Greetings beautiful Imibala people!
Welcome to the second instalment of our recently published blog! We are so excited to bring you news and updates on the developments of Imibala Arts festival 2019. In 2018 we hosted our 2nd annual Imibala Arts festival at the Grand Hotel in Port Elizabeth which was a huge success due to all who made it possible our sponsors, fans and supporters! The amount of talented emerging artists that performed on the Imibala platform was staggering! The Eastern Cape definitely has got talent and it is up to us to recognise and hone this talent. One of these talented emerging artists is a young singer/performer all the way from King Williamstown named Athenkosi Gxuluwe who braced the Imibala Arts festival with his soulful music. We touched base with this young singer to tell us more about his music and his experience of being a part of the Imibala Arts festival in the interview below!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your music?
My name is Athenkosi Gxuluwe I was born and bred in King Williams Town, I went to school at Dale Junior and Dale College. I started singing at a very young age. I was coached by various fellow church members and friends, in the church of the Sabbath Day Adventist. I also sang in acapella groups in that time.
2. What made you choose to participate and be part of the Imibala festival?
I chose to be part of the Imibala Arts Festival firstly because of the enthusiasm and passion of the people who organise it and the platform it gave me was a platform that would give me great exposure.
3. What experience have you gained from being a part of the festival?
I gained a lot of experience of being able to share my craft to different people from different cultural groups and age and seeing them enjoy the music I have to offer.
4. What was the highlight for you of being part of this festival?
My highlight of the event honestly speaking was how cool and calm the team organizing the event were and most definitely the response I got during and after my performance.
5. What impact do you see Imibala having on your immediate music career?
Imibala Arts Festival can boost my immediate music career by giving me the necessary exposure and reputation. Boost it in a very positive way.
6. Why do you think a platform like Imibala is important for an emerging artist such as yourself?
To help me grow into a better musician and hopefully be heard and get a break through of a life time.
In conclusion 🙂
To hear the sound of Athi’s music, click on this link to see a performance of his set at the 2nd annual Imibala Arts festival 2018!
And do stay tuned until next week to see our next featured Imibala artist of the week!