Peki Emmelinah “Nothembi” Mkhwebani
Peki (African Queen of Ndebele Music) grew up loving music, especially indigenous
Ndebele music. Her Grandmother, Mantombana Mthimunye, taught her to play Ndebele
instruments like isikumero, isidonodono and the african drum (iingubhe), and her
uncle Besaphi Mthimunye taught her to play a home made oil-
She left home to work in Pretoria where she bought a keyboard and acoustic guitar and started to compose songs. In 1980 she formed a group called Nothembi Nezelamani Zakonomazyana: Nothembi (her traditional name) Nezelamani (the siblings) Zakonomazyana (the clan’s name). During those days they were invited to perform at cultural gatherings, weddings and other traditional ceremonies.
Nthabiseng is the founder of Puo Educational Products which creates content that educates, entertains and empowers children based on Africa's heritage. Their stories are in various indigenous South African languages and available in books and digital formats. She is part of the Ernst & Young Winning Women's Entrepreneurial Programme and was a finalist in the 2012 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.
Devarakshanam Betty Govinden
Devarakshanam Betty Govinden is an academic, researcher and writer, with varied interests.
Her recent publications include: A Time of Memory – Reflections on Recent South African
Writing (Solo Collective, Durban, 2008); Sister Outsiders; and Words on Water – Reflections
on Writings (Lap Publishing, Germany). An analysis of the literary contributions
of South African Indian women captured in the book: Sister Outsiders: The Representation
of Identity and Difference in Selected Writings by South African Indian Women, won
her the prestigious Hiddingh-
Myesha Jenkins integrates life experience into concise, witty poetry that provokes
and inspires. Visible in the Johannesburg poetry scene for the last ten years, she
launched her second collection, Dreams of Flight at the UKZN’s International Festival
in 2011. Her work has been featured in We are (ed. Natalia Molebatsi, Penguin 2009),
Isis X (Botsotso Publishing 2005), and Baobab Journal. She co-
Vanessa Gounden was born into a poor South African family and raised in a township,
but that is a distant past. Her brand “Vanessa G” is aimed at the contemporary woman
of today that has an appreciation of the arts and wants her clothes to reflect her
sensibility. Through “Vanessa G”, Vanessa communicates the emotions of upwardly mobile
women, whilst at the same time capturing the untold stories of unsung artists. Every
garment in the “Vanessa G” collection endeavours to look like a piece of art -
Zanele Muholi studied photography at the Market Photo Workshop. In 2009 she was the
Ida Ely Rubin Artist-
Catherine Christie is a well known abstract artist who captures the beauty of Nature. She explores and reveals the weathering effects of exposure and time – unpredictable, yet certain. There is a sense that change is constant – creation, growth, weathering, erosion, repair, decay and rebirth … The rich surfaces on her canvases reflect the cyclical processes of Life. Catherine Christie’s works have been sold to large corporate companies such as Old Mutual/Discovery, Finsource House, Irish & Ashman amongst many others. Besides taking the corporate and private world by storm, Catherine exhibits her work internationally and in 2006 was nominated South African Woman of the Year in Culture & Arts.
Nandhipa Mntambo is a South African artists who has become famous for her sculptures, video and photographs that focus on the human female body and identity by using natural, organic materials. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Brett Kebble Art Awards Curatorial Fellowship; in 2006 she was one of five young artists selected for the MTN new contemporaries exhibition; and in 2011 was the winner of the Standard Bank Yound Artist Award for visual art. She has received commissions from Nedbank and the Gulbenkain Foundation, Portugal
Tebogo Kgobokoe is one of the most revered and respected dance personalities in South Africa with a passion for development, an arts activist who wants to see support of the arts enhanced. She is an undefeated SA professional ten dance champion and six times South African Latin American Professional Champion. She has been teaching dance for more than sixteen years and has devoted most of her time to the development of dancesport in rural areas in South Africa. Tebogo is trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Spanish, Modern dance, Freestyle, Rock n Roll, Latin American and Ballroom dance.
Pretty Yende graduated cum laude from the South African College of Music and also graduated from the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, Italy. She won first prize at the Vincenzo Bellini International Competition in 2010. In 2011, Yende won first prize at Operalia, The World Opera Competition. In 2012, she sang the role of Musetta in Giacomo Puccini's 1896 opera La bohème at La Scala in Milan. Yende made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City, New York in 2013, in the role of Adèle in Gioachino Rossini's 1828 opera Le comte Ory. Yende was conferred the silver Order of Ikhamanga on 27 April 2013.
Siya Makuzeni is a multifaceted musician who regularly collaborates with artists as diverse as Marcus Wyatt, Themba Mkhize, McCoy Mrubata, Feya Faku, Frank Opperman, Tlale Makhene, Khaya Mahlangu, Sibongile Khumalo and many more. A member of Carlo Mombelli’s Prisoners of Strange, she is also the bandleader of her own rock band, Ippyfuz. She has toured and performed around the globe. Siya has also lent her songwriting skills to albums by various artists. Her live collaborations include Goema Captains, Thandiswa Mazwai, Teba, Tumi, SWR Big Band (Germany).
Simphiwe Dana has become one of the most illustrious and talked about stars in the country; she enjoys sold out status at her concerts in venues in South Africa and abroad. Her first album reached platinum status and she is the winner of six SAMAS. Her influences include jazz, reggae, jive and traditional Xhosa music, which she fuses to form a style known as Modern African Soul. Her open letter to Steve Biko, penned to him on the 35th anniversary of his death, bear’s testament to her deep social conscience and concern for her homeland.
Lore Watterson is the owner, publisher and editor of a lifestyle magazine with a twist, Classicfeel. The magazine has established itself as the prime showcase of South African arts and culture as well as the latest on the international music scene. Classicfeel Magazine was previously a recipient of two ACT Awards. In 2005 it received both the Arts & Culture Trust Award for Media and the Arts & Culture Trust Journalist Award. Besides the ACT Awards, Classicfeel has garnered many other prestigious awards, amongst them several SAPPI PICA Awards for excellence in publishing and twice, the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award.
Lira’s first album All My Love earned her accolades at the Metro FM Awards, South African Music Awards and Channel O Reel Music Awards, and since then her career has gone from strength to strength. According to The Star Newspaper, she’s currently considered the foremost adult contemporary female solo artist in South Africa. She has appeared in major ad campaigns and been an Ambassador for Audi, Shield, Samsung, MTN and Blackberry. She has appeared on the covers of over twenty magazines worldwide and currently holds the largest Facebook following of any South African musician with over 410,000 fans. I
n December 2011, Lira was named one of the "Five Unique Artists to Change Music in 2012" by Essence Magazine. She lends her time and resources to causes that matter to her the most. She remains active with, and has received awards from, various grassroots organizations, outreach groups, and advocacy programs such as the Student Sponsorship Programme – which presented her with the Inspiration Award in 2011. She has also participated in numerous activities for The Southern Africa Trust.
Pam Warne is the Curator of New-
Kate Otten studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand. After working for a number of other practices, Otten established her own firm in 1989 in Johannesburg. She has designed community libraries, the waterfront development at Tzaneen, an art therapy centre in Soweto and the museum exhibition space at the former Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill which received a commendation from the South African Institute of Architects.
Helena Spring is an independent producer. While Head of Production at Videovision
Entertainment she produced more than sixty television projects and more than twenty
feature films including the Academy Award nominated motion picture, Yesterday, and
Red Dust starring Hilary Swank. Helena was also executive producer of the motion
picture Waati, directed by Palme D’Or winner Souleymane Cisse; and Katinka Heyns’
Paljas, selected as South Africa’s first official entry in the 1998 Academy Awards
in the Best Foreign Language film category. As an independent producer she has, among
other projects, produced the most recent Leon Schuster film Mad Buddies. She is now
working with a slate of young film-
Tumi Morake is a performer at heart who branched off onto the stand-
Benjamin and Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand) met in South Africa at the end of the '50s. After leaving their homeland and emigrating to Europe, they met Duke Ellington in Switzerland in 1962. He sponsored recordings for the two; Benjamin's was unfortunately not released for the first time until 1996. She eventually sang with Ellington's orchestra at Newport (1965) and her first full recorded set as a leader (1979) was an Ellington tribute.
Sathima Bea Benjamin, who has led dates for Ekapa, BlackHawk, and Enja, has used such fine musicians as Ricky Ford, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins.