Music master class inspires

2019-04-04 06:01
Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s uMculo Wam master class was held in Langa last week.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s uMculo Wam master class was held in Langa last week.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Scores of music enthusiasts and upcoming musicians attended the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s annual uMculo Wam master class in Langa last week Thursday.

The class brings prominent musicians to the township to talk and inspire upcoming musicians by sharing their experiences about the industry.

The class is also meant to show people the business side of the music industry.

This year’s master class featured Ntsika Ngxanga, prominent member of renowned group The Soil as well as gospel artist Lebo Sekgobela.

Ngxanga said he wanted to inspire the musicians to know their worth. He said a lot of companies take advantage of unknown artists when they see potential.

“People will ask you to perform for them and offer you nothing and big recording companies will take advantage of you because you are not known; so know your worth but also put in the work,” he said.

Ngxanga warned artists not only to focus on music, but to expand and grow big in the music industry.

Sekgobela said as an upcoming artist one needs to know who they are and research what they want to do so they do not sing just because they can.

She said people that wanted to make it in the music industry should believe in themselves and work extra hard to achieve their goals.

“All things are possible to those who believe,” she said.

One of the attendees Vuvu Bam said she learned a lot of things that she did not know about being a musician.

“I did not know anything about owning intellectual rights but after today I know what that is,” she said.

She said the reason a lot of musicians die poor is not knowing everything about the industry and therefore getting exploited.

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