Siphokazi Jonas press in the Argus today about 16 days of Activism

An important read by Siphokazi Jonas

Siphokazi Jonas brings Around The Fire to Artscape this week

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Following the success of her Wrestling With Dawn production, in late 2015, and 2016’s sold-out masterpiece, Around The Fire, the much-applauded producer, playwright, performer,poet and UCT Masters graduate, Siphokazi Jonas, is rekindling Around The Fire this week in Cape Town.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Jonas has unpacked, rebuilt and infused the original 90-minute stage production for its Artscape, Arena reveal from 7 to 11 August 2018 in Cape Town.

With the world having been tossed and turned in all directions, both socially and politically, so many of the original production’s themes have evolved to acknowledge the like of the #metoo movement and other global social media realities touching almost everyone’s lives today.

Staying true to the original South African script, the entirely accessible and adapted narrative unfolds within a unique fusion of theatre, poetry and live music.

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I spoke to Siphokazi last week during rehearsals at Artscape.

When are you happiest?

Spending guilt-free time with family and friends or at the beach; these are the times when I am most at ease.

What does poetry mean to you?

The ability to imagine new worlds and experiences through the written and spoken word. Speaking gives life and I love to give life through poetry to our better selves, healing, hope, and faith.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

How people respond to it. When the work impacts another person and opens them up emotionally, I am always blown away. It means we find common ground in our humanity; there are few things more satisfying than that. I also just love playing with words, to find the most creative way to express something completely ordinary.

What drives you…? Ego or Humility?

Surely saying “humility” would be the most egotistical answer! I am striving towards humility and away from ego; it is a lifelong pursuit. Ego gets in the way of truth.

Any funny moments on stage?

Plenty! Usually bantering with lively audiences. I love weaving humor with storytelling.

Your heroes?

People who choose conviction over public opinion.

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Which living person do you admire most and why?

I’m going to choose two: Dr. Trevor Jones (the film composer ) and Serena Williams.

It simply doesn’t get more “on top of your game’ than that. Both started on the back foot and have put in more than their ten thousand hours in their craft. They value relationships and are completely unfazed by the magnitude of their achievements.

What is your most treasured possession?

A dollar I kept from my first ever trip to the USA. It represents the first time that the world “shrunk” for me and my goals became much bigger.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Cappuccino.

Dream gig to do?

I’ve already done one of them in LA in 2016. The second would be a super bowl half time with Beyoncé. I’ve actually dreamed about this twice… The second would be on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, just for that South African connection!

What makes you stand out?

I care deeply about both the work and the people on the other side of the microphone or pen. I am always willing to learn.

Nicknames?

Nonkie.

If you were not a poet what would you do?

I would be an inventor/MacGyver type.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Relentless. Empathetic. Flawed. Trier. Does-not-like-to-be-limited-to-five-words.

5 poets books we must read?

Job (in the Bible), Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia, Ron Villanueva’s Reliquaria, Anything by Gabeba Baderoon and my upcoming poetry collection.

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

The Lion King!

What poem changed your life?

I will wait for you” by Jeanette Watson. It wasn’t necessarily the poem but watching her perform it was life-changing and led me down a path which ended up in friendship and performing on the same stage in LA 5 years later.

Who do you love?

Quite a few people. I am working to add myself to that list without reservation.

What is your favorite word?

Asemrowend.

Favorite Fashion Garment

Pyjamas.

Give us some real proper slang and what it means

Cava (Zulu) – to understand/“get it”

Top of your bucket list?

Travel to every continent in the world.

Your greatest achievement?

Trying to make a living as a full-time artist even though I have tried and failed before. I am convinced that I can do it.

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What do you complain about most often?

Being busy.

What is your fear?

Not being able to show my parents appreciation for supporting me on this path despite their own fears and reservations.

Happiness is?

Living out your purpose.

On stage I tend to?

Lose sense of where I am.

The best life lesson I have been taught.

Pursue excellence not perfection.

Where would you like to be right now?

The USA collaborating with some of my favorite poets and working to improve in a different environment. Also trying to connect with Beyoncé and Trevor so that we can put together those dream gigs. Maybe I can also get Dr Trevor Jones to recommend my upcoming poetry collection as a must-read!

Wishes and dreams for 2018?

Being better with taking care of the “vessel”. The success of my current production, Around the Fire enough to tour with it. Launching a schools’ poetry project, Page the Stage. Add more hours in my craft towards the ten thousand goal.

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FreshlyGround -Sipho Mabuse ,Siphokazi Jonas #TOGTHERINCONCERT SAT 25 March -Spier

Are you ready to party with two of South Africa’s biggest and finest music icons?
FreshlyGround and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will be sharing the stage for the very first time!

So join them on Saturday 25 March 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate for an unforgettable music experience.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is going to be holding a celebration like no other. He is holding a concert to celebrate 50 years in the music industry! And to help him celebrate, he has invited FreshlyGround to join him for the night. The show will take place at the Spier Amphitheater in Stellenbosch, will will start at 6pm.

“All the classics will be in there,” Sipho divulges, “including Burn Out, Shikisha, and many more of songs that have shaped me as a musician, philanthropist and father to my beautiful daughters.”

As to what Freshly fans can expect from the multi-platinum-selling globetrotters?

With their 6th album currently in final production with Swedish producer Tore Johannson, the group may just offer a sample of what’s to come from the group in the months ahead.

“There will be material never performed before,” Zolani teases. “There will also be some deviations from the usual popular material too.”

“I’ve never played at Spier before,” Sipho declares. “I’ve also never performed with FreshlyGround before either. I have huge respect for the music they create, and they are lovely people which just enhances the whole experience.”

Also on Stage The much-applauded Around The Fire and Wrestling With Dawn producer, playwright and performer, Siphokazi Jonas will also share the stage, on the night, revealing yet another side to her dynamic talent. “I’m delighted to have her open for us,” Sipho says. “I have watched Siphokazi, over the last two years, create her own path and make work for herself, all of which needs to be heard and applauded. I’m really looking forward to a great night.”

A long overdue marriage of two trailblazers, expect pomp, expect ceremony and a night filled with glorious celebration and tumultuous applause. Join the chorus and come sing along.

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Music Exchange returns to Cape Town Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme. Music Exchange(MEX) returns to Cape Town between Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 September 2016.

Celebrating its sixth anniversary, this year not only will it be within heritage month, MEX16 returns to Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, to host South Afrirca’s entertainment economy indaba.

Adding weight to the now well-established and much respected conference, MEX’s most recent new inclusion the Mother City’s regional pop radio station, Good Hope FM, is the latest in a string of new media partnerships signed up and on board for this year’s all-entertainment economy emersion. Eastern Acoustics will handle all the technical production of the event and Cape Town Tourism will be actively promoting the event on all its platforms.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today,” states Music Exchange founder Martin Myers.

2016’s #MEX16 is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation.

Guest speakers confirmed already include: Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Derek Geddes, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hofmeeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London) and John Fishlock, among others

Over the two days, the annual symposium of the industry strategists, marketers and musicians will get to share and engage in lectures, collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain.

Diverse subjects covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be unpacked and shared by the very best in their respective disciplines. From the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, right through to rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market, both cluttered with more noise than harmony – MEX2016 will deliver it all.

For more information, visit musicexchange.co.za. #MEX16

4 Young poets tackle 22 poems – 27 April 2.30pm at Centre for the Book

22 years into a democratic South Africa but what does freedom really mean?

4 young poets tackle this and other questions in this show.

3 of Cape Town’s premier poets in Kyle Louw, Sipho Kotobason Ndebele and Siphokazi Jonas share the stage with East London’s Akhona Sidlai.

This will be a feast of words and social commentary.

Come out and celebrate your freedom day with us.

Amazing press for last Mondays pop up performance in Cape Town with Hostix Mabuse

What a wonderful success Monday 18th April was with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 5pm
We as a team ( Derek Geddes ,Roesdien Jaz ,Marvin Leventhal ,Peter Lacey ,Razia Myers ,Zane Maqetuka ,Sam Roy ) and the band of course pulled of a fantastic pop up performance in Cape Town and we ended up on the front page of the Argus

Siphokazi Jonas the poet joined in along with Jason Skippers ,Germaine Leonard and Josh Prinsloo

We had poetry and Sipho doing 5 numbers including Redemption song Burn out and Shikisha

Kfm with Dion Bing came to take videos and CCTV under Rene Del Carme also filmed.

It was a glorious way to end Monday

Monday 18th April SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSE at Promenade Three Anchor Bay

Sipho “Hotstix “Mabuse will be doing something fun at 5pm at the glasses on the Promenade in Three Anchor bay Cape Town on Monday 18th April

You are welcome to join and share in the fun .

We could have a poet join, a guitar player and before you know it ,the pop up will disappear.

Why don’t you come along and see what transpires .We all need some fun to end Monday off don’t we ?

The public artwork is called” Perceiving Freedom”by Michael Ellion

You can see why we have chosen the spot due to album cover Afrodizzia below

THE HASTHAG IS #HOTSTIX twitter @siphohotstix -PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #HOTSTIX if you are coming

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