From gracing the stage at Creative Union #TheVisionBoard to her poetry EP, Prince Sagë is a creative force to be reckoned with. Get to know a little more about her and her latest projects.
“For me being a creative is being true to myself and being able to express myself in raw emotion while not caring what anyone else says because what I do is art, some will love it and some will hate it. The only thing that I really care about is if people feel it. I want to find comfort in my poetry, performing is freeing for me and I want my audience to feel that way too.
I would like to think that I am unique because I’m trying to incorporate different elements in my poetry that’s why I call myself the Punk Prince Of Poetry. I’m trying to get people to listen to my poetry in a different way incorporating punk rock that’s the music that I grew up listening to. I try to instill a lot of the rock sounds that I like so that every poem which is produced has all of me in it.
I’m currently working on my second EP which will be released later on this year, it showd how far I’ve come in my craft. I really think that there should me more poetry based shows, we shouldn’t be the openers anymore we should be the show. I really feel as if Rhythm And Poetry is going back to the days when it was really appreciated because a lot more people see the value in its expression.
To up and comers I say that keep pushing and don’t compare yourself to your peers otherwise everything you do, you will see as stagnant. Focus on your own craft.” – Prince Sage
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Tshepiso Ramosela is a documentary photographer and creative rebel who is unapollogetocally breaking boundries in the art world. This creative on the move shares her self discovery through photography.
“I think my approach to my art always involves breaking boundaries and stereotypes especially ones that are held against women. I like doing things that are “suppose to be done by men”
What inspired me to become a photographer was the fact that God didn’t give me the talent of being a painter so photography became the alternate visual artform I could express myself through. I like real authentic, relatable stories.
I like photography because it allows you to share stories, the language of photography is powerful because it gives everyone to an opportunity to interpret it however way they want. There’s no wrong or right. It opens up conversations that weren’t there; it addresses what’s uncomfortable, the freedom is unlimited.
I conceptualize some of my work, which involves a lot of thinking and referencing, by looking at other peoples work. I like minimalism a lot. I also believe less is more, so I try to put that in my images. I recently started taking pictures of the things I see in my dreams, I think my photography reflects my personality alot.
I am currently working on a documentary project called :Wrongfully Accused”. It’s about people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they haven’t committed and have spent time in prison for that. So what I basically do is interview them, try to explore their feelings, document their life and try my best to project what they felt into a frame. It’s important for me to represent them well. It’s a very Important project for me. I am currently doing a project with Yeoville market that is partnered with Market photo workshop.
I think the industry has opened lots of opportunities for young people. I see this with street photographers sitting in advertising spaces with these agencies, explaining what is happening in street culture. Young people are educating brands om how to do things. So I think more Investing in the Youth. People say photography is dying because everyone has their phones. I believe its emerging cause now new story tellers are coming out and its interesting.
I’d encouage all visual artists to tell their stories the best way and most importantly have fun.” – Tshepiso Ramosela
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The 2018 Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival is bound to be one of a kind. The event will be taking place at the Worker’s Museum in Newtown on the 30th of June, it seeks to bring the youth into a space of learning and reflection, under the guise of rave music and art.
At a unique historical site the event will expose the youth to The Worker’s Museum, one of many structures that attest to the rich history of the Johannesburg Metropolis. The very same spot where the museum is located, just over a century ago, was a compound for black male workers. The compound was built to host migrant workers from all over South Africa who came to work in mines and factories. Leaving behind their families in search of ‘greener pastures’, the men sacrificed their privacy and subjected themselves to slave-like treatment. We believe spaces such as these are essential for youth to immerse themselves in. However, distracted by the hustle and bustle of modern city life, most young people do not visit such places regularly.
This gap thus created an opportunity for the Youth Urban Connect Culture Team – to create a two-fold experience. To firstly, bring young people together in the spirit of fellowship and celebration, secondly, educate and enlighten them on our history to remember the sacrifices our forefathers made and how this enabled us to enjoy the many privileges of the city we currently live in. The organising team stems from Back2Back Productions, an events company that seeks to give youth a voice through music and poetry. In association with NikKi’s Jazz Bar, we have hosted over 20 shows where young and old people alike could come under one roof to enjoy music and poetry from the youth’s perspective.
We at Youth Urban Connect Culture believe in investing in the youth. We have employed young local artists and DJ’s to entertain the crowd as well as have made available stalls for multimedia artists to showcase their work.
We look forward to hosting the first of many youth festivals and we seek to make this the biggest Winter festival in the city.
Youth Urban Connect Culture – For the youth. By the youth.
Get your tickets to Chasing The Noise Festival at chasingthenoise.co.za
“Nothing Can Stop Me” photo by Brigid Schutz.
The long awaited visual representation of Slabsta’s classic single Can’t Stop Me is finally out. The visuals showcase a clean production that is simple and impactful in blending the music with imagery. Slabsta shares a little more about what this video means to him and gives us insight on the production process.
“I chose to have the black and white mainly because it was a collaboration with Black & Whyte Pictures. The symbolism of black and white highlights the the need for colour, after the powerful message the song holds, it motivates the listener to believe in themselves and not give up, a breakthrough is what I’m working towards at the end.
The video features Kele Motlhamme (Model) dancing fluidly, showing how carefree and inspired you can be when you believe in yourself.
It took me so long to release these visuals, I do that with a lot of my songs and projects. I like to see if they age well. It also gives me time to look at my work from a different perspective. It took me a year to finally realise the potential these visuals have, a colleague of mine saw it and told me to release it because it’s great timeless content.
The video represents a part of me, a state of mind where you face your problems head on and find a solution. A simple mindset that encourages one to overcome and succeed. I know most people will relate to the message more than anything.” – Slabsta
Watch Video ->Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me (Official Visuals)
Where did she go? No, not the girl with a halo.
Not the one who screamed hello into oblivion hoping to be found by an angel.
Where did she go? No, not her, not the empty vessel.
No, not the one who hid under the mattress from monsters that weren’t afraid of the dark
She isn’t lost, she’s merely breaking.
No, not physically. He wouldn’t dare make it obvious.
I can literally hear her heart breaking, tick tock, anytime now she might give in.
I can’t find her, the veil is too thick, and the mist from her eyes blinding.
She was young, stranger’s aren’t people you know
That’s what teacher said, he’s family.
Should we tell teacher now?
How could you possibly find her now?
I saw her once, without an ounce of hope left in her
But I saw her eyes, she was somehow still strong.
I saw her tear, no it did not burn her flesh
But surprisingly, it fed her spirit.
She spoke to me, not in words but in visions
Envisioning her metamorphosis stage
The girl you are looking for,
She’s at the end of the teardrop.
Written by Amogelang Lekwadu.
Artwork by Euphoriaheart.
Shuka Shuka is a ceramic art brand that specializes in producing colourful dynamic mulling bowls. A mulling bowl is a product used for holding (edibles) and anything valuable to the user/customer, spices, salt, peri-peri, smarties or sweets, bathing soap even jewellery and much more.
It inspired by the mulling of seeds and it is designed to fit in your palm. Just the way you put it in your palm you can mull in the dish.
What makes this artwork unique and special is how the art work is made for sharing with people, the way you hold it when presenting it or giving it to someone or serving people resembles it’s creation and an act of kindness.
There are different ways of making the decorations, some are painted in 3 different colours and layers which create a unique look.
Peppery, Peri-Peri & Salt.
Photography by Brigid Schutz
Where can one find/purchase the creative product?