Molweni abantu bam! Hello everybody!
Happy Wednesday beautiful Imibala people! We hope and trust that the month of April has been good to all of you and that you are all continuing to shine your creative lights on the world. As promised this week we are featuring our second Imibala featured artist of the week. This young emerging artist first came onto our radar when she participated in the 2nd annual Imibala Arts festival 2018 at the Grand hotel last year. We caught up with this young rapper, Taren Carolus to find out more about her music, her aspirations and journey.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a singer, songwriter and rapper. I like to consider myself as free spirited that’s why even with my music I don’t particularly stick to one genre. I do House, Pop, R &B and Rap.
2. Why did you choose to follow a career in music?
I wouldn’t say that music is something I chose to do exactly. I’d say that music chose me. It’s always been a part of my family since I can remember, so it’s the one thing that has never left me as a child while growing up.
3. What made you choose to be part of the Imibala Arts festival and what experience have you gained from it?
Imibala Arts festival is all about cross colours and cultures. That is why I wanted to be a part of such a platform that promotes up and coming artists like myself and at the same time being able to connect with other artists in the industry. What I have gained from this experience is that we can all learn so much from each other when we come together.
4. What were your highlights ot the event?
I must say the crowd was amazing! They were all jamming along to my music, he stage set up was awesome! It was just a great vibe to be surrounded with and one most definitely have to experience this yourself.
5. What is the most important thing about being an artist?
I would say being true to who you are as an artist and don’t try and drown yourself into the industry lifestyle. Be consistent and humble at the same time.
6. What impact do you see Imibala Arts festival having on your immediate music career?
In my personal opinion compared to all the other music festival’s out there, Imibala Arts festival really is a platform created for the artist to the artist and has had a positive impact on my career and most definitely a great platform to be on.
7. Where do you see Imibala Arts festival go in the future?
Big, Big Big! lol that’s all I can say. You either go big or you home! Imibala Arts festival has so much potential to even go national, you never know!
8. In conclusion, what advice you give to up and coming aspiring musicians?
My advice would be you got to have loads of self belief and motivation. Not everyone will be clapping for you while you winning so you have to keep up the work ethic and know that eventually one day all the hard work that you have put in will pay off.
There you have it folks! As Taren put it herself, Imibala is a platform by the artist for the artists. The Imibala team look forward to sharing more amazing local talent with you through our blog and to keep you all updated on our latest developments and the plans for Imibala 2019. Exciting things in the pipeline for Imibala!
To those of you who missed out on Taren’s performance at the 2nd annual Imibala Arts festival, you can check out this clip in the link below.
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