It’s amazing what you’re doing at Amoyo. I look forward to visiting when I’m back in Cape Town soon.
Our loyal supporters include a number of internationally acclaimed performing arts professionals.
Kweku is not “merely” Nelson Mandela’s grandson. He is co-founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, which is committed to publicising the positive image of Africa through publications, films, media and social interaction, thereby also instilling and heightening a sense of pride and purpose in young Africans. He is also the president of Out of Africa Entertainment, where his primary responsibility is to seek our interesting screenwriters and stories, develop screenplays for the production, and manage the organisation’s development of existing and new business.
“It’s amazing what you’re doing at Amoyo. I look forward to visiting when I’m back in Cape Town soon.”
In addition to being a highly acclaimed performer, Duane works as a lecturer, teacher and choreographer at The Cape Academy of Performing Arts as well as in film/television and children’s theatre productions.
“We at Musical Theatre Workshop are incredibly impressed by the talented kids of Amoyo. In the midst of certain adversities, these children and teenagers have managed to acquire a passion for the arts, and it is without doubt a result of the love and care they get from their teachers and facilitators at Amoyo. These amazing people are inspiring a whole community and new generation of performing artists and their families. What they achieve, with the limited resources they have, is incredible and needs to be recognised and applauded. Amoyo is more than just a Performing Arts Foundation; it is a ‘home’ to a whole group of kids who have found a new ‘family’ of support, love, encouragement and kindness.”
A former principal dancer with CAPAB (now Cape Town City Ballet), Philip started offering township ballet classes in 1991, with Amoyo co-founder Nandipha Sandlana among his first 34 students. He subsequently employed her as his assistant dance teacher, and he has followed her career with close interest ever since.
“It is wonderful to see the experience and knowledge Nandipha has gained, coming from the background she did, and now being such a great role model by giving so much back to hundreds of children through this wonderful organisation, the Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation. Amoyo sits perfectly in the area it represents, empowering the children and youth of Hout Bay. I must compliment Amoyo on the wonderful work it has done to date and I fully endorse it for all the support it can get in future.
It was Delia, a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, who originally suggested that Amoyo should not only offer dance classes but, rather, a full performing arts programme. WTS now works closely with Amoyo to assist with qualified teachers; it also offers bursaries to our outstanding students, enabling them to pursue a sustained career in the performing arts.
“I have been thrilled, humbled and excited by the establishment of Amoyo. The development of the students in all performing arts genres has already been nothing short of astounding. It is incredible to see the level of dance, drama and musical theatre that had been produced under the most difficult of circumstances. I fully support all of Amoyo’s fundraising and sponsorship efforts and do not hesitate to recommend the school for assistance in any way. It is a unique project and of invaluable service to the community as a whole.”
“Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation is an organization which goes much deeper than the dance. The teachers are truly invested in the wellbeing of their pupils and strive to address the additional life challenges these young performers bring with them to the stage. Amoyo works in collaboration with many organizations and strives to provide a full timetable of activities across our community for a wide range of age groups and disciplines. They are bridging divides through a common appreciation of self-expression while upholding strong organizational values and governance to maximize the benefits they can bring to their beneficiaries and our community as a whole.”