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Making music, silk from sow's ear

By unknown | Oct 27, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo and Masoka Dube

Riot Hlatshwayo and Masoka Dube

Two musicians have built a dingy, dimly lit, windowless studio the size of an average family toilet.

Brothers Isaac and Stanley Chiloane from Buffelshoek village, near Acornhoek in Mpumalanga, said they hope to improve the studio in the future.

The studio was started at the end of last year. It has already produced musicians such as gospel artist Nozipho Ndzhukula, Sidwell, Makhekhe, Sporo kai one, Mafinko, DJ Mampara and Volley, who are based in Johannesburg.

The Chiloane brothers were members of the music group Splash, which rocked South Africa in the early 1980s.

"This is our humble beginning and we hope to make it to the top," Isaac said.

"We have already produced several local musicians and are producing more."

The studio is called Silk Studio. The name comes from the gospel group Silk Voices that was produced by Dan Tshanda of Splash.

"We worked hand in glove with Dan and that gave us a lot of experience in the music industry," Isaac said.

He said that during their time with Splash they produced diva Patricia Majalisa, Dalom Kids and Machikos.

The Chiloane brothers have just produced a CD that includes a song by DJ Mampara, which was initially composed by the now-defunct Soul Lovers.

Though Silk Studio looks inferior from the outside, it is equipped with two computers, two large speakers and a powerful sound module.

"We want to change the perception that succeeding in music is only possible when relocating to Gauteng," Isaac said.

"What happens there can happen right here in the rural areas."

Musicians from the Bushbuckridge area love Silk Studio.

Nozipho Ndzhukula, whose second gospel CD, Buya Mtwana, is due for release on November 15, said: "The sound that comes out of that small studio is bigger than the structure itself.

"Hence several musicians, including me, prefer the studio to those in Gauteng."


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