Sagiya Foundation aims to become a premier Afro Fusion/Jazz and Theatre Enterprise supporting the African Renaissance of the music and entertainment industry globally.
Sagiya Foundation is committed to the moral and social upliftment of African Communities through all art forms to create a conducive environment for sustainable living.
Integrating acceptance and respect of women in our themes.
• Implementing holistic approach in the conservation of natural resources and sustainable living
• Highlighting the need to reduce women abuse with regard to HIV/Aids, domestic violence and any other criminal offences.
• Sagiya Foundation focuses on theme programmes that are related to women, respect and solidarity.
• To write, direct and present musical theatre productions, film productions and stage plays that will address any issues and create awareness of current community related issues;
• To record, produce, market and publish Music, Films and Theatre Productions that deliver local content of African communities;
• To partner with government and corporate business sectors in organising concerts, delivering national and international commercial performances; etc.
• To create and implement Hashtag community outreach programmes, poverty alleviations, such as #Silimasonke, #ValaUkuvuza.
The type of performing arts, theatre (indoor and outdoor) production and musical enterprise design is based on an Afro-centric theme. There is an emerging need for this creative production service, aligning itself to the rapidly growing markets where art has a strong link to education. Especially for motivating projects being initiated in the environment and tourism industries that encourage the uplifting of communities (creating jobs and entrepreneurs) together with overall economic development through collaborative projects that can uplift and assist with initiatives to clean-up, care for, beautify and further develop our ‘strategic communities’ (wards) throughout South Africa utilising ‘edutainment’. Our edutainment approach is motivated by Agenda 2063 and 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
We do not compromise when producing or performing our theatre productions which are created by employing many artists across gender, race and age groups.
As well as our own shows and community activations, we also provide a one-stop service for all corporate events which includes an orientated thematic performance, guest speakers and programme director.
Our most noteworthy events are:
Industrial Theatre – Izintombi Musical HIV/AIDS Edutainment Project 2005/2006
Edutainment Theatre Production – Dim-Dep Musical 2015/2016
Dim-Dep Musical 2018: Faces of Environmental Success
The magnificent Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble is part of this arm of Sagiya Records as a popular CD release. We produce your recordings so if you wish to record with Sagiya Recording, please email us today. The magnificent Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble is part of this arm of Sagiya Records as a popular CD release. We produce your recordings so if you wish to record with Sagiya Recording
Self- publishing is becoming more and more appealing to those who have a story to tell and a niche market they wish to share with. Newly established, the Sagiya Publishers arm has one published book, and two in process. We invite you to share a synopsis with us and we will provide you with information to make your journaling dreams a reality.
Endorsement of music legends puts Sagiya Foundation, which is then certified by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, firmly in the drivers seat of recognising artistic greatness:
- Madala Kunene – Solo Guest Artist – Guitar and Vocalist
- Moses Sefatsa – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Saxophone
- Mdudu Magwaza – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Saxophone
- Jerry Kunene – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Saxophone
- KB Maphumulo – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Bass Guitar
- Sthembiso Ntuli – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Saxophone
- Adolph Kunene – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Vocalist
- Bhekisigcino Luthuli – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Trumpet
- Eric Duma – Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble – Trumpet
- Xolisa Dlamini – Solo Guest Artist – Vocalist
- Neil Gonsalves – Solo Guest Artist – Pianist
- Anthony Rippon – Solo Guest Artist – Guitar and Vocalist
- Steve Fataar – Solo Guest Artist – Guitar and Vocalist
- Thabani Mahlobo – Solo Guest Artist – Vocalist and Actor
Discovering new talent is a spin-off yet central aspect of the Sagiya approach. The productions provide employment opportunities, and in so doing, the artists are exposed to opportunities and where appropriate, Sagiya provides a springboard for launching the careers of new talent.
We offer music lessons to arts organisations such as Kcap (Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre), Umsunduzi Music School, Bat Centre.
We have partnered with and have a client list which shows commitment to the arts, culture, economic development and environmentalism.
A special mention goes to Invotech for supporting and incubating our vision into reality:
We also thank the following:
Dim-Dep gave me my big break
My talent was discovered by Atlas Duma when he saw me performing at the Bat Centre in 2015. He spoke to me about the environmental theme of Dim-Dep and I was fascinated. Instead of pure entertainment which I was used to in the theatre industry, this was a rare and engaging production that focused on real and burning issues for our communities. I acted in both 2015 and 2016 productions and I was completely changed. I am now so much more alert on preservation of natural resources. I believe that it is every single person’s role to raise awareness of this so that you can change other people’s understanding and behaviour towards environmental issues that affect us deeply. This is certainly how I have lived my life since then. Last year, I signed up with a leading agent in Johannesburg and acted for film and TV industry. The most exciting for me is Umcebo kaBaba (my father’s inheritance) which will be aired on Msanzi Magic. Then Dim-Dep Musical 2018 called me back to Durban. This show is in my blood. I love it. I will again play a lead role, Mpume in the 21st Century of this show that goes back to the stone age. So I am here to act but also play a role as a brand ambassador.
This book gave me the perfect opportunity to sit down with a cup of tea, some rusks and a couple of donuts (as instructed by the author) whilst I briefed my brother before he ventures off to university. Eye opening is how I would best describe this amazing ‘tutorial’. It focused on the core values of one’s self, specifically self-discipline and self-reflection, as well as a step-by-step guide on what you need to know before and during the course of varsity. The importance of education is highly stressed, as we learn that focus and dedication are vital throughout the process. This book provides helpful techniques on how to overcome challenges and it’s explained how difficult it can be to adjust from secondary education to tertiary education if you’re not emotionally and mentally prepared for the major jump. Overall this book gives us the perfect breakdown of what to expect as well as what to avoid when preparing for university.
Living the jazz legacy
It began with a dream and the dedication of innovator Bheki Ntuli who brought together a brass band who were all well experienced, and who all came from the Umkhumbane background.
I joined in 2012 as a pianist/keyboard player, having been a lecturer in ensemble and improvisation, and always playing the role in musical director in church, as well as having exposure in the industry. My experience grew and in the process I started playing the role of musical director of the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble. Then when we went into recording, I was appointed producer.
When I was at university we were doing American jazz, and I then introduced the students to African music as part of the ensemble. We are African and we need to be doing us, as Africans. I am involved in the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble because as a younger person, I want to be a role model to those children and youth to show them that our heritage is rich and we must carry on the legacy, musically and otherwise.