Your weekly dose of creative cool: new music by PURE, exhibition openings, and plenty of art parties

In this week’s dose of creative cool, Purity Mkhize shows a softer side on her brand new single ‘No Secrets’, JP Hanekom and The Seppis share some conceptual photographic work with 10and5, and we make suggestions of ways to liven up your days and nights with workshops, talks, festivals and art exhibitions to go to in the coming days. 


See a brand new music video by PURE, directed by Kyle Lewis

PURE is the creative moniker of songwriter and performer Purity Zinhle Mkhize. The Cape Town-based artist released a new music video for her soothing and meditative single ‘No Secrets’ this week. She announced the track as being about her personal journey toward self acceptance – “The significance of the search for self and internal happiness has been so clear and I’ve started listening in a big way for the very first time. This is my way of saying to myself ‘Purity I hear you loud and clear’”. In the mesmerizing visual, directed by Kyle Lewis, Purity and her supporting crew perform and interact in the nude.

Josh Kempen announces debut album ‘The Morning Show’

Josh Kempen’s just announced the release of his first full LP, The Morning Show. Hear the exclusive preview of three tracks off of the LP and read our chat with the pop musician about his writing and recording process over here.

Art and Exhibitions

Graduate exhibition: Michaelis School of Fine Art

One of South Africa’s foremost institutions for the study of fine art and new media, Michaelis School of Fine Art, will be presenting their Graduate Exhibition from the 24th of February to the 6th of March. Opening night will take place on Friday the 24th February at 18:00. Check it out at the Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street and be sure to also make an appearance at the official Michaelis Grad Show After Party at Upstairs on Bree for celebrations after. 


‘Because you can’ at Constitution Hill

The Future is Female, a local feminist movement started by Vuyiswa Sipoko and Sphilile Khumalo, will be hosting a two-day festival which aims to workshop and empower women using artistic exhibition, conservation and performance. The event will be taking place at Constitution Hill from Friday the 24th until Sunday the 26th of February. 

‘Conversations on Creativity’ at the J&B Hive

‘Conversations on Creativity’ is a regular event, presented by Creative Nestlings, which brings together various individuals for a day of creative dialogue. The event will be happening this Saturday, the 25th of February at the J&B Hive in Braamfontein. London based illustrator and director Becca Human, film maker Vincent Moloi and fashion designer Floyd Funky-LowLife Avenue have been invited to share their artistic journeys, insights and ideas with guests.

‘THAT ART PARTY’ at Yours Truly

Art Africa Fair and Yours Truly on Kloof Street presents THAT ART PARTY, taking place on the 25th February, from 15:00. Music meets art at the event which will play host to 400 guests who will be entertained by some of the most exciting performing artists and DJs. THAT ART PARTY’s line-up includes the likes of DJ INVIZABLE, Felix Laband (DJ set), Inge Beckmann (DJ set), ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town & The Frown (DJ set).

Design Idaba’s ‘Nighstcape Festival’ at The Artscape

Here’s what you can expect at Design Indaba’s first ever three-day festival experience, Night Scape, happening from the 1st until the 3rd of March on the Artscape piazza:


New work from The Seppis

Cape Town-based photography duo The Seppis, comprising of Taariq Sepstar and Seemaa Allie, in collaboration with art director Mehnaaz Alex, capture an otherworldly series of photographs portraying landscape and nudes. The images feature dance performers, Action Arte, and signal a sense of struggle. Taariq sites a dark transitional period as his inspiration for the shoot – “The work came form a time of transition, where I was ending a time in one place and beginning a time in a new place. During this period of creative destruction I was experiencing what felt like a backlog of emotions, while going through an accentuated period.”

‘The Light Within’ by JP Hanekom


The Light Within portrait series, captured by photographer JP Hanekom, explores humans and their energetic signatures in relation to our place within space. The vibrant shoot was styled by Sheena Bagshawe with Liezl Leach on hair and make up. The above portraits feature models Armand Dicker at Boss Models SA and Olivia Mortimer at My Friend Ned

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