A fast fact about our country that almost all South Africans are familiar with is that there are 11 official languages – a mirror of the variety of cultures that our people represent. Amongst the lesser known cultures, for me at least, is that of Tsonga. I don’t think I’ve met a Tsonga person as yet, except for recently and in a virtual setting – … Continue reading Did you know: Tsonga rap, Sho Madjozi or Huku?
What I love about Erykah Badu I’ve always been drawn to the music of Ms. Erykah Badu. The imagery coupled with her music intensified this level of attraction for me. What she represented was different, somewhat spiritual yet at the same time very real. She seemed grounded and true to her unique self. Listening to the lyrics makes her music even more enchanting. Her … Continue reading What I love about Erykah, Street Art, Naked Ape and Stitch & Steel
The concept ‘strategic thinking’ brings to mind an image of the game of chess. When playing, the aim is to outwit your opponent by making calculated moves. Moves characterised by having an awareness of what you have available in your arsenal, taking action and pre-empting the direction your opponent is likely to take next. To be good at chess you need to have knowledge of … Continue reading Tips from business school: Learn to think strategically
“She is the leader of the past which is now the future” – Hugh Masekela on Thandiswa Mazwai My very first article posted on offthetar.com was titled “What defines a trendsetter?” and Thandiswa Mazwai was someone I referred to as an example of one. This view remains unchanged and especially more so since I attended her birthday concert – King Tha Day. This event was … Continue reading Style Report: KingThaDay with Thandiswa Mazwai
Last year I attended the Faku’gesi Beats Bloc Party in Braam’ and was awe-struck by two guys who wore a look emulating Raiden – a character from the video game Mortal Kombat. I loved how they incorporated the traditional Sotho hat into their ensemble and the addition of a mask made of patterned fabric. I could not resist recreating this otherworldly, “Japanese-esque” look! Raiden is … Continue reading Black Panther’s got me outchea drippin’ in finesse…
You’re a creative wanting to make a living? This is possible if you take note of your current and/or prospective customer community. Community is defined as “the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common” according to the dictionary (or a Google search). Community is synonymous with the words identity and belonging. There is a specific set of characteristics that sets apart … Continue reading You’re a creative wanting to make a living? Learn from your customer community
When someone is passionate about something, they’re driven to explore a range of different options in the said area that they share a love for. As an example, a chef loves to experiment with different flavours and new combinations and the same can be said for a musician (who’d likely listen to and find inspiration in varied genres) and even a scientist will test a … Continue reading The struggle of getting dressed without a F-L mirror…