Progressive songwriter, notable poet and gifted musician from Tumahole-Parys, Sonny Holworthy Motsamai is all set to participate in the International Festival of Arts and Ideas which will be held in New Haven in the US just two days before June 16.
Motsamai is expected to share the stage with the likes of Jazz diva Dianne Reeves, Ruben Studdard and Lalah Hathaway. Motsamai was selected from four other artists at the Sandton Arts Entertainment, where his outstanding performance secured his plane ticket to the festival.
“This is exciting simply because as artists we need have our voices heard across the globe. Being the only black person, it proves that I have what it takes to show the world what Free State and South Africa has to offer,” Motsamai said.
Motsamai’s family and friends are also excited ahead of his departure to the US. “They support me all the way through thick and thin,” Motsamai said.
Motsamai said that this will not be the first time he will fly the Free State flag on an international stage. “Last year, I was part of the New York music festival,” Motsamai said.
Motsamai is also expected to do a tribute song for his late mother who passed away last year in November.
Earlier this year Motsamai was part of the performance at one of the biggest Jazz event in the world. “I was performing at Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, which is in Indonesia and I must say the feeling was great,” Motsamai said.
Motsamai had received financial aid from the Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture. “For Free State artists, life is tough and I am grateful to Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture for giving me the platform to launch my career,” Motsamai said. His advice to upcoming artists was not to wait for anyone, but to go out there to do what they love most; and that is performing.