The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band leave for Carnegie Hall in New York next week. The 56 member group under the baton of Russel Scott is the first African ensemble to be invited to perform on the most famous musical stage in the world. They gave a spectacular send-off concert at Durban's Playhouse on Sunday afternoon. The 600 strong audience drawn from all communities told a powerful story of social cohesion in our province.
MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Ravi Pillay along with MEC for Arts and Culture Bongi Sithole-Moloi and Ethekwini Mayor Councillor Zandile Gumede have actively championed and supported the tour. Describing the KZNYWB as reflecting "the rich tapestry of our nation", Pillay paid tribute to their ability to bring people together as the country celebrates the year of Oliver Tambo. Tambo he said was a statesman, a unifier and a musician who was one of the key architects of our democratic society.