Royal Verse Auto Biography

Born (1997/04/01) in tavelkop and raised at Duduza Nigel. Kabelo Prince Nkopodi, better known by his stage name “Royal Verse” is a young, gifted artist with a wild creative imagination.

He is inspired by khali Uchis,Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar, because he feels those are artists who have a totally different sound from the rest of the artist he looks up to and he believes he will be one of the South African artists to bring about a different sound.

Royal Verse is a songwriter and a performing artist. He started doing music when he was 16 years old alongside his uncle by producing house music. When he was 19 years old he started having interest in hip hop and spent more time writing and producing Hip hop, since then the young music genius has been doing great but he says he won’t be satisfied about his music until he discovers a new sound.

Bestos Nkanyiso Auto Biography

Nkanyiso Mduduzi Mahlangu a Pretoria based Kwaito artist, born in Kwa Bulawayo on National Youth day which is June Sixteenth in 1988 to a Christian and God fearing family. Given stage name “Bestos” by fellow producers as they felt his got the best touch to kwaito music genre.

Growing up in music, basically Bestos’ whole life has been a journey in song and dance. Although with its highs and lows, tempos have been the order of the day over years. First introduced to the beautiful Zulu sounds of Maskhandi by his all-time favorite radio station uKhozi Fm. He then developed the love of the urban groove kwaito music along the years, as he transuded from Boyhood to Manhood.

Gaining more exposure and knowledge of the genre by listening to the beat with a message from guys like Zola, Mashona, Mandoza, Brown Dash & Disc jockeys Phat Joe, Oskido, Khabzela on other radio stations such as Jozi Fm, Yfm & Metro fm after joining the Gravy Train to Gauteng 2006 to seek Gold.

Knowing very well in the Province of Gold nobody wants to go back home empty handed. The Highly motivated young man Bestos, found his sense of belonging, direction & calling within Kwaito Music. Bestos believes he chose well by marrying into this musical journey, which he has followed through the Old School Days of Mandla Spikiri till now into the now present Gqom led by Babes Wodumo, Destruction Boys & Busiswa to name but a few.

Not only does Bestos want to entertain but also seeks inspire upcoming acts just like himself. By studying music production part-time to perfect his skills, as well as majoring in guitar sounds, hopefully with time he will regarded one of the, if not the best kwaito producer and lyricist of his time. Not forgetting his dream of blending kwaito with a maskhadi feel to it.

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What color is on your tube of toothpaste?

When you find out about this, you’ll never buy the wrong toothpaste again! What color do you have?

Toothpaste – a regular product that we all have at home without spending too much time thinking about it. Because well, whichever one you prefer, they’re all the same right? We brush our teeth with toothpaste because it makes sure our teeth are clean, healthy and strong. However, not everyone is aware which type of toothpaste is right for their teeth.

There are so any different types of toothpaste in the world; whitening toothpaste, anti-cavity toothpaste, toothpaste for sensitive teeth.. you name it! It’s understandable that all these options make it pretty hard to make a good decision.

That is why most of us buy all-in-one toothpaste. You know the ones that are supposed to take care of all of our dental problems at ones. However, did you ever notice that those tubes have a black square on the back? And that is not actually a good thing… Perhaps you may have already noticed that every tube of toothpaste has a colored square on the back. This square can be green, blue, red or black. These colors represent the ingredients that the toothpaste is made out of.

What color is on your tube of toothpaste?

 

Green square: Do you see a green square on your toothpaste? Then lucky you, that means you’re using a toothpaste that is completely natural!

Blue square: If you see a blue square, that is still good because that means that you’ll find both natural and chemical ingredients in your toothpaste.

Red square: When you see a red square on the back, we have less good news for you because that means your toothpaste is made out of lots of chemicals and as you might suspect that isn’t really good for you teeth.

Black square: The worst type of toothpaste you can use is the one with a black square. These toothpastes are purely made out of chemicals that can really damage your teeth overtime.

So, the best toothpaste you can use to take care of your teeth is the one with a green or blue square on the back! Did you know about this? What color do you find on the back of your toothpaste? Share this article with your friends and family to let them know about this.

How to Act Around Your Ex

Break-ups rarely lead to what the name promises—a clean break. Much as you may wish to avoid it, there will be situations in which you have to be around your ex. It can be difficult to interact with someone you used to be close to, but there are ways to make it less painful.
1. Be patient.
You’re used to being emotionally and physically intimate with each other, so don’t expect to establish new relationship patterns right away.
  1. Don’t seek your ex out socially, especially at first. Experts recommend taking at least eight weeks without any sort of contact. Seeing your ex right after the breakup can make it more difficult to move on.

Seeing Your Ex Socially

2. Treat your ex as you would treat a colleague.

Be friendly and respectful without indicating too much closeness.

Keep your interactions light. Especially if you have not seen each other in a while, resist the urge to address long-simmering relationship issues

– Him: I did. They need new management.

– You: The relief pitcher looked pretty good. Maybe he should have started.

– Him: Yeah, I didn’t understand that decision.

– You: Well, good seeing you. Hopefully they make it to the post-season.

If your ex brings up a contentious issue, try changing the subject to something you agree on.

– Him: Hi, Melanie. Did you try the pierogies?

– You: I did. They remind me of the ones your mom always made.

– Him: How would you know? You never went to visit her.

– You: I think we both appreciated her cooking.

– Him: That’s true.

3. Avoid alcohol.

Emotions will already be riding high. If you’re drinking, you’ll be less inhibited and more likely to say something that you’ll regret.

4. Disengage from your ex online.

Unfriend him on Facebook and avoid him on other forms of social media. Yes, keeping tabs on an ex online is tempting—you want to know if he is miserable without you, if he has started dating someone new, etc. Research shows that it is better to avoid this temptation, though.

  – It’s easy for these behaviors to get obsessive, turning into what psychologists call “interpersonal electronic surveillance” and the rest of us call Facebook stalking.

– It’s also bad for your own emotional health. Like seeing your ex in person, interacting with him online can make the heartbreak last longer.

 – If you do insist on continuing to follow your ex on social media, remember that what you are seeing is a highly selective view of his life. Don’t think that you’re struggling more than he is just because he doesn’t post about it.

5. Tread cautiously when trying to be friends.

Many people want to stay friends after a breakup, which makes sense—you enjoyed being around your ex at one point, and he was a large part of your social life. Why shouldn’t you continue to act as you did before, going to baseball games together, calling him to vent about your boss, or asking for his jacket when you get cold? Plenty of reasons, it turns out.

– Maintain physical and emotional distance to avoid ambiguity. Behaviors like flirting and touching can cause confusion for both of you.

– Limit your interactions. You shouldn’t be checking in multiple times a day, or even once every day. It’s fine to be friends, but your ex should not be the person you turn to first with good or bad news.

 – You should not pursue a friendship with your ex as a guise for trying to get him back. If you want to rekindle the romance and he does not, you are better off cutting off contact entirely.

6. Don’t let your relationship affect special occasions.

With overlapping social circles, you and your ex will likely run into each other at special occasions including birthday parties, graduations, and weddings, probably for years to come. Be prepared for this inevitability. 

  1. Don’t ignore each other at big events, but don’t sit together, either. If you’re not on the best terms, you run the risk of making a scene. Plus, don’t want to have to answer questions all night long about whether you two are back together.
  2. Divide up smaller events. You can both go to your friend’s play, but you might not both want to go to the intimate dinner she’s having afterward. No one likes to miss out on fun events, but it can be preferable to the alternative of a huge confrontation.

Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has died

Legendary musician Bra Hugh Masekela has died, SAfm and eNCA reported on Tuesday. Bra Hugh’s manager, Josh Georgiou, was not immediately available to confirm the report. The musician’s team released a statement in October saying he had been battling prostate cancer since 2008.

The statement explained that the jazz veteran underwent eye surgery in March 2016 after the cancer spread, and had to go into theater again in September 2016 as another tumor was discovered.

In December, Georgiou told TshisaLIVE that he was fighting the disease with everything he had.

Bra Hugh was born in KwaGuqa township in Witbank and began singing and playing the piano as a child.

After seeing the flick Young Man with a Horn at 14-years-old, Masekela began playing the trumpet. His first trumpet was given to him by Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, an anti-apartheid chaplain at St. Peter’s Secondary School.

He soon mastered the instrument and by 1956 joined Alfred Herbet’s African Jazz Revue. Bra Hugh’s music was inspired by the turmoil that South Africa went through during apartheid and he said it was used as a weapon to spread political change.

6 Things You Can Do To Promote Your Art

As a working artist, it’s not enough to produce art: you need to promote your art as well. Your artistic path may be more about your inherent need to create and leave your mark on the world. However, this won’t help introduce your work to the art community. Making sure that your work reaches the right audience and potential buyers is crucial to achieving success. If you don’t make an effort to get your work out there, no one will be able to tell you how much they love it – or purchase a piece.

Promoting your art should not feel overwhelming. You don’t have to do everything at once. In fact, one of the important things about successful promotion is that it is targeted to the specific aims you have in mind. This means that the very first step in promoting your art effectively is to decide what you want to achieve.

If you have only just begun your art career, then you may want to concentrate on building up a reputation and a collector base in your local area. On the other hand, you may be ready to move on a national or international scale. Perhaps you want to make your mark within the community connected to your medium, or to develop the interest felt by people interested in the theme you specialize in. Evaluate your current position in terms of your art career and connections, and decide on the goals that you would like to achieve. Promote your art accordingly.

At Agora Gallery we understand that promotion is an aspect of an artist’s career that should develop all the time, just as the art itself does. Here are some tips from the experts at Agora Gallery on the best strategies to promote your art effectively.

 

#1 – Use Your Portfolio to Promote your Art

In developing a strong artist portfolio, your goal should be twofold. You should be able to both develop your brand and package your art. Your portfolio should make it easier for you to submit to competitions, post on your website and develop marketing material. One of the most important elements here is the visual reproduction of your art, as this will be what attracts the viewer and what he or she is most likely to be moved by.

Here are some general guidelines for portfolio development:

  • Each high exposure photograph should be well executed and visually compelling. Remember, in marketing art it’s the visual that will count the most.
  • Each image should be accompanied by succinct and captivating text. Details such as size, media, and title should be included, as well as a brief description of the work. One of the best ways to catch a potential buyer’s interest is to tell the story behind the artwork.
  • A strong bio should also accompany the work. If you manage to get a potential buyer’s attention, they will almost always take a new interest in your work as well. Don’t be afraid to share your story: your background, how your art developed, what inspires you the most, and what you hope your art can give to the world.

#2 – Promote Your Art with a Strong Internet Presence

In every industry, digital marketing is becoming more and more relevant, and this is no different in the art world. 

Digital marketing can take several different forms:

  • Online galleries like ARTmine are becoming the norm and provide a great venue for promoting your art by attracting the attention of new collectors and art enthusiasts.
  • An art website or artist page on a popular website is also a must-have to promote your art. It provides an easy and convenient way for fans to find you online and view your latest work. Include the website’s address on your business cards, and in emails you send out to your mailing list.
  • Social media has become a powerful tool for both reaching new fans and staying in touch with established ones. Setting up business accounts/pages on such sites as FacebookInstagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest is a great way to generate and maintain interest in your work as it evolves.

Oresegun Olumide, a Nigerian artist, had not been very regular with posting his works on social media. However, once the hyper realist painter did become regular, his works went viral almost immediately. In February 2016, his images on Facebook were shared over 50,000 times and he went from 800 followers on Instagram to more than 27,000. There are countless examples like this in every creative career. An internet presence can truly make a huge difference.

#3 – Art Competitions Can Promote Your Art

For the emerging artist, art competitions provide one of the most effective ways to gain exposure in the art world. In fact, art competitions are renowned for discovering and showcasing noteworthy emerging artists and even, sometimes, launching their careers. Here are some of the main benefits of art competitions:

  • Art competitions enable you to display your work among your peers. Experts agree that this is one of the best ways to push yourself as an artist. Any feedback you receive will give you new insight into your art and enable you to grow as an artist.
  • They get your work in front of gallerists, curators, and editors, who can in turn positively impact your career. In fact, winners of art competitions almost always benefit from extensive promotion efforts from the hosting gallery or organization.
  • Your work will receive invaluable visibility. Even if you don’t win, participating in the competition can yield dividends in terms of getting your work out there. In fact, this is considered one of the most cost-effective ways for beginning artists to gain valuable experience and build their resumes.

Choose which competitions to enter based on which would best aid your current career goals. If you are working on making a name for yourself in your medium and want to impress your fellow water color artists (for instance) then water color competitions might suit you best. Similarly, if you are interested in taking your career to the national or international level, competitions with awards which will help you do that are the most sensible to enter. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, which Agora Gallery sponsors every year, is a great example of a competition with awards which are designed to help artists to increase their exposure and develop their career.

#4 – Network, Network, Network

Building a robust network in the art world is one of the most effective ways to promote your art. In addition, a network can expose you to new art opportunities that you might not have otherwise known existed. There are a number of ways in for artists to promote their art through networking and building contacts.

Art Organizations

Remember that your art is a business, and just like any business, networking is an important part of making your work relevant within the art community. . The best ways to network on a professional level is to become an active participant in art organizations. Not only will you be able to make friends who in themselves can become enthusiastic promoters of your art (and you for theirs), but these organizations offer a wide range of resources that can help strengthen your business model and give you support in promoting your work and building your brand as an artist.

Community Events

Locally hosted art fairs, street shows, and open studio events provide a unique opportunity for you to connect with other artists in your area. In addition, as you become a fixture at these types of events, you will build a presence in your community and start to be recognized as a local artist. Remember to also bring print materials like business cards and flyers to these events. Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth – chat with people and if they are interested in your work, respond warmly.

Follow Up

Another important aspect of networking is following up with existing buyers. Your old clients know your work and have already expressed sufficient interest. Instruments like artist newsletters or even phone conversations can be used to keep them updated.

Don’t ignore the benefits of networking with artists, or putting time and effort into friendships with art professionals. The value of these relationships is obvious, from providing support and inspiration to introductions to key members of the art scene. At Agora Gallery, we frequently hear our artists talking enthusiastically about how the influence of the other artists they met at their opening receptions at Agora has impacted their work and their ideas.

#5 – Getting Active in the Community can Help Promote Your Art

When you volunteer to use your artistic abilities to benefit your community, you build your reputation as an artist and can gain unexpected opportunities to promote your work.

Some of the best types of community outreach include:

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  • Charity events: Donate your work to a local charity auction, or volunteer your services at the event yourself.
  • Local schools: Volunteer your time to go into classrooms and teach students about your particular method of creating art. Teachers love to host visiting artists, and this is a great opportunity to build your reputation in the community.
  • Community projects: Many towns and cities are taking art to the streets via community mural projects. Volunteer your skills and expertise and you will leave a visual reminder of your presence in the community.

Remember, a critical part of promoting your art is about taking advantage of unexpected opportunities as they come up. If you are painting as part of a charity event or working en plein air in the local park and someone approaches you and inquires about your art, take that opportunity to give them your business card and perhaps even add them to your mailing list.

#6 – Look For Gallery Representation

If all this seems a bit overwhelming to you, know that there is help out there. Promotional galleries like Agora are attractive to artists for precisely this reason. Working with an established, respectable gallery will propel your career forward, sometimes beyond your dreams. The scope of representation varies with each gallery, but you can usually count on exhibitions, various promotions, participation in events, and public relations.

Some of the services that galleries offer emerging artists are:

  • Press Releases, Artist Profiles, and Artist Statements: Promotional galleries will usually have a staff of professional writers to help you develop compelling content focusing on your work and on you as an artist. This material is featured on their website as well in exhibition catalogs and publications. It helps collectors and potential buyers to know more about your creative process and artistic content.
  • Digital Representation: Established galleries usually have a large following on social media and representing with them means that you will be featured on these platforms regularly, thus enhancing your online presence and outreach.
  • Exhibitions: Promotional representation includes participation in collective or solo exhibitions with an opening reception to which the entire gallery clientele of buyers, collectors, and media professionals are invited. The development and distribution of online exhibit announcements and also other promotional media surrounding this event is the responsibility of the gallery.
  • Professional Guidance: Galleries understand your art, the marketplace, and the business of being an artist. At Agora Gallery, for example, artists receive all sorts of guidance, from how to price their artwork to finding collectors through online exposure.

7 Reasons You Need The Ubuthebe FM Live App In Your Life

Ubuthebe FM Live App is available to download now (and it’s totally free!)

1. Listen live to the shows you love

Don’t worry if you’re still on the move while your favorite UB FM Live show is getting started. On the UB FM Live app you can listen live, wherever you are… So you’ll never have to miss #Reloaded again.

2. Have all the latest new music, news and photos in your pocket!

Looking for some new music to love? Wondering what everyone wore to the latest awards show?  Head to our ‘News + Lists’ section, we’ve got you covered.

3. Music Submission

Good news for the musicians, artists managers, producers and marketers. Artists are able to submit their music to the station for airplay without even coming to our studios.

4. Take control of the music with My UB FM Live

UB FM Live brings radio and streaming together, a world first! UB FM Live allows you to see the next eight songs we’re playing and skip the ones you’re not feeling, so you can create your own ultimate playlist all while still hearing from Jez, Manny and your favorite UB FM Live presenters.

5. Listen back to all of your favorite shows

We get it, you can’t guarantee you’ll be around to catch Southwood bring the heat EVERY Saturday night (although, really, you should try harder). No biggie, just tap on ‘Schedule + Listen Again’ in the UB FM Live app and all shows from the last seven days will be right there, ready to listen back to.

6. Receive breaking news straight to your phone.

Beyoncé dropped another surprise album? Drake announced a UK tour? Chris Brown just released the song of the summer? Enable push notifications on the UB FM Live app and we’ll ping you with the hottest breaking news that we think you’ll want to hear about.

7. Sell your products.

No need to go very far if you have some little items in the house like microphones, old mobile phone, your car, house etc… Our app now allows you to sell your items right on your mobile phone.

Download App Here

The station will be back on air soon

We’re replacing our Internet and radio antennas at KaBokweni and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, a process that was interrupted by relocating our broadcasting studio. We hope to have crews back in Kruger International Airport very soon to finish the work, which should take several days.  Thank you for your patience.

Our radio service UB -FM LIve is available anytime on our website www.ubfmlive.net  or by using our app available via Google or iTunes.

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