By Nokwethemba Mchunu –
A young music producer hailing from Botshabelo, Troy Mosioua Manaheng, is making a name for himself in the local music industry.
The brains behind Black Stone Music Production Company, Troy is a rapper, songwriter and music producer, all rolled into one. Although he is mostly known for producing hip hop, the 21year old musician is comfortable with a variety of music genres.
Troy’s passion for music began to blossom at the tender age of 12 in 2009. Seven years later, the young music prodigy enrolled for music classes at Practical Audio Solutions where studied Sound Engineering.
“At first, my parents didn’t take my music career seriously because they didn’t see any future in it but they eventually started supporting me after seeing me perform at a “Show Them Talent” show in Botshabelo,” explained the musician.
Troy’s music career is motivated by Dr Dre and says he loves the way the American musician crafts his music.
In 2015, he took a gap year because he had doubts about pursuing his dream of being a musician since his parents wanted him to be involved in business. He needed time to think about what he really wanted for himself.
“The support from people in my area made me believe that I have it in me and it kept me going so I never gave up,” he added.
There came a point where he nearly gave up on his music. Surprisingly, it was his father who motivated him not to give up and he started investing more into his music career.
“Whether you do good or bad, there is always going to be those people judging you. If you don’t have anyone hating you, know that you aren’t doing anything good with your life,” said Troy.
His biggest wish is to work with hip hop star, Cassper Nyovest, in a collaboration.
“The best advice I can give to young people who want to be music producers is that you shouldn’t give up. You should be focused and mustn’t lack creativity, be versatile,” he said.
When Troy dropped out of varsity, his parents were not even surprised because they were expecting that to happen as soon as he started making his own money.
“As a producer, you face a lot of challenges on a daily basis, like recording and producing for artists who can’t even sing and also dealing with artists who come to the studio unprepared,” he explained.
According to Troy, local artists are not given enough credit compared to already established artists. They only get to be known around their areas and it ends there. He said they also want to be given an opportunity to be exposed to audiences outside their areas of residence.
To date, the musician has released three albums which featured Farmboy and him, and a Troy Nation mix tape.
“I’m currently working on three songs; one of them is titled “Ema hanyane.” This song is for the haters, it clearly tells them that they should take a ‘chill-pill’ and be humble.”