It has to be said that what I am about to say isn't going to win me any friends, however, sugar coating the situation isn't helping our rising stars reach their potential but rather prolonging the process. The elephant in the room has to be identified!
Zululand is filled to the brim with talent in all genres. There are so many initiatives and events aimed at promoting and building on the strengths of these artists, or that's what they proclaim at the outset.
While the initial intent may be made with a good heart and the future of the rising stars in mind, that seems to diminish with time. Perhaps organisers get lost in their own egos, perhaps money is the language spoken, maybe personal issues cloud their judgement, who knows....It seems in some instances the greatest obstacle for many up and coming artists in Zululand is not within their own control.
It just seems that the actual talent is left flailing by the wayside. So much phenomenal talent is overlooked through the arrogance and "know it all" attitude of the powers that be who seem to think they're on a higher wrung on the ladder, forgetting that they too began where these young, aspiring artists are right now. Of course that may be an unfair generalisation but certainly drives home my point.
It's time to start putting the artists first!!
While I may not always see eye to eye with or agree with the motives of many events organisers or initiatives, one thing remains constant....the artists. I believe in the talent held within our region and will continue to support them at these events. My opinions don't always earn me many friends I must admit and yes, sometimes I do cross the line, however, personal differences shouldn't define the path of any individual.
While this may appear like a rant, and I guess it is, I must also say that there are many initiatives that I wholeheartedly support. Initiatives where passion is clearly visible and the intentions pure.
It's time to put the artists first!