Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Visually impaired singer asks for help!

Anna Fiki is not an ordinary musician. The woman possesses a golden voice that many artistes can only dream of. So talented is the visually impaired vocalist that many are often left in tears after they have attended her solo performances.

It is incomprehensible that such a gifted musicians who started singing to the public years before our country could have any recording artists, still remains in the background while many average musicians have made it big in this industry.

"I am appealing to people to help me because I have always wanted to be a professional musician but I have not met the right people who can help me rise and realise my full potential," she told Showtime.

Fiki started out as a lead vocalist and keyboard player for Pudulogong Rehabilitation Centre music band back in the late 80s, the same institution that groomed Donald Botshelo.

While Fiki, who originates from Mabule but now resides in Pitsane, has been left in the cold, Botshelo is a celebrity musician who has posted hit after hit and continues to make more hits.

The woman popularly known for her song Mpolelle Re Babedi has gone through many tough roads trying to carve a career out of her talent but she says all she got was disappointment.

"I have met people from way back in the 90s who always promised to push my career to greater heights but none has fulfilled those promises.

It is hard for me because as a person who has lost her sight I can rely on my vocal talent for survival," Fiki said.

One of the promoters who worked with her needed to be pushed to do the job, according to the musician. The two had agreed to cut 200 cassets from Mpolelle Re Babedi, which was recorded in 2004 but only 100 copies were made and that after some persistence from the musician.

Family members, according to her, have done little to help her find the right people to help, she said.

"I have always expressed my displeasure to those close to me about the way people were treating me in the music industry but no none has heeded my call and try to arrange anything. I do not blame them anyway because music might not be their passion.

Fiki thought the dreams would turn into reality last year after a rehabilitation officer based in Goodhope managed to source funds for her to reproduce her master CD but her world came crashing when the said officer went for further studies abroad.

She has appealed to producers and record company executives to give her a chance as she believes that she could easily penetrate the market.

"I have accepted my disability, it is my friend and people should not worry about it. My voice is perfect it has not been affected by this disability," she said.

She told Showtime that she had tried hard to market herself, but those with the resources have shown no or little interest in her talents.

"My performances in front of shops are not necessarily meant for the few thebes that people throw in my cup. I normally do these hoping to impress sponsors or record companies to snap me up," she said.


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