WINNERS ARE NOT AFRAID OF LOSING
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Written by: Xolisani Khumalo
In the famous words of American businessman, Robert Kiyosaki, “ Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
Phumlani “Dexter” Khusi had been running errands before the meeting. As he sat down to engage with Journalismiziko, he did a cover chorus of Canadian singer, Justin Bieber’s hit-song, Sorry to a waitress and later expressed that singing is one of the things that keep him calm whenever he feels stressed.
“In primary school I enjoyed anything that involved the performing arts and so I participated in a lot of school plays and later joined the school choir,” said Dexter.
He added that he often sings or does a few rap lines to keep himself calm.
While going to school and getting the necessary education gets you a few steps closer to your dream career, taking a road less travelled could also propel one to beat the odds.
Most students who study Video Technology do so with the hopes of becoming camera operators, editors or directors and producers. But Dexter was not your average student. Beside the difficulties he faced in college, Dexter was able to start a company.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t finish my degree because of financial difficulty, but to be honest the aim was never to be a camera operator or editor but it was to understand how the industry works,” explained Dexter, the Founder and Managing Director of a production company called Artway Pictures, at just the tender age of 25.
The company was founded in 2014 after Dexter had shot a video for Metro FM award winning artist, Happy Mdunjane which led to a couple of investors approaching him. Deexter explained to Journalismiziko how Arway Pictures came about.
“I formed my own company because of the gig with Happy and it attracted a group of business people who ended up investing in my company,” he explained.
Dexter enrolled at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) to study television and film after being encouraged by his sister as he had expressed an interest in pursuing drama as a career.
“I wanted to fuse the two skills that I have so I’d advance my career,” said the ‘student of the universe’ who attended film school as he affirms that it was to merely understand how the industry works.
Dexter got into music after wining a school competition that afforded him a chance to study music composition and creative writing. One of his skills is rapping, and he told Journalismiziko of his early life influences and what really got him into this genre.
“I started out rapping when I heard the impressive word play that Eminem possessed, my passion was later sealed and cemented when I heard Pro Kid,” he said.
“His use of vernacular language and English rhymes blew me away,” he added.
Dexter has been a recording artist for eight years, where he started off producing his own beats but felt he had to focus more on his rapping and has since been working with different producers from around South Africa.
“Most people don’t know I rap or that I am an artist at all because most of my time has been consumed by getting this company off the ground,” he explained.
Besides his focus on the production company, Dexter also shared with Journalismiziko his latest accomplishments in his musical career.
“I have just released my first official single titled, Mapantsula 1998 and I will be working on the song’s video with Durban’s renowned video director and editor, Kenneth “pointfizzle” Gwele,” he said.
When Journalismiziko asked him of the song’s success and reception, he excitedly told us about a few radio airplays, including Metro FM and his plans for the song.
“The song is already on Metro FM’s playlist and we are sending it to other radio stations too,” he told Journalismiziko.
Journalismiziko also had a chance to interview a few of his friends and work colleagues.
S’busiso Msimang, a good friend of Dexter’s, who has also acted for him describes his friend as a kind hearted go getter, while his work partner, Kenneth Gwele, referred to him as the next big thing.
“I really enjoy his music, I like the delivery, the content and the punchlines to a point where I find myself using words like ‘dope’ and also as a South African I think his music is very relatable,” expressed Gwele.
The up and coming kind-hearted rapper left a personal message for his fans.
“It’s taken me this long because I am juggling a lot of things at once, before passion and dreams; one needs to survive and the company affords me that. But I have been working a lot on my music lately and people should also expect a lot too,” said Dexter.
The 25-year-old up and coming rapper assured journalismiziko that he would hit the music industry with storm.
“I won’t even downplay it,” Dexter told Journalismiziko.
*Caption: Artway pictures logo with Dexter’s face on it.