SA – Johannesburg

LEADING UP TO THE 19TH JULY EVENT:

A VISUAL OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS SINCE 2013

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FIRST MEETING AND AUDITIONS IN JEPPE PARK NOVEMBER 2013

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JOZI-HUB AND JEPPE ARTISTS FIRST MEETING AND CONCEPTUAL WORKSHOP AROUND DIGITAL TOOLS, PLATFORMS AND CREATIVITY / NOVEMBER 2013

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ARTISTS PRESENT THEIR WORKS TO THE GROUP AND JOZI-HUB TECHNOLOGISTS AT BJALA SQUARE (OUR STUDIO AND WORKSHOP SPACE) ADJACENT TO JEPPE PARK

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7/8/9 FEBRUARY 2014 ARTISTS SHOW AND TELL AROUND DEVELOPMENT OF CONCEPTS DURING THE DECEMBER BREAK, DAY SPENT SHADOWING

LOCAL RESIDENTS – TRADING PLACES EXERCISE / DEVELOPMENT OF AREA MAPPING WITH LOCAL RESIDENTS / WRAP UP OF CONTENT WITH THINKING TOWARDS MARCH PILOT EXHIBITION

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9 MARCH PILOT EXHIBITION AT BJALA SQUARE

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ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES

Toni

Toni Bongi Khwela

My name is Toni Bongi Khwela. I am 17 years old and I go to Queens High School. My interests are listening to music and playing games, drawing, and any type of arts.

I am a believer. I believe in myself. I am my own principal, my own Queen, my own boss. My religion is Christian, I was born in Bedford, Johannesburg.

I grew up in Jeppestown. I love it, but then it is too dangerous for me because I am a female teenager. The environment there is not healthy, but still I love Jeppestown.

 

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Jabulani Khwela

Jabulani Khwela, 25, is from Jeppestown and went to school in the inner city of Johannesburg at Baynen College and worked as a silkscreen pad printer, mixed media artist, and filmmaker. Co-founder of isiJimbosi Street Arts Organisation, co-founder of Black Screen Film Production.

Projects in hand: Jeppe Park Superdream, Art Works (a project with street artists from around South Africa in creating African prints to paint on walls), Urban Farming in Jeppestown (teaching local residents to plant for themselves), Studio X (with Columbia University in New York we tried to bring a new way of giving street performers the right information and platforms), and Platinum Sketch (here I work with Angel Khumalo in opening a community art centre).

 

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Sibonelo “Blendor” Myeni

Sibonelo “Blendor” Myeni was born in 1985 in Jozini, Northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He grew up in Jozini and went to Sphumelele C.P. School.

In 1990, he started showing his love for art at an age of 6, making drawings at school and constructed all his toys using different materials (clay, stone, wire, and plastic.) Since he grew up in a remote rural area, with no TV, galleries, library etc., his only encounter with art was through illustrated school books and his grandfather’s illustrated bible and books. At school he would spend most of his time drawing during class and often got in trouble for tearing his textbooks to draw on them. He also loved literature and hid himself to read, evading his cousins when they went to herd cattle, as it was every young boy’s responsibility.

In 2003 he went to study Arts and Culture at the University of Zululand. This is where he got formal training and real exposure to the arts world. He excelled in his studies, got several student merit awards. In 2004 he exhibited, with other students, his artwork in Grahamstown International Arts Festival. In 2007 he taught Arts and Culture at Silethukukhanya High School. In 2008 he moved to durban after being admitted at Ekhaya Multi-arts Centre, where he wanted to study sound engineering but ended up doing a drama learnership. He also learnt more about sound engineering and music production while studying drama at KCAP. In 2009 he taught art at Mandlakazulu Junior Secondary School. Late in September that year he participated in a cultural exchange program and went to Germany in Bremen for 3 weeks, where he did murals with other 4 artists. he currently resides in Jeppestaown, Johannesburg.

Sibonelo enjoys reading, art, biking, movies (comedy), making music, DJ-ing and graphic art. He likes painting portraits, wildlife and landscapes. His favorite media is acrylic paint and oil paint. He is a versatile artist who can switch from one art discipline to another easily. He also plays guitar and is a very talented composer and music producer. His artwork seeks to integrate art disciplines.

 

Bonga 

Bonga Gamede

I was born here in Johannesburg and started schooling here from Grade One up until now, I am doing Grade 12 at Orlando High School. I want to be a Graphic Designer or be in the Arts and Design industry because I am interested in drawing and designing, especially designing logos. But I would like to obtain more skills that will help me to fulfil the careers I am interested in. Since I got involved in the Boundless Arts and Superdream projects, I have learned something and I am still learning something, and I am willing to learn more. But my only problem is that at my school there is no subject that deals with art or is even related to it. So sometimes I feel like I am disadvantaged with the subjects I am doing.

 

KMSN

Mduduzi “KMSN” Sbuyiselwa Nkwanyano

Mduduzi Sbuyiselwa Nkwanyano was born in 1982 and is known as KMSN. He grew up in KwaNengoma, a small town in KZN. He then moved to the city of Johannesburg at the age of 19 years with a passion of making music. As a kid growing up in a ghetto place, he grew up listening to Kwaito music. But as time went on he started listening to underground rap. KMSN has stated that his favourite rappers are Tupac, Biggy Smalls, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Camillioner, and underground rappers.

Ever since he came to Joburg he had a dream of making poetry, hip hop, and acting, but his dream did not come true at that time because of the wrong people he met. After all the roughness he experienced, he still looked for a way of making his dream a reality.

KMSN then started a crew with his friends called “Jimbo.” Jimbo is a crew of young boys with different talents who are facing difficulties every day and are willing to make a difference in the world. KMSN and his crew are working on making movies and short drama stories that will be talking about their lives and their music and drama.

In 2004, KMSN performed in quite a few places, They were a crew of three Kwaito artists known as “Chepad.”

KMSN got involved in the Superdream project and it helps realise people’s talent and help them in achieving their dreams. It has made KMSN more focused on his dreams and made him realise his other talents besides making music. KMSN believes Superdream should continue as long as possible.

 

Emkay 

Mkhululi “Emkay” Freeman Mdonda

I was born in South Africa in the province of KwaZulu Natal. I attended Thornville State Primary School, I then moved to Khorina Secondary School, there I attended until Grade 11, and had to drop out. I worked as a chef’s assistant from 2005 to 2009. In 2011 I worked as a security guard for a company called Double Action Security Service.

I like reading and writing, and I am a street poet. In 2014 I attended a life and skills class in Hillbrow. I am also a co-founder of a film production team called Black Screen Production. In early 2014 I participated in a street artist project that was funded by Columbia University. I like writing poems about street life and hardships that we young Africans are facing.

 

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Michael “Physical” Mazibuko

I am 30 years old and I grew up in Zola, Soweto and Jeppestown, Johannesburg. I’m hard-working and I inspire a lot of people in my community on my work as a film maker, writing scripts, a comedian, actor, and Kwaito music artist. I spend a lot of time practicing to perfect my talent at Black Screen Film Production, mentored by the Superdream artist project.

I researched my career while I was still at secondary school back in 2000 as an actor at stage play. Then after my Matric in 2001, I spent my time recording demos for Kwaito music and creating short film stories. At the end of 2013 I became involved in the Superdream project and then we created a production company called Black Screen Productions. We are looking for talented people to participate in music, drama, film, painting, etc. and we create a platform for the young new talents, so that they will stay away from street crimes and doing drugs.

 

Sparks

John “Sparks Napoli” Makatise

I was born in Durban in 1983, and I am a songwriter, storywriter, story teller, singer, rapper, dancer, and actor. I usually write stories about something that has happened to me or to someone I know. Most of my stories are based ontrue stories and after that I create a song about it, so that the story then has a soundtrack. Right now I am busy with a story called Bhuti Themba the Long Story. In the Superdream project I created my first short documentary about Jeppestown and I learned how to edit film in iMovie.

 

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Mdu Cele

My name is Mduduzi. My surname is Cele. My date of birth 1990-05-04, born in KwaZulu-Natal Province. I began my first year at Kronskop Primary School and graduated my higher levels at Phezukomkhono High School.

I am a kind person and I am free to talk to everybody. I do RNB and I am a vocalist, because I like to motivate people and deliver a message. All I wish is to reach my dream. I am also a producer and a beat maker. I believe sound is my destiny and without a studio it’s hard.

I am the kind of person who loves to listen and pay attention when someone speaks. I sing love songs most of the time, but I know how to perform beats for Hip Pop. Now I live at Cresta House and Jeppes Town 274 between Main and Maritzburg code 2094 Johannesburg (CBD).