#POPLITICAL, Feature Article

UNITED States Of AFRICA: A Blueprint

The United States of Africa is a proposed concept for a federation of some or all of the 55 sovereign states on the African continent. The concept takes its origin from Marcus Garvey’s 1924 poem, Hail, United States of Africa. The concept then became synonymous with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as…

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INTERVIEWS

Sjava’s Isina Muva Goes Gold

After celebrating a year of release to the debut album Isina Muva, we are proud to announce that Sjava has reached Gold in album sales. He celebrates by releasing a deluxe version of the album titled Isina Muva: Gold Deluxe. The album hit #1 on iTunes on its first day…

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MUSIC

Palm Tree Paradise: #LessIsMore

PalmTree Paradise presents to its listeners a new groove to chase out the winter. At a time when the entire Hip Hop industry locally and internationally are releasing up-tempo music for the summer party season #LessIsMore provides something for those who appreciate lyricism and good music. Having done a national…

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MUSIC

LASTA: ALIVE

 We recently got to chat to Lasta about the video release to her single – Alive “My silence has been due to various reasons, I am not just a musician but also a filmmaker I have been busy with a few projects in Film.” Lasta is no stranger to the…

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MUSIC

You Shouldn’t Have Done That – He Was Just a Boy

As a foreword, Francois Dillinger and SIBIR14N IMPER1AL wrote “It’s a coming of age story we guess. On this, we with love, loss, redemption, groove and well… babes. Something timeless to get you smiling, reflecting and dancing. Anyone that knows us knows this sound, this narrative is the true essence…

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INTERVIEWS, MUSIC, VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

Morena Leraba: Blending Our Stories with Modern Music

A documentary by Blacknation Media, explores and reflects on discussions on Lesotho’s socio-political landscapes, artistic cultures, economic endeavours and tradition. To be screened again in Maseru, Lesotho at Alliance Française de Maseru (02/12/16), the documentary captures rural village life in Lesotho at Ha Nchela, Berea where Morena Leraba, a Mosotho shepherd…

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#POPLITICAL

Another June 16.

By Edlin Chuene 2017, the 16th of June; morning and I am lying in bed after laying her brains and body numb. My mind then wondered somewhere amidst the skipped pillow talk into the possibilities of another sun-up sun-down and suddenly the date took me aback to memories of young…

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FASHION

Favelo International x Mankind

Favelo International (est. 2014); every piece perfectly balances form and function for the young urban creative. Mankind walks and talks this balance through his urban sound of trap with a forever “trill” – true + real – message. Similarly like Favelo International, Mankind fails to follow trends but rather he chooses…

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MUSIC

Smart Monkey – Mankind ft. Stilo Magolide

Imfene ekhaliphile Defintion: Direct translation. Smart Monkey – Mankind ft Stilo Magolide: 2017 June 16 new musical tribute to those who fell on this day 41 years ago; n. An informed young man or woman aware of how his society was rigged centuries ago to deter him or her at…

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ART

Interview: DayPhotoLife!

BN: Can you tell us more about Dayphotolife? what is it all about? DPL: Dayphotolife is a visual storytelling company focusing on creating content & creativity in general. BN: What inspired the name? and the creative process to create this  concept? DPL: Every life & culture, day to day life…

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FASHION

Instagram Style Crush

Written by Nomsa Motale Her style is on-point! She is versatile and doesn’t mind experimenting with different clothing styles. She goes by the name of Nomalanga. She’s an actress, presenter, this woman is not only fashion forward but multitalented. This is why she is the ultimate Instagram style crush. Pictures:…

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MUSIC

Mankind Drops New Video “Living Messiah”

Mankind Born Tswelopele Tsotetsi in Emalahleni, formerly known as Witbank is dropping his first ever Album. His recent EP titled “Give Dat Tenda” which was dropped in June 2014. The content in his last EP (Give Dat Tenda) displayed a fountain of wisdom and memories of his life experiences as…

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Feature Article

Adding Some Hope!

Celebrities gathered in Alexandra to join Add Hope’s Hope against Hunger challenge leading up to World Hunger Day on 28 May. Personalities including Proverb, Jonathan Boynton Lee, Dr Alex Smile, Carmel Fisher, Nicole Da Silva, DJ Sabby, Bokang Montjane Tshabalala, Danine Naidoo and newly appointed Add Hope ambassador, actor Sthembiso…

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ART

Things To Consider Before Exhibiting Your Artwork!

Written by Nomsa Motale One of the many challenges thats artists face, is the challenge of getting their artwork on the right platform. They require the correct exposure so that their artwork can be in-demand. With that said, it takes a procedure for most artists to exhibit their work in…

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ART

Creating, Documenting, Inspiring!

Written by Nomsa Motale This artist goes by the name of Obakeng TH3KWL3ST. Inspired by blackness and it’s narrative, everything from rewriting it to simply re-emphasizing the greatness that is already known about it. Obakeng would like to delve into more serious issues within the black community through different artistic mediums. Obakeng…

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FASHION, INTERVIEWS

Tshepo The Jean-Maker!

Written by Nomsa Motale He is known as Tshepo The Jean maker, he designs his own brand of jeans and thrives on good quality. He took an interest in designing jeans because he decided he wanted to focus on the artistry of  jeans, he said that distribution has become one of his…

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MUSIC

KFC Unlocks SoundBite!

Written by Nomsa Motale Music has the power to influence and change a person’s mood and thought pattern. Over the years, music has been used as a medium that communicates with different people in various ways. It is an art medium that has been constant, its power has evoked emotions,…

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Feature Article

Where Can We Be Safe? Where Can We Be Free?

Written by Nomsa Motale My eyes feel heavy, I keep thinking that maybe I did not get enough sleep. Maybe I am exhausted, maybe I just need to stop thinking too much. Maybe this, maybe that. No-matter how many maybe’s I flip through, it does not change the fact that…

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ART

Passion For Photography!

Written by Nomsa Motale His name is Lesedi Mokoena, a young aspiring photographer and a young entrepreneur  who is from Soweto. He loves portraying and capturing people’s lives by taking images of those people, because that allows him to tell a story and reveal their emotions. He loves photography because he has…

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FASHION

Essential Winter Fashion Items

Written by Nomsa Motale Everybody has a different style that they are comfortable with. The great thing about fashion is that it allows us to experiment and have fun with various looks. You can dress according to your mood and whatever may be inspiring you. There are essential fashion items…

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FASHION

Instagram Fashion Crush

Written by Nomsa Motale Winter is around the corner and the fashion trends are about to get lit. From  boots, to coats to getting warm and still looking good. The tricky thing about this season is that when it comes to fashion you have to think out of the box….

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EVENTS

Sneaker Exchange Experience!

Written by Nomsa Motale Sneaker Exchange, had all the sneaker heads heading to Constitutional Hill on the 6th of May 2017. It was a vibe. From the turnt music, with performances from Psalm Tree Paradise, Anatii and Shane Eagle. They legit, set the crowd on fire. The dj’s also had everybody…

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INTERVIEWS

Getting To Know, Palm Tree Paradise

What is the first thing you think about when you visualize the beauty and grandeur of the City of Durban? Yes! You got it, Palm Trees. The collective of 6 individual artists joined forces to create the group known as Palm Tree Paradise in December 2015. Members include rappers, JayBee,…

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EVENTS

What Does Freedom, Mean To You?

Back To The City was lit, litty! The performances were on-point and the vibe was hypnotic. A-Reece brought the heat and Priddy Ugly had the crowd “in the mood” excuse the pun. I must say the event really lived up to making sure the Hip Hop culture stays relevant. It was…

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ART

The Coffeetographer!

Written by Nomsa Motale Art is explored in different ways and photography is definitely an art medium that captures so much beauty, through different images. It’s essential to take time and appreciate visual art in every aspect and to give props to artists who believe in their work. Her name…

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INTERVIEWS

Throwback Track!

There is nothing like a good throwback track, to remember some of the greatest songs. This group was responsible for giving us good music. Songs that we will probably remember even in the next decade. This group has allowed us to appreciate the greatness of diversity within a musical group….

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MUSIC

Brenda Fassie, The Original Trend-Setter!

Written by Nomsa Motale Childhood memories of walking down the street and watching someone older than me hosting a 21st party in the hood and I would see kasi guys with their spoti’s and the women in their dimas (shades), freely dancing along to the music like they had no…

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ART

Art and Spirituality!

Written by Nomsa Motale An artist who believes that art and spirituality are one, ladies and gentlemen I introduce to you a young man by the name of Sobukwe Thulasizwe Mapefane from Lesotho, he is a photographer and an aspiring filmmaker. He uses photography as a communication tool that passes…

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FASHION

Ultimate Instagram Fashion Crush!

She has what you call an eye for fashion. She is not afraid of exploring with different trends and pushing the envelope with her look. She always makes sure that she looks different but somehow she attracts an audience of people who love to let go and feel free with…

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INTERVIEWS

Solange Shows Us How To Slay in #AllWhite!

Solange Knowles always knows how to step out and make us feel like she is hosting a mini fashion show whenever we log onto her Instagram account. Her creativity is amazing and the her fashion forward thinking is what makes her stand out from the crowd. Solange Knowles, clearly knows how…

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INTERVIEWS

Woke Up Like This Look

If you look around you will notice that there are so many fashion industries and so many fashion publications and so many fashion trends that you are probably tired of hearing about which trend is hot and which one is not, right? Is it just me, or do people hate…

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INTERVIEWS

Mankind Drops New Track!

Mankind grew up in Standerton, a small town in Mpumalanga where he began smashing drums every Sunday at a local church around the age of 13. While showcasing his new found talent in artistry, he would also recite poetry in front of various audiences. Somehow the musical bug could not…

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INTERVIEWS

Subterrâneo Records presents Impepho, a new single by Trap Funk & Alivio featuring Morena Leraba and Mankind

Following the release of their first single Lithebera, Morena Leraba’s collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Kashaka has opened other doors, leading to another collaboration where he’s featured together with Mankind, from Johannesburg South Africa on a new single, Impepho (meaning incense in Zulu language) by Trap Funk & Alivio from Salvador,…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

MANKIND – LIVING MESSIAH (AUDIO)

MANKIND, Blacknation Music artist flew down to Cape Town to record few tracks at the Red Bull Studios, “Living Messiah” is the new single from the project that is dropping 2017. Please listen and give feedback. #BlacknationMusic #MankindMelodies

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MORENA LERABA
INTERVIEWS

MORENA LERABA: BLENDING OUR STORIES WITH MODERN SOUND

*For Morena Leraba, the interview was conducted in Sesotho by Sobukwe Mapefane (a writer and photographer based in Maseru, Lesotho), and later translated into English for BLACKNATION. SM:How and when did you first become interested in music? ML: When growing up, the village offered so much in terms of entertainment,…

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Job Offer At BlackNation Video Network
INTERVIEWS

WE’RE HIRING THIS MONTH. TWO EMPTY SPOTS AT BLACKNATION

Content Strategist/Writer & Social Media Manager YouthContent Communications (Pty) Ltd. also known as BlackNation Video Network is looking for new and fresh perspective within the team. As a company, we have ambitions of establishing a nationwide Multi-Channel Network and the preferred candidate will play a vital role in making this…

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INTERVIEWS

BLACKNATION BEYOND AESTHETICS

Executive Producer – Blacknation Video NetWorkCreative Director – Thulasizwe Simelane Photographer – Onka Ntsoeng Modeling – Keely, Lungi Manganyi, Mo, Solofelang Mosoang, Zenobia Aesthetics – a school of thought that is concerned with the nature and appreciation of art, beauty and taste, beyond just appearance. Considering that style encompasses all these things- art, beauty and taste, it only makes sense that we share Blacknation’s…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents YOUNGSTA CPT

The Cape Crusader himself, Youngsta​ CPT speaks to BlackNation Video Network​ about his move to Johannesburg, South Africa​ and what #hiphop means to him. He is an observant individual. His inspiration has been drawn from various entities, but it is the Hip Hop Music industry, as a whole, which continues…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents SAUDI

Anele Mbisha, known to his fans as Saudi, was born and bred in one of Soweto’s townships, Senaone. Growing up in a family that loved music and had a large collection of records. The likes of Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson and Nina Simone inspired him to pursue music as a…

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Dale Stephen Strime
INTERVIEWS

CULT ARCHITECTS: THE DIVERSE Dale Stephen Strime

We consider Dale a culture architect. This cool a** dude does a lot to ensure that South Africa develops its own identity when it come to Pop Culture. Some of his interests include music (drummer), making clothing and keeping brands relevant through social media. BN: Please introduce yourself, who are you…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

LIVE PERFORMANCES AT BASHA UHURU

Constitution Hill in association with Kalashnikovv Gallery Presents Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival Basha Uhuru is a 3 day youth festival that celebrates creative culture and freedom of expression in South Africa. A comprehensive look at the wealth of talent and artistic energy that flows through our country, showcasing diverse mediums…

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DJ DOOWAP AND TRASH GODD
EVENTS

Basha Uhuru Youth Fest took it up a notch this time

This year Basha Uhuru decided to spread the program of events over the whole of Youth Month (June) in order to focus on different forms of expression each week. This approach provided a broad look at the abundance of talent, artistic energy and creativity that flows through our South Africa;…

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STYLE SUNDAY BY STYLAGANG
EVENTS

THE THIRD INSTALLATION OF STYLE SUNDAY BY #STYLAGANG

STYLE SUNDAY is an event curated by STYLAGANG to help benefit the social economy of Soweto through connection, interaction and creative activity. THIS LIFESTYLE BRAND HAD CREATED A HANGOUT SPOT FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS, WITH AN AIM TO HELP BENEFIT THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY, THROUGH COLLABORATIONS WITH ARTISTS ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA, IN ASSOCIATION…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK present #CONFIDENCE / PART 1

#CONFIDENCE is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. SELF-CONFIDENCE is having confidence in one’s self. We got young South Africans in the creative/entrepreneurship space to describe #BlacknationConfidence…

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JAY BEATS 021
INTERVIEWS

THE CAPETONIAN STORY OF JOSEPH PHILEMON

AT THE AGE OF 19, @JAYBEATZ021 FOUND IT NECESSARY TO PERSUE HIS DREAMS IN A DIFFERENT CITY. BN: Tell us more about your background? JP: I was born in Cape Town, to a Namibian father and South African mother who is a pastor so I was raised in a Christian…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents WECREATIVES (MEET-THE-ARTIST)

WECREATIVES is a media company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company has recently launched Meet The Artist, a project that seeks to document and explore the life of artists while interrogating the dynamics that exist within African Art spaces. WECREATIVES creates a variety of creative projects aimed at inspiring…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents PHUZA PATROL

Phuza Patrol is an alcohol delivery service in aid of the responsible drinking and driving agenda. Users can order alcohol from a phone straight to their mouth from the safety of a seat. Our idea comes from insight into target market behaviour when purchasing alcohol after-hours. Our eternal ambition is…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents THE J&B RARE HACKATHON

The J&B Hive is a community of entrepreneurs and creatives in Johannesburg, South Africa, belonging to the game-changers of their generation; whether it’s innovative new products, completely new sales channels, initiatives with the potential to massively impact communities or pieces of content, The J&B Hive community is built to make…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents J&B URBAN HONEY x THE HONEY

This is a collaboration between the J&B Urban Honey infused Whiskey and the serial collaborators, Rendani Nemakhavhani and Kgomotso Neto. Visit www.allhailthehoney.tumblr.com and www.thehivejohannesburg.com for more dope content. Funded by J&B in collaboration with Independents United (UK), BlackNation Media (SA) and Creative Nestlings (SA). NOT FOR SALE TO PERSONS UNDER…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents MPHO MAKUA OF STYLA GANG (SGOD)

“STYLA (means style) and GANG (represents a group of people simultananeously working together to reach a common goal) the connotation behind GANG represents a positive working relationship within a group of people. STYLAGANG is a creative collective from Soweto, which was founded by childhood friends and soon headed by Mpho…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents BELINDA PHOFU OF SIIC

SIIC which is an acronym for Style Is Incalculable is the name of my jewelry brand. The idea behind this brand is to turn everyday mundane object’s into quality creative street style accessories for your everyday quirky creative. Art Is Currency is the title of the series of exhibitions that…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG presents THE RARE HACK-A-THON

The J&B Hive is a community of entrepreneurs and creatives in Johannesburg, South Africa, belonging to the game-changers of their generation; whether it’s innovative new products, completely new sales channels, initiatives with the potential to massively impact communities or pieces of content, The J&B Hive community is built to make…

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J&B HIVE JOBURG

J&B HIVE JO’BURG: CHANNEL PROMO

The Hive is a community of entrepreneurs and creatives in Johannesburg, South Africa designed to support initiatives, facilitate collaboration and bring truly revolutionary pieces of work into the world. The Hive belongs to game-changers; whether it’s innovative new products, completely new sales channels, initiatives with the potential to massively impact…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents SKUMBALISTO (ARTIST)

While in Cape Town, South Africa – we met up with the creator and entrepreneur, Skhumbuzo Vabaza a.k.a. Skumbalisto. Very enlightening conversation, we touched on points such as exposing your work to the international market, monetizing it and impacting the globe continuously. Realize the infinite opportunities that we have on…

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VIDEO NETWORK (BNVN)

BLACKNATION VIDEO NETWORK presents JENEVIEVE LYONS

Jenevieve Lyons is a South African fashion designer who ‘depicts’ visual parables throughout her clothing; referencing strong concepts taken from various fields of study and interpreting them within a fashion context, bringing across strong concepts and ideas in the form of innovative garments with a strong sense of sculpture and…

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