…Thabang Malaza, An Artist Suffering From The Edge
Thabang Malaza, actor, singer, musician, performance artist and more lived a life driven by inspiration, and without warning, it was all gone, yet he has rebuilt his life and recaptured the essence of living in everything he does, with power and drive that can be called miraculous.
Thabang Malaza began performing and singing when he was 11 years and wrote all the unreleased lyrics for his band, LIFE IS HARD. Things to him were going very well, until four years ago, Thabang Malaza suffered from a traumatic brain injury, leaving him unable to do what he had based his life on.
His second year was so bad he could not even use his legs or arms. He also had to relearn the entire language of English. He discovered that he suffered from the condition of back pain. He had to relearn the whole world as he felt lost. He dedicated himself to re-relearning most importantly and his past.
Suffering from an issue that would render life unbearable for many, Thabang Malaza didn’t have time for depression. He realized he had a lot of work ahead of himself to get his life back. He began working towards recovery back during the third year of his brain injury, by the third year he was able to talk, write and read again. He started getting confidence back when he sang again. Singing meant everything to him.
After that second year, Thabang Malaza started to relearn the rest of his abilities. He couldn’t even convince living without all of these skills that made him who he was. Throughout the third year till now, Thabang has been relearning piano, singing writing and anything that is creative in nature. He still loves music that he made before; He especially loves the lyrics in the song. The songs were made in his home.
Looking towards a brighter future and not dwelling on the past, he has learned “that the only time that you can change is now. Living life with the philosophy that if you are doing something for the future, you are still doing it in the now”.
Many people in Thabang Malaza’s life have inspired him to share his work. This music will always be in the soul, body and mind of Thabang Malaza and his devoted fans. As he keeps making new music, he will always remember what he started from and how this music will help shape him in the future.