The KMA House or, “Oakburn”, is a magnificent, Cape-Dutch style house, with ornate “holbol” gables dated 1847, high wooden beamed ceilings and shuttered windows. Situated on the first farming land in South Africa, which was granted by the VOC to Hout Bay Freeburgers in 1681, “Oakburn” was initially part of the renowned “Kronendal” Farm. The original structure was erected much earlier than 1847 and was probably a labourer’s cottage at first. The original clay walls and attached exterior chimney are incorporated into the current structure and are still identifiable. The farm manager was subsequently housed in the much-enlarged homestead, before the farm was sub-divided.
The building adopted the name “Oakburn”, after the British steel cargo steamer of 3865 tons, which was built in 1904 by Russell & Co in the Port of Glasgow. The “Oakburn” came to grief in the mist on 21st May 1906 off Duiker Point near Sandy Bay, while on a voyage from New York to Sydney, carrying a cargo including railway lines and equipment, glassware, sewing machines, musical instruments, oil and paper. Only 2 lives were lost and the surviving crew was billeted here. Some of the wooden beams salvaged from the wreck were used in subsequent renovations and additions to the building.
After subdividing and renovations, our beautiful venue has 9 music rooms, and various relaxing meeting areas including our fully equipped kitchen and office space.
The beautiful garden is the proud project of our property manager, Andile Petelo, and boasts a worm bin, compost heap and vegetable garden. In addition to our weekly teaching activities, we host South African and International artists with our monthly Intimate Soiree Series in the KMA house and we give our pupils a chance to perform at KMA once a term.