Woke Arts digital agency AlterNativ debuts its collective creative force through SA Cities Network #DigitalDash Publication.

Woke Arts, a name that has frequented our blog and is synonymous with exceptionally curated events that shine a spotlight on the best emerging talent, has reinvented itself. 

The event house has expanded into a holdings group with a digital agency division called #AlterNativ which today, debuts its collective creative force through a project with SA Cities Networks #DigitalDash publication which was synthesised, visually conceptualised, curated and executed by the best pool of talent within the Woke Arts community. 

The publication was curated and directed by Tsholofelo Radebe, the group founder whose keen eye for brand strategy and creative direction enabled the team to curate a mix media publication that consists of Graphic Design lead by Fadzai Dube, Photography and Video by Kea Mooka and Animation Design by Thivhusiwi Mamaila.

The vision was to showcase the ideas presented by the SA Cities Network Urban Planners Competition Winners. This initiative by SA Cities Network intends to engage and empower the youth to be active participants in the creation and planning of city spaces. 

#DigitalDash is the first of many projects that highlight the intrinsic value of creativity in the sharing and exchange of information. #AlterNativ is a reflection of the Woke Arts continued commitment to enlighten society through art and creativity.

View full #DigitalDash publication on www.sacndd.co.za

Visit www.woke-arts.com for a full view of #AlterNativ services and projects.

Follow Woke Arts on:

Twitter: @Woke_Arts

Instagram: woke_arts

Multifaceted writer and filmmaker, Tebogo Nong leading us back to ourselves through storytelling.

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Coming onto our radar through her deeply reflective and affirming self-published debut poetry collection entitled ‘The Truth Shall Bloom‘ (2018), Tebogo Nong is a screenwriter and poet with a love for all things art, writing and creative entrepreneurship.

While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Picture, majoring in Screenwriting and Producing, she learned the power of narrative and storytelling which lead her to further explore Film Directing and Screenwriting during her honours year.

She curates @BloomPoetryZA – a multidisciplinary platform she founded in 2017 with the aim of creating a space for multifaceted artists and thinkers. She enjoys collaborating in environments that require a dynamic voice. 

She reveales that the process has shown her new layers of who she is.

”I have a passion for research & how it impacts our world and our growth. I share my art with the world to inspire self-recovery and growth.” 

How do you define yourself as a writer, filmmaker and what inspired you to become one?

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t define myself, but to answer the question I would choose the word ‘multifaceted’ it best describes me as a writer of different mediums and it allows me to create without limitation. My love for storytelling inspired me to explore the possibilities of what it would look like to see my words to evolve from paper to screen.

What makes your style of storytelling unique?

The purpose of my storytelling is not to lead people to a promised land but to lead them back to themselves. Being honest in my expressions is what makes my storytelling unique.

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on my debut directorial film. Writing it has been exciting and challenging at the same time, the story explores the intricacies of childhood and explores the challenges of being resilient when facing familial adversity.

For more on the project you can follow : Transmute.shortfilm

What do you feel the next step should be for the film, television and entertainment industry in South Africa?

I think the next step should be archiving and appreciating the already existing film, TV and entertainment culture we have, nurturing it through support and cultivating a culture of documenting; so when a new generation of creators release work we will have context and collectively give our industries the respect they deserve.

What would you say to upcoming fellow writers and filmmakers to inspire them?

  1. To define is to limit, there are limitless possibilities to the things you can achieve. 
  2. Grow, evolve and nurture yourself because that is where your voice and everything you want to birth will stem from.
  3. Lay a foundation of knowledge that you can confidently build on.
  4. Create beyond the need for recognition and instant gratification, timeless work requires respect and patience – you deserve to have a portfolio and build a life that is a reflection of timeless beauty. 

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Connect with Tebogo on:

Instagram and Twitter: @tebogonong_

Creative blog:  @bloompoetryza 

Filmmaker, Temitope Ajileye aka DirXTope on his craft and maintaining authenticity in storytelling.

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Popularly known by his signature ‘DirxTope’, Temitope Ajileye is a Pretoria based filmmaker who honors his West African roots in his craft. He shares the journey behind his mundane yet captivating storytelling with us.

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

Film for me is being a custodian of time and I am still in the process of defining my artform because each project comes with different expectation and challenges. If there is anything constant that I always want my work to embody is truth in the sense that I always try to tell stories in a very honest manner. Which means adding very little to a scene, a turning of light rather than turning on light. I simply just want my work to be mundane and hold an authentic feeling.

What makes your art unique?

Whether its perspective or style I always look for something that would stand out and appeal to anyone on a worldwide level spear heading my projects with an identity of cultures, borrowing from the Western Africa and South African elements to create
visuals makes my work unique because this are two parts of the continent that has formed my experience of art and humanity.

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on several projects under my own production company that is self-funded varying from Documentary, Experimental films and Music videos which I share across my social media platforms and website.

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

Many people in South Africa are still marginalised to the extent that they feel that their stories and art do not matter, I look at how storytelling in a structured environment can help these stories to emerge. By telling their stories, marginalised South Africans can become part of the grand narrative of post-apartheid South Africa and filmmakers can tap into this rich vein of previously-unheard narratives. In encouraging storytelling, art and filmmaking in grassroots communities, we can also build a film culture and the kind of community filmmaking that I mentioned before, not to mention building audiences for South African stories. So it’s a win-win.

The biggest challenge we still yet to overcome is that filmmakers in South Africa chase

the ‘great South African film’ and international recognition, instead of concentrating on telling our own stories in our own unique way, and developing a South African aesthetic.

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

Don’t over think your ideas just do it, when you have something to show people you shorten the conversation and you increase your chances of being trusted as a creative so I simply say
“BE A DOER”

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Follow DirXTope on:

Instagram: dirxtope
Twitter: @dirxtope
Website: http://www.aserstudio.co.za/

PBLO Mokwena.

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PBLO Mokwena (21) is a visual and physical Storyteller, her diligence and discipline reflect in her craft through her high quality productions. True to photography, this creative on the move defines herself as a source of light.

“My love for visuals was ushered in by my family, they always had a camera to capture special occasions and holidays. That influenced my passion, I’m inspired by raw emotions, authenticity and music.

I strive to capture moments as they are, naturally beautiful, whether it be Events, Performances or Behind The Scenes of A Set.

I can’t say much about my current upcoming projects because it’s a surprise for the public, but it involves an army of strong women with poms, collaborating with a respected artist.

The visual storytelling industry needs to unite and come back to the rawness of what South African Art is. We should also aim to produce extremely high quality content, and learn to break away from the comfort of working with the same people.

I’d encourage upcoming artists to not depend on others to teach you or put you on, learn as much as you can and build yourself. Make those necessary sacrifices, whatever they are, and always remain positive. Your hard work never goes unnoticed and trust me when I say you are inspiring someone by merely doing what you love and giving it your all.” – PBLO Mokwena

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Follow PBLO on:

Instagram: pblo_lente
Twitter: @pblo_lente

Photography by Bonolo Manoto

Beasts of No Nation.

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I held my heart as memories of my past life played in my head
Weeping for lost boy buried in the bed of dead.

Holding on to hope destroyed by the world coldness
Praying to a God whose hand seemed blind to the world’s troubled heart
And wishing upon a falling star for redemption in a world soaked in black art.

A gun in my hand, a bomb on the ground and screams in the air
Revenge fills my chest and hate launches my desire to kill
Im ready to spill blood…
So many innocent slain in a battle for control on this bare land
The ground slowly becoming a wasteland of decaying bodies
Maybe death too would be a sweet gift from this life.

There is no beauty in war and there’s no home in the wild
Running, killing, slowly my the inner child in me dies
Finding solace in rotting bodies of whores and alcohol drenched mugs
Finding meaning in a bullet to the chest, and comfort in drugs
God, strike me dead, mankind’s evil has corrupted my pure spirit.

Maybe in a new era I’ll find home for my misplaced soul
Maybe I’ll be a child again; maybe the future will not have my head hung on the pole
Maybe one day when the sun rolls in I’ll be home again, wrapped in my mother arms
Maybe when I put the gun down, I’ll run free once again
Stars hold me each night for there’s no beauty in war
I’m a child, who has become the after effects of war…

Written by Amogelang Lekwadu.

Photography by Brigid Schutz.

Juliet Kamanga’s Her Body Series 2018.

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Juliet Kamanga.

Juliet Kamanga is back with the 2018 Edition of the Her Body series, this is a photographic series thats released during womens month to empower women to own their individuality, their bodies and their sexuality. We got a little inside scoop from the photographer herself on this years project.

“The Her Body shoot aims to create awareness that women are here in the world and no one but them can define how they want to represent themselves.

It started because social media went to pivotal lengths to body shame woman who supported the “free the nipple” movement as well as the natural movement.

The name came from the fact that photographs are art and we decorate a blank image with something that we choose to shoot. So I thought it would be interesting to look at the body in the same way, by allowing the body to paint the space it’s in.

There were so many memorable moments when shooting. Firstly the excitement people had when I announced that I want to do another shoot pushed me to present everyone with the same enthusiasm they had when coming to the shoot.

I will not forget how all the woman who wanted to take nude/partial nude images where just so ready. Like they just took off their tops and said let’s go. They’re like this is me and I want the world to see me.

I got to photography amazingly talented woman. Namely Boipelo Khunou, Ndivhu “Robyn” Mushanganyisi and Didi Allie, I was so excited about that.

Mostly I enjoyed just the conversations I had with the ladies. They are trying to push the same agenda as I am and it’s inspirational.

I have nude photography in the series, so I wanted to ensure I did not accidentally make the images erotic or sexual even if the woman wanted to show off their sexuality. The point is to ensure they show ownership of their sexuality and not that people should have sexual feelings towards the images.

I hope that the viewers don’t just look at my photography and say, nice picture, then move on. I want people to understand that this is a movement. Woman are participating to create a voice through how they represent themselves.

My series is governed by the models and not by me. I do what they want because it’s Her Body not mine.” – Juliet Kamanga.

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J-Tyt, the new age digital trap star.

IMG-20180727-WA0009J-Tyt is a hip hop artist who describes himself as a new age digital trap star, he believes in pushing the limits through his artistry. This sonically gifted artist is bound to be highlighted as a meaningful contributor to the culture. We got to know a little more about the A1TRENDYTRAPSTA’s exciting creative journey and his ongoing project UNTITLED and many more.

“I believe there are no limits to creativity, my art is fueled and inspired by my every day experiences and how I foresee the future. My sound evolved with the ages, this led to the digital feel in my music. It’s evident that everything around me finds it’s way into my art, the good, the bad, the easy and the hard.

What makes my art unique is the experiences that play out in it, I draw my inspiration from and the emotions that come with them. I don’t limit nyself so, my art to takes different forms which leads to experimenting with different sounds.

I’m currently working on multiple projects, one of which is called the UNTITLED series presented by myself, this is an on going project where I will be releasing an episode every two months. I’m also working on a squad project with InkMusic that is predicted to end the summer, I’ll also be presenting my last 2018 single titled HitNRun produced by the one and only, SgivoBeats in the coming months.

What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?
Granting new and up coming artists easier access  to the multiple platforms should be the next step in thr music industry. They are so desperately needed among new talent but available to the selected few.

Upcoming artistd and creatives should recognise the power of the hashtag.” – J-Tyt (Johnnie Marobane)

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Follow J-TYT on:

Soundcloud: jtytsa

Instagram: jtytsa

Twitter: @jtytsa

Watch Untitled series on Youtube -> J-Tyt – Untitled

The rebel photographer, Tshepiso Ramosela breaking boundaries.

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Tshepiso Ramosela is a documentary photographer and creative rebel who is unapollogetocally breaking boundries in the art world. This creative on the move shares her self discovery through photography.

“I think my approach to my art always involves breaking boundaries and stereotypes especially ones that are held against women. I like doing things that are “suppose to be done by men”
What inspired me to become a photographer was the fact that God didn’t give me the talent of being a painter so photography became the alternate visual artform I could express myself through. I like real authentic, relatable stories.

I like photography because it allows you to share stories, the language of photography is powerful because it gives everyone to an opportunity to interpret it however way they want. There’s no wrong or right. It opens up conversations that weren’t there; it addresses what’s uncomfortable, the freedom is unlimited.

I conceptualize some of my work, which involves a lot of thinking and referencing, by looking at other peoples work. I like minimalism a lot. I also believe less is more, so I try to put that in my images. I recently started taking pictures of the things I see in my dreams, I think my photography reflects my personality alot.

I am currently working on a documentary project called :Wrongfully Accused”. It’s about people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes that they haven’t committed and have spent time in prison for that. So what I basically do is interview them, try to explore their feelings, document their life and try my best to project what they felt into a frame. It’s important for me to represent them well. It’s a very Important project for me. I am currently doing a project with Yeoville market that is partnered with Market photo workshop.

I think the industry has opened lots of opportunities for young people. I see this with street photographers sitting in advertising spaces with these agencies, explaining what is happening in street culture. Young people are educating brands om how to do things. So I think more Investing in the Youth. People say photography is dying because everyone has their phones. I believe its emerging cause now new story tellers are coming out and its interesting.

I’d encouage all visual artists to tell their stories the best way and most importantly have fun.” – Tshepiso Ramosela

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Follow Tshepiso Ramosela on:

Facebook: Tshepiso Ramosela.
Instagram: rebel6lack
Tumblr: Rebel 6lack

Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me (Official Visuals).

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“Nothing Can Stop Me” photo by Brigid Schutz.

The long awaited visual representation of Slabsta’s classic single Can’t Stop Me is finally out. The visuals showcase a clean production that is simple and impactful in blending the music with imagery. Slabsta shares a little more about what this video means to him and gives us insight on the production process.

“I chose to have the black and white mainly because it was a collaboration with Black & Whyte Pictures. The symbolism of black and white highlights the the need for colour, after the powerful message the song holds, it motivates the listener to believe in themselves and not give up, a breakthrough is what I’m working towards at the end.

The video features Kele Motlhamme (Model) dancing fluidly, showing how carefree and inspired you can be when you believe in yourself.

It took me so long to release these visuals, I do that with a lot of my songs and projects. I like to see if they age well. It also gives me time to look at my work from a different perspective. It took me a year to finally realise the potential these visuals have, a colleague of mine saw it and told me to release it because it’s great timeless content.

The video represents a part of me, a state of mind where you face your problems head on and find a solution. A simple mindset that encourages one to overcome and succeed. I know most people will relate to the message more than anything.” – Slabsta

Watch Video ->Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me (Official Visuals)

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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