2014 SAMRO/RIESA Special Undergraduate Bursaries Announced

SAMRO/RIESA  bursaries are awarded on an annual basis, to meritorious undergraduate students of music at South African universities.

The 2014 SAMRO/RIESA Special Undergraduate Bursaries were awarded to four exceptionally talented music students who have displayed talent, fervor and have great potential to succeed on the world stage. These special bursaries help music students achieve their dreams and aim towards having a strong foothold in the music industry.

Each one is awarded R20000 and the students are selected from various nominations given by the different universities in the region.

The SAMRO picks the most deserving of them and the amount is also part of a generous contribution made by the Roodepoort International Eisteddfod of SA (RIESA).

The 2014 winners are as follows:

-Nelisiwe Maliwa is 2nd-year student in African music (singing and dancing) at the Walter Sisulu University

-Nomapostile Nyiki: 3rd-year student in African music (singing and dancing) at the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town

-Amy Campbell: 4th-year student in jazz (piano and voice) at the SA College of Music, University of Cape Town

-Thembinkosi Magagula: 2nd-year student in Western Art Music (voice) at North West University

To quote some of the winners on achieving this recognition:

To quote Noma, “I lost my parents in 2012 and it has been tough for me to study and devote my attention to pursuit of my passion-my music. This award and its financial boost has brought back meaning into my life giving me an opportunity to pursue my passion and make it in the world of music which is my ambition.” Noma is an exceptional dancer, composer, singer and a poet who is blazing new heights in indigenous music with the ability to play musical instruments like the drums, uhadi, mbira, umrhube.

In the words of another recipient, Amy Campbell, “I am overjoyed at being selected for this honor and this support by the SAMRO Foundation is just what I needed to further my ambition. Receiving this is a testimony to all the hard work put in over the years and I am determined to make the SAMRO Foundation proud with my diligence and success in the future.”

“We respect young musical talent and our bursaries are aimed to help them achieve their potential on the world stage. Talent is hard to find and we are keen to contribute to the growth of South African music by helping these talented students financially, so they can study and shape their talent to become exponential professionals,” said a representative from the SAMRO Foundation.

The SAMRO Foundation works towards encouraging exceptional musical talent in South Africa and awards the special SAMRO/RIESA bursaries to deserving students on an annual basis. The music study bursaries consists of R10000 each and two overseas scholarships of R170 000 each.

Opportunely, the bequest of this crucial and prominent youth music competition has managed to live on through the special 2014 SAMRO/RIESA Bursaries for undergraduate students who specialize in music performance in western art music genres, traditional/folk and jazz genres. These bursaries are basically financed by the interest on the capital investment of the legacy.

For Detail information go through the official site.