Music that speak to the soul

He is currently employed at Hernic Ferrochrome in Madibeng as a Plant attendance.

He has been a Numsa member for about three years. A two–time MLFM music award nominee Kenneth Oscar Thimba seeks to regenerate society’s moral values through music.

Kenneth who is affectionately known as Makhenzo to hordes of his fans hails from Allandale, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga knew from an early age that he was destined for a career in music.

“Growing up in the Alandale village, Mpumalanga, I was a member of the Mabarhule Boys choir as the group’s leader it immediately dawned on me that I am meant to follow music” he says with a radiant smile.

The group (Mabarhule Boys Choir) used to be a regular at Kruger National Park entertaining local and foreign tourists. They also were permanent feature at weddings, birth day parties and funerals.

After matric Oscar headed for North West in search for a job as his parents could not afford to send him to tertiary school to which he landed his first job at Karier mine as a plant operator.

It is through these menial jobs that enable him to buy musical instrument of his own and spent gruelling hours practising in an effort to perfect and be the best in his chosen craft.

Thanks to Mikateko Nkuna, a music producer from Giyani whom he had a chance meeting while he was on his business trip to record some artist in his stable that he agreed to record him on spot and the rest as they say is history.

“Miraculously Mikateko immediately fell in love with my music, helped me to polish my sound here and there and my debut album ‘Ncila Wa Valoyi’ was out for public consumption” he quipped.

Oscar says the response from the public was resoundingly overwhelming and is to- date frequently stopped in public places by fans who would want to know where they can get his CDs and DVDs.

When asked what his music is all about Makhezo was quick to say: “mine’s music is one that seeks to tap onto the pulse of society. It seeks to encourage good behaviour or to discourage bad conducts. I make it a point that people see their lives reflected in it.”