Big sounds from the streets

2016-11-22 06:00
Morgan Petersen a.k.a Balenciaga Banks from Morgenster co-owns a record label recording music on the streets of Mitchell’s Plain.

Morgan Petersen a.k.a Balenciaga Banks from Morgenster co-owns a record label recording music on the streets of Mitchell’s Plain.

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You need not go far to find a passionate group of artists recording and producing world class music.

This is the sentiment of a local who has set out to change the face of the music industry.

Morgan Petersen – better known by his stage name Balenciaga Banks – has been building a music empire with his partner Nigel Jones for the past six years, and in recent weeks they have started to see the fruit of their labours.

Royal Flush Young Kings (RFYK) is a record label focussing on giving artists from Mitchell’s Plain an opportunity to grow their music.

“I met a group of friends at college and we listened to music and at the time I thought of an idea to start the brand,” he says.

He met Jones, who had started his own label a few streets from his home and the two decided to merge the labels in 2010 to create RFYK.

“Jones had recording equipment and I had this idea. At the time he had a registered business Royal Flush, and I was young so I thought of Young Kings and that is how the brand was born,” says Petersen.

The label now has 21 recording artists – mostly from Mitchell’s Plain – covering all genres of commercial music except for rock.

The artists related to the brand have also had music play listed on Channel O and have their songs already on air at various radio stations.

“We have become an inspiration to the people in our surroundings and we are not taking no for an answer. Self sufficiency is the most important thing for us now,” Petersen says.

The group produce, record and write their own music and they will soon release music videos for various artists.

“When we started people laughed at us and now that they see how we are persisting and they hear the quality of our music, they are becoming religious around us. We managed to make something of this,” says Petersen.

V Visit their Facebook page: RFYK Entertainment for links to their music and updates on the brand.

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