Between music and lights

If he is not busy setting up lights to capture images of various events, ceremonies and music videos, Thabo “CoolPixie” Makau is in the studio recording music.

The 23-year-old founder of Pixie Films is known by locals for his inventive work of art, which includes photography, filmmaking and composing hip-hop music.

CoolPixie told The BEAT this year he decided to step out of his hip-hop comfort zone, and record one Afro House CD, as part of his 15-track album, titled 1st Page.

The rest of the compositions are of the hip-hop genre.

“The intention is to get people dancing, after unwinding to the cool hip-hop sounds,” he said.

The Afro House track, “Dlala ka body (Move your body)”, is the last track on the album.

The young artist told The BEAT he relocated from Diepsloot with his family and resettled in Modimolle in te year 2003, while still at primary school.

He said it has been a tough but rewarding journey, having to alternate between studying, recording music and doing photography at the same time.

As a main source of income, CoolPixie, who is also in possession of a journalism and media studies diploma, is working in the retail industry in Pretoria.

“What makes things easier is that my employers are understanding and they are supportive of my goals,” he said.

– The Beat

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