For Sakhile Humbane music is life. Unlike many youths, it was not enough for him that he has natural talent that has already won him top competitions – he wanted to top off his talent by studying music and making a living from it.Humbane is now a final-year student, doing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cape Town.He won the 2015 National Youth Competition and he recently visited that stage again, as a guest artist at the 2018 National Youth Competition at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow on Saturday 13 October.He could hardly contain his excitement at the opportunity, saying it was his chance to show his gratitude to his supporters as they would witness how he has grown over the past three years.“It is a real honour to return to the National Youth Competition this year as a guest artist.”He says it was good for him to approach the show with a different focus than before as he was not competing.“I approached the performance with the intention of just enjoying the music and letting it speak for itself, with no added pressure of being a competitor. So I focused my energy on trying to communicate the music to the audience, and bringing it alive as much as possible.”He says winning the competition in 2015 opened up opportunities for further concerts. “And that was one of the main advantages of winning, but I think music competitions are not like in sport where a first prize is the main goal. For young musicians, competitions are useful in inspiring them to improve themselves, but I think the main objective should be in focusing on improvement and not on the main prize. “Music is subjective and the idea of one being better than the other is a matter of taste. With that said, I still encourage young musicians to enter for these opportunities as they can serve as good motivators to work hard,” Humbane says.He encourages young musicians to try to find out all possible avenues of opportunity and aim higher. He says they must do lots of research, work hard and always prepare beforehand for their performances.