Inmates to hit a higher note

2017-05-31 06:03
Rapper Tuks Senganga performed for the inmates at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley and is set to partner with the centre in scouting talent.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Rapper Tuks Senganga performed for the inmates at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley and is set to partner with the centre in scouting talent.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Several inmates at the Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley have a good chance to record an album with rapper Tuks Senganga after their talent was scouted by established musicians.

The rapper and his producer, Thabiso “Thasman” Tsotetsi, visited the male inmates on Wednesday (24/05) to scout for talent and offered to take some of them under their wing.

They were joined by radio perso-nality DJ Bigboy Moagi and DJ Tony “Towny Mac” Moagi on a two-day visit to teach the inmates about the music industry.

According to Thasman, who is the owner of the record label Impact Sounds, the ball is now in the court of the centre’s management to make sure that the initiative bears fruit.

He said they presented their offer to management after they worked with the inmates and will return in June to take the next steps.

He mentioned that a few artists were chosen, but that they didn’t without any details of the offer out of concern of making false promises to the inmates.

“We offer our capabilities to compose for them while the available artists will play a guiding role.

“We will guide them in the right direction of what the market needs and give them tips that we, as radio personalities, have learned,” Thasman said.

The Impact Sounds record label has produced national artists like Unathi, Zola, Tuks Senganga and Merafe.

The first day of the workshop saw different groups showcasing their talent in front of their guests with the hopes of getting recognition.

On the next day, the selected groups were given a chance to share the stage with the artists.

The session was part of the centres sports, recreation and training (SREC) programme that was organised by Thato “Soba” Balatseng, a promoter by profession.

According to Balatseng, the initiative was triggered by the amount of raw talent he spotted in the centre.

He then used his contacts in the industry to make the session a reality.

This is reportedly the second event of its kind after the first one was hosted by DJ Nation in February.

More stakeholders are urged to partner with the programmein order to be extended to other.

The Impact Sounds record label is looking forward to the challenge of working with the centre.

Thasman expressed his surprise at the level of lyrical content and vocal promise among the inmates.

“I will hate to start something and not finish it, especially where I identified such great potential,” he said.

“I would love to see at least one of them release a single after this. It will be sad for the initiative to end without success.”

Hendrik Johannes, head of the centre, admitted that red tape might be the only reason why the initiative might be delayed or that furthering the inmates’ skills toward a recording deal might be obstruc-ted.

“I am glad we came, so that we could see the talent for ourselves,” Senganga said.

“They remind me of the time when I was doing music simply for the love of it.

“The performances of the inmates were amazing and I would love to hook them up.”

Towny Mac told the inmates about the many opportunities available in the music industry apart from singing and rapping.

Two inmates, Mbulelo Mkhuzo and Siviwe Mfucane, were chosen as those having the best performances.

According to Mkhuzo, they started off as a performing group of four, but two of their partners were later released.

The pair sees a definite possibility in pursuing music as a career.


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