Rumba concert rocks Kyasand informal settlement
More than 30 Rumba artists united to perform and revive the Rumba music genre in Kyasand informal settlement on 14 March 2020, with hundreds of people attending the event.
Rumba music fans from Msawawa, Pipeline, Cosmo City and Lion Park attended the 12 pm to 8pm event. The artists who performed included Inkunzi KaSilanke and Lupane Original Stars, Tshaputika and St Paul Express Band, Obadiah Mathulana, and Cosmas Mpofu and Universal.
“I started recording Rumba music in 1995,” said Inkunzi ka Silanke. “Rumba music is not getting enough airplay in radio stations. We want to popularise it and we are also trying to give opportunity to the upcoming artists. Our aim as Rumba artists is to keep the public entertained.”
Music industry could also contribute to job creation, he said. “We do music for a living and sometimes it becomes an opportunity for the youth to get employed in the industry.”
Rumba concerts will continue to be hosted every month from township to township to promote artists.
It is necessary to support musicians despite having different social backgrounds, said Caroline Moyo of Umthwakazi Funerals. We came here to support and let people know about the importance of funeral policies,” she said. “Most Rumba artists are struggling to reach to the top because they do not get enough coverage from the media.”
It is always a great moment to see a lot of artists coming together to entertain people, said Msawawa resident Nkosinathi Maphumulo. “Most of their songs have messages, and we are learning a lot from them.”