I produced a music video for Jonathan Butler in 2000 as part of a television industry training initiative, which I started when I held the training and development officer portfolio as an executive member of the Cape Town chapter of the NTVA (National Television and Video Association – now defunct).
The then newcomer Director of the music video was Akin Omotoso, who has gone on to direct and produce numerous TV shows and movies.
Jonathan Butler will be back in South Africa to launch the Jonathan Butler Foundation this September. The Grammy nominated South African will give three concerts for his fans in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg at the end of September 2013. The below info is from the press release sent to me.
About the Jonathan Butler Foundation
After his involvement with a number of independent initiatives, Jonathan Butler has launched a foundation that will cement his musical and personal legend in South Africa. The main aim of the Jonathan Butler Foundation (JBF) is to be a self-funded organisation providing positive intervention to promote access to music and arts education for children. Underlying this, the JBF focuses on helping to prevent kids falling into a life of substance abuse. It will do so through the use of a series of digitally mastered interactive presentations and programmes that it will be run through schools and community centres. The first of these programmes will take place in Eldorado Park in Gauteng in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial government.
The Foundation’s approach to substance abuse is based on its slogan: “Purpose kills Addiction – Live your dream!” The foundation uses a strengths-based approach in order to maximise the potential of young people.
The JBF also provides bursaries and scholarships to partner education institutions for those stellar students on the programme who demonstrate exceptional talent and a willingness to succeed while upholding the ideals and philosophy of the JBF.
The JBF will officially launch on 24 September 2013, SA Heritage Day, as it is Jonathan’s desire to create a new heritage for South Africa’s youth – one that is born out of music and a heritage they can claim as their own.
As a result of Jonathan Butler’s involvement with the Tshwane School of Music, of which he is Patron, the JB Foundation was formed. One of the Tshwane School of Music successes is the group, Freeborn, whose band members are under 13 years. The band has already performed at previous Jonathan Butler concerts and at Freedom Day celebrations.
The Jonathan Butler Grace and Mercy Tour will feature well-known tracks as well as songs from the new album. Tickets are on sale through Computicket from 05 August 2013 – www.computicket.com