- Mzansi musician Stoan Seate is also feeling the Covid-19 pinch
- He has taken to social media to admit that his family's financial future no longer lies in the music industry
- The Bongo Maffin member said this is the first time in 25 years he has felt this way
Musician Stoan Seate is feeling the Covid-19 pinch.
The member of Bongo Maffin took to social media to admit that for the first time in 25 years his family's financial future no longer lies in the music industry amid the Covid-19 lockdown in the country.
The star said his admission was heartbreaking after investing half his life in the industry.
"So, for the first time in my 25-year career, I have to admit that my family’s financial future no longer lies in the music entertainment industry. This is a heartbreaking admission for me to make especially after investing more than half my life and best years in this."
On 25 March, Minister Nathi Mthethwa committed R150 million towards a relief fund to assist artists, athletes, technical personnel and its core ecosystem to soften the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stoan said the money is just not enough.
"R150 million is hardly enough for all these artists and this is made exponentially worse by the fact that the money has to be shared with all the sports people. This is a reflection of the amount of value that government and the society attach to us and this is just not enough."
Stoan, who recently turned 45, said he doesn't see himself trying to rebuild his music career at his age.
"I don’t see myself at my age trying to rebuild a music career at a time I should be on auto-cruise. I’ve had a great ride, been around the world twice but now it’s time for a new focus.
"I no longer expect to make an adequate living out of music and it saddens me immensely to know that if I feel this way, some of my older peers with more years invested feel worse right now. This is a time for renewal and reorientation."
He, however, said he will continue making music despite the hardships. He has a new song titled Light It Up and has started a new TV show to help the less fortunate.
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