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David and Frances Marks Fund

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HELP US TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK

David and Frances Marks have dedicated their lives to South African music. Together they have largely self-funded the archiving of almost 50 years of South Africa’s music heritage. This has been a challenge at the best of times – but now they face their biggest challenge yet.

Fran has been diagnosed with dementia and at present, the medical bills and treatment are unaffordable for them. In order to take care of her, she had to be moved into a frail care facility.

This campaign is launched by Lizabé Lambrechts, Jonny Blundell and Pakama Ncume. We all care deeply for David and Fran and they have played a significant role in all our lives. Lizabé and Pakama are looking after the Hidden Years Music Archive, and Jonny, a musician and producer in own right, is a long-standing family friend. Please give something back to these two who have done so much for South Africa's music.

THEIR STORY

In 1968 a song called “Master Jack” written by a young miner from the country’s East Rand, David Marks, became the first South African record to reach the U.S Top 20.

While in the USA in 1969 he worked as a sound technician at both Woodstock and at John Lennon’s “Live Peace in Toronto” before returning to South Africa.

In 1970 David joined a small independent record company, 3rd Ear Music. A year later he began travelling and recording with his young wife, Frances, by his side.

Together they recorded and promoted local South African musicians. From early performances of Hugh Masekela, Malombo, Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu, Maskanda-guitarist Shiyani Ngcobo and Xhosa mouth bow specialist, Madosini, to outstanding singers and songwriters during the ‘70s including Syd Kitchen, Colin Shamley, Mike Dickman, Roger Lucey, Jannie Hofmeyr, Brain Finch and John Oakley-Smith.

Their collection preserved as the Hidden Years Music Archive comprises thousands of recordings, photographs and other South African music artifacts that would never otherwise have been preserved.

In 2013 the Hidden Years Archive was moved to its new home at Stellenbosch University, where it is being catalogued, digitised and preserved.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Over the course of the last 50 years, David and Frances Marks invested their time, love and money to grow and support South African music and musicians. They now need our help to cover the medical expenses accompanying Fran’s dementia and care.

We would like to raise the funds within 3 months.

Your donation will go towards covering Fran’s medical bills and one cooked meal for David every day during this transitional time. Reaching our dream amount will give David and Fran the assurance that they will be taken care of in the coming year. Fran needs full-time care.

*Funds raised will be transferred directly to Annerly Haven Frail Care and Meals-on-Wheels*

Donations

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 15.17
  • "Thanks for giving us the gift of history. " - Tune Me What

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you for the music guys..." - Howard Lazarus

  • Jun 19, 2019 - USD $ 34.44
  • "For Frances, David and the archives of love they share" - Lize-Marie

  • Jun 18, 2019 - USD $ 35.51
  • "Thanks for the support, Dave. " - Mok

  • Jun 18, 2019 - USD $ 13.50
  • "From the crew at tunemewhat.com" - Tune Me What?

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "With love and respect from Matthew" - Matthew

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Thank you for all you gave" - Ang & Tyler

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Love to you both and thank you" - Noleen

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "thanks for creating memories that will last for ever " - Mike Vermaak

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thank you for the music." - Steve

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 709.74
  • "Love you xxx" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 17.65
  • "Sending so much love to you both!" - Guy Buttery

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 70.62
  • "With love to Stalwart Dave and Sweet Frannie - from Ingrid across the Atlantic" - Ingrid Bianca Byerly

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "All the best." - Matthew van der want

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "David & Fran, legends in our time and a great personal inspiration! love Peter & Monica" - Peter & Monica

  • Jun 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good memories." - Sam

  • Jun 08, 2019 - USD $ 84.16
  • "Love and thanks always x" - Alison (Assie) O'Donnell

  • Jun 08, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Thank you for your profound influence on SA's music" - Wil and Ursula

  • Jun 07, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "with good wishes" - Anonymous

  • Jun 07, 2019 - USD $ 126.07
  • "with grateful thanks for all you've given us" - Beverley Oskowitz & Russell Groener

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 3 000.00
  • "We think of you often and all that you’ve done for musicians in South Africa" - Cathy and Darius Brubeck

  • Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 70.74
  • "Thans for your unflagging support of local music" - Hilton & Kendra Vermaas

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Lots of love!" - Izan

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Love to you " - Anonymous

  • Jun 05, 2019 - R 250.00
  • ":-(" - Ravi

  • Jun 05, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Safe and healthy." - Anonymous

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 34.58
  • "Your contribution to our lives is priceless. Thank you both and best wishes." - David Attwell

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 103.75
  • "Heart broken to hear about Fran. Best wishes to you David and family" - Barry & Maria Irwin

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 250.00
  • "God grant you both peace and security" - garth chilvers

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thank you for giving so much to us and to SA Music. " - Mike Kimmings

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "It's not much, but hopefully if many who can give a little, will help to raise a lot. " - Michelle Yates

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You are both an inspiration. Much love always. x" - Anonymous

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 34.28
  • "All the best! " - Ilse

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thinking of you both." - Christine Lucia

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 36.06
  • "Thanks for everything" - Anonymous

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Dave and Fran - with love and gratitude" - Alison Lowry

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for everything you have done Dave and Fran, you are both such an inspiration to me" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 36 825.22

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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David and Frances Marks have dedicated their lives to South African music. Together they have largely self-funded the archiving of almost 50 years of South Africa’s music heritage. This has been a challenge at the best of times – but now they face their biggest challenge yet.   Fran has been diagnosed with dementia and at present the medical bills and treatment is unaffordable for them. In order to take care of her, she had to be moved into a frail care facility.