Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Economics and Marketing majors is a step in the right direction for Estcourt-born songwriter, guitarist and YouTuber, Ms Angel Mazibuko.

While the love of music was ignited by her parents at an early age, she felt it was important to pursue Business Studies in order to run her music business in a professional manner.

‘The earliest memory I have of music is of my mother teaching me to harmonise with her when she sang. She was and still is a choir master. My father always had a guitar at home and that’s what got me interested in that particular instrument,’ she reminisced.

On the value of her new qualification she said: ‘Learning about the business world opened up new ideas and led to the understanding that with the right skills, anything can be bottled and sold.’

Mazibuko has done well in the music business. Having decided to learn to play the guitar in 2018, she started playing in public venues and outdoor events around Pietermaritzburg. In 2019 she entered South African Idols and received a golden ticket. The same year, she won residency at uShaka Marine World. Thereafter, she entered the Pietermaritzburg Battle of the Bands competition hosted by the Liberty Midlands Mall and Evo Music and won first place in the solo category. One of the highlights in her music career was opening for The Parlotones at the Ballito Beats music festival. She is currently booked for the International Splashy Fen Festival which will be held in November 2020 if COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Appreciating the business principles learned during her studies, she said: ‘Even before the completion of my degree, I had learned the importance of having a registered business; being on relevant databases; practicing good, systematic and transparent bookkeeping; and marketing my business.’

She added that the qualification has taught her about diversifying her business interests. Apart from music, she works part-time at Papercubes, a manufacturer of ice cubes. Mazibuko has also created a brand called “#Live4Love” which she uses to market her music business on social media. 

She admits that managing her studies and her music business was challenging at times; however, with strong support from her manager and business partner Mr Thuthukani Mwelase, she managed to stay committed to both her passions.

Her family is proud of her academic achievements.

To book Angel Mazibuko, email: papercubes22@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram/Facebook: angel_live4love.

Words: Hazel Langa

Photograph: Supplied