Creativity has been proclaimed the skill of the future. It was, therefore, an easy decision to launch our latest series Heavy Chef Raw in one of Cape Town’s most creative communities, Khayelitsha. A jam-packed day of talks, presentations and performances, Heavy Chef Raw: The Business of Being Creative was an exciting first in a collaborative series between Heavy Chef and Ghetto Sessions.
Heavy Chef introduces a special guest onto our Show, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of the proudly South African band, Freshlyground. Zolani Mahola truly embodies the image of prosperity for many aspiring South African artists. In this interview, Zolani (in a stunning locally-made outfit) speaks from her heart with our amazing Heavy Chef anchor, Caley Africa (also in a stunning outfit), about 'the business side of creative output'.
Zolani Mahola is one of South Africa's best-known performing artists. She has worked in the top echelons of the music industry, both locally and internationally. She is also fondly known for her band’s collaboration with Shakira on the World Cup 2010 anthem, Waka Waka. A few months ago, Zolani was the MC of our event with Imogen Heap, check out her talk in this short, inspiring video. Zolani talks about her formative years, from being a chubby baby to a cherubic child. She speaks about some of the problems she faced and how the South African political situation provided icons that fed into her music.
Imogen Heap is a multi-award-winning musician, indie superstar, musical disruptor, innovator and cryptocurrency investor. She has had hundreds of millions of her songs downloaded, sold and streamed over two decades during one of the world's most influential careers. In the latest phase of her innovative journey, Imogen Heap has quietly been stirring up a revolution with her 'Mycelia' project, aiming to democratise music and solve some of the industry's most stubborn problems: intellectual property.
Last night, Heap patched in from her home in Essex via Skype and delivered a seminal keynote to an enthralled audience at Workshop17 at the V&A Waterfront. As Fred Roed introduced Imogen, the audience was delighted as South African music powerhouse Zolani Mahola appeared from behind the stage wielding a guitar.