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Black Motion member to build a music studio for orphanage

Growing up in Soshanguve, drummer and member of music duo Black Motion, Thabo “Smol” Mabongwane wished there were enough facilities and resources for upcoming artists and musicians to meet under one hub. Through the Thabo Smol Foundation, he is hoping to make a difference in his community so that history does not repeat itself


Thabo launched the foundation (TSF) in late 2022 when he realised that youth knew very little about indigenous music and instruments. “The foundation is focused on giving back to the community through what I know best, music,” he tells ZiMoja. He and a group of friends put an initiative together where they donate drums to underprivileged neigbourhoods. “There’s a gap with indigenous instruments, especially in the hood. There’s not enough knowledge about djembes and drums which is an important part of our culture. Almost every clan in Africa is represented by a type of drum,” he says. “We use drums at weddings, funerals and traditional rituals and they have always been an important part of our culture,” he adds. “So, we are trying to get this across through the foundation. We want to bring back and normalise indigenous instruments. Buying an imbira, you have to order it in China and that is sad. We have resources

Black Motion

The Thabo Smol Foundation started the 1000 Meropa challenge where they donate drums and other indigenous instruments. “We started in Kimberly in April 2023 out of our pockets. We bought djembe drums and other native instruments. There was a plea in Kimberly to help the youth as there is a serious alcohol problem in the area” he says. “We started a drumming programme and asked the youth to join us at a community hall. There were over 120 people, mostly old people, surprisingly who were interested and passionate about the programme. We asked people to donate for the youth and we left some drums there. We plan to go to all nine provinces with the drumming programme.

Source: Zimoja

In other news – PICS: Boity pens sweetest birthday message to her grandmother

Popular South African media personality and rapper, Boitumelo Thulo, famously known as Boity celebrates her grandmother who turns a new age today.

Boity Thulo

The South African star shared lovely photos taken with her gogo and captioned them with a sweet birthday note. Read more

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