Wednesday, November 16, 2022

By Thomas Cedrick



 South African icons, Mi Casa, will perform at De Waal Park in Upper Orange Street,

Cape Town.

One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in

recent years, Mi Casa blends the infectious Deep House & Soulful House style and

musical traditions of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Formed in Johannesburg 2011

where they all met at a Night Lounge - the band is a national hit. Their live shows are

legendary.

On Sunday 4th December from 1pm, Mi Casa will share the bandstand with the


Majozi and a surprise opening Group.

“Why not do different places?” remarked lead singer J’Something when asked about

De Waal Park. It is an exciting and beautiful venue to share our music with the

city. “This is a show we as a band really look forward to with the audience being so

close to you. You truly feed off the crowd

“We have our album out entitled “WE MADE IT”, and we will be playing material

from that, as well our classic hits. The songs translate so well live and fans show so

much love when they’re played, so we’ll be reciprocating, big time!”


MAJOZI, a South African singer/songwriter, performing original Indie-folk / pop

material.

Known for his wide vocal range, Majozi - a self-taught guitarist later studying Jazz

Foundation Trust also high energy pop . Majozi is guaranteed to have audiences on

their feet. The infectious beat and meaningful lyrics have fans singing along with

Gusto – an entertainer throughout.


Gates open at 10 am. Concerts start at 1 pm Enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the pet-

friendly park. Remember; however, please keep your pets leashed at all times while

within the park during the concert.

Prince Benza features Dr Malinga on new collabo

By Thomas Cedrick



 Prince Benza was born Benny Raolane in Wisani village in Limpopo province. He started

singing at a young age in 2008 while in primary school. King Monada influenced his

development as a singer, songwriter and producer.

Confident to venture out on his own, Prince Benza started making his own music in 2010.

And so began a journey that would bring his unique style to the fore. He wanted to be

different without losing the essence of the Bolobedu house sound as it represented where he

came from.

His first single A Hi Famba took fans by storm and won Monada over who groomed and

gave him direction. They collaborated on Dinyaka which opened more doors for Prince

Benza when he signed with Open Mic Productions, one of the biggest music companies in


South Africa. He released Chiwana, a song about someone who lost both his parents at a

young age and faces challenges with no help, but keeps on going with faith hoping that one

day all will be well and God will answer his prayers.


Music awards started noticing this young talent when he was a nominated in the Sepedi

Music Awards. The industry opened up its arms and Prince Benza made music with top

drawer artists such as Master KG, Makhadzi, Master Chuza, Team Mosha and Candy

Tsamandebele.

In 2022 Prince dropped  Dilo Ditchenchile which translates to things change ft the  legendary Dr Malinga  

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Grow Educare Centers

 The Back Chat Show had a wonderful guest by the name of Helene Brand, from an organisation called Grow Educare ecd Centers.

GROW Educare Centers is a non-profit social enterprise, where they use a proven recipe for success to equip women to run 5 Star Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers that are also financially sustainable businesses.

The initiative was born from a deep desire among a group of social entrepreneurs to address the lack of access to quality of early childhood development (ECD) education in marginalized communities in South Africa.

The organisation was established over 8 years ago,working with woman who own pre-schools and want to run their pre-schools like businesses so that their schools are able to operate for many more years.

They have constructed a strategy  for an excellent pre-school that is financially viable were by it pays it staff members well and it can invest back into the education so that it is not too reliant just on funders and sponsor's, it can support it's self.

They have worked with pre-schools that they worked with directly those are Growth pre-schools and there are about 45 of them. During the 5-6 years of their existence, they have been testing out that strategy to make sure that they cover everything you need to run an excellent center, whether it is nutrition,curriculum the equipment that you need, thew training of the teacher's, learner's assessment's, budgeting and the infrastructure.

Now that they now that they see that it works, for them it's not about grow center's anymore they now work with anybody who owns their own pre-schools and they are an independent business person and they will collaborate with them and make their tools, systems and resources available to them, but they do not become another Growth Pre-school they stay independent. 

The requirements for them to help you is for you to have your own pre-school, crèche, kindergarten and it doesn't matter if you are not registered with the with department of education they will help you achieve the normal standards of education so that when you register your school it can be registered successfully.

They have an app called Grow Giraffe ecd it is available for any Pre-school in South Africa for them to use and it is free. With the app you are able to run your whole school on your phone, since not all schols have printers, computers or access to the internet but with this app you can do everything that is from admin, registering the learners, enrollment's, finance management and access free data online training for the teachers.

This organisation is incredibly amazing and their efforts for the future generation of this country is amendable.

You can find them at their social platforms as :

Website: Groweced.org.za

Facebook: Grow educare center's

Instagram : groweducare

email address: info@growecd.org.za

To listen to more of the interview please click on the link down below.

https://youtu.be/3nlReh9Gmwc

Monday, September 12, 2022

Wave Rhyder

 



Wave Rhyder (Thato Molupe) is an upcoming singer songwriter and producer hailing all the way from Morija Lesutho, born into a musically influenced family, Wave Rhyder found inspiration from both his parents who are both gospel musicians.

 

At an early age Wave Rhyder found his love and passion for music, growing up he was always expected to follow in his parents footsteps to create gospel music, he initially wanted to become a pastor as he grew up in a Christian home meaning he had to spend most of his time in church.

 

Molupe then decided he wanted to lean towards hip-hop music; he received great love and support from both his parents for him to pursue his dream to become a hip-hop artist, even assisting him by paying for studio time to record music. He had a brief run making hip-hop music, but he then decided to move more towards Afro-pop the current music he makes today.

 

In 2019 at the age of 20 years old, Wave Rhyder released a self-produced track titled ‘Ts’ela bo tlale’, a song that gained him the attention he needed in Lesotho. The song was inspired by a shebeen that was next to his house, what intrigued him was the constant comings and goings of people who would walk past his house and into the shebeen, observing how their personalities would change once they left the shebeen.

 

Since the release of his song ‘Ts’ela bo tlale’, the road to success has been promising, collaborating with big artists such as Juvy, Mj Elphie, and Selimo Thabane and many more, his greatest achievement would be sharing a stage with Africas award winning duo Blaq Diamond. Wave Rhyder sets a perfect example that by working hard on your passion to pursue your dreams can lead to incredible opportunities, whether it be working with big name artists and reaching heights you’d never imagine. If Wave Rhyder continues to go down this road there is no doubt that he will be one of the biggest artists in Africa.

 By Reece Adams

 

Presenter: Renato Van Schalkwyk
Producer: Reece Adams

Friday, September 09, 2022

Interview with Kenan Fortuin

 

KENJI PRODUCTIONS

 

Backchat was joined by, Kenan Fortuin a 21 year old from Portlands Mitchell's Plain. Is the founder and creative director of Kenji Productions CPT, a NPO based in Mitchell's Plain. He is passionate about the local youth and giving them a platform to display their skills and talents.

 

Kenji Productions CPT was started in 2020 during the pandemic and the vision was to provide a platform for all aspiring models and performers to best display their skills and talents. They have been quiet for a bit but still had some photoshoots and now are back with a whole new show.

 


Our afternoon presenter Renato, started off the interview by asking more about what Kenji productions is. Kenan shared with us that the goal was always youth development by diving deeper into creativeness. Kenan shared that there is so much talent where he comes from and he describes himself as a people person. He also mentioned that he is all about giving creatives a platform. He says the idea for Kenji came from watching trace at home. His initial idea was to start doing music videos and models and from there it expanded into what it is today.

 

He says the modelling element came from when schools used to throw fashion shows. “CLOTHES SAYS A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE”, says Kenan. That is the power of fashion and also how modelling and how the creative element came about.

 


Kenan said that he has two successful shows so far and the upcoming show is inspired and paying tribute to fashion icons but it also entails having performances and entertainment in between. He also mentioned that the pressure is a lot because of the show that is 3 weeks away.

 

In terms of casting for models, they do not have many requirements but they do focus mainly on the teen side of things. He urges anyone who would like to join or be involved to please come forward. Kenan mentioned that this show is a step forward and they look forward to much bigger things. If anyone would like to get involved they can get in touch via social media @kenjiproductionscpt on Instagram and kenjiprouductionscpt@gmail.com.


PRODUCER-JAMIE-LEE FREDERICKS
PRESENTER- RENATO VAN SCHALKWYK

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Lika Berning from Ikasi Creative

                                                             Ikasi Creative


Backchat was joined by the inspiring Lika Berning , from Ikasi Creative. Ikasi is a digital media that tells a story and gives a voice to the next generation. As digital media takes it’s place in the digital revolution, they open up opportunities for the youth to participate in the new creative economy.

Ikasi is a level 1 non- profit BBBEE contributor. They help assist companies to meet BBBEE obligations through skills development programmes and unaccredited training. They reach out via their digital media creative content programmes to see a massive change brought to rural youth through employment, job creation and entrepreneurial development.

 

Lika shared with us that the organisation was established officially in 2016. The journey as she said has been fantastic within the 7 years that they exist and she also mentioned that they have has to deal with covid but she remains extremely grateful to their sponsors.

Another point she touched on was the programmes that they run, they reach out to rural areas such as the eastern cape and also the northern cape by bringing basic film, television skills to the community and the environment. They also take youth out of those communities and place them in a boot camp where they can expand their learning skills for 3 months. They focus mainly on story-telling and sharing the stories of the youth. Another programme they have is the incubator programme that is one year long.

 


Berning shared that the ages start from 18 and older and they do not need to have any experience in film or advertising but they do encourage having a grade 12 certificate in order to be selected. Ikasi voice is also a very new programme and its based around learner content that comes out of the training programme. She says that a collaboration is coming with Youth Capital around social connections and that is something to keep an eye out for.

The advice she wanted to end off with was one of two, firstly “The story you have is the super power you have out there”, she said. She says that there are so many stories out there that has not been told and it has the potential to heal peoples past. Secondly, She said that ikasi cannot do what they do without the sponsorship and support from their supporters. She also encourages anyone that wants to join can please get involved with Ikasi.

Producer: Jamie-lee Fredericks
Presenter: Thomas Cedrick

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Keanu Harker

From the streets Cape Town to your mother’s television, Keanu Harker continues to shock the world with his captivating voice.

 

Joined with The Back Chat Show on Bush Radio 89.5 FM, local talent Keanu Harker shares his upbringing and his music journey thus far. Growing up in Cape Town, he always wanted to pursue music as a career, although his family wanted him to get a “real” job, whether that be a doctor or a lawyer. Given the circumstances of Keanu’s upbringing, he never allowed the negative feedback stop him from pursing music as a career.

On his journey, in 2019 he signed up to be a contestant on The Voice season 3, this is where he grabbed the attention of many South Africans, Keanu ended up as a finalist on the show, but unfortunately he did not come home with the prize. He did however return home with a huge fan base watching and anticipating when he will be releasing new music. The attention is what he needed to kick start his career as an artist.

 

On Saturday 13 August 2022, Harker performed his new song “No More” at The Wave Theatre, as well as crowd favourite covers and more songs from his album entitled “I Believe in Me”. Giving an undoubtedly stunning performance, Keanu continued to do what he does best; capturing the attention and hearts of the audience.

Keanu’s journey is only beginning, still having a lot to learn about the music industry, Keanu continues to be passionate and enthusiastic about his musical journey. There is no doubt that we will be hearing more from Keanu, soon to be a household name and continuing to bring you euphoric and sensational sounds through his music.

By Reece Adams


Listen to Keanu Harker's interview with Renato Van Schalkwyk below:

Presenter: Renato Van Schalkwyk
Producer: Jamie-Lee Fredericks 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Claire and Chanel from the CECD

 

THE CENTRE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOF DEVELOPMENT

(CECD)

  

Backchat was joined by the inspiring Chanel and Claire from the CECD. They shared with us their shift into writing and told us more about the book they released titled Madiba: (Our Children’s Champion) at the College of Cape Town, Crawford campus, last Monday, the 1st of August.


The Centre for Early Childhood Development(CECD) released their new book honouring the late former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy of putting children first.

The book’s release also resonates with the CECD celebrating their 28th anniversary of standing up for children’s rights and supporting early childhood development (ECD) centres in need. The Madiba speeches are brought to life through photographs captured around Cape Town by Newton James Stanford, as well as artworks created by children of different ages.

The main aim of the CECD is to enhance the lives of children and they also act as a service provider to other ECD centres. Chanel shared with us that the CECD runs various programmes and one of her favourites are the family programme. Not many children are able to go to ECD’s, so she really enjoys engaging with families and kids that are really in need.


Claire, one of the Author’s of the book says they drew inspiration for the name of their book from the Madiba archive films, where Nelson Mandela mentioned children about 416 times in the speeches he made. She also added that they picked the book up again this year and also got inspiration from their previous book titled
Madiba in children”. Claire shared that the entire CECD was involved in creating the book and over 100 kids were involved in the photographs and they really enjoyed the rawness of the children in what they were busy with.

 The book is available for free at the ECD centre and anyone who would like to join the ECD or get the book can email Claire at Cpearce@cecd.org.za and the number to contact is 0216832420 and they urge anyone to engage with them on either of those platforms.

 

Producer; Jamie-lee Fredericks

Presenter; Thomas Cedrick

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Sonke Gender Justice


  

With gender-based violencestill active in society today, people are still not educated well on this matter. Sonke Gender Justice is determined to educate the public on this social matter more.

 

Formed in 2006 Sonke Gender Justice is a woman’s Organisation that strives towards feminist principles. The organisations purpose is to address, respond and to prevent gender-based violence and fights against the discrimination of people living with HIV and AIDS. The organisation is made up of different units such as research monitoring, evaluation and learning, policy development unit, advocacy unit and an operations unit. The Organisation also works regionally in Africa.

 


In a case where people are using violence as their right to justice against women and children, Sonke creates sessions for people, allowing them to be more educated on the effects that can lead after an act of violence; this promotes the opportunity of change for these people to find more positive ways to deal with situations.

 


Sonke Gender Justice runs a men’s wellness clinic in Gugulethu and at this wellness centre, the wellness centre focuses on men’s health and safety, one of the activities that the wellness centre has is addressing social issues within their communities.

 

The Organisation uses their communication strategies in school classrooms; they had the opportunity to have an advocacy session with the learners of Kasselsvlei High School during the school holiday period, about the social issues that happen in their communities, giving the youth advice on how to positively cope with these issues.

By Reece Adams

listen to the interview below


Presenter: Mkhuseli "Khusi" Veto
Producer: Reece Adams

Do not fear the NSRI is here!!

 On the Back Chat Show today, we had the CEO Cleeve Robertson of The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).The National Sea Rescue Institute is a volunteer rescue organisation that is on call 24/7. Their mission is to save lives on South African waters. They are more than a rescue service. We educate communities and strive to innovate and constantly evolve and extend our water-safety initiatives through empowerment and visibility.

The National Sea Rescue Institute is 55 years old, it was established in 1967. There were 17 fishermen that drowned along the South Cape coast, then a Lady called Patti Price,who noticed these horrible incidents and started writing to the government and to everyone saying we should have a rescue service along our coast. 

About 5 years later they established 15 stations along the coast up to Mossel Bay, now they have about 75 stations along the coast, beaches and harbours. Ever since then they have extended their mandate to provide Drowning Prevention Educational and Skills Development, Water Safety Education for School Children and teaching them survival swimming.

They go through alot of challenges when on missions, it is becoming worse because of climate change, the conditions the rescue team goes through hectic rough and cold seas, The training and equipment that they use is quite expensive and since they are an NGO they are in need of funding.

The National Sea Rescue Institute has an application called Safety TRX, it is a smartphone application, how it works is that you log on the app when you are about to go on a boat, canno or fishing. Then if you come across an emergency while you in the sea, you can push a red button then it will alert them where your exact location is and they will be there to rescue you. It speeds up the whole search and rescue situation and in which I believe that is awesome.

NSRI is an excellent organisation They are doing such wonderful work in teaching young to old people to swim. Swimming is skill that can be taught and you will never forget and it is amazing to have organisations like National Sea Rescue Institute to be able to teach this skill and evens way more for free, if you would like to volunteer you can go to the nearest station and and do so. Please do show some support and like and follow their pages and if you can do more please go over their website contact them and donate or sponsor them. You could be changing alot of lives...

Their socials are :

Facebook: NSRI

Instagram: sereascuesa

Website: https://www.nsri.org.za/rescue


Presenter: Renato

Producer : Lydia M


Monday, August 15, 2022

Dane Isaacs on the social stigma of stuttering.

 

Statistics have shown that approximately 1% of the people worldwide stutter, and there is still many misconceptions about the speech disorder. During the show Back Chat on Bush Radio, Stellenbosch researcher Dane Isaacs interviewed to discuss the social stigma that surrounds the speech disorder.

 

With a speech trait such as stuttering, it can often be linked to negative social identity. There are many challenges for people who have the speech trait of stuttering, for instance it becomes linked with negative social identity. For someone who has developed the speech trait at an early age are often mocked, either in school or in the workplace. There are still common misconceptions, which surrounds someone who stutters, many people still endure discrimination and prejudice because of their speech trait.

 

As Dane Isaacs explains in an interview on Bush Radio relating to his experience, he explained that during his University years, he wanted to take up a course to become a Clinical Psychologist, a field that requires an intense process of doing interviews making oral assignments for the study to be a big thing. With Dane, even though being a potential candidate for the course, he unfortunately not accepted because of his stutter.

 

For kids in school who have this speech trait, it could unfortunately make teachers or students perceive them as an illiterate individual, reading a loud and presenting orals are often the challenges that kids in school deal with because of the speech trait. The approach towards stuttering, according to Dane should not be accepted, but to be accommodated as a way of speaking. If stuttering will be accommodated rather than accepted it will reach a breakthrough in society as it should not be seen as a problem that needs to be fixed.

 Presenter: Reece Adams

Producer: Reece Adams

Friday, August 12, 2022

Interview With Angus Prince

 

ANGUS PRINCE

 

Angus Prince graced us with his presence on the backchat show sharing with us the 20 years of experience he has had with being a Salsa Dj, businessman  and also being on the technology side of things.

 

Angus started off by saying he does everything that he likes and if you love what you do then you wouldn’t be working a day in your life. He also shared with us that he runs a technology business, has a dance studio and production company that specializes in salsa dancing. He was asked if the things he does ever clashes with one another and his response was nothing short of thrilling. He said, if you can make it work than it doesn’t clash and that is why he works for himself.

 


He added that dance itself is very technical and it balances out by being a science before an art. He also stated that a lot of the more technical people are better dancers and that goes hand in hand without them realizing.

 

Amoungst other things Angus has worked with over a few thousand people who still bump into him on a daily basis still remembering what he has taught them. Being able to interact with people, he has also been involved in the television and radio scene as well. More recently has was on expresso with his dance company which he runs in and around Cape Town.

 

Angus also shares a birthday with the late Albert Einstein, which he found out about at a very young age, hence his love for the science as well. Being on this incredible journey this far, Angus’s hope and goals for the future remain intact and also he looks forward to a number of things from sending his dance groups oversees to compete in the world salsa championships and also the children’s dance programme he hopes will grow in the next coming months.

 

The advice that he gave was also truly inspiring. He said, “write your dreams down. If you don’t then it won’t become tangible”. Those looking to join or get involved can follow him on social media. It is SalsationSA on Instagram, www.evolution.africa and www.mcdf.co.za.



Presenter : Jamie-lee Fredericks
Producer: Jamie-lee Fredericks

Interview with Requel

 

THE LEAKY SHACK

 

Backchat was joined by the vibrant crew of The Leaky Shack Foundation. Leaky Shack was born out of a humane passion and love for the youth and mankind as a whole. The founder of the foundation, Requel, mentioned this to us during her time on the show.

 

Straight away Requel mentioned to us what the foundation focuses on, she said, “I think it’s important for me to build the kids mentality so they can think better than their circumstance”. She also shared with us that growing up in a leaky shack herself she knows how easily your circumstances can influence the way you think and how you feel about yourself. Highlighting that children go off what they see and sometimes that is what influences them the most, which gives outside negativity to be in the light, mainly gangsterism.

 


We were also joined by two young individuals that are part of the lifeskills programme at The leaky Shack Foundation, Ashlin Nel and Imtiyaaz Arendse. They shared with us what it’s like being a part of the foundation as youth.

 Ashlin shared with us that she has grown so much because of the programme and also one thing that has really stood out to her is her confidence that has grown a huge amount. She also added that her school report has improved and that’s something she is extremely proud of.

 


Imtiyaaz shared that the programme has taught him lifeskills and it teaches them about things that school does not. Some of the things that he mentioned that they learn is how to deal with stress at school as well as peer pressure. 

Both Imtiyaaz and Ashlin shared that one of their favourite things about the programmes in the excursions and also the friends that they have and share everything with.

 


Requel said that at the moment she has about 25 children that are part of the programme but she hopes that it grows in future and she also wishes that the space they use for the programme grows as well. Wrapping things up, Requel mentioned that one thing she is extremely proud of when it comes to the foundation was the graduation that took place not to long ago, where she actually got people in from universaties and catering companies but the kids wanted to do everything themselves saying that it was the way she had taught them to do and the self-confidence she taught them to have. 


Presenter: Jamie-lee Fredericks
Producer: Jamie-lee Fredericks