Local artist helps to transport other musos to the “Blue Moon”

2015-08-06 06:00

Sello Mangwana with his new signing Sibah Anne promise fire work as they are working on producing new music for the Blue Moon Records. 

Mandla Mahashe

Sello Mangwana with his new signing Sibah Anne promise fire work as they are working on producing new music for the Blue Moon Records. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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While handing out donations or speaking at schools is one of the effective ways to give back to the community, a local musician wants to do a bit more than just that.

Sello Mangwana, a member of one of the last remaining successful kwaito groups in the province, has decided to go a step further by recruiting up and coming artists from his neighbourhood into his newly found record label.

Blue Moon is the name of the label and they already have two signings on their books.

“I took time to search for the guys who not only have the talent but those that are determined.

Many people get into the music business for fame and don’t have the heart to carry on when times are hard, but I saw something special in these two,” he said.

The two recruits are Nyanga rapper and social entrepreneur Sibabalwe “Sibah Anne” Nongqunga (21) and Khumbulani “Rhumshi” Bukwana (22) from Philippi.

Mangwana will now have to juggle his time between his work as an artist and a businessman.

“My goal is to make sure that these young guys can reach greater heights. My group has been successful through the help of others.

I see a lot of potential in these guys and the fact that they weren’t waiting for a label to sign them shows that they take initiative and are hard workers,” said Mangwana.

He said that the label was an extension of to his work of giving back to his community.

“Giving gifts and donations as well as speaking at schools like I always do is good but I feel I needed to do more. I want to empower artists who find their lot in the same predicament as I was a while ago,” he said.

Mangwana started off as a dancer in the early 2000s and later formed Ruffest with his dance partner Andile Max.

They shot to fame after featuring in Dj Mbacu’s hit track Khawundenze Ndonwa

be. The song was produced by another Nyanga star Pyro Beats who is now signed to Ghetto Ruff and produced much of Vusi Nova’s Did It For Love album.

Sibah Anne shot to local popularity three years ago after releasing his catchy Ben 10 track and has since become a firm favourite in the local rap scene.

He has come to release his first mixtape, The Annertainment, earlier this year. He also runs his own clothing label called Urbanic Wear.

He said he was excited and couldn’t wait to see what the new venture had in store for him.

“I’m glad that I will have help because as cool as it sounds to have so many things going for you, it is really difficult to manage everything, so it will help to have a label that will help.

I’m also looking forward to learn what they (Ruffest) did right to catapult them into the level they are in now,” he said

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