#CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania’s John Gambula’s tapping into Bagamoyo’s hub of creative talent

Tanzanian Musician,Choreographer,and allround Performer, Bagamoyo's John Gambula,founder of 'Afrika Chungu Marimba',stays committed to empowering the untapped hub of artistic talent in the world of rhythm and beats. He shares his artistic  skills in active participation as a teacher and researcher.  He embraces various soul rhythm projects in Africa and internationally crowning his efforts with his uniquely designed creation of homegrown traditional instruments ! 

All about Afrika Chungu
Marimba.

The vision of ‘Afrika Chungu Marimba’ is about rooting a prosperous Africa  under Africa’s umbrella of  abundant talent. Harvesting a generation of  ever-flowing sustainable development with an emblem to maintain Peace Love and Unity on earth





In the world of arts, I found Afrika traditional music instruments have a bigger role to play....Passing on the heritage.   -John Gambula 



Once the creators of these exceptional unique musical instruments can no longer continue creating the instrument, the instrument production ceases to exist! Beautifuk and awesome music instruments become extinct! Traditional instruments with  powerful emotional melody leave us

Even at TASUBA, Bagamoyo College Of Arts (traditional instruments that were once used there are no longer available once the creators of the instruments retire or pass on…All we are left with are modern instruments.  Essentially, we lose our soul…..                                    John Gambula

My idea was intense research into folk music and instruments of our 128 tribe’s in Tanzania. I met artist elders and learned the art of creating them.  We taught and learned in unison ending with a fusion of traditional African instruments with Modern instruments in a  collection of instruments, songs and melody, and rhythms.

“Afrika Chungu Marimba” is dedicated to uplifting the coming generation to reinvent and empower the younger generation to reap the benefits of the powerful sounds rooted in their heritage, showcasing the marvels of Africa’s treasured creativity to the surrounding world.

Rithisha Sanaa Project (RISA Project)

HOPE+ACTION=CHANGE (FUTURE)

The initiation of the Rithisha Sanaa Project was rooted in my passion for working with children. After introducing my ideas to friends we gradually set it off!

Facilitating youth and children in the pathway  Spiritual, physical, moral, cultural and society’s economic uprising was in motion

Any movement towards achieving a certain vision the most important seed is HOPE. But HOPE alone is not enough. Actions should be taken to attain the desired CHANGE.

“Afrika Chungu Marimba”  Ten Commandments

  1. Integrity
  2. Ethics Volunteerism
  3. Spirit Commitments
  4. Hard work
  5. Leadership
  6. Teamwork
  7. Continuous improvement
  8. Communication
  9. Recognition
  10. Accountability.

    Meet CreatePrenuerAfrica  John Gambula,  seeding  hope in the uprising  Africa’s untouched talent hub

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What drives you? What is your true passion in life?

It’s all about “doing what I love”. Doing what I love earned support from society. I always dreamed of reaching heights in the world of arts and sharing my skills

My true passion is sharing skills and growing budding talent in society. I want to be the key that unlocks treasures of talent. I believe in supporting and improving skills in creativity.

By sharing what I have children learn easily and interact. I help children to be observers in the creative world. Sharing through arts builds respect. It builds understanding

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

Since my childhood, I grew up surrounded up in artistic societies. I joined dance groups in my village and I found my passion for dancing and singing

What about your passion attracts you most?

Working Hard. Achieving more. Sharing what I have and learning from others.

Arts and creativity is an effective tool of body, mind and soul empowerment for children, youth and society in general.

What led you to make money from your passion?

Earning from what the work I love.  Getting paid for performances and selling creative products ensures every life moment is special. Time is precious and being privileged to savor every  living moment, loving your work on earth, is loving life

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

When I was kid age of 10 years I got money during my dancing. Audiences come and give rewards on stage

There were rewards at wedding parties and dance performances. These were my first steps to earn money through my passion.

What kept you going when you thought giving up?

Ultimately, my passion I have, together with the appreciation from my people in the society I communicate with. Changes always need action and effort to reach desired dreams.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to succeed and working hard to give more to society.

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

“Time tells and the results can prove”

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

Work hard and stay committed. Do what you love most. Never Give up! Do what you love most. Things are possible.
Hope and commitment and actions bring you to future change.

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#CreatePreneurAfrica’s seasoned hotelier , Zimbabwe’s Steven Nemasango

In the realm of an economic meltdown with little or no prospects to aspire to, Steven Nemasango embarked on a journey for across the Zimbabwe border on a purpose driven search.

An initiation into desired greener pastures meant selling roses a night at traffic lights and cutting roadside grass in South Africa

However, trials,tribulations twisted in daily life hindrance paved his pathway with stepping stones to success........
Steven Nemasango Assistant General manager for a prestigious Boutique Hotel in Magaliesburg, South Africa and acquired his first Degree in Information & Technology Management.

Meet Zimbabwe’s, #CreatePreneurAfrica’s  Steven Nemasango

 

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

I am success driven and I always challenge myself that whatever background disadvantage I had must not affect my future goals. I never blame anyone for my poor upbringing instead I use that to motivate myself to success against all odds

 

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

I was 18 and growing up with a single parent she mended my hospitality passion. My number one passion was IT which was beyond my mother’s affordability.

I ended up studying and fulfilling my passion for hospitality.

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What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The love for the hospitality industry, meeting new people and creating opportunities and now IT within the hospitality and the ever-evolving trends in the industry

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Loving what I do and doing it best.

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

When I was employed as a Room Attendant at Holiday Inn Harare in 1999 …… that was the birth of a star in the making through determination and perseverance. 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Resilience, Passion, Determination, Patience and never die attitude

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

I am not in a competition with anyone, I run my own race at my own pace, I don’t look on my left either right to see how others are doing. There is a season and time for everything and I know my time will always come

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

I was told that I will be destitute for my entire life, but I was destitute for three days and I picked up the pieces and continued to build my puzzle.

The best is still to come so I wish those that doubted me a long life to see me flourishing. In my vernacular, they say if you kick a frog you think you are punishing it whilst you are actually helping it to cross.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you? 
Never ever stop dreaming, the horizon is endless. You definitely sow today and reap tomorrow. The journey to success is littered with thorns, rocks, doubters, all sorts of discouragement, backstabbers, jealous, etc., but set your eyes on the goal and do not lose focus. Victory is certain, my spiritual being then tell me that ‘If God is on your side who can be against you,’ Romans 8 vs 31

#CreatepreneurAfrica ,South Africa’s Nena Tenacity, Content developer and Writer

 

 

Screenwriter,content developer and producer,Nena Tenacity has embraced a career in the creative sectors spanning over a decade and a half from humble early day beginnings to becoming 'The Çreator' _ a key content producer.

Her key interest is content and quality with information that expands knowledge and growth.

https://www.facebook.com/KirohoMtoto/

Initially, her inception into the film and television industry was on admin and crew tasks including the local ‘most watched’ South African soapieGenerations” , where she served as the director’s assistant

Thereafter several roles followed on various productions as a  production continuity supervisor.

Eventually, she became involved in research and proposal writing for television producers submitting educational programmes for broadcast content including ‘People of The South’,  a series that was hosted by Dali Tambo, a talk show celebrating key icons in South Africa.

Involved in multiple productions in key roles, eventually, her ongoing work reached fruition in 2008  when she produced a documentary “Dreaming the new” as well as a pilot on Madagascar on a completed 13-part docudrama series on tourism in the SADC region titled “Freeway Tours”.

Mam Dorothy Masuku, forever and always ,advisor, guide and role model

 

 

 

 

 

SEDIBA 2005 NFVF

Her first feature film “Stix and Stones”, a  feature social commentary film exploring the cycles of violence and poverty delving into her personal life realms was developed through National film and video foundation SEDIBA initiative, headed by the acclaimed screenwriting executive and mentor, Alby James. The rights were optioned by a South African production company  Ochre Media.

The rights to the film eventually reverted back to her when the production company that held rights changed management and operational structure.

She then ventured travelling with it to the Rotterdam film festival Babylon workshop and the film is currently on the market for possible production.

Her independent short film streams like ‘Struggles Continue’;  ‘Breaking the chains’ and ‘Strike a Dice’  received development funds during the initiation of the National Film and Video Foundation that was established in South Africa with a mission towards growth and development in the film and television industry.

This was her tool to launch her career forward in the development of several concepts including a series title ‘Let our voices be heard’films from women’s perspective.

She was on board of a development team for a series called ‘A true state of affairs that was a series reflecting migration issues in South Africa and raised xenophobia and other related issues.

Currently, she is on a mission to promote a new feature film  Úshujaa” : Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu 

#WARRIOR 
*spirit child taking back our earth, a language revolution film portraying

KISWAHILI is a liberating and uniting language across tribes and ethnicity. A Pan-African cause for our SOLIDARITY  to wipe away colonial supremacy of language   Sipho Mushwana

When a new spirit child is born with the ultimate Pan-African cause into an era of awakening, there is a calling to crumble the case and essence of the dominant based engraved world system...the English Language!

Key players on board include ‘Kiswahili Ambassadors’, Sipho Mushwana, Joseph Sarimbo as well as proudly Tanzania actor Kihaka GND as well as Neil Schell

Research and proposal preparation 

  • Eskia Mphalele Documentary
  • Dorothy Masuku Documentary
  • Women in Science Documentary

Her various role included a head researcher on ‘Wordart’ a series by Griffin Films celebrating South African writers and as a writer for Interrogation room a television series by Fremantle media.

Her other writing work included 15-minute films for Karlan Communications titled “Very Fast and not so furious “, a series reflecting film from the perspective of women

 

Producer

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica – #SHUJAA #WARRIOR #LANGUAGE REVOLUTIONIST Nena Tenacity

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

My passion…My passion is an outlet of expression, primarily through the tool of language and words

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

I can’t remember the exact age, but I always remember my key interest in writing and journaling continuously

3.What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I always thought of it as a regular everyday activity, like eating, drinking and sleeping. It is only in very recent years that I realised the power of words. A life skill of proportional weight

4.What drove you to make money from your passions?

When I learnt it was possible to get an income for spending your precious time in mind spaces that you prefer to.

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

Tough one to answer! I guess payment was always there generally when people around you needed help with wording something or the other or preparing presentations, you would get rewarded in some way or the other. Actual money, my first memory is getting funded by the National Film and Video Foundation for developing my first short film ‘Let our voices be heard’, a short film speaking out against the exploitation and abuse of women.

6.What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My self-will to battle against the odds and face trials and tribulations in the best manner I could. Other than those initiatives in the industry life the film foundation and many people including Alby James, Clarence Hamilton, Thandi Brewer, Julie Hall and a range of other key players in my personal and professional outlets

Akin Omotoso and Hakeem Kae Kazim, also played key role models in my stance to keep at it.

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

I live by the motto of all and anything you want and desire is possible

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

Keep doubting. My precious time is not there to cater for counselling your ‘doubt’ condition

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

All I can say is there will be falls, sometimes harder than others, but persist, keep the vision and endure being what you want to be. Nobody has to conform to fit within social expectations. Rise above and rise high.

 

 

CreatePreneurAfrica , South Africa’s ‘Thuli Da Poetess’, streaming the words of wisdom

 

Nokuthula Mbongo, 'Thuli Da Poetess'is inspired by boundless beauty, living nature, and everyday people realities,rooted in spirituality and sparkled by a soul passion for creating aspiring worlds that ignite imagination into the beyond.....

Memories flash back to early days when her  performance poetry  ventures were seeded in the Vaal, an area straddling the Vaal river and  fondly recognised as Gauteng’s urban heart .

When the teacher left the classroom, Thuli performed her poetry for classmates and soon ,  the local library became flooded with worded sounds flowing through the voice channels of ‘Thuli Da Poetess’.

“Writing exposed me  to different languages as writing was a language on its own”

I mainly use English, but other African languages like Tswana and Swati as well and wish to use more. Sipho Mushwana, from the story development team on a groundbreaking feature film in development on the African Continent, #LANGUAGE REVOLUTION #SHUJAA _ KIROHO MTOTO ( spirit child taking back our Earth) following a language revolution,  introduced me to a pertinent language on our continent, Kiswahili.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Sipho Mushwana , LAW OF RHYTHM. LAW OF ONENESS

 

With my storytelling I wish to always influence the good.

“African languages as they tap into spirit or soul on earth .

We awaken the fallen creators.

We connect to them .

We give life to the lifeless.”                              Thuli Da Poetess                   

 

 

Vaal Triangle, Gauteng, South Africa

Based in SebokengZone 7, she encountered word rhythms with another poet called Touric. They created a group of four to explore events in the regional districts of Zone7 and Zone 12. The group eventually did split as time went by and life progressed in separated destined paths.

 

My pen was my sword healer and helper     Thuli Da Poetess

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Following regular performances at the Evaton church, by  2017, a special invitation called Thuli DaPoetes to perform at Lekoa FM, a local radio station. Performances were ongoing and she planted a thirst for her words.

Later that year she performed Braam Fischer after moving to Soweto. She met Soul Gondwana, and featured in two tracks and completed a recording of two memorable songs that were feathered with poetic sounds from ‘Thuli da Poetess’

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After relocating back to the Vaal she met her manager and had a world of new opportunities arrived. She performed at the Soweto theatre, and at Protea Glen on June 16  in 2018  (a day commemorating youth uprising during the struggle period in South Africa)

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica , South Africa’s Rhythmic flow bringing out the words -Thuli Da Poetess

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

What drives me are life challenges which I learn from …my family and love for creativity. Writing and using my hand is my passion.

Writing and language are  eternal friends that cannot be seperated. My writing was my healing in the voiceless of time where I was seemingly a passenger at the back seat of my life and was transitioning from a child to a teenager …very curious ,very vulnerable

I don’t only write but style locks and can do more when given an opportunity and resources

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

I was 17 when I found my passion then started performing in 2014 .

I started writing a diary. From there it developed into poetry …I was very shy and quiet so my pen gave me that voice and was my friend.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me the most about my passion is the creative part of it …relating to people and influencing their mindsets. Putting myself in people’s shoes. Living many lives I never lived creating a world of imagination

What drove you to make money from your passions?

What drove me to make money from my passion….well truly I have not made money out of my passion yet, like any real income

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

It is something I look forward to, at some stage

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My love for art  and my gift

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The love and the passion I have for creativity and my family because they believe in my craft more and my potential

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

I am not what you see or what you thought I am. Never judge the book by its cover.

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

The sky is the limit everything and anything is possible …never stop believing in beautiful realities of your arts or passion. Love what you do and rest will follow

 

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