LETHBRIDGE – Local musician Mwansa Mwansa isn’t sure if she wants to see her name in bright lights, but she does know that she wants to inspire others with her love of music. A love of music that has followed Mwansa throughout her life.
Mwansa performs in her self titled band throughout the city, while spending all other hours teaching music lessons through Long & McQuade as well as privately in her home. She said she has been invested in music, and the culture since she was born.
“I just grew up like listening to a lot of music at home with my family and music was a big part of my moms life and my dads life,” said Mwansa. “Every Friday and Saturday night [we would] have like music nights where my dad would put on old videos from back home.”
Like most budding musicians, the dream of becoming a star seems daunting to Mwansa, she isn’t even sure if she wants to embark on that journey. For now, her sights are set on teaching.
“I want to teach, because I love it,” said Mwansa. “I was really fortunate growing up to have role models and teachers in my life to instill that passion in music and I’ve always wanted to do and be that person for somebody else.
“It was so important for me growing up, and it made a huge difference in just my direction in life. I feel so thankful and I just want to be able to do that for other people.”
Mwansa recognizes that many of her students are a part of a generation that is glued to electronics, and said for her, music was there to keep her disciplined.
“You know, you’re not out doing crazy things when you have to practice, or if you have a gig the next day and you have to you know sing, or get up and perform.”
She said regardless of what path her students choose, she wants them to be passionate about what they do.
“I just believe in living a life that fulfills you, living a life that you wake up every morning and feel so blessed and so grateful to be doing what you’re doing,” said Mwansa. “Even if you have bumps along the way, I think you should just go for it.”
Mwansa Mwansa and her band’s next performance is at the Slice Bar & Grill on Saturday, January 16th.
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