Thokozile Gumede making anew of what is known with thought provoking contemporary art.

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Making anew from what is already known through thought provoking visual art is 22 year old emerging artist Thokozile Gumede from Port Elizabeth.

She takes inspiration from everyday people and situations to create her jarring contemporary art. This creative on the move shares her formative journey through the visual art world.

How do you define yourself as a visual artist and what inspired you to become one?

I define myself as someone who appreciates the mundane. Inspiration can come from anything and everything and that is the base of the work that I create. As a child, pre-primary and the foundation phase of school is centred around drawing and colouring, I loved drawing and seeing what I could make with what I have. I don’t want to say that I’ve been an artist forever. I just deeply enjoy art and creation. It’s in everything that we see and use, it has been a passion that is difficult to ignore or let go of for me.

What makes your art unique?

Good question. What sets me apart, or any artist apart, is that my experiences are unique to myself and allow me to create from what I’ve been through. Besides that, I see it as a thing of my art being unusual and letting people see what I see, creating images from things that the audience might have never thought would go together.

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I can’t let on too much about the collaborative works that I’m currently working on but I do have some exciting things to share in the future. In terms of personal projects, I’m working on a short series that I plan to release this year. Again, I don’t to say too much so I’d highly advise people follow me to see what I do.

What do you feel the next step should be for the contemporary art industry in South Africa?

There’s so much in our country and so much that is unseen. I think that the industry should give rise to the unknown and make more space for those working on the ground. This is a personal wish, but I would love to see what creatives could do outside the expectations of our creativity. What I mean by this is that I would like to see outside of the violent narrative. Yes, those stories are necessary and important but there is so much more to the South African experience than that.

What would you say to upcoming visual artists to inspire them?

Keep going. It’s advice that I struggle with myself but its best to keep doing what you do. Whether that means finding your style, your audience or even yourself – just keep going.

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Instagram: thoko.art & thokogumede
Twitter: @thokogum

Ncamisa Nqana on her upcoming single ‘Melodi Ya Dinonyana’.

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Ncamisa Nqana is a performing artist, vocalist and songwriter. This song bird’s voice takes you through a spiritual journey of musical storytelling every time she stands up to sing. Find out a little more about Ncamisa Nqana and what keeps her focused on her dream.

“I am a performing artist, a vocalist, backing vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, arranger and vocal coach. I was inspired to become a musician because I’ve always had music all around me. I come from a musical family where my Grandmother used to tour around the world through Choral Choirs, my mom is a composer, my father appreciates music, my sister is a guitarist. Singing is second nature to my family, at home or at family gatherings.

My music is unique because it travels from the past, present to the future. It is about conveying familiar situations of our lives through a particular style of music and most importantly it touches the heart.

I am releasing my single this year called ‘MELODI YA DINONYANA’ and launching the single on the 4th of April 2019. I offer private vocal lessons at Vocal Clinic as I am the founding member. I am selling an accessory range from BirdWorks. I’ve also formed a band called ‘Senzangakhona’ alongside Izah Kutsh and Bongani Mtshweni(The Beatboxologist). You can also expect to see me performing at the Ghana Awards 2019, I’ll also be part of the Freedom The Musical production, that will be playing at The South African State Theatre from April to June 2019.

I think the music industry should aim to make all platforms accessible to every artist. Learn to accommodate every genre equally by focusing on making artists empowere through entrepreneurship. That’s how they will get what is due to them. Artists shoukd be more well taken care of too, start implementing benefits for registered artist such as subsidised medical aid.

I encourage all upcoming artists to remember that this is their journey alone. Know who you are and where you come from. Do what resonates within you. Know your worth. Nothing is impossible. Be patient and persevere. Every little thing that you are investing in your career will eventually get you to where you are supposed to be. Pray, fast and work hard.” Ncamisa Nqana

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Instagram: @ncamisanqana

Vuzu Hustle rapper, TTGO, returns from hiatus with Debut album “The Lifestylion”.

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After a year long spiritual hiatus, the Pretoria native is ready to arm his supporters with ammunition
to fight off the critics in the heated debate on whether TTGO has a place within the spectrum of South African Hip Hop. Partnering with independent record label, RAD Music, the album campaign begins with the title song “Lifestylion” – set for release on all digital platforms January 18th 2019.
The song incapsulates a nostalgic tone as TTGO refers to remembering a simpler time in his own life and for South Africa when songs like “sika lekhekhe” by Arthur Mafokate was the theme music for the everyday South African. He also points out that although times were tough during those days, all green pastures start out as rough terrain with the line “It wasn’t that bad, Monatè o thoma bo slegè”. The 11 track album is set to arrive March 1st 2019.

For more information or to schedule an interview contact Setshaba Phalane on 062 826 7378.

Sifiso Mkhabela shapes his thoughts and identity through geometric hybrid sculptures.

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Sifiso Mkhabela is a contemporary metal Sculptor. Picking up the welder and the grinder was not just an artistic choice for him, his work is inspired by his father, who is a boiler maker and that is why working with metal became second nature to him.

Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories, working with metal is hard work and watching his father work tirelessly over the years and never giving up really helped him form the solid ground that he stands on as a sculptor today. He regards metal is a medium that speaks volumes to because it is used in almost everything we used in our daily lives, metal is the back bone of our entire infrastructure.

His sculptures are distinct by his use of geometric forms and organic structures. Hybridity shines as a powerful tool of transformation and reconstruction of existing concepts to create new exciting structures. His point of view is inspired by mathematical and scientific concepts and  philosophy thought by Plato where he said “The physical world is a poor decaying copy of a perfect, rational and changeless original world. ” Platonism is a contemporary view that there are abstract objects that do not exist in time or space, my work is an attempt to represent these abstract objects taking from my childhood experience.

Here’s a deeper look into the inspiration and formation of Sifiso Mkhabela’s art:

How do you define yourself as a contemporary artist and what inspired you to become a visual artist?
“My studio experience defines me, I communicate using visual art, my studio is where I spend most of my time creating thus communicating. My medium is sculpture, it is not easy to difine myself as a contemporary artist because you can do a lot things within the industry such as performance and installation art. I see the process of creating my sculptures as a performance itself because I do a lot of walking around in the studio.”

What makes your art unique?

“I have always been creative, my work is inspired by my childhood memories. But my interest in metal works comes from my father, he is a boiler maker and watching him work over the years plays a huge role in my art creation today. But the main concept that I am working on takes from Platonism.”

What creative projects or pieces are you currently working on?

“I am currently in the process of creating a 3m metal sculpture for a exhibition called “Sculptures on the Cliff” a public sculpturere exhibition that is going to be curated by Gordon Froud. I am also going to be working with Blessing Ngoben on a public sculpture commission.

What do you feel the next step should be for the contemporary art industry in South Africa?

“The industry is really energetic and at its peak at the current moment, the quality of work and the commitment of artsists is amazing. The next step is to open up to new fresh artists so that the industry and it’s opportunies can be utilized to its fullest potential in order to grow. I think the industry is in a good space and more investments should be poured into the creation of art.

What would you say to upcoming visual artists to inspire them?

“This is a letter that I had to write to the 22 year old me as part of a charity exhibition curated by Banele Khoza at the Absa Gallery which is currently running until the end of February. This is what I said:
There is still so much to learn and experience. It is an on going journey, take your time to learn and unlearn, have faith that all you learn from the work that you do will benefit you. Put in long hours, read as much as you can and research more. Make mistakes because they will continously evolve you as an artist and human being. It is all part of who you become. It won’t be easy, you will have to make sacrifices, you will have exhibitions, a lot of them but not in all of them you will sell and that will make you question what you are going for. Be prepared to be broke and not have food some nights. You won’t always have money to keep producing more art. Be prepared to reset, readjust and reset yourself every time you fail. Stay on the creative path even though you will wish to quit most of the time. You will push on through.
There is no rush, know your phase and do not compare yourself to other artists. Worry less about not being able to put things together quickly. Explore mediums, enjoy being a creative mind, find a mentor, look for any opportunities that you can be exposed in a creative field. Donate your time if you can. Help someone get ahead and know that the contacts and experience will remain priceless… Be happy all the time.”

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