Local guitar maestro’s Spanish odyssey

Pietermaritzburg’s talented young guitarist Luthando Jackson, who has touched and inspired many souls with his impressive self-taught musical talent, is set to fly the South African flag high as he undertakes a musical journey to Spain.

Luthando Jackson performing at his sendoff ceremony

Luthando Jackson performing at his send-off ceremony on Thursday at Epworth Prep School

The 10-year-old Epworth Preparatory School pupil started the new term with good news when he received an invite from the Association Camino Artes to attend an intensive six day workshop for classical guitarists from July 25 to July 30.

The workshop aims to provide the Grade 5 pupil with much needed exposure in order to master his talent.

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality and the Msunduzi Municipality who have been behind Jackson’s success ensured they were present at his official send-off on Thursday at the school.

District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee who presented the youngster with outdoor gear, including a bag and cap, said they were behind his success every step of the way and admired him being an inspiration to many.

“It’s an honour and privilege to be here because Luthando is indeed an inspiration to us all. You brought so much joy to us and it would have been a crime if we did not pave the way for you,” said Bhamjee.

Last year, Jackson’s natural talent and ability was rewarded when he was presented with musical equipment by the Msunduzi Municipality.  The maestro shot to fame in May last year when he performed with renowned guitarist James Grace in a number of venues including the Tatham Art Gallery.

Bhamjee urged the youngster to enjoy his international experience and  to also remain humble. He also advised Jackons’s peers to follow in his footsteps.

“Spain is a very beautiful country with many places to visit such as Barcelona but make sure you do not lose focus. You are now the custodian of the school and I advise everyone in this school to follow in his footsteps to be inspired in their talents,” Bhamjee motivated.

Luthando Jackson sharing moment with his family and Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee

Luthando Jackson sharing a moment with his family and uMgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee

Luthando’s mother Thandeka Jackson said her son’s love for music started at the tender age of seven when he wanted to be a rock star.

“I was worried when he said he wanted to be rock star until he wanted a guitar as a present for his 10th birthday,” she said.

Before taking guitar lessons, Luthando taught himself the string instrument by listening to CDs and instructions by watching Youtube.

As the school enjoys a lot of musical growth, according to David Orr, Epworth prep school Principal Reynard White thanked the municipalities for their intervention.

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