Marley Planga is on a journey of music genius

2018-04-26 06:00
Marley Planga a man of many talents.

Marley Planga a man of many talents.

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It’s difficult to pin him down, as Marley Planga seems to be a jack of all trades.

Described at best as a story teller, some dub him a song writer, singer, guitarist, producer, recording artist, record label owner, learner, teacher and father!

All of that, and in no particular order, because Marley says there is no contradiction.

This is the yet incomplete journey of Marley, an artist influenced by his unmistakable love for love, life, humanity, travelling and sharing all those experiences and stories with the world through his other love; music.

Singing about the African struggles for equality, the quest for love and confessions about long, lonely nights, Marley released his debut album in 2016, titled ‘Ndombelele’(literally meaning ‘Sing For Me’). But this is not everyday singing he refers to.

It is the hand-clapping and foot-stomping type of singing.

True to his Xhosa roots and traditional upbringing, courtesy of his maternal great-grandmother, and the pride he has in his culture, Marley wants to promote indigenous and vernacular stories to remember African roots.

That is contained in his self composed and produced 12 track album, released through his own label, Sound Level Productions.

Born in Beaufort West in the early 70s, Marley went to study and finished a BA degree and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of the Western Cape.

He taught English and coached soccer, cricket and athletics at Masiyile High and Zola Secondary Schools.

After a decade of teaching, Marley started working in the travel industry, which saw him tour the east and west Africa, the UK, Germany and the US.

This was a different cross cultural and educational exposure for a small town boy, a former teacher and sport fanatic.

It was during this period that Marley took a long yearned for challenge of learning to play a musical instrument.

Enter Mavo Jokazi and Ndoda Ntsika, musicians and bass guitarists in their own right. After a few bass lessons with one after the other, Marley changed to acoustic guitar, where he taught himself basic chords to progress with song writing and composing.

Raised by a traditional, rural grandmother who was a fountain of folklore and song and growing up in tumultuous South African township with all its socio-econo-political impediments in the 70-80s; post political emancipation euphoria turned unscripted; world travels; love and relationships...

Marley Planga performs with a 5 piece band with occasional brass selection


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