18 March 2009

More Fire!

The smell of the last night's flames is calming down. It certainly was an experience I had never had before. News say that some people in areas closer to the fire had to flee their homes in the middle of night, which sounds mad ,but only because it wasn't happening in a township where fires cause so much damage relatively often. It's a sad story indeed and makes me think that the sirens and smell that kept me up the whole night were quite small in comparison.

Another outcome of the last night is that one of my photographs is being used on Cape Town Tourism blog.

Fire on the Table Mountain

Real time news. Ridiculously big fire is currently ravaging the Table Mountain and the strong winds bring in smell like I was sitting in the middle of a bonfire. Let's hope they can control this. Long night tonight for the Cape Town fire fighters.

15 March 2009

Photo Shoot with Gaba

Masixole getting ready for the photo shoot by the river

While shooting a portrait for Masixole Nkumbesi we talked about the signifigance of the Clan names for him and their relevance in today's world.

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Masixole talks about his family and and the Gaba clan

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8 March 2009

Artists have gone blogspot

I am neither the most nor the least techno savvy guy on earth. My aim is merely to find the best way to do what I want to do and that's where it ends. I suspect this is the case with fair few other people as well only they are a lot better in it , but to the point. Or at least to approach the point for now.

Blogger service (this one that I use and all the blogs with .blogspot.com in the end do) was sort of the first thing as far as I understood free blogging. I started using it after I had seen someone who I considered to be an opinion leader in what is good online hosting his blog with this service. Then came the Wordpress and I have been flirting with it; I tried to re-launch my blog with it and I opened one for my wife who wanted to write thing or two. I am currently also looking into it again in order to make another site for a project we're starting, but I have never felt like leaving the Blogger. I've never felt like I "get" the Wordpress well enough to utilise all that is supposedly so great about it. I've tried, but my presence here now I guess tells the story on its own. Blogger may not be perfect, but it has been my imperfect blog site.

It surprises me now, for some reason, that in the past one and half days I have come across three of the artists whose records I have enjoyed tremendously having their own Blogger blog. I think it raises my blog' s cool factor a little bit as well. There can still be creative people in Blogger and not everyone has migrated.

So, I said all this to give those links.

Kano Lives at 140 Grime St.

Blak Twang – Speaking from Xperience

Jean Grae – Life With Jeannie

3 March 2009

Youth Forum at Artscape

Marlene Le Roux, Director of Audience Development & Education at the Artscape is addressing the participants.

We started this week with a Youth Seminar at the Artscape. One often notices obstacles on the communication lines between the grassroots and decision makers, and when it comes to youth issues this definitely is the case. Every generation of young people grow up with different circumstances, value systems, media influences and general zeitgeist, should I use such a word, and every previous generation is trying to understand them through the circumstances they grew up with. I guess it is no wonder that we always venture out complaining about the youth of today. But admittedly sounding like a cliché or 80's pop song, youth and children are the future. They are the leaders and decision makers of tomorrow and Youth Forum gave hope as many, I suppose mainly volunteers, talked and gave their views of the challenges in schools and communities and took responsibility to do what they can for the betterment of these circumstances.

Unfortunately we could not stick around for every session, but it was extremely educational and we recorded very interesting commentaries and interviews that we are looking forward using in our projects in future.

Audience member raising questions to the speakers.

Voxpop Africa's Amkelwa interviewing Eric from KYDC, Khayelitsha.

Mr Michael Maas, Chief Executive at the Artscape.