Muso aims to inspire youth

2016-12-07 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Cebo Diko.

PHOTO: supplied Cebo Diko.

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UPCOMING hip-hop artist Cebo Diko is determined to galvanise the youth into not giving up through his music.

The 24-year-old from Napierville known as “Makhalafilm” is a rapper, writer and producer.

His music journey began in 2008 at age 17, when he was part of a group he formed with his friends called PS Boys. He later left the group to focus on his solo career and growth as an artist.

“I fell in love with music back in the days of Zola7. He inspired me to want to make a change through my music.

“He didn’t just write music for the sake of making money, but if you listened to his lyrical content he made a lot of sense and it was inspiring. I wanted to get into the industry to continue where he left off.”

Diko decided to pursue a career in music to avoid being sucked in by social­ ills.

“Music is an escape for me, there are many things, we as young people find ourselves trapped in because we have too much time on our hands and conform to peer pressure. Music keeps me busy and prevents me from getting into things like drugs and alcohol.”

He is promoting his latest single, Ungiqhatha no-bae, which was released last month.

“I have been performing at local nightclubs just to put my music out there. We also shot a music video for the single, which is currently being edited and will be released in the first quarter of 2017. This single will be part of my mixtape project that I’m also working on.”

Diko said his single is doing well online and has had about 600 downloads.

“That is amazing and I’m confident that by the time the music video debuts most people will be familiar with the single.

“I put great effort into my music and encourage others to go onto social media­ and download my single,” he said.

He said next year he wants to focus more on distributing his music to Channel O and other big music channels­.

“I also want to establish my own record label and focus on making more music.

“I believe Pietermaritzburg has a lot to offer in terms of talent and I want to be the driving force being that. I want to make it easier for musicians coming after me to break into the industry.

To know more about Diko and his music journey, visit his Facebook page Cebo Makhalafilm Diko.

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