Musical director Mr Siyanda Zulu believes the Bachelor of Practical Music he was awarded by UKZN is the catalyst for his career.
‘I'm super ecstatic to receive my degree because I know it opens my eyes to possibilities in achieving my dream,’ said Zulu
From a township in Kwadukuza called Shakaville, he was raised by his grandparents among a big family and is now married with two children.
He lives in Pietermaritzburg where he is a musical director at Life Bible Church International.
A few years ago, Zulu faced financial difficulties during his studies and was forced to drop out of university until he was awarded a Ronnie Madonsela Scholarship, which covered some of his tuition fees.
‘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 able to pay for registration,’ said Zulu.
He thanked his wife Thakasile for allowing him to continue studying which made it easier for him to be able to balance his responsibilities. ‘My family means everything to me. I appreciate them for supporting and continuing to support me as I plan to go on to do 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 lectures 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,’ said Zulu.
His dream is to teach in an institution such as UKZN or start his own Academy of Music.