Why should grown ups have all the fun? Well,at SA Music News Magazine we decided to change that, and involve our younger generationas well, so we are dedicating this section to kids and teenagers aged 7 - 17 that loves music and that would like to share their musical knowledge and experiences with our readers. 

If you would like us to publish your articles, stories or photos, please email us on info@samusicnews.com

PLEASE NOTE: Don't forget to include your full name, the name of your school, area you life in, your age, and a letter from your parents (or legal gaurdian) giving us permission to publish your article. 

IRON MAIDEN CONCERT REVIEW - by Dean Brandsma (Maragon Preparatory School, Krugersdorp, Age 11)

Hi, my name is Dean Brandsma, I am an 11 year old boy living in Krugersdorp and attend Maragon Preparatory School.

I love heavy metal and alternative music. I have loved this REAL music since I was about 9, I have liked music such as Chevelle, Coldplay, Counting Crows, IRON MAIDEN, Jack White, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Kid Rock, Korn, Led Zeppelin, Limp Bizkit, LIVE, Marilyn Manson, Muse, The Offspring, A Perfect Circle, Pink Floyd, The Prodigy, Puscifer, Queen, Rage Against The Machine, Rammstein, Slipknot, Thin Lizzy and Tool. I recommend listening to all of these bands - they are brilliant.

I got into Iron Maiden early when I was 8, my dad would blast “Take your daughter to the slaughter” for my older sisters and I would love it. I never really listened to it much after that until The Book Of Souls came out and I was hooked.

It is an amazing album which I love, my personal favourite songs are ‘If Eternity Should Fail, Speed of Light and The Trooper which is not part of the album but it’s still an awesome song.

My sister was the one who first told us about the tour and that they were coming to South Africa in 2016. I was so excited when we bought the tickets and waited and waited and waited and then all of a sudden I was on a field and a band was playing it was Iron Maiden! I was so happy and so ecstatic... It was awesome, I screamed and shouted and put my hands in the air as appreciation.

The band was amazing I couldn’t believe my ears were in heaven but yet still on earth the band members all look so cool and I loved Bruce Dickinson’s suits, Dave Murray looked like a girl though... lol

My dad is a big Iron Maiden fan, and even has a guitar that has been signed by all the members from Iron Maiden.

I hope more awesome bands come to South Africa soon \m/

PRIME CIRCLE School Project by Amber Tilling-Richards (Heronbridge College, Fourways, Age 10)

Amber Tilling Richards

Amber does not only have a love and passion for music, but she is also an aspiring little photographer. Amber is also an amazing little activist against Rhino poaching in South Africa and is also a Youth Board Member for One More Generation America

"Amber Tilling-Richards My Mom and Dad own the Royal Kruger Lodge close to the Kruger National Park. I love to visit there during my school holidays as I love animals and nature. You can see our Lodge on www.royalkruger.com. I go on as many game drives and walks as I can and I enjoy spotting God’s beautiful creatures. I have seen the Big 5 and many other animals.

Recently I was privileged to meet Olivia and Carter from OMG and their parents. We all travelled to the Lodge along with a film crew and people from Rhino SA. This was to film a documentary for television. 

I am so sad when I see what is going on with rhino poaching in South Africa and I was so happy to see the wonderful work being done by Olivia and Carter. I really wanted to do more myself. 

When they invited me to become a Board Member of OMG, I was over the moon. Also Rhino SA made me one of their champions and I look forward to working with these organizations so that we can preserve the rhino’s in South Africa for all the generations to come. 

This year, I participated in a 7-km walk to raise funding for the protection of rhinos and won a rhino art competition.

Although I may be a musician, singer, dancer or a game ranger when I grow up, I know for certain that whatever I do, I will always try to preserve our animals, nature and the environment. I really look forward to meeting all the other kids involved in OMG and to helping make a difference. Thank you for this opportunity!"

OMG recently collaborated with our friends at Dance To Be Wild and Children 4 Conservation and collectively we launched the 1,000,000 Footprints for Africa campaign.

As a respected initiative in the fight to stop poaching on the African continent, 1,000,000 Footprints to Save Africa invites everyone to join the children of the world in a symbolic walk across Africa!

Our vision is to gather the footprints of children around the world – we hope to amass sufficient footprints to reach from Cape Town to Nairobi, embracing all countries facing the continuous onslaught against its wildlife and its people.  We are asking kids around the world to embrace our campaign and join-in on the fun.  We are seeking community organizations and schools everywhere to gather together and place their footprints on sheets or canvases and send them to us.

Recently our South African OMG board members Margie Kolver and our youth board member Amber Tilling-Richards participated in an nine school blitz along with our friends at Dance To Be Wild and  Children 4 Conservation where they presented the conservation program to over eight thousand students.  Here are some of the highlights from their visit.  The below comments are from Margie:

''The team has just returned from the most amazing week up in Marloth Park with the 1,000,000 Footprints for Africa campaign – WE HAVE BEGUN!!!!!!!!

Jax Bath, Cheryl Cook and myself arrived at Royal Kruger Lodge on Tuesday afternoon to a warm welcome from Vic Richards, Amber, Jules and the friendly staff. As usual, their hospitality knew no bounds and spent a wonderful evening in the boma eating Jules’ delicious food and chatting to the other guests at the Lodge, which included a newly-wed couple from Singapore.

An early start and a meet up with Velile Mabaso from Nkomazi FM, our anchorman and liaison, saw our campaign begin in the remotest areas in Nkomazi District, Mpumalanga = all surrounding the Kruger National Park!!.

9 schools in three days – over 8000 children impacted and on board with the 1,000,000 Million Footprints!!!!!

At every school we were met by thousands of eager children ranging in age from 5 yrs to 17 yrs, Jax and Amber faced these audiences and delivered, sometines in the most difficult circumstances, the most powerful message. Both girls did a stirling job talking to and teaching these children!!!! It was a wonderful sight to see and I am so very proud of them both. Velile was a gem and helped with crowd control, translations and generally engaging the crowds.

We were joined on Friday by Eugene and Vanessa Theron and their three kids (Children4Conservation) – Monique being one of the campaign’s. ambassadors. Eugene took some awesome photos and video footage of the final three schools, Monique, aged 14, took to the stage with Jax and Amber and assisted with the presentations.Vanessa and Eugene have developed a fantastic website for the campaign with some amazing interactive pages. We were also joined by Chris Daniel and Bonngi’s Quest – the kids LOVED Chris in his rhino suite!!! We were able to give each school a whole pile of Bongi’s Quest books!!!

Sheila and Johnny joined us on Saturday when we took 18 of these children (2 from each school) into the Kruger Park and a final braai at a holiday resort – Henk van Rooyen in Marloth Park.

WHAT AN AMAZING TIME!!!! We have all returned exhausted but filled with an incredible sense of achievement!!!

Here are a few comments from our Youth Board Member Amber:

We want to show the world we will not accept Rhino Poaching.


We visited some schools in the Kruger to tell them about the terrible things the poachers are doing to our Rhinos and other animals and to get them to help in collecting 1 million footprints

If you would like to learn more about getting involved, please contact any one of the email addresses below for more information and make sure you visit the 1,000,000 Footprints for Africa website: http://onemillionfootprints.org

Please contact:

General inquiries should be directed to: info@onemillionfootprints.org and or info@onemoregeneration.org

African inquiries should be directed to:

Sheila 082 332 9234 or sheila@onemillionfootprints.org

Margie 083 738 4606 or margie@onemoregeneration.org

Vanessa 079 517 6517 or vanessa@onemillionfootprints.org

Australian inquiries should be directed to: Ava@onemoregeneration.org

All other inquiries both US and International should be directed to: Carter and Olivia at info@onemoregeneration.org

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