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Entertainment - Date: 21 October 2021
Written by: Bernard Chiguvare / Viewed: 876
Ronewa Brian Manyaga, a third-year Youth Development student at the University of Venda, wants to address certain issues that young people are struggling with today through his music.
The 20-year-old Manyaga, who hails from the Makwarela area, comes from a vulnerable family and is studying for his BA degree via a bursary. He also writes and records music on the side.
“So many young people are involved with drugs and miss out on education and life-changing opportunities,” Manyaga said. “They seem to be ignorant. Even when they are well informed on the dangers of drugs, they continue to do the opposite.”
Manyaga, popularly known as RMB Code Green, believes that his music can be a real game-changer to inspire the youth. “The degree that I am studying for at Univen is mostly about helping young people deal with certain challenges. Being a youth myself, I realised that I am better informed than older people to reach out to other youths, and knowing the kind of challenges they face gives me a chance to also analyse and find a solution, which I try to address through my songs,” he said.
He has just released a seven-track album titled Spring, and is looking forward to doing more to inspire his fellow youths.
In addressing drug abuse, Manyaga said, “I really believe that one should be open about the situation to relatives or friends. This is the first step in the right direction. Though government is making an attempt, I feel they have to visit schools more. They must also create more sports grounds where the youth can spend more time playing soccer and take part in other games.”
Manyaga is following in the footsteps of American rapper Tupac Shakur. To listen to his music, visit YouTube and search for RMB Code Green, or call him on 076 465 3475.
Ronewa Brian Manyaga. Photo supplied.
Bernard Chiguvare is a Zimbabwean-born journalist. He writes mainly for the online publication, Groundup.