"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others"-John Maxwell
Naledi is a zesty and dynamic 21 year old jazz singer from Johannesburg, South Africa, whose three main passions are music, women and development. Being raised by a single mother, Naledi learnt in her earlier years that opportunity is not given, but rather sought out, of which her life is indicative of. An artist by nature, a leader by circumstance and a builder by choice, Naledi is seeking to further equip herself to empower women in her country and her continent.
Naledi has been accepted to study Jazz Performance at 4 different schools(Berklee College, University of North Texas, New England Conservatory of Music and The New School) in the USA -a dream and ambition she has been working towards for a long time. In August, she will be starting her BMus: Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory(NEC) in Boston where she received early acceptance and high recommendation by the head of jazz department. It is a once in a life time opportunity which she knows will have an immense impact on her life.
Naledi strongly believes that there is much unexplored possibility within the realms of music and human development. I believe that music is not only an art, but also a social science. One that has more often than not influenced the zeitgeist of the times and reflected the true understanding of human existence. I believe jazz especially is a manifestation of this for many reasons. Through academic study and performance, I would personally like to explore such ideas with a deep understanding of these fields and further explore how to better humanity through such. Furthermore, I have dreams of bringing what I acquire back home through starting a highly innovative and top-class African Academy of Arts, that will not only be an academic institution, but will provide resources for youth who have the hunger and drive to explore the possibilities of arts and culture in all realms as I dream to, without hindrances.
I humbly approach you to contribute any amount towards fulfilling this dream. I am raising funding for my accommodation costs, as well as surplus costs such as visa fees. This will not only be planting a seed into one young woman who will change the world through her work, and your contribution to it, but also to a future of possibility for African dreamers such as myself.