Teacher’s love of music inspires

2016-04-26 06:00
Msa Mahlangu playing the piano at John Wesley School Hall. Photo:nosipho mkhize

Msa Mahlangu playing the piano at John Wesley School Hall. Photo:nosipho mkhize

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“TEACHING music is like sowing a seed that will grow.” These are the words of John Wesley’s arts and culture teacher and choir master Msa Mahlangu (28), who recently sang for the president at an ANC Manifesto in Port Elizabeth at the Mandela Bay Stadium.
Mahlangu was born and bred in Matatiele, Eastern Cape and raised with his four siblings by a single mother.
“My mom and dad were not married, however, I got to know my dad as I grew older. We had a good relationship and I tried to prove to him that he can be proud of me as his son. My music­ background comes from him since he was also a musician and inspired me. I started singing at a young age - I sang in gospel and other musical groups in the area and at that time I wanted my name to be known so I studied music at Bat Centre in Durban. “I graduated in 2010 and got the position at John Wesley School to teach arts and culture, including music. At the end of 2011 I left teaching to pursue a career in music.”
After Mahlangu left teaching he set high standards and entered Idols SA in 2015.
“My Idols experience was amazing. I remember when I did my first audition one of the judges, Randall, was singing with me. I got four yes’s and a golden ticket which took me to Sun City. I made it to the top 33 singers out of the whole South Africa.”
Mahlangu said after Idols SA he found himself and where his passion lay - teaching music.
“Somewhere in life you need to find yourself and realise what you want, your passion and what you love so I went back to John Wesley to teach because I love it. I now teach music and art and culture.”
He said he wouldn’t trade teaching pupils at John Wesley for anything. “The experience of teaching these children is beautiful. I can say that music plays a vital role in life and it is pleasing to see a child, who could not even differentiate music notes, sing like a professional by the end of the year.
“The school management and staff have been supportive because sometimes I have to leave early to attend gigs, but they very understanding,” said Mahlangu.
Besides music being his first hobby he recently discovered a new hobby - cycling with his wife. He continues to inspire the youth and said: “Keep doing what you do best. Follow your passion. If you want your name known keep on singing. Sing at funerals, parties, weddings, free of charge, that will get you somewhere in no time. I sang for free at events and people started to recognise my face and voice.”

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