Event a platform for local artists

2017-05-17 06:02
Big Menaz entertains the crowd. Kagiso Mathews, aka “Arnold Kay”, successfully hosted the first Local is Lekker Bash, The Jump Off, at the Bahamas Entertainment Lounge on Saturday, 6 May. Altogether 90% of the performers, like Big Menaz, were local artists.Photo: Supplied

Big Menaz entertains the crowd. Kagiso Mathews, aka “Arnold Kay”, successfully hosted the first Local is Lekker Bash, The Jump Off, at the Bahamas Entertainment Lounge on Saturday, 6 May. Altogether 90% of the performers, like Big Menaz, were local artists.Photo: Supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The first Local is Lekker Bash, called The Jump Off, was held at the Bahamas Entertainment Lounge in Kimberley on Saturday, 6 May. Altogether 90% of the performers were local artists.

The event started at 15:00 and continued into the morning hours. More than 30 local artists, including DJs, were proud to take to the stage.

The artists had the crowd eating out of their hand as they got the opportunity to interact with each other through song and dance.

The event was aimed at giving exposure to artists making their way on various digital and radio platforms.

Arnold Kay, who hosted the event, promised that part of the proceeds would go towards radio listing projects for two selected artists.

According to Jane Sithole, who attended the event, The Jump Off initiative was a good one.

“I saw a good combination of artists, some of whom I did not know very well. Local performances offered a mixture of house, hiphop and kwaito. The entrance fee of R50 is also affordable for a whole night of fun,” Sithole said.

Another attendee, Mathew Setlhabi, was impressed by the measures taken to keep the event and the parking areas secure. He added that the event was safe, because no violent incident had been reported.

“I would advise the organiser to improve on the marketing strategy, but I enjoyed myself to the fullest. The price was a definite thumbs-up and the venue was spacious and safe.”

One of the performing artists, DJ Sacs, also gave the initiative a thumbs-up and said it had the potential for growth.

“I applaud Arnold Kay and respect him for pulling off an initiative like this single-handedly,” he said.

“It took some guts to produce something like this with so little support, but he pulled it off.”

DJ Sacs encouraged local artists to use platforms like this event to boost their confidence and help their performance.

“They must hang in there and stop complaining about petty things. I am aware that they might refuse early slots and want to go straight to being celebrities, but that is not how it works. Getting big gigs requires connections,” he said.

“I only started getting my real break in 2008. Through perseverance and using small platforms like these, I am now able to perform in clubs and bars. I even shared the stage with more popular DJs.”

According to Arnold Kay, the event was the first of its kind.

“This was a pilot project, but I saw that it has a lot of potential. Seeing so many happy faces was my highlight of the event, along with the fact that no violent incidents were reported.”

He admitted that his marketing strategy was less than ideal due to limited funds and resources.

He believes the programme will be officially launched later this year, once he has secured enough sponsorships and partnerships.

“It will definitely be an annual event that will be held every year in May. I have managed to detect all the shortcomings and will definitely work on them during the event for next year,” he said.

“Local artists have already started registering for next year’s line-up.”

The selected artists will be announced right after the official launch of the programme.

Arnold Kay is known for the Stoep Hip-Hop Sessions that he organises every last Friday of the month in Galeshewe. These sessions give local hip-hop artists a platform to showcase their talent.

He can be reached on his Facebook pages at The Stoep Hip-Hop Session, The Jump Off-tjo, and Arnold Kay Communications for more sessions and events.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.

 
 

Paws

Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.