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British Council Connect ZA Creative Futures – Meet the creatives

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British Council Connect ZA Creative Futures is a gathering of creatives from the UK, ZA and the rest of Africa in the heart of Johustleburg. From 10 to 12 September 2014, 16 of the hottest digital, design, music, performance and visual arts creatives from across the globe gather in the heart of Joburg for 3 days of creative exchanges, collaborations, talks, performances and parties. Connect ZA Creative Futures is part of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival. Meet our featured creatives….


1. Lindiwe Matshikiza

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Lindiwe is a Johannesburg-based performing artist, director and writer working predominantly in theatre and film. She consolidates her multidisciplinary work under the name Donkey Child Projects. Her most recent project – The Donkey Child – was a collaborative partnership with Hillbrow Theatre Project; coordinating a theatrical encounter between a handful of artists and a group of 40 children and young people, the result of which was staged in March 2014. She is soon to tour 14 countries in Africa with Ster City, a play she co-wrote and in which she performs – one of several ongoing collaborative projects with Lézard Dramatique.

Facebook page:
Twitter: @donkeychild

2. Jody Paulsen

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Jody graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2009. He obtained a Masters degree from the same institution in 2013. Paulsen was awarded the Katherine Harries Print Cabinet Award in 2009 and the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award in 2012. He has shown in numerous group exhibitions across the country, including The Night Show at the Goodman Gallery Cape Town in 2011, and the prestigious Sasol New Signatures Award at the Pretoria Art Museum in 2010. Pursuing his interest in fashion, Paulsen collaborated with Adriaan Kuiters for the Spring/Summer 2014 collection as part of the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week.

Check out more of his work here

3. Jamal Nxedlana

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Photographed by: Andrea Pugiotto

Jamal is a cultural entrepreneur living and working between Durban and Johannesburg. He works as creative director of Cuss, an artist group he confounded in 2011. He also works as creative director of Missshape, a clothing label he co-founded in 2012. Nxedlana’s cultural production is often influenced by popular culture and it is this interest that has led to his involvement in television, film and advertising as a freelance researcher, reporter, content producer and consultant on youth culture trends in South Africa.

In 2007 Nxedlana graduated from the Durban University of Technology with a B-Tech in Fashion Design, after which he moved to London where he gained international experience at The Ethical Fashion Forum, The Super Super (magazine) and Dazed and Confused (magazine).

After two years abroad, Nxedlana moved back to South Africa where he has been working on projects in various creative fields. He has shown video, installation and performance based works at exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Paris and Prague, both as an independent artist and as part of Cuss.

For his work in fashion, Nxedlana was one of ten designers selected to represent South Africa for a two-month training programme in Milan. His label Missshape has for the last two years, been shown in the Renault New Talent Search, which is regarded as South Africa’s premiere talent search.

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Twitter: @JamalAUN
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4. Jade de Waal


Jade is a saxophonist with a big heart, a love of good food and a passion for feeding people. She started Food Jams in 2010 as a social get together with friends and strangers to share in preparing and eating a meal, while improvising. Jade is part of In Foreign Transit, an online video, photo and written documentation of three young South Africans during a 3-week journey through India. She hosts workshops for schools and NGO’s around food and music with the understanding that we can teach ourselves. Jade has written four cookbooks, two self-published and two commercially published, the most recent is Food Jamming with Jade (Human&Rousseau). She uses Food Jams as an excuse to collaborate with people who share a different language as medium to connect people.

Founder, Food Jams. Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2013.  1/3 of In Foreign Transit, an online, photo, written and video documentation of three young and unique South African creatives each focusing on their respective arts in a three week journey through India.

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Twitter: @FoodJams
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5. DJ Spoko

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DJ Spoko was born Marvin Ramalepe, raised in the rural town of Tzaneen in northern South Africa (where he says there was no first or third class, all the same).” For three years in the early 2000’s, DJ Spoko traveled 40 miles south to Soweto, where he studied sound engineering in the studio of Nozinja, creator of the hyper-speed, hip-shaking Shangaan Electro style. After, when Spoko built his own studio back home, he took a producer named DJ Mujava under his wing, leading to Spoko’s great but uncredited triumph as the percussion mastermind behind Mujavas Bacardi House indebted Township Funk.”

His sound consumed the township, passed around on numerous full- length cassette releases with names like ‘Grave Yard Session’, The All C’Ing I, and Tombs & Graves and, following the success of his tapes, Spoko had a fantastic turn of luck in meeting True Panther Sounds Founder Dean Bein (who was coincidentally in South Africa in search of another artist). Dean stayed in Atteridgeville for a while and they agreed to work together and release an EPSpoko’s Ghost Town EP was released on True Panther on 05/03/13.

Since the release of ghost town (his first official western release) DJ Spoko has continued to develop his own Ghetto Boyz entertainment – working with local Atteridgeville talent. In the summer of 2013 he was asked to contribute to the mandela project (working with Idris Elba) and in October 2013 travelled out of Africa for the first time to perform in Paris for the ‘Sharp Jharp Johannesburg series at the Gaite Lyrique. Spoko was also featured in Spoeks Mathambo’s contribution to the Vodafone #firsts international marketing campaign, in which they created the song ‘Pula’. 2014 holds yet more for DJ Spoko with solo releases coming on Hivern discs and Lit city trax , a collaborative EP with DJ Mujava, coming on True Panther, and an album from DJ Spoko and Spoek Mathambo’s new band, FANTASMA!!

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Twitter: @ghostship8

6. Malose Malahlela


Malose is a Johannesburg based creative practitioner equally interested in socially engaged art practices and the role the audience or community play. His practice is best exemplified through notable projects including Nonwane (Residency through Wits School of Arts/ Dislocating the Studio residency), Stokvel (Transnational Skype Keynote Address to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, USA) and Skaftien (a recurring community-based meal that generates and democratically awards micro-grants for creative projects in Johannesburg). He has a rich background in co-staging multi-disciplinary contemporary art exhibitions and events at the Drill Hall linked to the context of the site (2008-13). Malahlela co-founded Keleketla! Library in 2008, a living library that creates access to literature and the use of arts and media tools as alternative education models.

As a sound artist Malahlela operates under the name Kadromatt. He recently hosted two sound performances at VANSA and Sober & Lonely Institute For Contemporary Art. He co-curated and worked on sound design for Joburg Radio, a collaborative fleeting radio project between Radio en Construction (FR) and Keleketla! Library (S.A). In 2013 he participated in two international residencies: Auditions at KHOJ Studios in New Delhi, India and Sound Development City 2013, an expedition that explored Lisboa and Marseille with 13 international artists. Kadromatt also co-curates with Mma Tseleng the Thath’i Cover Okestra, an evolving Pan-African orchestra that explores and expands dance music.

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Twitter: @kadromatt
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7. Dillion Phiri

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Is the founder of CREATIVE NESTLINGS and founder of fashion and film brand THE BROTHER SLIMM. He spends most of his time experimenting on his or other peoples ideas. He is a member of WETU Collective, a groups of Zimbabweans using creativity and technology for storytelling.

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Twitter: @dillionsphiri
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8. Job King Ori

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Is Waabeh’s co-founder and technical liaison, a company that is creating an audio marketplace solution for African content. He handles all the infrastructure and leads backend development. He’s previously worked for Orange-Telkom (Engineering), Safaricom (IT) and Samsung East Africa of which he was in a digital and content ecosystem management role.

He comes from an electronic and computer engineering background and therefore understands hardware and software. He is currently undertaking his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Twitter: @itsmrwave


9. Eseoghene Odiete


Eseoghene is the creative director of Hesey Designs, an African inspired fashion label based in Nigeria.

Her can do spirit, and absolute refusal to be labeled as just another fashion label, saw her emerge as one of the five winners in the Google Africa connected competition and the 2014 British Council enterprise challenge where she was opportune to have a mentoring session with Sir Richard Branson.

Eseoghene is very passionate about entrepreneurship and women empowerment and always seizes any opportunity to inspire other young people through her brand.

Facebook page:
Twitter: @HeseyInspired

10. Amira Tajdin


Culturally disorganized Amirah Tajdin is an artist and filmmaker who considers her ongoing romance with crazy cities and her mixed lineage as influences for most of her films, photography and general creative process.

She graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) in South Africa, was born and brought up in Nairobi, spent her teenage years in Dubai and currently considers everywhere and nowhere home. In addition to that, she forms one half of Africa based indie production company, SEVEN THIRTY Films, alongside her sister Wafa Tajdin (producer).


Fluorescent Sin, Kenya 2011
CollabFeature ‘The Train Station’ Short, Kenya 2011
Walls of Leila, South Africa, 2012 (In Development)
Save The Children Anti-Corporal Punishment Campaign (Short Film) , 2012, Kenya Downtown Tribes, Short Fashion
Downtown Tribes (documentary commissioned by STR.CRD), 2012, South Africa
Soleil, No Strings Attached, Music Video 2012, Kenya
Ukoo Fulani, Whatever Man Dub, Music Video 2012, Kenya (commissioned by Goethe Institute)
His to Keep, Kenya 2013

Twitter: @AmirahxT
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11. Sionne Neely

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Sionne is a researcher, writer, teacher, and longtime music head. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California [U.S.] in 2010 following the completion of a dissertation examining how Ghana’s post-colonial administrations responded to the needs and desires of musicians, particularly in the absence of formalizing a viable infrastructure for art, music and culture. Dr. Neely has completed over 100 interviews with West African musicians and producers.

In 2010, she co-founded ACCRA [dot] ALT, an independent arts network that promotes the work of emerging Ghanaian creatives and collaborative projects with international artists. ACCRA [dot] ALT produces three main programs: The Talk Party Series [a monthly film screening, discussion and music showcase]; The CHALE WOTE Street Art Festival [a free street festival each August with over 200 artists combining visual art murals, installations, a film festival, theater, extreme sports, fashion shows, workshops, and live music]; and SABOLA! RADIO, formerly IND!E FUSE, [a three-day event of alternative African music featuring interactive labs with industry personnel, a block party jam and live music concert every December]. In addition to this, Dr. Neely is Knowledge Management Specialist with the African Women’s Development Fund.

Facebook page: ACCRA [dot] ALTAfrican Women’s Development Fund 
Instagram: AccraDotAlt
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Sound cloud: ACCRA [dot] ALT
YouTube/ Vimeo: ACCRA [dot] ALT Radio/ 

12. Davina Jogi

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The 31 year old is a freelance photojournalist from, and working in, Harare, Zimbabwe. She focuses on telling daily life stories about Zimbabwe that are often not covered by international media, and has worked with a variety of local and international newspapers, magazines and NGOs. Davina is the recipient of a number of grants and awards for her photography including the 2013 National Arts Merit Award for ‘Outstanding Exhibition’. She is also a founding director and president of the Zimbabwe Association of Female Photographers, which provides practical support and project-based training to women photographers in the media industry.

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13. Nqobizitha “enqore” Mlilo


Has been nominated as one of the Google’s top ten African innovators using the internet. Nqobizitha Mlilo, also known as Enqore, is a Zimbabwean digital artist, filmmaker and hip-hop poet. For the most part a self taught artist, Enqore has created and directed short films, a wide range of music videos, training videos and various commercial animation work.

He is mostly known for his substantial work in the Zimbabwean entertainment industry because of his use of visual effects and digital sets in his music videos. He also creates online video training for as well as his site He has also branded TV shows and manages the imaging of a number of musicians and artists. Enqore has been involved in education and training as a 3D lecturer at a Zimbabwean college for 5 years and then later as an industry trainer.



14. Kazim Kazim Kazim

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At just 26 Kazim Kazim Kazim is a renowned marketing guru, branding specialist, A+R consultant and artist manager. He co-runs Somethinksounds – a label specialising in soul futurism. Having graduated from the infamous UK basement scene he’s gone on to DJ everywhere from Croatia to Kuala Lumpur and Berlin to Brazil with his musical partner Andy Lemay.

Having spent the last 4 years living in Berlin,  he is now based in London where he holds the position of Head of Marketing for the UK at seminal electronic music imprint Warp Records. Also a renowned A+R consultant, scout and music manager. When not releasing records, Kazim can be found running boutique marketing strategy and production agency Rule of Three, which specialises in video content for fashion and music brands.

If that wasn’t enough Kazim and Andy have launched new offshoot The Love Below – putting out limited edition vinyl, clothing and throwing parties. Check in to 22tracks for a weekly update of the heads-down, soulful side of electronic music in weekly selection by Kazim Kazim Kazim and Andy Lemay.

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Twitter: @somethinksounds
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15. Gareth Owen Lloyd

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Gareth Owen Lloyd B is an artist based in London. His practice includes running future workshops, developing alternative photographic processes and collecting artworks found in science fiction. He is also Maker Librarian at Machines Room an East London maker space that provides public access to digital fabrication tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers.

As Maker Librarian he programs meet ups, workshops and showcases as part of the Connect ZA-initiated Maker Library Network. As an artist he has recently exhibited a future workshop at Dreaming Machine in NCCA Moscow, as part of the IV Moscow International Biennale of Young Art, created a digital/analogue camera for FIX at South Kiosk gallery London and his collaborative science fiction Back to Orlando filmed in Johannesburg and shown at Ithuba Arts Gallery is on tour with Norwich Outpost Open Film. Other presentations include Of Our Own Making, a future retreat at Wysing Art Centre Cambridge and Vestige,part of The Future is Here at the Design Museum London.

His Art History of the Future, an online timeline charting culture in science fiction, will be published by Garage Magazine in October and he will be exhibiting with South Kiosk Gallery as part of Unseen Photography Festival in Amsterdam in September.

Twitter: @GarethOwenLloyd

16. Libby Curley

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Libby is a classically trained actress based in London. In 2010 she played Mary Queen of Scots in the first ever theatrical performance to be allowed in Westminster Abbey; and tours internationally with a 7 foot tall forlorn Beastie who leads children on an adventure through the streets where they live, that will stay with them forever.

She leads a double life. For the last 5 years Libby has been helping to grow Simbiotik, a partnership marketing agency in the heart of the city, which runs on the fuel of creativity. Simbiotik is the catalyst that brings brands together to collaborate, where previously they relied upon paid-for solutions. No cash exchanges hands; it’s just 2 brands sharing/recycling/exchanging what they have to help each other achieve their business goals. Partnerships use creativity to reinvigorate the way brands in London and around the world, interact.


British Council Connect ZA Creative Futures is a gathering of creatives from the UK, ZA and the rest of Africa in the heart of Johustleburg. Brought to you by the British Council Connect ZA in association with Live SA. Part of the Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival.