Local artists record with professionals

2019-06-11 06:00
Henna and music star Rowlene, centre, with Priscilla and Tembisile.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Henna and music star Rowlene, centre, with Priscilla and Tembisile.PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Three Cape Town youth that were announced as part of Red Bull Music’s Lift As You Rise project got the chance to record their music at the Red Bull Music Studios.

The trio recorded their own music separately while being guided by experienced musicians.

Elsies River-born superstar Rowlene, who was one of the mentors, said working with the young musicians was amazing.

“The synergy was amazing. None of them were uptight or awkward – it was chilled. No one felt inferior to the artists,” Rowlene said.

She said that she was amazed by their work ethic.

“We got a lot done on Monday (3 June) when we recorded. We managed to record the music and finish before the anticipated time.”

Botswana-born Asmah Khan, better known as Priscilla, who had seen the project on social media, said she was reluctant to enter the competition until a friend of hers convinced her to.

She was surprised to receive a call informing her that she had made it into the project.

Priscilla said she learnt a lot from the artists and was excited to have recorded her music. “Working with Rowlene was amazing, I learnt a lot,” she said.

Nelson Stevens, also known as Tembisile, said that what impressed him a lot was the patience that the experienced artists had towards them.

“What I took away from these guys is that one needs to have confidence around people,” he said.

“I am not good with a lot of people in the room while I record because I get anxious a lot, they do not really care they just do their work and move on. That is really amazing.”

Henna said she learnt not to put too much pressure on herself when recording.

“I hate the idea of sounding stupid. I learnt something that I can take away and put in my own music,” she said.

She said the opportunity was one that she will cherish forever.

“This will stay in my heart and mind for a long time and I am truly thankful to have been chosen as one of the 11 people to be part of this project.”

The music that the 11 artists recorded will be released in the form of an album soon.

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