freelearning season 2

EPISODE 1 Nelson Makoka presents “kwela - the roots of our music.”

Kwela music is often said to represent the South African police van, coming from the phrase: "E Bops, kom maak gou -- hier kom die kwela kwela van!" - "Hurry up, here comes the police van." This was a part of early South African culture as the van was used to terrorise not only shebeen queens, but all Africans.
One of the founders of this unique musical sound was Big Voice Jack Lerole whose legacy has been preserved in a number of dicumentaries including the Tomas Films’ documentary “Gold, tears and Music”.
In this episode we will combine archive footage together with the live performance and interview with Kwela era pennywhistler Nelson Makoka. Nelson perorms daily outside the Old Mutual AMPD studios, busking in his suit and bow-tie. He performs the original Kwela music cloassic compositions with the expertise of an age-old experience.

freelearning season 2

EPISOPDE 2 Lefifi Tladi Jazzoetry is my religion!

Lefifi Tladi is a Jazz poet, philosopher and painter. In 1969 he co-founded the jazz band, Malombo Jazz Messengers, which was later, called Dashiki Malopo, the trance-inducing music of the Bapedi, influenced Dashiki’s compositions. Tladi burst into the national South African political scene during the 1970s through participation in the Black Consciousness Movement’s cultural events. Groups such as MDALI, Batsumi, Malapanetharo, Black Arts Studios, and others around the country participated in the cultural events. Also he has painted many Jazz images and dedications to his Jazz musician friends. Now based in Sweden Lefifi is working on a new project combining African proverbs and artworks. He is also performing and releasing Jazz poetry CDs with Swedish musicians.In this episode we collaborate with Dr Jane Rucell to profile the ideas and ideologies of a living legend.

EPISODE 3 Prince Lengoasa : "Standing on the shoulders of giants."

Having worked with Gwangwa, Masekela, Bra Winston and Caiphus, Prince has lots of learning to share; from a compositional stand point and their different styles and approaches to rehearsing and presentation. Prince has many stories both pleasant and unpleasant of his journey with the greats. All stories are important because educating the future generations is also about letting them know about the pitfalls and things to avoid in dealing with people. Prince is characteristic in his Kangol back-to-front andy cap. But it is a feature of all these greats that they wore different hats such as caps for Mankunku, high beret for Gwangwa and a toppie for Caiphus.

From his training with the Salvation Army brass marching bands to his versatile career playing: jazz, classical music, gospel, kwaito, world music and mbaqanga, in this episode Prince takes us on a journey with the greats.

EPISODE 4 Tu Nokwe presents "Order creates Comfort."

Tu Nokwe has designed a personal development clock covering the 6 aspects of our life – Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Creative, Business and Mental (SPECBM). To be fully functioning as an artist – all aspects need to be fed, checked and balanced. In this episode we are inpsired by the life story of a ground-breaking musical artist as we learn the mantra for success; “order creates comfort” and the self-management diary tool to get inside the heart of people, manage our lives and find balance with new methods concepts and exercises to develop a sense of personal empowerment.

Tu’s self management approach was first used by the performing artists of the Amajika Youth and Children Arts – a development unit of the Nokwe Creative Development Foundation. Amajika was formed by the Durban based Nokwe family in 1976 who identified a need to boost the self-esteem of the youth in an effort to counteract the mental and emotional abuse that was endemic to the apartheid system.

Tu has a distinguished personal musical dynasty as the daughter of swing jazz band musician, Alfred Nokwe and soprano soloist Patty. She has taken up a role in the industry as an educator, playing cross-over guitar, acting in Shaka Zulu and working with legendary Zulu umakhweyana- berimbau player and singer, Princess Magogo. She has a recording studio where she has produced music videos, and three music albums.

EPISODE 5 Yonela Mnana presents "Vernacularism"

Pianist, composer and teacher Yonela Mnana, born blind in eDutywa in the Eastern Cape uses his multiple musical talents to present a uniqely South African approach to music education or what he calls – “Vernacularism.” In this episode we will journey with Yonela into the intuitive heart of indigenous South African music and discover why our own South African music is THE foundation for learning and THE output for a successful musical career.

As Yonela says, "By holding that American music as a standard, rather than looking inward, or being interested in our own people close to us, that have walked in those spaces where we have walked. They become colonized in their thinking, are taught ways of thinking about the content, and end up judging themselves as less competent against those foreign standards. So, we have to change these lenses and perceptions of ourselves through our teachings." Yonela Mnana is pursuing his PhD degree at Johannesburg’s Wits University in South African Solo Jazz Pianism. He also teaches at a school for special needs in Katlehong.

EPISODE 6 Mark Fransman Sonik Citizen

Sonik Citizens is about creating and functioning beyond where the eyes can see. Sonik Citizen is the musical expression of the Oneness that which we really are. Through hands on practicality and well resourced kn-whow the Sonik Citizen meets the challenges of any day, removes the ego from the creativity and just gets creativity. In this episode award winning multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman presenst an overview of the approach to becoming a Sonik Citizen from the perspective of paying hommage to the gianst of music that have come before – Winston Mankunku, Robbie Janse, Errol Dyers and Allen Kwela.

EPISODE 7 Steve Tsakiris presents Sound and Healing

Steve Tsakiris is an educator, poet, healer and musician. He presents sound journeys under the title of ‘The magic and mystery of Sound’ and has produced three CDs of sound healing and instruction. Sound creates form and was used in the ancient cultures on ancient instruments to bring healing, change and manifestation through a knowledge of resonance, entrainment and intent.
In this episode we explore the power of sound as a focal point for creativity.

EPISODE 8 Music as a vehicle for change

Dan Chiorboli founder of Awesome Africa music festival, the Liberation Orchestra and Solidarity Express has dedicated his career to promoting world music through festivals, collaborations and travelling projects. His latest musical offering Solidarity Express brings together a variety of msuicians including blues rock guitarist Andre Kriel and other guests. This episode takes us into the business of msuic festivalss, cross-border musical collaborations and the global power of music as a vehicle for conscientising the public to long and lasting change.

Born in Ital;y and a percussion player, Dan has worked with the creme of musicians around the world such as Ray Phiri on the Awesoe Africa festival and Black Moses Ngwenya on the Solidarity Expres project. His musical approach brings people together using the diverse and brilliant South African music as a foundation. South Africa's struggle for equality and fairness has beenlinked with like-minded people all over the world through the uplifting musical soundtrack to our political struggle and our social philosophy of ubuntu. Dans approach to South African music showcases its unity through diversity and the major cultural role this music has played to preserve the human miracles of peace, unity, togetherness and ubuntu.