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An exclusive Interview With Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa

  • What did you enjoy most about working on the short film Lace?The whole experience was amazing. Competing against the very best the world in the 48 hours challenge and placing second overall out of over 5000 submissions was such a proud moment for me as a South African and Actress. 
  • Did you audition for the role or you were approached? I was approached two months before the whole production began. Filmapalooza @ 48 Hour Film Project is an international film festival and competition in which every country is given 48 hours to shoot and produce a film. We were all briefed online and given a film genre to run with, and we got Sci-Fi. We didn’t sleep at all as we had to conceptualise, film and edit the project within a 48-hours. It was such a thrilling experience and one of the reasons I love acting so much.
  • What attracted you to begin a career as an actress? I was inspired by the Sarafina movie. I grew up in Soweto understanding that you had to get a 9 to 5 job in order to have a good standard of life. From watching Sarafina, I just made up my mind and decided that I wanted to be an actress rather than a doctor.
  • When was your first role as an actor? My first role was at I was about 15/16 years old. I actually stole the script while my mother was on set and after reading it, I just knew I wanted to play this character. I secretly auditioned for the role, and I remember the producer shouting, “who’s child is this” and asking me where my mother was. That’s how I got the role, and I have never looked back since.
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment as an actress? I believe as an actress; I haven’t reached my greatest accomplishment yet. My journey has been more of a learning curve. I believe I’m still learning more, and hopefully, God will keep guiding me.  I do have an international award, which is the biggest thing for me but I’m still gunning for an Oscar and more.
  • Describe your acting style; I love acting in films where there is a lot of energy, fun, and a light environment.
  • What kind of roles do you prefer? I love performance rich roles, and I think South Africa still needs to get used to such roles. I believe my character in The Herd is getting there and we started her as a nice girl, but in the end, people will be wondering how did she change. I am enjoying seeing the change in my character, which is a result of the great partnership and understanding I have with the director, Danny Miller. I love working with directors who are like that. He’s amazing!
  • If you weren’t famous, what would you be up to right now? If I wasn’t famous, I would have been a psychologist. I love getting too deep into the human psyche, helping people find solutions to the brokenness. This might be because of my life journey and some of my experiences.
  • Tell me about a time when you had a really bad day but had to perform that night. How did you get through it? When I was shooting a Rockville scene, a tabloid paper had just written a terrible story about me. I remember stepping onto the set and telling myself, so what if people are talking about me, and I need to perform because I know I didn’t do anything wrong.  I just put on my big girl shoes and moved on.
  • What’s your annoying habit? My most annoying habit is that I do not communicate how I’m feeling when my co-actors are not giving me their all.
  • What actor would you rate as a perfect 10? Pamela Nomvete. She is intense and never overperforms, and she has passion in her eyes. I would love to perform with her because I am also passionate, so it would nice just to share the same energy on set.
  • Who is your inspiration? My inspiration is definitely Leleti Khumalo. She inspired me because of how well she told the Sarafina story. She inspired me to become who I am today.
  • What would you like remembered about you? I would love to be remembered for who I am. To be remembered for my smile, for loving people and also for being an artist who never gave up. I would love to be remembered as a philanthropist who in her own way helped changed the perception of South Africa and the continent as a whole.
  • What is one message you would give to your fans? Never stop, keep walking. Fall a thousand times. Sometimes you’re just getting a lesson. Keep walking with those scars. Listen. Keep educating yourself and work hard until you make your dreams a reality.

Take a #Shotleft at an Affordable Price With Shuttle Lady by Zama Ngwenya

Founded by Ms Zamantimande Ngwenya, The Shuttlelady is a Johannesburg based women shuttle service provider.

“We exist to take care of the women traveller transportation needs,whether on business,holiday or moving around locally”

“This woman to woman transport affair, is ensured by us having well mannered, experienced and safety conscious well trained drivers for our clients”

  • Why the name ‘Shuttle lady’? 
This name defines my market.
I’m all about women for travel and entertainment.
This came after Identifying a gap in the market,for single women and for those who want girls out,including the female international traveller.
Remember the safety issue is of paramount importance for international clients when visiting any foreign country,including South Africa.
It becomes more crucial when it’s a woman or women therefore the presence of a woman during a tour from meeting at the airport throughout the tour,make them feel at ease.This is what they always say”I feel safe to be driven by a woman”.
  • How long has your business been running for?

The business has been operating since July 2016.

  • Why a business in travel?
Much as I haven’t travel much,but I like to explore and meet new people.
I am passionate with customer service,and the only way you can stay in this type of business is to render a Super excellent service,and put a smile on the face of your client.
  • Which has been your most successful tours?

All my tours are successful, but the latest which ended Saturday 13April-it was a family it was SUPER👌👌👌

  • What do you enjoy most about conducting these tours?
Each tour is unique therefore you learn different ways to organise,you meet new people and characters and lastly but not least the appreciation from clients.
  • During which time of the year are you mostly booked?

Nov-May as most international clients visit us because its summer.

  • Where in SA do you love or enjoy to go on holiday?
Cape town,Durban,Mpumalanga and Hoedspruit at Umhlametsi Game reserve.
  • Do you only host tours in South Africa?

Yes for now.

  • What makes Shuttle Lady stand out?

I can die for my clients and my country South Africa, to make sure I leave them with sweet memories.

Remember I’m representing and selling my country South Africa.
Therefore it is important that I come all out to ensure the safety and hospitality of my clients until they depart.
  • Most people travel to relax and for you this is a job, what do you do to take some time off work?

I just don’t have tours on dates I want to take a break.

  • Why should people choose Shuttle Lady?
We treat our clients not like Kings, but like babies we handle them with the utmost care .
They are guaranteed safety, smile and sweet lasting memories.
Departure Time:14h00
Return time:02h00(Morning)
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Hustlers Corner: Cebo Mbatha AKA CB NoGhost

Cebo Mbatha who goes by the stage name CB NoGhost was born in Northern, KwaZulu Natal, eShowe on the 10th of April 1989.
He attended both Ntabazazuma High School in Nkangala and Gcwalulwazi High School in Gezinsila Township, eShowe.
“Nothing beats writing a song that describes exactly what you’re feeling. It’s almost like your heart wrote the song itself. Words can be hard to find, music finds them for us” – CB NoGhost
Growing up he has always been influenced by the greatest legends in African music history and abroad which led to his love for music to grow from the time he started writing his own tunes in 2007 and was fortunate enough to hit the studio and start recording in 2008.
With the digital world we live in, he has had the opportunity of connecting his brand and collaborate with musicians outside South African; Young Gun (USA), Maffera, Big C (Amsterdam) and locally MbuIphanta, VistoDaDj and Sibah Music.
His hard work and influence has helped him find himself sharing a stage with the likes of Zakwe, Duncan, Mzulu, Mbuso Khoza, LUS Crew and Sandile Ngcamu.

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Twitter @Cb_NoGhost

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Arts Corner: Bongani Bambata Nkwanyana

Bongani Nkwanyana & Friends is a 12 piece versatile band performs live in International Festivals, Concerts, Corporate events, Clubs, etc.

However, the band can be reduced to 7 piece and still maintain the quality of Bongani Nkwanyana’s sound i.e. (Afro-Jazz Maskandi).

Bongani Nkwanyana and his music

The composer, producer, mas’kandi guitarist, script writer/director Bongani Nkwanyana, professionally launched his music career in 1985,

He was invited to join a local band after winning Informal Maskandi Competition, judged by spectators and celebrated as the youngest and the most promising Maskandi Lion.

He believes that music is an artistic expression to be shared by humankind from all walks of life and a unifier of diverse cultures and nationalities.

Bongani Nkwanyana’s music  style

Nkwanyana’s music is a fusion of Traditional Zulu (Maskandi) and Amahubo (Folk Music) with modern Afro Jazz influence, which puts his Maskandi Music in a world class music circle and makes it completely unique.

Some of Nkwanyana’s melodies cover even those that were sung by The Great Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu, who is mother to iNkosi (Chief) Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi.

Live Performance

Nkwanyana’s live performance features 3 energetic traditional dancers skilled in different traditional dance categories i.e. Umzansi, Shameni, Bhaca, isiChunu, etc,

Full backing Band i.e. Drums, Bass guitar, Acoustic guitar, Jazz guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone and 3 backing vocals.

Theatre Experience

Nkwanyana wrote and directed the most popular musical play entitled “It’s my Life”

“It’s my life” is a musical play, basically about a young girl, who grew up in rural areas of KwaZuluNatal, South Africa, where she obtained her Senior Certificate and proceeded to the City of Johannesburg to further her tertiary Education.

However, leaving her life away from her parents was a disaster, where she started making more cash by selling her body.  

She ended up got infected with HIV and AIDS, which led to different kinds of sicknesses and shut down all her dreams to become world model.

History and Collaborations

Bongani Nkwanyana (The Band Leader) is the first Maskandi musician to win a national music competition known as The Shell Road to Fame in 1988

Nkwanyana was privileged to meet and learn from top Maskandi musicians, whom some of them are pioneers of maskandi music, such as Phuzushukela John Bhengu, Thintameva Msomi, Moto Khukwayo, Manqamu Gumede, Fezela Ntanzi, Inkun’emdaka, Ntamoyenkunzi Mchunu, Hhamela France Msomi, Magezela, Philemon Zulu and many others.

He further associated himself with the likes of Steve Faartar of The Flames, Madala Kunene of Zanuse, Sipho Mchunu & Johny Clegg of Juluka, people who advised him that masikandi music could be fused with other music influences.

When he moved to Johannesburg, he was privileged to work with prominent jazz musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Jabu Khanyile, Bheki Khoza, Lulu Gontsana, Gloria Bosman, Suthukazi Arosi and others, who could also understand both jazz and maskandi music properly.

Nkwanyana is in a mission to free maskandi from the chains of inferiority and gain its recognition as world classic music.  

He is the founder of the most popular and most selling bands such as Bambata, Nu World, Abafana Abalungile, The Scorers, Inqaba yeMbube, Maronza and recently Shosholoza, to mention the few.

Working with top producers such as Jabu Khanyile, Hugh Masekela, Bheki Khoza, Duma Ndlovu, Chico Twala, Mthandeni Mvelase, Dumisani Dlamini, and others has gained Nkwanyana most experience both as a singer and a producer.

Collaborating with World acclaimed musicians such as Jabu Khanyile, Phuzekhemisi, Thandiswa Mazwayi, Rude-Boy Paul, Tiny Motha and others, enabled Nkwanyana to record “The Rebellion Concert” Live @ Newtown Hall (former “Mega Music”) currently known as Baseline, which is available on VHS, DVD and CD.

The Solidarity For Ever recorded live at COSATU’s 8th National Congress, Gallagher Estate afforded Nkwanyana an opportunity to perform at the presence of South Africa former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela where he shared stage with the likes of Bra Hugh Masekela, Chico Twala, Letta Mbulu, Sibongile Khumalo, Busi Mhlongo, and many other great musicians.

Locally, Bongani Nkwanyana has performed at Kippies Jazz International Club, Hugh Masikela’s J&B Junction, Johannesburg Civic Theatre, and Kilimanjaro, to mention just the few.

Internationally, he has performed at Africa Festival in Germany, Africa Festival in Spain.

He was invited to perform at The Union Building, in Pretoria, currently known as Tshwane, on the 27th April 2004 “Freedom Day” at the President Thabo Mbeki Presidential Inauguration, where he was privileged to perform in front of the whole World Government leaders that were honouring the event.

He was also invited to perform at the COSATU May Day event, in Bloemfontein, on the 1st of May 2004.

In September 2004, Nkwanyana released his 3rd Bambata CD called Abashokobezi (1906-2006) sequel to the 2nd CD entitled Ukhandampondo(Poll-Tax) and the 1st CD entitled 1906.

Nkwanyana initiated Bambata Project in honour of iNkosi (Chief) Bhambatha Zondi who vehemently fought against colonialism and imperialism at the beginning of the 20th Century.

However, he (Bhambatha Zondi) was eventually apprehended and beheaded by British Soldiers in 1906  

Nkwanyana has received a total of 7 South African Music Awards (SAMA) nominations thus far.

Nkwanyana was invited to perform at the Reconciliation Day on the 16th December 2004, staged at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown, Johannesburg and Polokwane.

He was unanimously elected a chairperson of the Inner City Arts and Culture Forum, in Region Eight, representing up and coming artists in Gauteng Province.

The organization is a collaborative platform for up and coming artists, where they share their common knowledge through debates, workshops, performances, etc

Nkwanyana established Kora Records, a record label with which he aims to assist and empower up and coming artists, as well as artists with latent talents.

Kora Records has recorded and released most popular artists such as Ekuphakameni, Calvary Gospel Group and Shosholoza.

In November 2006, he signed with Chissa Entertainment Group (Record Company) and release his new CD “solo project” entitled YASH’INKANI, end of May 2007.

Yash’inkani (Perseverance)

Long walk to recognition (1985 to 2010)

Yash’ inkani is Nkwanyana’s distinctive project where for the first time maskandi music is properly blended with horns, Afro-Jazz-sounds and other solo instruments featuring interludes and cross-over sounds.

The music is basically traditional Zulu maskandi music fused with different music influences such as Afro Jazz, Soul, Marabi, Mbhaqanga, Kwaaito, etc

Yash’inkani “Perseverance” (Tribute to iNkosi (Chief) Bhambatha) is a call for all Africans to free themselves from colonial and mental slavery, and open a new page for self-consciousness, peace, reconciliation, unity, pride and identity.

In such solo project, Nkwanyana is working with a team of World acclaimed musicians i.e.

Musician / Artist Performance / Task
Bheki “Mfundisi” Khoza Producer
Deen “DinZulu” Gillan Sound Engineer
Kwazi Shange Drums
Tlale Makhene Percussions
Mandla Zikalala Bass:
Lindelani Mathonsi Keyboards
Zamo Mbutho, Ayanda Zulu, Noxolo Radebe, Jabu Mavundla Backing Vocals
Bez Roberts, Sydney Mnisi & Mzamo Bhengu Horn Sections
Bra Hugh Masekela (Horns)

Noxolo Radebe (Female lead vocal)

Gift Dlamini (Rap)  

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