A brief chat with creative entrepreneurs, Nandi Dlepu, on how her world has been shaped and her how she plans to continue to shape the future as part of her LEVI'S campaign.View post
For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Lerato Mbangeni and Liziwe Kwanini. View post
For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Lerato Bereng about sustaining relationships across the creative community. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LERATO-4.jpg"] My first introduction to gallery director Lerato Bereng’s curatorial practice was through the Stevenson Gallery’s SEX exhibition - a 2016 group show featuring contemporary South African artists like FAKA, Lady Skollie and Zanele Muholi and attempting to look at sex as a site of pleasure and violence. The exhibition analysed collective discourse around sex over a 10 year timeline in South Africa and aimed at initiating a dialgue with the broader public by using art as a catalyst. The show sprawled over two floors in the gallery’s previous Braamfontein location, and included a series of public talks as a way of making the issues raised in the show more accessible and tangible. The show has continued to spark ...
For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Natalie Paneng about black girl magic in digital art. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NATALIE-4.jpg"] At the very core of her practice, Natalie Paneng is invested in world-building. A result of that is a body of work spanning stills and moving images that intentionally create utopias in which Natalie’s fictional characters - extensions and exaggerations of herself - can fully live their lives. “The world exists, so the girl exists and what she wears exists,” Natalie mentions as an easy way of understanding her three-step creative practice. Having studied Costume and Set Design at the University of Witwatersrand, Natalie is acutely aware of theatre’s possibilities and limitations. These limitations are what informed her progression towards creating work for digital spaces. This work started off as a way to visually validate and affirm her experiences, ...
Everyone seems to have a YouTube channel these days. However, finding the sweet spot of success and quality content can be a challenge for many. YouTuber Buhle Lupindo rose to the challenge, making it look effortless as she has seemed to have mastered the art of creating consistent quality content and success, with about 9.5 thousand subscribers after only three months of starting her channel. The strategic brand communication student hopes to incorporate what she’s studying into her channel, as she runs for the top spot as one of the most prominent YouTubers in Africa and create a brand that can build her career, consulting and collaborating with big brands. “I started my channel to see if I am capable of starting something on my own and be consistent with it. One of my lecturers spoke of entrepreneurship and how we should start something and see, whatever the outcome ...
It’s Sibu’s world and we’re just living it. Young digital entrepreneur, Sibu Mpanza, well-known for his topical, funny and authentic YouTube videos and just announced field presenter for popular South African lifestyle and entertainment show, Real Goboza (RGB on SABC 1) - continues to win the hearts of South Africa and the shores beyond. View post
Everyone loves a good meme, as they have become an almost essential and enriching element in our cultural conversations today. The viral Twitter account, Yung Nollywood is no different as the anonymous social media account draws inspiration from an array of vintage nollywood (Nigeria's movie industry) production references, whilst preserving its aesthetics within a bitingly witty meme template. View post
Music is a form of the freedom of expression in its purest form and DJ K Dollahz embodies that. View post
Shaylene Morris is a 26-year old entrepreneur and graduate from the University of Johannesburg whose BI PAREL label draws inspiration from Japanese street culture. View post
After this last year, no one can deny that Shekhinah and Nasty C are amongst the best that South African music has to offer and are well on the way to legendary status. View post
Zimbabwean house vocalist and songwriter, Jackie Queens is unapologetically disrupting the status quo of women's role in the music industry. View post
Authentically South African music duo Darkie Fiction came to be in 2017 by rapper, Katt Daddy and songstress, Yoza Mnyanda. We spoke to the two about all things music as they hit another milestone as part of RedBull's Beyond The Sound series with their episode airing on Channel O (DSTV 320), February 14 at 21:00. View post
SAMA (South African Music Awards) nominated Zoe Modiga, took some time out of her day to give us a heads up on what we can look forward to on her episode of Beyond the Sound, co-produced by Channel O and Red Bull Music, premiering Thursday 7 Feb at 9pm (CAT) on Channel O (DSTv 320). View post
We've made it through the 1st month of 2019 and we should be well into our routines by now. We caught up with busy millennial mothers, Buhle Mabanga and Keabetswe on how they managed to get their children back to school ready and how they make motherhood work in their lives. Buhle Mabanga, children's fashion designer and entrepreneur says her getting back to school routine is always an exciting task for her and her three children, Lukhona, Lilitha and Lolo. Photo: Provided "We usually start introducing some sort of order (slowly killing the holiday vibe) as soon as we come home from a holiday. We always aim to come home a week before schools open to give us time to prepare. This is also the best time to finalize things such as buying and labelling of uniforms, covering books and brainstorming lunch ideas. We start by bringing back the idea of going to ...
The return of John Luther is imminent, so we had to get the tea from Uncle (he has a grown daughter, people) Idris!View post
The genre less with an African flavour musician and producer Muzi, has become a musical force to be reckoned with. View post