Sunday, 30 May 2010

Window Into South Africa: Tatjana Grabow


We stay in Johannesburg this week in what will most likely be the final interview in the Window Into South Africa series. 

Tatjana Grabow is a professional singer, piano teacher and vocal coach who is finally pursuing her dreams and running her own music studio.  Tatjana is an amazing singer and was born into a musical family as both her parent’s are opera singers.  Tatjana attended the Deutsche Schule Pretoria and we met at Wits University.

What is the name of your business?
Tatjana's Music Studio

Whereabouts in South Africa are you?
Melville, Central Johannesburg.  (011) 482 7640 / (084) 700 1212

The Big question: Are you a rugby, cricket or football fan

Which team will you be supporting?
Germany [did I mention Tatjana is German?]

Which is the nearest football stadium to your home?
We got two actually within a 5 km radius. Soccer City and Ellis Park.

Will you be attending any games?
Nope, unfortunately not.

How would you describe South Africa to someone who has never been there before?
Beautifully warm, sunny, spacious country with lots of versatility.

What would you say is the single best thing about South Africa?
Space, the endless space and all the different cultures that live here.

Are you near to any historical places or places of interest?
The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Soweto, Crown Mines, couple of fancy houses (heritage sites) in Westcliff (posh area) and that is about it.

What is the number one attraction that tourists must visit in South Africa?
Kruger National Park and The Cape I guess.

Where in South Africa do you go on holiday?
Eastern Cape (the Karoo Desert)

Do you have any advice for tourists and visitors?
Try and disguise the tourist look :) really don't be scared enjoy the country, there is so much to be seen.

What can South Africans do to make the country a better place?
Be more tolerant towards each other, view each other as unique and special as we all are and accept that we all have a right to express ourselves.

What is your dream or vision for the future of your city and country?
A safer environment where I do not have to look over my shoulder as a woman.

What is your favourite South African charity?

I asked Tatjana to give me a little peek into her world so she chatted to the parents of some of her students and I can now present the future stars of tomorrow.  These kids look like absolute little stars – I wonder if I can go to one of their concerts in December?

Tatjana's Music Studio 2Tatjana's Music Studio 4

Tatjana's Music Studio 6Tatjana's Music Studio 3

Tatjana's Music Studio 5Tatjana's Music Studio 7

This is Tatjana’s music studio. 

Tatjana's Music Studio 1

Tatjana once told me that anyone can be taught to sing.  I’d love to put her to the test with my terrible voice one day.



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