Mwanji is a singer, songwriter and content creator who describes herself as a wonderkid who always seeks to find and create something new. This creative on the move has a luring presence that shines through her aesthetic and artistry, here’s a little more about Mwanji the wonderkid.
“I am inspired by the orocess of creation, the thrill in create something new from scratch. I love alternative art so you can always expect something thats not within the norm from me.
I think what sets my music apart is the fact that I dabble with a lot of weird sounds. I’m also influenced by jazz and the 90s sounds, I always try to incorporate that in the music I make.
I’m currently working on my first ever EP titled Neogenesis, which will be coming out very early in 2019, I’m also working on a couple of documentaries and projects with the media house and collective I’m part of called Nomad Society.
I feel like the next step within our music industry should be of artists widening their mindsets, we have a lot of redundency in our industry so we have to encourage people to be open and support new styles and genres.
I’d encourage artists to never let go of their individuality as creatives, your authenticity is beautiful to see and it will be your legacy as an artist. ” -Mwanji
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Farai Shelton is a singer and songwriter who seeks to inspire and motivate people, this fused with his vocal talent and passion for sound has lead to his pursuit of a career in music. Get to know a little more about the afro pop musician.
“I would say I’m an inspirational lyricist whose influenced by a blend of different sounds including jazz, house music, pop and more. I got inspired to make music firstly by the love I had for music dating back to a time when I didn’t even know I could actually sing,
also the need to inspire and motivate people in their day to day lives has kept me fueled.
My music is unique because I mix different languages and sounds, it appeals to a diverse listenership which has been really working well for me.
I’ve got a single that I’m working on since my move to South Africa. I have a ton of unrecorded song’s so I’m also working on doing a live recording
“Afro MashUp” hopefully early next year 2019.
Starting on my own as a solo artist I got to see how hard it can be, established artists and industry gurus need to do more in terms of identification of talent and grooming the next generation.
I’d encourage upcoming artists to remember that the most important thing is to follow your heart and don’t give up on your dreams, look for someone better than you who can impart some good knowledge to you and don’t be afraid to knock on doors and pitch yourself.” -Farai Shelton.
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Ts’episo Mahase (26) is a filmmaker who sees her creative vision as greatly helped and lead by God. She is an independant filmmaker whose visual storytelling is nothing short of perfection from frame to frame. We got to find out a little more about the contemporary filmmaker.
What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
What inspired me to become a filmmaker was a curiosity about how the process of filmmaking really is, the more I learnt about it the more interesting it became and I pursued it further.
What do you think makes your filmmaking and storytelling unique?
I don’t really think it is unique in anyway. There is such a huge realm of filmmaking that is unexplored by the masses and to think of my filmmaking as unique would be blind. It may be nuanced but I don’t think of it as unique. There’s always an element of posing questions and I guess making people feel like they are detectives trying to solve a puzzle.
What film projects are you currently working on?
I recently released a film called Roses For The Ocean which is a part of a bigger project called CLAIRVOYANCE: The End. We are shooting the rest of it and getting cracking with post production soon after so we can have it ready for the Johannesburg screening. The screening is free and is on the 14th of December and can book their tickets on Quicket
What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?
The next step should be making local films accessible for the masses and not just put this big emphasis on just showing them at festivals. I guess the biggest thing is who are they making films for, for other filmmakers, for film viewers or both? They need to make it accessible for all. It means nothing that you got selected to screen at TIFF but your audience does not even know where to watch your film when festival rounds are done.
What would you say to upcoming filmmakers in the industry to inspire them?
I would say learn as much as possible and open yourself up to different ideas. Don’t be a bully and work fairly with people in your team.
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Holiday time means giving time for the Hip Hop Cares community which will be hosting its annual award ceremony on December 25, 2018. The coveted awards are said to have made people cry, started good old hip hop beefs and have built friendships and ended them. The sought after Hip Hop Cares Award is not just an award. Its described as a seal of approval from the Limpopo hip hop community. It is the ultimate reward where you are recognised by judges and your peers.
In light of that, Slabsta has been nominated in two categories for the Hip Hop Cares Awards 2018. The musician is up for Best Collaboration for the song “Styla Sa December” with Adroit and Best Visuals for his “Can’t Stop Me” music video. We have a feeling he will be a fan favorite in both catagories.
You can cast your vote on:
Hip Hop Cares Awards facebook page.
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