June is National Youth Month and time for our annual Young South Africa Series, a series of interviews with SA’s most exciting and interesting young creatives, to show off the great work they are producing. This year we’ve teamed up with Velocity Afrika to make our first ever Young South Africa video too. As the country commemorates The Soweto Uprising of June 16th 1976, this video takes a look at Young South Africa now through the thoughts and work of upcoming young creatives. They spoke to us about the local creative scene, SA youth culture and how they hope to see it growing in the future.
The creatives interviewed in the video include Singer and Songwriter Nakhane Touré, Filmmaker/Photographer/
Meet these Young South Africans:
26 year old Johannesburg based singer and songwriter Nakhane Touré released his debut album Brave Confusion last year. He describes his sound as ‘soul’ music – referring not to the genre, but rather to a more visceral understanding of the term. Throughout his album poetic lyrics and mesmerising vocals paired with guitar, bass, keys, melodica and percussion reveal many truths, perhaps most notably this: Touré is an artist not afraid to expose himself.
Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
22 year old filmmaker, photographer and musician Sibs Shongwe-La Mer founded The Whitman Independent – a youth art retailer, filmhouse, gallery and publisher – and he is just about to start production on his first feature film titled Territorial Pissings.
Visit Sibs’s Website to see more of his work.
The Twenty Journey
As South Africa reaches two decades of democracy this year, three young photographers are embarking on a journey across the land to ask important questions and document their findings. Their mission? – To feel the pulse of South Africa.
Sipho Mpongo, a 20-year-old Xhosa from Langa, Wikus de Wet, a 23-year-old Afrikaner from Bloemfontein, and Sean Metelerkamp, a 29-year-old Englishman from Knysna plan to travel in a campervan over 6 months from The Mother City to Musina, The City of Gold To Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape, across to the Kalahari and more to meet their fellow South Africans, each with their own mission. While Sipho is planning to reveal more about the first generation growing up out of apartheid rule, Wikus will investigate the value of the land and its relationship to the people who inhabit it, as Sean highlights the absurdities of life in this magnificent and puzzled country.
Keep and eye out for our Young South Africa Interview with them coming soon.
Visit their Kickstarter campaign to help them raise funds for the trip – there’s only a few days left!
Freelance photographer Caroline Mackintosh works hard, but makes it look the most fun you can have with your (really, really cool) clothes on – and often tossed aside for a quick skinny dip too. Her photographs have a personality of their own – young, carefree and adventurous. Not unlike Cally herself. Having been signed to Supernova and having shot for the likes of Oyster and VICE US all during the past year, her career is rapidly taking off.
Watch out for our Young South Africa Interview with Caroline coming soon.
Gabrielle Kannemeyer is an art student turned vintage clothing entrepreneur turned stylist-to-watch. Officially, Gabbi works as a menswear stylist at online designer fashion store and journal, Spree. In her spare time she lends her imagination, vision and impeccable taste to images made in collaboration with some of Cape Town’s most exciting young photographers, while building up a killer portfolio of her own. Her work has been published in a host of international publications – both online and in print. Her recent work includes styling the first official images of Afro-futurist artist Spoek Mathambo’s new superband Fantasma, and a short film for Cape Town band Bateleur. We spoke with her to find out where her ideas come from and how she defines the look and feel of our times.
See more of her work on her Tumblr.
Trevor Stuurman is already an established name in the South African fashion and photography industries. His impeccable taste in clothing and his camera skills won him the Elle’s Style Photographer in 2012, but that’s not his only claim to fame. Trevor is a stylist and blogger too, and he is completing his postgraduate studies in Motion Picture. At the moment he is finishing up a documentary project which he co-directed and produced with Kathrin Ratzek. This documentary tracks Laduma Ngxokolo‘s journey as a local fashion designer. He is also preparing for an exchange program in Los Angeles which kicks off in a few weeks. One thing is certain, Trevor Stuurman is someone to watch!
Keep an eye out for our Young South Africa Interview with Trevor.
When the teacher at King David asked her class of standard 4 students what they wanted to be when they grew up, most boys answered a lawyer, doctor, accountant or rabbi. Only Tzvi Karp answered “a fashion designer”, and the look of surprise on his classmates’ faces echoes the look on the faces in the front row each time he sends a new collection down the runway. To call Tzvi’s design ‘avant-garde’ is almost passé, as this young designer is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. He’s currently collaborating with a sculptor on what he promises us will be his “craziest collection to date”. We can’t wait to see it.
Watch out for our Young South Africa Interview with Tzvi during June.
Find Tzvi on Twitter.
Zama Phakathi is the owner and curator at StopSign Art Gallery, a mobile gallery hosted in a shipping container in Maboneng Precinct which showcases promising local up-and-coming contemporary artists. Zama’s interesting ways of thinking about art and making it accessible is making waves in the local art community, and with big plans for the future she’s definitely a young creative to keep an eye out for.
Watch out for our Young South Africa Interview with Zama soon.
Find StopSign Art Gallery on Facebook.
Visit our Young South Africa Series to see one-on-one interviews with these creatives and more.