20 Years and more

Western Cape celebrates 20 yearsRain and cold could not dampen the spirits of thousands of Numsa members and their families who attended Numsa’s 20 year anniversary in Cape Town in MayThese photos say it all:

I breathe, walk and eat music

When Mkhangeli Matiwane is not working at VW he plays the guitar for hip-hop group, Shades of Blackness, in Port Elizabeth. He has shared the stage with Freshly Ground and Trompies. In 2004 he was in Japan where he played with local artist Toyatashi. He spoke to Ayanda Billie.

How were you introduced to guitar?Vuyani Nodikida introduced me when I was still battling with acoustic guitar.

How old were you at the time?When I was 16 my father bought me an acoustic guitar and a chord book as a present. I will never forget the day – I still know the time, day and the weather.

How far do you think you will go with music?I breathe, walk and eat music. As long as there is a beat in my heart, music will be present.

How did you hook up with Shades of Blackness?I met some members of the group Dumile Dubula, Fanisile Mgibe, Thobela Fibi and Dumile Manxoyi in 2000. We formed a reggae group calling Burning Youth Reggae. After some time I hooked up with Dumza and was taken up by hip-hop – that was the birth of Shades of Blackness.

You have been performing in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and surrounding areas. What excites you most at such moments?I believe that music is the food for the mind, soul and body. If I’m the part that can fulfil those three segments of my people, that alone makes me swim in the river of pure happiness. To our people responding to our music, to shout, chant and clap hands to our rhythm that itself is a sense of love from them. I’m happy to see people smile, laugh, dance – that is an act of God.

What can we expect from Mkhangeli in the next 10 years?I will not rest until I have my own studio in the township where I live in Motherwell to record and nurture new talent. It cannot be wasted. The purpose of art is to teach and inspire others. In these years that are coming I will teach, inspire and play music all the way. Afrika sabela uyabizwa.

Labour slots continue on community radio stationsDon’t forget to tune in to labour slots on community radio stations around the country. See below for details. Tell us what you think of these slots:

Name of station

Frequency

Time of labour slot

Teemaneng (Kimberley)

89.1FM

Tues 9.30 – 10.30 amWed 8-9pm

Riverside (Upington)

98.2FM

Wed 7-8pm

Zibonele (Khayelitsha)

98.2FM

Tues 8-9pm

786 (Gatesville)

100.4FM

Tues-Wed alternating 8-9pm

Atlantis

107.9FM

Mon 8-9pmWed 12.30 – 12.50am

Valley (Worcester)

88.8FM

Thurs 6-7pm

KC (Paarl)

90.1Mhz

Thurs 6-7pm

Eden (George)

90.1Mhz, 103.6Mhz, 87.8Mhz

Tues-Thurs 8-9pm

Maputaland (Jozini)

107.6FM

Sun 13.30-14.30

Indodonsuka/Icora (Eshowe)

100.4FM

Mon 7-8pm

Imbokodo

96.8FM

Tues 7-8pm

Newcastle

103.7FM

Tues 6-7pm

Greater Lebowakgomo

96.0FM

Wed 7-8pm

Moletsi (Polokwane)

98.6Mhz

Thurs 6-7pm

Univen (Thohoyandou)

99.8Mhz

Sun 7-8pm

Zebediela

89.7FM

Wed 7-8pm

Mokopane

100.0Mhz

Tues-Thurs 12-3pm

Mohodi (Manhata)

98.9Mhz

Sun 11-12am

Botlokwa (Dwarsrivier)

89.3FM

Tues 8-8.30am

Morotele (Themba)

106.6FM

Mon 7-8pm

Mafisa (Rustenburg)

93.4FM

Wed 7.30-8.30 pm

Vaaltar (Taung)

93.6FM

Thurs 8-9pm

Lethlabile

99.5FM

Fri 11-12 am

Vukani (Cala)

99.9FM

Thurs 9-10pm

Takalani (Aliwal North)

98.2FM

Thurs 6-7pm

Khanya (Butterworth)

106.1FM

Thurs 6-9pm

Unitra (Umtata)

97.0FM

Thurs 6.30-8pm

Graaff-Reinet

90.2FM

Mon 5-6pm

Nkqubela (Zwide)

97.0FM

Mon 7-8pm

Unique (Burgersdorp)

90.0Mhz

Tues – Thurs 11-12am

Bushbuckridge

88.4FM

Wed 6-7pm

Barberton

104.1FM

Mon 6.30-7pmThurs 6.40-7pm

Greater Middelburg

89.7FM

Tues 7.30-8.30pm

Kangala (Ekangala)

92.8FM

Thurs 12.30-1pm

Free State (Qwa Qwa)

100.3FM

Wed 7.30-8.30pm

Naledi (Senekal)

103.9FM

Thurs 9-10pm

Mosupatsela (Botshabelo FS)

107.4Mhz

Mon-Fri 1.30-3pm

TUT (Soshanguve)

96.2FM

Thurs 6-7pm

Thetha FM

100.6FM

Wed 6.30-7.30pm

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