The ‘E’ in TED stands for Entertainment (or some folk say: Edutainment), and for those that have watched a TED or TEDx event, the stages come to life with performances by a variety of performers, musicians, and artists – and the TEDxCapeTown stage has been home to a number of South Africa’s talent.
TEDxCapeTown presents Digital Series: Creativity Inspires Hope featuring Zolani Mahola, Mel Mwevi, Roeshdien Jaz and Winslow Schalkwyk is taking place online on 24 July 2020.
Creativity inspires hope, invites some of their past performers to share their creative inspiration, and to talk about how the pandemic has affected them and their livelihoods.
Performers to look forward to
Zolani Mahola – aka The One Who Sings – is a multi-award-winning musician, public speaker and actress best known as lead singer of the Pan-African supergroup Freshlyground. As of January 2020, she embarked on a solo career that saw her collaborate with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and a plethora of African artists and organisations. Since her TEDxCapeTown talk in 2014, she has crystallized her life’s work as an advocate for the creative force for social good. She will share her take on using creativity to make a positive impact on society.
Mel Mwevi – is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, performance poet, scriptwriter and actor from Namibia. “Hear to Listen” was her thought-provoking contribution to the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2016. During Lockdown, Mel put together a visual poem, in collaboration with visual artist and her husband Martin Amushendje – as a response to the National Theatre of Namibia’s call for artists to speak on human rights issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Mel will unpack her journey of creating this visual poem and the deeper meaning behind the name, “Rest… a Human Right?”
Roeshdien Jaz – is a singer-songwriter-recording artist, Integral Coach and Leadership Development Specialist. He performed on our 2018, Pause & Effect stage, and will be showcasing “Sing to me of hope” – released in 2019 as a special tribute to both South African and International Youth Days’, respectively. As an Integral Coach (subject matter practitioner: EQ/EI), Roeshdien will also share deeper insights on how to improve one’s emotional intelligence during these unprecedented times.
Winslow Schalkwyk – is an artist, spoken word writer, performer and producer that has evolved since his performance on the TEDxCapeTown stage. He’ll be sharing his perspective and experience on the topic of Unlearning, as showcased via his latest production, SUGARWATER which is currently featured as part of the 2020 digital line-up for the National Arts Festival until 31 July, 2020. He’ll be showcasing a reboot of his poem, “What we play, is life”, that was specifically written for the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2012.
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