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Jeys Marabini offers his recording studio for free

by Staff reporter
18 Feb 2020 at 18:17hrs | Views
WHILE a lot has been written about award-winning afro jazz musician Jeys, little or nothing has been mentioned about his philanthropic side.

In 2017 the Filabusi born towering artist opened a recording studio housed at his home in the heart of sprawling Nkulumane high density suburb that has been a hub for musicians in the City of Kings.

To date, Marabini, 48 has proudly recorded several budding musicians including some established ones. Even some bands that had gone under due to the economic challenges have found a new home to revive their careers.

"I normally don't like going public about things that I do for the community or fellow artists but since you have asked me, I will have to say it.

"I have produced many talents from this studio, some of them are now scattered all over the world and are doing very well in the arts industry, talk of Ali Key, who is now the producer of Casper Nyovest. I have Kudzie who is now a drummer with Soul brothers, I have Shocks who is now a session musician in SA, Rodwel Roda, who was working with the late Oliver Mtukudzi, just to mention but a few are all people I groomed here right from scratch."

In light of his exploits, Marabini said: "In other words I am a factory because the country and beyond is benefiting from the talent I produce here. Those people are looking after other people, something that should be praised."

With most established musicians in the city still without their own equipment as well as space to do rehearsals, Marabini has been ready to provide that. "Here I help lots of established artists' especially with equipment and rehearsal space. They come here more often. Talk of Sandra Ndebele, Cool Crooners and Madlela Skhobokhobo – you name them."

With the demand rising each passing day, Marabini feels he now needs a bigger place, so much so that he has approached the city fathers for help.

What however is special about this whole project by Marabini is his dedication and determination to help those in need of studio time free of charge and a little reasonable fee for those who can afford.

"Before I became a musician, remember I was part of an imbube outfit as well as a music promoter. I promoted Lovemore Majaivana's last show which was held at Large City Hall in 2000. However, when I later decided to join the performing industry, it was not as easy as I thought. I struggled recording my first album due to the cost of studio time and lack of equipment to rehearse.

"So I understand the challenges that are being faced by the young musicians who are itching to showcase their talents, that is why I decided to give them the platform to  record," Marabini told Daily News on Sunday.

Worth noting is the revival of the once popular 1980's group from Hwange called Kwejane Band which was led by the late Christopher Shoko.

"They came here with nothing and asked me to record their music so as to revive their band, which I gladly did and today their music is being played all over," he said.

What makes his mission so touching is that Marabini has been doing the recording by himself while also chipping in with mastering and engineering.

"I have not employed anyone here; I have committed myself to help the next generation of musicians. I told myself that I should leave a legacy. I should nature new talent; soon we will be gone so someone has to take over."

As a result, Marabini has fused the recording studio with an academy where he teaches aspiring musicians about music and art in general.

"These youngsters come here on a daily basis wanting to do music, so this motivated me to end up having an academy to teach and guide them before I start doing any recordings. This has really worked because I have successfully recorded several musicians here most of whom are making waves on local radio stations.  Some of them have even been nominated and won awards such as Nama and Bulawayo Arts Awards.

"Remember, these are my products that I teach from scratch without them paying any cent. It's a passion deep inside me and I enjoy doing it," Marabini said.

Marabini does not segregate as he records music across genres including gospel, tshibilika, museve, Zim dancehall and hip-hop.

"I have since applied to the city council for a space here in the high density suburbs where I want to build a big arts place where we can do all the recording and rehearsals for artists as well as an academy.  As you can see the demand is high; I am really overwhelmed, this place has become so smaller. So I now want a bigger space where I can continue with my dream," he said. "My wish is to have the place built in the high density suburbs because that's where my followers are, that's where I have spent most of my life as a musician."

End of last year, Marabini had a rare chance to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa during an arts symposium here where he was a guest performer. Excited with his performance, the President invited Marabini to State House for closer talks over how to develop the music industry in the city.

Marabini can't wait any more as he is still waiting for the invitation. "I am still waiting to visit the State house so that I can tell the president my wish to promote arts in the communities. I am happy that when he saw me playing my music he was so excited and I am still waiting for his invitation."

Source - dailynews