Thursday, November 27, 2014

TauYaMasepeng on Tembisan Newspaper

It is with great pleasure to announce that you can now read my blogs on the Tembisan Newspaper .

Read the fist blog titled 10 Things no one tells you about Tembisa which was published on the 24th of November.

Thank you all for visiting and reading TYM blog.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Destiny Man and Destiny – December 2014




If you are a regular reader, I am pretty sure you have noticed that Destiny Man and Destiny November 2013 were not reviewed on TYM Blog. I must apologise, Content Plan for TYM was not adhered to as always because of other commitments. In future, the report might be late not miss in action.

December 2014 covers for both magazines are inspirational and in sync with the usual December spirit. Zonke Dikana covers Destiny and Proverb, Destiny Man. These two artists have one thing common – entrepreneurship. Zonke owns most of her music through Leely Music while Proverb also does the same. Expect to be inspired and remember to take notes.

Destiny also covers few bloggers, be on the lookout for that plus the infamous topic around women’s perceptions of skin colours.

Kojo Baffoe has left Destiny Man, and Mzolisi will be acting until further notice. Please do buy the magazines and send me a mail or tweet me re your favourite stories and anything in between.

Oh before I forget, True Love Man edited by Kabomo was on the shelves. If you have bought one, you are more than welcome to review the magazines in few words for TYM Blog. I promise to publish the review with your name on it. Do not be shy, contact me ASAP.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Who owns musicians in South Africa?

Previously (still is the case with some artists), artists concentrated on being famous while the recording companies took care of the business side of the music in the process brutally exploiting them. That was the norm. Few took matters into their own hands after their contracts with those companies expired. In South Africa, artists in the past lived the glamorous life we see on music videos but never bothered on reading the finer details of contracts. Unfortunately, most of them died poor while the office man lived comfortably.

What is the use of releasing music when you only do get the fraction of the profits? I am in no way saying upcoming artists should not sign deals with the big giants, but they seriously should start thinking of creative ways of owning their own music rather than just focusing on being famous and relevant. A lot has changed since then, with few artists capitalising creatively and building partnerships that are worthwhile and beneficial. Let's see who is winning:

Zonke Dikana. She recently told Destiny magazine about the joint venture between Leely Music and Sony. The DVD which she recorded last year was the first project they collaborated on. Big up sister!

Lira documented her frustration with 999 Music in her book and how she took charge of her own career in the process empowering others. To learn more get the book at your nearest bookstore.

Not so long ago Judith Sephuma also announced a venture with a big music recording company. Follow her on twitter to learn more about her music enterprise, Lalomba and related stories.

Cassper Nyovevest. When he said to a journalist that he was actually independent I thought he was joking. This guy did indeed own 2014. Tsholofelo did well (continues to do so) and his PR game is/was on point.

Zakes Bantwini. It’s not clear whether his albums are released via his company or licensed to Sony (as I send him an email). But what we know is that his company did give us Lvovo before he moved to Tira’s label.

Talking about Tira, he’s also one of the best music businessmen in SA.

Sfiso N’cwane. Good business acumen and most probably the most booked gospel artist.

He does not own all his albums according to what he told Destiny Man. But Proverb’s company does own his last album. What is also interesting is that he also co-owns a company that produces IdolsSA.

Arthur also is another artist who has brains. He may have missed a gold mine that is Lira but 999 music is a platinum mine that he runs with pride.

The “famous” nonsense should just end. It is not easy to make it in any industry in South Africa, but knowing the ins and outs of your interest helps greatly. We should start taking ourselves seriously.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Men magazines in South Africa


Unlike most women magazines, men magazines are not gossip driven but focus on content that is empowering and encourages robust debates amongst men of all ages. The idea of men magazines maybe few years old but society still deems it taboo for men to read magazines, others have chosen to look beyond the status quo. Companies like Media24 and Ndalo Media continue to produce content that is of high quality and easily speaks to modern men of today.

Destiny Man is one of the best man magazine titles that changed the game.

True Love Man. This magazine is still relatively new and in my view struggling a bit in capturing a man.

Blaque.

GQ.

These magazine titles are great, start reading them today!

Friday, November 21, 2014

5 things about Puleng March




1. Well, first follow her on Twitter, @PulengMarch.

2. Started as a backing artist for Lundi and many others.

3. Released an album titled Thaba Tsoeu, which got nominated for SAMA's and won Metro FM music awards best newcomer and best female vocalist.

4. She was part of The Lion King playing Nala alongside Johnathan Andrew Hume as Simba.

5. Joyous Celebration member with few solos under he belt. The most famous being Motho mang le Mang.


Chat with Durban's finest, Sandy Nene



Sandy Nene, the freshest and relevant Blogger in South Africa. His name features in Creatives meetings, branding agencies and everywhere in Durban. Sandile Nene not only makes Blogging so great but engages with fellow bloggers in South Africa like a professional. Forget Huffing Post, this Durbanite is one brand we all should be watching closely. I had a chat with him, and oh my...I am inspired!

Before you read this post, remember that he started from the bottom and it goes to show that nothing is indeed impossible as Mandela said. Enjoy!

Who is Sandy Nene apart from what we read online?

I'm Sandile Nene. A young boy from INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwamashu), just outside Durban. I am the first born and have four other siblings; two brothers and two sisters. I am obsessed with the internet and seriously want to marry the WiFi.

When and what sparked the love for blogging?

Telling stories. It started in 2012 when I was still a fashion student. Then dropped out but continued with it because of people's response and after landing my first radio gig, through blogging.

How is the blogging scene now as compared to when you started?

It isn't the same. Though I haven't been blogging for 'that' long, but I think it's way different now. It's growing so fast and as it grows, many people aren't doing it the right way. Also, many brands love associating themselves now, compared to back in 2012.

What is the name of your blog and what topics do you focus on?

Well I don't have one blog, I own and run three blogs; sandynene.com - On Point With Sandy Nene, where I write about anything and everything, from fashion, events and celebrity interviews. Then there's durbanjourno.co.za, which is strictly Durban news, talent, events and music and there's weblogforlove.com which is South Africa's first and biggest community for bloggers.

How do you market your content?

All my blogs are Social Media highly driven. I am a social media freak and I believe my blogs are where they are today because of my love and reliance on Social Media.

How important it is to market a blog according to you? What do you think works?

If you want to end up being a reputable blogger, doing it full time, it's important. You want good traffic, you want brands to start buying ad space, of course you need to start marketing your blog at an early stage.

Many would say you are good with networking as it is evident on your Social Media platforms. Please share key networking elements necessary to attract brands etc.

Be honest and be yourself.

Would you say there is a future for Bloggers in South Africa? If so, can blogging be a way to make a honest living?

I'm doing it full time. Of course there is.

Between Blogger.com, Tumblur.com and Wordpress.com, which one do you prefer and why?

I have all but I actively use blogger.com and wordpress.com. Wordpress is the BEST.

Picture from Sandile Nene's Facebook profile.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Where can one look for a job in South Africa?



Reality is no matter how many qualifications you have, no job will come looking for you unless of cause you are Oprah. If you do not have any working experience it might be tough, but that should never force you to give up. Here are good and reliable sources for job seekers;

1. Social Media. Yes, most companies and recruitment agencies do post jobs on their TLs almost daily.

2. Jobvine.

2. JobMail.

4. Workplace. A weekly newspaper supplement that you will need t buy every Wednesday.

5. Pnet.

6. Bizcommunity.

7. Careers24.

8. IOL Jobs.

9. Print Media.

Whatever you do, please make sure your CV is good. Looking for a job is a full time job, make sure you do so daily.




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

South African artists to book for December



2014 is almost over. But before it ends, lets see which artists you should book for December parties;

Females

Simphiwe Dana
Kelly Khumalo
Busiswa
Lulu Dikana
Naima Kay
Moneoa
Toya Delazy
Unathi
Zonke Dikana
Lira
Bucie

Males

Reason
K.O.
Cassper Nyovest
Malinga
Ziyon
AKA
Nakhane Toure
Kabomo

Groups

The Soil
Mafikizolo
Uhuru
Prime Circle
Joyous Celebration

DJs

Fisherman
Black Coffee
Euphonik
Fresh
Heavy K
Lulo Cafe
Naked DJ

and Maser of Ceremonies

Males

Siyabonga Ngwekazi
Simba of Top Billing
Proverb

Females

Queen Bonang Matheba
Pearl Modiadie
Dineo Ranaka


Picture from City Press

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Must-see places in Tzaneen



If you are going to spend your holidays in Tzaneen, here are few places you have to visit;

1. The Termite House
2. Modjadji Village
3. Sunland Baobab
4. Muti Wa Vatsonga Museum
5. Smith Orchids

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Introducing Tomi R Creations.


This week I had an opportunity to chat to one of the best Fashion Designers to follow on Twitter, Thomas Rikhotso. Does this name ring a bell? Well, his label, Tomi R Creations produces garments that are appropriate for any event you can think of.
Fashion in SA is currently dominated by well known brands and department stores, however, designers are not sleeping waiting for manna from heaven but making positive moves that will soon pay off.

Thomas says that his love for fine things Fashion was nurtured by his mother who herself was a dressmaker. I guess it’s safe to say this apple did not fall far from the tree. Not only did the proud mom encourage her son, but taught him the basic skills of dress making. Talk about a mother who takes charge!

“I started revamping my old jeans, after Matric established a business of making bags that led to me getting a fashion learnership with a company named Fumu Empowering Connection” says Thomas
.


Thomas is very determined. I smell a solo show soon on SA Fashion Week. Time will tell.

“We had a fashion show after graduating which saw me win the competition beating 100 students who were also competing” he continues.

Tomi R Creations was established in 2012 and continues to dress clients from all walks of life. Fashion designers are always seen by the banks as ineffective entrepreneurs, I guess they never met Thabiso who runs the label full time on his own. He has worked with a reputable online store named Floral Raffia and showcased at Soweto Fashion Week.

“My market is the youth, our stuff are for edgy bold people who like making statements, we produce garments from street wear, corporate wear, casual and evening wear, and couture for fashion shows and photo shoots” advised Thomas.

5 must have items for summer according to Thomas.

For ladies - costumes, bustiers, miniskirts and sandals. Fellas get printed shorts nice printed vests.

Trending accessories this summer

Bucket hats or straight caps, sunglasses, and colourfully beaded bracelets for both sexes!

Outfits to get from Tomi R creations

Western dresses with African print accents
Bold mermaid dresses for evening wear and casual dresses.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Joyous Celebration Alumni, Tebello Sukwene , released an album titled He’s Alive

If you remember on Joyous Celebration 13, Tebello sang her lungs out as if she knew what was to follow after that performance. That kind of a performance is usually expected from a well established artist, never a group member. She continued with JC for few years while backing artists such as Lira and Simphiwe Dana. Gospel music lovers further saw her with Benjamin Dube when they both sang a song titled No God Above You.


Fast forward to 2014, Tebello Sukwini released a wonderful album titled He’s Alive. For all its worth, I think the album has the potential to win a Crown Gospel Award and compete with most gospel albums released this year.

I would also like to mention that my favourite songwriters, Sbongiseni Mbhele and Ntokozo Mbambo also from Joyous Celebration contributed on this album.
My favourite songs are Ka lebitso la Jeso (ft. Nhlanhla Mwelase) and O Morena Jesu, which are yours?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Things you don’t know about Candy Mokwena (Tsa Mandebele)


1. She was born and raised at Ga-Sedibeng in Bolobedu, Limpopo.
2. Lost her oldest son not so long ago named Lesley Mokwena. Her youngest son, Oscar, lives with her.
3. She has over 15 cousins.
4. Started singing in the 1980's.
5. She has worked with Penny Penny, Shakabundu Girls(a group she was a lead vocalist), Peter t, Kabelo Mabalane, Ringo and many more.
6. Releases albums under Mosekedi Records, a company that she runs successfully on her own.
7. She is fluent in xiTsonga and her mother tongue, Khelobedu.
8. Tsa Mandebele, a song with Oskido of Kalawa, it is a well known traditional song sung in Bolobedu.
9. She has won awards from MLM FM Music awards in Limpopo.
10. She wears Khelobedu traditional attire all the time on stage.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9 Tembisa Stars


Tembisa is not only home to some of the best chilling places in South Africa like Busy Corner and Caprivi, stars are also born there. They may have moved out of the ghetto but these stars are what others will call Ghetto star.

Jerry Skosana. A once famous soccer star, Jerry showed most aspiring soccer stars that it does not matter where you come from, you too can make it. Now rumoured to be a coach for local clubs in Tembisa, this guy is still a star in our eyes. (Image by Soccer Laduma)

Keep it in soccer, Mthokozisi Yende, is another gentleman of soccer who hails from Tembisa. He is currently at Maritzburg United. (Image by Kick Off)

You cannot talk about soccer stars from Tembisa and not mention George Maluleka. He is one of the best to come out of Tembisa. (Image by Soccer Laduma)

Mongezi otherwise known as Tall Ass Mo, also hails from Tembisa. He is a comedian, talk show host and reality tv star married to Mome.(Image by IOL)

Pearl Modiadie of Zaziwa on SABC 1 is from Tembisa. She is also the current ambassodor for Avon, having started as presenter on Craze.(Image by Legit)


Even thought the name gives it up, Tembisa Revolution became an instant hit on talent shows in South Africa. Their moves inspired youngsters from all corners of Mzansi.(Image by etv)


DJ Shimza who hosts annual events in Tembisa, must be one of the famous DJ's to have come out of Tembisa. He is good on the decks and brand savvy.(Image by Idmmag)



Speaking of DJ's, Sibusiso Leope, is also from Tembisa as everybody knows. (Image by City Press)


Solly Mahlangu who is one of the most energetic gospel artist I know. (Image from Bimba)

Ex Gospel Gold presenter and Joyous Celebration member, Steven Molakeng.(Image by TVSA)


Thursday, November 06, 2014

Musicians in/from Limpopo


Yes! Limpopo has queens and kings of music. Some you might have heard of on your favourite radio station.

Candy. Started out as a backing singer/dancer for Penny Penny and others. Most popular music lovers did not know her until her hit single, Tsa Mandebele, with renowned DJ/Producer/Record label owner, Oskido was released. The video of the song was very short in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Watch it here Youtube and share. She is from a small village in Mopani called Ga-Sedibeng where she continues to be a beacon of hope for upcoming musicians.

Selaelo Selota. One of the best artist from Africa's Eden. His song Thrrr_ Phaaa was played all over the country when it was released. Ladies I am sure you wish he could wake up next you every morning. Don't you?

Judith Sephuma. A UCT graduate and slays like nobody's business. She understand music, listen to her first album titled A cry, A smile, A Dance. It is that good. I absolutely love her! Her song Mme Motswadi is ne of those songs I can play the whole day.

Thomas Chauke. He's a legend, that's all I can say. He is humble and father to his 20plus kids. Two of his kids, Conny and Themba, also releases music. Themba had a hit, Trusta Mina. I loved the lyrics of the song.


Winnie Mashaba. Limpopo gospel queen. Any music concert in Limpopo without Winnie, is not a concert. She's energetic and sings like an angel.

Solly Moholo. Ntate Solly knows exactly what sells in Limpopo.Actually he discovered Winnie Mashaba.