Music Student Graduates Amidst Obstacles and Hardships
Musical Director Mr Siyanda Zulu of KwaDukuza believes the Bachelor of Practical Music awarded by UKZN, is the starting point for his career.
‘I’m super ecstatic to be receiving my degree because I know it opens my eyes to possibilities in achieving my dream,’ said Zulu.
Zulu hails from KwaDukuza in a township called Shakaville. He was raised by his grandparents in a big family. He is married and has two beautiful children. He currently resides in Pietermaritzburg where he is a Musical Director at Life Bible Church International.
A few years ago, Zulu faced financial difficulties. He was rejected by financial aid many times and was forced to drop out. Luckily, for him, he was awarded the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship, which covered some of his tuition fee.
‘Coming from a huge family, getting financial support becomes impossible. By the grace of God, I was able to pull through. I am grateful to the Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship fund. Although the scholarship did not cover my full tuition, I was still able to pay for registration,’ said Zulu.
He is thankful to his beautiful wife Thakasile for allowing him to pursue this qualification, which made it easier for him to be able to manage his time and work relationships. ‘My family means everything to me. I appreciate them for supporting and continuing to support me as I plan to obtain my PhD.’
‘Being the energetic person that I am and passionate about pursuing music as a career, enrolling at UKZN and being under the guidance of world class lecturers Neil Gonsalves and Demi Fernandez , was the greatest gift UKZN could offer me. The exposure to other students who were much more talented and had greater musical exposure, served as inspiration for me and my career.’
Zulu, whose dream is to teach in an institution such as UKZN or start his own Academy of Music back home, plans to give back to his community by teaching music and continuing with his studies next year.