Oriiginelle.

The future of hip hop is 22years old, short but certain. Oriiginelle is the name of the artist pushing boundries through music. Here’s what you need to know about this creative on the move.

“I try my best not to box myself into any kind of categories as a creative to be honest. I’d like to think I’m a free thinker and risk taker when it comes to the arts. Why not push boundaries? What’s the point of art if it’s the same and it’s safe?

What inspired me to go into music at a young age is the feeling I got each time good music was being played around me. The creativity behind it all. The layering of various vocals without words which somehow brought out different emotions. It was and still is absolutely mind blowing. Every time I make music, I try my hardest to remember that feeling I had the first time, and pass it onto the next person.

We all have very unique creative processes, I think the most common is the voice noting randomly on the road and being so impressed with yourself, you probably smile all day, haha.
But for me I’d say I’m much more creative when I’m alone because I get to think of the weirdest things and enjoy them, but I also think it’s the fact that I’m female and I tend to keep the guys on their toes with the music. They always look forward to what I have next because it’s always so different.

I’m currently working on about four projects, two joint tapes with Dante Lway (Musician from Swaziland) and two solo projects. I’ve completed one solo and the contribution I’d love for it to make to the culture is just to assure people that it’s really ok to be a creative and not be the typical creative people think you are when it comes to the matters of the heart. I’ve been told numerous times I’m a “savage” without savage traits but merely because I rap and add “scrrrt scrrrt” here and there you know, it’s quite annoying because you find yourself constantly trying to prove your innocence to people who have their minds set.

The other solo project is a combination of societal issues both in South Africa and Swaziland (which could get me arrested but we need to talk about these things as a nation), matters of the heart and free thinking really. I wanted it to be fun but at the same time tackle a few issues we can’t just sweep under the rug just because it’s groove time.

We really need to stop selling whack music and saying it’s dope just because we have a good following. It’s sad that talent doesn’t really mean much anymore. It’s the money and the following that speaks now, not art anymore. Can we create our own sounds and flourish the way we are supposed to. There is so much original talent in the South African music industry, so much versatility that the Western parts should actually bite our products, not the other way around. We have greater originality than most countries will ever have. Why not take advantage.

“My fellow upcoming creatives should remember that, you decided music is your dream so stick to it no matter how difficult it gets, and it will get difficult, no dream is easy to achieve. Step out of your comfort zone and be eager to learn more each day.” – Oriiginelle

Follow Oriiginelle on :

Twitter: @sociiali_awkwrd
Soundcloud: Oriiginelle

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Beasts of No Nation.

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I held my heart as memories of my past life played in my head
Weeping for lost boy buried in the bed of dead.

Holding on to hope destroyed by the world coldness
Praying to a God whose hand seemed blind to the world’s troubled heart
And wishing upon a falling star for redemption in a world soaked in black art.

A gun in my hand, a bomb on the ground and screams in the air
Revenge fills my chest and hate launches my desire to kill
Im ready to spill blood…
So many innocent slain in a battle for control on this bare land
The ground slowly becoming a wasteland of decaying bodies
Maybe death too would be a sweet gift from this life.

There is no beauty in war and there’s no home in the wild
Running, killing, slowly my the inner child in me dies
Finding solace in rotting bodies of whores and alcohol drenched mugs
Finding meaning in a bullet to the chest, and comfort in drugs
God, strike me dead, mankind’s evil has corrupted my pure spirit.

Maybe in a new era I’ll find home for my misplaced soul
Maybe I’ll be a child again; maybe the future will not have my head hung on the pole
Maybe one day when the sun rolls in I’ll be home again, wrapped in my mother arms
Maybe when I put the gun down, I’ll run free once again
Stars hold me each night for there’s no beauty in war
I’m a child, who has become the after effects of war…

Written by Amogelang Lekwadu.

Photography by Brigid Schutz.

Juliet Kamanga’s Her Body Series 2018.

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Juliet Kamanga.

Juliet Kamanga is back with the 2018 Edition of the Her Body series, this is a photographic series thats released during womens month to empower women to own their individuality, their bodies and their sexuality. We got a little inside scoop from the photographer herself on this years project.

“The Her Body shoot aims to create awareness that women are here in the world and no one but them can define how they want to represent themselves.

It started because social media went to pivotal lengths to body shame woman who supported the “free the nipple” movement as well as the natural movement.

The name came from the fact that photographs are art and we decorate a blank image with something that we choose to shoot. So I thought it would be interesting to look at the body in the same way, by allowing the body to paint the space it’s in.

There were so many memorable moments when shooting. Firstly the excitement people had when I announced that I want to do another shoot pushed me to present everyone with the same enthusiasm they had when coming to the shoot.

I will not forget how all the woman who wanted to take nude/partial nude images where just so ready. Like they just took off their tops and said let’s go. They’re like this is me and I want the world to see me.

I got to photography amazingly talented woman. Namely Boipelo Khunou, Ndivhu “Robyn” Mushanganyisi and Didi Allie, I was so excited about that.

Mostly I enjoyed just the conversations I had with the ladies. They are trying to push the same agenda as I am and it’s inspirational.

I have nude photography in the series, so I wanted to ensure I did not accidentally make the images erotic or sexual even if the woman wanted to show off their sexuality. The point is to ensure they show ownership of their sexuality and not that people should have sexual feelings towards the images.

I hope that the viewers don’t just look at my photography and say, nice picture, then move on. I want people to understand that this is a movement. Woman are participating to create a voice through how they represent themselves.

My series is governed by the models and not by me. I do what they want because it’s Her Body not mine.” – Juliet Kamanga.

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