Johnny Masilela, The Beat editor. Photo: TK Mashaba

Dragging a kicking and screaming TK Mashaba to a jazz session


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The arts and culture circuit in the Waterberg is going through exciting times.

We have to start with the youthful TRV Live Band from Modimolle.

The six-piece ensemble showcased their repertoire on the occasion of the Back to the City Festival in Johannesburg’s Newtown cultural precinct, against seven other rising bands drawn from across the provinces.

After a rigorous process of shortlisting, TRV Live Band emerged third overall.

The result means the Modimolle youngsters have had the rare opportunity to attract the attention of recording labels of the highest order, across the musical powerhouse that is the Newtown cultural capital.

My gutfeel is that TRV Live Band should soon be approached by producers interested in signing them on for a deal of whatever size.

The news of the band becoming third means these self-same recording companies should be pondering as to what other artistic talent is available in small towns such as Modimolle, and even Vaalwater.

The most heart-warming surprise flowing from the TRV Live Band experience is that Mzamane reports that many of their fans accompanied the boys to Newtown.

The band’s most popular composition, “Gae Limpopo (Limpopo our home)”, is said to have triggered emotions especially from Johannesburg-based workers hailing from the home province.  

Talking of the TRV Live Band performance in Johannesburg, we at The BEAT had to deal with yet another short week, scrambling around for ways on how to meet out strict and rather squeezed deadlines, and also headlines, so to speak.

The mobile exchanges between me and the reporters were based on what were they doing to gather news over what has been a relaxed holiday period for many of our readers.

I was particularly breathing on Mzamane Ringane’s neck, urging him to follow the progress of TRV Live Band in Johannesburg’s Newtown.

Mzamane was on top of the situation, following the activity through Facebook and other social media platforms.

By last Sunday 29 April, Mzamane had dropped the complete story in my email.

I doff my hat to enterprising journalism, ol’ chap.

On that very Sunday I touched base with Lizzy Bapela, who was working on a choral music celebration.

As for TK Mashaba, I literally dragged him kicking and screaming to take pictures of a jazz collector’s event — made up mostly of us ol’ man rivers — at Club Paradise in Bela-Bela township.

Thereafter I released the young man to go join his contemporaries at Lerato’s Grill House, which hosted the most popular Mister Black of Capricorn FM.

All this means the newspaper you have in your hands is largely of artistic and cultural nature. Why not?

The most trending story from our last edition was the one based on the alleged arson attack on the licencing department in Mookgophong.

We would have liked to have that particular breaking news as our front page lead.

Unfortunately, the story landed when we were on the verge of our deadline, and therefore had to gamble on the Gerrie Nel-Julius Malema public discourse.

This one also trended well on our website, which just shows the amount of interest drawn by the legal eagle Bulldog, and the political firebrand, Juju.  

15 months ago       04 May 2018