of Wolseley and to use the current band members to pass on their skills to another group of aspirant marimba band players. We will source a second set of marimbas for this purpose and the current members will earn an income whilst training. This will ensure that there will forever be the wonderful sounds of marimbas ringing through the Witzenberg Valley. Once this is up and running, we can look to drumming circles and many other activities.
When we asked the group what they would like to achieve in 2015, the answeres were as follows:
Travel to Australia
Go back to LA
Travel to basically anywhere
Participate in "South Africa has got talent"
Cut another CD with more songs
Participate in the Cape Town Marimba Festival in April
We will see how many of these boxes we can tick in the coming year, but whatever happens we are sure it will be positive and upward from here for these members and others of their community.
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