THE Southern African Disabled Musicians Association (Sadma) will present an exciting music concert at the Feather Market Centre Auditorium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, November 19.
On show in an innovative concert of mixed genres by disabled musicians who believe disability does not mean inability, will be a host of recorded musicians like Sithembele Matu, a traditional musician from Mthatha, isiXhosa rapper Cwenga â€œGxarhaâ€? Nomnganga from Queenstown, Siviwe â€œRastaâ€? Bonase and our own Zola â€œMr Geniusâ€? Nzenze from Walmer township.
â€œThis is a nice concept that will provide a combination of different music genres to satisfy all music tastes. Music lovers should come in droves to support,â€? said Tembi Mahambehlala of Mahambehlala Communications, a successful local events company.
She said, â€œSadma is an association incorporated under section 21 of the Companies Act. Its founders and board members consist of blind musicians with vast experience and expertise in the complex music industry.â€? According to Mahambehlala, the organisation carries on broad advocacy for disabled musicians throughout southern Africa. â€œThough disabled and disadvantaged, these musicians did not feel pity for themselves, instead they felt it was incumbent upon them to share their humble experience with other musicians who find themselves in the same position as they were,â€? Mahambehlala said.
Sadma also serves as a vehicle for providing education and training in the complex issues of copyright, royalties, publishing and recording contracts to their disabled members.
Sadma established in Johannesburg a music recording studio that is especially designed to serve the peculiar needs of blind and physically disabled musicians.
This was aimed at alleviating problems disabled musicians encountered in recording their music in the commercial music recording studios.
According to Mahambehlala, artists participating in the event were unearthed through a massive national music talent search for the visually impaired and physically disabled musicians.
They were assisted through the whole process of preparing their music for the market and music industry.
â€œThis concert is to introduce the artists that we have recorded to be recognised and invited to perform at nationwide mainstream concerts and festivals,â€? said Sadma chairperson John Mothupeng, who is also the founder member.
â€œTheir music is hardly played on national and community radio stations and their music videos are never given a platform to be played on national television. â€œThis concert will definitely help these musicians gain confidence and self pride when performing to big crowds,â€? Mothupeng said.
Also coming to show support are fellow Sadma musicians from other provinces like coach Matlawe, a gospel singer from North West, and Two of a Kind plus One jazz musicians from Gauteng, Rebecca Mokhele, pop singer from North West, Pat Shongwe, gospel singer from Mpumalanga, and Zama Ndebele from KwaZulu-Natal. Mandela Bayâ€™s highly talented songstress-cum-poet, Lelethu â€œPoetic Soul â€œ Mahambehlala, will also grace the event with her presence. The Southern African Disabled Musicians Concert is sponsored by the national Department of Arts and Culture, Bay TV and KQ FM. Tickets include a buffet lunch at R200 per person, but there is limited space available. To book your seat contact: 041 418 9898 or send your request via email: firstname.lastname@example.org