The Indigenous Dance and Music Programme commenced in June 2015 and concluded in December 2016. The project was made possible by a generous grant from the National Lotteries Commission. As a direct result of the impact of this project, Lerata and The Tjhabelang Marimba Band were formed.
The learners of Tjhabelang Primary School and other previously disadvantaged children/youths, situated in and outside the demographic region of Bainsvlei, were exposed to a variety of heritage-focused, creative arts activities. These included traditional song and dance activities, circle drumming, creating traditional musical instruments and clothing and learning to play the marimba and other percussion instruments.
Considering the success and the impact of the initial programme, we continue to seek financial support in order to expand The Indigenous Dance and Music Programme. This will enable us to build on the established foundation of the initial initiative and to have a greater short- and long term impact.
The ultimate goal of the heritage-based arts and culture programme is to develop the character and competence of the disadvantaged children/youths through providing ongoing guidance, instruction and encouragement.