Getting to know Muzart

By Drum Digital
05 November 2014

Our music is an explosion of happiness.

It’s been over four years since the five-member band MuzArt of Victor “Vic” Chauke, Tshegofatso “Tazzy” Lehutso, Sol “Stringer” Mosetle, Rorisang “Rori” Thandekiso and Jabu Jnr Khanyile – the son of the late, great muso Jabu Khanyile – got together. DRUM asked them a few questions;

Rori Thandekiso (vocals)

How did you get into the band?

I got a call from one of the guys asking me to be their brand ambassador. When I met them I fell in love with their music. When the band asked me to sing for them I was reluctant, but I said yes.

What’s it like being the only girl in the group?

I have adopted the motherly role in the group, but otherwise it’s cool. They are responsible guys.

JABU JNR Khanyile (DJ)

When did you realise that you wanted to be a musician?

My dad, the late Jabu Khanyile, and my mom Khululiwe were both musicians so I grew up in that environment. My father wanted me to be a civil engineer, but the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Being with my dad at the Kalawa Jazmee recording studio while he recorded a song with [kwaito group] Trompies.

Vic Chauke (keyboard, co-producer and vocals)

Where did your musical journey begin?

At 12 I started playing keyboards at the church where my father is the pastor. After that music followed me wherever I went. At high school I got into music programmes and eventually went on to study sound engineering.

What was your first job?

I worked as a waiter when I was 16. I quit after two days because I couldn’t handle people’s rudeness. My next real job was as an intern at Gallo music.

What’s been MuzArt’s best gig so far?

We’ve had so many incredible gigs, but the best one so far was at Shimmy Beach in Cape Town.

Stringer Mosetle (guitarist)

Why did you choose to be a musician?

It’s strange because when I was younger I wanted to be an architect, but when I was 12 years old I started writing my own music. Secular music, everything that’s not gospel, wasn’t allowed at my house but my brother introduced me to Kirk Franklin, who had a gospel style of pop and soul.

Have you been in a band before?

Yes, I was with a band called Meat the Veggies, until MuzArt hijacked me. But here I am today playing with my family.

Tazzy Lehutso (keyboard, vocals and songwriter)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pilot, an architect and then ?a surgeon – they seemed like prestigious jobs. But I realised my passion lay in music.

How would you describe MuzArt’s music?

It’s an explosion of happiness, like rainbows bursting out of the sky. One of our Twitter followers even gave us a new genre – New Soul Groove.

By Emma Liwela

Picture by Rowyn Lombard

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