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October Newsletter, 2010

This month we take a look at some inspiring Eastern Cape artists who are pursuing their dreams and making things happen for themselves.

Rosa Blaauw - an inspiration to other artists...

By Sibongile Xaluva (EC Talent artist coordinator )

Rosa Blaauw knows what she wants, and won't stop pursuing her dreams until she succeeds. This young go-getter is an inspiration to many artists who may feel let down by the industry. Blaauw doesn’t wait for opportunities to fall into her lap, she actively seeks them out.
Born and raised in the friendly city known as Port Elizabeth, Rosa completed high school at Gelvandale Senior Secondary in 1999. Always an avid performer, she did ballet, high school drama, and had roles in Volkswagen Musicactive musicals.
After living in Cape Town for a few years, Blaauw returned to her home town, and decided to pursue a career on the radio.

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Talented township actor wins award

By Claire Warneke (EC Talent artist coordinator )

Gift Buqa was recently honoured with the Best Actor award for the 2010 ABSA Fugard Festival which took place in Nieu Bethesda in September 2010. His role was as Sam, in Master Harold and the Boys.
Growing up in Walmer Township, Gift Buqa never had the opportunity to have a formal education in drama and acting, however his natural talent earned him prominent roles in a number of plays. He decided to pursue a more formal theatre education about three years ago, and approached well known Port Elizabeth drama coach, Sharon Rother for help.
Buqa’s long time friend and acting partner, Phambili Ngcayisa had heard about Rother through a friend.
“Phambili’s friend was a gardener for a lady whose daughter attended drama classes with Sharon Rother. We decided to approach her for help with getting formal acting classes and with starting a drama school in the Walmer Township,” says Buqa.

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EC Talent would like to convey our congratulations to ELSaBe Rademeyer who became engaged to Gerhard Havenga on her birthday, 30 August 2010. Garhard is the guy in her music video, "Somer".
We wish them all the best for the future!

Also, congratulations goes to Robert Gillmer who got into the top 100 in this year’s Idols competition. He was also a finalist in the Kyknet ‘Kom ons Karaoke’ competition.


New Member Profiles: 
Mo Jazz

Mo Jazz is made up of five talented musicians. It was formed in 2003 by four multi-talented members (Khaya Somthunzi: Keyboard, Khayalethu Nazo: Bass Khanya Matomela: Keyboard, Siyabonga Mjijwa: Drums) and now includes legendary guitarist, Fiks Marwana.
Although the band’s main focus is live jazz, they are also highly accomplished in a several other genres including Jazz, House, Mbaganga, Gospel, Samba and the Bossa Nova.

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Gezlah Gazette

Gezlah Gazette is a poet and hip hop artist. Born Ntsikelelo Solani on May 15th, 1983 in Kwalanga, Uitenhage, this young street poet and hip hop artist grew up in  Motherwell township.
His poetry that is both true itself as well as to the Xhosa spirit of this very individual, who carries the torch for those seeking knowledge, humour, ideals about freedom and humanity in their native tongue of isiXhosa.

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Amitabh Mitra

Amitabh Mitra is an Indian born South African physician, poet, and artist. He studied medicine and did his postgraduate studies in orthopedic surgery at the Gajara Raja Medical College, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India. He further specialized in Aerospace medicine and Family medicine from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
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