Cape Town musician Bonga Tshemese

Dibongs - The Music Man
Dibongs – The Music Man

Today I would like to introduce a upcoming South African artist to you. His name is Bonga Tshemese,
also know as Dibongs, the music man.

The Cape Town-born musician has two albums under his belt. Read our short interview and learn more about him and his music.

When and why did you start playing?
I started when I was 9 years old. I was singing in concerts as front man in choirs and for 10 years in the drama school boys choir.

Which instruments do you play?
Keyboards

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Two bassline and footloops

Is your family musical?
No, I am the only one who is a musician.

What do you like most about being an musician?
Production and writing song.

What do you like least?
It  is a hectic life, I never relax and it is always busy.

How long have you been doing this?
Since 2008

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
My role model is my father, businesswise it is the late King Shakazulu, Tokia Sexwhale and Tevin Cembal.

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Mandoza, Mapaputsi

Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
Gebi Le Roux, Craig Telring PC stage, Craig Damasta Mother City Records, Craig Mcgahiy, Kaidon sounds, Oskido Kalawa Jazmee

Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Piano, Keyboard

What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
Share stage with big muscians in Rand Easter Show Joburg like Malaika, TKZeee, Trompes

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Juma Kozella, Jazz

Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?
2004 First black person for project of fame in Western Cape, first person backstage

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
A lot of performances, in Cape Town and Joburg, but also have been in London.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Too much pride, too much confidence, sometime lost attitude

Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
No, I do not have stage fight. I never get nervous.

How often and for how long do you practice?
I am always in the studio, Monday to Thursday. Only Fridays and Sundays are days off.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
I am very busy and hectic, so I do not have enough time to take time off days or for my girlfriend and family.

I you would like to lean more about Dibongs or hire him for a concert please fee free to contact him at bongarecords@gmail.com

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