Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Meet the Creatives - British Council Connect ZA Creative Futures

Tonight is the night we've all been waiting for, to meet the Creatives involved in the British Counsil ZA Creative Futures gathering - it's going to run for the next 3 days; creative exchanges, inspiring talks, networking, performances and of course PARTY! I feel inspired already. 

Here are the 16 Creatives representing our beloved Mzansi: 

1. Lindiwe Matshikiza

Performing artist, director and writer behind The Donkey Child Projects

2. Jody Paulsen

Jody graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts and has since been involved in exhibitions such as the Night Show at the Goodman Gallery, CT and many other aspects of the arts. 

3. Jamal Nxedlana 

Creative and cultural entrepreneur also founder of Misshape – a clothing label which was launched back in 2012 and sill going strong. 

 4. Jade de Waal 

The woman behind the best hang-out spot for foodies – Food Jams. Jade is also a saxophonist with a big heart. 

5. DJ Spoko 

Studied Sound Engineering in the studio of Nozinja, creator of the hyper-speed, hip-shaking Shangaan Electro style sound. 

6. Malose Malahlela

Johannesburg based creative, equally interested in socially engaged art practices and the role the community or audiences play. 

7. Dillion Phiri 

Founder of the Creative Nestlings and a film brand popularly known as The Brother Slimm.

8. Job King Ori 

Comes from an electronic and computer engineering background and therefore understands hardware and software.

9. Eseoghene Odiete

Creative Director of Hesey Designs, an Africa inspired fashion label based in Nigeria. 

10. Amira Tajdin

Artist and Filmmaker who considers her ongoing romance with travelling as influences for most of her films, photography and creative process in general.

11. Sionne Neely 

Researcher, writer, teacher and long-time music head with a Ph.D in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California (US).

12. Davina Jogi

Freelance photojournalist who focuses on covering stories about Zimbabwe that are often not covered by international media, and has worked for a variety of local and international newspapers, magazines and NGOs. 

13. Nqobizitha Mlilo

Self-taught artist, filmmaker and hip-hop MC/Poet - he has created and directed short films, music videos, training videos and various animated commercials. 

14. Kazim Kazim Kazim

Renowned Marketing Guru, Branding Specialist, Consultant and Artist Manager. Kazim co-runs somethink sounds - a label specializing in soul futurism. 

15. Gareth Owen Lloyd

His practice includes running future workshops, developing alternative photographic processes and collecting artworks found in science fiction. 

16. Libby Curley 

Classically trained actress also helping to grow Simbiotik – a partnership marketing agency in the city of Joburg which runs on the fuel of creativity. 

British Council Connect ZA Creative Futures is a gathering of creatives from the UK, ZA and the rest of Africa in the heart of Johustleburg. Brought to you by the British Council Connect ZA in association with Live SA. Part of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

#NowPlaying AKA ft K.O - Run Jozi (Godly)

The way my face lit up when I saw this video - I'm so proud of SA Hip Hop right at this moment. AKA really is GODLY! 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: 16 creative innovators and entrepreneurs participating in next month’s Creative Futures gathering

Today British Council Connect ZA have announced sixteen leading creative innovators and entrepreneurs from across South Africa, the rest of Africa and the UK who will participate in a three-day event from 10 to 12 September in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Featuring creative exchanges, collaborations, talks, performances and a live music party, the British Council Connect ZA initiative, Creative Futures, will bring exciting new creative talent together in one city to create an experiential exchange of knowledge, practice and creativity.

Young innovators and entrepreneurs that have been selected to take part in the gathering include:

1. theatre-maker Lindiwe Matshikiza (ZA)
2. fashion designer and visual artist Jamal Nxedlana (ZA)
3. Food Jams creator Jade de Waal (ZA)
4. DJ Spoko (ZA)
5. Creative Nestlings co-founder Dillion Phiri (ZA)
6. researcher and programmer Job King Ori Maina (ZA)
7. visual artist Jody Paulsen (ZA)
8. Keleketla! Library co-founder Malose Malahlela (ZA)
9. fashion entrepreneur Eseoghene Odiete (Nigera)
10. artist and filmmaker Amirah Tajdin (Kenya)
11. Accra[dot]Alt co-founder Sionne Neely (Ghana)
12. photographer Davina Jogi (Zimbabwe)
13. animator Nqobizitha Mlilo (Zimbabwe)
14. actress and partnership marketing manager Libby Curley (UK)
15. co-founder of music label Somethinksounds Kazim, Kazim, Kazim (UK)
16 .artist Gareth Owen Lloyd (UK)

For more information about the creatives, visit
The creatives will take part in industry and open public events including:

a visual tour of Johannesburg led by Future Sounds of Mzansi filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba for professional photographers and filmmakers;

a series of free public talks including the Business of FashionMusic Promotion and Business in the Digital Age; and

Tetrafix, a closing party in collaboration with British Council Connect ZA, Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, A MAZE Festival and Black Cube Sessions. The event is a merger of local and international music, performance and visual art featuring Ravish Momin (USA), Yuri Suzuki (JPN), Skelemton (ZA), DJ Spoko (ZA), Kazim Kazim Kazim (UK), DJ Storno (GER) and Noka Kikulu (ZA).
British Council Connect ZA Head of Arts Tom Porter says we are excited to see such a dynamic and diverse group of creatives in Johannesburg next month. “Over the past 12 months our Connect ZA initiative has created greater connections and networks between UK creatives and their contemporaries in South Africa, and we expect Creative Futures will continue this,” says Tom.

The gathering will take place in various venues and spaces around Braamfontein from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 September 2014. For more information and to reserve a place at one of the free public events, visit and
Connect ZA Creative Futures is a British Council Connect ZA initiative in association with Live SA and part of the Fak'ugesi Digital Africa Festival. For more details, visit and

For the creatives’ bios, visit and high res images, visit

Friday, 22 August 2014

This is where I draw the line

And confess my love for this woman! I've had the privilege to watch her perform LIVE and all those times I've seen her perform, I felt like I was in a different planet. This video jjust brings me back to Earth - but (audio) the song, takes me back to that planet where I lose myself.

Thank you Zaki Ibrahim - this song is everything!

Zaki Ibrahim - Draw The Line from Kruger Media on Vimeo.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Creatives gather in Jhb for British Council Connect ZA

Next month 16 leading young creative innovators and entrepreneurs from across South Africa, the rest of Africa and the UK will gather in the heart of Johannesburg for a three-day event featuring creative exchanges, collaborations, talks, performances and live music parties.

The British Council Connect ZA initiative, Connect ZA Creative Futures, will bring exciting new creative talent together in one city to create an experiential exchange of knowledge, practice and creativity. Young innovators and practitioners have been selected from the design, music, digital, performance and photography fields to take part in the gathering. Featured creatives will be announced shortly.

British Council Connect ZA Head of Arts Tom Porter says we are keen to see greater connections and networks arise from UK creatives and their contemporaries in Africa, and Connect ZA Creative Futures is part of that ambition. “We’re excited to share the new creative energy of Johannesburg with this group of innovators.” says Tom

The festival will take place in various venues and spaces around Braamfontein from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 September 2014. There will be invitation-only creative industry events and free open events plus a live music party which will close the festival.

Connect ZA Creative Futures will also connect with the creatives leading up to the gathering with a series of Twitterviews and Instagram takeovers hosted @Connect_ZA @LiveMagSA #creativefutures.

Connect ZA Creative Futures is a British Council Connect ZA initiative in association with Live SA and part of the Fak'ugesi Digital Africa Festival. More details will be announced shortly at and #creativefutures.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What I'm wearing today

(P)leather jacket from down town Jozi, Jeans and T-shirt from Mr Price, Shoes from Edgars.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Live SA and British Council Connect ZA host Cape Town #CreativeHustle with Live Art Festival 2014

This month Live SA and the British Council Connect ZA will bring their successful #CreativeHustlesevent series for young people to Cape Town in partnership the 2014 Live Art Festival. 

Presented by Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), the Live Art Festival brings together a range of South African and international artists from the fields of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, architecture and literature.
Live SA’s Sid Sidwaba says we and the British Council Connect ZA are excited to partner with GIPCA for our next Creative Hustle on Saturday 30 August at City Hall in Cape Town. “This hustle will focus on performance art, giving attendees the opportunity to hear from creative innovators in the field in a special pre-performance discussion before seeing live performances exploring diverse notions of femininity,” says Sid.

Curator, director and choreographer Jay Pather, Grahamstown-based dancer Nomcebisi Moyikwa, human rights activist and performer Siphumeze Kunday, poet, writer and the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans (2013) recipient Genna Gardini, and co-founder and artistic director of the Mothertongue Project Sara Matchett will sit down with attendees before the performances to give their insight on performance art as well as framing the performances featured on stage that evening.

After the discussion, a series of international artists will explore femininity through dance, scripted narration, graphic design, photography, video and song. Grahamstown- based Nomcebisi Moyikwa,and fellow performers Maipelo Gabang and Ntombizandile Nonyathi , push the boundaries of contemporary dance through their act ,Caught, which follows two women caught in a half room with a single bulb as their only source of light.

Following its run at the 2013 SPILL Festival (UK) reviewer Dora Mortimer described UK artist Season Butler’s “Woman who walks on knives” as “creating a cobweb-fine balance of danger and seduction and raises interesting questions about the nature of sacrifice in art.”
Nigerian-American artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji will collaborate with South African women for a stirring site-specific endurance performance called “Can’t I just decide to fly?” Artistic trio from the Mothertongue Project, Sara MatchettGenna Gardini and Siphumeze Kundayi, will present The Walk: South Africa which was inspired by India’s Maya Krishna Rao.

Closing out the evening will be the Ancentral OmegaThe Medora presented by Weaam WilliamsExploring the feminine narrative of the Cape Malay people, this piece will be accompanied by a malay choir who will sing a traditional Kaapse Nederlands wedding song, guided by a Malay opera singer.

Creative Hustle: Live Art Festival takes place at City Hall in Cape Town on Saturday 30 August from 5pm to 10pm. The pre-performance discussion will take place at 5.30pm, followed by refreshments. Performances will commence from 7pm. It is free to attend for 18 to 35 year-olds, however you must reserve your place to attend at
Presented by Live SA and British Council Connect ZA, #CreativeHustles are an event series for 18-to-35-year-olds, offering a platform for up-and-coming creatives to connect and build relationships with established industry professionals. 

More info: Twitter @LiveMagSA