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Music industry not as glamorous

By Patience Bambalele | Apr 18, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 9 ]

Seasoned singer Dan Nkosi who has been in the music industry for three decades says music industry is not as glamorous as it looks.

The former 'Bubble-gum' star who produced hits in the 1980s, was speaking at the Music and Craft workshop last week in Mofolo, Soweto. The workshop as organised by  Omama Besxaxa Foundation and made possible  by Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Artists  such as Isigqi, Omama Besixaxa and  traditional groups entertained the audience.

In a  workshop attended by both young and old, Nkosi appealed to young people to pursue other careers within in the music industry.

Nkosi took the audience through the ins and outs of the music industry. He touched on issues such as royalties, performance rights, composing rights, contract signing and industry terms.

“The workshop was crucial because people need to know this industry operates before joining," he says.

“During our time many people were signing contracts that they did not even understand. Company owners used to hide some clauses. As a musicians you find yourself struggling to get out the contract.”

Nkosi is worried that all young people want to be musicians because they want fame and stardom. As someone who has seen it all,  Nkosi says if he had a way he would stop people from getting into the industry.

“This is one of the most difficult industries where the other  day you are a  hit and the next you are forgotten. There are many careers that they can do.”

Omama Besxaxa Foundation, is  non-profit organisation that was founded two years ago with the purpose to impart and share knowledge of traditional art forms.

Nelisiwe Dladla of Omama Besxaxa says the organisations plans to host more workshops on craft and stage performances.

“We are aiming to conduct workshops as well as stage performances in different categories. We hope to reach and improve indigenous acting, poetry, music, fine art, traditional dance, bead work and presentation. The above mentioned values play a big role like taking children away from the streets and have a point of focus.”

 Dladla further says in  future they plan to stage performance with fashion shows.

“The foundation plans to use those fashion to collect food and clothes for those who are in need. We want to contribute to disadvantages communities. Through these projects we will be contributing to towards the growth of the nations.”


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there are so many young and aspiring artists out there blinded by the enticing fame and fortune who sign their lives and money away.

this is good stuff to let people know what the reality is like.

Apr 18, 2013 8:52 | 0 replies

Sowetan, it might not be a bad idea to have a separate article detailing those obstacles and assisting this awareness campaign ?

Apr 18, 2013 8:54 | 0 replies

Agreed @CheeseBoy

Apr 18, 2013 10:13 | 0 replies

This is the industry where sister eat sister and brother takes on brother.Real jungle where the famous die poor.

Apr 18, 2013 10:13 | 0 replies

Who said it's glamorous in the 1st place.Music industry??????? come on

Apr 18, 2013 11:6 | 0 replies

They all need to find employment, music should be their hobby.

Apr 18, 2013 11:24 | 0 replies

is that an old siems phone hanging on his chest??? yaaa for sure music industry can b so bad

Apr 18, 2013 11:31 | 0 replies

They all need to find employment, music should be their hobby.
true or even start they own companies. Bt relying on music as a career nahhhh.

Apr 18, 2013 12:25 | 0 replies

Who is Dan Nkosi. Is it Bathathe Gandaganda, Bathathe Steamroller?

Apr 18, 2013 4:46 | 0 replies