Through activating spaces for the sharing of ideas and intriguing creative appetites through interactive conversations, music, spoken word, art, and the sharing of beautiful stories, Blackboard Africa seeks to inspire youth innovation in order to tackle Africa’s complex challenges.
Gqom DJ, DJ Lag has produced a brand of dark, heated, minimal house that’s seen him become one of the widest-touring local DJs in the genre and is fast gaining traction across international waters as one of the contemporary, young DJs and producers to watch.
Humour and a touch of playfulness underpin the works of 23-year-old animator and illustrator Adam Black. Black recently graduated with a degree in UI/UX design and already has a Vimeo Staff Pick under his belt for his animation work ‘How To Be Rad’, and boasts features and interviews with international publications such as Ballpitmag and It’s Nice That.
Siwa Mgoboza is a global African artist who creates work across a wide variety of mediums, all towards an overarching view of ‘Africadia’. Through the use of materials such as shweshwe, Cape Town-based artist Siwa Mgoboza’s work merges textiles and photography to create vibrant, colourful, and near-overwhelming pieces of collage-work.
African-Iranian film-director, photographer and writer Katya Abedian is making waves with her debut short film Skin Diver which she wrote, directed, and produced. The short film has enjoyed screenings at Cape Town’s Labia Theatre and Joburg’s Bioscope Cinema.
Darkie Fiction, Cape Town’s new and exciting musical duo – comprising rapper Katt Daddy and singer and cinematographer Yoza Mnyanda is bringing 90s kwaito back. Darkie Fiction aim to bring to the music scene a sense of local style though their music.
Pianist Coila-Leah Enderstein, is a young musician making classical music both exciting and accessible. Based in Cape Town, the musician enjoys live art practices, instant composition and the performance of newly composed music in addition to traditional classical music texts.
Musician, Bonj is perhaps best known for her brand of soulful melodies which often plays around with electronic elements, and a healthy dose of gospel and groove. Over the years she has built a strong following – having performed on stages across the country.
Young sculptor, ceramicist, bead-worker, photographer, and former food blogger, Neb Nikro is currently studying Fine Art at Cape Town’s Michaelis, but is already establishing a name for himself in the art and design world. He’s had work exhibited in the group show Rain Dance at Cape Town’s Chandler House as well as had a sold-out show at the AKJP Collective.
Stiff Pap, which is made of rapper AyemaProbllem and producer Jakinda is an electronic music duo fusing elements of Kwaito, Gqom, House and Hip Hop music to create their own unique sound. The duo has gone on to perform shows at Red Bull Music festival and Cape Town Electronic Music Festival in 2018, as well as the Joburg edition of Afropunk festival.
Choreographer, stylist and musician, Mr Allofit has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He is the co-founder of Vintage Dance Cru, Vintage Cru Music Duo as well as The Gabriel’s YouTube lifestyle duo.
Artist, Michaela Younge has become well-known for her felt works – rich tapestry narratives that compress entire stories into single tableaux – as well as her knack for weaving dreams, folklore, fairytales and humour into her work. She currently works for SMITH studio and has and has shown work at Art Africa Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
Neo Serati Mofammerein is the brains behind Johannesburg’s contemporary athleisure brand Nao Serati. The brand specialises in unisex garments that explore the margins of gender and sexuality, while bearing in mind their South African heritage.
Loeries Young Creative Award winner, Thabang Manyelo is pioneering in the copywriting and advertising industry. The Vega graduate made a name for himself long before graduating by winning the Pendoring award and moving on to collect more while at FCB Africa.