Lu Chase media launch 

  

It was quite an intimate affair. Guests quietly mingled in the foyer of the Yamaha World venue, while waiting to meet and hear from Lu Chase in the venue’s theatre. Welcome drinks and finger foods were served as we waiting for the grand performance. I spotted the likes of RJ Benjamin as well as a few industry practitioners.     I was in attendance with my friend and assistant Katlego Katly Sethlare, and together we eagerly waited for the music to begin. The event’s commencement ran slightly over time, but we soon found it was all worth the short wait.  

 
We were met inside the intimate venue by grandeur. With her strong and well rehearsed band behind her Lu Chase shared with her audience her big voice, big personality and true passion for the music . Her sound, she has classified as ‘Soul’ but one cannot miss the tempo and excited aura of Rock n’ Roll. Through costume changes, choreographed musical movement of wings and songs that kept you on your feet, Lu Chase kept us well engaged and entertained. The set was not long, but its impact was felt.  Here is a short snippet, with a dash of long legs for effect

I met with Lu Chase to chat for a bit and below is a snippet of what I discussed with this talented South African beauty.  

• Tell me a little bit about yourself, where you come from and if it is allowed, how old you are 

I am 33 years old, I’m from Cape Town born and bred, but I now reside in Johannesburg and I absolutely love it here. It has really shifted my perspective on my brand and my industry quite a bit. I started off working in Musical theatre when I was 5 years old. So from 5 until 1997 when I performed for Quincy Jones I was doing musical theatre. After that I started a couple of bands and I was the head writer for a couple of labels, so I was writing songs straight out of high school, for a German label. I never thought that I would be the person in the front because my self esteem was so low, but through self discovery and costant seeking of the spiritual self I’ve now gotten to a place where I am ready to front. 

• Was music always your first choice and why or why not? 

It was always my first choice. As I said I suffered from really low self esteem so I didn’t think that I was worth it but, the very first thing I remember, being 5 years old, being pushed onto stage by my aunt and I had to sing a song. I got onto stage and I was so scared, but they gave me the mic and the light went on. The second that light went on I felt so safe. Im sure you can understand, its that feeling of absolute safety. There is nothing I can compare it to, its like home. So I knew at the age of 5 but, growing up in the area and community where I grew up, everyone always wanted me to sound like someone else. And so I always tried to sound like someone else. And then I did that show for Quincy Jones in 1997 and I said to him “everyone wants me to sound like singers you’ve produced before” but I don’t sound like Diana Ross or Tamia, my tone is so husky  and so dirty and he said ” But thats your tone. No on is going to come from America to South Africa to buy what they can buy in America honey”. So I said ok, and that set me off on a path of distinction. 

• Who are your 3 biggest musical influences and why? 

Prince! Prince just brings it man. You know he plays every instrument? And his ear is so tuned. He will go into a mixing studio and say “could you please cut 5mhz off the end of that bass roll” and if you don’t do it he will come back, listen and say ” well its good but I don’t hear that 5 mhz gone”. As horrible as he was, Ike Turner. Tina Turner has the voice that she does because she was blessed with it, but Ike Turner is the reason Tina’s voice came out the way it did. The musicallity around it just absolutely amazing. There are so many others that my brain is going like ‘ting’. I also love Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

• How would you describe your genre of music? 

Its Soul. It’s pure soul. Soul with a sprinkle of Rock n’ Roll. That is what it is. 

• Please tell us about your debut album, when it will be available and where we can find you on social media etc… 

Social media http://www.facebook.com/luchase  On Instagram it is @luchase26 Im born on the 26th of May not because I am a gangster. Twitter @msluchase. My album will be released at the end of Spring. It is my favorite season and a time for people to get social here in South Africa. The album is titled Soul’d Out because it’s all Soul. My first single has been released to radio stations, they are taking their time with it but coupled with the music video we have shot I hope it will take off. It is called ‘By my side’ and you can find it on 750 online platforms. Simply google Lu Chase – By my side and you will find it.  

 Thank you Lu Chase for the good music and the invite to enjoy not only your music but your being as a performer. 

Thank you Goldie Styling for allowing me to cover this event. It was a total pleasure. 

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Keep an eye out for Lu Chase’s upcoming album. Follow her on social media and check out her live performances. She brings a lot of heat to the stage. Something for the soul, rock n roll and live music fans to enjoy. 

Thunzy for Goldie Styling 

  

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Chris Kairinos – Asaman 

Chris Kairinos meets with the Asaman group. A trader in Oil and Gold. This is what this 30 year old young man had to share 

  Could you tell us a bit about your childhood, where you grew up and your family

Typical Cypriot boy born in Benoni. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. I am the youngest. My brother and eldest sister are half siblings, same father different mother. My mother and father divorced when I was 3-4 years old and I moved in with my mother and my younger sister to Edenvale where we were raised. My mother worked two jobs and my sister and I spent much time at home with our maid and with aunts and cousins. My father and eldest sister and brother emigrated to Cyprus when I was young so I often travelled to Cyprus to visit. My mother insisted on keeping close relationships with the whole family. I went to Edenglen primary and then moved to SAHETI for high school as my mother wanted to instill our Greek heritage as much as possible.

 Who were your male role models growing up and who do you still look up to today? And why? 

 My mother, the hardest worker I know to this day. She taught me that to be smart is one thing but without a strong work ethic to back intelligence you are nothing. She also taught me to be honest, humble and polite at all times. My uncle George. He has been a successful director at SasolChevron and an inspiration to the family. I draw much from his character when making decisions on work and family situations.

How would you define manhood? 

I suppose it is the coming of age  from being a boy to becoming a man. As a man you are often looked at to take the forefront in many family decisions and also in other social situations. This can be viewed as stereotypical but is very common in most cultures today. Manhood can also be looked at simply the transition of young and naïve to older and wise. Being able to take on responsibility and to make well thought out decisions.

Do you feel or think various cultural upbringings help shape the kind of man one becomes and is it always a positive thing? Please expand on this view

 Cultural upbringing certainly has an effect on how a boy’s thoughts are moulded as they mature. Sometimes it is taught that girls can only do certain things and guys other things, or more commonly that a boy has more responsibility than a girl within the family. You can agree to some extent that women can do some things better than men and vice versa, but it is never a question of importance or respect being based purely on sex. These traits most likely vary from culture to culture. Being Greek I can say that women are taught from a young age to assist with what is commonly associated with womanly functions. Cooking, cleaning, caring for father and brother and later husband etc. But they are too motivated to become successful in the fields they would like to pursue. Whether it be a doctor, engineer, banker, actress chef etc.

So yes, culture does have an impact on what type of a man is produced, not always positive but from my experiences within my own culture I can say it has been positive.

 What do you do on a professional level and are you fulfilled by your work? 

Commodities trader. I am fulfilled. I am challenged daily and very often need to learn more to overcome the challenges. I am responsible for my actions and need to face the consequences when I make the wrong decision and most definitely need to provide logical explanations for my behaviour.

 Do you wish to have children some day and what values would you wish to instill in them

Perhaps. I fear my choice is heavily influenced by the fact that the world already has too many people in it and despite my best efforts my children will be exposed to too much bad as a result. People have to increasingly fight for less available resources, I worry that they will never get to see the world like I did as a child.

 Please share some of your interests outside of the work space 

Friends and family are first on the list. Down time with those few that you care for really is chicken soup for the soul. Reading books that have nothing to do with my line of work and enjoying good movies. Currently enjoying navy based movies, fascinating to see what people at war put themselves through for their country.

Do you think friendship is a medium that can be used to engage on a positive level between men? Do you have any such friends and how do you help in each others progress/growth 

 I have had the same friends since high school, I am now 30 so that is quite a long time. Friends that you keep for a long time are sometimes more than family, they simply understand you better and don’t expect a certain behaviour from you. My network of friends is equivalent to a net, when one falls the net is there to catch them.

How was the experience of taking part in the Asaman campaign? 

It was interesting. I think to give some context as to who the campaign is aimed to help would be great and how it will be delivered to the targeted audience. Also would be good to see if it did help in anyway.



South Africa is blessed with diverse cultures and creeds. Each one possess value systems that promote good levels of morality. Asaman is happy to explore and share the lessons found in embracing our differences. 

  Asaman, strive to be strong and confident as your mind and body permits 

Photography by Aaron & Hur 

Tshepo ‘Crocky’ Modiri  – Asaman 

The Asaman campaign seeks to inspire, create mentorship opportunities, and create a safe and constructive space to engage, for the younger generation. Asaman sits down with 21 year old Tshepo ‘Crocky’ Modiri, a BSc student, social activist & vocalist, to gain insight on the thoughts of the younger, upcoming generation of men.  

Who is the one man, whether you have met or not, that you find inspires you most? And how?


Jesus Christ. There are many reasons why Jesus inspires me. His ideologies, how he related with other people etc. But, the one reason He really inspires me was His perseverance. We live in a world where it is extremely difficult to be who you really are and to say what you really want say. Jesus was ostracized for His views, and how He kept true to Himself amongst so many adversities is the one thing that stuck with me the most from His story, and it is the one I try apply in my life.


Authenticity. Honesty.

Do you believe guys in your age group consider good value systems as something to consider in their daily living? Why or why not? 


I think definitely yes. I think the reason it sometimes does not seem that way is due to the fact that most guys in my age group are at a stage in their life where they are still finding and creating their value systems. Early twenties are the years in which you find and settle into yourself, that includes choosing the value systems you want to live by, and applying them to your daily living
.

What are you currently studying and are you happy with your choice or do you have different prospects? 


I am currently studying a Bachelors in Science degree. I would say I am happy, but having said that I definitely do not think that this is where my passions lie. I’m yet to know for sure where my passions lie, but I am excited to find out. Right now I am going through the motions, learning and making the most of every opportunity awarded to me.

Do you ever feel pressured to behave a certain way or make certain decision in an attempt to become what someone else believes is a ‘man’ and how?


Yes, everyday. This, in my opinion speaks to a bigger societal problem and that is the problem of socially pressured gender roles/stereotypes. Too often have men been told that they should not show vulnerability, that they shouldn’t cry etc, and this type of thinking can lead to a lot
of internal distraught. This thinking is dangerous as it presents a blanket definition for manhood and any deviation towards self actualisation is stigmatised. Men need to recognise this problem, and consciously tell themselves that they are the masters of their manhood. They decide what what they manhood means to them, that way they shall lead fulfilling lives.

You are very passionate about music,why is this? 


I grew up in a very musical family. All the members in my family sing, two even play musical instruments, so music is something that’s always been in my life,and I think that’s where it comes from. Also one thing I love about music is that it brings people together, irregardless of background, culture and race.

Your social media page seems to suggest that you are very up to date in terms of modern trends. Is this something you actually pay attention to, and why or why not?  


I think yes it is something I pay attention to. I pride myself in being a global citizen. I enjoy knowing what’s happening around me as I do not think its healthy to live in an isolated bubble, as you don’t grow as much if you do. That by the way does not mean I subscribe to all the trends out there, it simply means that I am aware
of them.

What are your thoughts on girls, women and the notion of marriage?


As a Christian, I fully support the notion of marriage as this is something my religion has taught me, but even outside of Christianity I believe its a beautiful thing to have a life partner. This life is not an easy one, and having someone with you through all the difficult and pleasan
t motions is lovely, and it is the type of bond that would be difficult to find elsewhere. I really do believe that modern day marriages can last. Having said that, it isn’t easy… relationships are hard work.

The men you see around you today, do you feel they are doing enough to inspire you to be a better person? 


Yes, they do. I purposefully surround myself and stay in contact with people, in this case men, that I can learn from as I feel that this is what friendships and relationships should be about. Seeing the men in my life chase their dreams inspires me to do the same
.

Do you think the Asaman campaign will achieve the desired effect of inspiring men both old and young now that you have taken part and know what it is about?


Yes I do. Mainly because this type of discourse on masculinity and manhood is one that does not happ
en enough, and many men, young and old, rely on gender stereotypes for guidance on their manhood. Many men will read these stories, and have the courage to narrate their own.

What is the one perception people have of you that you are uncomfortable with?


One perception that I’m uncomfortable with would be some people thinking that I am quite arrogant. Think the reason for this misperception is that I generally am shy and introverted in nature, and because of this I tend to keep to myself, this behaviour then gets misinterpreted. Oh well 🙂

I had an interesting conversation with Tshepo that inspired my last question. Perceptions. A lot of ideas and behaviours are influenced by perceptions. Unfortunately, one’s perception may not always be true or even come close to the reality of what or whom they are observing. I now hope that Asaman helps break down this system of perception and allows men and woman to engage openly and honestly thus truly learning from each other. 

 It is important to remain humble and modest. Remember though, humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s simply thinking of yourself less. 

Photography by Aaron & Hur  

Ofentse Modiri – Asaman 

Asaman sits down with 27 year old entrepreneur and music enthusiast Ofentse Modiri.  

What do you believe defines manhood? 

 That’s a deep question, a question that’s subject to opinion informed by many things. Il try give my view on the matter. A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself, and about the woman he loves, refusing to compromise when compromising is wrong. A man must provide for he’s family and love his wife as Christ loves the church. A man must be strong yet tender, he must be able to discern which battles to fight and which to let Go. Most importantly Manhood is about leading by example by Fearing God and respecting all man. For me these are what Manhood is about to me.

 What do you do on a professional level and are you fulfilled in that particular field? 

I’m a civil and construction contractor mainly. I run a small but growing company in this very exciting sector and loving every minute of it. I feel very fulfilled in what I do, it’s a sector that embraces change and is ever growing. I know I’m in the right place and will continue to grow and learn.

Who are your male role models and how have they impacted your life? 

My father has to be the first up there. Bg Modiri has been a big role model and influence on me and many other young men. From a very young age he not only kept telling me but showed me that there is no limit in what one can achieve. He’s achievements alone as a father,entrepreneur and a preacher man were and continue to bear testimony to that.

“Attitude and not Aptitude will determine your Altitude” ” Your busy becoming what you will become ” are but just a few murmurings he’d always remind me of and helped me build the character I boast today as a young man.

Mr Sizwe Kweyama and Mr Ralph Nkomo, are the other two gentlemen I look up to. As a young boy or man there are those silent role models you can relate to from a distance. In short these gentlemen taught me determination is key, taught me how to embrace my weaknesses and accepting them in turn nullifying them as weaknesses. Through their ambitions and aspirations respectively showed me it’s possible to punch above your weight and go for whatever it is your heart desires.

What are your thoughts on in regards to how women are commonly objectified?  

I think objectifying is a problem both genders face to some degree, yes it can be more so in the context of woman. My stance is simple, it’s wrong period. I do however feel that as much men need to adjust their outlook on the matter and realize there’s more to woman than mere objects, I feel woman collectively can and should take active steps to impose and express their independence.

As a man who has recently committed to start a family, what values do you believe a man should possess within a home to make it a home of substance? 

As a man about to start a family there are a few things I intend to be the corner stones in our marriage. Love, Respect, Fear of God, Honesty and companionship. These are the values I want to impart as a man, as a husband and one day as a father. I hope to be decisive and lead by example.

Why do you prefer being addressed as a entrepreneur instead of a businessman?

The reason I prefer to be addressed as an entrepreneur instead of a businessmen is because fundamentally these are different and I boast entrepreneurial characteristics over that of a business man.

Fundamentally A businessman can make a business out of an unoriginal business or product idea. He enters into existing businesses, such as franchising and retailing. He chooses a hot and profitable business idea regardless of whether it is his original idea or borrowed from someone else.

A businessman defines success as the success of his business and its stakeholders. Its stakeholders include himself, co-owners, employees, customers, investors, and even his community. An entrepreneur doesn’t define success. He simply do his job and let history defines the success that he accomplished. Remember that this list is only according to my own opinion, and I don’t mean to put one of them on top of the other. Both businessmen and entrepreneurs are supposed to be the kind of people that our world needs. A businessman needs an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur may also need a businessman. There can also be a person who is partly a businessman and partly an entrepreneur.

Do you think businesses do enough in terms of social development projects, and what could they do better to make this process a tangible one? 

I honestly think that businesses do take their social responsibilities very seriously and have very adequate social development programs in place. In South Africa opportunity as a young ambitious somebody opportunities are plentiful in this sector. I think the disconnect is perhaps in educating people on these opportunities rather than there being a lack of them. As a young black man I bear first hand testimony to this, determination and perseverance have no substitutes. Be diligent as a young man and rest will fall into place, take my word for it.

The word ‘musician’ is loosely used quite often. As a person who enjoys music and performs as well, what are your thoughts on the above mentioned? 

Yes it’s true that the term Musician is over used and abused. As a scholar of music and a serious lover and appreciator of music I’ve come to realize that there is no regulatory measure in music and arts in general as opposed to corporate or business perhaps. This Is why people feel their entitled to call themselves musicians after learning 3chords on the guitar. It’s really not for me to say if it’s wrong or right however I do feel that if we are to cultivate the quality we aspire we need to respect the art of music and be more focused on learning the Art of music. I feel if we respect the art as maybe we do the medical field the term musician will be as carefully carefully used as “Doctor” perhaps, intern cultivating excellence in this beautiful art we love dearly.

What is integrity to you? 

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.

Bob Marley

That’s what integrity is to me.

  May I never forget, on my best day that I need God as desperately as I did on my worst day 

Photography by Aaron & Hur 

 

 

Thando Vokwana – Asaman 

Asaman sits down with 29 year old Thando Vokwana. A Forex & Fixed Income Trader and an avid fitness enthusiast. Here is his story  

Define manhood in a short paragraph

Our lack of proper education on manhood and credible role models has led to the deterioration of manhood. Which has created a deluded image in our modern youth of what a “real man” should be; “Always be strong. Never cry.” It’s as simple as this for me.

Taking responsibility for everything in your life. That’s what it is, that’s all it is. Taking responsibility for where you are, good or bad.

Tell us a bit about your childhood

 I was born in PE, in a single parent home for the majority of my life and had the experience of an absent father – who passed away when I was 7. My mother is and was truly my everything. She fulfilled the role of mother and father quite admirably – sacrificing a lot on her part to groom me into the person I am today. Unfortunately she passed away in my teen years. I’ve always been very active and highly competitive and my mom gently nudged me into playing a lot of sport. This is where I met my best friend who has become my brother. His parents ended up adopting me when my mom past away and in some way my life has come full circle in knowing what the normality of a home where a mother and father are present and very involved feels like.

Who are the men that most influenced you and continue to do so? Please share how they have groomed you

As I mentioned earlier that I never really had a male role model till the later years of my life where my adopted father has had the biggest influence. Coming from being an extremely angry young man he has really guided me in finding peace within myself. He has really sacrificed a lot for me – taking me in as one of his own children and loving me as his own child, enhancing my spiritual journey. He has also taught me to see beyond colour and find value in people. Coming from a black home and moving into a white family was a difficult adjust but one I’m glad we got to experience as a family but that’s a story for another day.

You recently made the choice to get married,could you share what such a commitment means to you and what it would mean for your family structure if you chose to have children.

I find that commitment is something that’s lacking in modern society- we’re quick to call it quits when things get rough, look at the high divorce rates. Commitment for me is even more profound having the background that I have, growing up without a father and knowing the struggles my mother had to go through . It was an easy process for me to commit knowing that I genuinely found someone who’s happiness mattered more than mine, someone who you can see yourself growing as a person with and someone who’s not afraid to call you out even under the toughest circumstances. Being committed means being able to sacrifice – whatever my family needs – putting their needs ahead of mine. I hope one day to be able to pass this knowledge onto our kids.

How is fitness integrated in your life,and what does it mean to you?

I work under very stressful circumstances and I find it very difficult to switch off since my mind is always at work. Crossfit, the gym and instructing Movement X classes are where I find I can turn off and finally forget about. It’s a stress reliever for me. I’ve always been an active person – played tons of sport – so it’s been a seamless transition and it helps keep me young (healthy mind – healthy bond). I also embarked on competing in fitness & bodybuilding shows for the first time this year.

Professionally you are, in a more simpler term,a trader. What does your job entail?

A lot of stress, sleepless nights and more stress (just kidding). Most people think that trading is like playing roulette. You’d be very surprised. Any trade I put on my trading book involves a lot of analysis – understanding market trends, factors or news stories that could possibly sway market direction and knowing exactly where to cut your losses. I love the fact that my job gives me worldly knowledge, has taught me to be more disciplined in other areas of my life and challenges me everyday.

Is what you do professionally what you always wanted to do or are there other prospects you would have liked to explore?

I always thought I’d be a doctor growing up until I discovered how squeamish I was in my first year at university. So the plan changed and I explored the world of finance. As a black man I’ve always had a dream of opening up our community’s eyes to the world of finance – giving ugogo ePeddi access to hedge funds and educating her in the process. I plan on opening a hedge fund in the next couple of years that will focus on utilising resources in the lower to middle income classes.

Morality wears thin in today’s society, what do you feel could be done to remedy this? 

Mindset is everything. I liken it to the competitive world of sports where you can do anything if you win. The same thinking can be applied to someone who thinks they’re winning in general and tell themselves, “You know that girl? She’s my trophy. I deserve that girl. In fact, she doesn’t even want to be with me, but I don’t care. I’m going to take it.” That type of mindset should never ever be tolerated. I guess in some way it’s about being mindful of others, respecting yourself and those around you. It requires a lot of introspection and really discovering who you are – something that we’ve become unaccustomed to doing as a soceity – since a person’s worth is more closely defined by their material possesions and the amount of bravado they exhibit.

How was your experience with the Asaman campaign?

It was an unusual experience being in front of the camera but the campaign as a whole is refreshing as it gives a platform for young men to share their thoughts and ideas and inspire the next generation of young men.


Thando’s fiance is a good friend of mine, this is how we met. There is a simple lesson Iv learned in the time Iv spent with him; Never judge a book by its cover. And the application of this simple proverb would do us much good. We we learn so much more about not only others but ourselves. 

Another story that speaks to the insignificance of circumstance at the face of determination and will. 

 In today’s fast paced lifestyle where instantaneous gratification is the norm, endurance no longer exists. Endurance to stomach the rough patches we go through in our personal relationships and everyday life in general. 

Photography by Aaron & Hur  

Chad Alexander – Asaman

31 year old musician and music director Chadwin Alexander sits down with the Asaman team and shares his story 

Could you share your definition of what a man is in a short paragraph 

A man is someone who keeps his word, at all costs…even though it hurts. Who makes it up to someone he involuntarily disappoints. Some one who takes pride in his work and always looks for solutions instead of focusing on the problems, no matter how tough they may seem. I was taught never to leave the house looking like you just woke up, so I think a man should always smell good, look good, and be courteous and polite and be gentleman like at all times. A man is someone who never gives up on a dream, despite what the world says and what society deems viable and safe, even if his family is included in that society. A man always puts the well being of someone else before himself. Contrary to popular belief, I believe a real man is one who is not ashamed or afraid to cry, not for the odd “rom com” but when its necessary to cry. A man is one who should be meek and humble enough to say “Im Sorry” when he has to, gentle enough to pay attention to the little things in life that count and strong enough to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity, and no matter what people may say or gossip about. A real man is not afraid to cry for help, on his knees in prayer.

Do you feel you were exposed to such men in your life growing up, if so kindly share who they were and their impact on your life


If there was one man that always had my attention, that man was Rocky BalBoa (Sylvester Stallone’s character in a boxing movie for those unfortunate ones who have no clue of that movie!!!?!?!?!) Jokes aside though, my grandfather was that man… IS that man!! A man who always reminds
me of how important God is, and that knowledge is power. I later deduced that knowledge is only power in the hands that understand how to turn that knowledge into Wisdom Power. My grandfather was the consummate gentleman, the benchmark of style and etiquette and one of the most Godly, God fearing men I’ve ever come across. He is definitely responsible in defining and grooming me into the man you see today.

Kindly share what you do on a professional level on a day to day basis


Before, when asked this question, I used to get befuddled at how to answer this question, but as time passed, I found that the easiest answer was to say that I am a musician, in its entirety. To simplify it, I am a professional pianist, what I do the most and what I am now, amongst many other things, is a Musical Director for a few South African artists and television shows and the occasional gospel show/concert
.

Does music integrate into your personal space as much as we see it impact you in professional spaces?


Most definitely!!! I am practically immobile at home if I don’t have music playing in the background. When I wash the dishes there’s music, when I shower/bath there’s music, when I do the washing there’s music, when I fall asleep there’s music, when I’m driving
, there’s music. I hope that answers your question.

Do you feel a religious outlook influences morality and what are your own moral convictions?


I do believe that any religious outlook can influence ones moral compass in both good and bad ways, hence the Wisdom Power I spoke of earlier. It is my strong belief that an individual needs to make up his or her own mind on what is morally and ethically right and wrong, no matter what religious background may be brought forward. This is actually in my opinion a very serious discussion you are raising here… there are so many facets to this question, maybe that’s for another blog hehehe (⏎ am I allowed to do that??) Coming back to the final part of your question, my moral convictions might appear to be simple and archaic, but I believe that when you can truly put another before yourself and truly apply the thirteenth chapter from a book I like to read called 1Corinthians; (a chapter in the Bible which depicts Gods way to love people), to every culture, every creed, no matter your religious standing and ethnicity, so much right can be done and so much wrong can be averted.

They say  ‘when you look good you feel good.’ We know you to be conscious of your appearance; does it affect how you feel about yourself?


An emphatic YES!!! I must start off by saying that I’m quite new to the fashion movement. I’ve always been known to possess my own sense of style, and thank goodness its evolved over time, cause when I look back, I just laugh at my fashion sensibility. I just wear what I’m comfortable in and
what feels right for that day. I think you dress the way you feel, and vice versa. I look at it as my social right, my humanitarian responsibility to look presentable at all times, for all occasions, whether I’m playing tennis, golf, squash, or cycling or even when I’m going for a walk in a park. I was raised to always look the part, even if you’re an amateur hahahahaha (⏎oops I did it again!?!?)

Do you wish to be a father someday and what would you want to teach your children?

This is a sensitive topic for me, but to hit straight to the question I would say YES. I would like to be a father, but more importantly I would love to be a great dad someday.

I see you said “children” I think lets start with ONE first and then take it slow from there hey!!?? So, what I would teach my “child” is to dream big just like daddy, cause I think having ONE wife and ONE child IS DREAMING BIG, let alone children and a few other wives!!! I digress, my child would know and understand that God and family and friends are important. I honestly think the only way to teach my child or pass on any good values I’ve learned, and warn them about the negatives and the “not so good” tendencies I was subjected to as I grew up, would be to show him/her how to love, and for me to LEAD by example. I do not want to be the parent who says “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”…I want to instill in them to “Do As God Says, And Practice As He Has”
In terms of roles in society, where would you place women? And how do you feel women should be treated in respect to this?



I would place women right beside all men in every way and in every sphere. I have a high regard for women in society, this respect I have gained for all women, was by seeing my mother and grandmother raise their children in times of great adversity and circumstance. I come from a broken home, so I know the pain and struggles I see in so many young people I come across today. That certainly did not stop my mother and grandmother from raising their children the best way they knew how. Yes they made mistakes, who doesn’t, but such strength I have seen in them that we all see -or may not see- in all women around the world, fighting and praying for their children and clawing and struggling
in the face of great adversity and insurmountable circumstances. I am proof that those seemingly insurmountable circumstances were NOT insurmountable AT ALL… and only through a mothers sheer will and faith in God, raised a man like me, and as a man, …“I will honour my mother and father so my days might be plentiful on this earth…”


Determination, coupled with a passion for what you do, seems to be essential when overcoming the negative effects of the unfortunate parts of your upbringing. Thus allowing you to fully explore your potential whilst creating a better foundation for the generation to come. 

  Circumstances and negativity can be a stone that breaks or builds. Iv chosen the latter. 

Photography by Aaron & Hur 

Simphiwe Kulla – Asaman 

Asaman meets with 27 year old musician and producer Simphiwe Kulla. A member of the fusion band The Muffinz. Here is what he had to share  

How would you define manhood?

 Manhood is a responsibility for all men who want to define themselves worthy of being man.

Has a career in the music industry always been your first choice or did you have different prospects?

I probably was the most confused kid around my peers. My grades were always sub-standard till about grade 9(std 7), and even then when my grades improved, I still didn’t know where I’d end up in life. I always dreamt of a lot of things, but felt some of my dreams and aspirations were influenced by my surroundings and society. A reality I battled with for three years in my varsity life. It hit me hard, so hard I sought counselling. Music was always there, a gift God gave me to keep me happy and sane. It just got to a point where it was a no brainier for me. So yes, I think music was my first choice. I just kept avoiding it because of how my surroundings were setup. Music wasn’t an encouraged form of income or career.             

How did your family, especially your father respond to your decision to pursue a music career 

Firstly, I think my parents didn’t do too bad with me. Actually, I think they did great, especially my dad. But I don’t think he understood how much of an impact he had on me as a person. He inspired me in ways he wasn’t aware of. It’s like uploading a video on YouTube and not realising how viral it might go. When it does go viral, you try your best to avoid the attention it comes with. I think that is how my dad raised me. He wasn’t for the whole music idea, society had successfully influenced him in thinking it wasn’t a proper and fruitful career. But yet, he bought me all the music I desired in the world. He supported me with my dreams and all my extra curricular activities as a kid. He bought me musical instruments. He flew me across the world to experience life in its totality. He didn’t know it, but he gave me a story to tell in my music. He helped stretched my influences and inspiration. He shaped me to have the mind for music production. Definitely a man worthy of the title father.            

Do you feel or believe children are well exposed to the Arts in this country? 

No not entirely. I feel like a lot more is done in selling sports, and economic benefits. It’s deemed better for you to represent your country in sports than in the arts. Funny thing this, ’cause Europeans and Americans are known more for their everlasting artwork. Even under colonisation, us Africans were taught more about the west’s art and its history as opposed to the random sportsman or sportswoman. It’s quite ridiculous actually. Back to the arts.  ‘Celebrity’ is more the focus than the actual art. Peoples skills are not being developed because the plastic world is what’s being sold to them. There is a huge gap. This is a matter that is very personal to me. Not enough is being done.   

Women tend to be objectified in the industry, what are your thoughts on this?

I think any real man who loves their lady dearly wouldn’t want her to be objectified… This topic is quite sad, in the sense that woman find a liking to being objectified. To be honest I even find myself liking it too. Sex sells, that’s the force, if you are not for it, you are considered conservative, therefore you are not progressive,hehe, ya ne! Self appreciation has been twisted. I don’t think I’ve also quite grasped my head around this topic. I’ll don’t think I have all the answers in life generally. I really don’t believe what society says is the end all and be all though. I can’t stand for something I don’t believe in. I fear for the day God blesses me with daughter.      

Do you think, with the values you currently live by, you could be what we term ‘a good father’, and how so?

Good father. I think only my future child can truly determine that. All I can do is try my best. But yes, I do believe I’m grounded enough to be a father. But nowadays that doesn’t seem to matter much, we focus too much on the expectation part of parenting forgetting  that this human we are raising is a person in their own right. All parents can do really is guide. Children will determine on their own where they want to place their beliefs. 

Rest assured, I’ll be going into fatherhood with the experience of being an uncle ;  the experience of being raised up by an amazing father ; and having the ever so good and faithful Lord by my side.  

 Do you participate in any social development programs for the younger generation and how do you feel about the Asaman campaign? 

I used to. I loved teaching others about music. Did it for about three years straight. I’ve stopped to concentrate on my career. As for the Asaman campaign, its needed. A lot of the wrongs in our society can be rectified by men who can take a stand and be progressive in the betterment of our current trying times. We need to drive ideas of a “good man” and not just an “ok man”.

Have your religious beliefs been compromised by the lifestyle adopted when pursuing such a career?

No my beliefs are still the same, from the foundations of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. My lifestyle isn’t lavish or plastic. It’s still similar to the days of my upbringing.    

Please share any other things you would like to pursue and how you feel they would benefit you and those around you? 

I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I’m still going to be pursuing other avenues of music and the industry. I’m still finding myself in this big and scary world of music, it’s going to be a beautiful journey ahead. I’m currently in school furthering my studies in my passion. Education is something necessary to us all. Knowledge is a treasure for me.  
The fear to pursue what we are passionate about is a common error, driven by possible ridicule. Ridicule of this nature usually comes from those closest to us, who have chosen to only believe what is true to them. Music also seems to be a popular topic in the Asaman space. I wonder why 

 I pay attention to every single detail in my life. Especially in my work and interactions with people. It helps me to be a step ahead and to appreciate the beauties of life 

Photography by Aaron & Hur