Show gives local artists a voice

2019-05-29 06:01

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With the huge success of All the Way from Bloem 2018, Jacobus Silwer, initiator, is impressed with the quality of entries for this year’s project.

He says the aim of the project, which consists of a compilation CD of 15 songs and a concert during the Vrystaat Arts Festival, is to encourage local talent and to get artists to collaborate.

“The idea of All the Way from Bloem is to be representative of the languages, ages, genres and cultures of the artists in Mangaung,” he says.

Also a big focus point is to create a strong network between local artists. Workshops, such as a public speaking workshop on Saturday (19/05), are being held to empower participants.

On 15 May the artists had an opportunity to do short interviews and a photo session at the Visual Media Hub that forms part of the Department of Drama and Theatre Art at the University of the Free State (UFS). Students of the department had the opportunity to work behind the scenes and in front of the cameras during this session. The students will also take part in producing music videos for some of the songs of All the Way from Bloem 2019.

Jacobus is including a song “Jy is vir my” that he wrote for his wife, Lizzy. Jacobus is busy with the compilation of his second album that will include songs like “Strome Lewe” which he performed at the Omgeefees on Thursday (16/05).

Zabic Sol Fa, who matriculated at the Brebner High School in 1999, spent many years in Durban before he return­ed to Bloemfontein at the end of last year to work on his music career.

This entrepreneur, DJ and music producer entered “My City”, written by Maleho Tlale.

Zabic, who produced and wrote songs for his gospel albums, is working on a secular album for the first time.

The song is about Bloemfontein, in “Bloem-lingo” and all that makes this place and its residents unique.

He has a passion to help fellow artists to succeed in the industry and through his show on Moteo FM he gives airtime to upcoming local artists.

Another entry for this year is Gerduan Kemp’s song “Vergewe my as ek”.

This young local photographer, that matriculated at the Sentraal High School in 2015, says he worked with Peter Cleff on the song.

He has written many songs, but it is the first time that this song is recorded.

Watch out for more stories on All the Way from Bloem in Bloemnews in the coming weeks.

The All the Way from Bloem show takes place on 2 July at 19:30 at the Kopanong Kovsiekerk on the UFS campus. Tickets cost R90 and are available from Computicket.

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