CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AFRO-JAZZ BAND CD MAKING AIRWAVES
His Majesty’s Correctional Services afro-jazz band is taking the music industry by storm through their newly released album titled ‘Salukazana Esdala Sinamacebo’.
Hardly three weeks on the market the album seems to be a hot favourite amongst music lovers who could not miss the opportunity to have a copy of this product from the market shelves.
The album is currently dominating airwaves in the country’s national broadcasting entity, the Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS).
Apart from this, the album has started to feature on broadcasting entities beyond the borders such as the KZN TV. Tracks which have proved to be hits include ‘Salukazana esdala’ ‘Indodayejazi’, ‘Jahelimnyama’ as well as the gospel songs ‘Inhliziyo KaJesu’ and ‘Nkosi Bhekibandla Lakho’.
In an effort to make the album more popular amongst fans, the group has put in place a number of marketing strategies which include countrywide tours aimed at reaching audiences in strategic areas.
In the past few weeks, the group has successfully staged live performances in different Correctional Centres where they kept jazz music lovers on urges of their seats as they wowed fans in the various staff canteens. These tours have proven a great success as revellers came in droves to witness the live performances which last about five hours. In these tours, the band formerly known as ‘The Oldies’ has shown their worth of music as jazz fanatics were left yearning for more throughout its live performances. Commissioner General Isaiah Mzuthini Ntshangase says the band was playing a pivotal role in helping the department reach out to the public through its various ground breaking innovative programmes aimed at improving the lives of offenders.
He said this can only work well if the public is encouraged to participate actively in activities undertaken by the service. Ntshangase explained that it is not only officers that are benefiting from acquiring skills in music as this opportunity was also extended to offenders as part of their rehabilitation process. As a result of this initiative, a brass band formed of inmates performed for the hundreds of guests who attended this year’s Correctional Services Day. This was meant to help them have the opportunity to development a career in music. On another note, the commissioner general stated that the traditional songs in the band’s new album were meant to preserve traditional songs for the benefit of future generation.
Leader of the 13 member band, Davies Zwane said they were excited about the response the new album has received from the public, he said it feels like this was a renewal of the group’s dream to improve the country’s economy through the promotion of local talent.
Zwane attributed the success of the group to the inspirational leadership of the commissioner general who always encourages officers to excel in their respective areas of responsibility.
“Our boss gives no room for mediocre performance” he explained.
He further mentioned that Ntshangase was not only the patron of the group, but an ardent fan with an incredible love for afro- jazz music.
He said the CD is sold at an affordable price of E70. Saying this was not meant to make money but to recover production cost and to generate revenue for maintaining musical equipment. The CD is available for sale at the various Correctional centres.
His Majesty's Correctional Services afro-jazz band members posing with their instruments.
BELTING IT OUT: Guitarist Joseph Bwalya and Sibaya entertaining the crowd.
MINGLING: MC of the day Wakhile Magongo (holding the microphone) entertaining the crowd.
THRILLING: Thulani Sibaya thrilling the audience with his trumpet.