What is your passion?
I am passionate about writing and making music, fashion writing and design. I am also passionate about television (the making of it that is).
What are you excited about lately?
I am excited about going back to starring on TV soon. I will be featured in a series I cannot really talk about right now, but it is something I have always wanted to do in life. I am also excited about this 90% local music on SABC radio. It is such a great opportunity for musicians like myself. There is so much talent out there and finally there is an opportunity to make our country’s talented indie artists to be heard.
Share with us what you do, how many people you touch and how long you have been at it?
I have recently started teaching kids in my area how to play basic guitar and keyboard. We are on our 4th month now. I now have 12 kids coming to my house to learn instruments. For now we use my musical instruments and I will definitely be buying more instruments in the near future. My main concern is finding an area that we can use for these lessons. I haven’t really focused on the impact it has, however I feel like these kids are excited to have found something that is beneficial to them as some want to grow as musicians, because these kinds of lessons normally cost. I offer these lessons for free because I want to give them hope that they, too, can be great instrumentalists.
Why do you believe in the work that you do?
We grew up knowing that musical instruments are meant for people with money and many black artists grow up not knowing how to play any instrument. As a musician, knowing how to play basic piano chords helps a lot. It makes it easier for song-writing, better vocal control and many other important factors in our saturated music industry. Being able to play an instrument also creates opportunities for many of these young artists. I want these passionate kids to look forward to having options in life.
How do you connect with Activators and those around you?
I haven’t really given myself time to connect with Activators around me but I would like to start, especially ones that are interested in the arts.
How has ACTIVATE! Supported you so far in driving this change?
I have only been to Module 1 so far and will soon be going for Module 2 and I must say ACTIVATE! has really changed my way of thinking and approach when it comes to how I do things. I am now a lot more confident in my trials. I now know that all I need to do is apply myself into everything I do, be smart about it and bring confidence with. ACTIVATE! taught me how to present my work better. I do not even think I would have taken this step in my life had it not been for Module 1.
What do you think is the priority in setting the agenda for our country in the next 5 years?
Education in all levels. That is something we need to fight against poverty and illiteracy. Skills development and talent management, debt education and financial management, free quality tertiary education.
How do you motivate yourself?
I just sing. That gives me hope. I listen to these songs that I write and I know that I, too, am just as good as any successful person. I need to constantly remind myself that I am good enough, that I am enough and I have great potential.
Final message to young people?
Always chase your dreams. No matter how hard it gets, your dreams matter. The world needs your passion and your contribution. The world needs your talent and skills. It doesn’t matter if I think you are good enough or not. Even if you get 1 million people saying NO, the only YES you need in this world is from God. Keep working, keep practicing and most importantly- keep sharing with others. It gets better.
Abram “Linkol LX” Mophokane is a 2016 Activator from the Gauteng Province