Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reggae music, Breakdance and Morning Cruise with Jo Baka

Jasmine Mazwi, Jo Bakka & Khusi Veto
Lyndon Cloete known to most as Jo Baka, is a reggae artist and SA Breakdance Pioneer.
He lives in a place called Delft in Cape Town, and is still giving back to his community.

Starting off the interview with a track called Streetwise -  Jo Baka feat Manifest, he explains how his been doing music for 2 years now and the inspiration for reggae came from his dancing days because music was always there. The stories his telling through his music is all the social ills, experiences and thought. he believes that Reggae  music is one of the genres that does not get that much exposure as other genres.

Together with Mzansi Reggae Artist Association are trying to bring reggae to the masses, to put it out as mainstream music. He believes reggae should be more highlighted and uplifted especially in Cape Town South Africa, because of our history.

Lyndon Cloete known in the dancing scene as @bboylyndon has been break dancing for nearly 28 years. He started break dancing since the age of 12 back in he early 90's. He toured most of the world, representing South Africa and big and minor competitions home and abroad. The dance journey has been a nice experience but his still going forward not competing as much but  still pursuing his role.

As Jo Baka's background is music, Hip Hop is peace, love, unity and having fun and with these foundations it shaped and molded him to be the person he is today. Hip Hop being a positive force, i changed alot of people's lives. Hip Hop opened opportunities for him around the world and with travelling comes a various amount of different experiences. He has met different people, experienced their lifestyles and culture and he believes it shaped him.

He traveled to mostly Europe and Germany, and met up with some B boys and brought all the experience back to South Africa.

He explains about the hardships he went through while growing up, and how things have changed since then. He believes back then parents allowed children the freedom to be kids. And through these times he found Hip Hop and Black Consciousness.

YOUTUBE- bboy rasta
INSTAGRAM- @bboylyndon
SOUNDCLOUD: @bboylyndon

Morning Cruise meets Gatesville Senior Club

The Gatesville Senior club was created for the need for recreation for the seniors, and it was needed due to all the crime and conflict in their area the seniors need a safe space. The club was founded by Ruwayda Veerasamy, has been up and running for 2 years. the club is not for soup kitchens or knitting its for recreation for the seniors socializing,doing exercises and making sure their  needs are catered for. This is a mixed club, different religions different  cultures and everyone is welcome.

Surrey Estate, Gatesville, Rylands, Green Haven Park, Bridgetown, Belgravia, Silvertown are the different areas involved in Gatesville Seniors Club. Its based in Gatesville but it caters for everyone. The seniors give wisdom to the newer generations on how to live and grow with your family. Because family is  of utmost importance they basically teach you how to interact with your family.

One of the lessons they mentioned was they must fulfill their education to build their community but the bad thing is drugs. Drugs destroys decent homes, therefore they can educate themselves with the opportunities they were never given and build a strong bond with their families and their communities.

These seniors keep fit and healthy by doing different activities and maintaining a healthy balance diet. With the issue concerning abuse against senior citizens the Gatesville Senior Club addresses these issues  with the Minister of Social Services and Dan Plato, and they visit seniors affected by abuse and speak to them on how to deal with these issues. As they mentioned they have encountered 2 senior citizens abused by their children, Gatesville Seniors Club asked these  2 seniors to join their club and they had assistance from the Social Development. After they joined their lives changed automatically, their children got rehabilitated and they seniors do not have to worry they have their safe space.

This is the month of Communication,  and they are teaching their seniors how to use communication as a tool.  If you communicate you open more doors of understanding. They have many diffferent communication assistance health line, SASSA, Home Affairs, Arts and Culture and many more, because each month is different.

How to contact Gatesville Senior Club

Fowzia Veerasamy on 061 774 6547

Thursday, May 17, 2018

MATT CPT meets Morning Cruise

MAtt CPT aka Matther Sylvester

Starting off the interview with the young talented male rappers songs titled "illuminate",grew up in a place called Retreat, currently aged 21.

Matthew calls himself an "average old Joe" who was surrounded by poverty and gangster ism from a young age and basically all those elements play a huge role in his lyrics that he puts in his music. His musical background started when his dad was a DJ in all the old clubs in Cape Town and his fathr played a big role in choosing music as a passion for life.

Matt feels his not where he supposed to be with his music but his music gets played by a lot of his fans, especially the new EP he dropped titled "Identification" where his painting a picture of his life where his identifying himself as an artist in this industry. Since he released Illuminate the music video got 7k views and is still blowing up.

He grew into the the artist he sees himself as he gets to work with some amazing people, always setting up some great meetings wit h great people in the industry. He realized he had to put his own foot in the music industry door to get recognized.

Speaking about the Hip Hop scene in Cape Town, he mentions The Breakfast Rush and how Yuzriq Meyer is doing good by  uplifting Cape Townians in the AM which is making a big imapct as eve ryone is trying to get there fair share and Youngsta Cpt gave a platform for some artists in Cape Town, he was initially the voice to say "Hey Cape Town has talent." he adds in Cape Town we are getting there, with so much talent all we need to do is stand together and bring the industry here.

Mathhew is studying sound engineering at the moment because when he steps into the studio he wouild like to have an idea of what his producer and sound engineer is doing with his  music. He feels the sound engineering will benefit him in so much ways, to get something behind his name.

one of the people he would like to collab with is J.Cole , Matthew explains his a lyrical Genius.

FB    -   Matthew Sylvester
IG     -   @m.a.t.t_cpt

Getting Musically educated with Astryd Brown

Astryd Brown is a singer, songwriter and recording artist from Eldorado Park, Soweto.

Kicking off the interview with one of her songs titled Four feat Yung Swiss she explains the song is really a club anthem, to turn up to and have fun too. The song is just basically saying why should you have one when you can have four,  all about having fun and breaking all boundaries.

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Astryd Brown

Astryd was introduced to music at a really young age, just being at home with family listening to music which inspired her to sing from then. In High School she took her music more serious, where she learnt a lot from her friend who was a vocalist. They initially started making music together, started singing in malls and basically busking anywhere.

She has big musical influences namely from her childhood Aaliyah, Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child and for the new school influences it would be Tinashe, Beyonce and so many more but mainly RnB has inspired her to pursue music.

her music career blossomed after Yung Swiss's EP was released in the end of 2016. she was featured on 2 songs of his EP. One song titled "Addicted" was really really big she explains this is how she entered into the Hip Hop scene.And the Hip Hop scene recognized her for being on Yung Swiss's EP. She then dropped a song with Rouge the Rapper and people started noticing who this female is with this voice. Since "Four" was dropped, a bigger market has noticed Astryd.

Astryd biggest challenge as a song writer,  is having writers/artist block, where nothing comes to mind. and second to the biggest challenge is being un-inspired to do music. Astryd explans the main source of income for artists are gigs and performances,since her main focus is just making music, 100% music.

IG&Twitter       @Astryd_brown
Facebook           Astryd Brown Music
                          Playground Productions

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Talking Dance with Shameelah Kinnear

Shameelah Kinnear known as Shammy Sham Rock to the dance industry.

Sham describes what she does as “so Loose” overall its creative. It started with dance but it branched out too many things, opened up an opportunity in different avenues for Sham, with these different opportunities she gets to be involved with different people.

Shameelah worked in the tourism industry, describes the experience as amazing as she gets to meet new people every day. She worked in the Entertainment Industry, she’s a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. She choreographed a few dance pieces and worked in the Movie Industry.
Street style dancing is the first dance style Shameelah was introduced to, as she was training with a lot of b-boys when she started dancing. She was hugely influenced by the B-Boy B-girl funk styles from locking, popping, house, whacking, and trained with panstula dancers in Johannesburg.

Shameelah was fortunate to have trained with quite a number of influential dancers and in the street dance scene as well. She had a various number of coaches from the U.K, United States as well as South Africa. Shameelah says she’s very fortunate to have trained with people who know what they doing, where she gained the knowledge and information that she received from them to pass down.

Shameelah claims she was not naturally blessed with dancing capabilities, therefor she trained herself and disciplined herself to be able to do the things that she’s doing today. Journalism, and Philosophy Were Sham’s first choices after Grade 12, she wanted to be a writer for the Argus, which was her initial plan. In the same year after school, she auditioned for a dance production with no dance experience, the production was called the Temple of Hip Hop 2008, she has not stopped dancing since. She trained, auditioned and met the people she knows today and that are heavy hitters in the dance industry. As they have been a while in the dance scene, she was a new-B. She did things along the way, she interned at a magazine, in the same year she got her first movie role as a dancer.

Each time she tried drifting away from dancing, she ended up being pulled back because of dance career opportunities or training opportunities and it never stopped since 2007. Dancing is something she sees herself do every single day, her goals as a dancer is to sustain it until her 50s. ITs a big challenge as a dancer to sustain your dancing until you in your 50’s. Shameelah doesn’t see the future where she is not dancing, whether she’s teaching or whether she’s involved with community development through dance, she believes she’ll be dancing until her end days.
One of Sham’s mentor is 53 years old and he still dances, still judges and still competing also one of her biggest inspirations.

“Anyone can dance, but to touch people in a way where they want to dance, to make people feel lekker because you feel lekker, those are the things that inspire me to keep dancing.”

Dancing could be very challenging at times, but the inspiration is never ending especially in Cape Town, she adds there are very good, and talented dancers. Inspiration is everywhere in cape Town therefore she definitely thinks she won’t be running out of inspiration anytime soon.
Shameelah says her biggest challenge as a dancer is the sustaining of the dancers, cause before it was not this consistent for the dance scene but she thinks it is just a case of networking, getting out there and making people know your name, know your face. She adds as much as dancing is about the talent there is a business side as well to a dancer. Her challenge was trying to balance both the talent: going to gym, training and making sure her skill is as sharp as it should be, but also getting out there: going to castings and auditions. She adds the challenge should be to organize that and making sure she’s up to standard in every sense which is going out there meeting people and presenting herself as a dancer.

Over the past few years Shameelah has been focusing on The Business side of not just a dancer but as a dance professional to carry it over to the corporate side of dance. She agrees that it’s not an easy career path but it is definitely worth it, and states if you find something that is worth it, it comes naturally to you.

Shameelah has been to many different places namely 2012, she won the Sprite Uncontrollable Competition, she stayed in Manhattan New York, in 2014 she went to Las Vegas for a 10-day training trip all they did was dance-eat-sleep and last year she went to Germany with the Hip Hop Education South Africa team. She adds that Germany was probably her best trip travelling abroad, because it was about helping a community it was so much closer to her. And she is looking forward to travel once again with her dancing and wishes everyone to invest in travelling.

Shameelah is involved in
  • ·         Hip Hop Education South Africa
  • ·         Arts and Culture makes the world go round I partner with the Best College in Salt river, she teaches the kids dancing during the physical education portion of Life Orientation every Monday and Friday as part of their school work. She believes that everything that was relevant when she was growing up is not as relevant for the new generation therefore dance is a great tool to connect with the kids.one of their projects is the Scarf Run, collecting second hand scarfs and other items.
  • ·         Blanket Run on her own, distributing blankets to the homeless but as well as giving blankets to shelters.
  • ·         Teaching workshops in June at Paradiso close to the CPUT in Cape Town for a winter program.
  • She involved in so much things, and still wants to do more.

Her positive message is “Don’t listen to anyone who’s going to be negative, because there is going to be people that maybe wanted to dance before you but they could not because their reality was different. So Don’t listen to any “nay-sayers “and don’t listen to anyone that tells you can’t because we are proof that you can, and we are the template as fellow dancers. There is no reason why you shouldn’t!”

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter              - ShammyShamRock
Pages                                                          - ShammyShamRock Dance Artist
        -Goodhope Dance Company
Website                                                       - www.shammyshamrock.co.za

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lea Heart local Artist from Bellville


Lea Heart is from the Mother City, like she says “United States of Bellville”… Lea always knew she was supposed to be a singer, from a young age had vocal training, did a few road shows and a courageous music teacher putting her on the stage encouraging her to show people her talent   as she adds to that she was quite a show off from the get go! Only a few years back she started doing original tracks all thanks’ to her producer and partner Jodi Ova aka JAXEE.

Lea is an independent artist that is not closed off to being signed, she believes she’s happy where she is and having control over what music she puts out into the world; what she decides to record and what she decides to be on. She’s open to being signed if the opportunity arises and she gets a good feeling about it.

When asked if she’s getting paid for her music she answered of cause but everything belongs to Jaxee Entertainment, keeping it in the family right now.

Her music has definitely advanced since she was young, she says you need to grow, her music and vocally has definitely grown. She says you need to learn as you go along You need to find your niche, your voice, and most importantly tone of voice you’d like to put out there because people will recognise you because of your voice.

Her new single Look at me, was described as beautiful. As she explains she just came into studio and the song was given to her. Jaxee, Jodi Ova her producer, explains the song was written for a popular artist and due to communication skills it did not happen. And because Lea did the Demo song, the song was fire. Lea Heart made this song her own.

Lea has a job, an amount of hours during the day that puts  food on the table, she says when she’s ready she will pursue her music career full time. Lea does not believe you need a back-up plan, because she will never have that doubt in her mind that she is not going to succeed. You have to believe that you will succeed therefore the step s you take will move you forward towards that point, because in this business you will have disappointments and no’s and you can turn those no’s in to yes’s and once you get to that point a whole new world is going to open up for you.

Lea Heart would love to collaborate with Neyo, because his amazing, he does hard work and he does close off himself to a certain genre.
Jasmine Mazwi, Lea Heart and Mkhuseli Khusi Veto 

For now Lea heart is just pushing singles creating awareness for her brand, will be performing at Rocking the Daisies.

Lea Hearts message to aspiring artists is don’t give up, sometimes you have to have a tunnel vision when it comes to where you want to be because all the distractions will derail you

How to get hold of Lea Heart


A  very big thank you to the beautiful Lea Heart @leaheartprivate and her talented producer @jaxeemusic for joining us on #morningcruise on #bushradio, debuting her new single titled "Look at me".

Presenters & Producers
Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto & Jasmine Mazwi


Thursday, February 01, 2018

Technology Takes Over Marketing

Description:Founder of Boo-Yah, Carmen Marie, is called in to tell us more about the ways in which she aims to bring technology into the corporate world. Boo-Yah! is an African inspired Educational and Advisory Marketing Services Company that focuses on providing training and getting people ready for the Technological Age with a wide range of courses on Marketing, Technology and Innovation.

She describes how people start changing once they start to use technology and these courses are aimed at equipping people with the skill set needed to adapt. She adds that she was blown away by the immense amount of knowledge and skills that are available, as well as the benefits of being technologically aware. We also discussed the significance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the age of technology and how most people make use of it without even realising it. She explains that through the use of applications such as Facebook and Google. The concept behind this is that the application itself tracks how it is used, prioritizes frequently used sites and utilizes this information to provide the "best user experience". She expresses excitement as she explains that while most see AI as a threat, she expects it to "take us to a whole new level", adding that while people see it as "one of the top 12 threats" she would argue it would be "an anti-dote to 11 of those threats".

Boo-Yah!, has partnered with The Connected Marketer TM, a digital marketing advisory services company from the UK to offer masterclasses in SA. These places including Cape Town, Durban, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, adding that they are planning a seminar.
"Modern marketing is evolving beyond the point where technology can be ignored and it is proving to be a skill every person requires to be effective and secure a future in business. The course is less about teaching how technology works and more about teaching how it is used."
She adds that in order to learn how to use technology to its full capacity, people need to be given the opportunity and tools to experiment and learn how it works. With the consistent upgrading and evolution of the digital marketing and media industry, combined with consumers that are becoming more and more technologically advanced, it is clear that we "need to give people the techniques and not techno-phobia".

For more details you can contact her through LinkedIn on Carmen Marie or email her at Carmen@boo-yah.co.za.

Written by: Tauhierah Salie


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Afrika Tikkun on Morning Cruise

We spoke to Shirley Tshwale, Marketing Co-ordinator from Afrika Tikkun, an organisation who has the primary objective is to provide holistic development in disadvantaged communities. They help youth from the “Cradle to Career” from the ages of 2-35. Their aim is to empower young people by granting them the opportunity to receive profitable education, good health care and support for their families.

Having been established in 1994 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Philanthropist/Businessman Dr Bertie Lubner. They have 5 centres namely based in Johannesberg, namely: Alexandre, Diepsloot, Orange Farm and Brown Park and one in Mfuleni in Cape Town. Shirley tells us about the many programmes on offer that ensure an all rounded person as the outcome. Among these are Early Childhood Development (ages 2-6), Child and Youth Development (ages 7-18), and Career Development for those older, which assists children in developing themselves in to active citizens.

Additionally, they have programmes such as Family Support Services, Primary Health Care, The Empowerment Programme, and Nutrition and Food Security Programme. She describes the biggest problem being unemployment among the biggest problems faced by youth and the country. But highlights that the organisation doesn’t “tell children what to do but help them find what they WANT to do”.

She add how grateful she is by reflecting in the inspirational stories of the kids in their recently published magazine: MY Afrika Magazine. She also expressed excitement about a new programme that involves Former World Champion of Boxing Thulani “Suga Boy” Malinga to launch a programme that integrates boxing and sport into development.

Their website is www.AfrikaTikkun.org.  or Contact them on 087 150 2066 
Presenter/Producers: Mkhuseli Khusi Veto and Tauhierah Salie

Written by Tauhierah Salie

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


Aqeefah Matroos and Sethu Ngqva join us on behalf of AV Africa, an NPO that connect the youth to opportunities through volunteering which equips them with the necessary skills to become successful. AVA has played an active role in advocating for the large scale use of volunteering as a means to address our growing unemployment in youth.

The organisation was started by Lisa Gerson in 2012 and is Based in Wynberg and runs a program called (Year Beyond) that recruits youth to do volunteer  work in both high school and primary schools to help children with Maths and English. It also assists learners with Homework Support in various other subjects that volunteers are knowledgeable in such as business studies, physical fitness, science, accounting etc.

Aqeefah highlights that the programme is not aimed at restricting the children but rather to make them comfortable enough to find and be themselves. She joyfully recalls the loving interaction she and her colleagues experience with the children and says it is an indescribable feeling when seeing the children succeed. Sethu Ngqiva, who started off the programme as a volunteer in 2016, describes how much it helped her grow and develop a passion for the children she reaches.

Over 90% of the youth who have passed through their programmes have managed to secure further opportunities for work or full time study and are firmly on the path towards sustainable careers.

To get involved you should be between 18-25 years of age, possess a Matric Certificate and have  50% for Mathematics and 50%  Language. The organisation aims to unlock the potential of youth and equip volunteers with the confidence, skills, experience and networks they need to actively engage in building a better South Africa.

To get into contact with them simply go to their website on:
www.avafrica.org.za or 
www.actionvolunteersafrica.org.za       ; go to the Year Beyond Programme to  download an application and apply

Produced by: Khusi Veto and Tauhierah Salie
Written by: Tauhierah Salie