Focalistic is a musician who has faced opposition for his style of music and language. However, he has taken it in stride and has travelled to many parts of the world, putting isPitori on the map. In an interview with TshisaLIVE, he shares his thoughts on what can make the music industry better.
The Music Scene in Mzansi
When asked if his experiences travelling abroad and meeting new audiences have changed his view of the music scene in Mzansi, Focalistic responds that he believes the country does not take entertainment as seriously as other countries. He attributes this to a shortage of leaders and cites an example of a leader who stated at an international conference that the country does not need more artists.
Focalistic argues that artists played a crucial role during the lockdown, providing entertainment and soothing people during difficult times. He believes that entertainment should be taken more seriously from a structural and government perspective, which would result in more budget and job creation.
The Importance of Young Minds
Focalistic believes that having young people with fresh minds on boards such as Samro and Sampra will help improve the music industry. He praises South Africa for its creativity and ability to make the best with what it has, stating that the country’s talent is on par with the rest of the world.
When asked about what he is grateful for, Focalistic expresses gratitude for his talent and for being from Pitori. He is grateful for experiencing music in a way that gives him goosebumps and believes this is a uniquely South African experience. He is also grateful for being able to make a difference and for coming from a talented country. Focalistic proudly identifies as South African and Pitori.