Thabo “Smol” Mabongwane, a member of the popular music duo Black Motion, is on a mission to give back to his community in Soshanguve.
Growing up in the area, he understands the challenges faced by the less privileged when it comes to pursuing their musical dreams. That’s why he has taken it upon himself to build a music studio for an orphanage in the area.
In a recent interview, Thabo revealed his plans for the studio, saying, “We are in the process of building them a studio.” This initiative is part of his foundation’s efforts to bridge the gap and provide opportunities for those who may not have access to the resources needed to create music.
Thabo’s foundation is focused on using music as a means of giving back to the community. He recognizes the importance of indigenous instruments in African culture and the lack of knowledge surrounding them, especially in the hood.
“There’s a gap with indigenous instruments, especially in the hood. There’s not enough knowledge about djembes and drums, which are an important part of our culture,” he explains.
He further emphasizes the significance of drums in African traditions, stating, “We use drums at weddings, funerals, and traditional rituals, and they have always been an important part of our culture.”
Through his foundation, Thabo Smol aims to bring back and normalize the use of indigenous instruments, as well as provide access to them. He believes that it’s disheartening to have to order an imbira, a traditional African instrument, from China when they have the resources to produce them locally.
Thabo Smol’s dedication to his community and his passion for music are truly inspiring. By building a music studio for the orphanage, he is not only giving them a space to create and express themselves but also preserving and promoting African culture. Kudos to Thabo for using his platform to make a positive impact on the lives of others.