Minister Pallo Jordan announces major plan to buy a recording studio for local musicians

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15 Apr 2009

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan will announce plans in purchasing Downtown Studios in Johannesburg to turn it into a creative powerhouse for the creation and development of a uniquely South African musical sound.

This is part of the government’s creative industries strategies to help artists, especially musicians, not only to consider their discipline as a business enterprise but create opportunities for employment and economic self-reliance.

The event will take place on Friday 17 April 2009 at Downtown Studios, 62 Goud Street corner of Fox Street in Johanneburg from 10,30am.

“There is no doubt that South African music is loved by the people of the world as has been shown by the international recognition and success of musicians like Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Soweto Gospel Choir to name just a few.

“The establishment of a home for artists to not only create but own their own music will provide the much needed boost to the development and growth of the music sector as an important part to create jobs and fight poverty and unemployment,” said Jordan. 

For further details, call Sandile Memela, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Arts & Culture at 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 903 6778.