Schlagwort-Archive: artist

Roncalli-Weihnachtscircus in Berlin

Staunen, lachen und träumen. Zum nun 13. Mal begeistert der Traditionscircus Jung und Alt

(Autor: Ghassan Abid)

Zum nun 13. Mal gastiert der Roncalli-Traditionscircus in der deutschen Bundeshauptstadt. Ähnlich wie vor rund zwei Jahren, besuchte die Redaktion von „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ erneut die künstlerische Darbietung aus dem Hause Roncalli. Unter den Berliner Gästen befand sich auch der Comedian Oliver Polak (bekannt aus der ProSieben TV-Show „Applaus und Raus“), der im Kreis seiner Liebsten sich von den vielen akustischen und visuellen Eindrücken berauschen ließ. Eine Kritik zum 40-jährigen Bestehen des Roncalli-Teams.

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© Der Roncalli-Weihnachtscircus gastiert bis zum 2. Januar 2017 im Berliner Tempodrom. Ein internationales Artisten- und Akrobatenteam begeistert das Publikum. Jung und Alt werden gleichermaßen unterhalten. Ein Besuch mit den Liebsten lohnt sich. (Quelle: Semmel Concerts/ Kai Heimberg)

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Südafrikanische Kunst in München

Ausstellung zum Johannesburger Künstler Kendell Geers: Provokation, Humor und Gewalt

(2010sdafrika-Redaktion)

Vom 01. Februar bis zum 12. Mai 2013 ist im Haus der Kunst in München, einem öffentlichen Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, eine Ausstellung zum Johannesburger Künstler Kendell Geers zu bewundern. Ein Künstler, der mehrfach untertauchen musste und die Provokation bewusst einsetzt.

© HDK Kendell Geers Master Mistress of my Passion

© HDK Kendell Geers Master Mistress of my Passion (Quelle: Haus der Kunst)

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Musikszene Südafrika

Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Jazz oder Schlager. Musikgeschmack am Kap bleibt grundsätzlich Ethniensache.

(Autoren: Ghassan Abid, 2010sdafrika-Redaktion)

Das Kap hat seit dem Ende der Apartheid eine beachtliche Musikvielfalt aufbauen können, die sämtliche Genres des westlichen Musikbusiness abdeckt. Spätestens seit der Musizierung von Opernstücken durch schwarze Südafrikaner hat das Land eine breite Musikszene entwickeln können. Doch in Anbetracht des heterogenen Angebots sollte vielmehr von Musikszenen gesprochen werden.  

Allerdings ist der Musikgeschmack weiterhin von der Hautfarbe abhängig. Hip Hop wird vor allem von Schwarzen gehört und gesungen, während Schlager und Rock den Weißen vorbestimmt ist. Ähnliche ethnische Abhängigkeiten sind vom Sport bekannt – Fußball ist mehrheitlich bei Schwarzen; Rugby & Cricket bei  Weißen gefragt. Pop-Musik hingegen erfreut sich bei Schwarzen, Weißen, Indern und Asiaten – also allen Ethnien – einer sehr großen Beliebtheit. Dies soll nur eine grobe Untergliederung darstellen, da auch innerhalb der schwarzen Ethnien – beispielsweise zwischen Xhosa und Zulus – große traditionelle Unterschiede bestehen, welche sich durch die Eigenheiten der Lokalsprachen begründen. Es bleibt anzumerken, dass Südafrika elf offizielle Amtssprachen in seiner Verfassung aufgenommen hat. Einige Township-Dialekte könnten, dies hört man vor Ort öfters, gar als weitere Sprachen registriert werden – doch dies nur am Rande.

Ein besonderer Umstand in der südafrikanischen Musik ergibt sich mit Kwaito, einer in den 90er-Jahren enstandenen traditionellen Musikrichtung aus Soweto. Gangs sollen Kwaito für sich als künstlerische Plattform entdeckt haben. Diese ähnelt letztendlich sehr dem Hip Hop, ist jedoch vom Beat her deutlich verlangsamter. Ebenfalls soll auf Mbaqanga eingegangen werden, einer den Zulus nahestehendem Musikstil, welcher sich aus Elementen des Soul, Jazz oder Reggae zusammensetzt. Allerdings ist Mbaqanga, zumindest bei der jüngeren Generation, nicht mehr ganz im Trend.

Die Musik ist ständig im Wandel und vermischt sich stets mit anderen Genres aus dem In- und Ausland. Musikalische Kreationen werden auch weiterhin als Errungenschaft der Demokratisierung Südafrikas betrachtet, wobei erwähnt werden muss, dass bereits zu Apartheidszeiten einzelne schwarze Südafrikaner wie Miriam Makeba die Musikszene des Landes nachhaltig beeinflussten.

Heutzutage sind mehrere südafrikanische Bands wie The Parlotones, Die Antwoord oder Freshlyground auch in Deutschland beim breiten Publikum angekommen. Doch das Land bringt jeden Tag weitere eindrucksvolle Künstler hervor, die hierzulande unbekannt sind. Dementsprechend werden fünfzehn dieser Musiker auf „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ anhand eines offiziellen Musikclips kurz vorgestellt.

Songempfehlungen aus Südafrika – eine Auswahl

Artist: Cashtime Fam, Song: Stundee, Genre: Hip Hop

Artist: Ben Sharpa, Song: Hegemony, Genre: Hip Hop/ Rap

Artist: Locnville, Song: Stars Above You, Genre: Elektro-House

Artist: Kanyi, Song: Ingoma, Genre: Local-Rap (isiXhosa)

Artist: Khuli Chana & Notshi, Song: Tswa Daar, Genre: Local-Rap (Tswana)

Artist: Spoek Mathambo, Song: Control , Genre: House/ Hip Hop

Artist: Ruffest, Song: Bayavum, Genre: Kwaito

Artist: Queens of Dance, Song: Ngithanda Lonemali, Genre: Kwaito

Artist: Zahara, Song: Ndiza, Genre: Afro-Soul

Artist: Zakes Bantwini, Song: Wasting my time, Genre: Soul

Artist: Liquideep, Song: Still, Genre: House/ Soul

Artist: The Muffinz, Song: Ghetto, Genre: Jazz/ Soul

Artist: Byron Clarke, Song: The Rain, Genre: Volksmusik bzw. Folk/ Pop

Artist: Prime Circle, Song: Live This Life, Genre: Rock

Artist: Jesse Clegg, Song: Clarity, Genre: Rock

Exklusive Interview with Zapiro

4000 Cartoons and 15 books. Johnathan Shapiro about his life, freedom of opinion and politics

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Open any South African newspaper today and you will most probably find a cartoon that comments South African politics drawn by the artist Zapiro. Who doesn‘t know the famous sketch picturing the current South African president Jacob Zuma with a shower above his head alluding to his statement that he took a shower after having had sex with an HIV-positive woman. Zapiro, born 1958 as Jonathan Shapiro in Cape Town, is the most famous cartoonist of these days in South Africa. His drawings appear in the Mail and the Guardian,Sunday Times and The Times. Moreover his art has been published in exhibitions all over the world and he has won numerous awards.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: President Jacob Zuma is taking a shower after having sex with a HIV infected woman.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: Lady Justice in danger.

© Cartoon by Zapiro: Whites have benefited from Apartheid.

„SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German Gateway to South Africa, met Zapiro in his office in Cape Town to find out more about this artist who is not afraid to say what he thinks with if it comes to politics.

Zapiro already discovered his passion for art as a child. Back then he used to have nightmares about frightening monsters and in order to deal with those scary dreams, he started drawing about them. Indeed that kind of self-therapy did help him to overcome his nightmares. And not only that; He enjoyed the drawing a lot. It was his dream to become an artist. He entered drawing competitions and also was active for the school newspaper. He invented the little character “Prepi“, who commented on what‘s going on in preparatory school.

Soon ,he was also confronted with the politics happening in his country. His mum made him aware already at a very young age that they were living in a society “that was wrong“; his very first “kind of political experience“ was when Verwoerd 1 was assassinated in 1966. In school they were asked to pray for the “architect of apartheid“ and Zapiro remembers being confused and thinking“ Hey, this was not a good guy!“. Throughout his school time he was “at odds” with the general trend of supporting Apartheid amongst even English speaking white people, but he was not yet involved in any political actions at that time. After school he started studying architecture; not because he was passionate about it, but in order for him to stay out of the army. When he decided to change to graphic design and try to become a cartoonist, they „got him„, he had to enter the army. In the army Zapiro refused to carry a gun, so they made him carry a heavy wooden dummy and made fun of him. Once a colleague made him stand guard with it, „which was ridiculous, I became a bit of a laughing stock but in a funny way, like a clown thing„, Zapiro says.

However, the joke actually backfired, because he showed the other conscripts that he could handle this heavy arm very well as by doing exactly everything that they were doing with it. This was his way of rebelling against this and spreading his political message. He was regarded as a political consciousness non-commitant, as a communist, as dangerous. At that time he was not yet involved in any political organization, the UDF (United Democratic Front) formed just over a year after he was conscripted. But when it was formed in 1983, it was absolutely clear for him that he would join. Same appealed to his mum, his sister and a lot of his friends. Suddenly there was this non-racial grouping that felt right for them: much more elegentarian, much more open and much more connected to national politics. It was also connected to the ANC-but he didn’t want to be involved into nor speak about it, because that was dangerous when they found out they were linked. Him and some of his family members even got detained at some point.

However, Zapiro has never wanted to be a politician. He sees a big difference between being enormously involved as an activist and becoming a politician. ,,Professional politics are very different from being a political activist.” In his opinion only a few people managed to retain this integrity and those principles that guided them and made them passionate. Other people do things now out of personal gain or party political aims; they have become corrupt, comfortable and a bit apathetic compared to what they used to be. Also there are those who are within a party and are against those who are outside the party and maybe doing good things. „All those things I would hate„, he states. He has seen people he knew who have made this trancession- only a few managed it successfully. According to him the country needs people who become politicians and remain focussed, altruistic and incorruptible. But the country also needs civil society and media-so in his opinion his best role is to be a visual columnist- and still to a little extend an activist. To produce his drawings, he obviously needs to do a lot of research on politics. For that Zapiro listens to the radio a lot, reads many different newspapers and consults the internet in order to look at the same sort of issue dealt with in different ways. Also he records some things broadcasted on television.

© Johnathan Shaprio alias Zapiro, South Africa´s most influential and provocative cartoonist. He has been in conflict several times with the government.

Zapiro explains that cartoons are primarily about thinking and communication; about finding a device to say something that one believes in. „They are 80% idea and 20% drawing.„ According to him there are cartoonists out there, who are good, but not necessarily the best cartoonist in the world -however they are really able to communicate by their art. On the other hand it would not be possible to carry weak ideas with good drawings. „It`s about thoughts. „ To give an example, Zapiro speaks about one cartoon that he did, which displayed a little line of text on top saying „Whites who never benefited from Apartheid„ and a blank page underneath he states that at the time of the release of the cartoon, there were people denying to have known about Apartheid. There were white people avoiding responsibility for the benefits that they were given while living under Apartheid.

Zapiro was irritated by that attitude and got inspired to create this „cartoon„. This cartoon did not even have a picture, but still, so Zapiro, „ This cartoon was conceptually really good and really powerful, one of the best cartoons I have ever done.„ It is Zapiro`s intention to trigger strong reactions with his drawings amongst the people. He wants to make people think. Maybe some people say „That’s exactly how I feel, I didn’t know how to express it.„ But he is not only addressing the people who think exactly like him- which, in his opinion, would not make any sense. He knows that there are people, who might agree and as well disagree on his thoughts on certain issues. However it is not his intention to convince the people, who think completely different. According to him it is all those people in the middle-he can make them see something in a new way by being a little bit persuasive to them.

When asking him what subject he would like to draw a sketch on, that he is not allowed to draw one on, he replies that there is nobody who can tell him not to do a cartoon on a certain topic. It is rather him who holds himself back. When he started as a political activist he used to be quite constrained by political correctness, whereas these days he is ready to accept those rules. „ I don’t like to gratuisly insult people in a hurtful way, who are in a way vulnerable.„ Still, even then his feeling of what is acceptable to draw a cartoon on would be way further down the line than that of others. If he felt that people are the aggressors, he wouldn`t care about them. For instance, if it comes to religion. In his view religion has done a huge amount of harm with regard to gay people and women and it has even promoted spread of HIV. Concerning this topic he would go really hard for the people in power.

Zapiro says he has done things that people would consider totally insulting. He states that some things around traditional culture are quite difficult to deal with in cartoons, because people treat them in a way religion is treated. According to him there exists some kind of communality. And at the moment there would be plenty of times when cartoons can be misinterpreted on purpose to make people out as racists even though they are not.

After the feedback that Zapiro is receiving is not always positive; president Jacob Zuma has pressed charges against him already for doing certain drawings on him. Zapiro says that he believes in the South African institutions, in the constitution , and he feels that these are strong enough to keep up freedom of speech -which he supports and which is part of what gives him resolve. Zapiro explains that his politics haven`t changed a lot, but politics of some people in power have changed and he considers himself lucky to not have as much constraints as people in power. If he believes in something he will go for it.

Further I ask him about his opinion concerning voices in this country saying that some kind of reversed apartheid is arising, where it is now black South African people against the other cultures. Zapiro responds that this is one of the topics, where he will get either into one form of discourse or another depending on who he is speaking to. On the one hand, if he would be speaking to his old political comrades he would be mouthing off at the death of non racialism and at the rise of a certain form of nationalism and elitism. On the other hand, if those amongst the white South Africans, who have never had “political bone„ in their body during apartheid era come and complain in an uninformed way to him about how bad things are and so called „reversed racism„, he gets into a whole different conversation. He would try to explain how much better things are now than they were then. And after all it is still white people who are at the top of the power in many important fields. He says that there is a certain kind of racism that still exists very strongly in the white community of South Africa. He continues saying that there are some absurdities in the way that affirmative action has been taking place; not the way it should be. And that he is the last person to say that all is ok. But to claim that things are the same way as they used to be in Apartheid, simply reversed, was not true, but absolute rubbish.

Then we speak about Julius Malema singing the old song „Kill the boers„. Zapiro calls Malema`s behaviour „crass and wrong„, he could not sing that song in the context of the new South Africa. He explains that the song was an apartheid era song, which had a metaphorical reason. It was about killing the system of apartheid, to fight those police men and farmers, who really were brutally assaulting and killed people .„And that was all understood then.„ Zapiro states that it is wrong to sing that song today, because its purpose is essentially to try „to mobilize disaffected youth, because the ANC is not delivering properly to them and try to make them focus some of their anger on people, who these days are not necessarily aggressing, at least not the same extent as before.”However, he thinks that one cannot ban a song and that the high court`s decision to try to prevent him from singing the song was wrong. As a supporter of freedom of express he does not agree on it. „You can call somebody a political opportunist without saying you are not allowed to sing that song. It is a lot more nuanced and complicated than saying: Julius Malema is the equivilant of what Terre Blanche2 was…it doesn’t work like that.„ Zapiro has done cartoons criticizing that decision of the court. I support the human rights commission and the UN`s determination on the definition of hate speech and that it should be prevented. He explains that that would be hate speech where you could make a connection between something that was said, such as a speech, a song or a piece of writing, and the active going out and killing somebody. However, he doesn`t think that “ people went out killing people because of what Julius said…. “3 “If you can make that connection, that because of that song that person was killed..that`s where you can draw the line. But that’s very far down the line of speech before you can make that decision.”

Zapiro says that there was a complaint about his cartoon „Lady justice„ and that the human rights commission exonerated him for doing the drawing and its publication, because of their determination that it is not inciting anyone to do anything to anybody else. „It was a metaphor about what Zuma was doing to the judiciary.„ „Freedom of express is very important to me.„ So if he started saying ,they should ban that song, then he could as well allow somebody to say to ban his cartoon, because both of them could be interpreted in a way that they could be objectionable.„There has to be consistency.„

Zapiro is producing with his cartoons political messages

Before the interview comes to an end I would like to find out from Zapiro what are his wishes for the new South Africa, what kind of development he thinks is necessary for it to become the peaceful rainbow nation everybody is longing for. Zapiro answers, „I remember when Tutu came up with the rainbow nation idea during the meeting of the inconscription campaign in 1985.It was always a bit idealistic. „ According to Zapiro, Tutu wished for rainbow coalition of different groupings in the political movement fighting for the same aim: freedom, non racialism, democracy. However, Zapiro believes that South Africa has only had a few rainbow-moments since democracy. As an example he names the rugby world cup in 1995. “I`m afraid to say now, that unlike before, where I thought the white community was hugely responsible for not apologizing and not taking responsibility, I still say that ,I think now a lot more could have been done if the ANC had not become fat, comfortable and corrupt, and if say the people at the top were not promoting this narrow elite and not just paying lip service to delivery, but really were delivering and trying to bridge the wealth gap. That is where is should go.„ Zapiro believes that only then people can have some real reconciliation, because so far there are a lot of unresolved matters after truth reconciliation commission hearings. According to Zapiro, it is most important to close the inaquity in this society.„ South Africa has become the most inequal society in the world , we are even behind Brazil. And for that to be the state almost after 17 years of democracy is outrageous.„

Finally I would like to find out what Zapiro`s personal plans and dreams are for the future. „For the medium term I want to continue what I`m doing, but want to make sure I`m still feeling like I`m relevant and got something to say, because if I do not- I want to pull out and go for something in the long term.„ He has managed to produce over 4000 cartoons and 15 books , but he doesn`t want to do the same thing for ever, he also wants to do other things. In the long term Zapiro would like to move into some other genres of cartooning and storytelling, which he loves. He would like to become a bit more balanced person, because the intensity he has with the cartooning does tend to overwhelm a great part of his life. He wants to spend more time with his family.

HIER FINDEST DU DAS INTERVIEW IN DEUTSCH.

1   He was the 3rd national party prime minister after DF Malan and Jacob Strijdom
2   Formed the Afrikaaner Resistence Movement during Apartheid< was seen as white supremacist
3   Discussion in South Africa about a possible connection between Malema singing the song,,Kill the boers“ and the murder of Terre Blanche

From styling to singing

Lindiwe Suttle – singer, songwriter and model – in interview

(Autor/ Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

© Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer

Lindiwe Suttle ist eine US-amerikanische und südafrikanische Bürgerin, die einen äußerst bunten Werdegang vorzeigen kann. Die  Stylistin arbeitete anfänglich mit mehreren Superstars wie Beyoncé and Ciara zusammen. Ihre Arbeit war durchaus herausfordernd – sagt sie – da nicht viele VIPs ihre Person in punkto Make-up und Haare verändern woll(t)en. Denn Styling kann letztendlich als Kritik zum eigenen Stil aufgefasst werden. Und dennoch verspürte die Tochter einer südafrikanischen Mutter den Drang nach  kreativer Selbstverwirklichung. Sie arbeitete einige Jahre im US-Modemarketing, kündigte ihren Job und wanderte nach Kapstadt aus, wo sie den Modeeinkauf ausübte. Im Anschluss lebte sie im Rahmen einer Beziehung in Hamburg, welche zerbrach. Diesen Schmerz verarbeitete sie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Produzenten Benni Dernhoff auf künstlerischer Weise – beginnend als Leadsängerin der Jazz-Hip-Hop-Band „The Collective Imagination“, dann mit Unterstützung des Düsseldorfer Rockmusikers Marius Müller-Westernhagen als Solokünstlerin.

Mittlerweile konnte sich Lindiwe Suttle – eine Powerfrau mit afrikanischen Werten und amerikanischer Prägung – als Sängerin, Songwriterin, Artistin und Model etablieren. Vor allem die Musik, welche sie seit 2007 professionell betreibt, bedeutet ihr sehr viel. Diese bezeichnet sie als „Kern für alles“. In bekannten Magazinen wie Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan oder GQ wurde Suttle abgebildet. Genauso warb sie für die Marke Frazer Parfum, worüber sie sehr glücklich ist. Lindiwe Suttle betont, dass sie eine große Bindung zu ihrer südafrikanischen Heimat hat. Dementsprechend kooperiert sie bewusst mit südafrikanischen Designern wie Lara Klawikowski, Kutloano Molokomme und Cleo Droomer. Auf diesem Wege trägt sie zur Internationalisierung der südafrikanischen Fashionszene bei. Auf die Frage hin, wie man die gesellschaftspolitischen Probleme Südafrikas angehen sollte, beantwortet die Sängerin diese mit einem Angebot an guter Bildung. Für 2012 steckt sich Lindiwe Suttle große Ziele, nämlich die weltweite Aufführung von mindestens 40 Shows zu ihrem Debütalbum Kamikaze Art.

Lindiwe Suttle’s „MAN MADE MOON“ (debut single)

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ – the German Gateway to South Africa – Ms. Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer. May you please inform the readers where you come from and where you are based at the moment?

Answer: I was born and raised in USA to a South African Mother and an American Father. I was raised with traditional African values in a very American surrounding. I lived a very different lifestyle than my American friends. My mother taught me the values she learned from her grandparents.

I have lived in Cape Town in South Africa for the past nine years. Cape Town is an important city to me and I consider it my home. It is dear to my heart because this is where I launched my music career, which is significant in my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You worked in the fashion industry with superstars like Beyoncé and Ciara. Which moment has changed your mind to switch over into self-expression? 

Answer: Being a stylist is a hard job. At the time many films were coming to Atlanta, my hometown. I was lucky singer Beyonce was the first big star I worked with, she was kind and humble to me even with all my beginner mistakes. I worked with other celebrities after her that were a little less forgiving.

The job of a stylist is challenging because everyone thinks they have great style. A makeup artist or hair stylist is seen to have a professional skill but style goes deeper it touches ones character. Not many people are open to changing their personal style like they would a hairstyle or wearing a different shade of lipstick.  Style suggestions are more personal, almost like a criticism to their character. In the end, I realized I excelled best at expressing my own personal style. I use fashion on stage in my theatrical shows, elaborately styled music videos and photo shoots. I love playing with fashion, it’s an expression of all my characters. The music is the core of everything and everything else is just extra to make it more visual.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are known as model, especially in South Africa. Magazines like Elle, Vogue, Cosmopolitan or GQ have reported about you. What does the South African fashion style represent?

Answer: I have been lucky to model for brands like face of Frazer Parfum and I was the face of the Woolworths beauty campaign. I never took the job as a model serious till I was in front of the camera. I give respect to models, it’s a tough job knowing the right angels for your face.

There is an abundance of talent in South Africa. The challenge now is getting the designers international exposure. I have been a big supporter of local talent since I have lived here. I credit them for getting my into Vogue Italy and helping me win style awards like Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year – Style Icon and the 2010 SA Style Award. I have a great relationship with many South African designers, Lara Klawikowski, Kutloano Molokomme, Cleo Droomer all create costumes for my shows.

© Lindiwe Suttle as part of the Frazer Parfum campaign „Ambassador for Nature“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Additionally to your model job, you are performing as singer. Isn´t it an unusually combination? How could you combine both professions?

Answer: I have been a singer, songwriter and performance artist since I began my music career in 2007. I started out in business and after my MBA I worked in the fashion industry in fashion marketing, merchandising and eventually styling celebrities. I moved out of the entertainment business and moved to SA wanting to focus on my own goals. I worked in fashion buying in Cape Town for a couple of years and I learned a lot about the retail but felt too restricted in the corporate environment. I quit my job and that was when I found music again.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We took notice, that are you in contact with Germans in artistic matters. Which impression do you have of Germany?

Answer: After I quit my corporate job I moved to Hamburg Germany for a relationship that eventually went bad. This relationship was a catalyst for me to starting writing lyrics all inspired by this love gone wrong. I worked in studio for the first time with Hamburg producer Benni Dernhoff. We created me first demo that I took to SA.  I auditioned as lead singer of The Collective Imagination, a jazz-hip-hop band and performed for one and half year with them. I launched my solo career end of 2009. I was discovered by German legend, Marius Mueller-Westernhagen and his wife Romney. They have been my big support in my music career. One year later, Marius connected me with Tim Renner and Motor Music, my management company. Motor Music introduced me to producer, Ivan Georgiev. Ivan and I worked on my debut album, Kamikaze Art all of 2011.

Lindiwe Suttle and the jazz-hip-hop band „The Collective Imagination“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: South Africa is in German media mostly in context with negative headlines. Which are the biggest problems of this young democracy and what should politics and society do?

Answer: I think it is important to redesigning the current educational system to better prepare our youth for a prosperous future in the global market. I would love to  build a free skills training school in each community for all ages. There would be a variety of free classes offered like leadership classes for adults, arts for children, cooking, and sports. I think a good education is the first step to a better South Africa.

© Lindiwe Suttle: „My music comes from the heart and I feel it is the most open and honest I have been about the experiences in my life.“

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which dreams in private and professional view would you like to realize?

Answer: My biggest goal in my life is to stay healthy and happy without these two things nothing else can happen in your life. In music, I want to perform worldwide and tour my debut album, Kamikaze Art. My goal is perform at least 40 shows in 2012. I want  to take Kamikaze Art to audiences around the world and have them experience my live shows with me. My music comes from the heart and I feel it is the most open and honest I have been about the experiences in my life.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Lindiwe Suttle, model and singer, thank you very much for this interview.

Fashion and Lifestyle Column by Sam Pegg

Summer time in Europe is fashion time in Cape Town

Each month, Sam from Cape Town will let us participate in her life and South African lifestyle.
Take part and enjoy!

Summer Edition, Part VII:

LIEEEEEEEBLINGS….forgive me, I had writers block and I let you down and I am sorry

Anyway, how are you darlings! Summer fun in Europe and freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezing cold in Cape Town. There was snow!!!!!!!! I’m in Africa ………can we sing global ….’Just a little bit hot, hot, just a little bit……it’s getting hot in here!!!!!!’…..just saying……use it…..Don’t…

I decided to visit Stellenbosch in winter and wow was it beautiful……this Cape Wine land has a majestic air to in when the vines are empty and the land is at rest……the town where our future doctors , lawyers etc are all learning their skills and their intellect, question the world with purpose ……where your waitron is a 3dr or 4 th year student and has a valid opinion ……where huge business men come to drink a coffee and get advice from the person who brings it to them……ahhhhh wonderful Stellenbosch . The town is old and somehow????? English /Europe/ in feel, buildings dating back to the 1700’S…..JA….poetry …….I popped into the bar, restaurant, chill lounge…. 5 on reinefeld st. Bumped into the one of the “blings”, dj chopper. This is a true e.g. of Afrikaner creative culture. she plays at all the cool spots and all the Afrikaans festivals….with bubble machines and a toy rabbit that sits and watches the crowd and a whole bunch of stuff I can’t even remember……… and comes to the decks with the theme song of the show ‘air wolf’….hahahhaahhahaha …. And 80’s styling all the way

I also spotted was Tina –Marie, singing sensation that has her song on some of our local radio stations at number 1. Gravity is the tracks name…. …..Check it out…Said she will be playing Glastonbury festival next year with the remix…..hot!!!!!! There is an ‘everything but the girl’ element to her sound….lovely……. And she writes and composes herself so the ‘music’ element is really present in her work but still can lend itself to a drum n bass or a jungle remix. Great to see proper talent that is received well in South Africa…

And then …….CAPE TOWN FASHION WEEK hit our shores like a whirl wind of fab clothing, fab dressed people and new street style sitting in the seats. I was asked to shoot reportage of the show ,Habits by Jenny Le roux……the show was filled with an extraordinary front row, ex supermodels, Josie Borain( yes , Obsession by Calvin Klein campaign girl and first model to be paid a million $$$$ back in the day ) Lady Victoria and Kitty Spencer( Princess Diana’s brothers ex wife and daughter ) Lady Sally Graaf and Dr Precious Motsepo(her husband in one of the richest men in the world according to Time mag) Shine model / creative, boss , Megan Kruger , ‘blood diamond ‘ writer /producer Gillian Gorfil…. just to name a few …..It was huge success and the collection was just, beautiful.

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The other thing, on a personal note, I am learning about one of the rulers of our country via my son, rugby!!!!! We are not joking, at all, in South Africa about this sport!!!! so, I’m on page 2 of the rule book and think it is oh so pretty when the boys run in the form of a wing in flight., I am so excited seeing my son play and knowing that he is being trained by the most extraordinary coaches and boys from the age of 13 are already ear marked to be watched by the pro teams…..I kid you not!!!!!!! Well, I clearly think my son will be the best player in the world and be a springbok one day, if he wishes………….. And I can say that……. cos I’m his mom… xxxx……hahahaha

The 9th of August is Woman’s day and I wish all you amazing woman of the world, HAPPY WOMANS DAY ……..YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!

SAY IT ……”I AM AMAZING!!!!! ………..SHAKE THE HAND THAT SHOOK THE WORLD ….I AM A STRONG, BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!!!!!!’’ ….and yes, we are all worth it!!!!

I love you all more than all the world, God bless you and keep you

Love always, Sam Pegg

P. S ……. the very yummmmmmm La colombe, in Constantia uitsig, is holding a winter special of sampling menu. The only time my artist’s budget can afford it!!!!

Xxxx

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KG – Die schüchterne Dame mit der Power-Stimme

Interview mit der in Berlin lebenden Sängerin Kgomotso Tsatsi

(Autorin: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Kgomotso Tsatsi bzw. ,,KG“ wie sie sich vorstellt, wurde am 26. Februar 1987 in Johannesburg, in Südafrika geboren. Während sie dort aufwuchs, verfolgte sie ihre Interessen des Singens, Schauspielerns sowie Gitarren- und Klavierspielens. Im Jahre 2003 nahm KG an der TV-Talentshow ,,South African Idols“ (der Gegenpart zu ,,Deutschland sucht den Superstar“) teil und schaffte es bis unter die Top-6; sie war mit 16 Jahren die jüngste Finalistin. Als sie 18 Jahre alt war, zog sie mit ihrer Familie nach Saskatchewan in Kanada. Nachdem sie die Schule beendet hatte, machte sie einen Austausch in Argentinien.

Dann begann sie ihr Studium in Musik und Wirtschaft in Waterloo, Kanada. Dieses brach sie nach einigen Semestern ab und ging 2007 nach Toronto, um sich voll und ganz auf ihre Musikkarriere zu konzentrieren. In den darauf folgenden Jahren nahm sie an diversen Talentwettbewerben erfolgreich teil und gewann zahlreiche Auszeichnungen für ihre Schauspielerei und ihren Gesang. Um nur einige zu nennen: „Talent rock“ in Florida, USA (2006), „USA World Showcase“ in Las Vegas (2007), wo sie es unter die besten 20 von 40.000 Konkurrenten schaffte sowie „Honeyjam“ in Toronto (2007) – die kanadische Show, in der Nelly Furtado entdeckt wurde.

2008 veröffentlichte sie ihr erstes Album ,,The Art of Love“ in 2008. Außerdem war sie die Gewinnerin des „Rhythm of the Future“ Wettbewerbs des kanadischen Radiosenders „The Beat 91,5 FM“. Sie hatte viele Auftritte bei großen Festivals wie beim ,,Afrofest“, dem größten afrikanischen Festival Nordamerikas, ,,Bana Y´afrique“ und ,,Gladstone`s hotel`s World Music series“ in Toronto. Des Weiteren arbeitete sie zusammen mit dem weltberühmten Produzenten Marcus Kane sowie Tone Mason, einer kanadischen, für den Grammy nominierten Hip-hop und RnB Produktion aus Toronto. Kgomotso engagierte sich in gemeinnützigen Projekten, unter anderem im ,,YWCA Toronto Girl Jam“, ein Projekt gegen Gewalt gegenüber gefährdeten Personen in der Gesellschaft, Frauen und Kindern. Zu dem war sie involviert in dem Charity Aids Song ,,Let`s find a way“ in Toronto in 2008.

Kgomotsos unglaublicher Stimme kann man auf ihrer Myspace Seite lauschen: http://www.myspace.com/musicbykg . Der Song ,,I am in love“ aus ihrem Album ,,The Art of Love“ ist hier zu hören:

© KG power

© KG shy

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Kgomotso Tsatsi- eine Sängerin, Songwriterin und Musikerin, die an vielen Talentwettbewerben in der Welt erfolgreich teilgenommen, bis jetzt ein Album veröffentlicht hat und derzeit das deutsche Publikum mit ihren großartigen Auftritten in Staunen versetzt.

Wir blicken zurück…. wo und wann hat diese Karriere angefangen? Haben Sie immer Spaß an der Musik gehabt und wollten eine Sängerin werden? Wann wurde Ihnen bewusst, dass es das ist, was Sie machen wollen und nichts anderes?

Antwort: Ich habe das Gefühl, dass für mich die Musik und das Singen Gaben sind, mit welchen ich geboren wurde. Ich kann mich noch zurück erinnern an einen Moment, als ich vielleicht drei Jahre alt war und Whitney Houston im Fernsehen sah. Sie sang dieses Lied ,,All the man that I need“… sie stand am Fenster, zum Mond herauf blickend und ich war hin und weg und versuchte mitzusingen. Ich konnte noch nicht mal richtig sprechen, aber ich erinnere mich daran, dass ich versuchte dieses Lied zu singen. So fühle ich mich als ob das Singen vielleicht etwas größeres ist als ich selbst, mit dem ich geboren bin. Während meiner gesamten Schulzeit habe ich an Talent Shows und Projekten teilgenommen und im Chor gesungen. Ich habe es immer geliebt zu singen und Musik zu machen, wusste, dass ich gut darin bin, aber je älter ich wurde, desto mehr wurde mir bewusst, dass die meisten Leute Singen nicht so sehr mochten wie ich. Ich musste damals in der Schule zu so einer Art Probe gehen, wo wir geübt haben, Hymnen zu singen. Und einfach jeder hat es gehasst. Aber ich habe mich immer total darauf gefreut und gesagt: ,,Super, wir werden singen.“ Und die anderen meinten nur: ,,Bah…“ Das war der Punkt an dem ich merkte, dass ich vielleicht anders bin. Wissen Sie, je älter ich wurde, desto mehr begann ich zu träumen und zu glauben und ich war einfach immer am Singen, so dass ich meine Familie irgendwann extrem damit nervte.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: …und dann hat Ihre Familie sie zu ,,Idols“ geschickt?

Antwort: Nein, das habe ich selber gemacht, irgendwie im Geheimen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Sie waren die jüngste Teilnehmerin, die es in das Finale von ,,South African Idols“ schaffte, in 2003. Wenn Sie gewonnen hätten, wären Sie bereit gewesen, die Schule abzubrechen? Was haben Ihre Eltern dazu gesagt?

Antwort: Gut, ich wollte eigentlich nicht gewinnen, so lächerlich sich das anhören mag. Das ist irgendwie komisch. Ich habe diese ganze Aktion im Geheimen geplant, ich habe mich beworben und dann meinen Vater gefragt, ob er mich mal wohin fahren könnte. Und er war total verwundert, er wusste ja nicht, was ich vorhatte. Ich wollte nicht wirklich gewinnen, weil ich mir einfach die Tür offen halten wollte, ich einfach nur die Möglichkeit habe wollte, in die Industrie mal reinzuschnuppern, mir einen Namen zu machen. Und NEIN, ich wäre nicht bereit gewesen, die Schule dafür aufzugeben. Ich wollte unbedingt die Schule beenden. Meinen Eltern und mir war das sehr wichtig. Außerdem hatte ich damals eine größere Vision als die meisten Künstler dieser Zeit. Diese sind in Südafrika geblieben, aber ich wollte lieber auf internationaler Basis arbeiten. Deshalb mochte ich den Plattenvertrag nicht unterschreiben. Ich erinnere mich noch an den Tag nachdem ich aus der Show gewählt worden bin. Meine Eltern wollten, dass ich direkt wieder in die Schule gehe und ich dachte nur: ,,Was?„ Das geht gar nicht. Und dann hatte ich ein Interview am darauf folgenden Tag und ich sagte stolz :, ,Nein, ich habe ein Interview.„ Aber am nächsten Tag musste ich natürlich trotzdem zur Schule.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wann und warum sind Sie nach Kanada gezogen?

Antwort: Meine gesamte Familie und ich sind umgezogen. Mein Vater ist Arzt und wir sind nach Saskatchewan, einem Bundesstaat in Kanada gegangen. Wir sind umgezogen, als ich 18 Jahre alt war, nachdem ich die Schule beendet hatte. In dieser Zeit bin ich auch für paar Monate nach Argentinien gegangen, um an einem Austausch teilzunehmen. Danach bin ich dann in Kanada an die Universität gegangen, habe Musik und Wirtschaft in Waterloo, Ontario studiert für zwei Jahre. Im Jahre 2007 habe ich mich dann entschlossen, nach Toronto zu gehen, um die großen Fische ans Land zu ziehen. Insgesamt habe ich vier Jahre studiert, habe aber keinen Abschluss gemacht. Irgendwann war einfach der Moment gekommen, an dem ich genau wusste, was ich mit meinem Leben machen will. Ich wusste, ich war ein schlaues Mädchen und die Universität war auch interessant, besonders mit den Fächern Musik und Spanisch, welche ich mochte, aber dann wurde mir einfach bewusst, dass dies nicht das Richtige für mich war. Es war eine harte Entscheidung, aber ich brach mein Studium ab und seit dem mache ich nur noch Musik.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Ihre Musik umfasst die verschiedensten Genres und Stilrichtungen: Pop, RnB, Disco, Jazz, Afrobeat….wie würden Sie Ihre Musik beschreiben?

Antwort: Heute beschreibe ich meine Musik als ,,Neo-fro„. Denn ich vereine gerne das Neue und das Alte. Ich mag sehr viel alte und auch sehr viel neue Musik und ich will diese irgendwie zusammenbringen. ,,Neo„: neu und ,,fro„: offensichtlich afrikanisch, afrikanische Musik. Ich liebe einen guten Trommelbeat ,natürlich kommt das aus meiner Kultur. Aber auch die anderen Musikrichtungen aus Afrika wie Blues, ich liebe Blues, ein bisschen Jazz, ich liebe Jazz, RnB und Soul…ja, ich nehme mich als Person, eine Südafrikanerin und versuche die Musik mit all meinen Einflüssen zu kreieren.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Schreiben Sie alle Ihre Liedtexte selbst? Sind alle Ihre Lieder autobiographisch?

Antwort: Ja, ich schreibe alle meine Texte selbst. Und die meisten meiner Songs ,sagen wir 95 % sind autobiographisch. Aber manchmal lasse ich mich auch inspirieren. Es gibt da diesen einen Song ,,Will I ever see you again„ ,ich habe ihn bis jetzt noch nicht in Deutschland gesungen. Er handelt von einer Geschichte einer Freundin von mir. Sie war mit diesem Jungen zusammen,… wissen Sie, sie hatte zuvor noch nie eine feste Beziehung und dann verliebte sie sich und wir alle haben den Jungen kennengelernt ,er war toll. Und aus heiterem Himmel, als es ernster wurde zwischen den beiden, musste er plötzlich in eine andere Stadt ziehen. Also war meine Freundin sehr traurig und manchmal berührt einen diese Traurigkeit, so dass ich diesen Song schrieb. So bekomme ich Inspiration manchmal durch meine Freunde oder auch durch einen Film, der einen mitnimmt…

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Wenn die meisten Ihrer Lieder autobiographisch sind, in wie weit ist dann Ihr Song ,,In Love„ autobiographisch, in welchem Sie darüber singen, dass Sie verliebt sind, Ihre Mutter das aber nicht verstünde?

Antwort: Haha, … Ich habe nie etwas über mein Liebesleben preisgegeben, so war das schon immer, auch gegenüber meiner Familie. Meine Eltern waren sehr sorgend und beschützerisch, ein bisschen zu beschützend. Vielleicht ist Ihnen auch aufgefallen, dass einige südafrikanische Eltern so sind, besonders wenn es um die Mädchen geht. Sie warnen: ,,Geh nachts nicht raus! Jungs sind der Teufel!„ Genauso waren meine Eltern und ich durfte nicht oft ausgehen und wenn ich mit einem Jungen gesehen wurde oder mich einer anrief ,würde meine Mutter fragen:,, Wer ist dieser Junge? Wer ist das? „ Es ist nicht so, dass sie das nicht verstehen würde, aber ich weiß , dass sie sagen würde:,, Was? Du bist mit jemandem zusammen? Du bist so jung, du bist 18…„ Sie verstehen….

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Auf Ihrer Myspace–Seite sagen Sie, dass sie gerne über Liebe, Sucht, Herzschmerz und das Paradies singen. Wieso gerade über diese Themen?

Antwort: Das ist eine sehr gute Frage. Ich habe bereits erwähnt, dass ich über Dinge schreibe, die ich selber erlebt und durchgemacht habe. Dinge, welche wir alle an einem bestimmten Punkt durchmachen. Jeder, nicht jeder, aber die meisten Leute haben einen Traum, den sie realisieren wollen. Und darüber schreibe ich gerne und ich schreibe auch gerne über die Sachen, die uns von unseren Träumen ablenken, welche vielleicht das Paradies wären. Irgendwie sind wir schon jetzt im Paradies, wir wollen die Art des schnellen und somit kurzen Glücks , aber dies kann uns von dem langanhalten Glück ablenken und fernhalten . Wissen Sie, besonders als Jugendlicher denken manche : ,,Ach, ich bin so dick.„ Jeder hatte Teenie-Probleme als er jünger war. Vielleicht war man abhängig von irgendetwas. Ich zum Beispiel bin mir sicher, dass ich zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt süchtig danach war, zu trainieren, was sehr negativ ist, wenn man es auf die falsche Weise betreibt. Ich schreibe gerne über diese dunklen Stunden ,mit denen wir uns all auseinandersetzen mussten.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Die meisten Ihrer Lieder sind in Englisch, aber manchmal ist auch etwas Zulu, Setswana, Französisch oder Spanisch dabei. Wie viel Sprachen sprechen Sie und wo haben Sie diese gelernt?

Antwort: Hahaha…Oh, ich würde sagen, dass ich zweieinhalb Sprachen sprechen kann, falls das einen Sinn ergibt. Ich bin mit Setswana aufgewachsen….aber als ich in die Schule gekommen bin ,hat sich das geändert. Auf der Privatschule durften wir kein Setswana sprechen. Die sind sogar so weit gegangen, dass sie zu unseren Eltern gesagt haben:  ,,Sprechen Sie diese Sprache nicht zu Haus!„ Wegen Apartheid und weil es seine englische Schule war. Sie sagten zu meinen Eltern: ,,Es wird sie bestimmt verwirren…zwei Sprachen zu lernen..„ Offensichtlich war das unlogisch und es steckte eine Intention dahinter.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: …schließlich gibt es so viele Südafrikaner, die einfach viele Sprachen sprechen können und überhaupt kein Problem damit haben.

Antwort: Ich weiß, es ist unglaublich wie die meisten Südafrikaner mindestens zweisprachig aufwachsen. Aber ich nehme an, weil es eine Privatschule war und meine Eltern nur das Beste für uns wollten, dachten sie:,, Ok, vielleicht verwirrt es sie wirklich.„ Ich bin mit Setswana aufgewachsen und dann hat es immer mehr nach gelassen, dass wir es zu Hause sprachen. Ich verstehe es natürlich und ich kann es ein bisschen sprechen, aber nicht 100 %. Da ist noch sehr viel Englisch darin…..das wäre also der Punkt fünf, haha….In Englisch bin ich fließend , Spanisch bin ich fast fließend und ich spreche ein ganz ordentliches Französisch, aber ich würde nicht sagen zu 100 %. Ich habe es in der Schule gelernt und immer ein bisschen dafür getan. Ich liebe Sprachen.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Ihre Stimme wurde beschrieben als ein ,,feiner Rotwein„; Laurence Keer von Jazz Fm 91, Kanadas Premier Jazz Sender, sagte, Sie hätten die überwältigendste stimmliche Performance, die er je gesehen habe. Haben Sie Gesangsunterricht gehabt oder sind Sie ein Naturtalent?

Antwort: Haha… Ich denke, es ist ein bisschen von beidem. Ich habe definitiv stundenlang gesungen und habe immer Spaß daran gehabt. Aber ich hatte auch Gesangsstunden. Es gab einen Punkt, an dem ich so viel sang, dass mein Vater sagte: ,,Sei ruhig!„ und irgendwann sagte er plötzlich: ,, Wow, das Mädel kann echt singen!„ Haha, …. Also bekam ich klassisches Gesangstraining und ich machte das für ungefähr zwei oder drei Jahre ,mit Pausen zwischendrin. Und das hat wirklich geholfen. In Toronto habe ich dann auch noch etwas Unterricht gehabt, verschiedene Gesangsstile kennengelernt.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Damit sich die Leser ein Bild von KG machen können, bitte vervollständigen Sie die folgenden Aussagen: Ich bin….

Antwort: Haha, mein erster Gedanke war: verrückt…haha! Wie viel Platz habe ich? Mein Gott, da kann ich wirklich viel sagen. Ich bin…. ich bin eine Person, die gerne Spaß hat, ich liebe es, zu lächeln, ich bin kreativ, ich bin ein bisschen durchgedreht , habe wie jeder andere Mensch meine Macken, ich bin sensibel ,aber nach außen hin wirke ich stark. Ich liebe es , zu lachen….

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Das ist der nächste Satz: Sie lieben…..

Antwort: Haha… Ich liebe es zu lachen, zu essen, zu kochen, zu tanzen, Musik zu machen, ich liebe sympathische Menschen….

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Sie hassen …

Antwort: Ich mag keine Menschen ,die schlechte Stimmung verbreiten..negativ denkende Menschen ,die sich aus ihrer eigenen Negativität nicht befreien können und das immer an dir auslassen. Ich hasse Beurteilung. Wissen Sie, wir alle urteilen offensichtlich über andere Menschen, aber ich versuche so sehr es mir gelingt, dies nicht zu tun. Es ist nicht fair wenn wir andere verurteilen, obwohl wir das jeden Tag tun. ….Ich hasse auch noch schlechtes Essen. Haha…..

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Eines Tages wäre ich gerne / würde ich gerne…. tun….

Antwort: Eines Tages würde ich gerne im Wembley Stadium in England auftreten. Das ist einer meiner vielen Träume.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Vermissen Sie Südafrika und Ihre Familie? Möchten Sie irgendwann einmal zurückkehren?

Antwort: Ja, ich vermisse Südafrika. Ich vermisse die Menschen, die Sonne, das Essen und natürlich meine Familie. Ich verstehe mich sehr gut mit meinen zwei Brüdern. Ich habe einen Älteren und einen Jüngeren. Und in meiner Familie machen wir immer viele Scherze, einfach die ganze Zeit über. Ich liebe es zu lachen und deshalb vermisse ich sie. Als ich letztes Jahr nach Südafrika zurückkehrte, war ich wirklich beeindruckt wie sehr Südafrika sich entwickelt hat. Und ich denke es steckt noch viel mehr in diesem Land. Und ja ich würde dorthin zurück ziehen, ich würde dort gerne leben.

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: Sie sind von Kanada nach Berlin gezogen. Wie lange werden Sie bleiben? Was sind Ihre Pläne für die Zukunft und wann bringen Sie Ihr nächstes Album heraus?

Antwort: Uhhh…..haha…..wow-viele interessant Fragen. Ich führe eine Art improvisiertes Leben und weiß nie, was als nächstes kommt. Aber ich beantrage gerade eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis und ich erwarte, dass ich wahrscheinlich 2 Jahre bleiben darf. Ob ich in Berlin bleiben werde oder in einen anderen Ort gehen werde, weiß ich noch nicht. Ich bin wirklich aufgeregt, was das neue Album betrifft. Jetzt steht mir wirklich nichts mehr im Wege und ich denke, ich habe tolle Lieder, die ich unbedingt aufnehmen möchte. Deshalb sollte das Album in den nächsten Monaten aufgenommen werden. Vielleicht arbeite ich mit einer deutschen Produktionsfirma zusammen, was eigentlich auch der Grund für meinen Umzug hierher war. Also werde ich das Album mit dieser aufnehmen oder allein. Und wenn es veröffentlicht wird, möchte ich ,dass es von den richtigen Leuten vermarktet wird. Das Album ist definitiv mein nächstes Ziel. Die Erfahrungen, welche ich hier mache, sind außerdem großartig .Und nun ist es als wenn man ein Fisch sei, der aus dem Wasser kommt. Man darf keine Zeit mehr verschwenden, man hat keine Ausreden mehr. Man muss loslegen. Jetzt bin ich hier in diesem fremden Land, allein, ohne meine Eltern, die mir helfen könnten. Also frage ich mich, warum bin ich hier? Musik ist der Hauptgrund warum ich hier bin, also würde ich sehr gern das Album veröffentlichen ,auf Tour gehen…mit interessanten Menschen zusammen arbeiten, die Welt sehen….

2010sdafrika-Redaktion: ,,SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ bedankt sich bei Ihnen für dieses interessante Interview und wünscht Ihnen alles Gute für Sie persönlich und Ihre Karriere !

Antwort: Dankeschön!

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Original Interview in English

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KG – the shy lady with the power voice

Interview with the in Berlin living singer Kgomotso Tsatsi

(Editor: Annalisa Wellhäuser)

Kgomotso Tsatsi , or KG as she presents herself, was born on 26th February 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. While growing up she followed her passions of singing, acting and playing the piano and guitar. 2003 she participated in the talent show South African Idols( comparable to the German version „Deutschland sucht den Superstar„) and made it into the top 6 ; being the youngest finalist with the age of 16. When she was 18 years old she and her family moved to Saskatchewan, Canada. After finishing high school she took a Gap Year to go to Argentina for a s student exchange.

Then she started to study music and business in Waterloo, Canada. After a few semesters she quit and moved to Toronto to concentrate on her music career in 2007. In the following years she participated successfully in various talent shows and won numerous awards for acting and singing in both Canada and USA. To only name a few of them: „`Talent rock„ in Florida, USA( 2006),„ USA World Showcase „in Las Vegas( 2007),where she made it into the top20 out of 40.000 competitors and „Honeyjam„ in Toronto ( 2007)-the Canadian show in which Nelly Furtado was discovered.

2008 she released her first album called „The Art of love„. Furthermore she was the winner of The Beat 91,5 FM`s „Rhythm of the Future„ in Canada. She performed at big festivals such as North America`s largest African festival „Afrofest„, „Bana Y´afrique„ and „Gladstone`s hotel`s World Music series„ in Toronto. She worked together with the world renowned writer and producer Marcus Kane and Tone Mason, a grammy –nominated Canadian Hip-hop and RnB production team from Toronto. Moreover Kgomotso was involved in community projects like YWCA Toronto Girl Jam, a project against violence against vulnerable members of society, women and children. Also she collaborated on a Charity Aids song „ Let`s find a way„ in Toronto in 2008.

You if you want to listen to her incredible voice, you can listen to her songs on http://www.myspace.com/musicbykg.

KG live in concert, Canada.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Kgomotso Tsatsi- a singer, songwriter and musician who has participated successfully in many talent shows all over the world, brought out an album so far and is currently wowing the people in Germany by her terrific performances. Let us look back…where and when did this career start? Have you always enjoyed doing music and wanted to become a singer? When did you know it is serious?

Answer: Well, I feel like music and singing for me is just a gift that I was born with. I can remember far back as being 3 years old maybe and watching Whitney Houston on TV. It was this one song „All the man that I need„, I don`t know if you know it….she is like standing by the window looking at the moon and I was like: „Wow!„ and I was trying to sing it „Lalala…„, I couldn’t even speak but I remember I was trying to sing. So I feel like maybe it`s something that is bigger than me, that I was born with it. So I`ve always loved to sing and I`ve always loved music and all the way through school I was doing talent shows , choir and taking part in different projects. And for the longest time I knew that I was good and I knew that I loved it, but the older I got the more I realized that most people didn’t enjoy singing as much as I did. I got to go to rehearsal- I don’t know if you do this here as well- where we sing hymns in school and then we have to go to a hymn practice. And everybody hates it. So I was always looking forward to this, I was like: „YEAH ,we are gonna sing„ and the others were like: „Bah….„.So that’s when I started to notice that „Ok, maybe I`m different.„ You know the older I got the more I started to dream and believe and just sing all the time to the point where I annoyed my family tremendously…..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff:….and then they sent you to idols?

Answer: No, I did it on my own as kind of like a secret…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You were the youngest competitor who got into the finals of South African Idols 2003.If you had won, would you have been willing to stop school? What did your parents say?

Answer: Well, yah I actually didn’t want to win, funnily enough, which is kind of weird. I kind of did it in secret, I applied and then I said to my dad „Oh hey , could you take me to this place…„ and he was like :„What?„ He didn’t even know what was going on. So I didn’t really want to win, because I wanted a foot in the door, wanted to experience the industry, you know get my name out there. But NO,I would not have been willing to stop school. I definitely wanted to finish high school. And my parents were very ademin about that too as I was. And also at that time I wanted to dream a bit bigger .Most of the artists of that time stayed in South Africa and I wanted to be more international, so I didn`t want to sign the record contract. I remember the day after I got voted out and I was all sad and my parents said:„ Ok, you are going to school tomorrow!„ I was like : „What? „That’s so like ripless. And then I had an interview the following day…so I said : „No, I have an interview.„ But then the following day I had to go back to school.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: When and why did you move to Canada?

Answer: Well, it was my whole family, we moved together. My dad is a doctor and we moved to Saskatchewan, which is a province in the middle of Canada. We moved when I was 18 after I finished high school. In between that period I wanted to take a gap year, I went to Argentina for a couple of month, it was a lot of fun. It was an exchange. So then in Canada I went to school, I went to university. I started off studying music and business, separately. I did this for 2 years in Waterloo which is in Ontario and then I decided I`ve got to go to Toronto, get the big bites. And then I moved to Toronto in 2007…I did 4 years of studying but I didn’t finish a degree, because I swopped in between. It just got for me to the point, where I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. And I knew I was a smart girl and intelligent ….and university was interesting- especially when I took courses in music and Spanish that I liked…..but it got to the point, where I knew this is not where I`m supposed to be .So it was a very hard decision and I stopped….and have been doing music ever since.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your music includes various genres and styles: Pop, RnB, Disco, Jazz, Afrobeat…How would you describe your music?

Answer: Well ,these days I`ve been describing it as „Neo-fro„. It` s because I like to combine the new and the old. I like a lot of old music and I like a lot of new music and I kind of like to bring it together. „Neo„ : new and „fro„ : obviously African, African music, I love a good drum beat, obviously it`s from my culture, but also all the kinds of music than came from Africa, like Blues, I love Blues-music, a little bit of Jazz, I love Jazz, RnB and Soul….yes, I kind of take who I am, which is a South African and try to make it with all my influences…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you write all the lyrics of your songs on your own? Are all of them autobiographic?

Answer: Yes ,I do write all the lyrics of my songs on my own. And most of them, let`s say like 95 % of them are autobiographical. But sometimes I can get inspired. There is this song, I haven’t played it yet here, but it`s called : „Will I ever see you again„ and it`s about this friend of mine, who was seeing this guy, you know she had never had a proper boyfriend before, she fell in love and we all met him, he was great….. and then just when things started to get serious he moved to like another city. So she was really sad and you know sometimes this sadness touches you, so I just came up with that song. So I get an inspiration sometimes just from my friend and sometimes even from a movie that really touches you…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: If you say most of your songs are autobiographic, then I would like to ask how far this song „ In love„ is autobiographical, where you sing that you are in love, but your mother doesn’t understand……

Answer: Haha …I`ve always been very secret about my love life, I have always been that way, even with my whole family. Everyone is like: „Are u seeing…?„ And I wouldn’t say anything. My parents are very protective, a little bit over protective. I`m not sure but maybe you even counted that some South Africans parents can be that way especially with girls : „Don’t go out at night! Boys are the devil !„So my parents were totally like that and I was not allowed to go out a lot ,if I was even seen talking to a boy or if a boy called me, my mum would say:„ Who is that boy? Who is he?„ So it`s not that she wouldn’t understand, but just like if I was even dating someone, I know that she`d be like: „What? You are dating? You are so young, you`re 18…..„ You know, so ……

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: On your myspace-page you state that you love to song about love, addiction ,heartbreak, paradise. How come?

Answer: That’s a really good question. I guess those are things… you know I said I write about things that I`ve experienced myself and what I go through. And I think what we all go through at some point. Everyone ,not everyone, most people have a dream that they are after. And I like to write about that and I also like to write about the things that distract us from our dreams, that would be maybe the paradise. We are kind of on paradise right now, we want that kind of short term pleasure, but it can distract us from the long term. I just like to write about fun as well. Just everything that I`ve been through….everyone has some sort of addiction or some sort of you know kink in their personality. You know especially when you are a teenager you might think: „Oh my gosh I`m so fat, I`m so fat.„ Everybody went through that phase of teenager problems…you are maybe addicted. Like I`m sure that at one point I was addicted to working out, which is a negative thing if it`s done in the wrong way. I like to write about these deep and dark places as well ,because we have all been to those deep and dark places…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Most of your songs are in English ,but sometimes you add some isiZulu, Setswana, French or Spanish to it. How many languages do you speak and where did you learn them?

Answer: Hahaha…oh, I would say I speak like 2 and a half languages, if that makes any sense. I grew up speaking Setswana actually…but when I was going to school and at private school we were actually forbidden to speak Setswana. And they even went that far as to say to our parents: „Don’t speak that language at home. Because of apartheid and it was an English school. What they said to my parents was:„ Oh its gonna confuse her….learning two…..„You know obviously it`s bias.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff :…because you see so many South Africans who can speak many different languages and they do not struggle with it at all…..

Answer: I know…. It`s amazing how most South Africans are at least bilingual. But I guess, because it was a private school and my parents always wanted the best for us, they thought:„ Ok, maybe it will confuse her…„.I grew up speaking Setswana and then it kind of faded. I understand it obviously and I can speak a little bit, but like not a 100 %.There is still a lot of English in there….. so this would be the point 5,haha. English- obviously I`m fluent, Spanish I`m nearly fluent… and I speak a pretty good French, yeah, but I wouldn`t say a 100%. I learnt it at high school and I just kept up with it, I love languages.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff : Your voice has been described as „ a fine red wine„; Laurence Keer from Jazz Fm 91, Canada`s Premier Jazz Station said you have „one of the most powerful live vocal displays„ that he has ever seen. Have you had singing lessons or are you just a natural talent?

Answer: Haha… well, I think it is a bit of both. I definitely, as I told you, I used to sing hours and hours a day and it was just always fun for me. But I did have singing lessons. There was a point when I sang so much when my dad was like: „Shut up!„ and then he was like: „ You know what, this girl can sing! „ Haha….so he took me to go and get like classical training and then I went for maybe 2 to 3 years, kind of on and off. And that really helped a lot. In Toronto I also did a bit of training, different kind of styles of singing.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: To give the reader a better idea of who KG is, please complete the following sentences: I am…..

Answer: Haha, well the first thing that came to mind my mind was: crazy…..haha! How much space do I have? My gosh that’s really open. I am… I am a fun loving person, I love to smile, I am creative, I am a little bit crazy, you know normal human being, I have my flaws like anyone else, I`m sensitive, but I`m gooi on the inside but I still have a strong exterior . I love to laugh……

2010sdafrika-editorial staff :That’s actually the next statement: You love to…..

Answer: Haha… I love to laugh, I love to eat ,I love to cook, haha, I love to dance, I love to make music, I love cool people….

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You hate….

Answer: I hate people with bad vibes…negative people who can`t get out of their negativity and always wanna dump it on you. I hate judgment. You know we all judge obviously, but I try not to as much as I can. I think it`s unfair if we judge people even though we do it every day…… I hate bad food. Haha….

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: One day I wanna do/be…

Answer: One day I wanna play at Wembley Stadium in the UK, yeah. That`s one of my many dreams.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Do you miss South Africa and your family? Do you want to move back there at any point of your life?

Answer: Yes, I do, I do miss South Africa. I miss the people, I miss the sunshine, I miss the food, I miss my family as well. I get along really well with both of my brothers. I`ve an older and a younger one. And my family in general were always cracking jokes ,it`s like 100 % of the time, I love laughing and I miss them. I was really impressed by how much South Africa had grown when I came back just last year and I think it got so much more potential still to go. And yeah I would ,I would move back, I would like to live there.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You moved from Canada to Berlin. How long are you going to stay? What are your plans for the future, when are you bringing out your next album?

Answer: Uhhh…..haha…..wow-a lot of interesting questions. I kind of live an improvised life so I never really know what`s the next step .But I`m now applying for a residence permit and I think I will probably get two years that I can stay here. Whether I will stay in Berlin or maybe somewhere else I`m not sure yet. I`m really excited about the new album. It got to the point now where I`ve got everything out of the way and I really feel like I have enough great songs that I`m really passionate about to record. So I think it will definitely be recorded this year in the next coming months. I might be working with a production company actually here in Germany which is kind of part why I moved here. So either with them or I will do it on my own and yeah so it will definitely recorded within the next few months .And when we will bring it out then we will have to see…. I wanna have the right people to promote it and everything. And plans for the future: yeah, definitely the album is number one. And it`s been a great experience being here, because kind of when you are a fish out of water you kind of have no excuse anymore to fuffing around ,wasting time. It`s kind of like : „Ok, well I`m in this foreign country, there is no mommy and daddy, help, support, nothing, why are u here…? „ So music is the number one reason for me being here and I would like to release the album and start touring ….working with some great people, see the world, you know….

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We, „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste„ – the German gateway to South Africa – would like to thank you for this interesting interview and wish you all the best for you and your career!

Answer: Dankeschön!