Media Hot Mama-Suliwe Sihlwayi

I caught up with the ever stylish and bold Suliwe Sihlwayi, a well-known face in and around the Bay. Suliwe is the presenter and producer of her show “Gals Night In” on Bay TV, Channel 260, and for a change she was the one on the receiving end of questions. Suliwe is a free spirit and wants this freedom to be felt by everyone in the room

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SS: Besides being a TV show host, what else keeps you busy?

SULI: I’m a full time student at NMMU studying towards a BA MCC degree this keeps me very busy! When I have the drive, time and energy for it I DJ and on weekends I host a radio show with my two talented, dramatic, informative and funny co-hosts Charlie and Lusi at Madibaz Radio. I read, books have become my friends. I sometimes neglect them, but I always go back. Music also keeps me company, finding it, listening to it, and playing it at the station or clubs is great.

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SS: We notice that you are building a brand around your name, what tools and platforms are you using to do this?

SULI: Hmmm i don’t know if I’m building a brand more than I’m making a career out of something I love i.e. TV, entertainment etc. Just like an accounting student would do when he/she is working towards that final board exam. I’m just tryna make a living from something I love. The concept of building a brand terrifies me because I connect that with having to be a certain way or stifling my sometimes spontaneous self for this purpose of building thus monumental brand. I don’t want that and also I don’t have a team working with me or for me, I just have these platforms in which I operate from so I just try to make sure I do my best and let that speak for itself.

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SS: What does feminism mean to you?

SULI: We live in a patriarchal and sexist society. It isn’t neutral how things are setup and women are most affected, men too, but women are in serious chains man! The genius thing that this setup was able to do is make the chains that we wear (men and women) a part of our wardrobe and we then wear them willingly. So feminism for me is a movement that wants to first show you those chains and then help you remove the chains and then once you see the difference, the load that’s off you, help others remove their chains too. That’s in my own words ….but my shero bell hooks defines feminism as a “movement to end sexism, sexual exploitation and oppression.” So you see it’s not gender specific because we are all affected by patriarchy. It’d not a fight for women against men.

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SS: What plagues women in media the most?

SULI: Having to fit a certain stereotype of what a women is and should be. This plagues all women, in public and in private spaces, but I think because media perpetuates and enforces a certain view in a massive and instantaneous way, that society inevitably buys into, for women to contribute in this field they have to conform to that view/ideal.

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SS: How can you help this situation?

SULI: By breaking down the doors and to keep pushing back you know. Freedom was never given to anyone, you fight for this thing and you just hope others see your fight so that they can join and help make things easier for everyone else.

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Suliwe just has a presence about her, you can’t miss her! Great things are coming your way DJ Sulz 🙂

Molo Molo Simply Sybz

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana alluded to this on her recent visit to Port Elizabeth, but not in so many words.

The School of ICT hosted the affluent Information Systems guru at it’s first Women in IT celebratory breakfast this past week. The vibrant speaker holds many titles such as dj, business analyst, business owner,sound engineer, mentor just to name a few. She suggested to be called “Simply Sybz” as if all those roles are effortlessly juggled. The irony!

As she was sharing her life story, it made me even more open to the world and goaded new thoughts of infinite possibility. What amazed me is how she juggles so many things, yet still remains humble and centered.

Her attention to detail and quality of excellence is what sets her apart from most speakers who happen to say cliche airy fairy things. The overly used “dream big” expression came to life and became so real and tangible as I heard her speak. She demonstrated  how a young girl like her, from the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, could be well traveled and basically have conquered the world.

I won’t lie, her techno-geek jargon, coding and programming gripes are the few things that flew over my head. Everyone in the room seemed to understand though what the usual IT struggles are. The lesson in it all though was to keep developing oneself and continue having a hunger to learn. Knowing that your best, might not be the best and in order to have a competitive advantage, one must be willing to work for it. Once you hit the number one small spot, opportunities find you rather than the other way around.

It seems I still have a loads of work to do. Truthfully, the work never stops.

“You cannot measure 1,3m and want to be a supermodel.”  was one of her favorite pull quotes.(To draw the parallel between what she kept saying and Albert Einstein.) You would be defeating yourself. The talk ended with a wonderful single of hers due out for release featuring PE’s Ifani and her cousin, Nathi. The  bouncy African infused track is called Molo Molo (Hello, hello in isiXhosa).

I’m glad she was so willing and enthused to visit the Bay. Simply Sybz is that exception of you can do it all, and live life on your own terms and doing everything you love. All is possible only if you continue to go back to the middle, and get centered. She spoke to every demographic and left us all motivated and energized.

The onus is now on me to dig up my vision board out and stick to what she said, “Your biggest success is in your heart”. Good gracious, I might have to dig up my heart too.. JOKES.

There is nothing orthodox about the way she does things, this might just be the recipe to her success.

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DJ with a difference- Rudzi Sadiki

I caught up with Rudzi Sadiki, a well traveled, tall, dark  bloke who can speak nine languages, as described by himself. I’m pretty sure he left out the word “handsome” to not pose as a triple threat to guys out there, but went on to say they write fairytales about him. I don’t know who “they” are and if you want to know, perhaps you should follow him on Twitter. We chatted about his music addiction and  journey through life as a newbie in the industry and touched on elections, for control .

 

SS: What is your greatest achievement to date?

Rudzi: My greatest achievement was being the resident DJ on SABC 1’s hit music show Jika Majika in 2011

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SS: What are your views on women entering the DJ/Music industry world?

Rudzi: There is a increasing number of very talented ladies entering the music industry. Its only a matter of time before they can shine and show that the industry is very open to female producers, deejays and vocalists. The likes of Dj Zinhle, Dj Sue, Miss Pru, Ms Cosmo and Lady Lea have done it and are key examples.   

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SS: If you weren’t dj-ing, how would you be spending your time?

Rudzi: I would be working as a designer or scoring movies and short films for local production companies

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SS: What motivates you?

Rudzi: I hate losing so everything I do I try not to disappoint myself or anyone that supports me.

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SS:  Our fifth national and provincial elections came and went, any comments about “born free-dom”,  South Africans, democracy?

Rudzi: Politics are personal and emotional for most people so the most important thing was for people to exercise their right by voting and contributing towards the future of South Africa. You can’t complain if you didn’t vote

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Thank you Mr DJ for playing along! (My Brenda Fassie rendition LOL)

Anyway, Rudzi is based in Durban and can sometimes be spotted in Johannesburg. For more artistic expression and picking of his right-side of the brain, check out his Tumblr .