International musician Laura Burhenn pairs up with Africa Voices Trust
International artist Laura Burhenn work shopped a unique pilot program in partnership with programmes, One Fine Day and the Africa Voices Trust, which aims to uplift two singers from previously disadvantaged communities through a mentorship process to provide them the opportunity to develop real experience in a tour environment. The Africa Voices Trust offers educational programmes that teach, through practical experience and high-level mentorship, the skills needed to succeed in the music industry. During the programme, singers and musicians are given the opportunity to work on local and international live performance and recording projects. With the support of the entertainment industry, they strive to help deserving musicians grow, master their chosen fields and become future leaders and mentors within their communities.
Laura Burhenn is an established singer songwriter from the United States and the dynamic front woman of the soul folk band The Mynabirds. She has also toured the world extensively as a member of indie mega bands The Postal Service and Bright Eyes. She showcased the development of the singers when she performed on her Johannesburg leg of her South African tour, which places emphasis on celebrating the creative woman. It is aimed at being a pioneering exchange that serves as an interaction between established international artists, up and coming South African talent and local singers and performers within disadvantaged communities. The artists and crew – all professionals in their own right –donated their time and expertise to the mentorship program free of charge as a focus toward upliftment and sustainable job creation. The established acts are each vibrant and successful female artists who have significantly contributed to their respective music scenes. The Song Bird Tour invited Eve Rakow to join forces with multi-instrumentalist Guy Raphaely, also known as Fonda, for a stripped down interpretation of her nostalgic, dream laptop-pop.