WeheartBeat launches a first of its kind concept store
Sep09

WeheartBeat launches a first of its kind concept store

WeheartBeat, an integrated multi-media beat platform launched a unique music concept store at the trendy and newly developed container mall in Melville, 27 Boxes. “The store will cater to a very niche market in a sweet atmosphere that goes beyond selling records but more about a community and a lifestyle, a place to chill and connect with like minded people,” says Dominique Soma WeheartBeat’s co-founder. “Launching this store – a first of its kind record store in South Africa – has been a long term dream for us and to finally see it come to life is a phenomenal feeling, adds Sims Phakisi, WeheartBeat’s co-founder. The store will be the home to a limited and exclusive range of vinyl and merchandise from international music labels and will also serve as a meeting place for WeheartBeat’s core following. Established in 2012, WeheartBeat is an integrated multi-media beat platform consisting of live events, workshops, listening sessions, monthly podcasts, webisode releases, compilations, clothing and exhibitions. The first of its kind in Africa to be based on electro soul and jazzy hip-hop instrumental music. WeheartBeat is the home to a niche collective of creative music makers and followers worldwide. The multimedia company is known for throwing some of the hottest electronic hip-hop parties and thus far have hosted the likes of Eric Lau, Chief & Deheb, OY, Freddie Joachim & Yusai. They have also worked with some of the best local talent including Christian Tiger School, Card On Spokes, Okamalumkoolkat, Micropluto, Bateleur, The Brother Moves On, The Blk Jks, Nonku Phiri, Mashaya, Fever Trails, Zaki Ibrahim, Hlasko, Soulo Starr, Raiko and many others. Their last event featured UK based Mercury Prize Winners, Young Fathers for a 2 city tour in South Africa, an initiative supported by the British Council’s cultural exchange programme Connect ZA [https://www.facebook. com/Weheartbeat/app_142371818162]. As a movement WeheartBeat translates all of their individual experience to provide a South African platform that belongs solely to the beat for both local and international creatives alike and has become the number one ‘go to’ beats platform in the country, attracting beat heads, producers, trendsetters and new experience seekers alike.  ...

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Get On Track with J&B™ Urban Honey
Jul23

Get On Track with J&B™ Urban Honey

When J&B™ launched their newest creation, J&B™ Urban Honey, they wanted to prove that when two seemingly contrasting elements combine, they can create a magical taste experience. When J&B™ Whisky was combined with the flavours of honey, a unique, golden liquid was born. To celebrate, and further prove their point, J&B™ Urban Honey challenged Cassper Nyovest and Moneoa to combine their unique talents to create something out of the ordinary and made for the mix. The result? Monate Fela a collaboration that’ll get you on your way up! Here’s what it sounds like: https://soundcloud.com/j-b-scotch-south-africa For a free download of the entire hot new track,  all you have to do is buy a bottle of J&B™ Urban Honey, dial *120*1342#, punch in the unique barcode on the bottle and download the track directly onto your phone. You’ll also stand a chance to win a bunch of other exciting...

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An extraordinary musical experience brought to you by Nakhane Toure, Moonchild and Johnny Cradle
Jun19

An extraordinary musical experience brought to you by Nakhane Toure, Moonchild and Johnny Cradle

Over the years, the Eastern Cape has given us a number of great musicians. And now out of that comes the new breed; a bunch of musicians who are informed by their tradition, but who are not afraid to look outside. On the 26th of June, Monchhichi, on 23 Fox Street in Downtown Johannesburg, will be hosting three of these musicians: Nakhane Toure, Moonchild Sannelly and Johnny Cradle. SAMA winner for Best Alternative album, Nakhane Toure was born in Alice and raised predominately in Port Elizabeth. His debut album, Brave Confusion owes as much to traditional African music as it does to recent Alternative music, ‘60s soul and ‘70s jazz. He may have taken the name Touré in homage to his idol Ali Farka Touré, but he is as likely to cite Morrissey, Nina Simone, Black Flag or Radiohead as influences. And he’ll as often pluck the strings of an acoustic guitar as play electric rock riffs or slinky, Prince-style funk. Nakhane will also be performing a few songs from his upcoming second album. Moonchild Sannelly, the “Future-ghetto-funk”, blue headed girl was born in Port Elizabeth. Having being raised by a mother whose independence was ahead of her time, she possessed an unstoppable will with whatever she put her mind on. She studied fashion in Durban before turning her talents to music. Performing at myriad festivals in Kwa-Zulu Natal, she decided to relocate to Johannesburg where she started collaborating with the likes of Tshepang Ramoba (who eventually produced her debut album Rabulapha), Thandiswa Mazwai and Toya DeLazy. She has gone on to score chart hits with her singles ‘Rabubi’ and ‘Cut the Cake’. Johnny Cradle (known to his friends as Sakie) has been making waves with a genre he has dubbed Roots Electro. His bio stipulates his disdain for convention. In this otherworldly music he summons elements from a myriad of musical styles. Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, his minimalist style has brought him to the attention of established media like Okay Africa where he said that his music is “the journey of the DIY artist person of this day. I couldn’t afford tertiary education but have made a career in illustration with work for all the top banks and companies in the country. The I do it from my own pocket and knowledge write your music, play it, record it, shoot it, edit it and deliver it f#ck ‘em all do it attitude.”   EVENT DETAILS Date: 26th June 2015 Venue: Monchhichi Address: 23 Fox Street, Downtown JHB (opposite Magistrate’s Court) Time: Doors open at 20:00. First performance at 21:00 Entrance Fee: R100 (pre-sale tickets & before 22:00), R120...

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What Makes SoulProviders an Employer of Choice?
Jun15

What Makes SoulProviders an Employer of Choice?

So what it is that makes working for SoulProviders so cool? Besides, of course, the fact that cool people work here … In the next few articles, we’ll be introducing you to a few employee benefits at our Content Marketing & Digital agency SoulProviders that make us really feel like coming to work. Even on a Monday.  One of the many benefits enjoyed by SoulProviders employees is the popular annual Winter Hours programme. #WinterHours were introduced three years ago for staff who have an extra long commute or who use public transport. It was initially put in place for team members who were having to leave at ridiculously icy early-morning hours or who were often walking the last part of their commute home in the pitch dark in Winter.  “Whenever I think about our business strategy, which I do a lot of, I always imagine myself in my 20s and remember the things I wished I could have at work or how I wished I could work. Not much has changed: I’ve always liked to feel a bit of control over my work hours and to be able to work flexibly when needed. We’re aiming to have a truly flexi set up for many of our long-service team in 2016. Long service being around 3 years in our industry of course 😉 I have also been lucky to live in a few cities with different approaches to worklife and I read up a lot on global best practice in workplace benefits and I try to experiment and do things differently from the ‘norm’.” says Sarah-Jane Boden, the founder of the couture agency, SoulProviders. “Winter hours just made such sense and it’s amazing what such a small shift in working hours has done for some of our team over the years – now many of our team mates look forward to Winter :).  We’re still dealing with such economic and spatial inequalities in where people live or how they commute, I want to find ways of making it easier for everyone on our youthful team, wherever possible.” It’s a solid step in making SoulProviders an employer of choice for millennials and the Winter Hours programme has also evolved into an incentive for long-service employees who may not struggle with the same commuting challenges. For the lucky #WinterHours beneficiaries, the programme lasts through June and July and everyone that benefits is responsible for making up the work and time out of office. Some of the Winter Hours “beneficiaries” shared how they are benefitting from the programme: Lindelwa – Junior Content Manager I get more sleep time and comfortable travelling because the...

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Office Space with creative minded people
May08

Office Space with creative minded people

Are you looking at renting office space for your small business? Want to work in a fun and creative environment? The conversation, the ideas, the potential! SoulProviders, a leading Joburg content-creation and marketing agency, has office space available for lease! We are renting out two sections of a semi divided area – the first section is 25m2 and the second is 18m2 in size.  We would like to share our space with small businesses and hot-deskers. We’re looking for creative, PR, marketing, internet, mobile, video, design and digital businesses to join our chilled-out and fun environment at the Colony Centre on Jan Smuts Avenue in Craighall Park. The Colony offers a relaxed environment with great restaurant options for lunch or dinner – perfect for business and pleasure or when you need to put in a few extra hours for at winning proposal. It’s centrally located near Sandton CBD, Hyde Park and Rosebank. There is a yoga studio should want to get some exercise during your lunch break, a book store and clothing stores and many more! The office packages can be tailored to suite your specific requirements. Please contact Apinda should you be interested in viewing the office space  info@soulproviders.co.za  or call us on 011 325 5816. And please share the love – you never know who might be looking to start-up their own game-changing...

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Fixin Diaries: A lifestyle brand that creates custom bikes
Apr24

Fixin Diaries: A lifestyle brand that creates custom bikes

Thobeka Tyesi “Fixin Diaries was started at the beginning of 2014 by two brothers, Mojalefa and Karabo Masopha and their friend, Hussain van Roos. The brothers were building a bike randomly as a hobby but found amongst their friends that people were interested in buying the build, and from that point on they saw a gap to refurbish and create custom bikes.” – Ayanda Moholi. Represent: Your primary focus is to refurbish bicycles and to create new ones from scratch, what is your secondary focus?  Fixin Diaries: Our secondary focus is to create a cycling community. We host rides 2-3 times a month (within and outside the community) for a number of people to enjoy the Jozi roads and have fun. A great way to have fun, take lots of pictures – and just take in the beauty of South Africa. Represent: What has been your greatest challenge and how do you differentiate yourself from backpackers and any other movements with a similar cause? Fixin Diaries: We’re not a tour company. We’re a facilitator of bringing like-minded people, people who would have never connected with one another for a single interest. Represent: What was the inspiration behind building fixies and organising events that included this sport? Fixin Diaries: This is not a sport! The idea of it being a sport gives the impression that you have to be fit and that it’s competitive. This is why we call it a lifestyle. Our events are leisurely, we ride as a group. The whole point of Fixin Diaries is to create a family, a place where we’ll never “leave a homie behind”, whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner we are here to build a community. Fixies are the simple kind of bikes. How bikes were always made to be. And it speaks to the simple aspect of Fixin Diaries, we’re not trying to conquer 94.7 and being Ironman. We just want the simplicity of cycling. Represent: What has been your favourite event, one that had a surprising turn out and encouraged you to continue organising more events? Fixin Diaries: The Ladies’ Ride. It started out as a small idea to get my girl friends together to just ride, but then it became a bigger idea. Last month, we hosted our first one and the turnout was amazing. The ladies enjoyed it so much and it was on their advice that we plan to do another one on Saturday, 25 April. Represent: What events can people look forward to in the next few months? Fixin Diaries: We have Fishtail Rides coming up in May, as well as another InstaRides Represent:...

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