Incomplete Music

I am 100% behind South African Hip Hop, the problem I have is that some of the songs have that one thing missing in order to call it music or for it to be a hit, I believe that most of our artists need to take their time before releasing any of their music, it is important that they get criticism from an external ear, someone who is totally out of their circle but has an ear for music. Our Artists need to escape their comfortable zone, stop yearning for compliments, but yarn for quality in their work where I as the listener can jam to a complete hit.

 I don’t understand musicians who just write for the sake of recording a hit, I mean what is the rush? perfection is done over time and it is important to make sure that as a brand an artist should not disappoint his/her listener.

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Confessions of a Production Critic

It is my second week at home since my exams, all I do is wake up and watch TV, this is a problem because all that I do now is complain, complain and complain, about what I see it its not about how a certain actor is not doing a good job in their role,  I complain about how the editor did mistake in a certain scene, or how the editor could have done a better job.

Learning Broadcast Journalism has taught me so much when it comes to productions, but years of watching television have made a very good identifier of faulty work on screen, it helps me, when I plan what exactly I want in the future when it comes to my personal productions. And it has shown me that i can easily be a writer, director or editor, because i understand how the outline of a story should be like.

My broadcast lecturer in first year taught me that it is important to always make sure that I watch shows/films that are of good quality productions, he says this is the only way one can train their brain to create the most good quality productions. My most favorite production is Pirates of the Caribbean,    its not only the phenomenal actors I enjoy about these movies, but it is the imagery, scenery and how the music links with the whole picture.

These are the types of productions that inspire me, they make be able to think out of the box and, they make it easier for me to notice bad productions, what I have also learnt is that just because a movie is low budget, it does not mean that it has a bad quality production. Films such as The Seat Filler with Kelly Rowland, is a low budget movie, the lighting is bad in some of the scenes but I must say the overall production was very good, from the first act, the second act, the climax and the end of the movie, I even forgot that it was a low budget movie as I was watching.

When it comes to TV Isibaya takes the crown for me in productions, this is one of the leading soap/drama in South Africa, the producer knows exactly what he is doing, I’ve never been disappointed, even in the computerized scenes, I am fascinated, it gives Generations a run for its money, as it was the best produced soap in SA. If the two were to be played at the same time, people would prefer Isibaya more because of its creative and interesting writing.

South African movies I’m happy with will have to be Mr Bone’s & Mama Jack. Leon Schuster’s productions of a very satisfying and most interesting productions, both these movies did very well in their time, and are old classics that when you watch them today, one still enjoys, without indications that these are old movies.

My inspirations.

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HOOD HOP: Atteridgeville

The previous week I was invited to an event in Atteridgeville (Pretoria) called Hood Hop, where aspiring hip hop musicians come in to perform their own music , in order to get exposure, promotion and awareness around Atteridgeville every Friday of month end, it has been around for almost 15 years now and it has been passed on from generation to generation.
This event is the best because this where the culture of hip hop is expressed, not just musically, but also in clothes, art, and poetry. The two founders of this event, just look over the success of their initiative, where they have a whole of team young individuals, who are responsible for the overall planning and execution of this event.
Spending my Friday night there was so interesting, I had so much fun, it was very hard to leave, because of the talent that was on stage, the vibe was just fun and the crowd was so accommodating, friendly and responsible.
I cant wait for the next Hood Hop at the end of the month.

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There is a Place For You: Dineo Moeketsi

On the 31st of May I attended a Women Empowerment Forum in campus, where four inspiring women came to mentor us. I must say I was so excited, because I was going to get advice from women who I look up to. This forum was realised by Rosanna Hall who is a member of the SRC and it was a success because we really enjoyed ourselves.

It was a real eye opening and liberating afternoon. I must say I left there with a clear idea about what I want for my Future. Refiloe Seseane inspired me to the point where I believe that I can become both  a corporate public relations practitioner and pursue my dream for the arts (acting, dancing, presenting, and maybe singing). As she has successfully accomplished this. All the Speakers left me with liberating thoughts and I thank God we have people like them who find satisfaction in not only establishing themselves, but also in establishing others.

Dineo Moeketsi was one of these women, although her presentation was inspiring, I was most liberated by what she said to me personally. I asked Dineo, “What advice would she give to someone who feels that they would never make it in the entertainment industry because, they don not look a certain way?” And She said to me, “Trust me; THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU”. And in that moment those words changed something in me; they made me realise that I should never have fear because of what I think is the norm, but be confident in what I know is the offering. Because what I am offering is not just ordinary but rather unique.

In every industry there is something specific that is required, and in the entertainment industry; it is the ability to be unique in  your talent, and the ability to go and claim your place. Every individual has that uniqueness in them, and the more you are able to express that interesting part of yourself, the more people will take an interest in you. And this will lead  to you having designed a place for yourself where people will want to see more of you. And in that moment you have YOUR PLACE.

Therefore in any industry one has to show what they have got to offer in order for them to earn a place. It is not only what you have learned throughout whatever field you are studying for, but it is what you as an individual can do with that knowledge that no one else can do.

Know that when God puts you somewhere, it is because a place is already there for you, only you have to express that  talent that you have to offer in order to TAKE YOUR PLACE.

I am not following anyone’s foot steps but rather creating my own path.

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