She Don’t Stop : Music Review

The song, “She”, is about the undeniable strength of a woman. Depending on where you are spiritually or mentally, this song will either make you weep before it strengthens you or it will push you to continue.

Taken from her first album, Sing to the Moon, “She” was shot in South Africa and melodically picturises the perseverance and persistence of our women.

The line “She’s tired – but she don’t stop” encourages me every time to continue to press towards the goal. It gives one hope that you can indeed move mountains and do your heart’s work.

Laura Mvula is a London based soulful vocalist known for her inventive, atmospheric mix of R&B, jazz, classical, and pop. She’ll be back in the country this December for the first Afropunk in South Africa.

She don’t stop.

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The night I “met” Laura Mvula

This past weekend was the 18th installment of Africa’s greatest music gathering!  I had the privilege of attending my very first Cape Town International Jazz Festival with my friends – an experience I will never forget or miss again.

The melanin magic and main reason I attended, Laura Mvula, appeared on the stage, showing off her strong gams and bedazzled hands. She opened the show by saying: “Hello Cape Town, I’m home!” – automatically enthusing the crowd.

I was wondering how she’d bring across her cosmic sound and orchestral reverb to a live audience but being the professional, prepared, international act that she is – I quickly forgot those thoughts!

She was all kinds of amazing. She sang ALL of my favourite tunes and introduced me to a lot more. I was so moved. I lost my voice and all kinds of composure whilst singing along!

I love how one of her followers on Instagram says: “You didn’t close the show – you shut it down!” And that she did with her powerful anthem inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Phenomenal Woman.”

Thank you Laura for coming to South Africa, next time we will be coming to you!

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All about that BASS! – Meghan Trainor

Besides the banging blues beats that I absolutely love, it’s not often one sees a proverbial “fuller figured” caucasian singing about being meatier and bootylicious. I can’t speak for them (because I have a lot more melanin and meat), but the Western ideal of body image plays an gargantuan role in how ALL women view themselves.

I love how she doesn’t try to be a anything but original and fun! I hope the focus is on the rhythmic elements, the humour, satire and truth behind this song (as repetitive as it is).
With me things always deeper, but I’d hate to bore you. For those who don’t know her, she’s a newbie on the block. Meghan Trainor is her name and she also has a new single out called Dear Future Husband.
Enjoy!

 

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 🙂

Imagine if you didn’t have to try..

 

Imagine being unapologetically YOU.

Imagine expressing yourself the way you choose to

Imagine a life where the noise of society falls away like a drop in the ocean

Cavalierly walking the streets, barefeet

Imagine.

 

Imagine not having to prove yourself to be better than..

faster than…

prettier than..

smarter than…

A life without comparison, just imagine

 

Imagine being taught this song as a child, have it melodically impressed in your mind

Imagine the freedom and power bolting through your veins every single day

Stress free, worry free, make up free… HAPPY

One can only imagine

 

Imagine being influenced by what or who is in you..

Not having to try anything to make others like or accept you

Imagine being your own leader, creating your own norms

No jurisdiction, no laws, no chains, no saws

 

Stop imagining.

Be.

15 things you should do at least once in your life

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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The Chokin Kind (of love)-Joss Stone

I was recently described as anti-relationships. I’m not offended at all. I am anti premature anything really. I went on a Twitter rampage supporting my psychological reasons of why I believe as young women we should be alone in our 20s. My main reason being that most guys around the same age group are not ready for commitment and that you will hate the beauty that is love because of a transitory “desire” therefore misconception.
Shortly after I listened to this hidden gem of Joss Stone, I knew I was on the right lane. It was also after a string of tweets of heartbreak on my timeline that I suppose, supported my sweeping statements.
Age and experience are not only viable for job vacancies ladies but are criteria we should consider before we stir up love too.
Some advice for maturity, first decide who you want to be before wanting to belong to someone else. I’d hate for you to find out later that your purpose was not realized because you felt too alone at a juvenile stage of your life.
Leverage your youthful years. You will have many years later to share with somebody else. Make friends. At least have some hope.

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 .