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
Time of labour slot
Tues 9.30 – 10.30 amWed 8-9pm
Tues-Wed alternating 8-9pm
Mon 8-9pmWed 12.30 – 12.50am
90.1Mhz, 103.6Mhz, 87.8Mhz
Wed 7.30-8.30 pm
Fri 11-12 am
Takalani (Aliwal North)
Tues – Thurs 11-12am
Mon 6.30-7pmThurs 6.40-7pm
Free State (Qwa Qwa)
Mosupatsela (Botshabelo FS)