Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Africa Launches Newest Community Outreach Project for Singers

In recent months, a sixteen year-old boy named Tshiamo from South Africa, after finding me online, reached out for help .

In order for me to do a voice assessment, he sang a couple of lines from the John Legend song All Of Me, it wasn’t impressive, but I saw a lot of potential in his voice. He only needed the training.

He said that he really wanted to be a good singer. It was his dream, he said, but he couldn’t afford my fees. I went on to ask him what voice coaches in South Africa generally charged and he said they charged around US$35 an hour and that his mother simply couldn’t afford that. Mind you, I was asking for far less.

And so I offered to train him on pro bono via Skype. He couldn’t believe it. He sent me a voice note just to thank me (very sweet) and I could feel the emotion and excitement in his voice. He was SO elated!

It is this sort of reaction that spurs me on to keep helping people who’ve got the talent but cannot afford to hire a voice coach. The boy from South Africa came on board with a once-a-week Skype sessions schedule and his transformation is incredible. Everybody around him has noticed the difference in his voice, including all of his schoolmates and teachers. In fact, he is now regularly asked to sing solo at assembly in school.

This is just one of the many success stories from youngsters who’ve greatly benefited from my unconditional help and support. I do it for the love of helping others, but I know I can do even better with YOUR support.

And here’s how you can help.

I have just created a fundraiser project on crowd-funding platform Fundly, Hashtagged #VocalsQuickFixAfrica, and the aim is to raise money that will go towards providing private one-one-one voice lessons to young people in Africa, coupled with hosting Masterclass sessions in major cities across the African continent. Needless to say, donations will go towards covering logistical expenses and learning material.

Feeling a little generous?

Please click the Donate button below and kindly share this blog post with all your friends and colleagues. I thank you for your kindness.

JOETT – Voice Coach & Author
101 Letters from a Vocal Coach

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