It is 18 years since the Music Academy of Gauteng was established mainly for the sole purpose of nurturing and developing young musical Talent. As Founder Director of the Music School I have marvelled along with my colleagues at our proteges who are amongst the rising Star Jazz Players in South Africa.
I have always believed that “At the end of the Rainbow theres a Pot of Gold" and that Gold is our Young Graduates who are being hailed as the future custodians of our Arts mainly in the arena of the Music World. The names of MALCOM JIYANE (Trombone and Piano), MTHUNZI MVUBU (Woodwinds), NTHABISENG MOKOENA (Woodwinds) and MPHO MABOGOANE (Trombone) plus Saxophonists HLUBI VAKALISA, OSCAR KGWARE and OSCAR RACHABANE are a few of the Young Musicians who have started carving their names in the Music Industry.
Through the years we have been host to numerous Overseas Jazz Professors who conducted workshops and master-classes to our students.Their response to the levels of talent shown by our students has been that of excellent, positive praise. Our official Gauteng Jazz Orchestra is another valuable platform on which our top students serve their Internship by playing alongside Great Mzantsi (RSA) Jazz Maestros.
The Music Academy of Gauteng is one of the few remaining Community-Based Music Education (NGO) schools. The school is providing a much needed arts education for youth coming from disadvantaged families and Informal Settlements.
The school has a team of dedicated musicians who strive at all times to teach and inspire our young musically talented youth. Let me mention that the school is grateful to the continuing support it receives from government, corporate companies, and individuals both locally and overseas.I thank you all R.J. MEKOA (Dr) B.Mus (NATAL) M.Mus (INDIANA-USA) Hon Doc (UP) Hon Doc (UNISA) FOUNDER DIRECTOR
Johnny Mekoa was born in Benoni ke Twatwa on the 11th April 1945. He was first taught trumpet by his late brother Fred "Mbuzi" Mekoa who played alongside Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwanga in the mid-50’s. Johnny was founder of the famous jazz ministers whose musical director was the late Victor "Madoda" Ndlazilwane. He played alongside the late early Mabuza, Barney Rachabane, Pat Matshikiza and Ernest Mothle.