Music builds the community

2019-03-26 06:00
Masi Massive Studio in Masiphumlele.

Masi Massive Studio in Masiphumlele.

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Up and coming artists from Masiphumelele have a place to call home and a platform to market their talent thanks to a local artist who lives for music.

Andile ‘DaO’ Thetha started a Hip Hop Movement called Masi Massive because of his love for music and the community so that artists can come together and showcase their talent.

Started in 2011 the movement has grown in leaps and bounds, attracting other artists from areas like Ocean View, Simon’s Town and Khayelitsha.

Thetha says with most artists from townships they don’t have a platform to showcase their talents and they struggle to put their names out there hence he decided to start the movement.

He adds that no one really believes in the artists coming from the townships, therefore, they end up being pushed into doing the wrong things. Apart from helping artists, he wanted to create a space for the youth to be safe.

“There was nothing happening in the area and I thought I should give back to the community; that is why I started the movement. The youth now has their own place and do what they really enjoy and have something to keep them busy with,” he says.

Born in Transkei Thetha says his love for music and the community drove him to start this movement. “My aim is to build people and bring people together and music has the power to just that. You should see how our area comes alive when we are performing or people are just together sharing their work,’’ he says.

Anyone can join the movement and they are calling on everyone to come and share their love of music with them,” he says.

Having been in the community for a while Thetha noticed that with some artists, though there is a platform to showcase their talent, they also needed a studio to record their work.

He then bought a container which he turned into a studio. Artists can now record their work and reach a wider audience. “I’m all about growing the people. I’m glad that some people who have come to the movement are now recording artists and working all over the country. That makes me happy. It shows that we can also do other things and succeed even if you’re from the township.

“I believe in the power of hip hop and its five elements to bring communities together to have fun and to share in creative endeavors that a stronger voice and an opportunity to create a personal relationship that builds bridges across social differences,” he says.


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