inka kendzia aka the grrrl is an award winning animation director by day and transforms herself into a vj extraordinaire under the cloak of darkness. her company MEME is busy round the clock with aftereffects animation wizardry for a client list that looks like the fortune 500. by night, she supplies visual stimulation for the who’s who of south african bands and touring international dj’s. somewhere in between she walks her dog, akira. she is a natural storyteller with a wild imagination. when i first met inka, she used to lug around 2 huge crates of VHS tapes, weighing more than she did, accompanying all african dope artists on their european tours. i’m sure she’s much happier with a mac and midi controller nowadays.
ed is an amazing artist. he draws things with his hands and then manipulates them beyond recognition in the digital world. he’s travelled all over the planet on a physical level. he’s also traversed the dimensions thru shamanic plants. he’s been to places you don’t even know exist and brought them back as art. he made all the album artwork for fletcher in dub. most certainly a very interesting guy to talk to. for a headtrip, check out his website and more here.
matt is a full on wordpress nerd. while fluent in english, he prefers to speak code. if you don’t believe me, check out his company website, haycroft media. he’s a bit of a music junkie, having started his career at good looking records with ltj bukem. i always respect a man who knows his jungle. and has a good taste in cutting edge dub music. he customized this wordpress theme for me very nicely, don’t you think!?
jon n kev will rock your socks off. these two funkateers know no limits when it comes to style, tempo or sillyness. whether it’s a dj set of mashups that will keep you itching and twitiching, or their own killer productions of bass heavy beats, mix n blend have got the sound to keep any dance floor boogying til dawn and occasionally scratching their heads and laughing. check out their website and connect with them on soundcloud, facebook and twitter.
rowan is one of those guys who is so passionate about his work that it’s contagious, whether it’s behind the camera, in the editing suite, or on location somewhere in africa. i’ve had the pleasure of working on quite a few projects with him over the years and it’s always so refreshing to meet a director who’s a real human being, interested in real human stories, without hollywood flashing behind their eyes. his company, makhulu productions, does great work with a small team of dedicated individuals. check out his vimeo channel and this interview with him. its not often you get to see film makers in front of the camera.
carine from congo is my go-to designer. i love her design style cos she instantly strips away all my cluttered ideas into something simple, functional and beautiful. she is a visual ideas machine. check out her website over here. no shortage of design, illustration and web design. and she’s also an international fashion model but don’t hold it against her.
maga bo is one of the digital nomads roaming this earth in search of awe-inspring sounds. his work as a sound-guy on BBC and national geographic documentaries takes him to the most interesting places on the planet where he connects with the musical locals, records everything and takes it back to the lab in rio de janeiro. his dj’ing sets and original productions are a tapestry of grooves from around the globe incorporating the flavas of hip hop, kwaito, baile funk, jungle ragga, dub, grime and dubstep with flares of samba, rai, bhangra, cumbia, skewed electronic beats and loudspeaker jitter. check out his website, there are always tasty dj mixes, downloads and unique sonic travel stories on offer.
one of the most versatile voices in the business is mr crosby siyasanga bolani aka digi-analog. he is equally talented as a hip hop mc, ragga dj, or singing smooth melodies for the ladies. not only a talented vocalist, crosby runs his studio and record label, spliff records, from his home in gugulethu. he is the son of a rasta and reggae music runs deep in his veins, but that has never stopped him from experimenting with new styles and riddims. check out his musical productions on myspace and soundcloud. crosby’s talent means he’s always on tour somewhere in the world, coming to rock a soundsystem near you.
there virtually isn’t a band in the country that hasn’t employed the musical genius of sean ou tim aka mr sakitumi at some point. it’s cos he can play every instrument in any style: drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, upright bass, piano, keyboard, scratches likes a demon, finger drums MPC style, and now scratches video on ms pinky. if any musical instruments are invented in the future, you can be sure he will play them too. and to top it off, he’s a really sweet guy with a wife and dog. follow him on facebook listen to his tunes on soundcloud and don’t forget to buy a copy of his album, secret asian man.