Loyiso to dazzle at the Grand Jol

2018-04-23 19:53
Loyiso Bala ready to please music lovers. Photo: Supplied

Loyiso Bala ready to please music lovers. Photo: Supplied

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The Bala brothers are well known as performing artists in the country and Capetonians will see Loyiso performing live on 5 May in the Grand Arena at GrandWest as part of the Grand Jol of TygerBurger and Suidooster.

“I am from Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape but live with my family in Johannesburg. My brothers are both still very active in the music industry.

Zwai is a music and creative director while Phelo is pursuing his solo career with his second solo album. We’ve always sung together since we were very young, so sharing the stage with my brothers feels to me like just another special family get-together,” Loyiso said.

He started off in the music industry as part of multi-platinum selling group TKZee Family and he went solo in 2000 with his first singel called “Mus’ ukukhala. Since then he has won seven SAMA awards as a solo artist.

“Although I would like for my songs to be sung and enjoyed way after I am out of here, creating a sustainable industry for both performers and song-writers is my biggest passion. I would like this toe be my legacy in music. Highlights of performing with famous artists include John Legend, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Corinne Bailey Rae.

“Off all of them I’dd say that Stevie Wonder had the most impact on my career. Not many singers in my genre have not been influenced by him musically whether as a songwriter or as a singer. If I could perform with an international artist and depending on the genre I would say William McDowell. Currently I have been listening non-stop to his gospel songs. He is the person that I would love to share a stage with, even if I was just singing tenor as part of his backing vocalists. That’s how much I appreciate his music,” Loyiso said.

When he is not singing, he is running the music business. “They say that the music business is 20% music and 80% business and that is why I try to be involved in both. Since music, which is also my hobby, takes up most of my working hours, spending quality time with my family is what I do when I’m not working,” he said.

He added that he really don’t have a preference when it comes to genre of music.

“Mainly because growing up I listened and studied all types of music. I’ve also released albums in nearly every genre possible from classical, gospel, R&B, swimg and more. Therefore, my favourite genre is always the one that I’m working on at the time. My favourite male singer is Brian McKnight and female Ntokozo Mbambo.

“A lot can and still needs to be done for artists in the South African music industry in order to preserve our industry for future musicians to still make a living our of it. Adjusting the amount of SA music played on our radio stations to favour the SA artist will go a long way into improving the creators in my field.

“One of my biggest concerns is the piracy, of selling CDs and DVDs not only in parking lots or in front of shopping malls. More piracy happens online (by people who can afford to buy albums) than it dos in parking lots and taxi ranks.It is a huge risk to the industry but it also forces us, musicians, to perfect our performing skills so that we can get more live shows,” Loyiso said.

Every performance is not always plain sailing. He once fell off the stage and just picked himself p and carried on, also his attitude to life in general.

“Being a celebrity comes with a price and your fans should always be part of the package whether you want to chat while having something to eat with family. If I choose to go somewhere with the family I make sure that its private enough for us to enjoy each other. If people end up coming to say hi, we gladly let them through. I must say though, that I have the best fans in the world who respects my space and my family.

“My Drakensberg Boys Choirmaster, the late Bunny Ashley-Botha had the most influence in my music career. He taught me so much about music and how to carry myself as a musician that some of his lessons are still relevant to me at this mature stage of my career. What the public don’t know about me is that I talk and joke around a lot, so my life is not all about music,” he chuckled.

“My message to young upcoming artists are: if you are good, they’ll find you. In the interim, get your house in order.”


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