Joyous hold workshop in Gugs to empower

2018-12-20 06:00
Jabu Hlongwane giving advice to young musicians at a workshop held in Gugulethu recently.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Jabu Hlongwane giving advice to young musicians at a workshop held in Gugulethu recently.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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Popular gospel group Joyous Celebration took some time out of their busy schedule- before their live recording in Cape Town- to give back to upcoming musicians in the townships.

The group was in town last week to record their 23rd live CD and DVD.

Instead of rehearsing for the show, they chose to spend a few hours of their schedule to hold workshops wannabe gospel singers.

The workshop was held at the Ikhwezi Community Hall in Gugulethu last Wednesday.

Those in attendance engaged with two of the group’s founders, Lindelani Mkhize and Jabu Hlongwane.

Their questions ranged from how to be a successful musician, composer, how to make it in the industry, how to market oneself and how to deal with contractual issues.

Mkhize said whenever they go out to other provinces, it is important for them to hold such workshops because a lot of people think in order to make it big, they need to relocate to Johannesburg.

He said people that attended the workshop have different talents that they can combine to make a success of the music industry in Cape Town without having to go elsewhere.

“People think to make it in music they must go to Johannesburg but we always tell them they need to work together where they live and combine their different talents in order to make it,” he said.

He said they are hoping to leave them with some ideas on how to work together and first get recognition in their community before the whole country can take note of their talents.

Siyabonga Doyle of Ukhonukamva gospel choir said the workshop taught them they do not have to go out of the province in order to make it.

“They told us to put our skills together and makes something out of them and help each other,” he said.

Doyle said they also need to be unique from everybody else, and in that way, they can stay on their own

Xola Toto said she had difficulties knowing what to do in order to move forward.

“I got good advice from the workshop because I thought I needed to go to Johannesburg to be successful but working with others from here we can make something of ourselves.”


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