Singer, 3Gee on creating music that spreads positive messages in his upcoming EP ‘Purple Matter’.

3Gee is a musician and entrepreneur who has dedicated himself to expressing the fullness of the human experience through his music. His soulful fusion of RnB and Hip-Hop backed up by his vocal range is bound to make him a favorite on your moody playlists. Here’s more on his latest project and his experience in the industry.

‘At the core myself I think I’m a humble being who aspires to give people hope in love and life. My talent enables me to do that through music so I am grateful for that.’ -3Gee

What inspired your latest project ‘Purple Matter’ and what do you want people to take from it?

I’ve come across so many broken hearted women and men, who are stuck in broken relationships but they are scared to leave because they are afraid of being lonely. So through this project I am attempting to take those people through a healing process and back to feeling good and worthy again. 

All I want is for people to understand and learn that if you are not happy, you have to allow yourself to make decisions that will lead you to happiness even if it’s not easy. I’ve collaborated with a few artists including Jayhood and Slabsta and I’m really excited to put the music out there.

What goes into your process of creating music and what have you learnt from it?

A lot of dedication, time, love and experiences. You have to understand what you speaking about in your music, people should be able to relate to it.  I think for your music to be relevant it has to be somewhat therapeutic. I’ve learned that if you put your mind, soul and heart into something you will definitely make it to the next level.

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

I think musicians should strive to make music that is relevant and more music that will pass out good messages, our youth needs it. Music is powerful and we need to spread more positive influences so we don’t all fall into despair.

What would you say to upcoming musicians to inspire them? 

The music industry is hard, we’re are trying to claw our way in and most times you’ll feel like giving up. But never give up…the minute you think of giving up remember why you started.

Stay consistent, stay positive, stay humble always, stay focused, stay hungry but mostly stay relevant. 

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Twitter: @3Gee_Official

Instagram: 3Gee_official

Facebook: 3Gee Music

Filmmaker, Khule Mayisa on exploring a visual language centered around black women.

Khulekani Mayisa is a director, photographer and stylist whose experimental style filmmaking first came onto our radar in 2017, her talent as a visual storyteller translates through her writing, filmmaking and even a simple instagram post from her will leave you captivated. Having recently showcased her film in the Gauteng Film Comission ‘Online Women Film Festival’ and chronicling her journey though life and creativity through her blog TheKhulestMama we caught up with Khule to learn more about her journey through filmmaking and creative ventures.

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

I identify as an artist as I have various forms of creative expression: film, photography, and fashion. I developed a love for film when I gave into the curiosity of discovering how my favourites were made. We had dvd’s at home, and after watching a movie I enjoyed, I’d explore other features. That’s when I came across the behind-the-scenes process, which intrigued me far more. I may not have known it then, but those moments played a big role in determining what I eventually wanted to do with my life. Photography was always a big part of my life growing up, as we had a designated family photographer. Outside of that, my mother owned a camera so I have vivid memories of posing for even the most mundane moments, as well as taking photos. My love for fashion developed from learning how the matriarchs of my family made an event of dressing up. We’d often bond over shopping and ‘modelling’ the clothes we bought for each other.

What makes your style of storytelling unique and what themes interest you?

My visual language revolves around black women, as that’s the perspective I can tell authentic stories from. It’s an experience I know and understand all too well, so when I approach a subject, I already know it’ll resonate with those for whom I have intended it. I love creating with and for women, with an intention to shift the narrative for the girl child of the future. A narrative that includes them and considers their stories as worthy of being heard.

Please tell us more about your recent and current creative projects ?

My first film, Scribbled In Red, was created in my honours year when I had no idea what subject I was going to shoot for my experimental project. I then bought a few props, explored with red subject matter at home, and by the time I was done shooting, I had already decided that menstruation would be my topic. I took on a similar approach for my second film about gender-based violence – this time with purple subject matter – and am currently collecting more visuals for my next one. The aim is to turn my experimental work into a series that creates dialogue around topics that often get swept under the rug. Hopefully, it inspires a need for change long-term. In the meantime, you can find the music video I recently directed, called Love Me/Leave Me by (Pretoria-based artist) Setso, which is available on Youtube.

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

The next step for the film, television and entertainment industry is simple;

Hire more black women to create what you see on your TV screens. The ‘boys club’ nature of the industry is incredibly unfair to talented women who want to be taken seriously as directors, directors of photography, editors, etc. It’s time for the industry to adapt. In fact, It’s overdue.

Industry heavyweights should learn to take a chance on inexperienced filmmakers and photographers willing to learn on the job. They all had to start somewhere, and it was probably because someone took a chance on them too.  Paying it forward should be seen as a virtue, as there’s always something to learn from the youth.

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

My advice to upcoming filmmakers and writers: you have a vision and you owe it to yourself to see it through. Your belief in yourself – despite all the rejection and failure you have yet to face – will determine why others should believe in you. Trust yourself, even when you’re not sure what you’re doing, because life eventually rewards your efforts. Constantly remind yourself why the industry needs you: no one else can execute your vision the way you can.

Follow Khule on :

Twitter: @khulemayisa

Instagram: khulemayisa

Facebook: Khule Mayisa

Vimeo: Khule Mayisa

Fumani Khumalo speaks on his journey and new series ‘Our Culture is Contagious’.

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Fumani Khumalo, is a Pretoria-born, Joburg-based artist. He predominately make use of charcoal and pastels as a medium to draw portraits of subjects and their daily conversations. We had the opportunity to get more insight into his work and creative journey. 

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

I’m a visual artist that seeks to represent different people that I encounter in my frequent travels. I seek to tell their stories and experiences in a way most people wouldn’t see. A way that they themselves might not also see.
From an early age I’ve always been intrigued by politics and social issues. I would often read books, watch documentaries and news as medium of information. It only made sense for me to use my talent to express and contribute my view about these relevant social issues.

What makes your art unique?

My art is informed by language. Which is interesting because I take a verbal dialogue and interpret it into a static visual format. It is said to acquire or know a second language is to have a second soul. It is actually quite interesting how language shapes our perception and experiences of the world. When we speak our vocal cords create vibrations which we send flying through the air as pressure waves. Over time we learned to use these vibrations to express and share our thoughts, feelings and ideas with others. In my art, I unravel the language and dialogue that people use as a means of communication and how that language creates an individual’s experience of the world that they live in. We invent our worlds using language and our exposure to language; whether limited or expanded, helps shape our perception and experience of the world.
My portraits are informed by the everyday interactions, travels and languages between ordinary subjects encountered in my frequent travels. Their eyes are often scratched out to show how their interpretation and experience of the world is not through what we see but our own understanding and knowledge of the world formed through our daily dialogues.

What creative projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new body of work titled Our Culture is Contagious. This body illustrates relatable instances where you find language and dialogue in creation. I want to show how ones perception of the world can be easily spread and influenced by the space they occupy, the people they occupy it with and the conversations shared that shape this perception.

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

The next step for the contemporary art industry I feel should be to open the art industry to those who are represented in the art itself. For a long time, art has been a medium that has been closed off from the public, the people represented in the art are not the same people viewing the art.

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

Keep drawing.

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Instgram: fumani_khumalo

Twitter: fumani_khumalo

Facebook: Fumani

Website: http://www.fumanikhumalo.com

Sifiso Mkhabela shapes his thoughts and identity through geometric hybrid sculptures.

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Sifiso Mkhabela is a contemporary metal Sculptor. Picking up the welder and the grinder was not just an artistic choice for him, his work is inspired by his father, who is a boiler maker and that is why working with metal became second nature to him.

Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories, working with metal is hard work and watching his father work tirelessly over the years and never giving up really helped him form the solid ground that he stands on as a sculptor today. He regards metal is a medium that speaks volumes to because it is used in almost everything we used in our daily lives, metal is the back bone of our entire infrastructure.

His sculptures are distinct by his use of geometric forms and organic structures. Hybridity shines as a powerful tool of transformation and reconstruction of existing concepts to create new exciting structures. His point of view is inspired by mathematical and scientific concepts and  philosophy thought by Plato where he said “The physical world is a poor decaying copy of a perfect, rational and changeless original world. ” Platonism is a contemporary view that there are abstract objects that do not exist in time or space, my work is an attempt to represent these abstract objects taking from my childhood experience.

Here’s a deeper look into the inspiration and formation of Sifiso Mkhabela’s art:

How do you define yourself as a contemporary artist and what inspired you to become a visual artist?
“My studio experience defines me, I communicate using visual art, my studio is where I spend most of my time creating thus communicating. My medium is sculpture, it is not easy to difine myself as a contemporary artist because you can do a lot things within the industry such as performance and installation art. I see the process of creating my sculptures as a performance itself because I do a lot of walking around in the studio.”

What makes your art unique?

“I have always been creative, my work is inspired by my childhood memories. But my interest in metal works comes from my father, he is a boiler maker and watching him work over the years plays a huge role in my art creation today. But the main concept that I am working on takes from Platonism.”

What creative projects or pieces are you currently working on?

“I am currently in the process of creating a 3m metal sculpture for a exhibition called “Sculptures on the Cliff” a public sculpturere exhibition that is going to be curated by Gordon Froud. I am also going to be working with Blessing Ngoben on a public sculpture commission.

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

“The industry is really energetic and at its peak at the current moment, the quality of work and the commitment of artsists is amazing. The next step is to open up to new fresh artists so that the industry and it’s opportunies can be utilized to its fullest potential in order to grow. I think the industry is in a good space and more investments should be poured into the creation of art.

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

“This is a letter that I had to write to the 22 year old me as part of a charity exhibition curated by Banele Khoza at the Absa Gallery which is currently running until the end of February. This is what I said:
There is still so much to learn and experience. It is an on going journey, take your time to learn and unlearn, have faith that all you learn from the work that you do will benefit you. Put in long hours, read as much as you can and research more. Make mistakes because they will continously evolve you as an artist and human being. It is all part of who you become. It won’t be easy, you will have to make sacrifices, you will have exhibitions, a lot of them but not in all of them you will sell and that will make you question what you are going for. Be prepared to be broke and not have food some nights. You won’t always have money to keep producing more art. Be prepared to reset, readjust and reset yourself every time you fail. Stay on the creative path even though you will wish to quit most of the time. You will push on through.
There is no rush, know your phase and do not compare yourself to other artists. Worry less about not being able to put things together quickly. Explore mediums, enjoy being a creative mind, find a mentor, look for any opportunities that you can be exposed in a creative field. Donate your time if you can. Help someone get ahead and know that the contacts and experience will remain priceless… Be happy all the time.”

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Instagram: sifiso_mkhabela.

Mwanji, the wonderkid.

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Mwanji is a singer, songwriter and content creator who describes herself as a wonderkid who always seeks to find and create something new. This creative on the move has a luring presence that shines through her aesthetic and artistry, here’s a little more about Mwanji the wonderkid.

“I am inspired by the orocess of creation, the thrill in create something new from scratch. I love alternative art so you can always expect something thats not within the norm from me.

I think what sets my music apart is the fact that I dabble with a lot of weird sounds. I’m also influenced by jazz and the 90s sounds, I always try to incorporate that in the music I make.

I’m currently working on my first ever EP titled Neogenesis, which will be coming out very early in 2019, I’m also working on a couple of documentaries and projects with the media house and collective I’m part of called Nomad Society.

I feel like the next step within our music industry should be of artists widening their mindsets, we have a lot of redundency in our industry so we have to encourage people to be open and support new styles and genres.

I’d encourage artists to never let go of their individuality as creatives, your authenticity is beautiful to see and it will be your legacy as an artist. ” -Mwanji

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Twitter: @WhyMwanji

Instagram: jaeylasoul

Oriiginelle.

The future of hip hop is 22years old, short but certain. Oriiginelle is the name of the artist pushing boundries through music. Here’s what you need to know about this creative on the move.

“I try my best not to box myself into any kind of categories as a creative to be honest. I’d like to think I’m a free thinker and risk taker when it comes to the arts. Why not push boundaries? What’s the point of art if it’s the same and it’s safe?

What inspired me to go into music at a young age is the feeling I got each time good music was being played around me. The creativity behind it all. The layering of various vocals without words which somehow brought out different emotions. It was and still is absolutely mind blowing. Every time I make music, I try my hardest to remember that feeling I had the first time, and pass it onto the next person.

We all have very unique creative processes, I think the most common is the voice noting randomly on the road and being so impressed with yourself, you probably smile all day, haha.
But for me I’d say I’m much more creative when I’m alone because I get to think of the weirdest things and enjoy them, but I also think it’s the fact that I’m female and I tend to keep the guys on their toes with the music. They always look forward to what I have next because it’s always so different.

I’m currently working on about four projects, two joint tapes with Dante Lway (Musician from Swaziland) and two solo projects. I’ve completed one solo and the contribution I’d love for it to make to the culture is just to assure people that it’s really ok to be a creative and not be the typical creative people think you are when it comes to the matters of the heart. I’ve been told numerous times I’m a “savage” without savage traits but merely because I rap and add “scrrrt scrrrt” here and there you know, it’s quite annoying because you find yourself constantly trying to prove your innocence to people who have their minds set.

The other solo project is a combination of societal issues both in South Africa and Swaziland (which could get me arrested but we need to talk about these things as a nation), matters of the heart and free thinking really. I wanted it to be fun but at the same time tackle a few issues we can’t just sweep under the rug just because it’s groove time.

We really need to stop selling whack music and saying it’s dope just because we have a good following. It’s sad that talent doesn’t really mean much anymore. It’s the money and the following that speaks now, not art anymore. Can we create our own sounds and flourish the way we are supposed to. There is so much original talent in the South African music industry, so much versatility that the Western parts should actually bite our products, not the other way around. We have greater originality than most countries will ever have. Why not take advantage.

“My fellow upcoming creatives should remember that, you decided music is your dream so stick to it no matter how difficult it gets, and it will get difficult, no dream is easy to achieve. Step out of your comfort zone and be eager to learn more each day.” – Oriiginelle

Follow Oriiginelle on :

Twitter: @sociiali_awkwrd
Soundcloud: Oriiginelle

Shuka Shuka.

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Shuka Shuka is a ceramic art brand that specializes in producing colourful dynamic mulling bowls. A mulling bowl is a product used for holding (edibles) and anything valuable to the user/customer, spices, salt, peri-peri, smarties or sweets, bathing soap even jewellery and much more.

It inspired by the mulling of seeds and it is designed to fit in your palm. Just the way you put it in your palm you can mull in the dish.
What makes this artwork unique and special is how the art work is made for sharing with people, the way you hold it when presenting it or giving it to someone or serving people resembles it’s creation and an act of kindness.

There are different ways of making the decorations, some are painted in 3 different colours and layers which create a unique look.

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Peppery, Peri-Peri & Salt.

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Kitchen Manners.

Photography by Brigid Schutz

 

Where can one find/purchase the creative product?

Email: shukashukasa@gmail.com
Facebook: ShukaShuka
Instagram: shukashukasa
Twitter: ShukaShukaSA
Call: 0790913453
R100.00 each

Turm – Choma (Flexin’) Feat. Slabsta Lyrics.

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(Verse 1) Turm

Catch me flexing with my clique
Swenking steez on fleek
Ke dletse di shorts
Style se top, mala a tletse skop
Swenka non-stop
Ntwana ke skimme dinatla
Le di beer di satla
Full house, boy Ke swere mapyatla
Faka sound, baseline ya phyatla
A ka tlela di drama
Le go kama ga ka kama
I’m way too old go zama go charmer
Ke fo tsena molong ka pyjama
Little bro was jamming to this with the reject dance
I look at the mommies I be like “that’s the reactance”
I also see ZAR – navigating Mandela
Czar where you at? Ra ba swenkela

(Hook)

When you see me in the street
When you see me with my chick
When I’m rocking SeFosh
I’m oucthea looking like a boss
When you see me with my chick
When you see me in the street
When you see me in the hood
And you know I’m looking good

(Verse 2) Slabsta

Re tlago swenkela bafana skare tempela
Why o busy o sleep walker o ware welawela
If you step on my shoes ke tlago gatelela
Coz when I step in the scene o tlantebelela
O tlantebelela
If you might think I’m rude call a dokotela
I’m feeling all blue on Monday
Feeling all busy on a Tuesday
Bootylicious on a Wedneday
We phuza till you drop on a Thursday
We pop bottles on a Friday
Then we take it to the crib on a Saturday
Blessings on blessings on a Sunday
Then we do it all again back to Monday

(Verse 3) Turm

Puns and syllables causing monumental collisions
Attainment incapacitating atelophobic conditions
I’m an Adonia – the dawn of demolishing donations
I’m so famished, I’m finna devour the “doe nations”
Ke sekgowa papao
Ra se Loma papao
So slick, vocab so big Mara re stele ge re tsena dindao

(Hook)

When you see me in the street
When you see me with my chick
When I’m rocking SeFosh
I’m oucthea looking like a boss
When you see me with my chick
When you see me in the street
When you see me in the hood
And you know I’m looking good

Written by Turm And Slabsta

Download ->Turm – Choma (Flexn’) Feat. Slabsta (Prod by Turm)

Sir Bonoko.

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Emmanuel Sir Bonoko is the founder of the EBonoko Foundation and Ebonoko Holdings. The EBonoko Foundation is a social enterprise that focuses on young people, using information as a powerful tool to inspire and empower, they donate books and create career expos to empower and inform the youth. EBonoko Holdings is a company that hosts business events, offers PR communication and Brand Management services. Emmanuel has had tremendous success in his journey, he is the model of a true hard worker. His achievements include being named the Lead SA Hero of the month on Radio 702, he is one of Mail and Guardian’s Influential Young People in SA. He was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs to look out for and one of the 100 Visionary Leaders in the world by US publication Real Leaders. He is also currently a nominee for the SA Man of the year awards in Entrepreneurship.

“What inspired me to do what I do is striving to be the change that I want to see in society, we mainly complain about our background and the obstacles we face, but I thought that it was about time that we take the initiative and take the steps to develop our communities. I felt that my part was to do something significant in the community. Pain has propelled me to be the man that I am today, I was tired of the circumstances that I had to face, so I became the change I wanted to see. I would advise young people to believe that all things are possible, everyone is born with a great purpose within themselves. Have the courage to begin, if you have the courage to begin you will succeed. Remain teachable and humble at all times.”

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Twitter: @EMMANUELBONOKO

Facebook: Emmanuel Bonoko

Instagram: emmanuelbonoko