This day started really early, well at least for me. I still havenâ€™t adjusted to the 7 hour time difference. Normally weâ€™re getting up when people back home are going to bed. Also, the sun rises around 4:45am here. So in addition to trying to sleep in the night at the equivalent of about 5:00 or 6:00 in the afternoon back home, I also have the beautiful, brilliant, bright, vivid and intense sunlight articulating every detail in my roomâ€¦.even my eyelids. Itâ€™s so bright that these curtains do no good.
We did a workshop for kids at The Music Academy of Gauteng. One of South Africaâ€™s greatest jazz Musicians, Johnny Mekoa, started this music school for kids in the area of Davidson that have a desire to learn and play jazz. When we got out of our transport van, Mekoa said â€œWelcome Homeâ€. It felt really good to hear that. Mekoa studied in the US as a Fulbright scholar and brought his experiences back to South Africa. The facility was incredibly nice and the equipment was comparable, if not better to stuff that we use on gigs in the states.