Blind singer gets her break

2017-11-08 06:01
Afro-pop artist Jenny Jennifer Mokubung was invited by the Southern African Disabled Musicians Association (Sadma) to perform at an upcoming music concert to be held in Potchefstroom.Photo: Supplied

Afro-pop artist Jenny Jennifer Mokubung was invited by the Southern African Disabled Musicians Association (Sadma) to perform at an upcoming music concert to be held in Potchefstroom.Photo: Supplied

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The Northern Cape still has a long way to go to develop the arts industry for people with disabilities.

This was highlighted by the visually impaired Afro-pop artist Jenny Jennifer Mokubung, who says she has been “stuck in one place” since the recording of her first album.

She released her CD, Makoti, in 2007.

After the recording, her producer told her that her future and success lay in the hands of the province where she was told by her producer how her future lies in the hands of her province to make grow.

Mokubung got her first big break when she was invited by the Southern African Disabled Musicians Association (Sadma) to perform at an upcoming music concert to be hosted in Potchefstroom.

The concert is expected to be held later in November, and disabled musicians will be featured in the line-up.

Mokubung, who is currently in Johannesburg to prepare for her performance, expressed her excitement for the opportunity.

“I am so honoured to have been approached for this performance.It shows that I am on the right track after all.

“I am confident that the exposure will assist me in making a mark in the music industry which, in turn, will open more doors,” she said.

Although she has been faced with challenges regarding exposure, she has continued to practice with her back-up artists and travelled to Bloemfontein to practice with a local band.

She refuses to play the disability card, but pointed out that her province has a long way to go in supporting the disabled.

“My spirit was never dampened, because I know I have talent.

“I tried various methods to get the local government’s attention to get exposure, but all to no avail.

“I continued to register as an artist on their database, but I am always let down and overlooked. I don’t know whether this is due to my blindness,” she said.

“Ever since my album was released, I have been knocking on closed doors for sponsorships to assist me in launching the CD.

“I don’t know how other artists manage or who they talk to in order to be taken seriously.”

She believes she has worked too hard to let her dreams go. She has loved singing from a young age.

“I grew up with a love for music and enjoyed singing in church and in choirs.

“I was only introduced to instruments in 1994, when I started to enter the Shell Road to Fame talent competitions.”

When she lost for the fourth year in a row, she got a wake-up call and realised that she still needed grooming and confidence.

“That is when I joined a local band, called the Legal Protesters. The band later relocated, and I joined the Mbombela group.”

I am so honoured to have been
approached for this performance. It shows that I am on the right track after all.

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