#CreatePreneur Africa – Lake Likoma Island’s David Marama – African ambassador, Malawi’s pride

Currently based in Australia, David Marama, African ambassador, Malawi's pride and humble intellectual's life journey ventured from Tanzania to Moscow in Russia. A lawyer by profession, the guitarist and vocalist has a soul passion for people imbued in traveling,cooking and global music....with a a Masters in Law with a majoring in International Law ,he speaks five languages Chewa, Swahili, English, Russian fluently and some snippets of Portuguese too....he is walking tall on the platforms of international music soul melodies!
His soul journey was triggered off at an early age when his father, Malawi’s first national registrar, went into exile into neighboring Tanzania when the family was given an ultimatum of 24 hours by the Banda regime to depart Malawi for political reasons.
One of the pioneers of Sound of HopeTanzania’s first music band he engaged in ‘Watafiti’, a research project to promote and develop contemporary and traditional music styles in Tanzania.
‘ Sound of Hope’ was the first Tanzanian Band to play at  the prestigious Kilimanjaro Hotel.
‘Watafiti’s’  debut album “UMOJA” was recorded in Harare at Frontline Studios. ‘Watafiti’ became the Tatunane Band and won a Radio France Award in 1991.This was a first-time achievement for a non-French speaking country band.
 In Australia, David has played with Musiki Manjaro, Clan Swahili, Royal Swazi Spa, Milton, Kunjani, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Seben Brothers.
David Marama plays jazz, reggae, pop, reggae along with soukous genres.  He currently has five albums circulating and there will definitely be future creations of marvel while we savor the present.
 His new solo Cd called “Another Day” is in circulation with an Ep45 and merchandise on his band-camp online.
He has  featured in major Australian festivals including:
  • St Kilda
  • Blues Festival,
  • Big Day Out,
  • Falls,
  • Moomba,
  • Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
  • Woodford
  • WomadAdelaide
  • Berks, Perth
  • Gumboot Festival

Residence: New Caledonia, Noumea with Milton Band.

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DAVID MARAMA DISCOGRAPHY

1.Watafiti Tanga: 

1987 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

2, Watafiti Umoja : 

Frontline Studios, Harare 1984

1990 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

3. Muziki Manjaro: Melbourne, Kangarumba 2006

https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/32324764?q&versionId=39282688

4. Musiki Manjaro: Melbourne, Habari Za Africa and other 1989-2006

5. Royal Swazi Spa:Melbourne 2015:African Puzzle

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/theroyalswazispa

https://listen.tidal.com/artist/7317530

6. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra: Melbourne Various 2009-2018

https://www.discogs.com/artist/1731433-The-Public-Opinion-Afro-Orchestra

https://tpoao.bandcamp.com/album/the-system

https://www.facebook.com/publicopinion/

7. David Marama : 2018, Melbourne “Another Day” cd and Ep45

https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day with various studio videos of making of “Another Day”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgReeVvG0aodavid marama

8. David Marama with Milton Band: Melbourne 2013

Township Jive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u9jIQG4kps

Faith: Melbourne 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYdUieavNsU&t=48s

9. David Marama, Valanga Khoza, Jimmy Mulovedzhi: Melbourne:

Gavaza :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjDpskW2RZ8

2018:David Marama Bandcamp:https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day

 

How would you feel?

David ’s latest album Another Day tunes into his love for his motherland, Malawi. In Likoma Jive, he treasures his roots and culture on  Likoma Island. Transcending continents, it celebrates cultural diversity and languages.

Meet CreatePreneur Africa  A musical legend  from Malawi – David Marama

All people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings                                                                         _David Marama

Tell us what drives you?

I have been raised by strong willed people and I take courage and direction from the examples they passed on throughout my journey in life. My Grandmother Alela (means Mother of Mothers) was a matriarch of the family whilst I was growing on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi.

She was confident, resourceful, powerful and a leader in all aspects of traditional life on the island. I recall men would be scared when summoned to appear before her and she taught us never to be scared of saying the truth at all time.

What is your true passion in life?

Social justice, diversity and community engagement is a corner principle in my daily engagement and principle. I have respect for gender, age, race, social status and believe that we learn from each other the virtues of life irrespective of one’s academic or social credentials in life.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My father was the first Malawian Registrar of Cooperative Unions in   Malawi. In 1965, 1 year after independence Dr Banda, then President gave him (persona non grata) 24hrs to leave his country of birth into forced exile for no other reason than his political grip on the country. I was 6 years and that day started a journey of struggles ahead. 

What passion appeals to you the most? 

That all people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings.

That the basics of life i.e. shelter, water and land should be provided in order to live and full- fill the obligations enshrined by the law of the land.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Perhaps, I would not frame this question like this but believe that everyone has a right to work and earn a decent reward out of their hard work free of exploitation of other.

I earn to live and other proceeds I make goes to cater for the less unfortunate in society.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Again, work and passion are a distinct difference here; if you mean my music and photography passions, then quite early on in life. Music started when I was in primary School in Malawi, Tanzania, Russia and now Australia.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I take everything in life seriously as from an early age. My driving principle is to work hard always within given circumstances and turn those to maximum advantage. That has been my driving principle both with studies, work and hobbies.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I have resided outside my birth country since an early age to realize that hard work puts bread on the table. Competition is a pre-requisite to ambition and success, I realize. Once I decided to have a family that became more evident that my life was surrounded by others who looked at me as a “joint provider” to future.

I continue to compose, perform and record music in Melbourne and I sing, play guitar and traditional instruments. I have participated in over 15 CD productions and played or collaborated with African luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bunny Rashabane, the Late Big Tembo, Khaya Mahlangu and others…..

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

To be successful in life be surrounded by positive people who motivate you to achieve better things in life. I have always chosen my friends carefully and that has given me the impetus to achieve better results in whatever I do. I have self-confidence and do not doubt myself at all.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Be yourself have heroes you aspire to in order to achieve your ambition. Do not pretend to be other because you are not. We are born with different capabilities in life but our paths are interconnected. Learn, teach and achieve in order to make a name for yourself, your community, country and our world.

Coming soon:

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica Mthunzi Mvubu, South Africa’s Self Taught Saxophonist

South African saxophonist and flute player Mthunzi Mvubu tuned into musical career under the mentorship of the late Dr.Johnny Mekoa at the tender age of 14 at the Music Academy of Gauteng (MAG). He toured with the  MAG Jazz orchestra worldwide in Sweden,England,Russia,Germany,the USA and many more. He will soon launch his debut album he is currently working on.

Undoubtedly the most recorded saxophonist he has appeared in over 11 albums

Mthunzi Mvubu

 

Mthunzi was part of the horn section backing legendary groups like the O’ Jays when they toured South Africa at the Standard bank joy of jazz festival. He was also part of the horn section accompanying legends like the Temptations and Clarence Carter

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He has shared international performance stages with the finest musicians including the likes of  Abdullah Ibrahim, Themba Mkhize, (the late) Victor Ntoni, Omar Sosa, Nduduzo Makhathini ,Feya Faku, Tsepo Tshola, Jason Yarde,Musa Manzini , Jimmy Dludlu , Jonas Gwangwa and Herbie Tsoaeli to name a few.

 

Recently he was part of musicians accompanying Steve Turre at the Tshwane  International Big Band Festival amongst others. Mvubu has also been touring Europe and USA with Shabaka and The Ancestors.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – South Africa’s soul saxophonist Mthunzi Mvubu


 Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

The gift of life and the awareness that one can be a better human being in this ever so changing the world where love takes a back seat. My true passion is music, I live for it and it gives me life.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I would like to think that it found me, I was 13yrs old when my mother bought a keyboard for my late elder brother but he wasn’t really interested in learning it.

So I became attracted to this thing and the sounds that came out of it.My mother saw this and she took me to the Music Academy of Gauteng wich was led by the late great Dr. Johnny Mekoa

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The healing side of it and the endless possibilities and frequencies you can reach through constant exercise, the dedication of being in the moment.

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

Well in every chosen path one chooses to take, there is an industry for it one way or another. Money found me along the way.

 When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

The first time I was paid was in high school when I started playing gigs with the school big band, but when I REALLY got paid well, was still in high school and I got to perform with Tsepo”The Village Pope” Tshola in a theater production that went on for 3weeks.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I had to dig inside every time and believe that things would work out if I worked hard and seeing other older people who I had the chance to work with at a young age “making it”, I was revived.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Well again its all the endless possibilities that this music has, the joy it brings and of course, my family.

 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I have nothing to say to them. It would be a total waste of energy.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

I say keep working hard and never stop learning to advance what you want to say with your craft.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Marial Awendit, Poetically speaking from South Sudan

He is a poet, a songwriter, essayist and a fine artist too! Marial Awendit, all the way from Yerul, Eastern Lakes State, Republic of South Sudan is leaving no stone unturned....bringing back the WORD.....

He won the 2016 South Sudan Talent Youth Award and the Best Poet award in the 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award for African Poets.

The founding editor of Kush Poetics a forum for South Sudanese poets and artist has been published multiple times in a range of publications

  • Kalahari Review
  • Brittle Paper
  • African Writer
  • Praxis Magazine Online
  • Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology.

https://web.facebook.com/kushpoets/?fref=tag

He is also a  humanitarian aid worker with Caritas-DOR, a humanitarian aid organization and the Secretary-General for Eastern Lakes State Youth Association.

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica, poet from  South Sudan -Marial Awendit

Tell us what drives you? What's your true passion in life?

I have the passion to create. To bring things to existence. I could do that best with poetry and other art forms available to my being.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

The passion to create art has always been there but I was caught up in many academic pursuits. I was in medical school.

I started writing when I was financially unable to pursue Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery in 2015 and when I was depressed. The death of my father in 2014 and my brother the same year brought to me grief that I could only express through poetry.

What about your passion appeals to you most?

I am easily misunderstood so poetry says what I mean. I feel relieved. I make people argue with the more permanent voice, a poem.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I first got paid for designing book covers, writing titles, designing logos and writing short stories in 2016.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

 I was asked to serve for fees and that’s all that happened. I also had to raise money to help me purchase books and writing materials.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I was about to give up writing in 2016 when my art attracted both positive and negative appreciation. I had lost 150 poems to a close conspirator. I was forced to reconstruct and actually thought of quitting but you know persistence will always have better results.

What motivates you every day?

I feel motivated by the impact my poetry makes on others. This has been fed back to me by many artists and literati who take their time to follow my work.

What do you have to say to all the people who doubted you?

Doubt would have been detrimental if I let it sap my confidence, belief and faith. Somehow those who doubted me gave me a push.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Focus on your work. Believe in yourself. Be original.

#CreatepreneurAfrica – South Africa’s Sonto Nhlapo ‘Behind the Scenes of Beauty’

Sonto Nhlapo makes a distinctive mark as a key contributor of getting page to picture. Her profession is about unique creativity of styling image and flawless makeup. An exceptional expression of enhancing the cast that portray lead characters.

Creativity is the essence of life and I am blessed with
opportunities to share my passion in realizing vision and
imagination into reality. I embrace the journey of image
creation and enhancement for professional, personal or character wardrobe styling and makeup.

Sonto Nhlapo

 

She brings forth experience in film, television, and theatre in the UK, training by the BBC in London and awarded with the BBC Make up training School Diploma.

A natural ‘creator’ who works well when given complete
responsibility, and can be relied upon to respond exceptionally
well under pressure.

She is currently a director of the Sontanne group teamed with Annelie Chanza, offering makeup, catering and event management in the film and television industry. This is when Annelise and Sonto get together and cook up a storm. The distinguished chefs of culinary rhyming together in ‘magnifique’ note!

 

https://web.facebook.com/Sontanne-Group-2031166543615980/

The team has an impressive 20 years’ experience behind them in the local South African film and television industries and are nationally recognized with a South African Film and Television Award ( SAFTA) nomination for exceptional work done in the film and television industries. They have headed several make-up departments, in various local and popular productions:

  • Skwizas
  • Generations
  • My Perfect Family,
  • Muvhango
  • The Big Break Legacy,
  • It’s My Biz
  • Quarter Life Crisis
  • Nedbank
  • Cell C

Our professional make-up artists are always on par with new looks and break-throughs,ensuring their techniques are modern and trending. Our event managers and caterers source the freshest produce and ingredients from environmentally-friendly markets, ensuring delicious and fresh food everyday!

Sontanne Group

What sets Sontanne Group apart from other professionals is a dedication to meeting the client's needs and demands every time! Each client has his/her own expectations. A horror sitcom from a comedy's requirements from the make-up department may vary greatly.

Taste buds' may desire Indian cuisine and the next may require African cuisine, all is catered for!

Clientele and their guests an exceptional experience, with our high-quality services;  superior events, delectable food, and make-up that fit character profiles perfectly. Their ultimate aim is to exceed client requirements and expectations, every time!

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica –  Sonto Nhlapo South Africa’s Creator of Beauty beyond borders

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Being alive physically healthy and spiritually.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I was in lower primary school. When I was 11years old, I just discovered I can use chalkboard to beautify my as a powder...which worked wonders.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

When I watch all the jobs I have done on TV and Magazine.
What drove you to make money from your passions?

Not easy to answer this one,because I got into the profession out of passion. My passion has to feed me or how else will I survive and end up in all that is not me,if I cant do what I am best at?

What drove me is realising how good and passionate about it , creating those beautiful looks on people's faces and earning an award for it!

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

First time was 1997
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I have never given up with my passion ever!
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The more I work the more I create wonders with it. I get motivated when my industry is improving and creating more jobs,new products arriving with lots of trends, just growth in it.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I can say thank you to them . They helped me to do better,improve myself and keep going
 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

The beginning is not easy but you make sure that today's work will look better than yesterday, practice make perfect, you will get there no matter how tough it can get,just do it for yourself ignore critics, and keep going

 

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Bagamoyo’s Pili Mtonga -The Art of Passion@Fashion!

Bagamoyo (where I lay down my heart), in East Africa,Tanzania is a remote historic town with relics of the past infused with realms of the future. There are many passers-by, essentially so, but those who have not come across #CreatePreneurAfrica Pili Mtonga's eyecatching 'fashion with a passion' base across the Bagamoyo art market, have missed out on the true creative essence of the art throbbing landmark of note!

http://amapbagamoyo.wixsite.com/amaorganization

PILI MTONGA  +255 657 348 876

https://web.facebook.com/pili.mtonga.5?ref=br_rs

 

Africa Modern Art Bagamoyo

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Pili Mtonga’s early beginnings of creativity initially began to launch when she was selected by SVETAN – a Swedish Tanzania Association Scholarship.

She then went on to the Gotland College of Arts study abroad program and the Royal art academy in Sweden. It was all about modern art, carvings, sculpture, and design. Back home in Tanzania, Arusha she joined an African American community center for children’s education programme at St Margaret’s primary school and trained in handicrafts.

https://web.facebook.com/Africamodernartfashion-665552017109241/

Eventually, she became engaged in fashion design, handmade designs until the introduction of manual sewing machines opened up an exciting brand of uplifting possibilities of mass production and a team.

Visitors order an item they desire, and it is designed and created within a few hours! They leave with an authentic Bagamoyo masterpiece of crafted style!

Pili has triumphed in her zest for the creation and has become a soul healing  ‘must see’ phenomena in Bagamoyo!

  • Chairperson and Artist member Bagamoyo Sculpture Association
  • Assistant teacher Bagamoyo Sculpture school
  • Chairperson and Teacher Africa Modern Art in Bagamoyo

#AFRICA MODERN ART FASHION

The Story Of Bagamoyo

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Pili Mtonga Bagamoyo (lay down your heart) at the essence of fashion

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

What drives me….my family…and creating happiness…or should I sat satisfaction, when I see people in awe of seeing their visions become a reality.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I don’t know where to begin…if it’s about stating a year all age…I don’t remember when I was not passionate about creation…in so many forms.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me, in my current line creating designs is seeing smiles. I just love giving people what they ask for…making dreams a reality.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

When you love what you do, you make sure your passion sustains you. Or you will spend all of life’s, precious moments in disarray and frustration…that causes all the chaos in today’s world. When people are forced to do what they have no desire for..because society and the economy preaches it as good choices.I chose to do what I love. And I make a living from it.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I used to repair and ‘reinvent’ my worn out school uniforms…economically. it made better sense than getting a new supply. Others noticed and their parents gave me little rewards first for their kids and then gradually for them too!

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What kept me going is motivation. I knew a lot depended on me. I had to make it happen.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Knowing the round world is abundant and my product has reached every corner of the world through tourist passers-by who always take treasures back home.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Keep doubting…I will keep doing. Little precious time left to pay attention to doubters.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

This is very important to me. I want to empower all around me. I usually give workshops and training to women and youth. Volunteers from abroad are keen to learn fashion style beyond commercial boundaries as well. There are so many possibilities and I know I sharing these skills will be a tool to uplift so many.

I see this as my purpose in life and my main aim is to get an efficient workshop space in order.  I know once this is there, my  heart….along with all who pass by will be filled with joy!

#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Modern Arts Project Bagamoyo @ Saidi Mbungu