“You have to respect your money so that your money could respect you”

Johannesburg—On Tuesday, July 30, AMPD studios hosted an exclusive invite-only heroes conversation that featured the legendary singer-songwriter, poet-activist Dr Vusi Mahlasela and singer-entrepreneur J’Something at the Newtown’s Junction mall. The conversation was centred around the duo’s trials and tribulations in the music industry as well as their experiences on saving money. Before sitting down for the conversation, the duo entertained the audience with their collaborative song titled ‘Fountains’. They also paid homage to the late legend, Johnny Clegg.

 

Dr Mahlasela demanded that it is essential to make smart decisions about saving and growing money as an artist.
You have to respect your money so that your money could respect you, and invest it in other projects that will sustain your lifestyle in the long run. You don’t have to get into debts and ask for advances unnecessarily unless you really need to.

(Dr Vusi Mahlasela sharing some insights and tips on financial education during the hero's conversation)

 

He also stressed the importance of choosing the right people when venturing into business, because most people have cruel intentions. “Business-wise you must always be careful with who you are working with because the most dangerous weapon in the world is a human being, other people come with other intentions so you have to be very careful.

 

On the other hand, J’Something shared his experiences as an artist and an entrepreneur, he said that in order to make money you have to be prepared to tackle the risks that come with it.

One thing you have to understand about making money is that you need to spend money in order to make more money,” demanded J’Something. He concluded by highlighting the importance of keeping the positive company of people who support your endeavours, “you have to surround yourself with people who structure your career.”

(J'Something, a member of the music band Micasa and entrepreneur gave his insights during the conversation)

AMPD Studios is a space for aspiring musicians to enhance and explore their creativity as well as seeking guidance from legends in the music industry. It also hosts masterclasses and workshops that are conducted by well-established artists such as Khuli Chana and Slikour.

Space is free to use, the terms and conditions are very basic. All you have to do in order to use it and honing your craft is to send your request through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Another event on financial education is set for the 17th of August at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg.


(J'something and Dr Vusi Mahlasela delivered a poignant tribute to late legendary Johnny Clegg)

 

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By Lwando Mqokweni

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