BY THATO MATSHIDISO
MEC for the Department of Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation (ACSR) Mme Galebekwe Tlhapi
earlier this week handed over equipment to a local recording studio in Jouberton, Matlosana.
The equipment ranged from laptops to drums, keyboards, and software. The equipment was given
to a collaboration of Abtainment Productions and Monare Records, as part of the Departments’
mandate to promote and develop the arts in the Province.
“We are happy that the Department has provided the local recording studio with equipment,” said
local ward councillor Tshepang Kgwasi. Local artists from Jouberton Location, Kanana, Tigane, and
Wolmaranstad also use the studio for the production of their music.”
Kgwasi added that the equipment would help communities develop in the arts and culture sector in
general. ‘’Our local artists will not have to travel very far to access services and equipment.’’
“We are happy to have received the equipment from the Department, this will assist us greatly in our
day-to-day work of assisting local artists produce quality music,” said Abey Mofokeng of Abtainment
“We work with different community-based artists with various genres such as clap and tap, hip hop
and jazz. A clap and tap choir such as Jack and the New Spirituals is one of the beneficiaries of the
studio. We are proud to say that some of the projects that comes from this studio are played on
SABC Radio stations,” said Mofokeng.
“It would be appreciated if further improvements can be made by ACSR to the recording studio
building so that we are able to offer excellent service to the local artists.’’
The local ACSR Service Point is assisting with fixing the studio and meeting its needs.
“The Department will have to work together with the Matlosana Local Municipality to assist the
recording studio further through the District Development Model to avoid duplication of services,’’
said MEC Tlhapi. As the MEC and the Ward Councillor we have the responsibility to make sure that
the recording studio is up to standard. “
BY THATO MATSHIDISO