Mokale Koapeng: music chose me

first_img21 January 2011 Humility is not a trait one normally associates with world-renowned musicians. For Mokale Koapeng, it seems to come naturally. Either that, or the conductor, director, lecturer and composer just doesn’t have the time to fit it into his schedule. Not only does Koapeng lecture at Wits University, he is also the first composer-in-residence of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, among all his other projects. Born in Orlando West, in Soweto in 1963, he was exposed to music at a young age. His father was a chorister and gave all seven of his children the opportunity to study music. Koapeng was the only one of them who asked to learn music, though, and he began by asking to be taught how to play the piano. “I took the initiative, but I was in a musical environment,” he says. His favourite quote is by Leonard Bernstein, the famous American composer and conductor: “I didn’t choose music, music chose me.” It sums up his attitude to what has become a successful career. “I feel like I was destined to be involved in music,” Koapeng says. “I find playing music to be an outlet for expressing my thoughts, emotions and state at any given time. But I also find listening to it soothing and good for redirecting my energy.” However, he is quick to point out that there is a big difference between good and bad music, describing bad music as “something that the creator didn’t put much effort into”. Koapeng has worked with a wide variety of national and international musicians and groups, including Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela and British vocal group I Fagiolini. He has also composed music for the National Symphony Orchestra; University of Pretoria Chorale; Musicatreize, the French instrumental and vocal ensemble; the Sontonga String Quartet; and the Unisa Foundation Youth Orchestra.Collaboration He considers I Fagiolini his favourite collaboration. “It was the first association that put South African indigenous music and Western music on a par. It was wonderful working with a group specialising in Western music that embraced indigenous music, so much so that they started commissioning pieces after the collaboration was over.” And if he had to select one thing to be remembered by, it would be this partnership and the resulting work, the internationally successful CD, Simunye. Another career highlight was composing and conducting the world premiere of Cantus in Memoria ’76 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976. “The issues around 1976 are emotional for all South Africans, but blacks in particular. Because I was there at the time, when it was commissioned, it was not just an academic exercise or artistic enterprise,” he says. “I had flashbacks of running from the cops and being in Uncle Tom’s Hall in Orlando West, hearing gunshots and realising the struggle was a matter of life and death. “I just hope that the music did justice to the poetry of what happened that day.” The challenge of making his compositions accessible is one that Koapeng regards philosophically. He has found that people not involved in music have embraced his work more than musicians because “musicians have to discard their own emotional baggage before they can enjoy the songs”.Composer “It is not a popularity contest, though. It is my artistic expression on a journey to discover new things.” This, he hopes, stems from his admiration for Mozart. To him, the Austrian artist was an innovative composer who always looked to discover the new and unexplored. This similarity may have contributed to his appointment as the first composer-in-residence of the JIMF, though he certainly does not see it this way. “I don’t subscribe to being a ‘first’ for anything; it’s an accident of history,” he says of his appointment. “There is nothing unique about me being the one chosen. It’s more a possibility of being in the right place at the right time.” He is looking forward to what opportunities may come from this role, which already include “new things tried in the commissioned work [Dipesalema tsa Dafita]”. This piece will have its world premiere on 27 January at the Linder Auditorium, as part of the opening ceremony of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF). The festival will run until 13 February at the auditorium at Wits’ Education Campus in Parktown. He says his role as composer-in-residence will be a challenge he will enjoy, but which he will happily pass on next year as he has “no intention of being the Mugabe or Gbagbo of the JIMF”. The multi-tasking musician does not make music for recognition, but rather focuses on what he considers to be his lifelong project: “to be a good teacher, composer and human being. I am a project on my own, trying to get myself right as a father, neighbour and artist.” Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Stone Lab scholarships for school groups

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, are offering six scholarships to school groups from grades 5-12 for a one-day Lake Erie Science Field Trip at the lab on Gibraltar Island. The application deadline is April 30, 2017, and field trips will be scheduled for September and October of 2017.“We’ve received some very generous funding from The Andrews Foundation to make these trips possible for students who may otherwise not be able to experience a day as a Lake Erie scientist,” said Dr. Kristen Fussell, Ohio Sea Grant’s research development and grants manager. “Applications from northeast Ohio and from those with the greatest financial need will be considered first, but the scholarship is open to any science teachers with students in grades 5-12.”The scholarship covers the full cost of a one-day Stone Lab Science Field Trip for 36 students and their six chaperones, lunch on the island, and transportation from the Miller Ferry dock in Port Clinton to the lab.Teachers will also be reimbursed for transportation to the Miller Ferry dock and for substitute teacher payments the day of the field trip (up to $760).Scholarship details and a link to the online application are available at on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, which is dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information, visit read more

ReadWriteWeb’s New Look: Better-Looking Content, Better Commenting, Better Sharing, Better Cowbell

first_imgIntroducing Disqus commenting Tags:#community#Features#web Related Posts seamus condron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… More sharing optionsIn the example below, you’ll notice that there are now sharing options available to you in the post preview. For our main channel stories, we’re including the latest share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and our newest addition, StumbleUpon. For our six additional content channels, we’ll be experiementing with new share buttons from popular tech sites including Reddit and Hacker News. On the bottom of each story, you have additional sharing choices available including email, print, and additional ShareThis options. We’ll be constantly monitoring the performance of each service and adjust the buttons based on what our community interacts with the most. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img This is huge. After getting by for a long time on Movable Type’s native commenting, we’re thrilled to be launching Disqus site-wide today. In the short few weeks that Disqus has been running in beta on some of our content channels, the increase in conversation has been evident. The even better news is that since we’re running the VIP version of Disqus, we have an arsenal of tools that will make the experience even better, including rich analytics and insights that will help us better understand how you consume and interact with our stories. We’ll also have the ability to really pimp the aesthetics. What you’re seeing now is a fairly out-of-the-box Disqus implementation, but in the coming weeks you’ll start noticing very cool tweaks and hacks. In the meantime, we encourage you to take full advantage by logging in with your Disqus account or through one of the many authentication options including Twitter, Facebook and OpenID. Beginning in 2011, we’re going to begin showcasing our most active community members in all kinds of fun ways. So while you’ll still be able to comment anonymously, having a commenting identity (complete with a snazzy avatar) will definitely have its advantages. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More cowbell coming!While everyone here is excited about today’s launch of new features, what you’re seeing is only phase one. We’d love your feedback on this round of enhancements, and if you’ve got suggestions for future ones, please leave them in the comments. A big thank you to our tech team for making this all happen! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As you sit down for another glorious day of tech news and analysis from ReadWriteWeb, you may have noticed that we’ve given our homepage and other aspects of the site a spiffy new upgrade. For many weeks we’ve been thinking of (and coding) better ways to deliver our content to you, as well as a better way to engage and discuss that content. We’re please to officially debut those improvements today! We’ve written this handy overview of what you see.Better optimization for timely and popular storiesWhether a story is hot off the wire or just plain hot, you’ll know it with our special new “Top Story”, “Breaking” and ‘Featured” badges.New story capsulesRight below the first story on the RWW homepage, you’ll see a much-improved visual capsule featuring some of our newest and most popular stories. Sharp!last_img read more

Letran Knights pull through for injured Ambohot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran personified what the next man up creed is all about on Tuesday.After one of its key players in Jeo Ambohot went down with an injury against San Sebastian, the Knights did not see it as a setback.ADVERTISEMENT It was a moment for them to come together and rally behind their fallen knight.READ: Letran withstands San Sebastian in OTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was sad to see Jeo go down. When he went out I just thought I needed to double my effort because he’s a big part of our team,” said star guard Rey Nambatac.Nambatac delivered 23 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double, to lead Letran over San Sebastian in overtime for its fourth consecutive win. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Nambatac also got plenty of help with JP Calvo and Jerrick Balanza stepping up.Calvo wound up with 12 points, including a pair of go-ahead freebies in extra time, eight assists and a crucial steal as he and Balanza came up big in the endgame.Balanza blocked a last-second shot by Stags forward Michael Calisaan at the end of regulation before sinking the game-sealing free throws with 26.9 seconds left in OT.“I just really wanted to win for Jeo,” Calvo said in Filipino.Ambohot was having quite a game with 11 points and eight rebounds before he sustained a right wrist injury following a nasty spill at the 5:48 mark of the third period.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’ He had to be taken to the hospital right away to have his wrist, which was believed to be dislocated.“Hoping for the best for Jeo. Rest assured that kid will not give up and whatever the result, he will be with us,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Ambohot. LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READcenter_img NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights PLAY LIST 02:11NCAA Season 93 Preview: Letran Knights00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Americas Next Top Model Alums Unite to Support Great Cause

first_imgNew York Times bestselling author Nigel Barker, two-time finalist and All-Star of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Dominique Reighard, and the first ANTM male winner, Keith Carlos, united to support In Christy’s Shoes 7th Annual Sole Celebration on May 14 in Columbus, OH.America’s Next Top Model first male winner, Keith Carlos, America’s Next Top Model two-time finalist and All-Star, Dominique Reighard, and New York Times bestselling author Nigel BarkerCredit/Copyright: Dominique ReighardThe night featured a fashion show with the latest trends in footwear from DSW and apparel styles by Express, as well as a silent auction highlighting autographed celebrity shoes. The added participation from the ANTM celebrities helped make the Sole Celebration a must-attend event. As a committee member, Dominique Reighard contributed on and off stage as well as by inviting her friends Barker and Carlos to attend the event. Dominique developed the fashion show by helping with the selection of the models and styles featured on the runway; Nigel Barker signed copies of his latest book Models of Influence; and all three alumni offered their expert coaching to the participating models in addition to mixing and mingling with guests throughout the night.“The show could not have gone any better and it was great to have ‘three generations’ of Top Models show up to support such a great cause,” Reighard said. “But what is really important is that we got the message out there. In Christy’s Shoes strives to show women that they can face anything with confidence and be strong and powerful. It’s easy to tell someone to ‘stand tall,’ but that confidence has to come from a place of self-love and compassion. We have to inspire them to find that light inside of themselves to face the next challenge.”In Christy’s Shoes celebrates the life of Christy Levy Peters who lost her battle with terminal brain cancer at the age of 34. The organization’s mission is to inspire women in challenging circumstances to walk in their shoes with confidence, strength and stability. In Christy’s Shoes accomplishes this by supporting women on their journey of personal growth through collaborating with non-profit partners that support and lift up women in challenging circumstances including Amethyst, Dress for Success Columbus and Zusman Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village.“We’re beyond grateful that Dominique, Nigel and Keith were willing to lend their support to the cause, help get our message out and make this truly a memorable event for all involved,” said Christy’s twin sister and In Christy’s Shoes Founder, Katrina Levy Zidel.For more information on In Christy’s Shoes, please visit Newswirelast_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer back from 02 start to season

A slow start might have been disastrous for the Ohio State women’s soccer team. But senior forward Tiffany Cameron said the team’s early morning wake-up calls helped the Buckeyes recover from losses in each of their first two games. “We started off the season pretty slow, and then we got punished for that and we had to wake up at 6 a.m. for practice, it was crazy,” Cameron said. “Coach wanted to show us the will to win and what it takes to win and we just snapped out of it.” OSU has won the last seven of eight games and coach Lori Walker is pleased with the team’s growth and thinks they are improving a little more every day. “Our goal is to get a little bit better every single day and so I would say we have made a lot of progress,” Walker said. “The challenges we are presented with game to game are different because the opponents present different challenges, and we’ve finally gotten to a place where we are reading problems as they are thrown to us on the field and doing a much better job of solving them.” Similarly, junior midfielder Danica Wu said she thinks they are doing a great job connecting as a team. “We are getting better every game and we are connecting much better,” Wu said. “We give it our all and learn from our games and hopefully we keep doing that.” Cameron said the team’s biggest strength has been its will to win. “We have came out to every game ready to play and work our hardest,” Cameron said. “We are at a really good place right now.” Cameron, a Mississauga, Ontario, product, has scored nine of the team’s 14 goals this season. The hot start puts her at 28 goals and 68 points in her career, which stand seventh and tied for 6th, respectively, in OSU history. “I set a goal for myself to score at least 20 goals this season,” Cameron said. “I want to break the record and I can’t do that without our team and coming out hard everyday and practice.” As the Buckeyes prepare for their 8 p.m. game Thursday against Penn State, Cameron said the strategy against the Nittany Lions is to keep the team connected. “This practice we worked on being on the same page and finding open space because they play with three back,” Cameron said. “We need to have a lot of wide space to expose them.” Walker said the game will be a back-and-forth battle. “You need to contain your opponents’ top personalities and certainly Penn State has many and we need to make sure we have our attack as well,” Walker said. “The piece about Penn State is that they are scoring a lot of goals but they are also vulnerable and giving up some goals.” Cameron, a senior, said she’s especially ready for this year’s contest. “It’s my senior year, we always come out to battle and they are the best in our conference besides us,” Cameron said. “We always give them a run for their money.” The Buckeyes’ matchup against the Nittany Lions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium will be televised live on Big Ten Network. read more

Batshuayi confirms his season is over

first_imgBorussia Dortmund loan star Michy Batshuayi has admitted that his season is now “probably over” after sustaining an ankle injury during their defeat to rivals Schalke 04 over the weekendThe Belgium international had to be taken off on a stretcher after a challenge by Schalke’s Benjamin Stambouli.Batshuayi later took to Twitter to inform fans that his season is now most likely over with his prospects of making the World Cup for Belgium currently uncertain.“Well its not good news for now, my season is probably over, and i wont be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence … Thank you all the amazing amount of love I received since yesterday. Wishing my teammates the best for the final days. See you soon” wrote the 24 year-old.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Well its not good news for now, my season is probably over, and i wont be able to pay @BVB back for their confidence … ?? Thank you all the amazing amount of love I received since yesterday. Wishing my teammates the best for the final days. See you soon ??— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) 16 April 2018The forward had enjoyed a superb start at Dortmund, since arriving on the final day of the January transfer window on a loan deal from Chelsea, and had scored seven goals in his 10 appearances in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

Loris Karius I was never told to leave by Liverpool

first_imgLoris Karius has denied he was ever told by Liverpool to leave this summerThe German goalkeeper ended a two-year stay at Anfield this summer for a move to Turkish giants Besiktas on loan after Liverpool signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma.The decision to sign the Brazil international came after Karius’ mistakes in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in May’s Champions League final.“It was a super season with a very unfortunate end, but you must get over it,” Karius told Bild.“I knew that I must get up again and not hide and only concern myself with the past. It was a super team performance to just reach the final. Nobody can take that away from me. Not many German keepers can say they’ve played in a Champions League final.“A lot of things came together that day, and even though nobody wants to hear about it, you will never know how much my mistakes were connected to the injury which was diagnosed later. That’s no excuse — just an explanation.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.A possible explanation for Karius’ mistakes at Kiev could come through a concussion he suffered after Sergio Ramos’ elbow hit him.The Real Madrid captain never apologised to Karius afterwards and the German admitted he watched the footage several times for the next two weeks.“For one [or] two weeks, it was on my mind every day,” he said.“You sometimes don’t understand how a situation like that can happen,” he said. “I wanted to understand it better and that’s why I watched everything again that night and the following day.”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained his reasons for parting with Karius were nothing personal.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard delighted with Allan McGregors second spell at Rangers

first_imgRangers manager might not have personally identified McGregor prior to his emergence as manager but he is happy to have endorsed the deal as McGregor has saved the club severally over the past five months.The Rangers shot-stopper was brilliant on Thursday in the Club’s Europa League tie against Villarreal on a night when his defence was shaky. McGregor twice denied Villareal’s Karl Toko Ekambi in one-to-one situations to secure a vital point for Rangers.Gerrard was quoted on Daily Mail: ”I can’t believe we got Allan for free. I think it was a stroke of genius from Mark Allen,”‘You need to take age and everything into consideration now but if you could knock a decade off Allan, he would be worth a hell of a lot of money.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He could comfortably be part of most teams. To achieve in the biggest games in any league, you need a top goalie. That is the foundation you build on.””When I decided to take over, that’s an area I was keen to add to. Speaking to our recruitment team, when I knew McGregor was available and keen to come back – desperate to come back – it was a no-brainer for me.”On their upcoming fixtures, Gerrard continued:“When we came back from the international break, we saw this period right up to the Celtic game as a really tough period. But it is full of exciting games, games the players should enjoy and look forward to playing in.”‘The next two fixtures are big for us, six important points, but we need to focus on Hearts first. It would be nice to sit top after the weekend but we have to earn the right. You get nothing this early for it.”last_img read more