The Revolutionaries of 2015!

DSC_0813 copy - aoj, ssp– The children with a thirst for knowledge.

The sun smiled each day and gently stroked our backs assuring us that; we are life. We were courageous, audacious young men and women. We marched down city streets to confront a pain that we have lived with, that was unbearable – Inequality. We set out to unpack the burdens that we bore on our backs everyday. We wanted to be free.

Ten days ago, the #FeesMustFall movement began at Wits University, this was a protest against the 10.5 % fee increment that was set for 2016. The students could not watch their dreams of  higher education being shattered by capitalist agenda’s. Students could not sit back and watch the gap of inequality widen, they could not allow higher education to be commodified by the government, and lastly they could not allow the systematic oppression of the black child to continue. This cause struck a cord with students countrywide, they took action and universities all around South Africa were  being shut down by students, UCT, UWC, UP, Stellies,UJ, Forte Hare and TUT and more joined the movement, this was a shared struggle. Academics, and international institutions all stood in solidarity with the students.

The students demanded that the government provide free and quality education for all. The students demanded that outsourcing in universities be put on an end, they could no long watch the exploitation of their mothers and fathers. The students expressed their frustrations and fought tirelessly despite the violence against them by the police, and the indifference that was displayed by the ruling government. This was the beginning of the fight to free, quality education for all in our lifetime. Yesterday the students marched to The Union Buildings in Pretoria. President Jacob Zuma announced that there will be a 0% fee increment for fees in 2016.The students emerged victorious, this was an achievement in this long journey to free education.

We commend you class of 2015. Continue to sing the songs that speak your struggle, the songs that speak your strength. Keep fighting to create the world you want to live in, Amandla!

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Written by Kea Mooka

Photography by Sameera Soorjee Photography

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Origami: The Art Of Folding Paper

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Everyday we go through life, but don’t always take a moment to stop and look around and appreciate the simple objects that add a little magic to our lives. A world where a seamless action like folding turns into art.

I’m talking about Origami, which is literally the art of folding paper. This art form began in Japan around 1603. Today, anyone can practice this craft. So if you have a piece of paper in front of you, try it. You have the ability to create something beautiful.

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Written by Kea Mooka

Photography by Sameera Soorjee Photography

“Tap is all about rhythm.”

Gianina Levy

Gianina Levy

“You have to have Rhythm. Tap is all about rhythm.” After watching Gianina (a first year film student at Wits) perform an exquisite tap routine, I can see what she means about the importance of rhythm in tap dancing. Her dance career is an integral part of who she is and a testament to the hard work she has put into it. She’s so good in fact that, she had the amazing opportunity of taking part in the world championships.

“I started Modern and tap when I was 5 and I stared ballet when I was 6. My mom was a dance teacher, actually, as her first profession so she just put me in dancing. And I remember how I started off—my teacher was in a little bowling club in the area that I live in… So it was little smoky, tiny little hole that had a bar- singular- on the wall and I just remember that very clearly.”

Gianina’s account of her first dance experience is one that shows that although there is something inherent about being able to dance, everyone has to start somewhere. She goes on to speak about how during that first lesson she knew absolutely nothing, which is hard to believe when you see her now.

For interest’s sake, I asked Gianina and a Friend of hers- and dancing partner- Carla, to debunk some of the stereotypes that people often have about dancers. For one, dancers aren’t always as bitchy as they are believed to be. Gianina and Carla recall having met some of the most beautiful people in their dance studio and how they are all so supportive and close knit. Gianina points out that some of the more “bitchy” dancers have helped her not only to grow, but also to build a thick skin and an everlasting resilience.

Carla adds another stereotype: “People assume that you’re not supposed to eat or anything.” So we now know that dancers do actually eat and Gianina points out that food is one of her passions, and so, something she could never go without. I find it interesting to point out these stereotypes because it’s important to realise that while dancers share a similar passion, they are still individuals, with their own unique experiences.

I managed to learn a lot from the girls but I really love how they both think about dance as a thing that’s not all consuming. “[Dance] is not my whole life,” Gianina says, “It’s just an element of who I am. I am not ‘a dancer’, dancing is something that I do.” I appreciate this humble approach because there is so much truth in it: that as an artist, your art is just an element of who you are, not something that is all defining.

Before they left I asked the girls to share some final thoughts with me, some inspiration and “words of wisdom”- for lack of a better phrase. They chuckle slightly at my clichéd end of interview question. They pause before saying how dance boils down to just going out and doing it. Gianina marks the importance of how although dance is a highly technical thing, it’s not all about the technique, it is also about just letting yourself go and being able to perform rather than just doing a series of steps. “Dancing is like anything” she states, “If you actually put your head down and if you’re determined– if you work really hard at it, you can be phenomenal.”

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Written by Nomsa Fakude

Photography by Sameera Soorjee Photography

New Song: Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me lyrics

Cant stop me

[Hook]

Life is so tough but you gotta pull through (pull through)

Nothing can’t stop you now (can’t stop you now)

After my mistakes and what I’ve been through (been through)

Nothing can stop me now (can’t stop me no)

[Verse 1]

Life is so tough when you have alota friends

but when it gets rough a ba gona till the end

Ne o nale bona last night having fun

but today o nale mathata a ba gona saan

Nna ke dibone ge ntshe ke gola

I gained some maturity ga basamfora

Mom telling me gore checka mesepelo

Tlogela peer pressure megofe a se selo

I didn’t listen so I had alota friends but today I’m alone even God is my friend

I took for granted all the things that he did for me

Now its all tough God damn it aint easy

Learnt my lesson father please don’t punish me

I wana put you first even though its the end of me

Learnt my lesson father please don’t punish me

I wana put you first even though its the end of me (For real).

[Hook]

Life is so tough but you gotta pull through (pull through)

Nothing can’t stop you now (can’t stop you now)

After my mistakes and what I’ve been through (been through)

Nothing can stop me now (can’t stop me no)

[Verse 2]

Somedays are so slow somedays I’m so broke

Somedays ke ching-ching but I don’t want no bling-bling

Every month I’m saving so that I could do my thing

Slabsta ka ditoro lesogana la dikoro

No luck today but I’m pushing for tomorrow

I don’t wana sleep in a place full of sorrow

Its quite obvious that we all want the nice life

A gona motlogapele so please take your time

In the mean time I’m busy with my school books

In my free time I’m busy with my rhyme book

A go easy le menate in between

so in such a case you gotta sacrifice to succeed

Every man for himself wena o tshepile mang

Tlogela megofe coz ga o tlo jesha ke kgang

Born in GP but I grew up in Limpopo

Now I’m back in GP doing it for Limpopo (wassup)

[Hook]

Life is so tough but you gotta pull through (pull through)

Nothing can’t stop you now (can’t stop you now)

After my mistakes and what I’ve been through (been through)

Nothing can stop me now (can’t stop me no)

Artwork by Ceekreative

Download and Enjoy! Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me