Soulfisticated.

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Kamu Duclass is a young driven individual who believes in art and the translation of different art content. He is a Banking Investor and Music Producer with his own record label “Soulfisticated Music”.

“My journey as a creative has been an amazing one filled with a lot of learning and different experiences. I always say follow your passion and the rest will fall into place. I’d encourage young up and coming creatives to go to school and learn about other things and what their passionate about, take a few modules that will help you expand as an artist. I believe in hard work  and prayer. If  you happen to fail get up and try again.”

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Introducing Ben Tuge. 

After 22 years in the art world and being hosted in numerous National Art Galleries, the dynamic visual artist and sculptor Benjamin Tuge will open his first solo exhibition at MB Studio Community on the 3RD of September. We joined him in his work space in Johannesburg to get a glimpse of what his solo exhibition “Introducing Ben Tuge” will have to offer.
Viewing his outdoor work space, where his creations for the solo exhibition are displayed; is a beautiful sight to take in. What is the concept behind the exhibition, I ask? Ben explains; “for me, this exhibition is a form of rebirth. An opportunity to introduce the art world to my new creations and the journey and growth I have under gone to stand with this body of work today.” Ben Tuge found a home with the MB Studio Community, he’s found himself delving deeper into the art and challenging his previous techniques and style.

The upcoming exhibition marks the transition of Ben as an artist, “I’ve challenged myself in terms of the mediums I’m using, It’s my first time using collage paper on wood and many other fusions.” The sculptures on display are moulded with PH plastic creating a bright colour palette that ooze life. The sculptures that will be on exhibit speak to the whole concept of a transformation, they capture a sense of movement and metamorphosis. The figures of the sculpture invite us to imagine the story that is unfolding. His excellent craftsman ship and storytelling are inspiring.

We are excited and anticipating the opening to his exhibition that will surely take the contemporary art world by storm. Head out to the opening of the exhibition at MB Studio Community Gallery on the 3rd of September at 11am.
MB Studio Community – 385 Helen Jospeh Street . Pretoria City Centre . 012central.

Join the event on Facebook  https://web.facebook.com/events/698475590300590


Rejection.

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I have always been that one person that never takes rejection kindly, but I appreciate someone who has the guts to tell me the truth, in any way. I’m big enough to handle the truth. Rejection happens to us in so many ways. It doesn’t matter how beautiful, smart, funny, charming, or awesome you are, there will be times when you meet people who just don’t see it.

If I could write a note to my younger self it would be “Don’t take it all so personally. You’re wonderful, and if someone else doesn’t see it, let it be their problem, not yours.” Unfortunately, my younger self didn’t get the memo and any type of rejection (especially from the opposite sex) would wreck havoc on my self-esteem.Those kinds of wounds can take a lifetime to heal and will inevitably carry over into your next relationship. If you end up in a place where you fear rejection, you’ll start to anticipate it and then you will be more likely to be rejected, thus confirming your initial prediction and affirming your belief that anyone you like won’t like you. This may pave the way for more rejection and on and on and on the vicious cycle goes on.

It took me a long time to learn to deal with rejection, and it is something that I still need to work on this day. The upside is that my experience and past pains have helped me develop certain skills and insights to deal with rejection while keeping my sense of self intact. The fact is, you can’t make everyone like you and you can’t make every guy find you attractive. There will be people who don’t get you or who don’t like your look but none of that matters. Most women have this inexplicable need to make every guy want them and then get upset when they find one who doesn’t and start to wonder what’s wrong with them.

When someone rejects us, most of us will immediately think there must be something intrinsically wrong with us, I mean, why else would he dismiss me? Yet oftentimes it has nothing to do with us. Maybe their life is overly complicated at the moment, maybe they’re overburdened, and maybe they are in a cynical place in their lives and are unable to see the good in others. I know it can feel really personal when someone rejects you…every supermodel was rejected by countless agencies before she found the one who saw her potential, beautiful women get rejected and cheated on, the smartest people don’t always get the job. Rejection is part of life for everyone, no matter how much you have going for you. You are setting yourself up for a lot of unnecessary misery if you take it personally and think it has to be something about you.

Written by Jolene Tshakane

Book collection.

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Literature holds the secrets of mankind’s past and future, our lives are encapsulated by words penned onto paper, writing is a timeless art that each of us want a piece of. If you’re looking to stat a book collection but can’t quite figure out how or where to start. We have a few basic tips to launch you off into having the best book collection.

When starting a book collection you have to know what type of books you’d like to collect. An easy start would be collecting books from your favourite author, if you don’t have a favourite author start of by collecting hard copies of your favourite books.

Push yourself to buy the classics, it is always good to look into collecting books that many people swear by, these books are the ones which are often referenced, anything that is well know among the general public will enhance your general knowledge.

Once you’ve  collected your favourite reads and the classics you might want to dig deeper into genre, your book collection is a reflection of you, so whatever genre you find most intriguing you may want to start collecting books along those lines. Whether you love Thrillers, Drama or your Encyclopedia’s, whatever you like is always your best bet, you’re more likely to not mind spending money on what you know you’ll enjoy.

If you’re really looking to take book collecting to the highest level, you may then want to look into collecting rare books. These books are one of a kind books which are hard to find, they usually are original copies of the book with a lot of history behind them. Rare books have fine detailing to them which includes the type of paper used in the book, it could be anything from  laid paper, marbled, wove or china paper. These are the type of books that may be more pretty to look at as opposed to being very interesting to read.

Starting a book collection is a great way to further explore art, it takes research time and patience to start one and have it become  world class. Book collecting is a great form of entertainment and a great investment. So go out there and start your collection today.

 

 

Acceptance and Growth.

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For a very long time I have been identifying people by their physical appearance, which produces differences between what I perceive as me and the other. But in essence we all come from the same substance, we exhibit unique forms in various degrees but still arise from the same substance. To accept this statement as truth is an act of rebirth, which I personally believe is one of the requirements of human development. Humans have the power to directly influence their development in the various levels they exist in and this requires dedication, honesty with one self, love, patience and faith.

Human development occurs at different levels of existence weather we are aware of it or not. By working with the forces that promote human development, the individual gains a rich life experience, and above all receives the gift of life which is to be in tune with the present moment. By being in tune with the present moment we transcend barriers that our egos create on a daily basis, allowing us to acknowledge TRUTH, to accept that we are Natural beings with the Power to move mountains if we WILL it. We all have this power I speak of, but what makes us different is the time we spend cultivating this force. It starts with thought, then words and action. This is the basic process of creation that we can all use to further develop ourselves.

Written by Lehlogonolo Modise

Got the keys?

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If you’re a music lover and you’re trying to get the keys and learn how to play the piano, we have 5 basic tips to get you started on smoothly running your fingers through the keyboard.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the basic music keys, a knowledge of music notes, music notes are the ABC’s of the language of music, learning them will make your understanding of the keys better.
  2. Learn to hold a proper posture while playing, your body has to be prepared for the action. Sit upright, and make sure the piano is within a comfortable and reachable distance, your arms and back should not feel any strain while playing.
  3. Play the notes, after getting the basic knowledge of the keys, play the notes, your likely to get a hang of the rhythm and pace of playing the piano.
  4. Listen, to be able to play a piece of music harmoniously you need to be able to listen to the piece that you are playing, wait for the right moment to
  5. Practice, practice, practice! At least an hour a day on the piano will help your fingers get used to the instrument, and the only way to get better is to practice.

Whether you want to play the piano professionally or just want to do it as a hobby, music is a language that everybody understands, so go out there and get the keys and unlock and master this powerful instrument.