Johannesburg – Singer and Idols
winner Elvis Blue will soon unveil his own music academy in Alexandra, Johannesburg.
"I believe music can change people’s lives for the better," he said on Tuesday.
"That's why I want to help get children off the streets by helping them to discover something within themselves, thereby breaking the awful cycle of poverty."
Before he was crowned the winner of Idols
, Elvis Blue
gave guitar lessons at a music school in George. He believes the youth need a helping hand in order to empower themselves.WATCH: Channel24Coffee break - Elvis Blue
"I have appointed a teacher to keep the academy with 15 kids in George going. In Alexandra I hope to give lessons in guitar and drums along with two other teachers.
"The ultimate goal is to later also offer violin, piano, and singing lessons at both academies as demand increases.
"I work in conjunction with charity organisations called Life Community Services in George and Rays of Hope in Alexandra to select the students.
"As the success of the projects grows, we will try to branch out to other towns."
Children who display extraordinary talent will be able to apply for a music scholarship at universities as they will already have a thorough understanding of a certain instrument.
"A good teacher can influence a child's life in a positive way and it is my duty to help."
Blue is currently touring across South Africa.