MAMONE – With the music industry being one of the key providers of jobs and income revenue in the South African economy for both professional and non-professional artists and composers, the country’s creatives in the entertainment sector now live in hunger due to the impact of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
35 year-old Calvin Phetedi Mampuru AKA Khali is one local contributor to the South African music and entertainment industry in Sekhukhune region.
Mampuru, former Zebediela FM personality and popular gospel hitmaker “Etla Moya” which was released in 2010, is one of the many local artists who are without guaranteed means of survival since the country’s COVID-19 lockdown’s inception in March.
The Mamone Maroteng in Ga-Sekwati born Khali is also producer of Pleasure Peta, Limpopo Queen of Tsa Manyalo music genre.
Mampuru, who is former Malekutu High School learner, says Coronavirus has messed up their plans for the year as they have had to cancel all their shows, events and music tours.
Amid the negative impact the virus has brought on artists, Khali says he was able to work on two new albums.
“We have produced a gospel hit titled “The Bolokegang Coronavirus” featuring Moisiraele. The creation of this hit was encouraged by the increasing worldwide death toll from China, Italy, and USA to African countries. This gospel song seeks to ignite hope to those who have lost their loved ones as a result of Coronavirus and to instill a sense of unity in South Africans to fight together this pandemic,” informed Mampuru.
Boasting a 24 year track-record in Tsa Manyalo, gospel and house music, the “Ngwane Wa Mpolaya,” a Tsa Manyalo hitmaker, has worked with artists like Ngaka Hlabirwa, Mricho, Seketere, The Show and Limpopo Gospel Stars to mention but a few.
The vibrant Khali has released 20 albums of his own comprising four gospel, twelve Tsa Manyalo, three house and an afro-pop.
Khali’s video interview and a taste of his new song will be available on “Storyline Sekhukhune” Facebook page this week.
The video story captures Mampuru reflecting on the lockdown’s impact on artists, evolution of local music industry, government’s efforts on COVID-19 response and his new album release.
Khali’s new single track “Bolokegang Coronavirus” is one of his first works ever to be available on multiple online stores such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, You Tube Music, TikTok and Shazam.
The Black Ronco Music and Projects founder said they were discouraged to apply for relief funds following Sports, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa’s announcement of a R150 million relief fund in March this year.
The relief fund serves to ease the impact of COVID-19 crisis in sports and cultural sectors of which, for the creative sector, the Cultural Creative Industry Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) was tasked with the distribution.
Mampuru says they could not apply for the funding because of the red tape that came with it.