There’s music in his veins

2016-12-07 08:28
Pietermaritzburg guitar man Hector Houston.

Pietermaritzburg guitar man Hector Houston. (Ian Carbutt)

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A natural music man with a passion for his music and the pupils he teaches, Pietermaritzburg personality Hector Houston works at Capital Music in the city centre and now plays in a band for the not-so-young. 
“I was born in Pietermaritzburg and when I was one year old, I was taken to St Theresa’s Catholic Children’s Home in Durban where I lived for 12 years.
“At the age of 13 years, I was sent to live with my aunt and became the eighth child in the household. I became the servant for the home and my uncle would drink and hit me, so I ran away. 
“I taught myself how to play guitar. My love of the instrument began when I was six years old in the children’s home. 
“I would watch other children play and at the age of 13, I started teaching myself to play with my friend’s guitar. By the age of 15, I was playing in a band. 
“Now I am 65 years old and I play in a band called the Bifocals. I also play at Aintree Lodge on Sundays. I ran a project making guitars from recycled objects like oil tins and wood, the stuff you pick up off the floor. 
“I have been teaching guitar since 1989. What makes me happy is when I get to see other young musicians, and those I teach, getting on well and excelling with their music.” 
Hector Houston, as told to Stephanie Saville.
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