Local artist aims for the stars

2018-01-16 06:00
Cameron Ward from Lotus River

Cameron Ward from Lotus River

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A musician from Lotus River is spreading his wings and taking every opportunity presented to him.

Cameron Ward, a 30-year-old father and husband, and the youngest of three siblings, is already planning his very own national road show taking place in April, after launching his latest DVD and album last month.

Ward is a former learner of Buck Road Primary School and Zeekoevlei High School in Lotus River and currently resides in Johannesburg where he spends most of his time focusing on his career.

“My inspiration for music started in church, where I heard about a great guitarist called Jimmy Dludlu, who made me fall in love with the guitar. He inspired me to do what I’m doing today,” he says.

“My goal as an artist is to make a difference in my community and the world, and to spread the good news of hope and a better future for our people.

“I’m planning to give workshops to the youth of our community by showing them that everything is possible. As long as you believe in yourself, nothing is impossible.”

The talented artist, who has performed at both national and international concerts, plans to hold a free concert within his childhood community in March to show the youth that there is more to life then drugs and alcohol.

“Music is food to the soul. My biggest achievements in life were when Bra Hugh Masekela agreed to record my live DVD with me and when I got my first guitar from Jimmy Dludlu.

“I also recorded my debut called ‘So Much Joy’ which was a big achievement,” he ­explains.

“Another highlight was playing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. I always say if you can dream it, you can live it. Reach and go for your dreams no matter what. I even travelled the world and I visited my favourite country, Brazil.”

The good with the badBut things were not always easy for the local artist, who says his music career came with many challenges.

“There were definitely challenges for me and one of them was being away from home in Cape Town, especially from my parents, brother and sister.

“It wasn’t always easy to travel the world away from my loved ones. My parents got divorced when I was very young and that was a big challenge for me too, but through it all I decided to pursue my dreams and goals,” he adds.

Ward says he is well on his way to achieving even bigger goals and calls on locals to support local talent by purchasing his latest release called Cameron Ward Live @ The ­Orbit.

It is available to purchase in Cape Town and will soon be available in stores ­nationwide.

V If you would like to know more about the artist, visit Facebook (Cameron Ward) or Instagram (@therealcameronward).

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