A taste of the new Se­laelo

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LEG­ENDARY African jazz mu­si­cian Se­laelo Selota s dream of host­ing Ex­clu­sive Di­aries, a new mu­si­cal art ex­pe­ri­ence, will not be halted by a lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port.

The hit­maker said he would dig deep in his pock­ets to pro­duce the show him­self.

He said his only spon­sor, in the form of equip­ment and in­stru­ments, was Mar­shall Mu­sic.

Ev­ery­thing, from theatre hire to guest artists, is paid for by me through my com­pany Ex­clu­sive Di­aries,” Selota said.

The muso said he formed the ini­tia­tive as a way of en­ter­ing the art en­trepreneur­ship and me­dia space.

I m also in­ter­ested in the au­di­ence hav­ing a new ex­pe­ri­ence and in build­ing more plat­forms for them to en­joy the arts,” said Selota.

As artists, we al­ways wait for some­one to call us into ac­tiv­ity when they cre­ate an event. I want to cre­ate new events that would form part of job cre­ation and em­pow­er­ment.

Selota, echo­ing Don Laka s sen­ti­ments, said that lo­cal mu­si­cians and artists were not fully sup­ported in this coun­try.

We need such ini­tia­tives in South Africa so we can take back our own in­dus­try that con­tin­ues to be the har­vest of for­eign artists,” said Selota.

The more we have of such ini­tia­tives, the bet­ter we ll learn to know and ap­pre­ci­ate our own. The bet­ter we know of our own, then we ll learn to in­vest and nur­ture our own, cre­at­ing com­mu­ni­ties that take pride in who they are.

There isn t enough sup­port for the arts in this coun­try. The struc­tures are in place, but there is ei­ther too much red tape or sup­port is given to those who sub­scribe to cer­tain ide­olo­gies.

Arts agen­cies have kept the same peo­ple, who have been un­able to open the doors, for the past 21 years.

Selota said Ex­clu­sive Di­aries was a mu­sic and arts ex­pe­ri­ence event, where mu­sic and other art forms were staged and ex­pe­ri­enced in a de­tailed sto­ry­line for­mat.

Here, the au­di­ence gets to know the story be­hind the mu­sic and the art.

Dur­ing each event, Selota will col­lab­o­rate with all the artists, shar­ing his own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of other artists songs.

Ex­clu­sive Di­aries bill in­cludes vis­ual arts, fash­ion, po­etry and lit­er­ary works.

The first in­stall­ment, fea­tur­ing jazz mu­si­cian Paseka Tefu, will take place at At­ter­bury Theatre in Pre­to­ria on Satur­day.

The event starts at 8pm and tick­ets are avail­able at Com­puticket for R180.

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