EuphoriaHeart.

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Koaho EuphoriaHeart is a digital artist and blogger who defines himself as an expressionist. His style of art is inspired by the feminist movement which gives voice to the movement in a male dominated art industry. This creative on the move is definitely one to watch out for in the didgital art space, here’s more on his work and upcoming projects.

“I’m inspired by the femenist movement that strengthens the female voice.

My Style of design is very different bacuse it combines different art strategies. My art is very specific to female figures and issues surrounding womens rights. I see my art as more of a movement than just a mere expression.

I’m currently working on an e-book that combines art abd poetry which I plan to release sometime around June this year. I’m also currently partnering with a few brands such as #KeAJumpisa by Prince Kaybee, Milk Clothing by Brains Mohapi, EuphoriaHeart and SkinnyGenesTV.

I’d encourage upcoming artists in the digital space to never stop learning. Visit as maby galleries as possible, treat your work like a baby, nurture it each chance you get and be open to teaching the next artist so we can have a better industry.” – EuphoriaHeart.

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Twitter: @EuphoriaHeart_

Instagram: euphoriaheart_

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studioBotaki.

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Bontle Ba Tlhago, 2017

Boipelo Khunou aka BOTAKI is an artist and freelance portrait photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing a BAFA Hons degree at the University of Witwatersrand and is interested in the embodiment of personal power. She works in various media to engage ideas that speak to lived experience; an artist who creates from an understanding of her position in the world and the contexts that she is active in. Our creative on the move is dedicated to her philosophy, BOTAKI KE BOTSHELO, here’s more on what inspires her and her latest projects.

“I’m inspired by life itself, and travel. There are so many aspects to our existence that we take advantage of or don’t notice at all. I came to the idea of studioBOTAKI, which is my own artistic platform, after feeling like I needed a space where I could control my artistic representation and start building a foundation where I would begin to give active meaning to my creations. Last year I struggled with the pressure of what it truly meant to express authentic art and found myself a bit lost as to what I should focus on because I have so many different skills and interests. Now I want to see these ideas and concepts through in the mediums that I know and loosen the pressure of perfection by seeing the act of creating as an opportunity to learn and grow. This is what inspires me now, that truly BOTAKI KE BOTSHELO.

My work is unique simply because everything I create comes through my mind, heart and hands and people notice this when they share, buy and collaborate with me. I think my work is authentic to my own life experiences and does not come across as pretentious because I try my best to be open to knowledge and different ways of expressing ideas. Although I do think external influences are a big part of why we create and we must always acknowledge the sources of our inspiration.

I am working on several projects independently and collectively with Pussy on a Plinth and BATHO. Independently I want to rebuild my artistic portfolio and aesthetic and stretch my abilities as a photographer and merge my fine art background into photographic and film work, hopefully this will allow me to strengthen an art director skill I am dying to develop. A definite project I am pursuing is a nude series titled Bontle Ba Tlhago which can be described as an ode to nature, colour and the nude human form, and through this series I hope to collaborate with anyone who is willing to be a muse. I also intend to expand some concepts into screen printing and digital drawing/animation projects. Photography has been my main practice for a while but I haven’t felt as artistically connected to it before as I do now so I’d like to give it more presence in my life as an artist.

Pussy On a Plinth is a collective I formed with ten fellow artists and friends late last year. We’ve created an image based publication for the Lephephe Print Gatherings hosted by Keleketla! Library and Title in Transgression last year and this year we hope to really solidify the collective through hosting zine jams and curating exhibitions that will allow us to share more of our individual fine art practices and assert our space as artists creating around our lived experiences.

BATHO is a platform I started with my sister, Didintle Khunou, about two years ago and it has been silent for a while. This was truly my first passion project even before I moved to Johannesburg and we intend for it to serve as a mouth piece for people around us to engage in certain conversations that affect our immediate and external societies. Our main form of documentation is through film and we hope to give BATHO a new feel and begin creating and collaborating again.

To be honest I am in constant need of motivation as well and this is mostly because it is very easy to slip away from our first intentions and dreams that made us choose art in the first place. So my advice is to set reminders to assist you in remembering what made you feel it necessary to be creative whenever you feel like you are slipping away or when you face rejection, because it will happen many times. Purpose is everything and being reminded of our purposes, even if it changes along the creative process, is always a good way to remain grounded and focused. I’d also advise anyone seeking more creative outlets in life to maintain their curiosity and never stop questioning institution and social traditions. There is a lot of freedom that comes from the uncanny ways of life and there is more to life and art once you allow yourself to unlearn certain things. Be resilient and use whatever you have accessible to you. Technologies don’t only exist digitally, and often times the technologies and resources we use digitally can be simplified by researching other forms of technologies and ways of creating from different cultures and contexts. In the same respect learn your rights. Artists have responsibilities to give credit to our influences but we also have rights to our work, intellectual property and to how our work is distributed. This will raise our awareness and value of our work and will also raise our confidence and criticality towards the different.”

– Boipelo Khunou

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Didintle by Boipelo, 2016

 

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Black Womxns Caucus, in collaboration with Sibongile Shope, Noord Taxi Rank, 2017

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Allyssa by Boipelo, 2016

Follow Boipelo Khunou on :

Instagram: boipelokhunou

Twitter: @botakibakhunou

http://www.botakibakhunou.wixsite.com

Getting started with King Zee.

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King Zee is a Musical Composer, Singer-Songwriter and Producer of some of the best music we’ve heard. He is one third of White Darkie (W. D. / Dub D) in association with Conquer Entertainment, his authentic sound is bound to break new grounds in the music industry. We got the opportunity to catch up with King Zee and got to know a little more about his journey of getting started in the music industry.

“The name Zee has always been a name associated with me as a youngster in my hood as a nickname. Growing older I realised that I’m the best at what I do i.e. living my life, hence that’s where the King comes in. I am known as King Zee!

Music has always been a part of my life. I’ve always been a big fan of music. I feel like music is my life and I often use music as an escape. Music is my therapy, music is a drug to me. What inspired me to pursue music as a career is the fact that I love it so much, I decided that instead of listening to the music I like and love, I will create and produce the music I love for the world to hear.

I’m a hip hop artist but I consider the type of music I make as E.T (Extra Terrestrial/out of this world) It’s an alternative fusion between the sounds of trap and soul.

My life inspires the kind of music I make. I feel like life is a blank book and music is my pen. I’m just writing my life story in the soulful rhythms of sounds. I’d have to say King Zee is my biggest musical influence. I have many other musical influences but I’d say, Kwesta, Cassper and AKA to name a few.

My hood Vosloorus is a hood like any other. We have an abundance of talented people. The biggest problem we face in my home town when it comes to pursuing one’s dream, is the lack of resources and investment. We have talented people but some people tend not to pursue their dreams because of the stigma around artists not making it out from this side. That’s why I’m pursuing my dreams in order to inspire other artists, whether they’re in music or otherwise, to pursue their dreams. If I can do it, so can you.

Hip hop in my hood is gradually getting to a point where artists now acknowledge their talent for what it is and are trying by all means to better themselves artistically and fashionably.

I’m currently working on recording my debut E.P! It is my first solo project as King Zee and it will feature collaborations with artists such as Spacious beats, Sou K and 3 Gee Music. Spacious Beats and Aloice Music produced and engineered the entire tape! Shout out to Spacious Beats, Aloice Music and Conquer Entertainment.

What inspired this project in particular was dedication and team work! We as a team, have spent some time trying to get a flow of work going but we’ve had challenges that we needed to overcome. Now that it’s a new year, it brings for new beginnings and a better mentality towards the future and achieving one’s goals. That’s why I’m working on this E.P and naming it Clock Work. I don’t need to say more… #It’sTime.

Fellow artists need to know that the road to success, in whatever field you are in, is never straight… It has curves, speed bumps, offramps, turns and every negative thing, thought there is out there. If you have a dream and it’s real, straight from the heart, never give up on it. Egypt wasn’t built in one day. God knows why he put you on this Earth. It’s up to us to find our purpose and chase it with everything we have. Never let another person tell you that you can’t do it. If they say it’s Impossible, turn around and tell them, “I’m Possible!” – King Zee

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Watch full video -> Getting started with King Zee.

Follow King Zee on:

Instagram: KingZee_Music

Twitter: @KingZee_Music

Soundcloud: King Zee Music