KIDS - July 2021



This month we’re...

meeting an inspiring, young

musical maestro and reviewing

some wonderful new kids’ reads!




a toy hamper

worth R3000

Text: Bronwyn forbes-hardinge | Photo: Patrick Royal

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Young musical


A young Durban North musician is making waves in the music industry with a song he

wrote and produced during lockdown aimed at helping people focus on the positive.

As his young fingers work the

fretboard and he strums his Ibanez

electric guitar, Ethan Briggeman is a

quiet, ‘no drama’ performer. But still

waters run deep.

The 12-year-old musician attracted a

great deal of attention after writing

and recording his inspiring song,

titled ‘Change Your Mind’, during the

Covid lockdown. The song focusses

on optimism for the future and sees

Ethan on lead vocals and rap, as he

delivers some impressive electric

guitar work. “Like most kids, I had a

toy guitar when I was very young,

but I think my parents must have

seen something more in me than

just a little kid jamming, because they

bought me my first acoustic guitar

when I was just five years old.”

At the age of nine, a family member

gave Ethan his first electric guitar

and from there things just took off!

“I am really passionate about playing

guitar and grateful to be part of a

family of musicians who are also my

biggest supporters. My sister, Emily,

plays the keyboard very well and

my dad, Edwin, plays the trumpet

as a hobby. He was in a cover band

in the Netherlands called Zenith of

Zeal for a few years until he moved

to South Africa. He also played in a

Glenn Miller-style big band before

conducting that band and he still

plays for fun now and then. My mom,

Eloise, is our organiser and greatest

support when my dad, sister and I

sometimes perform as the Briggeman


In 2018 Ethan started weekly lessons

at Destiny Music Academy (DMA) in La

The first song I mastered on guitar was

Apache by The Shadows. It’s uploaded to my

YouTube channel along with a number of

other covers I have enjoyed trying my hand at.

Lucia. That same year, he played his electric guitar at a solo jam and was part of a

band in the show, ‘The Greatest Show’, where he played electric guitar and sang

a duet. The Grade 7 Reddam House Umhlanga learner was also recently asked to

sing an inspiring song for their junior executive induction ceremony and he sang

Hall of Fame by The Script.

“The first song I mastered on guitar was Apache by The Shadows. It’s uploaded to

my YouTube channel (which was launched in July last year) along with a number

of other covers I have enjoyed trying my hand at. I really enjoy music that’s catchy

or funky to play like the music from the Beetles. I’m a huge Lenny Kravitz fan

because he does a variety of songs and his technical ability with solos is amazing

and inspiring, so naturally when it comes to the ultimate guitar I’d like to own…

it’s a Gibson Les Paul… because Lenny has one!”

Speaking of inspiration, during the first lockdown Ethan desperately wanted to

inspire the world and encourage people to focus on a brighter future. He began

to play around on the keyboard (yes he can do that too!) and his guitar and

composed the tune to the song he titled Change Your Mind.

“It took only a few hours to match the words with the music, but two months to

fine-tune the song before it premiered on his YouTube channel in December last


The video was choreographed and edited by Patrick Royal and features

appearances by Ethan’s family and a few close friends.

Apart from becoming a successful song writer, singer and guitar player, Ethan,

who has more than just musical talents, would like to be an Olympic champion

for track and field athletics and a successful businessman to show people that

hard work does pay off.

The cross country champ, who belongs to Aspire Athletics, has competed in the

Tinman Triathlon Series Mini and is a two-time SA Judo gold medallist. A big feat

for a little kid!

Change Your Mind is available for download on various platforms and the promo

video can be viewed on Ethan’s YouTube channel: Ethan Briggeman. He can be

followed on FB: @EthanHBriggeman and IG: @ethan.briggeman

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Little reads

Looking for some great books to motivate reading? Here

are a handful of fabulous kiddies reads (with giveaways)

written by local authors that will open the doorway to

turning your little one into a voracious reader.

My Family of Superheroes

“Every child, irrespective of gender or

race, will find themselves in situations

that test their self-confidence and

courage,” says author Zinhle T.

Matthews. “Wouldn’t it be amazing

if they had a fool-proof, lifelong tool

to use in these circumstances? A

potent mantra which could lift them

above self-doubt and fear into a

position of power, well equipped

to take on the world – and win!” Her

beautifully illustrated book, My Family

of Superheroes, focuses on how

positive phrases can help children

realise their inner strength and

potential. It tells the story of Precious

who, inspired by her mother, uses

positive affirmation to overcome her

insecurities and doubts. The book is

available at Amazon, Ethnikids, Book

Circle Capital and other selected

bookstores and is set to be translated

into various languages, and to be

converted into an audio book.

Details: FB: Zinhle Superheroes IG: @




THIS POST) Photo: Brendon Croft

Luna Learns About Viruses

Learning about the coronavirus and

coping with lockdown has been

overwhelming for us all, especially

children. With this in mind, Hillcrest

mother of two, Shareez Bagaria,

used her spare time to write about

viruses, as she educated her curious

children Luna (4) and Shay (11). Her

handwritten notes have been turned

into an exciting book titled, Luna

Learns About Viruses. Aimed at the

foundation phase age group, the

book is written in a simple rhyming

style, is easy to read and remember

and is designed to be both a teacher’s

aid and a parental guide. The book’s

big, bold, beautiful illustrations are

the artwork of Shareez’s niece, Gianna

Naidoo. The book is also being

printed in isiZulu. It can be bought

online at

for R175 and delivery is free across

South Africa.




Gone Little Cat

Gone Little Cat is Blythedale author,

Gustav Preller’s fifth book. But it’s

his first for children. Aimed at 10 to

15-year-olds, the book (which tells

the story of a highly-pedigreed,

pampered cat who gets lost in a

forest and has to learn to live in the

wild) has been very well received by

both children and adults who’ve been

the storytellers to little ones. All the

animals in the story have names and

personalities. They all talk and the

dialogue is great! Their very existence

is threatened by powerful predators

... humans … and the animals

embark on a fateful course of action.

While the environmental theme of

deforestation is contemporary and

relevant, Gone Little Cat is also about

growing up, understanding that one

doesn’t have to be the same to be

friends and, through courage and

resilience, finding one’s self in a world

that contains both good and bad.

It’s beautifully illustrated by a Kenyan

artist, David Wachania, the book is

available at all Ballito book stores and

most book stores nationwide for R195.




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