Diminishing GBV narrative through touching music

After working under strict Covid-19 Lockdown laws ‘cooking’ what he anticipates to be the best love song to come out early 2021, Fresh Eric, real name Eric Mokaleng, has released his Amapiano-inspired tune on 12 February, followed by the official music video coming out on 12 March.

This fashionable vocalist released this song with the intent to bring healing, love and happiness.

Eric told his existing and potential fans of what to expect from this track, “Firstly, what inspired this song was Gender-based violence. I realized that there’s a stigma among men for trying to change women to suit their characters, so this song speaks to that. We sometimes meet women comfortable in their miniskirts and we come into their lives and expect to change their dress code and even behaviour at times,” he explained.

The track features another and upcoming producer LiL MH (his homeboy from Mpumalanga).  Eric who made Afro Pop his home genre explained why he dabbled into an amapiano beat. “The beat was made by LiL MH from Mpumalanga who wanted some vocals on it, and with my versatility, the song Yimina Lo was born, paving a new path in my career and subgenre that I call Afropiano,” the Newlands resident explained.

Eric is currently an independent artist who works with small independent agency to help promote his brand and music to heights he never imagined.

Only 28-years-old, the budding talent, who is a singer and song writer, is paving his own path to stardom and hoping to take over the Afro Pop scene and run with it in the country.

This confident and bubbly rising star was born in the North West and raised in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga to a Swati and Tshwana parents. He moved to Johannesburg, Gauteng at the tender age of 10, where he grew up and did all of his schooling.

Owing to having multi-cultured parents, Eric grew up having able to speak an array of languages – a component which he poured out into his music which works wonders for him as he aims to gain fans across the multiple cultures in continent of Africa.

Before he found his feet in Afro Pop, Fresh Eric from Newlands first tested waters in a complete different genre. “Back in the days when my interest started growing for music, I did RnB and Hip Hop. But as time went on I started falling in love with my current genre, Afro Pop,” he says.

Music video link of Yimina Lo:  https://youtu.be/Y8vk-Gkcplo

Meet Rocker Vybz, an entrepreneurial musician

Rocker Vybz is a rising force in the underground scene, best known for his creativity in music production and his entrepreneurial skills.

Born Adolf Lee Dizamuhupe, Rocker Vubz was raised in in Dzivarasekwa3, Harare in Zimbabwe before he moved to Johannesburg in 2013.

The 22-year-old ventured into the music industry at a tender age. He started as a dancehall singer and song writer before he became a music producer. He said that Vybz Kartel, Jah Cure and Don Corleone are his influencers.

In 2017, Rocker Vybz dropped his first single "Dem Talk Bout Me" featuring YK Junior ('2017') followed by "Slay Queens" which was taken off from his first debut Extended Play Mix tape entitled 'Non-Believers Extended Play".

Rocker Vybz also worked as a producer at Lil Moniez Entertainment & Empire Mc Records. While in the music industry, Rocker Vybz developed entrepreneurial skills, which have kept him going.

“I'm also a younger entrepreneur,” he said.  “I co-founded Mc'Lee Photography and Urban Wear as well as Avomp Music Group.

He highlighted that Avomp Music Group Management is a South African based freelance artist(s) representative company that helps up and coming young artists.

“(It helps them) getting to publish their music and reach out to new audiences as well as artist(s) branding. It is a sister company to Empire Mc Records (Recording Label. The vision behind "Avomp Music Group Management is to become Africa's  number one leading company in music publishing, artist branding and PR management.”

Avomp Music Group Management started in 2016 as ALD Vybz Online Music Promotions, which later on got shortened to "AVOMP". When started distributing music it had Mega Jani (Reggae/Dancehall Musician) and Mcy Ghost (Hip Hop/Rap Musician) under its wing.

Ground-breaking speaker line-up announced for 6th FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit

In the wake of a tumultuous period in history, many are reflecting on lessons learnt in 2020 while seeking guidance on how to navigate this new reality going forward. Bringing together the continent’s most powerful female voices, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) will take on a guiding role, hinging the conversation on this year’s dynamic theme - Africa Reloaded: The Power of The CollectiveCoinciding with International Women’s Day, the 6th #LeadingWomanSummit, presented by Mastercard, will run from 8 to 9 March 2021, boasting an impactful speaker line-up for this free-to-attend virtual platform.

There is not just one keynote speaker at #LWS2021 but a star-studded galaxy of names including 2019 Miss Universe, South Africa’s own Zozibini Tunzi; British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter Gugu Mbatha-Raw; Emirati business woman, author and artist, Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi; British-Sudanese supermodel and designer, Alek Wek; IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath; Nigerian entrepreneur Folorunso Alakija; FORBES AFRICA’s African of the Year 2020 honoree, the former Nigerian Finance Minister and first female African Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland; the United Nations’ representative in China, Siddharth Chatterjee; South African music conductor, Ofentse Pitse; South African explorer, Saray Khumalo; and South African rugby player, Piwo Nyanda. These – and many more trail-blazers – will engage the audience through hard-hitting talks, fireside chats and insightful panel discussions that look back on the year while identifying opportunities for growth and recovery on the continent.

“Mastercard has a strong sense of responsibility to take action when it comes to equality,” commented Suzanne Morel, Mastercard Country Manager for South Africa. “FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit is one of those great examples where we can play a key role through our sponsorship. The summit provides professional women with an opportunity to discuss some of the world’s biggest issues – business challenges, workplace issues and the further empowerment of African women. It’s also a fantastic chance to showcase truly inspiring women who are doing extraordinary things, to share their stories and really network with others.”

Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES Africa & FORBES Woman Africa, said this year would certainly draw on a lot more emotion, following the challenges of the previous year, but that participants would undoubtedly feel more compelled to act on these than ever before: “The Covid-19 experience has brought to light some harsh realities – the deepening inequalities that continue to be experienced by Africa’s women and the continent within the global economy. But it has also lit a fire in many of us. If there is going to be action taken, it needs to be now, and I think that momentum will flow through and beyond this year’s summit.”

“The convergence of powerful, industry-leading women could not have happened at a better time, and on a better platform than the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit. Collectively, we have the power to break down the barriers that were amplified over the past year – specifically, driving the conversation around inequality in access to connectivity, and the crucial opportunities that are enabled through this,” said Lianne Williams, Head of Marketing, Vumatel; South Africa. “The telecommunications sector, for instance, not only empowers the continent with digital tools and information that grows economies, but also allows individuals to access opportunities such as online learning and remote working in the digital age. These is the empowerment we strive to deliver to all communities.”

Roberta Naicker, Managing Director, ABN Group, said the event was a ‘solutions-driven platform’ for women seeking a change in the global narrative: “We have seen that people don’t just want to talk about their problems, they really want to understand how they can actually roll up their sleeves and solve them. We’re looking forward to great conversations this year that tackle global challenges.”

#LWS2021 Panel Discussions

· Agility and flexibility: Culture change in the C-Suite

· The isolation economy and the double shift for women

· Rise of the low-touch economy: Financial and digital inclusion in a pandemic world

· Warriors in healthcare: What’s life like on the frontline?

· Private equity: Still a man’s world?

· The lost generation: The gendered impact of Covid-19 on education

· Back to the garage: Working-from-home (WFH) and the remote revolution

· CFOs, CIOs and CTOs: The new corporate Czars in a COVID era

· Why the Covid-19 pandemic is also a gender pandemic

#LWS2021 Speaker Line-up

· Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, newly-elected Director-General of the WTO (Please place her image first)

· Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019

· Gugu Mbatha-Raw, British actress and UNHCR high-profile supporter

· Alek Wek, British-Sudanese supermodel and designer

· Piwo Nyanda, South African rugby player (Mastercard)

· Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General 

· Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi, Emirati businesswoman, author and artist; UAE 

· Folorunso Alakija, Nigerian entrepreneur and Vice-Chair of Famfa Oil

· Bisila Bokoko, Spanish-African-American businesswoman; USA

· Vanessa Nakate, climate activist; Uganda

· Natasha Muhoza, poet/storyteller and lawyer; Rwanda

· Ilwad Elman, Somali-Canadian activist, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Director, Elman Peace Centre; Mogadishu

… and many others! Check www.leadingwomensummit.co.za for the full speaker line-up.

The 2021 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (LWS) presented by Mastercard, is a free-to-attend virtual event, expected to draw more than 2 000 attendees from across the globe on 8 and 9 March 2021. Don’t miss out on what is set to be one of the year’s most impactful events.

How to get involved:                                                  

Become part of the change by registering to attend the summit at 

https://hopin.com/events/forbes-woman-africa-leading-women-summit or visit

www.leadingwomensummit.co.za for more info. Alternatively, follow the conversation on social media @LWSummit #LWS2021 #LeadingWomanSummit.

Contact details:

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities: sales@abn360.com

Media-related enquiries: yolande.dutoit@abn360.com

Event-related queries: events@abn360.com

A local radio drama hits the ground running

Sabelani Radio drama made its debut on Cosmo FM on Saturday 6 February 2021 and is set to take listeners by storm.

The drama aims to tell South African stories though different voices, said film maker and Sabelani co-producer Wiliam Molaule,

“With the Sabelani Story,” he said, “my aim is to highlight health issues, how violence separated us and how we can fix ourselves through this emotional intelligence EQ program. Our stories are the beauty and the beast of our experience. The radio drama is more like a personal development therapy to recognise our wounds and provide solutions to heal them as a community of common interests.”

The drama is recorded at Mmino More Entertainment in association with IN THE DREAM Entertainment. It will be aired on Cosmo FM every Saturday on the breakfast show between 8am to 9am with Moses The Spoken.

We have decided to embark on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment through Sabelani Youth Program" , Molaule said.

“This project will provide young people and other participants with a framework, techniques and processes that will enhance their understanding of their own and others’ behavior, thoughts, emotions, opinions, values and needs. It will give the youth skills and confidence to experience life and its challenges from a conscious and insightful perspective.”

The drama will help listeners to understand human rights and political freedoms, he said. “It will also help them determine social opportunities which arise from education, the arts sector, technology, health care, public works, management, sports and recreation.”

He added that the drama also aims to build the community of Cosmo City.

“We would also love to thank Cosmo FM management and staff for their unconditional love and since is the month of love, We give our unconditional love back to them for being supportive towards the youth and their craft, our community and its achievements. We would love to thank Moses The Spoken, Raymond, Ausi Nthabi, and Cosmo FM staff for their love and support.”

Being part of the Sabelani cast has been amazing,” said Samkelisiwe Mkhwanazi.  “I am thankful for the opportunity. This has been a kick start to my career. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that was afforded to me. However, load shedding is giving us a challenge.”

Sabelani Radio Drama Cast list;

Samkelisiwe Mkhwanazi as Thandeka

Goitseone Manoto as Jabulani

Kgotatso Mabote as Samantha

Sibongile Moseki as Letta

Londi Gin as Zandi

William Molaule as Tambesuma

Skhumbuzo Gatsheni as Blessing

Tebogo Mosidi as Principal Shighubu

VeeBeats Exclusive as our sound engineer and producer �t�k

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