By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFRO

Hello my dear friends, this has been a hell-la-VA week! We have been all over the place and are still going. If the weather holds up, we have many more places to ramble. I first want to send our prayers to the families and friends in Bahamas, who has lost a loved one and all that is struggling to survive. May God continue to cover you with safety and protection.

Bongani Magatyana is a professional singer, music director, composer, and theatrical producer based in Cape Town, South Africa where he conducts a 120 voice Old Apostolic Choir and community male choir were here in Baltimore doing a workshop named: “Sing South Africa! On Saturday, September 7 from 9:30-Noon at the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring, 828 Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a success. (Photo Courtesy of Rosa Pryor)

Our first story will talk about a young man from South Africa who was here in Baltimore to strut his stuff. Bongani Magatyana folk inspired choral compositions popular pieces for South Africa’s major choral competitions are sung by choirs around South Africa and the world. He leads an educational musical theatre company, and composes music in a variety of genres, bringing vibrant performances and workshops to communities throughout South Africa and internationally since 2012, in partnership with the renowned Village Harmony choral program. Bongani will be joined by his wife, Noxy Magatyana, an accomplished dancer, who tough movement to accompany the songs. Workshops geared for all levels of singing experience.

The public workshops concluded a week of workshops for choirs in Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore City College High School, Connexions Arts Academy, and Augusta Fells Savage Arts Academy, sponsored by Arts Every Day, Landsdowne High School, and Morgan State University last week. For more information, call 410-598-2684 or go to www.villageharmony.org.

Walt Carr, cartoonist Book signing at Colin’s Seafood & Grill was a great success. (Photo Courtesy of Rosa Pryor)

Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy of Music upcoming programs with the Jazz Academy Orchestra are Bi-Weekly at 7 p.m. on Thursdays starting on Sept.19. Audition required on Sept. 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Pkwy, Chevy Chase, Maryland or Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jazz Academy Layhill Studio, for more information go to: www.jazzacademy.org.

Walt Carr guests just kept on coming, they stretched all the way down the isle. (Photo Courtesy of Rosa Pryor)

Jazz Expressways Foundation Fundraiser Blues & Jazz Breakfast Show featuring David Cole & Main Street Blues Band from out of DC is Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore. Donation includes an open buffet breakfast, vendor shopping, free set-ups, BYOB, and live entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure. For more information, call Rambling Rose at 410-833-9474.

Victor Green, known to many of his friends and followers as “Party Animal” a title he well deserves is at it again at Druid Hill Park Festival getting the party started. (Photo Courtesy of Rosa Pryor)

Men of Shiloh is hosting their Annual Community Day for Families on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring speakers from Grassroots Community Organization working to strengthen families, the mentoring of youth, and improving prisoner reentry into their communities, fun for kids with games & prizes, Clothing giveaway, and school supplies giveaway at Shiloh A.M.E. Church, 2601 Lyndhurst Ave. in Baltimore. All are invited. Rev. Sandra Moore Stanley is pastor. For more information, call 410-367-8061.

Harold Robinson, publisher of the Expression Magazine recently passed away. (Photo Courtesy of Rosa Pryor)

If you really like jazz and want to have a relaxing evening in a nice atmosphere, and then check this out. Historic Ebenezer A.M.D. Church, 20 West Montgomery St. in Baltimore is hosting “An Evening of Jazz” featuring the Fruition Experience with vocalist Ama Chandra on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call Allison at 410-818-0196.

Well my dear friends, I am out of space. Remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected] UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.