Click.

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Click, click; bang, bang

Pull the trigger on your fake feelings

Watch the bullet fly across the room,

Gathering up the pain you caused me,

Combing through the smoke and mirrors of your truth

Moulding into a perfect storm,

Waiting on the perfect moment

When it shreds your weak heart

Into nothing more than crumbled pieces of regret

Making your blood splatter across the room

Look, I think I just created a Picasso.

Click, click, bang, bang.

Did you forget I own a weapon?

Fumbling over your promises,

Pray my next bullet struck your forehead,

Watch it cracks open your skull

Hope the metal erodes your head

And your blood ceases to flow,

so your every thought is a cry for help

your veins scream for redemption

Click, click; bang, bang.

Unlike you, my weapon is a silent prayer for your happiness.

Poetry by Amogelang Lekwadu.

Photo by Glen Mog

Artwork by Eshinelokunwasiu

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Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

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We reigned in our 2018 with the opening for our events calendar for the year with Creative Union #TheVisionBoard.

The event consisted of a workshop and showcase, with an aim to discuss the challanges faced by upcoming artists and to open a dialogue that finds solutions to these problems so that the community can strategize and lay a framework to solve these problems and enhance the productivity and growth for upcoming artists. The workshop addressed ways in which artists can progress collectively and individually.

The workshop consisted of enlightening dialogue where all voices were heard and in light of that, the general consensus was to not have conversations that lead to more conversation but rather action and implementation from all parties involved.

In the true spirit of the artistry that we aim to support and grow, the showcase section of the event consisted of Visual Arts; Gallery In A Pool. An all female group pop up exhibition featuring the artists; Khanya The Designer, Nokwanda Themba, Sisanda Buthelezi and Wani Alchemist. Poetry performances that captivated the audience featuring Maira Wolfe, Kat Upendi, Amowlee, Dani Ntambelani, Masai Sepuru, Zie, and Truth. To end off the day a variety of musical performances followed suit by Jazz Duet Lehlohonolo Ntsoko and Ntando.  Hip Hop, Pop and Afro Soul musicians Slabsta, Joan K, Velaphi, Khanyi Oktober, Mag SA, Manxeezy and Neo Kan Afrika.

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A special thanks to our sponsors CACPIR and Mr Tshepo Mahanuke, the communities that supported the innitiative; Woke Arts, Poetoria Society, NuSoul Hub, Creatives Makhado, Dijo Catering and Hip Hoper Nation. The community looks forward to expanding on the workshop and mobalizing the ideas brought forth to ensure progress and support for the upcoming art community.

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Vanity of Man.

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Vanity Of Man is an artist who shares his love and passion for creating art through music, the written word and any medium that allows for genuine expression. This creative on the move captivated us with his fusion of hip hop and jazz sound in his latest offering Nubian. Here’s more on what inspires the young creative.

“What I do through my craft is share my own emotions, the tales of my day-to-day trials and tribulations, and give insight into the life of a young black creative.Besides the normal motives such as my personal life and past events, I’m greatly inspired by the beauty in the perfection of craft, or at least the endless pursuit of perfection. Through any discipline, be it sports, music, film, architecture, literature etc. Anyone who is able to maximize their potential and constantly raise their ceiling inspires me to never settle in regards to the work that I do.

What makes the way I express myself artistically unique is that I’m addicted to portraying captivating narrative, which is unfortunately becoming more niche if you look at it through the lens of mainstream music. You turn on the television or the radio and you see, hear the same thing over and over again. I choose to express myself differently by always placing emphasise on a feeling or a message, be it my own or another person’s, as long as I’m being true to myself and the music that I make.

I guess by not being too fixated on how other artists approach their music and trends, I think I could be a part of the renaissance of good music and the rise of more talented creatives, not just the appreciation of popular ones.

My latest work includes my recently released a joint tape with Johnny Wxlf titled “Mmmmm? Swayze” (Which you can find on any of my social network handles) Honestly speaking I have quite a bit of work in the safe but I’m aiming to release a solo mixtape in the next 2-3 months, another solo EP later in the year around September titled “Nubian Goddess 2003” and perhaps another joint tape in the middle of those solo projects.

So if you’re a Vanity Of Man supporter, there’s going to be a lot of work coming your way and if you’re not there will be more than enough content to turn you into a believer. I’ll also be releasing visual content throughout the year in partnership with Featherweightent. Each one of the projects I’ll be dropping are all different and are all a mini-universe in their own right. I’m just extremely excited to finally share this work with everyone so just keep your eyes, ears and heart open.

I encourage all upcoming artists take themselves as seriously as you want other people to. Truly be about your music or craft, let it be a part of your daily life so there can be no questions about what it is you do and your commitment to it. Even in uncertainty be bold when it comes to your art, be proud and trust in your content and the process that accompanies it. Then your work will never fail you.

Lastly stop seeing yourself as an outsider trying to enter the “industry” when if you look around, you’ll find that you are your own industry because you have your own network of photographers, producers, artists creatives and promoters that you frequently collaborate with. Never take those connections for granted, you can always find the tools to create, just make sure you do as much as you can with the means available, and turn your passion into a career by monetizing your art. Perhaps you could help create the new “500 Club” like Basquiat did.”

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Instagram: vanity_of_man

Facebook: Vanity Of Man

Twitter: @Vanity_Of_Man

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EuphoriaHeart.

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Koaho EuphoriaHeart is a digital artist and blogger who defines himself as an expressionist. His style of art is inspired by the feminist movement which gives voice to the movement in a male dominated art industry. This creative on the move is definitely one to watch out for in the didgital art space, here’s more on his work and upcoming projects.

“I’m inspired by the femenist movement that strengthens the female voice.

My Style of design is very different bacuse it combines different art strategies. My art is very specific to female figures and issues surrounding womens rights. I see my art as more of a movement than just a mere expression.

I’m currently working on an e-book that combines art abd poetry which I plan to release sometime around June this year. I’m also currently partnering with a few brands such as #KeAJumpisa by Prince Kaybee, Milk Clothing by Brains Mohapi, EuphoriaHeart and SkinnyGenesTV.

I’d encourage upcoming artists in the digital space to never stop learning. Visit as maby galleries as possible, treat your work like a baby, nurture it each chance you get and be open to teaching the next artist so we can have a better industry.” – EuphoriaHeart.

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Follow EuphoriaHeart on:

Twitter: @EuphoriaHeart_

Instagram: euphoriaheart_

studioBotaki.

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Boipelo Khunou aka BOTAKI is an artist and freelance portrait photographer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently completing a BAFA Hons degree at the University of Witwatersrand and is interested in the embodiment of personal power. She works in various media to engage ideas that speak to lived experience; an artist who creates from an understanding of her position in the world and the contexts that she is active in. Our creative on the move is dedicated to her philosophy, BOTAKI KE BOTSHELO, here’s more on what inspires her and her latest projects.

“I’m inspired by life itself, and travel. There are so many aspects to our existence that we take advantage of or don’t notice at all. I came to the idea of studioBOTAKI, which is my own artistic platform, after feeling like I needed a space where I could control my artistic representation and start building a foundation where I would begin to give active meaning to my creations. Last year I struggled with the pressure of what it truly meant to express authentic art and found myself a bit lost as to what I should focus on because I have so many different skills and interests. Now I want to see these ideas and concepts through in the mediums that I know and loosen the pressure of perfection by seeing the act of creating as an opportunity to learn and grow. This is what inspires me now, that truly BOTAKI KE BOTSHELO.

My work is unique simply because everything I create comes through my mind, heart and hands and people notice this when they share, buy and collaborate with me. I think my work is authentic to my own life experiences and does not come across as pretentious because I try my best to be open to knowledge and different ways of expressing ideas. Although I do think external influences are a big part of why we create and we must always acknowledge the sources of our inspiration.

I am working on several projects independently and collectively with Pussy on a Plinth and BATHO. Independently I want to rebuild my artistic portfolio and aesthetic and stretch my abilities as a photographer and merge my fine art background into photographic and film work, hopefully this will allow me to strengthen an art director skill I am dying to develop. A definite project I am pursuing is a nude series titled Bontle Ba Tlhago which can be described as an ode to nature, colour and the nude human form, and through this series I hope to collaborate with anyone who is willing to be a muse. I also intend to expand some concepts into screen printing and digital drawing/animation projects. Photography has been my main practice for a while but I haven’t felt as artistically connected to it before as I do now so I’d like to give it more presence in my life as an artist.

Pussy On a Plinth is a collective I formed with ten fellow artists and friends late last year. We’ve created an image based publication for the Lephephe Print Gatherings hosted by Keleketla! Library and Title in Transgression last year and this year we hope to really solidify the collective through hosting zine jams and curating exhibitions that will allow us to share more of our individual fine art practices and assert our space as artists creating around our lived experiences.

BATHO is a platform I started with my sister, Didintle Khunou, about two years ago and it has been silent for a while. This was truly my first passion project even before I moved to Johannesburg and we intend for it to serve as a mouth piece for people around us to engage in certain conversations that affect our immediate and external societies. Our main form of documentation is through film and we hope to give BATHO a new feel and begin creating and collaborating again.

To be honest I am in constant need of motivation as well and this is mostly because it is very easy to slip away from our first intentions and dreams that made us choose art in the first place. So my advice is to set reminders to assist you in remembering what made you feel it necessary to be creative whenever you feel like you are slipping away or when you face rejection, because it will happen many times. Purpose is everything and being reminded of our purposes, even if it changes along the creative process, is always a good way to remain grounded and focused. I’d also advise anyone seeking more creative outlets in life to maintain their curiosity and never stop questioning institution and social traditions. There is a lot of freedom that comes from the uncanny ways of life and there is more to life and art once you allow yourself to unlearn certain things. Be resilient and use whatever you have accessible to you. Technologies don’t only exist digitally, and often times the technologies and resources we use digitally can be simplified by researching other forms of technologies and ways of creating from different cultures and contexts. In the same respect learn your rights. Artists have responsibilities to give credit to our influences but we also have rights to our work, intellectual property and to how our work is distributed. This will raise our awareness and value of our work and will also raise our confidence and criticality towards the different.”

– Boipelo Khunou

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Black Womxns Caucus, in collaboration with Sibongile Shope, Noord Taxi Rank, 2017

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Allyssa by Boipelo, 2016

Follow Boipelo Khunou on :

Instagram: boipelokhunou

Twitter: @botakibakhunou

http://www.botakibakhunou.wixsite.com

Getting started with King Zee.

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King Zee is a Musical Composer, Singer-Songwriter and Producer of some of the best music we’ve heard. He is one third of White Darkie (W. D. / Dub D) in association with Conquer Entertainment, his authentic sound is bound to break new grounds in the music industry. We got the opportunity to catch up with King Zee and got to know a little more about his journey of getting started in the music industry.

“The name Zee has always been a name associated with me as a youngster in my hood as a nickname. Growing older I realised that I’m the best at what I do i.e. living my life, hence that’s where the King comes in. I am known as King Zee!

Music has always been a part of my life. I’ve always been a big fan of music. I feel like music is my life and I often use music as an escape. Music is my therapy, music is a drug to me. What inspired me to pursue music as a career is the fact that I love it so much, I decided that instead of listening to the music I like and love, I will create and produce the music I love for the world to hear.

I’m a hip hop artist but I consider the type of music I make as E.T (Extra Terrestrial/out of this world) It’s an alternative fusion between the sounds of trap and soul.

My life inspires the kind of music I make. I feel like life is a blank book and music is my pen. I’m just writing my life story in the soulful rhythms of sounds. I’d have to say King Zee is my biggest musical influence. I have many other musical influences but I’d say, Kwesta, Cassper and AKA to name a few.

My hood Vosloorus is a hood like any other. We have an abundance of talented people. The biggest problem we face in my home town when it comes to pursuing one’s dream, is the lack of resources and investment. We have talented people but some people tend not to pursue their dreams because of the stigma around artists not making it out from this side. That’s why I’m pursuing my dreams in order to inspire other artists, whether they’re in music or otherwise, to pursue their dreams. If I can do it, so can you.

Hip hop in my hood is gradually getting to a point where artists now acknowledge their talent for what it is and are trying by all means to better themselves artistically and fashionably.

I’m currently working on recording my debut E.P! It is my first solo project as King Zee and it will feature collaborations with artists such as Spacious beats, Sou K and 3 Gee Music. Spacious Beats and Aloice Music produced and engineered the entire tape! Shout out to Spacious Beats, Aloice Music and Conquer Entertainment.

What inspired this project in particular was dedication and team work! We as a team, have spent some time trying to get a flow of work going but we’ve had challenges that we needed to overcome. Now that it’s a new year, it brings for new beginnings and a better mentality towards the future and achieving one’s goals. That’s why I’m working on this E.P and naming it Clock Work. I don’t need to say more… #It’sTime.

Fellow artists need to know that the road to success, in whatever field you are in, is never straight… It has curves, speed bumps, offramps, turns and every negative thing, thought there is out there. If you have a dream and it’s real, straight from the heart, never give up on it. Egypt wasn’t built in one day. God knows why he put you on this Earth. It’s up to us to find our purpose and chase it with everything we have. Never let another person tell you that you can’t do it. If they say it’s Impossible, turn around and tell them, “I’m Possible!” – King Zee

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Watch full video -> Getting started with King Zee.

Follow King Zee on:

Instagram: KingZee_Music

Twitter: @KingZee_Music

Soundcloud: King Zee Music

Lajema Kreative Company.

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Lajema Kreative is a creative collaborative company founded in 2017 by Sylvester Thamsanqa Majela. The aim of the company is focused on collaborating with artists and creating creative and innovative works. Their currently running ALL4ONE project is aimed at uniting independent artist to create and showcase, perform their works. We got to catch up with the founder Sylvester Majela to find out what the Company has in store for the creative industry. 

“Lajema Kreative Company is purely inspired by the notions of creativity and innovation, it was inspired by the fact that there are not so many independent artists or works being exhibited or put on mainstream media, yet there are many great works which are probably even better than what we see on the mainstream platforms.

As a dancer, I’m personally motivated by movement, by this I mean the movement of life: how people are coordinated when walking in the streets to the movement of a simple animal and how it adapts. One has to learn to embody everything as a dancer, movement and emotions. Lajema Kreative is unique in the sense that it sought to show creativity, and it’s belief is that creativity is something so special, that can change ones perception about the normality.

I’ve currently been working on a duet in collaboration with Afro Urban Junxion Dance Company based in Durban and collaborating with Independant artists around Johannesburg later this year. I’m working on a solo work inspired by a dance film called A Last One in Color, which was shot in Vienna in collaboration with Viennese artists.

My motivation to upcoming dancers and choreographers that, in order to grow and understand the industry, collaborate and create works. We forget that we are given a talent and skills to make things. Even great artist take risks and practice, let us take risks. South African artists tend to be selfish with their works and skills, lack of sharing only sets us back in the development of the arts in South Africa. Mostly, never wait for something to happen, DO IT!”

– Sylvester Thamsanqa Majela.

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Photography by  Joe Schroecker.

Follow Lajema Kreative Company on:

Instagram: lajemakreative

Facebook: Lajema Kreative.