Urban Soul Poetry Slam Winner – Buthelezi

I've never really been sure how I actually feel about poetry slams. I had the opportunity to tour the UK in 2006 as part of Hammer & Tongue's Four Continents Poetry Slam Tour and that was fun because it was the same 8 poets, grateful for the opportunity to share...

Buy A Piece Of 140 Years Of Lyle & Scott

Established in 1874 in Scotland as a knitwear company producing high quality underwear by William Lyle and Walter Scott, Lyle & Scott has evolved over the last 140 years to become a full fashion brand for men and women. In this time, it has collaborated with...

Having different views can be constructive

I have always been fascinated by how you can have, say, five people hear or see the same thing, and each have a very different view of what is going on. That is what makes us human, I guess, and, sometimes, that is what helps us progress. I’ve been watching the...

Ken Block on BBC’s Top Gear

I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert on or a great driver of cars. I can do what I need to do to survive, mostly. But, I, like many others, love the BBC's Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. They have found the formula for creating...

Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean Cover

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, known as Aloe Blacc, exists on the fringes of the mainstream music industry. If it wasn't for the friend of a friend passing on a copy of his 2010 album Good Things, he would probably wouldn't have registered on my radar. The song he is...
Strategic business shutdown

Strategic business shutdown

The Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns are wreaking havoc on the world's economies. Watching the struggles that big business is having globally shows how fragile everything is. But, it pales in relation to the impact on small businesses, freelancers, artists, etc. Work life can be challenging enough with those us within those sectors. Both my...

How successful are you? Really?

How successful are you? Really?

The Business Dictionary defines 'success' as follows: Achievement of an action within a specified period of time or within a specified parameter. Success can also mean completing an objective or reaching a goal. Success can be expanded to encompass an entire project or be restricted to a single component of a project or task. It can be achieved...

South African media faltering, random thoughts

South African media faltering, random thoughts

The music industry was ground zero when it came to digital disruption but, over the last decade, has found a way to revive itself. Major labels have stakes in streaming services, like Spotify and, for a while, the 360-deal was all the rage. For independent labels, streaming, merchandising, publishing and licensing and performance ticket sales...

Conversations with your younger self

Conversations with your younger self

A common question in interviews is ‘what you would tell your 18, 20, 30, x year-old self?’ As we navigate the years, the hope is that we gain wisdom, learn things, evolve and progress from who we were to who we will become. With hindsight, it is easier to look back on the things we did, said and thought, and see a different way. On his podcast,...

In Range, David Epstein makes a case for generalists

In Range, David Epstein makes a case for generalists

Malcolm Gladwell's '10,000 hour rule' as detailed in his 2008 book Outliers was, when it came out, a concept that many grasped onto in making sense of work and the world. The idea that putting in 10,000 hours brings us to mastery in our chosen field is nice, tidy and easy to buy into. In 2009, he was on Reddit answering questions and wrote: There...

The Twitter Abyss

The Twitter Abyss

Keeping one's mind right in a world that feels like it is struggling to get a grip on reality often seems damn near impossible. And that is under supposedly normal conditions. Today, it feels even harder, especially on Twitter. I have a love-hate relationship with the platform that started in 2008. Or rather with how we interact with each other...

Questlove in times of Covid-19

Questlove in times of Covid-19

With all the content that is online - on the hour, every hour - I have been struggling to keep up, especially on Instagram. Since D-Nice launched his Homeschool at Club Quarantine on March 21st, there has been explosion of musical experiences online. With the time differences between the south of Africa and the US, I have missed most of these. I...

Finding your rhythm working from home

Finding your rhythm working from home

There are those who have to brave traffic to go to work who have looked upon those who work from home with some envy. The idea of working from home, like most things, is a lot prettier, imagined, than it is in reality. Being able to sit in the ‘office’ in your pyjamas without the pressures of shower, get dressed and leave the house with a...

Attention, that’s what it’s all about

Attention, that’s what it’s all about

"Attention is a resource—a person has only so much of it."Matthew Crawford Social media, over the last decade, has put 'attention' at the heart of everything we do. This is especially the case when you consider the sheer vastness of the digital noise that we create every day, including posts like this. Our value is often seen to be determined by...

Doing business with purpose

Doing business with purpose

The definition of 'purpose' that has always resonated with me is " the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists." (Free Dictionary). In 2018, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel at the Holmes Report's (now PRovoke) In2Summit Africa. The topic of discussion was “Finding Post-Truth Purpose: Why Addressing Societal Needs Is More...

How are you planning for an uncertain future?

How are you planning for an uncertain future?

"The question for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers." Elrich Fromm Uncertainty should force us to shift away from business as usual. Uncertainty should force us to be creative with how we approach what has been our status quo. While, when submerged in the turmoil, it can...

What it means to be a conscious parent

What it means to be a conscious parent

Becoming a father had - and continues to have - a profound effect on my life. I always knew I wanted to be a father yet, like everyone else, I can't say I was ready for it when it happened. Becoming a parent is one of those things that you can never really be prepared for; you have to experience it to get it. One of my favourite quotes about...

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