Thursday, November 23, 2017

AJ LIX SHOWS PERSEVERANCE IN PERUSING HIS MUSIC CAREER

AJ LIX SHOWS PERSEVERANCE IN PERUSING HIS MUSIC CAREER

Ashton January also known by his rap name AJ LIX hails from Belhar Cape Town. AJ is an acronym for his name Ashton January and LIX stands for Life In Extreme.

His been doing rapping for a while now. Ashton comes from her musical family. Some sing and the others play instruments. His true inspiration comes from all of his friends. He use to pump to all of the tracks, he knew every word and from there his friends encouraged him to peruse it. His lifestyle that he lives, reflects in his music.

His been pushing his new single 'Power' which will be the leading track off his EP 'Green Carpet: No Ryalty'. AJ LIX is a versatile artist and his album will have something for everybody he says.

Contact details:
Social Media
IG: @ajlix
Twitter: @AJ LIX
Facebook: ISRC code: ZA-21T-17-00001 SAMRO, memeber ship number: 2278008

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

Ethnique

Ethnique

Ethnique always wanted to be a singer since a young age. Her singing is inherited by her mom.
She recorded her first album 'Echoes Ezaeth' which is available o iTunes, Google play and spotify. She use to singopera in her house all the time and she started taking music seriously 3 years ago. She describes her music as neo soul, r&b and hip hop.

Ethinique (Nicole Leonards) likes Jay Something from Micasa and Beatenberg, not forgetting about David van Vuuren. These are the three acts that should would love to open for with her whole life. Internationally it would be Erykah Badu, her dying wish.

A police officer, veterinarian fire fighter would have been her choices if she were not to sing. She use to play a little bit of the guitar but has not seeked much interest in it. She stuck to what she knew best which was music: writing music and her vocal abilities. One of her hidden talents is Art(painting) and she'd like to think that she could dance but says her manager would disagree.

Beneath The Surface was produced by Despicable B, Bevan Martin. She works really well with him. Her solo career is slowly taking off, knowing that only great things will happen from here onward.

Bookings
ethniqueezaeth@gmail.com

Social Media
Instagram: @ethnique_za
Facebook: Ethnique_za

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Leska Beukes Sets An Example To The Youth

Leska Beukes Sets An Example To The Youth

Leska Beukes (age 18) ,is the founded and director of Know Your Worth Project. She describes herself as a loud and energetic person, she's also a people's person and adores children.

She began her journey since the age of 14 and volunteered at several communities/projects namely: Restoring Hope, PPC church, Hephzibah community church, City of Council, soup kitchens, old age homes, holiday programmes and volunteered most of her time to her community (Grassy Park).

Casts in Stoans is an events company runned by Morne Herman. He asked It's The Beukes Sisters to market the event The Arts Of Strings. It is one stage for tow days with plenty of talent. The show features various musicians (guitarist). It allows solo guitarist to get recognition, after all they do play in a band where most people do not focus just on them.

The show will take place on the 29th and 30th November 2017 at the Jamrock Theatre, Brackenfell. Doors will be opening at 7pm and showtime starts at 8pm. Admission is R150 per ticket and bookings for tickets are allocated on the night.
The year 2018 will be her year to enlarge her territories.


For tickets bookings or enquiries contact: 0790453 2370

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

Monday, October 30, 2017

Stevie Skotti

Stevie Skotti

Steven Cottle Aka Stevie Skotti started singing since grade four. Steven listened to a lot of hip hop, The East Coast West Coast rivalry, Black Noise BOC.  He use to b-boy to all those music back in the day, that is where music has always been a part of his life.

He started writing his own rap music, but he never sang before. Skotti use to rap 'wanna be' as he puts it, where everyone wanted to know who is better than who. He also has a 10 month old baby.
Steven describes himself as a commercial artist. His fondest musical memory was performing at Muizenberg High's Fashion Show and he peformed with his group back in the day, the Three Kings, their first track 'She's Like Me'.  He moved a lot, but is orginally from Fish Hoek and stays in Sunny Dale currently.

He says that everywhere he goes he sees drugs and gangs, and he doesn't dodge bullets. He uses music to get through things, people will stop him in the road and ask him to play a song on the way .
There's a 9-5 on the side which he calls his Plan B. "You can't make it on your own unless you have people backing you" says Steven, there's no zenith point for him. Being at Bush Radio, is him making it. It's another level from jamming in your room to jamming live on air.

His been getting good feedback, but getting love from the people who loves him his the most important thing to him. People has also been hitting him up musically out of no where.

Contact Details:

Facebook: Stevie Skotti
Instagram: Stevie Skottie

Prsenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co-Hosts: Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman

Steenberg Screams Talent

Steenberg Screams Talent

Angelo Jansen also known as Slang za, hails from Steenberg.  He classifies the music his as an hip hop  and strongly believe that he is an artist, has  he has done edm tracks and rapped gqom beats. Jansen loves hip hop and says that it is the lifestyle.

Slang also use to be a dancer. His single 'No Hooks' was produced Master mind, who is their producer with the help Saeed Staffels known as The Prodigy za. The Prodigy and Slang are signed under Mastermind Music Cpt as well as Doedvernoordskap. They have movements that they are pushing, the beat of 'No Hooks' is by Marlon from 021 beats.

The Prodigy believes that music is platform where everybody can communicate on and is the one common ground that everyone around the world has. Their families are in support of them following this particular career, but never been to any of their shows. Angelo says that you only get that full support once you have made it, that's when everyone comes closer and wants to know you.
T
hey admit to Steenberg being a gang infested place, but on the hand their are great people their too. Slang thinks that the surrounding areas namely; Steenberg, Lavender Hill and Retreat got a full production there because of the amount of talent they have. He says that those three places can have one concert and they will have all the kinds of talent available.

Contact Details:

Facebook: The Prodigy za
                 Slang za
Instagram: The Prodigy za
                 Slang za

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co-Hosts: Michaela Muller and Tyler Layman

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ULOYIKO brings theatre goers & audiences the dark side of humanity driven by power in Zimbabwe

ULOYIKO brings theatre goers & audiences the dark side of humanity driven by power in Zimbabwe

Prosper Dlodlo and Yanga Mhluzi are members are Uloyiko theatre. They recently got into theatre as a way of communicating the social injustices that are commited against people, one could call it protest theatre. They are also using theatre as a way of advocating for the rights of people.
Uloyiko is a play that brings to theatre goers and audiences the evil, the dark side of humanity driven by lust and quest for absolute power in Zimbabwe, personified by none other than Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the current president of Zimbabwe.

Uloyiko is their third production. Uloyiko speaks about the killing of people during the Genocide and was never spoken about, there were no justice for the people of Matebeleland, and are put at more than 20 000 by the Catholic Commission for Justice Report: Breaking the Silence, Building True Peace released in 1997. The play was launched on the 25th of June 2016 at Hillbrow Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa and since then has been well received by people in Matebeleland and South Africans and many people in Africa and around the world. The story came about the research that they've done about Zimbabwe and physically going to Zimbabwe and interviewing people and felt that it is necessary for South Africans to speak about it as it intertwines with SA.

Their mission is to expose the Gukurahundi Genocide committed by Robert Mugabe and his cronies in Zimbabwe against the innocent, defenseless and God fearing people in Matebeleland as a campaign for Truth, Justice and Reparations for the Genocide. Their vision and main goal is to create an awareness of Gukurahundi Genocide and support the people of Matebeleland to attain Truth, Justice and Reparations for the Genocide as well as attain the freedom from all forms pf oppression in Zimbabwe.

The target audience are people of Matebeleland, South Africans and Africans and international audiences-. Their objective is to perform Uloyiko Theatre Play to various audiences for the the awareness of Gukurahuni Genocide.

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co-Hosts: Michaela Muller, Tyler Layman and Denise Pattersen

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Jazz Yard Academy

On October 20,2017 Judith called in on behalf of the Jazz Yard Academy to discuss what the academy represents for young people. She explained that the Jazz Yard Academy is a place where young people go that are trying to stay on the right track and not fall victims to crime and gang violence.

According to the Jazz Yard Academy site, "The academy’s offers free lessons to children from Bonteheuwel and neighbouring areas. Under the guidance of experienced musicians, these youngsters find a new meaning to life. It is encouraging to see the way music brings a smile to their faces, … how excited they are about every new lesson!"

In the interview,Judith emphasized the fact that children don't need any prior music knowledge to be apart of the organization.Judith says that learners don't need to be discouraged by not being able to read music or  that they don't have prior music experience because the instructors are there to teach them what they need to know. She also noted that the program doesn't require the learners to pay anything. They are not responsible for their music, instruments,or performance attire.

Contact Joey Fourie for more information 
084 880 7012

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Award winning Die reuk van appels in Cape Town premier at Fugard Studio Theatre

Award winning Die reuk van appels in Cape Town premier at Fugard Studio Theatre

Rudi Sadler teamed up with Johan Van Der Merwe to create Theatrerocket Productrions. Since reading the novel Die reuk van appels, Johan dreamt about producing it for stage.
Die reuk van appels is a 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr.

It will be presented by Theatrerocket Productions and adapted to the stage by Johann Smith, which started 07 October until 11 November, performed in Afrkaans with English subtitles. It stars Gideon Lombard and is directed by Lara Bye. It all started with Rudi and his partner Johan, who are both from Pretoria, going to theatre a lot. They both serve on some of the theatre judging panels, that is how they met about a year and a half ago. They both have a love and passion for theatre and have the urge to start creating theatre. When they got together they both had the same dream of creating theatre instead of watching it.

They started talking and drew up a list of the top productions that they would like to see on stage and that is how the company was created. There are challenges in creating something for stage for people to watch and satisfy them, there is hard work that goes into it. "Starting from scratch without any financial backing is hard but very rewarding in the end", says Rudi.
Awards are great for recognition but for them it's about the impact it has on people. The production premiered at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees this year, with Gideon Lombard winning the Best Actor Award at the 2017, Kanna Awards for his role as Marnus. At the recent Aardklop Festival, Lombard was also nominated for the Best Actor Award and Lara Bye was nominated for Best Director.

The whole play is translated to English at the theatre and will be put on screen for the non Afrikaner people to enjoy as well. The feedback from all press and media as been astonishing and received great reviews from highly regarded critics such as, Diane De Beer and Robin Sassen. Die reuk van appels is the coming of age of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force general. It captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970's and early 1980's and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarization of South African Life.

Sadler and van der Merwe are honored to have two of the country's most respected theatre makers, director Lara Bye and actor Gideon Lombard, to bring the story to life on stage.
It takes a team of creative people to take something as powerful as the novel and bring it to life on stage.

Tickets for the preview on Tuesday cost R130; Wednesday R155 and Thursday to Saturday tickets cost R165. Bookings may be made through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Booking can also be made at the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554. There is a generous 15% discount for friends of the Fugard members. Harrignton Street car park is located at the croner of Caledon and Harrighton streets and is available for the use of theatre patrons.

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co-Hosts: Michaela Muller, Tyler Layman and Denise Paterson

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ill Ritchie, fundraising consultant, spoke on behalf of the Think Good.

Jill Richie

Jill Ritchie, fundraising consultant, spoke on behalf of the Think Good.

Inyathelo is an non profitable organisation, that exists to serve the sector, to support, train and guide.They have an amazing space in Woodstock. Anybody involved in the sector can come and use the space. They've got a wonderful library, they can organise advice, they can use the hot desks and use the facilities at very good prices to serve other non profitable organisations.

Inyathelo is nearly hosting the Think Good, which Jill is a member of. Think Good is a group of 45 consultants and Jill happen to be a fundraising consultant. They consult only to the non profit sector, on non profit accounting, non profit legal matters and anything else that non profits might require. #ThinkGood is a gift to the sector for Mandela Day even though we are in October. They have a free conference with four different tracks running at anytime and people from the non profit sector can come along at no charge.

#ThinkGood has had presentations on different ways on creating documents for the potential donors, presentations on collaborations and working together and Jill done a presentation on innovative and creative thinking in the non profit sector. Their sector has 165 000 registered NGO's, then you can had the universities, schools, the face pace enter-ties. There's a huge competition for donated money in our country and they are just helping everybody to cope.

Personally Jill feels that it is too easy to set an organisation up and there are too many. The real issue is that there's so many things that government should do but don't, either because they don't care or there are not enough people paying taxes into the fiskal. NGO's serves the needs, because they do what government doesn't do.This is the sector that picks up and serves those in need.

Some organisations depends on donations, but more non profit organisations should generate some sort of income.

Jill spoke about Noah the neighborhood old age home in Woodstock. They set up a shop, a trestle table on the pavement in 2009, where they were making R13 000 a month just from people donating second hand good and selling them. Now they are making R30 000 in a little shop they just bought on a corner in the same road and their goal is by 20-22 they want to sell and make enough goods. They also have some projects involving the elderly making candles and soap. They also want to have 50% of the money they need self generated.

She says that organisations need to do a little less begging and more innovative thinking to generate profits. There will always be a place for those in need and that is why there are charities exists.

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co Hosts: Michaela Muller, Tyler Layman and Denise Paterson

The Hustle continues with Byronne Essack, THE STORY OF HOPE

The Hustle continues with Byronne Essack, THE STORY OF HOPE

Byronne Essack is originally from Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg about 3 years ago. Coming to the foundation Thembalitsha, he attended School Of Hope matriculated there.
Going to Johannesberg, he gained experience and came back to the foundation, which he his working along side with and helped out with the orginisational work. " We are in a generation/society where we are all about giving back and our youth are empowered" say Byronne.

School Of Hope has been in existence for 18 years. They've been giving a second chance to the youth in training health care and being there for society. He states that being in JHB  it's been hectic to get a job, he calls he story the Story of Hope. Being in JHB he was unable to complete his studies because of the lack of funding. He took a close look at how people have been getting into jobs and from that he has looked at a new initiative that we as people are able to start.

When you go into a company, know that they are looking for game changers, not just people coming in with a CV. He explains that he played  with the big sharks, drowned and got back up to shore. We're in a very high unemployment rate and it is something we can work on by starting an initiative. Essack says that we need to look at ourselves intellectually and understand emotionally where you're at before going for an interview. You need to know that you're need to put your feelings aside, be mentally, intellectually and emotionally prepared and be ready for the corporate world.
The percentage of young unemployed people has risen from 2013-2017 by 51.93% in South Africa. He has been in situations where he has been told by people in his life that he is chasing titles and therefore he cannot get a job. When you get to understand who is in your life, one needs to establish oneself by saying, this is where I'm going and if your surroundings are not supporting that, you need to draw the line.

See what you can bring forward to a company, instead of just going for an interview. The reason Byronne his working closely with the School Of Hope and the Thembalitsha Foundation, is because they've given him ground to establish himself as an entrepreneur and not to leave it at matric and search for a job. At his awards evening he received two books, which was a photography and a videography/ graphic design book.

When he couldn't finish his studies, he sat for a month at home just reading through the texts books that he had received from school, and it was a business studies book that was included in that. Not long after that his first interview was a  success. The way that had happen was, he made an appointment, not waiting for dates that were available for the interviews. He happen to go a week before and left his CV at reception and said that the guy needs to meet him for a reason. The guy immediately contacted him, weirded out by the fact that Byronne expecting an appointment, but brought him to see what he has to proposed.

Byronne advised,  to do a background check on the company you want to work for. You're are not going for the job but offering the company what they do not have, even if it's not in the job description. He researched the company and looked for a mistake, and he found that their response time to their reviews was longer, between 5 hours and a week. If you can respond to your fans within a minute, you will broaden the fan-base and other companies would want to work with them. If he noticed the mistake, how many others have not. He laid down the proposal and he got the job.

Contact Details
www.hope.org.za
soh@thembalitsha.org.za
021 447 0034

Presenters and Producers: Khusi Veto
Co Hosts: Michaela Muller, Tyler Layman and Denise Paterson