Ready for international careers
By Mihle Tolobisa
Over a hundred budding artists filled up the Miriam Makeba Centre of Performing Arts in East London on November 25 and 26, for an information sharing, training and auditions for a chance to perform at the Buyel ‘Ekhaya Music Festival on December 15.
The workshop was facilitated by multi-award winners Nathi Mankayi and Nduduzo Makhathini, with marketing and recording label representatives on the first day. On the second day, artists travelled from far to showcase their talent. The contestants had two minutes each to impress the judges for a chance to perform at the music festival.
Port Elizabeth artist Pam Jikwa (34) travelled early in the morning to make it on time to meet the band that helped her during the audition. Jikwa performs at weddings and birthday parties and used to perform at a popular restaurant, News Café.
Jikwa grew up surrounded by music as she sang in church and school choirs. Her younger sister Noluthando is also a singer.
Another contestant was Eastern Cape Music awards 2019 nominee, Mandilakhe Mpanjukelwa (25) known by his stage name “Crazy Mandie”. He started off as a Kwaito artist and ended up branching into Hip Hop.
He is nominated for best Hip Hop for his single “Kuze kuse”. He also got the opportunity to perform at the 2017 and 2018 Berlin November. His future plans include being a household name and giving back to the community.
“I am where I am because of my supporters so if I win, they win. I want to share my success by opening rap and soccer Academies to help someone’s dreams come true,” he said.
Buyel’EKhaya founder, Nomahlubi Mazwai was optimistic about the fresh talent auditioning. “The structured programme brings them together with established industry practitioners, they will receive performance fees and be exposed to a broader market for their creative output and an audience of over 20 000 Buyel’Ekhaya goers,” she added.