Monday, December 11, 2017

Balenciaga Banks

Balenciaga Banks Doing Great And Bigger Things

Balenciaga Banks was born in Rocklands Mitchell's Plain Cape Town, South Africa on June 24th 1991. Balenciaga predominantly works as a musician/producer.

He also has a certificate in Digital Music Production & Marketing. His also worked & done production for many of Cape Towns top artist such as, Miss Celaneous, Ayo Calley from Vuzu hustle, Colin Sheer, D-nice & has also opened for South African heavyweight A.K.A.

Bank$ describes his sound as "Pan National" for its universal appeal & message that's easily relate-able in this modern age. He is a performing and recording artist as well as a producer from RFK Entertainment. 'Lost My Mind" is his first recording single that he released. He is a team people, which a lot of people have notice and he wants to build on that. Potentially he hopes to have a lot of teams players and work around that, Cape Town in general. Music has been in his family for ages. His father was an artist and use to do music with Molly Baron from The Rockets group. His father use to tease him about the song "Ama Kokerot "  and since then his soccer coach use to call him cockroach.

His been in a Jazz band since the age of 7 and through out his high school life. After that he went to study marketing and from there studied music. He started a band in Portland High and they are doing a thing where they go around schools to do a march and initiated that back in 2007. Ever since that his been gradually following music. For him personally its an escape from everything that happens in time. He describes music to be his brother, sister and girlfriend at the same time. His mom has been his biggest supported since 2010. Since 2010 they've been building the brand and the music that they've been trying to portray to people and he thinks this it's about time to exploit his music. When he should have his first SAMA speech, he'll have his mom has his plus one.

Musically since his been growing up and because he likes r&b, his biggest influences has been R-Kelly being one of the most honest artist and Usher as well. He also grew up listening to people like Ja Rule, he showed Banks that hype music can be soft and highly commercial. For local artist that he grew up with would be DKZ who is one of the front runners to him because they were universal in their sound, no matter the language barrier that anyone had. DKZ's music makes you want to dance as well as Brenda Fassie. His grandmother use to play Anita Baker, so it was basically a lot of artist which he grasp inspiration from individually on the good traits that they had and he tries and put it into his music. 

His sound is for all ages. "You Are" which is yet to be released featuring his friend ACE whose also a hip hop artist from wynberg and works closely with RFK Entertainment and Balenciaga Banks. Balenciaga Banks currently lives & works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Contact Details: 
Facebook: @Biggie Balenciaga Banks
Instagram @balenciagabanks
Twiiter@balenciagabanks

Presenters and Producers: Michaela Muller, Khusi Veto and Tyler Layman

Written By: Michaela Muller

Friday, December 08, 2017

The mysterious Amy Brown breaks out of her shell

The mysterious Amy Brown breaks out of her shell

Amy Brown, from Strandfontein Cape Town describes her music as hip hop, soul, and jazz. She  been doing music seriously for less than a year but her entire life has revolved around music.

Fusion, modern and progressive is what she explains her sound to be. She is influence by a brilliant local guy called Jayson White musically and hip hop related. She likes Sting, Lauren Hill, which people she naturally affiliates her sound with, Erykah Badu, EJ Wil Lyric, someone she gives props to and Shameema from Codessa who encouraged her to be an emcee. Her mother says that her singing generically comes from her grandfather's side of the family. They have a large history of Christmas Choirs. Amy's singing started like every family would do, have her sing at her aunts event.

It took her a very long time tro grow into herself musically, but her parents listen to very good music and if it wasn't for that, she would be singing trap. Her uncle taught her a few cords on the guitar. She had one week of music lessons which she is still traumatized by. We live in an information age, where everything you want to know and learn can be done through the internet. Stealing with the eyes and watching musicians play helped her learned guitar too. " I think I'm learning now that there's a fine line between something that happens organically and actually wanting to push something as a career and I find that the balance between those two things are really important right now" says Amy.

Her song 'Fine Love' is something that started when as a journal entry that she wrote to herself. She draws inspiration from her everyday life, from being from the capeflats, from engaging with people from different cultures and just being a South African. She's been performing in her father's living room and giving him free concerts but has not performed on a big stage yet but would like the platform for it.

She has another track called 'The Anthem'. Amy is very motivated by wanting to make her father proud and want him to have enough money so that he does not have to work. Her dream is to fill the stadium one day. She is hoping to release more visual content for 2018 and she is in the process of marinating things, giving people something to listen to and also to be proud of herself. The two people in her team that hse works closely with is Jayson White and Her sister Ruby.

'Klein Fortuin' are one of the tracks that got play listed on radio, then she also has 'Jed Eye Night' and 'Lindely Linchris Heins'  the only songs she has playing, which she is gratefully thankful for.

Contact Details:
Facebook: Amy Brown
Instagram: miss_amy_brown

Presenters and Producers: Michaela Muller, Khusi Veto and Tyler Layman

Written by: Michaela Muller

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Mediator seniors' Club’s pre New Year eves dance

Mediator seniors' Club’s pre New Year eves dance
We had a quick talk yesterday about cherishing our grandmothers’, and funny enough, today we had an interview with Doreen Goliath from the Mediators Seniors’ Club from Portlands in Mitchells Plain.

Doreen mentioned that her grandchildren are treating her very well, and the two granddaughters are non-abusive, beautiful and loving children. My co-host Khusi asked Doreen to inform us a bit more about Media Senior. They were established in 1991, where about 50 members are involved in the club. Their special “meet up” day is normally on a Monday, where she has her hands full with taking care of their needs. She considers the club to be more like a family and intend on discussing health issues, problems with children and any matters under the sun worth mentioning. 

Doreen has one son, since two of her sons died. She also acknowledges the fact she has a small family, but considers the club members as her new, big family.
When Khusi asked about some of the problems elderly people face where grandchildren turn to abusing their grandparents, she replied with “substance abuse, my dear.” She further explains that these grandchildren likes to take from the grandparents and parents like stealing money and household appliances. Other elders that are not in the group, come to Doreen and the Mediators Club to speak about their problems. 

Doreen and her crew aren’t classified as “old people”. They do not knit or sow as she handsomely mentioned, but rather speak to one another, share with one another also love dancing. Doreen gives 3 dances per year, and this is one of the ways that they accumulate funds. They also go on lunches, picnics and other lovely activities. Doreen even asked Michaela, our co-host, to come and show them a thing or two.
Their pre-new year dance on the 30th of December is for the members to have fun. The venue will be at Portlands high school in Mitchells Plain. They are a club that does not get funding from anywhere, besides the events that they host. The members pay a sub-fee every month during the year, and have raffles right through the year. They are a self-sustaining club that intends on keeping this wonderful club going for many more years.

To contact Doreen in helping them raise funds or just lend a helping hand, you can phone her on 021 371 1993. Her cell number is 078 507 5234. And lastly, to get to the event, the road’s name you should take is Merrydale. Entry fee is R40 to attend, bring your own XYZ. Doreen wishes everyone has a prosperous festive season and bless everyone abundantly.

Presenters and Producers:
TYLER LAYMAN, MICHAELA MULLER & KHUSI VETO
Written by:

TYLER LAYMAN 

Tinashe Thepper is seeking to pursue his music

Tinashe Thepper is seeking to pursue his music

Tinashe grew up in Kenilworth/Wynberg but now resides in Bluedowns. His stye in music is trap soul and has beeen doing music for 5 years now.

He just drop a mixed last week called 'New Kind Alert', which consists of 12 songs in different genres. "I'm coming for the thrown" he says, and that his is reason for the name of his mix tape. What you can expect to find on there is hip hop, r&b and afro pop like Nigerian type of songs. His friend Master Mind cpt is the producer his working with on his music. His music is available for download on Audio Mack and available for streaming on Soundcloud.

Musically he looks up to Wizkid, Drake and Kwesta. His music relates to them and not forgetting Bryson Tiller and Dappy who is a British artist. At the moment Tinashe is studying Sound Engineering and is in his second year. His been getting good feedback from his mix tape and even have shows lined up where he will be performing at. He will be attending a show tonight in Durbanville called 'Valley of Light'.

He wants everyone in Cpt to support the local out there trying to do what they do.

Contact Details:

Facebook: Tinashe Thepper
Instagram: Tinashe Thepper
Twitter: Tinashe Thepper

Prsenters and Priducers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman

Written by: Michaela Muller

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Judge Supreme

Judge Supreme

J-Supreme gives all thanks to his creator for keeping him through is life and music journey. His single 'Rest In Peace' was produced by Redeemed Beats. The song has sentimental value to it. When he went to the studio, not with the intentions of making a song but visiting and they guy played him a beat, which was made for some else but they person could not run it. While he was making himself a sandwich, ideas popped in his head. It was the first song they did together.

His presently working with The Five Star Production, who he met recently through music and at they moment his recording there. Spit Graaf is one of his friends he grew up with in his area Rocklands Mitchell's Plain and is with Judge Supreme in the music business. They decided that they want to giving rapping a go and felt like they had a few rhymes up their sleeves. They want to send a message out their from their perspective which other artist won't be able to bring across.

At the moment Supreme does not know which way is the way forward for him but he would like to prosper in what he does. There's a lot of people who are opening up to him and feels that he can walk into every door now for the last 3 months. His sense is that his doing something right. His been running a lot of shows lately, one of them being One Love, shows for the kids in the community. Even though he was not part of the Monwabezi Festival, he stood in the line, where he got to perform for 30 minutes.

The name'Judge Supreme' was given by his friend Redeem Beats and the inspirations came from a festival that he attended. A guy came on stage and sang a few words and he thought to himself that, that is something he could be capable of. On Friday, himself and Spit Graaf will be attending a show in Paarl where they will be performing. On the 15th December 2017, he will also be at The Sunny Ocean Festival.

Judge Supreme is planning to take a break and let his music work for him

Conatct Details:
Whatsapp: 0799457622
Facebook: Shane Mano

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman.

Written By: Michaela Muller 

Monday, December 04, 2017

THE INSPIRING MUSIC JOURNEY OF CRAIG LUCAS



Craig Lucas is South Africans second season of The Voice SA in 2017 inspired by many people to break out of his comfort zones and risk pursing music as a career.

Up until a year ago he was just an ordinary person, studying and working until he entered The Voice SA. A friend of Craig's was in season one and if you are part of the competition you can suggest people to enter. H e got to skip the line process and he sang into a little camera which was recorded for him, having no stress of normal auditions. He went to the auditions with no intentions of getting far and he ended up winning. Craig is now a full time musician and gets to do what his been wanting to do for so long.

Locally, he stumbled into the music industry at the right moment, as everyone in South Africa is doing great. Jimmy Nevis has been such a great inspiration to Craig for a long time. Craig got to meet him in The Voice and they sang together. He also mentions that Shekhinah and Tim ODV is great. He performed in Town yesterday when the lights when on, which to his experience was the best. He goes every year, when the lights goes on and always said that he wants to perform on that stage. 

'Smother' was written when he finished the album in the space of two months. A lot of the songs on the album was written prior to the voice but  'Smother' was a new single. He spent 8 hours everyday, Monday to Friday. He explains he sound as alternative, soulful and pop. A family member of Craig owned a pub and that's where is use to go whenever he wanted to sing. He also sang at every family event. 

Contact Details:

rachelle@rcpublicity.com

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman.

Written by: Michaela Muller

Friday, December 01, 2017

Vision AfriKa

Vision AfriKa

Vision AfriKa was established 15 years ago in 2003 (then known as Vision K), with 152 learners currently enrolled in the Kayamandi branch (Vision K for Kayamandi) while 132 post-Grade12 youths (who have successfully completed the programme) are being monitored as they pursue Tertiary Education or other career paths.

Vision AfriKa is an organisation that supports youth and young kids  in their process of personal growth and development. By participating in this programme, they dedicated staff and youth embark on a shared exploration journey of critical thinking, visionary dreaming, goal-setting, leadership development, academic improvement and active community citizenship. They are currently based in Kayamandi and Vlottenburg, which is part of the Greater Stellenbosch area.

Their focus is now on the cretch from the age 3-5 years. They've also started a primary school, starting from grade R up to grade 3. Vision AfriKa is all about giving children opportunities and hope to be able to break the bad bond of poverty and also to give them quick education. The youth are faced with the obvious socio-economic challenges associated with living in previously disadvantaged and currently undeserved communities. These include (but are not limited to) income poverty, inadequate and unhealthy housing, a deficient schooling system, high incidences of crime and many forms of abuse and the main challenge which is money.

Contact Details:

Email-address: gerrit@visionafrika.com
Telephone number: +27(0)21 889 8774      /    +27(0)82 927 8512


Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman



By: Michaela Muller




SUPPORTING RAPE SURVIVORS

SUPPORTING RAPE SURVIVORS

Jeanne Bodenstein is the advocacy coordinator of the Rape Survivors Jutice Campaign. Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust has been supporting rape survivors for the past 40 years through their counselling and support services, but theyhave identified that change is needed in how the criminal justice system deals with rape cases.

The campaign has a very specific ask, which is that the government forefil its promise to enroll their Sexual Offense course across the country. They've launched a campaign in 2016 on Womens Day and since, they have really gathered support. They have made input on the legislature relating to the designation of the court and during 16 days this year they have decided to go back to Khayelitsha to demonstrate for the demand that the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court to  be upgraded to a sexual offence court.

In the specialize course, they deal with sexual offence cases. It can be in a court room, in a court building, but they have a very important specialist personnel, specialist, prosecutes but no law relating to sexual offences and can build strong cases against perpetrators, rape and other sexual offences. In the organisation they have about 40 volunteers which works and deals in various departments.

They deal with how to overcome physical and emotional injury, to practical advice about laying charges and the criminal justice system. To help one can look at their website where you will have options to join their volunteer community  by attending a training  course but also by donating.The Justice Campaign that they'll be hosting will be happening on the 5th December in front of the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court.
T
hey have a vision of a South Africa in which women are safe in their communities and where the criminal justice system supports and empowers rape survivors and acts as a deterrent to rapists.Their mission is to promote safety in communities, to reduce the trauma experienced by rape survivors, to empower women, to promote gender equality, to strengthen the criminal justice system and to work actively to address flaws in legislation.

Contact Details:

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.za


Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman


By: Michaela Muller

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

JAZZART EMBODIES MOVEMENT

JAZZART EMBODIES MOVEMENT 

Safiso Kweyama is the Artist director of Jazzart Dance Theatre at the Artscape in Cape Town. Jazzart's creative process is an emodiment of a movement langauge based on improvisation and provides inventive platform for world class performances that reflect the changing socio-political environment of South Africa and the world.

Safiso is originally from Durban. He left Jazzart to freelance and returned as an artistic director of the place since 2015. The company is 44-years-old, it all started back in 1973 by a lady called Sonje Mayo, and has had five different directors after that. The company's main purpose is to train young artist, to become dancers, professional choreographers and teachers in various art skills. They currently have a training program with 13 students mainly from the Western Cape, but some of them come from the Eastern Cape and others come all the way from Wellington and George. They all meet at the Artscape where it based.

The main genre they work with is contemporary dance, which Safiso calls african dnace, but they teach their youth different styles. Twice a week they'll have ballet classes, hip hop class are provided, african dance, pansula, jazz dance and also traditional african dance. The duration of the  training program is 3 years, Monday-Friday from 9h00-17h00. They have a couple of sponsors the, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, The Lotto, HCI and The National Arts Council.

The next auditions will take place next year September/October and then January 2019 they will start training. The current trainees will be graduating next year July. The auditions happens over a period of 3 days in which the individual must attend everyday. The student must have matric. They look at various things like your punctuality, when they say take a break, do you really take a break or go over the movements in which you're struggling with.and the different discipline that they've taught you. If you are able to do contemporary dance can you do ballet or hip hop. If you are weak at a certain genre, it is ok, they will work on the other genre with you and help you to improve so that you are able to get jobs in everything. In the end they have a show where the dances get to perform and showcase what they've learnt.

His goal is to see his current trainees to end the program well skilled, having the body well oiled and ready for the outside world, so that can economically sustain themselves. For 2018 he would like to shift the focus from theme which was remembrance. Remembrance of the history people that surpassed Jazzart and remembering the women. The focus will be on recycling and reusing, it is part of saving. He is looking at reusing old costumes and not buying new ones.

From next year they will have open classes which will take place on Saturdays and also evening classes for adults. Classes on Saturdays will range from the ages of 7-15. 'If you think you can walk then you can dance" says Safiso. It all starts with a heart beat.

Contact Details

Tel: 0214109848
Website: www.jazzart.co.za

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto, Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman


By: Michaela Muller