Pretoria cleaner’s musical talent impresses experts

2012-06-20 10:33

A 68-year-old cleaner and gifted musician who works for the University of Pretoria (UP), has so impressed his employers that he has been asked to perform at official functions.

Daniel Msiza has no formal musical training, but he learnt by ear and also composes his own music – mostly jazz.

After Beeld reported on Msiza’s talent in 2009, Bennie Goodman, the owner of a music shop in Pretoria, where Msiza was employed at the time, gave him a piano.

“I was so happy about that piano. That man is really a good person,” Msiza said.

When he started his new job at UP in November 2011, the university asked him to perform at official functions.

“I’m not afraid when I perform in front of so many people, I’m excited. God gave me this talent and he helps me every time,” he said.

During childhood, Msiza was inspired by his uncle, Moses Matemane, who regularly played classical compositions on his piano at his Arcadia home.

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