Music - ‘my life saviour’

2016-09-27 06:00
 Photo: Kalisha Naicker  Musician and vocalist Sabelo Vincent Mabaso ‘Mo-Shin’ wants to start an NPO in his community.

Photo: Kalisha Naicker Musician and vocalist Sabelo Vincent Mabaso ‘Mo-Shin’ wants to start an NPO in his community.

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BOTHA’S Hill musician and vocalist Sabelo Vincent Mabaso “Mo-Shin” began his career as a gospel artist. He then moved to R&B and hip-hop and now is an all-round artist and songwriter. His experience in the music business has given him knowledge of what works and what does not, but he has never abandoned his hip-hop roots and wants to use his skill to give back to the community in which he lives.

Speaking to the Fever, Mo-Shin says that although he has many passions, such as reading and watching inspirational movies, music is number one on the list as it’s a hobby he is good at.

“In 1995 I was introduced to choral music by my English teacher, Thomas Mdlalose, at Lindumthetho Primary at eMondlo near Vryheid. From then I developed a passion for music particularly, gospel music and R&B.”

He said R&B was an automatic attraction because he grew up listening and singing along to The Temptations, The Manhattans and Teddy Pendergrass.

“Since I was a child all I wanted to do was to sing.
“Honestly I never wanted to be anything else. But then responsibility came by as my mother passed away and I had to choose between my family or my dream.”
The 31-year-old is a rapper and a singer with a story that some people can relate or even learn from.

“I'm originally a singer and have been singing for the past 16 years. In the process of my musical growth I lost a lot of people that were dear to me - six in total.

“As the oldest of five I had to be strong for everyone, however, while I was being tough for everyone I lost a part of myself in the process. This led to severe depression.”

Mo-Shin said that in the midst of the toughest part of his life he had his music.
“I just kept writing rhymes and putting songs together. Music literally saved my life when I was suicidal and depressed.

“That's when I mastered this skill to enable me to write rhymes that can teach young ones about the significance of education, love and the consequences of hooligan behaviour.
“I have specific songs that deal exactly with those topics,” he said.

Describing himself as outspoken, Mo-Shin is proud that he made it through depressive, suicidal behaviour and is still standing and ready to take on the world and wants to use this experience to educate the youth.

“Every child in my vicinity knows how much I value education. Through my music I can make a difference.
“I want to teach children how to write and express themselves with music.
“My long-term goal is to open an NPO where children have the opportunity of exploring their talent and have a place to be creative and stay away from social ills.”

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