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BACKGROUND:

Susan Odendaal is born in Louis Trichardt (Makhado) and played this instrument since the age of twelve. In South Africa, she was the first lady who played pennywhistle in public.

On 1 January 2009, Susan founded the Pennywhistle Revival Project in South Africa – inspired by the Holy Ghost of God; this occasion was announced on various radio stations at the time. As facilitator, Susan heads a plan of action for Pennywhistle Fun. She is an accomplished and well known Penny whistler in her own right, and has made an appearance on several television programmes viz. “Good Morning South Africa”; “Skokkiaan”; “Musiekforum”; “Maak-‘n-Las” and “FOKUS” on TV2 (2009). She has also released two CD’s: “Die Vrolike Kwêlafluit” in 1991 and “African Fiesta” in 1994.

When she has decided to teach others to play this instrument instead of being a performing artist, she suddenly heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ saying:  “Go, take your pennywhistle, tell the world I love them!”

Her motive behind this Penny Whistle Revival is to introduce the penny whistle to young folks and children in South Africa while serving them with the LOVE of JESUS CHRIST the Saviour of the world. This, however, by no means excludes Mom & Dad, Granny & Granddad, from having a bash at the whistle if they are so inclined. Indeed, they would be most welcome. But Susan also has her sights firmly set on underprivileged and disadvantaged adults and children as well; she feels that getting them involved in the revival, learning to play the pennywhistle, and telling them of the LOVE of JESUS, can only be to their own good.

Let us know, and book Susan for a huge penny whistle project in your area! Contact her at +27 (0) 82 775 1993 or email: music@lando.co.za

We have already made mention of the package that comes when you join the Penny Whistle Fun. To recap, this will contain: a Bflat or C pennywhistle with a handbook. Pennywhistle packages can be bought from us.

Susan wrote handbooks for the pennywhistle:

  1. “Penny whistle Fun in S.A.”  It describes a basic method whereby one can become acquainted with the penny whistle while also learning to play. One can choose one of two methods; they are the Solfa and the Musical Notes. The latter is intended for those who are able to read music. This book is available in Afrikaans, English, and Braille.
  2. “Cool sounds with more pennywhistles!” A music bundle where two or three pennywhistle players can harmonise.
  3. A handbook, Die Penniefluitjie-Afrigter, (To train pennywhistle trainers) is also available.
  4. “100 penniefluitjies weerklink vir JESUS.” It describes in Afrikaans the basic method whereby one can become acquainted with the penny whistle while also learning to play it in the Solfa method and contains only gospel songs. This book is available in Afrikaans only.