Legendary musician Zwai Bala chats to us about his career highlights and TKZee’s upcoming performance at the Bacardi Holiday Club. By Kwanele Mathebula
Image: Zwai Bala IG
Music has always been a part of me, since early childhood. Some of my career highlights are the 1999 SAMAs where we won five awards. We performed with the legendary Moses Molelekwa for the first time, and launched Loyiso when we sang We Love This Place. All of this happened during SA’s most significant music night on national television.
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Learning to be financially literate and savvy was my biggest challenge. I would highly recommend everyone to have basic knowledge about business. Education is essential when launching a new product or service, especially where there is excellent potential.
I attribute my longevity in the industry to my appetite for learning. It played a massive role in my career because I was always seeking knowledge, which helped improve my craft. I was always excited to learn more because it helped me feel empowered. This way, I never felt like I had made it, instead, it kept me looking for new ways to sharpen my skills.
My advice to aspiring musicians is to constantly learn from others. Formal education does not necessarily offer new information or make you a better musician. However, it provides you with the skills and methods of working out what already exists. Be curious about what is around you because that is where everything is. To be better, keep practicing and consider every failure as another lesson. The journey is fantastic, so enjoy it.
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The Bacardi Holiday Club crowd can expect a good reminder of why they fell in love with TKZee. We’ll be bringing an experience that will fill our fans with fond memories and appreciation of how good it is to be a South African all over again.