Africa-Press – Eswatini. Local artists have expressed how pleased and gratified they are for the Creativity Workshop held at the 23:28 lounge.

The two-day workshop was hosted by the Makoti Festival team in partnership with Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture.

Artists said they learnt a lot and would carry the advice that came from the 1020 Cartel team, where Sjava, Nothando Migogo and Ruff Nkosi stood as advisory panelists.

Participating members were also given an opportunity to pose questions towards the panel and discussions were had.

The last day of the workshop was attended by local performers, artist managers, the media and students from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Some of the questions were about handling promoters, making a name for oneself in the music industry and how and when to register a song.

The 1020 Cartel’s Sjava recommended that performers made a name for themselves, have a management team that was continuously growing and one that was always on top of all the trends happening.

Performer Sarnilo said she found the workshop very insightful.

“I learnt a lot as an artist. However, there are a lot of things that I still have to sort out, something I did not know about like copyright and reading up on the law on the music industry. It was a very great two day session also because I am a Sjava fan,” said Sarnilo.

While Velemseni, who attended the workshop, as an artist and lecturer, stated that the workshop was absolutely amazing.

She said as a music lecturer, at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, she got some of her students who studied music design to attend the workshop with her.

“We learnt a lot about the music business at the foundation of building strong artists or a strong business. We also discussed some law and legislator issues. And we got to spend some genuine time with successful people, which is rare as there is hardly ever time when we meet up during events,” she said. One of the students, Delisile Khoza said the workshop was helpful in understanding music, where it started and where it went.

“We learnt that it is not always about the big picture of the finished product that we see on Tv, as there is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes.

Also I got to learn that it is important for an artist to be focused and have a team that supports your dream,” said Khoza. After the workshop was closed, participants were afforded the chance to take pictures with the 102 Cartel team before they left for South Africa.

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