Rabs Vha­fuwi has big dreams for Limpopo artists

African Times - - News - MASHUDU SADIKE

RABELANI Madula, bet­ter known as Rabs Vha­fuwi has big dreams of trans­form­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try and open­ing doors for dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple and strug­gling artists in Limpopo.

The “Count your bless­ings” hit maker says that he al­ready has a com­pany that dis­trib­utes mu­sic on all dig­i­tal plat­forms such as Google Play­store. It also dis­trib­utes phys­i­cal al­bums to stores such as Mu­sica.

“In the long term I want to start open­ing doors for dis­ad­van­taged artists es­pe­cially from Limpopo. Al­ready I do mu­sic distri­bu­tion in all plat­forms for any artist, I will put more ef­fort on that and maybe I can start com­pet­ing with Uni­ver­sal, Kalawa or Sony and do things for Limpopo.

“When you re­flect of Dur­ban mu­sic you al­ready think of DJ Tira and so I want that for my­self too and help peo­ple at the same time,” said the Limpopo born DJ.

The 34 year old Rabs, as he is af­fec­tion­ately known by his friends, who is based in Jo­han­nes­burg, has also just launched a new al­bum ti­tled “9 prov­inces” last month.

“I wanted to work with an artist from each Prov­ince in South Africa. In that way I will be stretch­ing to all cor­ners of this coun­try. I was for­tu­nate to have even worked with Por­tia Monique who is from the USA on this al­bum. I worked with Ma­lik Zwane, Tshe­go­fatso, Brazo Wa Afrika, Pale Rozay, Bukeka, Blaq Opal, Papa and Candy­man.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful al­bum, very in­spi­ra­tional and groovy. From soul to Afro, Tribal and an­ces­tral, you are bound to love three or more songs if not the whole al­bum.”

He says that he has been play­ing mu­sic at friends par­ties from his univer­sity days back in 2004 but started pro­fes­sion­ally from 2009.

“I started pro­duc­ing or mak­ing my own mu­sic in 2012 be­cause I love mu­sic, es­pe­cially house mu­sic. So I used to strug­gle to col­lect mu­sic to play on my sets and it kind of hit me that maybe the mu­sic I re­ally want to play is not there, so I had to start mak­ing my own mu­sic,” said Mudula.

“I’m busy do­ing launches of the al­bum right now. This will go on un­til Novem­ber. We have just launched in Botswana last week­end.”

He be­lieves that leg­end Vinny Da Vinci is able to strike a per­fect bal­ance be­tween his ca­reer and fam­ily and looks up to him.

Madula doesn’t just play mu­sic at par­ties for a liv­ing. He says he does sub­con­tract­ing for elec­tric­ity projects in the City of Joburg and that means project man­ag­ing street lights and the in­stal­la­tion of dif­fer­ent projects.

“My com­pany is also a distrib­u­tor and pub­lisher of my own mu­sic and oth­ers. I think the dif­fi­culty was in get­ting my mu­sic play­ing in all ra­dio sta­tions like other fa­mous artists. I, at one point, felt like mu­sic that was not bet­ter than mine was get­ting play listed and not mine. That dis­ap­pointed me a lot. But I have since learned to deal with my mu­sic ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional busi­ness, cov­er­ing all cor­ners of the busi­ness struc­tures from Pub­lic Re­la­tions to Mar­ket­ing Man­age­ment and Ac­count­ing.”

He has also won a few awards in­clud­ing a SUCU award for Best DJ last year and an­other one from LIMA for Best Dance Sin­gle of the song, ‘Let’s Go To China’, which is in the 9 Prov­inces Al­bum and is about to tour all nine prov­inces in the coun­try.

De­tails on the tour are on his so­cial me­dia pages.

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