Academy unearths local talent

2018-10-04 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedMembers of the Full Force Band.

PHOTO: suppliedMembers of the Full Force Band.

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THE JGML Music Academy in Hambanathi aims to unearth local talent through the promotion of music and cultural activities in the community.

Under the umbrella of this academy, a music group known as the Full Force Band was formed in 2000.

The band aims to sharpen and develop the talents of the youth.

The band was formed in Hambanathi Township to encourage the youth to embrace their talents.

Founder of the band Jabulani Khumalo (60) told the Weekly that since the inception of the group, the band has gained support and recognition from local and provincial government.

The band first recorded a CD called A Time will Tell in 2010 with four tracks and has continued to release new CDs.

“We found new artists and released another CD called Tower House. It was very successful in the sense that we even sold it oversees.

“However, the band still faces challenges in terms of getting sponsors. But through constant prayer we hope that the band will continue releasing CDs,” Khumalo said.

Khumalo plays lead guitar for the band and is also the producer and song writer.

The band features a combination of Afro-fusion, jazz and a bit of hip-hop on the tracks.

“Our main objective is to go around the world to showcase African talent in other countries. We are optimistic that we will achieve this soon because we have a good history in the music industry. As much as the band still encounters teething problems such as transporting our singers to the venue for rehearsals and transporting them to an event, we are optimistic that everything will soon fall into place once we get support from sponsors,” Khumalo said.

Khumalo said his love for music began at an early age when he was at primary school.

“My neighbour used to play a guitar every day. I asked my parents to buy me a guitar, and since then the love of music has grown stronger in me. I studied theory and practical music theory for guitarists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1992 under a programme called Ukusa [Performing Arts] Project. Hugh Masekela was leading the programme and I was fortunate to learn many things from Masekela. I got inspired and wanted to come back to my community to unearth local talent among the youth,” Khumalo said.

The band has also formed a music group known as Uthongathi Music Group, which features the youth from various churches in Hambanathi.

The band is expected to perform at a government function at the Durban beach front on September 29.


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