Moonchild’s ‘Go Starring’ is Insane!

Moonchild... pic by Jozichic

Moonchild… pic by Jozichic

Crazy, contagious, schizophrenic – this video is fun. Just watch

Song: Go Starring
Artist: Moonchild
Producer: Tshepang Ramoba
Director: Roger Young
City: Johannesburg

Musical LoVe,
Amandla

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Queer and Trans Art-iculations: an exhibition

by Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Wits Art Museum

by Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Wits Art Museum

I had never attended an art exhibition opening with so many people before. Bodies overflowed from the Wits Art Museum onto the streets. Bodies dressed in waistcoats, slender neck ties, skinny black pants and All-Star sneakers. Bodies squeezed into tight lace dresses. Bodies walking around confidently, aware that this exhibition was, more than anything, about them. And indeed, this particular exhibition’s subjects were to be found among the crowd. Having never been to a gay parade, I had never been exposed to such a high concentration of homosexuality.

Queer and Trans Art-iculations is a collaboration of two incredible visual activists: Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle Le Roux. Hosted by the Wits Art Museum in partnership with the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and Inkanyiso, the exhibition opened up with the popular freedom cry ‘Amandla!’ and the lively crowd did not disappoint: ‘Amandla!’ they shouted back, fists in the air. For a while it seemed I had come to the wrong place.

Pregs Govender, Deputy Chair of the South African Human Rights Commission, pointed out that there is “mourning in this place”. I took a second to look around and saw faces belonging to gays, lesbians, people who were mourning the loss of loved ones, loss of respect, loss of human rights and loss of self. This mourning, a result of others’ intolerance. However, “We are not gathered here just in mourning” declared Pregs, “but in celebration of the power each of us possesses”.

Pregs Govender

Pregs Govender

Bongi, one of the subjects of Zanele's work

Bongi, one of the subjects of Zanele’s work

Zanele leading the struggle songs

Zanele leading the struggle songs

When I looked into the faces of the subjects in Zanele’s work, I felt like I knew them. Those eyes that looked back were so familiar, like those of people we grew up with. The interpretation of art lies in the beholder yet I strongly feel that this must have been Zanele’s intention – that feeling of familiarity. The queer and transsexual faces looked back at me; some angry, some smiling, some seemed to flirt while others evoked a deep sense of sadness. When one walks into the exhibition space, the wall covered with portraits is the first thing you would notice (that’s if you don’t look down at the symbolic graves of those who lost their lives to the impudence, bigotry and ignorance of our fellow countrymen). A powerful sight, these images are accompanied by facts of just some of the homosexual individuals who have been victim to the LGBTI hate-crimes.

‘The works of both [Zanele and Gabrielle] speak to the complexities, challenges, freedoms and dangers of living beyond the gender binary’. And as Bongi, one of Zanele’s subjects appealed “Let’s do something… the silence of bystanders hurts even more”. I looked at the faces and I read the facts. By the time I reached the makeshift house (possibly a symbol of one’s body) whose walls were covered with personal accounts of rape, threats and heartache, my own heart bled for these men and (in particular) women. One read how these individuals have to constantly fight to be who they are, they have to live each day in fear, have to be ashamed of who they are.

Hearing Zanele speak, one realises that she has transpired beyond the role of ‘victim’ to that of ‘overcomer’. As she divulged, her surname means ‘leader’ and through her art and strength, she has been just that. I now look at a note I made that night and it reads: “Only a few minutes ago my heart bled for the victims of curial rape, now my heart swarms with hope that we will realise a society that accepts people for who they are. A society that has progressed beyond meaningless and unnecessary categorisations. This I now believe…”

A gay affair...

A gay affair…

"Let me take a selfie"

“Let me take a selfie”

Taking in their surroundings

Taking in their surroundings

Candice and Katlego

Candice and Katlego

As I was about to call it a night I encountered two striking women (hmmm, or woman and ‘man’, eish, who cares?). So I encountered these two tall beauties and asked to photograph them. They wilfully obliged. “Until we reach such a time where we do not have to protest, or march, or be asked whether we are a man or woman, until such a time we no longer have to have these exhibitions where we voice ourselves – that is when we will have obtained freedom”. Candice’s words lingered and twirled and danced with me as I headed home. That’s when I connect what is happening to the LGBTI community to the seemingly misplaced struggle songs and that powerful ‘Amandla!’ chorus. That’s when I got it.

See the exhibition
Venue: Wits Art Museum
Dates: January 30 – March 30, 2014
Times: exhibition facilitators available (Wed-Sun) 10:00 to 16:00

For more information contact the Wits Art Museum aon info.wam@wits.ac.za or call 011 717 1378

Lots of LoVe,
Amandla

Thabisa… Her Journey COMING SOON

Jozichic interviewed Thabisa at Main Street, Joburg CBD

Jozichic interviewed Thabisa at Main Street, Joburg CBD

This past weekend I had the great privilege of interviewing an artist I have admired for years, literally. Thabisa hails from the Eastern Cape and her bubbly personality, her sensitivity and appreciation for nature combined with a soulful voice make this woman one of the Top Artists to watch out for in 2014.

Signed to Tammy Music, Thabisa’s debut album, The Journey, is available at all good music stores. Check her out on facebook.

Keep an eye out for our exclusive interview with Thabisa… Coming Soon.

LoVe,
Amandla

Unapologetically High-Tech and Masculine: the 4N-MVT01

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What makes one appreciate a work of art, a fine garment or elegant piece of jewellery? The process of creation. Knowing what someone went through to create that irresistibly rich chocolate cake and knowing how many sleepless nights went into producing an intricate although small interior décor item. Knowing that process and seeing the little bits that make up the whole does indeed lend to a greater appreciation of the craft, the creation and the creator.

I am not one to strap a watch to my wrist but after laying my eyes on a certain elaborately masculine and sexy time piece, I knew that things would change from now on. Although released back in 2012, this watch is set to be on this year’s Most Wanted list. According to the creators, 4N (the French watchmaking company) “has mastered time with a modern concept housing a mechanical heart – looking forward while still paying homage to the time-honoured basics of watchmaking “.

And so, without further ado, we present the 4N-MVT01 model.

pic from thewatch.watchfinder.co.uk

pic from thewatchquote.com

pic from nytimes.com

pic from t3.com

The 4N-MVT01 watch retails for about € 150 000 (just over R2 million).

Visit the 4N website for more information.

Watch the video for a glimpse into the machanisms of the 4N-MVT01.

LoVe,
Amandla

Diesel Tribute: Re-imagining the Future

pic from fashion.telegraph.co.uk

pic from fashion.telegraph.co.uk

Diesel has been one of those brands that has managed to retain its quality and creativity through the years. Now in its 35th year of existence, Diesel is re-inventing itself once more and in this digital age, #DieselTribute Collection is on point.

Diesel’s new artistic director, Nicola Formichetti said of the collection “I feel that digital communication is having more and more importance in our daily life”. Nicola collaborated with photographer, Nick Knight and the shoot was entirely shot on iPhone. You heard right. Using phone and video applications, Nicola’s vision is one that fully engages with social media and ultimately, the world we now live in. The #DieselTribute capsule collection, which is made from denim ‘taken from past collections with rock inspirations’ consists of 11 pieces of apparel, 7 accessories and 4 intimate pieces.

To order your #DieselTribute denim article, visit the website.

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*Pics from dazeddigital.com

LoVe,
Amandla Kwinana

Share a Coke with Bobby REMIX

Bobby not seeing his name, shame

Bobby not seeing his name, shame

You’ve seen the ‘Share a Coke with Bobby’ advert… now it’s time to see the REMIX. I stumbled upon this ad online and I must say, this ad is so refreshing… like an ice-cold Coke. The rap on the track is just the right Kasi flavour. The Tin-Tins would be proud. Check it out here.

Go on, Share the Ad, Share a Coke!