When the Casterbridge Music Development Academy (CMDA) opened its doors in 2010, the idea was to provide a platform for local children, especially from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to develop an interest in music and the performing arts: an idea that we hoped would impact their lives positively.
The result has been phenomenal. Suddenly, we’re seeing a revolutionary change in the community. Young adults in Kabokweni and surrounds are starting to harness their talents and take charge of their futures.
In the last few years, we’ve produced a high calibre of musicians and bands who can boast to having performed alongside international act Ali Campbell (UB40), as well as several local South African greats. When they’re not rubbing shoulders with the stars, they spend all their free time prepping for performances at corporate, private and public events, including several local festivals like the popular Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees.