Savannah puts meaning into music

Savannah Faure is using social media to advertise the concert.

Savannah Faure has single-handedly organised a charity event for Saturday June 25 and all she needs now is for you to be there.

What makes the event special is that Savannah is only 18 years old.

This Constantia Waldorf School pupil has called the event “Music with Meaning” and says all funds raised will go to Zenzeleni Waldorf School in Khayelitsha, U-turn who provide food and shelter to Cape Towns’ homeless and to the Plumstead-based Meals on Wheels.

She said all Class 12 pupils are required to choose a project that is of interest and significance to them. “It’s a mega part of the schools’ curriculum. We’re given six months to research, create, explore and build anything we want,” she said earlier this week.

The class presentations are on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 22 and 23. Savannah’s very proud mum, Heather said in the past projects have ranged from renovating a kitchen, building a small sail boat to developing software, learning to salsa, climbing Kilimanjaro and training to become a paramedic. She describes the project as the pinnacle of the Waldorf curriculum and has in some instances influenced the future career choices made by pupils.

“It really gives them an opportunity to get a sense of how they are going to be involved in the world while still having the support of mentors,” said Heather.

Savannah’s project is titled Eighteen Ways to Nourish the Soul: one good deed or act of kindness for every year of her life.

Over the years Savannah has worked with the elderly and the physically disabled, interviewed people on their religious beliefs and learnt to meditate.

And with winter upon us, Savannah says most of us are lucky to have a roof over our heads but this is not the case for many in our country. “Music with Meaning is a chance to give back (to them) and have fun while doing it,” she says.

Asked what people can expect at the event, she said there is something for everyone. “If you enjoy good music, delicious food and helping those in need, then Music with Meaning is perfect for you. The vibrant music will fill the hall while the food, face-painting and henna stalls continue the festivities outside (under shelter if it is raining). It’s open to all ages and everyone is encouraged to bring along their children, aunt, uncle, ouma, oupa.”

Savannah says children from the Leliebloom Orphanage in Crawford, Athlone, will also be there to enjoy the day. Earlier this year she participated in an Interact event and met the children. “I was so taken with the kids that I wanted them to enjoy the day with us all,” said Savannah.

As for the bands, she says: “I’ve seen them all live and loved the energy they brought to the stage. I sent messages to all of them and in an instant they were in.”

Describing the bands she says Grassy Spark is a folk reggae set but with an extra vibe. Early Hours create a fresh blend of indie Britpop and Afro-rock with witty lyrics, jangly guitars, shuffling rhythm and a youthful energy onstage and off. Backdoor Amber are an up and coming indie rock band fresh out of school, and guaranteed to have everyone up and dancing.

Josh Riley of Grassy Spark said they are offering to sell a limited number of their EP, The Virtual Kids, for R70 each, donating R10 per sale to the event, with the remaining R60 going towards the cost of making and printing the EP. “This means that people who are unable to attend can support the fundraising,” said Josh.

The charity music event will be held at Constantia Waldorf School in Spaanschemat River Road from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are R50 for adults, R20 for children under 12 years and are on sale from SKA clothing stores in Kalk Bay, Claremont and Long Street and will also be on sale at the gate.

For more information, you can email savannahmichellefaure@ gmail.com

To secure/order an EP, email your name and contact details to: grassyspark@gmail.com