New Releases: Amashumi By HOLY ALPHA

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Have you ever heard of xhosa trap music? I bet you haven’t. It’s a new sub genre and it’s popular now especially in Cape Town. A lot of new artists are coming out of their comfort zone and they are releasing xhosa trap music. I really love the sub genre as it brings some culture to the industry. Anyways one particular artist who goes by the name Holy Alpha released some music and it’s showing that she’s not here to play. You all better be prepared for shows, tours and more music from her this new year.

From the streets of Khayelitsha rises a brand new face for South African hip hop. Born Sanele Alpha Gwabe, who now goes as HOLY ALPHA aka MAMA GHOST in the streets. Living up to the title with her experience filled lyrics and xhosa story telling techniques. Her music journey started in 2016 shortly after that she introduced herself to the hip hop scene in 2017 when she dropped a single titled Guala. She is definitely a forced to be reckoned with and has been previously feature on the popular hip hop online magazine ”SLIKOUR ON LIFE” as one of the hottest artists in the streets, being described as fierce and unapologetic in her flows and cadence.

Almost 4 months after her hit single GHOST debuted, she was exposed to a wider audience with her introduction of Xhosa Trap. A little bird from the streets tell us she’s already got big plans for the sub genre in 2021.

She describes her music as art, because art reflects society and she believes the lyrics of her music depict the everyday life of South African youth who don’t have the opportunities to express themselves. Coming from a musical family, HOLY ALPHA was always destined for lyrical greatness and this year she teams up with Cape Town’s biggest music hub, CAPE TOWN THING to drop a single she’s been teasing the whole December of 2020. ”AMASHUMI” is a drill banger that sees HOLY ALPHA diving into her experiences with nocturnal activities in her township of Khayelitsha.
STREAM AMASHUMI NOW!

https://open.spotify.com/track/5WsGoCi2SLOSRtcUGwTidR?si=nRqNNS-QQNm9Vu0STcspyw

Iconic Black to help raise funds with Friends of Allemansdrift B to create food security in Mpumalanga

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Iconic Black has been on the forefront of changing the narrative through their fashion brand. From collaborating with a different creative artists to hosting creative community building events like Influencers Talks in Cape Town. The brand is definitely more than just a fashion brand. This time Iconic Black has joined forces with expats Kelly Szabo and Kate Crossland who started a project together to support a rural village following the onset of South Africa’s protracted Covid 19 Lockdown period.

A family pose for a picture after receiving food parcel from Friends of Allemansdrift B
Children from Allemansdrift receiving their food parcels

The ex pats collectively fed over 1000+ families weekly with the support from other concerned individuals around the globe. As South Africa moved to level 1, they took a joint decision to move towards Hand Ups Vs Hand Outs and they are now working on creating both food security and job creation opportunities in Allemansdrift B, Mpumalanga. Allemansdrift B is a large rural community near Vaalbank with huge poverty, because essentially there is no employment there.  There are a lot of elderly people who are bringing up grandchildren and there’s a lot of child-headed households. There is also an extreme need and intermittent water supply.

some of the families who received help from Friends of Allemansdrifts B

In order to do this, an infrastructure needs to be put in place in the form of an office, equipment and training materials. Kelly approached the brands Issa Leo and Iconic Black for assistance in this respect ”being aware of the brands involvement with community based initiatives of this nature”. The brands have donated one each of our signature leather jackets for auctioning in order to purchase the requisite equipment and in hope that people will support their efforts.

The winning bid on each jacket will have access to our creative team at Iconic Black who will, in turn, customise their jackets making their purchase a highly specialised limited edition at no charge other than for the price bid. If you don’t get a chance to bid on the auction, you can still purchase some items on the brands websites. The brands will donate 30% of the sales to the cause. Your support will definitely go a long way. For more information on how you can bid on the auction you can visit https://www.friendsofab.co.za/

KNO Is The Man Of The Moment And Here’s Our Top Five Songs By Him

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Ever since the Cape of Good Hope song which was well received, national acclaimed rapper KNO has been the man of the moment (can we get an autograph).Also can we rephrase that ‘national acclaimed‘ to ‘international acclaimed’ because he’s now known in America. Famous DJ/Journalist Sway Calloway surprised him with a good inspirational message/shoutout during an interview on Afternoon Express SABC 3 where the rapper was sharing his story about how he started his career. The song has also been played on our local radio station even making it to Number 1 on the charts . We love how people are catching up with the talent that is in the mother city Cape Town. I have been a fan of KNO from way back and these top five songs that I’m enlisting are a way to appreciate the talented rapper, songwriter that he is. Hoping that you all going to enjoy these songs and don’t forget to follow the man of the moment to keep in track with his musical journey.

1:CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

Cape Of Good Hope, tells the story of the gang culture, poverty, and racism the community of his youth experienced on a daily basis. Packed full of vivid imagery, emotive lines, and a devastating delivery, it also tells the story of all the young children whose lives have been lost to gang violence – either as participants or innocent bystanders. The single’s powerful accompanying video also pays visual tribute to the children KNO saw caught in the cross-fire.

2:LEVEL OF GREATNESS

3. OVERTIME

4. FOCUSED

5. I KNO

SHEKHINAH PRESENTS A VIRTUAL ROSEFEST 2020

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Internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist Shekhinah’s Rosefest returns for its second edition on Sunday the 11th of October in partnership with the number one youth radio station YFM.

After two successful editions in Johannesburg and Durban in its inaugural year, which featured artists and personalities that included Sho Madjozi, DJ Zinhle, Kim Jayde, Lady Zamar and DJ Doowap. The all-women music festival will this year be a digital music experience that keeps with the spirit and vibe of the festival’s mantra: ‘Power to She!’

Since last year, Rosefest has evolved to become an all-year-round experience through its digital platforms and Sunday conversation series, with the music festival culminating as its hallmark. This year’s virtual music experience will highlight performances and contributions from women artists beyond Women’s Month. In 2020 Rosefest presents another stellar line-up with headline vocalists, rappers, personalities and artists performing alongside Shekhinah, as the experience celebrates the power of connection and collaboration.

Across genres and cultures, Rosefest is about performance with purpose, and support with thoughtful intent. In upholding these values, Rosefest 2020 – Power to She! is proud to play its part in seeking actionable change in the music and creative industries, offering equal opportunity, fair pay and equitable access to development for women – while being mindful of and exploring the context they work and create in.

Backing up purpose with action, Rosefest has set up a partnership with Life Line PMB which will see ongoing support and investment into programs focused on the development of young girls and boys into healthier happier humans. Profits from ticket sales for Rosefest 2020 will be directed towards this objective.

“Rosefest culminates into an amazing music experience, however, the journey of Rosefest has been 8 weeks of creating open discussions with women through conversations like body image, anxiety, gender based violence, bias in the workplace and deeper discussions that highlight women whilst educating society”, says Shekhinah on the evolution of the experience. “It’s been a difficult journey, but I’m so proud that we are making it happen again this year, virtually, and I am in awe of how everyone has come together to make this happen. I’m really excited to work with live broadcasting, and make Rosefest a beautiful experience for everyone – from the artists to the audience.”

Tickets for this digital music experience are available for purchase on Computicket at R70 per device. Ticket link: https://tickets.computicket.com/event/rosefest_2020/7151864/7151871/112813

Stay tuned to @ROSEFEST.ZA social pages for the line-up reveal and more information about the music experience.  http://www.shekhinahd.com/rosefest/

#rosefest2020 #powertoshe #everymonthiswomensmonth

#IAmCreativeForAfrica: Dylan Cairns On Being A Leader

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I always get excited discovering good people that are doing great amazing things in the creative industry. This one particular person whom I’m going to chat to, he has done amazing things in his life and its fitting for us to include him on this campaign of I Am Creative For Africa. For those who don’t know what the campaign is all about, let me tell you about it. I am creative for Africa is not only about being discovered but it’s about helping people feel good about what they do creatively. Let’s chat with Dylan Cairns and find out who he is.

Who is Dylan Cairns?

Dylan Cairns is very passionate about entrepreneurship and assisting others with building their businesses/brands. Since the age of about 12, my mind was set in thinking and saying – “Anything is Possible, through God and Hard work”. I’m a family man whose purpose is to work hard and leave a legacy for my son and family while making sure I see other people succeed, grow and reach their potential.

When did you realize that you have a passion for modelling?

To be honest I don’t really have a huge passion for modeling, I’ve been blessed enough to get approached by people and brands/businesses to do shoots with a few of them on occasions, but it’s not a real focus of mine (if I can put it that way). Just really grateful for the opportunities that are presented to me.  

You have done a campaign with Puma before, take us through the journey?

It was really amazing to do a photo shoot with such a well-known brand.
I would say, the shoot came about quite quickly. It wasn’t something that was really planned or anything like that. I got a call from a photographer who needed help with the shoot. Funny enough my favorite brand at the time was Puma! So, it made it even sweeter to shoot the merchandise.

We have seen you running an organization called Youth Redemption. What drove you into getting into that realm?

Yes! Youth Redemption NPC was run (no longer running) by my good friend and I from the period 2014 – 2018. We basically started the organization to help inspire young people all over South Africa to start their own businesses and follow their passions/dreams. We were very driven to educate these young people the importance of giving back to their communities. We started an initiative called the Kick Game Grind a community project, where Youth Redemption collected and distributed more the 7 000 pairs of shoes to the less fortunate all-over South Africa. This was one of the organization’s biggest achievements which managed to get many young people involved, well-known celebrities and businesses. The organization will forever be a very uplifting thought in my mind, as it was through pure intentions of helping as many young people as possible and rightfully.

What do you think South Africa needs to change in terms of helping young people who need fundamental support like education, entrepreneurship?

I would say, obviously a lot needs to be done in this area, especially for our future generation and generations to come. Pin-Pointing the exact type of ‘fundamental support’ would be such a long list, but I feel that as South Africans we should just start supporting and encouraging our young people and all ages for that matter in whatever they are pursuing and/or working towards, for me, this can be the starting point. There’s definitely a lot of questions at the moment regarding the assistance and help we do receive but at this point supporting one another and creating opportunities for ourselves is what we can continue doing.

You are a born leader yourself. Tell us more about the future of South Africa if given the opportunity to run the country?

Good question, firstly I’d make sure that I’m fit/capable of doing the job and taking up such a huge responsibility. Regarding the future of South Africa. I would definitely drop certain salaries in (so-called) top positions in the Government especially, to start working on the poverty crisis we’ve been dealing within South Africa. I would also then make it my mission to get some sort of structure to build for people who do not have any place to stay/sleep nobody deserves to sleep on a pavement or road. Basic education for children would also be on my top priority list, through free online classes/course to very affordable Schools which are well looked after and well run. Those would be the first few steps I would take in order to make the future of South Africa a bit brighter.

 You recently got married and you have joined your wife into the digital world by content creating. We like your content by the way. Tell us more about the process of getting into that industry and the brands you have worked with?

Yes recently got married to the woman of my dreams. Regarding the content creating part, my wife solely runs that through her business. I’m literally just there to support and give her some advice where need be (based on my past experience of running a NPC). Other than that Darian runs this through her Social Media Agency Business. She has been in the industry for quite some time and in terms of fully focusing on it, I think 2020 was her year. She’s working with quite a few local and international brands in all forms (through Social Media Management, Content Creation) Brands such as My Natural Hair, Sugar bear International, Aunt Jackie’s, and many more. Please check out her website – www.reddee.co.za

What’s next for Dylan?

I’ve recently joined the Board of Directors of a Non-Profit Organization who are focused on changing lives through sport and education. Currently working on a new business venture that will be officially launched in 2021, which is focused on individuals’ mindsets and Business mentoring (very excited about this). I’m also looking into growing my business network both locally and internationally – which is going quite well so far. And lastly, hopefully, get another few photoshoots and sponsorships with some local brands in the near future.

Any advice to the youth who wants to join the digital world, modelling industry and running an NGO?

My advice is quite simple – Take some time to educate yourself about the industry/business venture you’re interested in going into, connect with, and learn from people within those industries or businesses and then, most importantly DREAM BIG NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. 

Shoko Festival Announces Innovative New Format for 2020 Edition

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Zimbabwe’s longest-running urban culture festival – Shoko Festival has announced that its 10th edition running from the 21st to 27th September 2020 will feature some of its most innovative and unique programming to date. This year’s edition, dubbed “The Phoenix Edition” will feature a completely digital implementation with live sets streamed from both Harare and Bulawayo for all 7 days.

Shoko 2020 will feature performances from popular urban acts including Poptain, Jah Master, Ray Vines, Natasha Muz, Anita Jaxson, Pro Beatz, and many more local acts. The festival will also release the name of its surprise international act soon.

This year’s edition of Shoko Festival will see a mixture of new and old formats as we optimise the experience for the streaming audience on Facebook and other online platforms. Digital attendees can expect amazing live performances, Peace In The Hood, Mash Ups Night, The Bang Bang Comedy Show, a Digital Poetry Slam, a Top Comedian Battle, #DigitalMediaWeek hosted by The Hub Unconference, a #ZimbabweanLivesMatter cypher and the Voice2Rep competition amongst many other scheduled presentations.

“As Shoko Festival we’re all about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and what can be performed. Because of Covid-19 we’ve had to pivot our programming and its challenged us to come up with a brand new virtual programme of cutting edge curated events, brand new musical collaborations, daring comedy game shows and an inspiring digital conference too!”

says Shoko Festival Director Comrade Fatso,

Shoko Festival will continue to provide a platform for upcoming artists in different urban culture genres, and also collaborate with more established acts from different genres via our Peace in The Hood event and Mash Ups Night. In true Shoko tradition, the festival will be presenting never-seen-before collaborations including man-of-the-moment Poptain featuring rapper BlacPerl & seasoned poet Madzitateguru.  Another explosive collaboration the festival has curated will see popular new singer Anita Jaxson joining forces with rising rappers Natasha Muz and Sibo.

“We are proud that even in these trying times Shoko Festival is able to be one of the few cultural platforms where upcoming and talented poets can perform alongside the biggest acts in the country, and, the same festival can also host some of the best comedians and rappers while also running a cutting edge week-long conference that covers the state of the internet and engages our political leaders on critical issues“

says Shoko Production Manager, Tongai Makawa AKA Outspoken

Shoko’s main sponsors this year are the Prince Claus Fund, Norwegian People’s Aid, Accountability Lab & the Heinrich Boll Foundation. More information about this year’s edition of Shoko Festival can be found on their website

Donel Releases New Single ‘wish you well’ via Empawa Africa

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One-to-watch talent DONEL returns with his first new music of 2020, with the uplifting, feel good single in the shape of ‘WISH YOU WELL’ released via global entrepreneur and talent MR EAZI’s EMPAWA AFRICA talent incubator programme.

The young creative, who was raised in Zimbabwe, has been enjoying a heady ascent into stardom as a pop star with the full package; Donel sings, writes,dances, performs and presents. Sonically his music fuses afro-beat with contemporary pop and R&B, delivered with an infectious energy with ‘WISH YOU WELL’ acting as another self-penned example. 

Speaking on the new single and his relationship with MR EAZI and EMPAWA AFRICA, Donel quotes;

“Working with Eazi is great – he was the first artist to reach out and show me support, and now he’s given me a great opportunity to showcase my music with his company. When we link up it’s always a great vibe, I feel like his little brother! He’s always giving me feedback on how to improve my music and as a mentor I always take his advice on board. I’m very grateful to have him in my corner.”

With an impressive cast list of credits that include working with top-tier producers across both London and Africa including Will.i.am, MNEK (Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, H.E.R), GuiltyBeatz (Mr Eazi, Beyoncé), Pip Kembo ,(Jason Derulo, Trey Songz), Alan Sampson (Jay Sean, Zayn, Idris Elba),Rymez (Wiley, Stefflon Don), Daecolm (Chris Brown,Mario), a strong profile on TikTok (14.2m) and partnerships with NIKE, ASOS, BEATS BY DRE;Donel is presenting himself as a frontrunner in his genre.

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Uyinene Mrwetyan’s legacy remembered by civil society organisations through anti-GBV campaign

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Lest we forget, gender-based violence (GBV) is a widespread problem in South Africa. This women’s month, various organisations have come together to take a stand against the violence through an advocacy campaign.

The campaign underpins the memory of Uyinene Mrwetyana, who was vocal about the various social ills such as patriarchal oppression in society.

She was a UCT student when her life was unexpectedly cut short in August 2019 by the sort of patriarchal oppression she was against.

Her passing caused an uproar which reverberated around the country and even internationally, alerting President Cyril Ramaphosa to the urgency with which the violence against women should be met from a parliamentary perspective.

That is why the government has partnered with Multichoice, People Opposing Woman Abuse (POWA), the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation and Bomb Commercials to speak out against GBV.

The campaign straddles the themes of social justice, compassion and honesty; some of the values of the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation which was founded in commemoration of its namesake.

It gives one hope that it is possible to rid our society of the violence by confronting GBV head-on and reflecting how proximate it is to us all.

The production house, Bomb Commercials was tasked with translating the message into thought-provoking visuals by creating “a piece that would not only get us talking, but also get us thinking,” says director Stephina Zwane, who wrote and directed the commercial.

The company got the picture and drove the message home by delicately placing the idea of an ideal domestic situation side-by-side the extremes of violence without making the commercial too graphic.

“In portraying a normal life, I wanted to juxtapose with a life of brokenness that is so often present in homes, but we don’t always speak about.”

The seriousness of GBV was personalised by setting the scene in a house – an environment we can all relate to.

“It shows us what happens behind closed doors of some households. It shows the aftermath of the violence against women in a setting we all know.”

Having written a poem after Uyinene’s tragic passing in 2019, Zwane was presented the opportunity to further detail her message through film.

“I had to challenge myself in how best to do this in the most impactful way. I knew I didn’t want to put the majority of the work in using women to raise awareness on their own struggle. I needed… men to also take responsibility and acknowledge their role in the fight against GBV.”

The commercial was shot during lockdown in Zwane’s first time on set during the pandemic and says; “it was a bit scary at first being around everyone and having to follow strict social distancing rules. But once all of us got the hang of it, it was smooth sailing.”

Zwane notes the aim of the commercial was not necessarily to stand out from the crowd of the other gender-based violence commercials but simply continuing to raise awareness through adding to the discussion.

“We are all different and we are moved to action by different pieces of art,” she says.

Zwane says she will know the campaign is a success when gender-based violence is completely eradicated in our communities and is encouraged by the increasing discussions being had by men on the issue.

“What is encouraging is that through social media, I have had some guys reach out after seeing the commercial, to add their support to the cause and share their thoughts about what it was like having to see an image that represents them as a perpetrator,” she says.

The campaign acknowledges the pertinence of the GBV discussion and recognises the vision of completely ridding our society of GBV requires a long-term systematic approach.

The commercial is nonetheless progress toward that shared vison.

This vision is shared by Multichoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela, who sees the campaign as an opportunity “to educate and mobilise citizens in order to eradicate acts of violence against women and children.”

The campaign is certainly worthy of Uyinene Mrwetyana’s memory according to the Foundation, which was founded for advocacy initiatives such as this one.

“We are driven to honour the name of Uyinene and keep her spirit alive by ensuring that no woman or child ever suffers the fate that she did,” says Foundation Managing Director, Masimbulele Buso.

POWA is also pleased with the campaign and the reach it can garner through collaborating with its partners.

We welcome the opportunity to reach millions of households across the country with a message that should be so obvious that we should not have to utter it: any form of violence is wrong – but violence against women and children must end immediately,” says Mary Makgaba, Chief Executive Officer of POWA.

Creative Convos a successful collaboration between Iconic Black and North North Social Club

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The idea that everyone can work together and produce something better than they could on their own with less work is called collaboration, literally that’s what is lacking in the city of Cape Town particularly in the creative industry. A lot of outsiders say the city is too cliquey. What they are saying might be true as I have faced career stigmatisation because I didn’t have certain skills, not following any ”cool brands” or have artistic friends. Anyways we are not here to talk about me, we are here to talk about people who covering this gap of career stigmatisation by working together, sharing ideas and encouraging artist empowerment in the creative industry.

Iconic Black a fashion brand in Cape Town has been on the fore front of producing premium streetwear clothes and they have a flagship project which gives young people who are involved in fashion, film, arts and music a platform to connect, create and collaborate. Recently they had a chance to work and collaborate with North North Social Club a young creative collective company based in Cape Town which works with different artists. The companies came together to produce a segment called Creative Convos.

Since Covid -19 happened,every event or workshop is now digital. Creative Convos was hosted Live on Instagram at 19:30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two weeks. The main focus of the segment was to create a spirit of sharing ideas, knowledge and discussing pending issues and challenges in the creative industry while providing possible solutions. The Live stream saw the likes of Vicky Sheelongo, Nicola Kruger, Shiraz Reddy, Soulful Clay, Anda and Abnormal coming through to share ideas, their career journey and providing insights on how young creative people can change the creative industry in Cape Town.

The segment was well received with people around South Africa and even AKA the biggest artist in the hip hop industry tuned in as well to hear one of the conversation. Speaking to Andrea Davids one of the members of North North Social Club about the segment she said,” we wanted creative people to converse with each other and talking is great. It opens up a lot of connection outlets that’s why we had to produce this segment with Iconic Black because the time for change is now and our voices and future in the creative industry matter”.

If you missed the Creative Convos, make sure to check them out by clicking this link. We can’t wait to see what other collaborations these brands are bringing to the creative industry. All the best to them!

Lungisa Landu: South Africa’s Top Model To Watch Out For

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The Modeling industry can be very competitive, daunting and there is a lot of hard work that goes into getting auditions even through scouted by an agency. As a model, you need to work on yourself from getting a toned body, perfect shape, and the way you carry yourself. In South Africa, we have so many agencies that are scouting a lot of models, and having them work with local and international brands among those people is Lungisa Landu a freelance model all the way from Gugulethu, Cape Town. The young model can be seen wearing a lot of brands from Imprint, Iconic Black, Byele Lifestyle, Nao Serati, Thobey Cooper, and more. Despite being a runway model, he’s also a walking billboard. His love for fashion is very top-notch. He loves to dress up and some of his fashion styles are inspired by the city of Paris in France.

Lungisa Landu’s first biggest break came through when he walked on a runway for Imprint at African Fashion International fashion week. From there, he graced the South African Menswear Week, Cape Town College Of Designs fashion show, becoming the face of Imprint and working with different fashion stylists that work for fashion and lifestyle magazines. Speaking about thriving in the modeling industry Lungisa says,” I’m willing to work hard with different people to get exposed to more opportunities that’s why I have made it so far, yes my face can sell magazines and be on billboards but we are in different times now. You have to be multi-talented, organized and take this career as a business ”

The young model isn’t stopping or retiring soon until he gets to the top as he dreams of living in Europe and the USA working top fashion brands. Go for it Lungisa, the sky is the limit. We wish you all the best and we are rooting for you. We can’t wait to see you rocking Rich Mnisi or Thebe Magugu or better yet Gucci, Versace, and Off-White.

Lungisa wearing Imprint

Dreaming Big With Siphelo ”Speech” Bayana

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I adore people who work hard to achieve their goals and dreams. A lot of people tend to forget their vision and they are usually waiting for that one big break but it’s not the case with Siphelo Bayana (SB) aka Speech The Dreamer. From a tender age he knew what he wanted to do and he’s been working so hard to achieve that. He’s currently our favorite presenter on Hectic On 3 (SABC 3) Okay without giving out too much information let’s get to chat with him to find out more about who he is and his achievements. Grab a glass of juice.

Who is Speech?

SB: Speech The Dreamer is a young futuristic thinker who is confident in his own skin, goal driven and strongly influenced by other dreamers like The Fergusons, Oprah Winfrey who have built their own media empires from scratch.

What made you passionate about broadcasting?

SB: Growing up in the dusty streets of Gugulethu gave me some hope to dream big. I was so fascinated about radio and television when I was little. I would imitate some of the personalities back then on TV and since then I fell in love.

When was your biggest break?

SB: After being unfairly dismissed at Bush Radio where I was a journalist/newsreader and after my incredible start at Cape Town TV, GreenBag Media, Fomo Tv and many other shows that I’ve done throughout my experience of 7 years. I would like to say Hectic On 3 has been my biggest break so far.

What challenges have faced along the way?

SB: I have been told that I’m not articulate and good enough for any form of broadcasting but it didn’t stop me to pursue my dream. A dreamer never gives up. It might be hard at first but pat yourself at the back and try again.

You have attended Influencers Talk by Iconic Black. What do you like most about the event?

SB: Influencers Talk is a great space for networking and collaborating. I’ve always wanted to know how I can utilize my social media and how I can money out of it. Iconic Black brought that opportunity for me by bringing us speakers who give us advice and solutions to some of the challenges being faced in the creative industry.

Any celebrity crush or anyone you would like to work with one day?

SB: I would love to work with Siyabonga Ngwekazi (Scoop Makathini) . He inspires me and I adore his work. I hope to be mentored by him someday.

Whats your go-to look on television?

SB: I always keep it original. I love African fashion pieces mixed with trendy street-wear.

What advice do you have for those who would like to follow into your steps?

SB: Speak things into existence and always dream big.

Images Credit: Okuhle Media

Follow Speech @speechthedreamer

Reminiscing: Fashion and Style by Fashion Force SA

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Don’t you all miss dressing up, looking nice and be beautiful just to go somewhere. It might be to a party, festival, dinner or whatever it is. This lock down got us missing dressing up but don’t worry, we are going down memory lane to see some of the best fashion and style looks courtesy of Fashion Force South Africa. Fashion Force South Africa is a growing media platform focused on African fashion. They keep up to date on global fashion trends that influence the world fashion scene. Established in 2015 to give acknowledgement to local fashion designers. Recently launched a newly fashion/lifestyle show which celebrates influential people across the Africa in Fashion,Lifestyle and Tourism on the African continent. The TV show is hosted by your darling Vuyo Joboda. Let’s take a look at some of the best looks in 2020 so far. P.S For more looks check them on Instagram (@fashionforcesa)

Reminiscing: Art Events By North North Social Club

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North North Social Club is a creative collective founded by three friends (Andrea Davids,Wynton Marsalis McAllister and Chuma -Sande Bentele) in 2018 and they are based in Cape Town. The collective is committed to investing positively in the creative industry by celebrating local culture and championing innovation through networking. Operating as a non-profit organization, in the sense that they fully fund the events and exhibitions that they host. They aspire to provide platforms where creatives feel free to connect and share skills and experiences. Thus, inviting and encouraging a culture of collaborations and the idea of working together to achieve greater heights. 

Their vision is to create a more culturally diverse and inclusive environment for aspiring creatives and like-minded individuals to interact and exhibit their work, but more importantly, to provide exposure to the industry by aiming to bridge the gap between the aspiring artist’s goals and their place in the creative industry and culture.” We want art to be enjoyed, celebrated and consumed by everyone who relates to it” says, Andrea Davids one of the co-founders.

Every event has some sense of achievement to it. North North Social Club have managed to penetrate different areas of the creative market in Cape Town. They’ve grown immensely in the production, management and quality of the events which they host. The collective’s biggest highlight to date has been the “OURs” event, which was hosted in collaboration with GUS (Gallery University Stellenbosch) and Fungus (Creative Department For the gallery) in 2019. The event was a two week long exhibition, where artists were exposed to multiple crowds, and celebrated for their uniqueness. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, North North held two collaborative efforts with FUNGUS, known as Speakeasy – where attendees were welcome to perform, and a pop-up event thrown, North North style. The creatives ranged from fashion designers,photographers, illustrators and so much more. ”We always want to keep a really social atmosphere going with wine and beer on sale and music for vibrancy” says Wynton Marsalis McAllister.

#IconicBlack Influencers Talk And Share Their Creative Indoor Experience

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Covid-19 Lockdown has affected a lot of people in South Africa. It has not only affected our day to day activities but also the way we conduct our businesses especially creative people. Iconic Black hosts Influencers Talk every once in a month but due to the lock down, the event has been postponed. Instead of whining and complaining the brand introduced a small series called the 21 Days Creative Series. The 21 Days Creative Series aims to bring solutions and challenge young creatives to start creating nomatter the situation. Iconic Black asked some of their favourite Influencers about the best part of the lock down and here’s what they have to say.

For more information about the Creative Series or The Influencers Talk event. Make sure you visit www.iconic–black.com or follow the brand on Instagram. #Jointhemovement

The Bizniz Hustle: “Itumeleng Sithole – Founder of Eniola Organics”

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Itumeleng Sithole (23, Nigel) founded Eniola Organics as a brand that focuses on Health and Self Care products that actually work and are affordable to the consumer.

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The business was started by Itumeleng alongside her two cousins simply because they all had a love and passion for business. They have been working since high school and are currently juggling work and business with the hope of one day running a full time successful empire. The founders are also mothers, wives, and still studying. Therefore the amount of stress does sometimes escalate a bit but it’s all worth it because they know what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there.

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The Name Eniola means “Wealthy Person” and that is how the founders see ourselves as a brand and as individuals. They design was kept simple and classy (black and white colors) so that their customers may feel Classy and Beautiful on a daily basis.

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Where do we see ourselves in 5 years? Owning a luxurious beauty spa and salon that focuses on a woman’s Health, Beauty and Mental wellness.

Woman truly carry a lot on their shoulders and we hope that our Spa and Salon ease a bit of the load. The sky is truly the limit and we know that Eniola Organics will one day make many women feel special.

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PUMA unveils a fusion of style and speed with the Scuderia Ferrari Speedcat

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The eye-catching red hue has been Scuderia Ferrari’s signature characteristic since the beginning of their legacy in 1929. While competitors amended their livery colour according to e.g. sponsors, the Italian race team has stuck to its brand colour. PUMA has worked with Scuderia Ferrari since 2004 as the official team supplier and is paying homage to the partnership with the team by re-releasing the signature Scuderia Ferrari Speedcat in Rosso Corsa.

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Pure race attitude without compromising a classic look translates the PUMA x Scuderia Ferrari Speedcat into the perfect footwear to drive in style. The shoe, which comes in Rosso Corsa and PUMA Black, has a low profile rubber outsole for a better grip on the pedals and a premium suede upper. Adding more Italian race flair to the shoe, the logo of the most successful Formula One team in the history of Motorsport is placed on the heel.

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Watch out for the legacy of style and speed. The PUMA x Scuderia Ferrari Speedcat is available online at PUMA.com as well as in PUMA stores, The Cross Trainer and selected retailers for R1999.

PUMA Mirage Mox – Inspired by the world of electronic music and DJs

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PUMA is adding the unisex Mirage Mox to its newest product franchise: Mirage, a growing selection of Futro styles and a mashup of retro sneakers with futuristic inspiration. Mirage Mox takes design cues from the ’90s running shoe and transforms them for today’s sneakerheads. 

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The Mirage has been in the PUMA family for close to half a century, first introduced as a lightweight track and field shoe and then reissued as a jogging shoe in the 1990s with a die-cut eva midsole.

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The Mirage Mox is inspired by the world of electronic music and DJs with trippy, bright accents of colour, eye-catching layers of materials, a unique TPU piece in the heel and futuristic elements. The iconic overlay on the forefoot is a direct link back to the Mirage OG and pays homage to the shoe’s history. 

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Retailing for R2 299, the Mirage Mox is available on PUMA.com and at PUMA Select stores and select retailers.

The Bizniz Hustle: “Precious Dube – Founder of Flexit Beauty”

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Precious Dube is a Hotel Reservations Agent with 9 year’s experience in
the Hotel industry, she is also a mother of 2 beautiful kids.

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Precious is also a new business owner of Flexit Beauty which is an online one-stop-shop for your beauty needs and was launched on the 1st
of September 2020, As you might know the Hotel industry is one of the
industries that were strongly affected by the Covid19 so by having to
deal with the stress of reduced working hours, cut salaries and being
laid off due to the pandemic I needed to come up with a plan ASAP, then
sat down and thought what can I do as another source of income, I then
came down with 2 Niches fitness & beauty, you may want to know why this
2 niches but I am a fitness enthusiast, marathon runner & I have love
for beauty and I also did a short makeup course with Chique beauty SA
in 2016.

I then started doing my research and realized that having my own fitness
apparel line needed more capital than starting a beauty supply store
that is how I then started with Flexit beauty with the aim to provide
quality affordable hair & beauty supplies.

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Flexit is slowly growing has reached an average of 10-15 orders a week, the long term goal is to be a wholesaler to other small businesses starting up that do not have enough capital to buy bulk from overseas.

Instagram- flexit_beauty_supply

Website – www.flexitstore.co.za 

Facebook – Flexit Beauty Supply

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The Bizniz Hustle: “Aestrolite Titus – Founder of MY BLOSSOMS”

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My name is Aestrolite Titus, 34, married to Bronwill Titus and a mother
to 1 gorgeous 12-year-old daughter. Born and raised in Belhar (On the
CAPE FLATS) like many would say. Raised by a single parent with the help
of my grandma. Currently from Silversands Kuilsriver in Cape Town, the
Owner and founder of MY BLOSSOMS natural hair products.


My blossoms is a local brand, homemade mixtures of oil, plants and
remedies for hair growth, moisture and treatments. My aim is to promote a healthy scalp and growing hair. These products haven’t been tested and without actual measurements, I made them the first time.

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I completed my diploma in Marketing management many years ago but I’ve been struggling to find a job in my career path. Being a wife and mother I had to get my act together and get some means of income, gain my independence and be a help to others. But that’s not where it all started.
Myself and my daughter has been natural for the past 5 years now and
that is exactly where it all started. A journey I don’t regret for a minute. I discovered myself differently. My girl had some really dry bushy hair and I couldn’t handle it. I’ve used so many products on the shelf and nothing gave me satisfaction.

I did some DIY’s all the time and finally discovered some home remedies
which worked well for our hair. Now this products I’ve been making ain’t just for natural hair, in my opinion it is for all hair types.

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We are often told when one door closes another opens up and I can vouch
for that. What is meant for you within God’s timing will happen for you, however one have to work for what you want. You cannot expect success and not do anything to reach your full potential. I guess this was part of God’s plan all along. Only registered MY Blossoms in July 2020 so this is
still a baby.

My aim is to strive and make a success of my business. To help each and
every person out there with hair growth and scalp problems. I want to
inspire others to never give up, “make it happen”. Be your own
motivator, take a leap of faith, dream and work hard towards your goals.

My biggest inspiration is my daughter, from the perspective of a loving
parent , seeing her grow into an open minded, loving and beautiful girl,
one who constantly reminds me that I am capable of doing anything. She’s
my reason for many things.

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My biggest motivation is my family, My husband is my number one fan, the
one who motivates me to be better and do better. My sisters are the
actual cheerleaders for MY Blossoms I appreciate them being part of this
venture. My first clients was my family and a few friends, they
supported my ideas from day one.

I am not yet where I want to be, however I am striving to be the best
version of me. I know this is just the beginning.

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Win R3460.00 worth of gifts in the #LocalBizSupport Christmas Giveaway

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Digispacehub is a local business based in South Africa, specializing in growing small businesses across Africa.

This year for their annual Christmas giveaway, the company has teamed up with four local female-owned businesses, @Flexit_beauty_supply, @myb_lossoms, @eniola_organics and @alluring_bouffants to present you with amazing gifts which include a cash voucher. 


People all over Africa will have a chance to win by simply visiting @digispacehubsa on Instagram and following the competition instructions. 


“We recognize the importance of supporting the local economy and we know the challenges of businesses in Africa. Therefore, spreading the support and helping each other grow plays a huge part in growing our local economy and creating jobs for ourselves and well as others.” CEO, Lauren Omopariola 


Terms and conditions do apply. 

PUMA releases first ever PUMA x Cloud9 kicks

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The latest from PUMA and Cloud9 was made for the casual gamer at home and for those who compete on the big stage, allowing gamers of all levels to be comfortable no matter what they’re playing.

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PUMA’s Future Rider (R1 699) gets a Cloud9 spin, with a casual street style accented with Cloud9’s vibrant blue throughout and a lightweight midsole for soft cushioning. Apparel includes the PUMA x Cloud9 Corrupted Legging (R899), Corrupted Windbreaker for women (R1 599) and men (R1 699), All Set Cargo Pant (R1 299) and a PUMA Tee (R599) as well as the Jigsaw, All Set and Disconnect Tees (R449). Accessories like the PUMA x Cloud9 Cap (R449), Multi Waist Bag (R549) ad Reversible Bucket Hat (R599) finish the look.

Although not available in South Africa, the collection also includes PUMA x Cloud9 RS-X and the AGF (Active Gaming Footwear).

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PUMA x Cloud9 will be available from 12 November 2020 on PUMA.com and ATK Online.

DESIGUAL SS20 El Love High Summer Range

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At Desigual, we’re all about summer, because summer is a lifestyle – a state of mind. One that’s filled with colour, light garments, afternoons at the beach, snacks that turn into lunches, the sea in your eyeline, days that go on forever and the moon creating endless waves.

Our SS20 beachwear capsule screams colour. Swimsuits, bikinis, dresses and kaftans featuring tropical and floral prints and hippie-style mandalas remind us to live in the moment, take our foot off the accelerator and prioritise comfort. Flowy dresses, beach bags, prints in matching colours and flowers on white. Plus, our swimsuits, kimonos and beach wraps are environmentally friendly as they’re made from ethical viscose.

With plenty of details like floral embroidery or Japanese inspiration and tie-dye effects, this collection can easily be combined with loose-knit crochet jumpers featuring bright flowers and touches of black to bring out the colour even more.

It’s summer – enjoy it!
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The Converse x GOLF WANG Chuck 70 collaboration

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Premium craftsmanship meets quirky design on a bold new Chuck 70 from GOLF WANG. Tyler, The Creator trades the classic canvas for washed denim and covers it from top to bottom in bold rainbow polka dots (yes, the outsole too). The design comes straight out of the GOLF WANG archives, reviving an iconic pattern that was featured in their first runway show back in 2016.

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On these new limited-edition Chucks, the funky archival print and unique denim construction brings GOLF WANG’s signature style to the elevated comfort and durability of the Chuck 70.

The Details:

  • Premium high-top sneaker
  • Designed in collaboration with Tyler, The Creator
  • Washed denim construction
  • Archival GOLF WANG polka dot print
  • Co-molded outsole for durability
  • OrthoLite insole for comfort
  • GOLF WANG branding on sock liner
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The Converse x GOLF WANG Chuck 70 will launch exclusively online at www.converse.co.za, Shelflife and Lemkus from Wednesday, 11 November 2020.