#CreatePreneurAfrica calling out to Duale Ali’s “Voice of the future”

 

Based in the UK, Duale Ali has a nose for a good story in the universe of digital production! His bilingual calling arrived when his focused wide range journalism and radio host niche sparked off with a Kiswahili journey into BBC WORLD SERVICE."Dira ya Dunia" news program editorial teams embraced his eager contributions and invaluable skills!

His training sessions at the BBC included working with some of the best broadcast journalists, editors, camera and radio operators

He found his true purpose and channeled his radio personality into researching and developing relevant audience stories while working at the BBC world service AFRICAN DIGITAL HUB and POW Media.

With all gained knowledge he was soon researching doing voice-overs and editing news packages!

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica’ DUALE ALI in a  dynamic world of content creation

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

What drives me I would say is finding new ways to be creative and applying it to my role as a content creator. Whether this is writing a treatment for a documentary, looking for unusual and quirky studios for a photoshoot or even having a conversation with a friend which in turn inspires an article, it’s all relative.

When I look back on my come up, the work I’ve produced, I realise my passion has always been to help people connect and find refuge in my work. It has been so therapeutic for me and I’m eternally grateful because I have an outlet to express myself.  

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

I always say I never knew what I wanted to do growing up because my career goals changed……. pretty much every day.

I was an expressive child, I enjoyed performing on stage and thought I was going to be an actor, even going to auditions. However, deep down I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do, especially since I didn’t take it seriously compared to my peers.

So for the next couple of years, I battled with the idea of becoming a teacher, optometrist (I liked wearing fancy glasses) and fashion designer. One day, in school I had written an article about the effects of abuse that I and my family suffered at the hands of our racist neighbours when we moved into the area.

Teachers and other members of staff had come to me personally to say how moving the piece was. It wasn’t until a journalist from my regional newspaper caught wind of my article that I knew what my passion was.

For the first time in my 17 years of existence, I felt like I had found my passion. To write. The journalist gave me a tour of my regional newspaper building and from then on I become hooked on creating ever since.

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

I don’t think I ever came into the industry for the money because honestly there isn’t a whole lot anyway. I’m currently freelancing and financially I’m not doing amazing, but it’s enough for me because I love what I do.

Having transferable skills is a big advantage in bringing in extra income and I have developed many over the years, for instance, I studied photography and learned how to use Adobe software’s such as Photoshop, InDesign and Premier pro so people are willing to pay me to help them with their projects.

 

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

In my first year of university, I was a music writer for one of the UK’s leading online music publication. The pay wasn’t too great but at the time I was just looking for the experience and to build my portfolio.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I worked at this fast food place (I won’t it name for professional reasons) that everyone knows and I hated every minute of it. It was probably one the worst jobs ever and my manager wasn’t the nicest. I vowed myself, once I quit that job I would never give up on my passions of becoming a content creator.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I try to be as inquisitive and open to new opportunities every day as the saying goes “there is no new opportunities in being comfortable”. I find in doing so, I gain valuable things whether this a meeting somebody new, a skill or something interesting to do with Journalism. Testing your limits creatively is always going to make you a successful person.

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

Here I am. You can see it.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

I want to use this opportunity to use my favourite quote “A man who says he can and a man who says he cannot are both usually right”– Unknown  

#CreatePreneurAfrica South Africa’s Refilwe Madumo

Refilwe Madumo, an actress of remarkable note, recently featured as a lead character in an acclaimed SABC miniseries,'Side Dish'. She is also known for her role in a daily drama series, ETV's 'Scandal'. Her journey in the world of entertainment was seeded as a buddying performer when she turned nine years old. 

She is currently completing her Masters in Performing Arts. Her ultimate focus is on creating avenues for young women to discover their voices. She is the commissioning editor for Soul City Rise magazine

“My passion for storytelling is a tool to create visionary pathways for people to reflect on their personal soul journeys in this lifetime.”                                                                       Refilwe Madumo

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Refilwe Madumo

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I am a story-teller. I have always been a story-teller. The ability to weave a reality together – from words on paper and bring it to life – is my greatest gift. Stories are how people make sense of the world.
 How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I knew I wanted to be an actress very early. I used to watch Sarafina every day after school and practice the lines and choreography.
I come from Taung, a village in the North West, where nothing ever happens. The only things that I was sure about were my dreams.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
The fact that it has the potential to change people’s lives. To help them have difficult conversations and see better versions of themselves. I can’t tell you how many people I meet who related to the different roles I’ve played for different reasons. It’s the greatest affirmation of my work.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I’m lucky enough to have only worked for passion. I can only do things that set my soul on fire. I’ve been lucky enough to create a life with my creative currency.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Backstage 2004. It was a very small fee, I think probably 2 thousand rands, but I was so proud that there was a possibility to make money doing what I love.
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What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I’ve tried to do other things but I’ve found it unfulfilling. It’s weird to say, but creative work is like a calling. You could try to run away from it but if it is yours, there is nothing you can do to escape it.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My kids. I have 2 sons,  Makhosini and Malibuye. I wish my jobs sustained their lives more. That’s what pushes me. To ensure that they want for nothing.
 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I don’t think about them. My journey is my own. I don’t do what I do for anybody else.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
 Only do this kind of work if you love it. If it is your truest passion, you will be able to come back to it over and over again, no matter how many times it breaks your heart. It’s all worth it if it fulfills you, not just materially, but spiritually too.

#CreatePreneurAfrica,South Africa’s Sibahle Collection – Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

The Sibhale collection was initiated Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu ......a calling to mental emancipation..a new definition of freedom....soul freedom. The dolls are representative of an ignition in early ages for black children to be proud of there natural selves, African affirmation at roots level!

“The Sibahle Collection was born from the need to encourage our black children to be comfortable in their own skin! “The dolls smell of vanilla and have typical 4C Afro hair!”     Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

 

 

 

 

The first creations were

  • Nobuhle” (One that represents beauty in Zulu)
  • Bontle (meaning beauty in Sotho)

We live in a diverse world, people of all races are everywhere. South Africa is affectionately called the “The Rainbow Nation”

The  “Rainbow Nation” Collection, we will teach children of all races to appreciate and embrace diversity.

Every child should embrace diversity in the world”

“We live in a world that we as black women, black children have been set standards of beauty by other races other than us.  What motivates us to be successful is challenging the beauty standard that society has set for us by having more little girls growing up feeling affirmed that they are beautiful with our long flowy hair, having women having the courage to embrace their natural hair and believe that is is a profession to wear your natural afro to work.”   Caroline Hlahla

 

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica’s Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

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

We want to leave a legacy, our drive is to be part of something that will positively impact another person’s life either through the Sibahle Collection Doll brand, which consists of a collection of dolls that are representative of us or, through our natural textured hair extension brand ‘Bounce Essential Hair’ which sells afro textured hair extensions that empower black women to embrace their natural hair.

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

We cannot give you a specific age.  It was a soul calling we guess. Our purpose is to conscientiously awaken black pride

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The feed-back from children who look at our dolls and say “mommy/daddy she is beautiful she looks like me” that response is the validation that we need that our brand is making a difference one doll at a time or the women who buy our afro textured hair extensions having the courage to wear their natural hair and feel beautiful.

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

The need to make money was not the driving factor to produce the dolls nor the hair extensions. Money is a by-product of us addressing a lack of dolls representative of the black child, children deserve to see themselves in the toys they play with. Further, money has been the by-product of addressing the lack of afro-textured hair extensions to encourage women to embrace their natural hair.

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

When we formally set up the business Bounce Essentials Africa, our goal was to build a brand that would raise awareness that there was an alternative to the flowy Indian/ Peruvian hair on the market. We wanted to give women the tools and know-how of how to take care of their natural hair. We quickly became a brand synonymous with quality and a niche offering, therefore money came as a by-product of addressing a lack on the market.


What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 

It is always important to remember why you started, what problem were you seeking to solve? Has the problem been resolved? The business has taught us to be resilient, the business has also taught us lessons about growth through failure.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

What we love about our brands Sibahle Collection and Bounce Essential hair is that we are addressing the issue of self-love. We live in a world that we as black women, black children have been set standards of beauty by other races other than us.  What motivates us to be successful is challenging the beauty standard that society has set for us by having more little girls growing up feeling affirmed that they are beautiful without long flowy hair. Further, women having the courage to embrace their natural hair and believe that it is professional to wear your natural hair to work.

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

Nothing, one of the most important lesson we learnt on this journey was not focusing on the nay sayers, there were too many, however, what we do say is, be grateful for the few who believe in you.

 

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

The hardest thing is to start, there will always be a reason why it is not the right time, be it finances, or timing or other commitments. Our first advice is to take a deep breath and just start, the second is, on this journey you will need to resilient, the journey is full of trying times, disappointment and let downs, however, the journey is also filled with wins, accomplishments and self-growth.

 

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#CreatePreneurAfrica, South Africa’s Soul Rhythm Singing Sensation, ‘Yolisa Dumez’

Welcome to the soul sounds of Yolisa Dumezweni. After working as a professional forensic analyst for a full year, she decided to follow her inspirational lifelong calling and seed a career in music.

Her passionate voice churns out rhythmic melodies of inspiration, hope and  unconditional love that reaches out with tunes depicting a world of possibilities where anything is possible!

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, rooted in a Xhosa ancestry,  her music-loving soul was captured at an early age. She was only four years old when she attentively listened to the tunes of Tracy Chapman and hummed along.

Early beginnings sparked off when she was discovered by a primary school teacher who invited her to sing at the school assembly.

Balancing career and family, the single mother moved to Melbourne in 2013 and pursued her studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia majoring in  Bachelor of Accounting. In 2018, after a year of working as a forensic analyst, she decided to pursue a musical career. And the year is rhythmically sparking off in soul sounds and she has upcoming performances with  David Marama!

 

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

 

‘‘The challenges that I faced over the years have led my passion to share my stories and inspire all around me to be the best versions of themselves through the power of music’            Yolisa Dumez  

 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Yolisa Dumez’ Soul sounds from South Africa

 

https://www.instagram.com/yolisadumez/

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

The process of becoming. I’ve had to learn, sometimes in painful ways, that “it is not about the destination, it is about the journey”.

When you are aligned to who you truly are, you are able to appreciate even the contrast you come across on your way to your dreams. My journey as a singer was always a difficult one, which is why it took me so many years to confidently step into my dreams without fear of being criticised.

And the thing that surprised me the most, is that the person who criticised me more than anyone, is me. I felt that my voice wasn’t sweet enough like the girls a sang with at church because mine was always characterized as husky.

But I’ve since learned to embrace the uniqueness of my voice, as I’ve learned over the years that the best songs have always been the songs that touched people to their core and made them feel unconditional love and passion. And that is my hope whenever I sing; that I touch someone enough to make them feel like anything is possible.

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

I started singing since I was a little girl. My mother loves telling the story of how at four years old, I would sit on the couch next to the record player, and listen attentively to Tracey Chapman’s songs.

But I didn’t know I could sing until I was 12 years old when I was “discovered” by one of my teachers in primary school, who fell in love with a poem I’d written for her class. She was also a pianist and asked me if I’d like to join her in singing a song in front of the whole school during an assembly. I agreed. And when the moment came, as I began to sing, I felt fear leave and something unexplainable but exhilarating come over me.

I guess you could say it’s a knowing I’ve always had, that whenever I stood in front of people, either to speak or sing I was connecting to my true self.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, and sharing experiences. I like to use music as a platform to tell my story in order to inspire and uplift others.

What drove you to make money from your passion? 

Shortly after I graduated in 2016, I was offered an opportunity to work at one of the Big 4 firms in Melbourne. It was an opportunity to work with the best of the best in the field, plus it looked good on my resume. I felt that I had a lot to prove at the time, but I also felt that the environment stifled my creativity and I was just going through the motions.

I knew very quickly that I had no desire to climb the corporate ladder. I believe that time is our most valuable asset, and should be spent doing the things that we love. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Looking back now, I believe that if I had not worked in that corporate environment, I probably wouldn’t have found the courage to go after my dreams. Making that decision, gave me freedom, clarity and most importantly, I found true happiness.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The knowledge of a God who loves me so much, and has given me the tools to create my destiny. Because of this confidence I have, external expectations, fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of the power I know is working in me and for me. It’s unconditional love!

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to leave a legacy that will inspire many generations to come.

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

Nothing at all.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

One of my favourite quotes from Joseph Campbell , “Follow your bliss….”. Meaning, do only things that make you happy. And contrary to popular belief, the path to your desires is meant to be easy, because it’s who you are to your core. When you get on the path, things will fall into place and opportunities will come.

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Ghana’s Karley Mettle Addo FEMALE CORPORATE MC

Ghana's most sought Master of Ceremonies Karley Mettle, takes centre stage with a dynamic voice to be heard, bringing out enthusiasm,elegance and versatility.

'Touching lives daily',the founder of ANGELPHASE FASHION & GROOMING - GHANA,audiences are captivatingly engaged at live,virtual, hybrid  consumer and corporate events. And there's more to the @karleymettle perfect picture.....she has been recently been awarded as the BEST FEMALE MC OF THE YEAR at the 2018 Ghana Events Award

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karley-mettle-42b69a5a/

The  Master of Ceremonies for TedxAccra, “Rethinking our Priorities 2016”  the largest event of its kind in Ghana

Her current active projects include:

  • THE BEIGE BANK Business development
  • ANGELPHASE: Fashion and grooming

Teamwork sets the stage as ANGELPHASE FASHION & GROOMING  gets down to setting their targets and aiming to reach their goals.  Concepts are seeded from start to finish, ending off with an eventful well-hosted ceremony of note

ANGELPHASE FASHION AND GROOMING  take pride in ensuring young fashion entrepreneurs get their brands established and corporate social responsibility eventTouching lives daily’ leaves a  lasting impact of inspiration on all who are privileged to share the experience!

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Karley Mettle

 

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

I am driven by my purpose in life which is to use my knowledge and ability to communicate, coupled with other capabilities to impact my immediate and away environment. My true passion lies in Communication, inspiring youth and developing concepts that will impact and transform lives positively.

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

 I used to participate in school debates from primary school and also emerged best pupil in English Essay writings at age 10. Additionally, I would recite poems, sing in school choirs and represent my school on public platforms with other schools in competitions and also at church.

My mum did play a vital role by exposing me to runway modelling, cameras and the limelight at age 9. As I grew, I started developing other interests like event organization which I seriously pursued in the University.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I am passionate about the impact my craft makes on several lives especially young ladies aspiring to be in the same industry and beyond. The ease at which I’m able to deliver also appeals to me

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I had just completed an internship program with a media house where I excelled a few years ago. However, the organization was unable to employ staff immediately. I was also unsuccessful in gaining admission to a very renowned Communications School; Consequently, I was extremely disappointed. With the desire to be independent, I engaged in basic trading to make ends meet and not demand excessively from my very supportive parents. Simultaneously, I had great feedback from friends at church where I hosted frequently on Sundays, colleagues and others whom had noticed me display at events. With unequivocal conviction, I discussed the idea of commercializing the art with my Pastor, “Reverend Xavier Fiadjoe-ICGC His Light Sanctuary, BDE- Accra, Ghana). He gave me his full support and Voila!!!  That was the beginning of greater works!!! !

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

This was in June 2016; a voice over commercial I did for Touton Smart Climate cocoa; as a result of hosting TedxAccra 2016.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

As a person of Faith, I constantly had God’s word ordering and directing my steps, keeping me stronger and propelling me. Of course my parents and well-meaning family and friends kept supporting me. I was also convicted about whatever I did because the future was bright.

7. What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I cannot fail myself, family, friends, nation, current and future generation nor the God who gave me my purpose and life assignment. I believe many destinies are connected to mine. People’s livelihoods and survival may depend on me to a large extent. I have a mandate to see people become prosperous and make meaning out of their lives. That’s my motivation for success.

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

Interestingly, I do not keep record or account of people who doubt me because I have a positive perspective to life. Contrarily, it was the vice-versa sometime back when I doubted my own capabilities but others believed and encouraged me. I appreciate everyone who has and still plays such a role in my life. But if anyone ever doubted me, I would just say thanks to them because they pushed me to strive higher.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to
you?
  1. Strive for Greatness. 

    2. Dream, Big, Start small. 

3. Be Consistent and Persistent. 
 
4. Be faithful in little things and Greater shall be added.
 
  5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

#CreatePreneurAfrica from the foothills of Kilimanjaro- Joseph Adelard Sarimbo

 

His soul voice streams in a flow of world explorers navigating to get seeded with the roots of Kiswahili. Joseph Adelard Sarimbo's  daily lessons are an invigorating gist of Africa's Culture at the helm of life.

http://exploremotherlandafrica.com/createprenuerafrica-proudly-tanzanian-actor-kihaka-gnd/

He is currently part of a feature film team as a key contributor to “Shujaa, Kiroho Mtoto”, an upcoming feature film set to make the mark of the millineum!

 

 

 

Many missionaries, travelers and workers from all over the world with life driven purposes in East Africa, begin there journey in Kiswahili tunes at the ELCT language school in Morogoro where he teaches.

The liberating  language of unity for the continent of Africa is Kiswahili                                Joseph Adelard Sarimbo

He is also involved in community work and helps the farmers and livestock keepers always providing advice and ideas with the aim of elevating them from local farming methods towards implementing modern ‘agribusiness’ methodologies.

In the near future, he aims to open his own Kiswahili language and cultural learning center.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica- Joseph Sarimbo Soothsayer of the KiSwahili Linguist Imperliasm movement

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

My passion is world unity. My passion is the dimension of interconnection. I have a passion for people.  What drives me?

I am driven by my love of my language (Kiswahili) because I want to spread the Kiswahili language of unity to every corner of the world!

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

I was sixteen years old when envisioned my calling. My life purpose…. I actively participated in community activities,  I was not sure of the pathway to follow. It was an idea. Then I met a friend, Jofrey. I explained my dream to him. He advised me and guided me on how I could start, He contributed to making me realize my dreams.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

My passion is a key to help others. It is a gift. I love to be able to share and care

What drove you to make money from your passions?

That question can be perceived in many ways. What is making money? Make a profit? Afford luxuries? It was not ultimately about making money, but I was glad I could make a living from contributions of a skill in my life pathway.

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

I started getting paid in 2011 when I started to work doing what I love doing.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I didn’t think about giving up. Sometimes I face challenges but I know challenges are part of life. I keep think positive and focus on my passions.
Having people around who encourage me every time makes me feel strong every day. I believe with God everything is possible

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

When I am teaching there  I try to be creative and make my students enjoying the class.

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

By doing all I can do to help to motivate other people and change their life when they are looking at my success. If I don’t make a difference for doubters, I will spread out and make a difference  to others!

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

When you work hard on your passion you will reach your destination. Don’t let your passions fade. Work hard to awaken your passions and make your dream come true. I know I did!

https://web.facebook.com/bryansarimbo?ref=br_rs

#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.

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