Ts’episo Mahase on her nuanced filmmaking.

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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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Follow Ts’episo Mahase on:

Twitter: @mahase_ts

Instagram: tsepisomahase

Facebook: Ts’episo Mahase

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Czar Odriego, Down or What.

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CzAr ODriego is a 26 year old rapper who has built his brand through his music. He has made a name for himself in the Limpopo music industry while also managing to push boundaries beyond his home province.

He was part of the top 10 artists at Durex The One competition and has won a music video competition by Exposure Media Productions from which he got to film his first music video while also winning Best Solo artist of the year in the same year at the BEM LIMP Hop Awards. His list of accolades is extensive, here’s a little more about him and his latest single Down or What.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My past experiences inspired me to become a musician, from listening to Jazz, RnB and Opera music during my childhood to developing a love for Hip Hop as a teenager which was influenced by mu friends. I grew to see myself as a songwriter and poet in the past few years.

What makes your music unique?

I do not limit myself to specific genre or writing style, not even a specific language when creating music. I believe that music is a universal language which cannot be boxed or fully defined and categorised as much as the industry wants to. My music is unique because it comes from anything and can be inspired by the simplest things while also extending to what the naked eye cannot see. I always find a way to express myself and tell my story in any instance and never really care how it is received. Isn’t that what art really is?

What inspired your latest single, what’s the story behind Down or What?

I have been labelled as rebellious and egotistic, and many other things which I cannot keep up with. My name has been put through mud numerous times and all that negative energy has never managed to put me down. Down Or What is basically me talking to my fans and anyone that is listening. I want them to feel the energy which I radiate and ask them questions like, Besides all that’s been said, are you still riding for me? Do you still want me to drop more music? Are you still here for me?

What do you feel like this single contributes to the culture?

It is a statement that assures the many people that have always been there for me, it makes it clear that no one is ever going to stop me, I am never going to give up, I am going to get what’s meant for me no matter what obstacles I have to go through. Hip hop culture has always been a competitive and expressive field. This song proves that I am here to stay, I am always going to have my say and I will always do it my way because I am not a conformist, no one can measure my skills and put CzAr in a box!

Download Czar ODriego – Down or What (prod by) Afro 25

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Follow Czar on:

Instagram : CzArODriego
Facebook : CzAr ODriego
Twitter : @CzArBGF
SoundCloud : CzArODriego

Underestimate Me Not.

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I intimidate
I threaten and throw you off your tracks
Blindsided by ego and a lack of respect
You never thought I had it in me to retaliate.
How could it be?
In your validated bravado, accolades and strength
Bested by quick wit and a brazen smile
Intelligence and a soul too deep
Your shallow mind could never read
The intricacies and nuances of higher knowledge
Only elevated thinking could acknowledge
There is more to me than this
There is more to me than this frame you see.
This skin, this hair
These hands and this flair
Behind the beauty and smile
Is a mind worth more than your while
You hold me to a limited stature
Of basic looks and flattering conjecture
Choosing to focus merely on what is seen.
What you perceive, assume and fill in
And ignore all that maketh me
But I am made of more than looks and simple thoughts
My creativity ebbs and flows like rivers into waterfalls
Psyche made of convolutions and depressions.
Surface deep has never left much of an impression
Understanding of the world with skin its harshness couldn’t peel
A wild spirit, a mixture of fire and feels
Sensitivity to heal, hear me; I am a woman
Interwoven with longing, jubilance and spontaneity
Poetry by Tamara Lesabe
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“This is poem is based on a woman in the creative industry, the assumptions that are placed on a woman by society, creatives and men. It is about being more than the physical and woman breaking barriers beyond their looks and what people have always expected to do. Doing away with the limitations put on woman because they do not believe that woman are capable of doing a “mans job”. Its also about exposing the beauty of the mind and creativity.” – Tamara Lesabe.
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Photographer: Ray Manzana.

November Gypsyy.

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November Gypsyy is an alternative creative who believes in creating art that moves the mind, body and soul. This prevously London based artist is ready to bring a fresh alternative take on R&B into the South Aftican Industry, here’s what you need to know about this creative on the move.

“I define myself as an alternative female creative. I was inspired to become an artist by an encounter I had with another artist Tyler, The Creator. It was my inspiring conversation with him where he told me to find my wings that led me to want to become a musician.

I make music that is timeless, that moves the body as well as the soul. I’d like to think that I’m quite unique in the way I express myself and my travelling experiences through my music. I take the listener on a journey with me.

I recently started an all female youtube show with another artist, which will ne a series where we discuss topics that pertain to the black woman. The show aims to empower black women to discuss topics that they may be otherwise scared to talk about.
I’m also working on shooting a music video for a song I recorded called “Proud”. The video will be out before the end of the year. New music is also something I’m actively working on creating, alongside my new website which will feature my entire catalogue as well as a blog where I will aim to review other indie artists (performances) and exclusive content.

I think the entertainment industry needs to be more bold and support independent artists who are on the rise within the South African music scene. Corporations like the SABC need to do more to discover and expose upcoming alternative independent artists.

I would encourage upcoming artists tob keep creating. We’re not in competition with each other, we’re here to compliment each other and to express ourselves in ways that different people can appreciate. We need to keep creating new and unique content that South Africans can relate to and keep inspiring the kids.” -November Gypsyy

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Follow November Gypsyy on:

Twitter: @november_gypsyy
Instagram: Itsgugu.                 Soundcloud: itsgugu

Ray Manzana, Beyond Visual Hype.

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Ray Manzana is a photographer and filmmaker who describes his work as being beyond the visual hype, storytelling is at the core of his creative expression. His portfolio boasts amazing photographic work with numerous artists including Frank Casino, Chiano Sky and Reason to name a few. Here’s a little bit on his journey as a creative.

“My environment inspires me, I feed off the energy, people, textures, taste. I like to use all my senses to draw inspiration from my surroundings and create a theme that indulges all the senses.

I try to capture the good and bad of life. I contrast a lot through my photography, for instance I could have a beautiful model captured in a somewhat toxic uninhabitable environment, that speaks to the realities that occur in life. My photography is centered around the ying-yang of life.

I’m not working on a particular big project at the moment, I’m working on various tv projects freelancing but in terms of my own creative projects I’m looking forward to creating a short film.

The next step for the creative industry is for creatives and artists to own their platforms and attain more resources. People need to pay creatives more as well, it can be really hard to survive as a creative off of your craft alone.

I’d encourge upcoming artist to remember that there is no right way or formula to creating art, stick to what feels most genuine to you.” – Ray Manzana

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Follow Ray on:

Twitter: @raymnzn
Instagram: ray_mnzn

Watch Video -> Ray Manzana, Beyond Visual Hype.

 

 

 

Theto Maleka on her artistic journey and Rata Rata Store.

Theto Maleka is a filmmaker, musician, digital strategist and the founder of the art, fashion, travel agency and ultimate creative hub Rata Rata Store. This creative on the move shares a piece of her artistic journey with us.                                                                                                    
“I started making film while traveling and working in Asia for 3 years. One of my close friends was a skater and he used to get me to film him most times. I worked at a production company and met some really cool creatives. I worked on a couple of big features during pre production like Kong Skull Island, Kick Boxer, Transformers 3, Avengers, Prayer Before Dawn. This exposed me to the entire format of film making even though I wasn’t schooled to do film. I was mentored by Nic and Shawn Simon from Indochina Productions on how to survive the industry. I got chosen as one of the 20 digifiers in Johannesburg in 2016 and got trained by Google x Livity Africa  on how to work smart online.

 

Music is my happy place. I discovered my talent for it at a New Years beach party on at one off my favoirite live music spots Jambay. I jumped on stage and sang for a good 2 hours, people where dancing and singing along and that kind of grew my confidence in my voice. I also sing to some of my producer friends beats, I’m still discovering my sound. Its really difficult to define myself as a creative because I do what I love to be honest. I take my time in my creative process. I always share when I feel like I am ready.

 

My work is super pre-meditated and won’t always make sense to everyone. I share from a broken place and sometimes I just share to inspire the next kid who might be going through a lot.

I’m currently working on a making more video projects, some music and I’m working on running a volunteering program with Hero Holidays.

The arts and culture industry needs to assign proper management teams for upcoming artists and more investments need to be made in order to pay artists well.

I’d encourage upcoming creatives to do what they love and stay debt free. Its ok to be yourself. Take your time perfecting your craft. Fuck Drugs, just kill em with the sauce.

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Follow Theto on:

Twitter: @madintruder |@rataratastore

Instagram: madintruder | rata rata store

Facebook: Rata Rata Store

Wath Video -> Theto Maleka on Rata Rata Store.

 

Hip-Hoper Nation: Workshop in Mautse-Rosendal, Free State 16 June 2018, Youth Day.

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Mautse, Rosendal. Free State.

The concept for Hip-HoperNation, a Hip-Hop Co-Operative dedicated to the promotion, support and excellence in the Art and Culture of South African Hip-Hop, originally took hold and launched its first project in the Eastern Free State village of Mautse-Rosendal. It felt apt that we should return a year later to expand on our Community Outreach and Social Responsibility mandate.

The village hosts an annual Auction, an exciting and fun fund-raising event, in aid of various local upliftment programs. The December 2017 Auction raised money to start a Conservancy, to aid the natural and living environment, focusing on eradicating water intense alien vegetation, planting indigenous trees, picking up and recycling rubbish, and training inhabitants regarding the fragile ecology. The positive outcomes include providing wood to those in need, raising the water table and increasing biodiversity – all crucial given human-made climate change. Residents and visitors are requested to donate an article or service for Auction. Hip-HoperNation donated a ‘Youth Hip-Hop Event-Workshop’, which was purchased by Rosendal Resident, Douglas Mason.

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On Youth Day, the 16th of June 2018, Hip-HoperNation collaborated with the SAPS and the Community Policing Forum in hosting their Youth Day celebrations. We compromised a team of four Hip-Hop Artists, Slabsta, Esam, Prism and Brigid, with the combined skills for writing, creation, production performance, mixing, mastering and filmmaking. The event included live performances of music by Slabsta and Esam, as well as local youth performers, “Mautse Cash-Flow”, and Youth Group Dancers. On Sunday the 17th, The team met with D.J. Lane (Sgt Jacob Mallane), Canada and King ‘Lil Kay. We spent the day discussing Hip-Hop and its creative process. The team worked together in workshopping, writing lyrics, laying beats and instrumentals, singing, rapping and recording a new song entitled, “Sacred Water”.

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Mautse Cashflow

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Hip-HoperNation proudly presents the results of this youth driven, rights-based, musical collaboration, a work of passion, love, talent, hard-work and honest self-expression.

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Watch Video -> Hip-Hoper Nation: Workshop in Mautse-Rosendal, Free State 16 June 2018.

Written by Brigid Schutz.

Photography by Brigid Schutz.