Jazz artist uplifts fellow musicians

2019-03-13 06:00
PHOTO: FacebookJazz artist Nomalanga Hlubi.

PHOTO: FacebookJazz artist Nomalanga Hlubi.

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JAZZ artist Nomalanga Hlubi, from Panorama, says she wants to help other upcoming artists get the recognition they deserve because when she started out in the music industry she did not get that opportunity.

Hlubi, who launched her third album, Mus’ukuthatha Ubeka, in November last year, said she believes that there is a lot of talent that is not being recognised and she is trying to change that.

“When I started in the music industry I suffered a lot because I did not have many people who held my hand as I started my journey. I am going to do my best in making sure that I help people with talent be recognised.

“I am not only looking for young people but also old people who have been doing music for a long time but are still not recognised,” she said.

Speaking about her album, Hlubi said she is very grateful for the support that she has received since she launched her 10-track album.

“I recorded my album after losing my husband in 2017. I wanted to pour my heart out and express my feelings and, at the same time, give other people who are in the similar situation as me hope.

“Whenever I’m writing and recording music, I make sure the person who is listening is going to learn something and be able to change his or her life.

“I am not only singing because I have a voice but because it is something that I love,” she said.

Hlubi started singing at jazz events and festivals in 2002 before recording her first album, which was released in 2005.

Hlubi is currently travelling around KwaZulu-Natal to promote her new album, although the artist said she is also scouting for talent wherever she goes.

“I already have someone from Inchanga that I am helping.

“That child can sing — she is very talented — she just needs someone to help her so that she can be recognised for her talent.”

Hlubi’s album is available online.

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