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East London’s annual Garden Session again successfully showcases Eastern Cape talent

By Yolanda Palezweni - Oct 9, 2017
East London’s annual Garden Session again successfully showcases Eastern Cape talent

Artists from the Eastern Cape on Saturday showcased the province’s abundant musical talent when they performed at the 8th annual Garden Session event held at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery, in East London.

The garden session idea was born with an aim to showcase live music outdoors with a spring touch and to promote local artists while creating opportunities for them.

Speaking to RNEWS, organiser of the event, Tsiriletso Khaile, said that the Garden Session started seven years ago as an idea by him, his cousin and friends to create a stage for established and upcoming artists.

“With this concert, we aim to mix award-winning artists from Eastern Capo to come and mingle with the upcoming artists, so they can learn from them a thing or two about the music industry,” said Khaile.

According to Khaile, award-winning artists such as Camagwini, Berita and MXO once performed at the Garden Sessions.

He further added that there isn’t enough support for local music in the Eastern Cape and the Garden Session is one of many ways to promote local artists and gain support from the locals.

“We are crying for support as local artists in the Eastern Cape, we organise everything for the artists and in return, they show up and preform. We also give them each 20 tickets to sell to customers and the money goes to the artists as we do not pay them for performing,” he said.

The exciting line-up for this past weekend’s event included, Afrorists, Soul Bi Jazz, Transkei Republik and Izithunywa Zohlanga, Busie Smith, HB Performer, Spokido and many more.

 

Speaking to RNEWS, Busie Smith, an upcoming Eastern Cape artist and co-writer on the award-winning song, Thandolwethu by Berita, said that the event is a great opportunity for emerging local artists to interact with each other on stage.

“This is an opportunity for us to grow in the music industry and a chance to see how other artist perform and also for us artist to work together,” said Smith.

The Garden Session event not only focuses on live music, but also art and craft – hence, local entrepreneurs came to market their businesses.

Speaking to RNEWS, Sisonke Maqhashu, a local fashion designer and entrepreneur, said that the Garden Session is a wonderful opportunity for young upcoming entrepreneur to showcase the products they are selling.

Maqhushu said that she started designing clothes and selling crafts in early 2016 and she has been pushing on with her business.

“I’m grateful for this event. It is my first time attending it and I hope after this session, I’ll have more clients to support my business,” she said.

She added that she also hopes to meet people that can partner with her and bring bright ideas to help her business grow.

Athina Van De Rbyl, who came to enjoy the music, said that it was her first time attending the event and she found it a good setting for young people as it offered a change to just relax and enjoy live music away from the clubs.

“Events such like this one is soul therapy, a chance to actually watch live music that has not been touched it is really food to the soul,” she said.

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