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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Follow Vanity of Man on:

Instagram: vanity_of_man

Facebook: Vanity Of Man

Twitter: @Vanity_Of_Man

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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

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

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.

Woke Arts #WokeExperience.

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Hosts Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and Dineo WhereThereIsSmoke.

On the 1st of October 2017 at Railways Cafe in Irene Pretoria, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered for another highly anticpated Woke Arts event #WokeExperience. The art community challenged its new and resident artists to come together to create performance pieces through collaboration of different art forms.

The Woke Arts community snatched us from our seats elevated us to the next level and delivered us back in a higher vibration with a well curated showcase and elaborate performances. A more than memorable moment for alternative culture lead by talented Musicians, Dancers, Poets and Visual Artists.

The line up consisted of Woke resident performers and those familiar with the Woke stage Kat Upendi, STY7EZ, Ruse, Maira Wolfe whose melodic poetry had us howling along, uThandolwethu, Daniel Nthambeleni, Antenim, Lungelo Manzi, Hosi K, Iindirhe, Dipalesa, ToeSessions who’s lyricism can only be described as godly, Kantona music of which I am convinced invented harmonizing, Shaka Shoelu, Sixghost and Skitz. Some new faces to the mix included our very own Slabsta and Hannah Van Tonder. With closing performances by Gyre and a special performance from The Social Markets’ Maitele Wawe. The experience featured visual art displays by NotDarren, Sisanda Art and Pharo T.

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uThandolwethu and Ruse.

We’re always thrilled to see artists thrive doing what they love. The Woke Arts community has showed once again that there is power in unity in the arts and that love is indeed the highest vibration. We are definitely looking forward to what the Woke Arts movement has in store for us next.

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Photography by KeGoBellah.

Watch Video -> Woke Arts #WokeExperience.

 

JESon.

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Sizwe Mbokazi also known as J.Eson is an emerging Hip hop artist from Nongoma (Kwa-Zulu Natal), he gets to tell us about how his journey has been being an “unknown artist” and how his writing skills has shaped up his life and music career.

Being an unknown artist:

“I would say it’s not a difficult thing to be an unknown artist if I trust my artistry, so far I can’t say I’m an unknown artist looking at the work I’ve released to the public. There is a lot of work I haven’t released yet of which is a challenge I have to win.

Being a full-time student and an independent artist has been a great challenge, while trying to focus on my artistry I came to a decision that I’d rather struggle for my creativity and the love I have for this industry, so I’m not really unknown, I just have to show myself to the people”.

 Writing skills:

“My writing skills have been helping me since high school where I started writing rhymes. In Grade 9 I became a better person that every time I felt like expressing my imagination I’d just jot them down and that’s how I lived in my hometown.

When I moved to a college, I got exposed to a lot of international and urban artists I got motivated a lot and I kept writing continuously till I saw that I can actually do better. I’ve been getting compliments about my songs and writing skills but I just wanted more than that, to live the life of being an artistic person who can’t lose creativity. It’s a life I enjoy, it’s a habit that I want to have as I age”.

“Peace”

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Follow J.Eson on

Facebook: Jay E Son

Twitter: @JEsonZA

Soundcloud: sizwem-3