The huge task ahead of us is to re-discover the authentic, sovereign, unifying history, heritage and cultural identities of Africa and its Diaspora: the liberated African Voice. For Lefifi Tladi, Black Consciousness brought in a new vision for poetry, music, dance, painting and photography. The focus was the use of the mother tongue, and no imitations from Europe.
Tu Nokwe has designed a personal development clock covering the 6 aspects of our life – Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Creative, Business and Mental (SPECBM). To be fully functioning as an artist – all aspects need to be fed, checked and balanced; and this can be achieved through disciplined focus on a mantra for success such as “order creates comfort.”
Tu Nokwe is a songwriter, singer, composer, teacher, stage actress, producer, director, healer and trainer for artists. She was born in Kwa-Mashu, Durban. She has a distinguished personal, musical dynasty as the daughter of swing jazz band musician, Alfred Nokwe and soprano soloist Patty Nokwe.
Having worked with Gwangwa, Masekela, Bra Winston and Caiphus, Prince shares great teachings of composition, style and approach. From his training with the Salvation Army brass marching bands to his versatile career playing: jazz, classical music, gospel, kwaito, world music and mbaqanga, in this episode Prince takes us on a journey with the greats.
Pianist, composer and teacher Yonela Mnana, born blind in eDutywa in the Eastern Cape uses his multiple musical talents to present a uniqely South African approach to music education or what he calls – “Vernacularism.” This is the intuitive heart of indigenous South African music and the foundation for a successful musical career.
For the Rachabane family from Soweto, music has allways been around. Since the global sucess of her father Octavia has become bound to music in a way where the heart and the love decides the direction. Through a diverse career, this songstress shares the upsides and downsides of making it in a challenging industry.
To be a Sonik Citizens is about creating and functioning beyond where the eyes can see in that space of Oneness where creativity is free. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mark Fransman evokes the spirit of play to show us the very essence of making music.
Sound creates form and was used in the ancient cultures on ancient instruments to bring healing, change and manifestation through a knowledge of resonance, entrainment and intent. Poet, philosopher and sound journeyer, Steve Tsakiris takes us to the focal point of creativity - sound.
South African music showcases unity through diversity. It continues to play a major cultural role to preserve the human miracles of peace, unity, togetherness and ubuntu. Percussion player and promoter, Dan Chiorboli hasdedicated his career to bringing people together through South African music and illustrates the power of soul in music business.
This is a fun space All the formality is over and now you play! The future is dazzling. You are the future. And this is your opportunity to show us how bright it is. In this final assignment you are encouraged to make a video of your own based on the inspiration and learning you have gained.
1. Think about everything you have learnt. Did you answer all the modules? Do you have a list of notes or multi-media material to draw on. Keep this all safe and well archived as it can be used as a foundation for your final assessment.
2. Now, Put your consciousness into action by preparing a basic script for a short video describing your inspiration and what you have to offer.
3. Add the unique elements of your individuality, style, offering and purpose so this video is unquestionably you. 4. And let this video show us how you are going to move forward with music in a positive way and how this is your creativity and your inspiration for the future made manifest. Remember a successful completion of this course may earn you free studio time at AMPD.