Artists who blew us away with their creativity in 2017.

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2017 was nothing short of innovation and raw emotion and our fellow creatives on the move gave us a dose of talent displayed through unique art. Here are the creatives who blew us away with their art in 2017:

Ray Manzana

Ray is a photographer, filmmaker and the founder of Beyond Visual Hype, whose visuals are as crisp and dynamic as they come. 2017 saw him work with Redbull, Kandy Koated Music and Terry Pheto.

Sisanda Buthelezi

Sisanda Buthelezi is a visual artist whose paintings shines light on everyday societal ills. She is currently working with a gallery in London, The London Art Merchants on an art dealership.

Iindirhe

The vibe goddess herself served us with her rich RnB alternative sounds that you can’t help but move to. She was featured on SABC 1’s Brothers and Sisters of Soul, and recently took to the KFC Soundbite stage to show us that she is a force to be reckoned with.

Odirile Motsiri

Odirile Motsiri is a visual artist whose unique ethnic paintings are highly coveted. He held his 1st solo exhibition named Identity in 2017.

I.T.E

Rapper and Producer I.T.E had us jamming all year long with his 7:30 como EP. He’s worked alongside Rouge and Saddiq Ali M. He’s a rising star about to take over the rap game.

Natalie Paneng

Miss Hello Nice herself kept us tuned to her Youtube channel with her Series “Hello Nice” that explores the everyday life of an alternative, quirky art Queen. We’re looking forward to seeing what she has in store for us next.

Maira Wolfe

Mother of the Wolves had us howling along to her melodic poetry everytime she took to the stage. Not only that but the writer nubbed five publications under her real name Michelle Mooka and currently working on her sixth to add to her author title in 2017.

Lehlogonolo Ntsoko

Jazz Quintet Lehlogono Ntsoko spent the year on the road alongside the biggest names in the South Aftican contemporary Jazz world.

Theto Maleka

The founder of Rata Rata Store found herself adding on to the Rata Rata name with her upcoming launch in Tubatse, South Africa. The creative and her travel and culture hub have been at the forefront of creative spaces.

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No Payn, No Gain.

 

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In the centre of the Eldorado Park we came across a young fearless creatives who are changing their community through art. We got a chance immerse ourselves in hip hop culture in Eldorado Park with artist Payn from music group The Council.

Who is Payn and where does the name come from? 

I’m Payn from Eldorado Park ext 9, our growing music group called The Council  consists of other artists and producers all working together to make a difference in the community. The name Payn was given to me by a close friend of mine Lorenzo and it stuck as everybody in the hood started calling me Payn, way before I discovered I could even rap.

What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

I think music has always been in my blood. My dad plays the saxophone,  he’s an undiscovered jazz musician and my brother found his sound in house music, he’s a dj. What inspires me the most to pursue music as a career is these two men in my life who in my eyes never believed and went for their dreams/lacked faith, and as a result are still unhappy in their lives. The best thing you can do for yourself is to walk in  the path which was intended for you until you reach your destination.

My music talks about Me, what I see, how I see it, what I’ve done. Where I want to go in life. It talks about life itself. I think a lot of people will relate, as it sends a message. Bringing people closer to God as a believer.

How does your home town Eldorado Park affect ypur music. Tell us about hip hop culture in your hood. 

Hip hop culture in Eldos? It’s crazy, I meet rappers every week. A lot of people keep it to themselves because the hood is full of negativity, there’s always people there to drag you down. Until they hear what heat you packing then it’s a different story. Eldos has more rappers than rappers considered out there in the game, It’s crazy. As The Council we create support by doing unexpected free style seasons and even sponsoring beats to the dopest rappers in the hood. The Council is not just a group but a movement. We are trying to bring unity to artists, not just musicians but photographers, graphic designers and others who should be working together, building each other  and growing together.  There’s no competition in the industry all the competition is in the streets.

I am one of the people who want to see change. I rap about what’s really going on around us. Exposing the devil. Promoting God. Being a testimony of God’s work.

What projects are you currently working on and what inspired them? 

I’m currently working on the last song of my ep “Before the Payn” which has 5 tracks. I call em appetisers, they just make you want to hear more of Payn.

I also got a mix tape ” no payn no gain” of 18 tracks coming out after the Ep. The mixtape is done. It was actually my first project which I’m releasing after the Ep cause it’s better than what I had expected. The beat selection is out of this world, just classics. Got quite a few features mostly from eldos, all of them were great. This mixture is so different from what you’ve heared anybody do, it’s kinda scary in fact.

I’ve also got a few singles done where I featured the likes of Lawd from Vaal side Sebokeng, Paper boi from the west, Tee Montana from Eldos.

December 16th I’ll be releasing my first single “Came To Kill Me ft Bon” it is classic, you have to hear it.

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

Sometimes I just feel like giving up, because the second I’m done with a challenge there is another bigger one waiting for me but with no challenges there’s no growth. Stay grateful and be happy to take them on. Do the right thing find God and everything else will follow.

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Watch Video -> No Payn, No Gain.

Follow Payn on:

Instagram: The Council SA

Facebook: Payn TC

Yellow Panda.

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Kumadori.

Yellow Panda is motion designer and illustrator with a name inspired by the warmth and happiness of the colour yellow and his own character that of which he compares to a Panda. This creative on the move tells us a little more about his work and what inspires him as an artist.

“I usually use two different mediums, Pencil on paper, which I transfer to create the digital format of  it and digital formats such as digital illustrations, video and animation. Its an intricate process that I enjoy.

My style is mostly inspired by VHS effects, Japanese culture and writing, Bright colours and The 80s, it helped me blend a unique aesthetic.

To those who are still young in the design world like myself. Never be afraid to explore and learn new things. Find your style if you haven’t yet and do what you love every day.”

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Ikebana.

Follow Yellow Panda on:

Facebook : YellowPanda
Instagram: Yello.Panda
Twitter: @_YellowPanda

Visual Hype.

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No one is free, even birds are chained to the sky.

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Never give up on hope. 

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Fly higher than you imagined.

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Email: artizensofjoburg@gmail.com

Photography by Ray Manzana.

Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic.

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We hosted our first ever Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic event on the 23rd September 2017 in the most picturesque spring setting at 13 Rhodes Avenue, Parktown West.

The Soiree aimed to celebrate women in poetry who are speaking out and changing society unapologetically through their powerful words and reflections. Hosted by Tshepang Khunou the day was a succesion of engaging entertainment. The afternoon consisted of exhilirating poetry performances by Motheo, Kat Upendi, Queen of Hearts, STY7ES and Ivan followed by musical performances by JESon, Mag SA, Mayhem KS, Prism Da Reason, S-Frequency and Iindirhe to close off with an Ode to the Queens.

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Tshepang Khunou (MC)

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Kat Upendi

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In true Artizen style we aim to make every gathering a holistic art experience. To compliment our celebration of poetry, female artists Nthableleng added to the ambiance with her live painting, Brigid Schutz’ luminous artworks were all the buzz alongside Lalage Hunter’s unique ceramics display. Dijo Catering co and Panda Bear Frozen treats kept the audience refreshed throughout the day.

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It was a first of many Soiree’s to come and a beautiful memorable eventful day.

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Photography by Brigid Schutz & KeGoBellah

Watch Video -> Queens of Poetry #TheSoireePicnic.