Some of these young people are members of the Fezeka School choir, who were part of a film project called Fezeka’s Voice. (The film portrays the story of a school teacher’s devotion to his school and choir throughout his teaching career. In so doing, the teacher gives children pride and confidence through laughter, love and song.)
The young people came to Bush Radio as part of a fledgling initiative called Gugulethu Youth Radio, which was formed to commemorate the 50 years that have passed since the township’s creation by the former apartheid regime. They hope to produce and broadcast a series of programmes for, and by the young people of Gugulethu.
As part of their training they came on a tour of the station since Bush Radio is renowned for its role in media education and also as being the home of one of the first radio programmes run by young people: CREW (Children’s Radio Workshop).
Bush Radio Programme Integrator Adrian Louw, says this is a continuation of the stations effort to development young people to use media effectively.
What started off as a basic tour soon turned into a workshop with Louw showing the young people how sound works and some tips and ideas on recording.
In response to questions about how she felt about Bush Radio, 14 year old participant Zama Shenge said: “The thought of being on radio makes me feel free, like nothing is holding me back”.
The Gugulethu project, initiated by All Living Things, aims to empower and uplift the youth to bring about positive social change. Keep an eye on this blog to see how this project develops and how Bush Radio is involved.