Place to meet for PMB artists

2019-07-31 06:02
Some of the artists at one of the meetings.PHOTO: supplied

Some of the artists at one of the meetings.PHOTO: supplied

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REALISING that Pietermaritzburg’s up-and-coming musos are facing an uphill battle in terms of exposure — be it through radio or social media — Oribi resident Langalethu Mbhele has taken it upon himself to create a platform for all local artists by recording their performances to boost their profiles and performance experiences, something which he says is lacking in our city.

“All our artists across our city were trying their best, but unfortunately we weren’t getting out there as fast.

“Even if we did make some noise with a song, it would only last for a couple of weeks and then it would go silent afterwards,” said Mbhele.

He said he noticed that PMB has many phenomenal artists but they are unknown, and he thought he could at least create a culture in that gives artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and played in their city.

A former professional basketball player, Mbhele said he was fortunate enough to meet lots of people throughout his years and told them about his plans. This resulted in the first two events of The Meet in Oribi which, according to him, was good but not great.

“I then did some research and found that other artists needed a platform as well.

“I realised that there were a lot of small businesses in and around our city which aren’t well-established but are creating a buzz within their respective communities,” said Mbhele, who then had these businesses showcase their products and services at The Meet. This ended up also becoming a creatives village.

Mbhele said that the collaboration was a huge success and since then it has become a hit among the people wanting to showcase their talents. A lover of music, Mbhele said that he always wanted to be a rapper but saw himself being able to produce people better than being an artist, which is what inspired the concept of The Meet.

“I saw that I needed to help produce people further than only music, but in terms of finance and business.

“I believe we have a great market that can make people a lot of money and we just need to raise the standards of music and quality in PMB. I want to help get the talent out there because we always hear the same names throughout the years but no changes,” said Mbhele.

The Meet offers a way for creatives to come together and have a creative space for them to excel in, showcase their talent and learn from one another by mingling and getting into contact with other creatives.

“PMB is not a ghost town but a gold mine filled with talent and greatness which just has not being exposed yet but will soon enough,” concluded Mbhele.


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