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Entertainment - Date: 22 May 2020
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“I became blind when I was only two years old. As if that was not enough, I lost both my parents when I was still young. But all these things did not stop me from visualizing a bright future for myself. I would like to urge other community members not to allow their disability or negative circumstances to stand in their way to success.”
These are the encouraging words of Wanga Best Pro Mukwevho, a blind singer and well-known music producer from Makonde village outside Thohoyandou.
Despite his blindness, Mukwevho has produced music and played keyboards for big guns such as Worship House, Lufuno Dagada, Ndivhaleni Musetha, Shakes Mbedzi, Ephrain Galaha Masindi and Lucky Mdluli, to name but a few. “It is important that we should use our talent to improve other people’s life. My musical talent dates back many years when I was still very young. I grew up in church and started singing at our Sunday school services where everyone was impressed with my voice. I then realized that I was a good singer and keyboard player and since then, I have never looked back.”
Despite his taxing schedule in the music industry, Wanga still has time to study. He is doing a degree in International Relations with UNISA. “This lockdown has taught me that one must have various streams of making income. Although I am badly hit in the entertainment industry, I now have enough time to concentrate on my studies. I call upon my fellow artists to study and get some qualifications, so that they may have something to rely on when their music careers hit a snag,” said Mukwevho, who owns a company called Best Pro Entertainment that specializes in artist production and sound.
Asked where the name Best Pro came from, the prolific entertainer said: “Because the artists that I produce are big names and they make an impact in the music industry, everyone started calling me the best producer. I then decided to shorten the name to Best Pro to find good expression in the work that I do.”
Although he works hard to empower other musicians, Mukwevho has not neglected his own music career. He released his first album, The Glory Has Come, in September 2016. “The album was well received by my fans and it is still receiving airplay on various radio stations. This has prompted me to return to the studio towards the end of last year (2019) to record my EP, entitled Deeper, which was released three months ago. It is comprised of three songs, Milk and Honey, I’m not alone and the title track, Deeper. I am promoting my latest musical works through social media and hope to organize live performances after the lockdown period.”
Wanga Best Pro Mukwevho, who became blind when he was two years old, did not allow his disability to stand in his way to success.