Banele Mbere Of Major League DJz Speaks About How He Keeps Sane During The Pandemic As An Artist. The pandemic has been having lot of people in the music industry quite stressed.
The pandemic has been having lot of people in the music industry quite stressed. One member of the Major League DJz, Banele Mbere, told TshisaLive about the significance of the entertainment industry being taken seriously by the government. The artist spoke about the tough issues that he has encountered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Like a lot of the other artists, the Major League DJz don’t get to go on gigs due to travel restrictions and gigs in South Africa being prohibited. A lot of artists went on out to state that they have lost a lot of money because of gigs being prohibited in 2020. Some musicians have stated that they are in some kind of debt due to them not being able to do gigs. In 2020, a lot of musicians have said that the relief fund by the government was too little to sustain and their teams. Some artists called out the Minister of Sports, Arts and Recreation, Nathi Mthethwa, some have petitioned for the Minister be removed from his position in office.
“Being an artist during a pandemic sucks, I won’t lie. With a lot of African countries closing down, one can’t travel or gig –now we have to go back to our online stuff, which isn’t ideal for us at the moment,” says Banele Mbere. The one part of the hip hop, now amapiano, duo says playing a set is not nice because they not DJing to people that they can see. “We’re trying to get used to not gigging to physical people, even though we prefer rocking to real big crowds,” says Banele.
Unlike many artists who want the minister to be removed, Banele Mbere feels that the minister should just do better in assisting people in the entertainment sector. He also goes on to say that not every musician was as lucky as them to be able to afford cameras that help with live performances. The artist says what keeps him sane is watching what African artists are doing overseas such as Burna Boy and just watching international artists as to how they still get creative. He also gets on the internet to get different plans and other revenue streams either than music.
by Alexandra Ramaite