Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sweet Poison ... Ntsiki Mazwai

What WHITES in South Africa need to hear ... one of the questions asked in the Reconciliation Day interview with the very talented, Queen of the Streets,  Ntsiki Mazwai. Controversial?  Challenging? ... or just a simple truth? Have we really integrated as a society after 1994?  "At least many white girls are getting a bit of ass,"  said Ntsiki with her tongue firmly in cheek.



Ntsiki uses words to heal and push the social issues close to her heart. Her song uRONGO became the biggest selling song in the country in 2005. In 2006 she released her debut album, MaMiya independently.  She spent most of 2011 promoting her book, WENA, around the country and continues to enlighten audiences with insightful poetry, music and her passion for life. Refreshing to have had such an energetic and authentic young lady on the iStart2 Show. 




 

Listen to the podcast of Ntsiki's show which includes her hits uRONGO and Sweet Poison:



Become part of the iStart2 family by "Liking" our iStart2 facebook page and join the movement where we take hands to create a more sustainable world.

Join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio Today. Radio that delivers!



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I feel so strong ... PJ Powers with Pops Mohamed (Part 2)

We have PJ back in the studio and chat about her concern for elderly people, religion, "out-of-order" robots, eat-pray-love, motivational speaking and her new book, the Power of Appreciation. 


"Self love is not an option ... it is a must"
"We all wanna be the best we can"
- PJ Powers




We listen to some new songs, "Half the sky" and "Something inside so strong" and end the show with a surprise visit from Pops Mohamed joining us in the studio.

"People love you PJ" - Pops Mohamed


What an honour to have two of South Africa's musical legends on the iStart2 Show. Magic...

To listen to the show just click "play" 



Like the iStart2 facebook page and please support our cause. Join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio Today. Radio that delivers!





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I feel so strong ... PJ Powers (Part 1)

A date with PJ Powers. Something I have always dreamt about... and then, one day it all came true...

And yes, of course I felt a bit intimidated that I was going to be in the studio with one of the biggest icons in South African music. It is then that all those "what if" questions start running through your mind...

- What if she's just a spoilt diva?
- What if i go blank during the interview... ( and yes... it happened)
- What if she doesn't like my questions?
- What if we don't click at all?
- Will she take hands with iStart2?
- Will we pass the stringent criteria she use before deciding to take hands on a project? 

- Will she "make" the criteria WE set ... someone who does it with heart, someone who is realistic about the amount of work that goes into a project like iStart2... someone who "understands" the bigger picture...
- What if ... what if ... what if...

But this day turned out to be an incredible day... one of those days I will always treasure... There she was in the studio, beautiful, vulnerable but strong, happy, full of wisdom....  and humble... someone that does not only talk about sustainability issues, but someone who lives what she believes in. I can now understand why she continues to touch the hearts of so many people. Dreams do come true. And .... there is a difference between "goodness" and "greatness"...

To listen to the show just click "play" 



Dreaming of a date with PJ?? Then link with PJ on her official facebook page ... and yes... you may stand a chance to make your dream come true and have coffee & cake with her! So, 'like' PJ's page if you haven't already. There will be a draw when she has reached 500 fans and thereafter for every 500 new fans.


Visit www.facebook.com/PJPowersOfficial to 'like' and you and PJ could be sipping coffee together soon! :-)


Whilst on facebook, also like the iStart2 facebook page and support our cause. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio Today. Radio that delivers!








Sunday, December 2, 2012

I feel so strong ... PJ Powers (Trailer)



Blessed with a long remarkable and extremely  rewarding career, PJ Powers has been part of celebrating some of the most significant moments in South Africa's history. Her life has been a journey of many highlights .... and even some lowlights.... she has recorded over 16 albums and maintained a high profile presence both as recording artist and as a live performer for over thirty years.





It is an extreme honour to have Thandeka on the iStart2 show today. Please join us on Radio Today @ 18h30 tonight to find out how PJ is doing "Sustainability through Art." Part 1 tonight and part 2 on Monday 10 December 2012.

Preview the trailer for the show: 

Podcast available on this blog on 4 December 2012.

Always remember: "Shift happens!" :-)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zindala Zombili 2012

The Zindala Zombili African Music and Dance Festival has announced the official programme for the upcoming multicultural festival to be held at Alex Stadium from 27th November to 2nd December 2012.

The vibrant and exciting showcase of indigenous culture is taking place in Alexandra to contribute to their centenary celebrations and acknowledge the history and diversity of South Africa’s first township.

Zindala Zombili will feature the best local music, dance and poetry talent drawn from provincial competitions held all over South Africa in 2011 and 2012. This is a dynamic and powerfulexpression of our shared heritage and an event you definitely want to attend.

Some of the other highlights include a rare performance by the renowned Umkhonto ka-Shaka band and the Venancio Mbande Timbila Orchestra from Mozambique. Venancio, who heads up the group, is a recent winner of a prestigious UNESCO award for his work to conserve indigenous music in Mozambique. The programme also features an isiScatamiya competition with 10groups participating for cash prizes.


27th – 30th November 2012
* Schools workshops in Ubuntu and various styles of traditional music and dance. There are still a few spaces available…call to book.
* Skills programme in event management for leaders of youth and cultural organisations in Alex.

1st December 2012
10am to 5pm

* Curtain raisers from Alex featuring a drama about the history of Alex and traditional Zulu dance.
* Provincial winners in the following categories: KhoiSan, Abantwana, Setapa, Ummiso Nekutsamba, Dinaka, Mohobelo and Mzansi.
* The Venancio Mbande Orchestra from Mozambique.
* Umkhonto ka-Shaka

2nd December 2012
10am to 5pm

* Provincial winners in the following categories: Mamarutla, Khuthauza, Domba, Shameni, Mokgibo, Ingadla and Makgakgasa.
* isiScatamiya competition featuring 10 of the hottest groups from Gauteng and KZN.


iStart2 is proud to be associated with the Zindala Zombili Festival.
See you there! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bring back the humans ... Somerfaan

At Nel aka Somerfaan is described as a maverick South African electronic music visionary. 
 

Born before technology. Frustrated on the ‘plaas’ where he was born, because there was no radio-signal, thus, no music . . . the young Somerfaan was forced to create alternatives. He resorted to banging out beats (with plug-spanners) on any found farm implement whilst singing out loud to the rhythmic cacophonies.

In this period, it was widely rumoured that one day, while working in the mielie fields, he was abducted by aliens for an undisclosed period.

 Somerfaan in the Radio Today studio
with Amanda and Pierre

We chat to Somerfaan about his music, his sustainability initiatives, the abduction and his music career. He is passionate about making a difference and give some ideas we can follow to creating a sustainable world. We also listen to some of his earlier music, Morning is Broken featuring Chris Chameleon and two of the songs from his latest cd, Laaste Somer: Bring back the Humans (beautifully sung by Jane Rademeyer) and Don't worry I got you (with his good friend Cito) 

At believes "charity starts at home - save water, save energy and be good to the people working for you". Words of wisdom from one of our most passionate iStart2 Ambassadors


Somerfaan with Lizette Brand at the 
iStart2 launch in Durban

Great show with a great, unique and authentic artist! To listen to the podcast of the show, just click play.




 Also remember to link with us on facebook and support our cause. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio Today. Radio that delivers!



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Confessions of a misfit ... Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A man that would rather fill your head with principles that you can apply to your life tomorrow, instead of what happened yesterday. And he argues in his book, Confessions of a misfit, that YOU (Yes, you!) are a genius. The genius in you awaits... This book of wisdoms would make a great Xmas gift.... :-)



Was great having Mokokoma on the show this week. He is a philosopher, a humanitarian, an essayist, a CARTOONIST (and will be designing some interesting designs for the iStart2 T-Shirt campaign), a social-critic, an aphorist, a satirist, a social-entrepreneur, and... an overall nonconformist - indeed a very talented man.



We listen to his favourite music, talk about his work as an artist and chat about his book. Right!


"Don't you know
They're talkin' bout a revolution
It sounds like a whisper"
- Tracy Chapman


Listen to the show - just a click away...



Also remember to link with us on facebook and support our cause. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!

And ..... don't forget to support iStart2 on Saturday 24 November ... buy those Xmas gifts early ... The Xmas market @ 160 South Street at the iStart2 Hub.




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

iStart2 ... uStart2 ...weStart 2gether ... Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson is on a mission to discover if Africa can show the world how to combat climate change. Mark is a comedian who is serious about climate change and the effect it is having on our children. Find out about how Mark and his family is preparing to go Africa Clockwise in a big green truck.

iStart2... uh...3... :-)

We chatted to Mark in the beautiful Chapmans Peak area about his passion for sustainability, the earth and why he thinks art will make change happen in the world. Lots of fun...  :-) We also play his favourite songs "One Love" and "Green World."


Click "play" to listen to the podcast of show.



Remember to link with us on facebook and support our cause. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For ... Cian Mclelland

How can I improve energy efficiency at home or in my small business?

Cian Mclelland is our guest in the Radio Today Studio and he chats to us about decentralisation of hot water systems. Cian is one of the iStart2 Warriors focused on ways to save energy and water, involved in the iStart2 Series Television production and an organiser of indigenous cultural festivals around the country like the Zindala Zombili festival coming up in Alexander beginning December 2012. Hope to see you there!

 Pierre & Amanda with our guest, Cian Mclelland.


Click "play" to listen to the podcast of our show.



Remember to link with us on facebook. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

If you go away ... Karin Hougaard (Part 2)

Sheeez! Have just listened to Karin again, talking about her experiences in the Netherlands, what it felt like to perform to 17 000 people three nights in a row in Antwerp, how she integrated sustainability themes like collaboration, new territory, open systems and her motto , "Reduce, Re-use and Recycle" into her life, her music and her new cd Alien Sky.

Karin's insights, passion and inspiration is probably one of the biggest driving forces that will contribute to  making the iStart2 Challenge an initiative that will move many people to start leaving sustainable footprints. Karin doesn't just talk... she inspires and excites us to start living the change we want to see.



We listen to a few songs: 

"For you" - a song Karin wrote as an anthem for her country, South Africa, and "Frightened Heart" about how it feels to be in unfamiliar territory (from her new cd, Alien Sky). Karin also sings Queen, "You take my breath away" and one of her Dutch songs, "Bij Mij" - powerful and intimate. 

That which she could not put into words or music – she now captures in her paintings. The painting below is aptly called " We do all kinds of fencing"

(Click here to view some of her work)

What a privilege and honour it is to work with such a multi talented individual. I salute you Karin Hougaard! Click "play" to listen to the podcast of our show.



Remember to link with us on facebook. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If you go away ... Karin Hougaard (Part 1)

Almost four years ago Karin Hougaard moved to a little town, Oak Ridge in North Carolina, USA. We chat to Karin about  how living in another country has changed her life. How it influenced her brand new cd Alien Sky and listen to "Free Falling" from the album. Sustainability issues is close to her heart and we discuss her  involvement in iStart2, fun times in Amsterdam with the recording of Quiet Love and lots more. 

(Karin in the Netherlands during the recording of Quiet Love)


Karin took the chance, she took the step, she holds on tight... and will never look back. Karin is free falling...


" Free falling is for dreamers
just a daring lullaby
free falling is for dreamers
just a moment flashing by
free falling
free falling
free falling " 

Fun times in Amsterdam :-)
Here with Philippe Elan and Suzaan Steyn


To listen to the podcast click the "play" button below.





Remember to link with us on facebook. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show  on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!

PS: Interested to read more about the recording of Quiet Love just click on my blog  synchronicity


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shift Happens... LadyRae & Nadiem Solomon

Comedy is serious business. According to LadyRae it is more serious than doing number two. Nadiem Solomon wonders whether Jesus, Buddha and Mohamed would have had twitter and facebook accounts. 

A great show with two serious comedians. We talk about climate change ("When your property becomes seafront property") , green sex ("Sex with Martians"), religion ( "I'm Muslim but saving up to be Jewish" - Nadiem) and a serious look at sustainability issues affecting the world.


iStart2 Ambassadors, Nadiem Solomon and LadyRae joined us in the studio on the iStart2 Show. They will be hosting the Cause for Comedy show at the iStart2 Hub in November.  Be there and support iStart2. To listen to the podcast click the play button below.



Remember to link with us on facebook. Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show  on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!

Shift happens :-)


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Malindy Myeza's Meadowlands

"It is very possible for people of different religions to take hands. We all hear the same pain - we can all take hands" -  Ma Malindy Myeza (iStart2 Ambassador for the Elderly)



Yes, we have this beautiful lady back in the studio. She shares her stories about Nelson Mandela, how she felt about being a recipient of the Order of Baobab, her solutions as iStart2 Ambassador ("We must mobilize women") and her views about the future of South Africa.

(Pierre, Seipati Kau, Malindy Myeza and Thato Sehularo in the Radio Today Studio)

Join us and listen to the wit and wisdoms of a 76 year old Ugogo from Soweto. (Part 2) Just click the podcast :-) For feedback email me: Pierre@istart2.com. Enjoy!


Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show  on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Radio that delivers!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sophiatown Memories - Malindy Myeza

"Learn to be empathetic with people - be yourself ... be normal",  was the the biggest thing I learnt from Beyers Naude" - Ma Malindy Myeza. (iStart2 Ambassador for the Elderly)

Ma Malindy and her favourite Tsotsi

What an honour and privilege to have this exceptional Ugogo in the studio. Activist, teacher ( "Half a loaf is poison, so I quit teaching") , Senior vice President of the Council Of Churches, "second" wife to Beyers Naude, unsung heroine of the 1976 Soweto riots, recipient of the Order of Baobab from President Thabo Mbeki... a life full of too many memories and highlights to mention. 


Pierre, Seipati Kau, Malindy Myeza & Thato Sehularo
in the Radio Today Studio.


Listening to Ma Malindy gives me hope for the challenges we face in our country. She had to overcome so many obstacles in her life but is still smiling and doing community work from her humble home in Soweto at the age of 76.


Just click below on the iStart2 Show to listen to some of the most interesting  stories as told by this remarkable woman. 



Please join me every Monday at 18h30 (SA Time) and listen to the show  on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za.

Monday, October 1, 2012

SA Dance Music Awards


Greg Maloka, jokingly opened the event, putting on his hat: “This is a dance music night and you know how we do it."

Maloka and his comrades-in-DJing Oskido, DJ Fresh, Christos and Vinny da Vinci honoured record labels and music industry players who had contributed to house, kwaito and hip-hop in the past two decades.





Skeem, Boom Shaka, Trompies
, Amu, Mandoza, DJ Tira and Big Nuz, Professor, Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala and DJ Sbu as Mzekezeke, amongst others had the dancing audience on their feet.

Honourees included DJ Christos, Arthur Mafokate, Kalawa Jazmee,Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng, Oskido, Bruce Sebitlo, Mjokes,
Lance Stehr and DJ Vinny Da Vinci collecting awards. 



Great artwork by the iStart2 graphic design Team from Mo'mint Studios, Christopher Keys and Roland Erasmus contributed to an entertaining show.

The hosts, Thembi Seete and Ishmael "Ishmiza" Morabe, honouring the leaders in house, kwaito and hip-hop over the past two decades, thrilled the audience and had them dancing throughout the ceremony. Great fun!


  
Get your dancing shoes on and watch the show on SABC1.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Good Heart in Sustainable Mining - Sietse van der Woude

As leaders we must see and promote future possibilities…
…and as Einstein observed, “Intellect is not enough for
innovation…eventually it takes a leap of consciousness”


Our guest in the studio, Sietse van der Woude is the Head of Sustainable Development and Safety at the Chamber of Mines of South Africa.
- Can we talk about sustainability and Mining in one breath? 
- How do you think about Marikana in the context of sustainability?
- How can an initiative like iStart2 help deal with the challenges?

Sietse with the iStart2 production team,
Pierre, Amanda & Thato

Just some of the questions we posed to Sietse... a man with a passion for sustainability, South Africa and the future.

To listen to the podcast of the show, Click below:



Join me and listen to the show at 18H30 every Monday on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za.




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

iStart2 in My Little Town - Ismail Mahomed

Hailing from a small town, Volksrust, he finds himself in another little town today, Garahamstown, challenged with the task to run South Africa's National Arts Festival. With more than twenty years of experience in the performing arts sector, Ismail Mahomed is an accomplished playwright, theatre director and arts administrator. His work has been staged in South Africa, Chile, Denmark, Germany and in the U.S.

Plays written by Ismail Mahomed include:  Nog 'n Potjiekos, Boere Orkes, Leather Boykies, Wankers, Rapist on the Run and Honeymoon in the Karoo, to name a few.


Ismail talks to us about his views on religion, the most difficult challenges he had to overcome in his career, the "Spear" debacle, sustainability in Art and how he sees the future.


iStart2 Radio Show with Pierre, Ismail and Amanda
(Thato behind the camera and the production)

Listen to the show on Mondays at 18H30 on Radio Today 1485 am in Jo'burg, catch us nationally on DSTV Audio Channel 169 or worldwide on www.1485.org.za. Or just click the podcast link below to listen to the show. 





Shift Happens!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Frightened Heart... Alien Sky




Here this ancient heart flutters behind encaging fingers...
flapping

frantically
fearfully
craving...
craving to take to the sky.
- Karin Hougaard 
(From her CD Alien Sky



Some music leaves one silent ...  your soul shutters when you hear the beautiful sounds ... her incredible voice... and the inner heart of one of the most divine artists South Africa has ever produced.

One can listen to Karin's music night after night but it sounds uniquely different every time and leaves you with intensified feelings of satisfaction. 

Just love it! :-)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Lets get rid of the I'ms" - Pops Mohamed

A humble giver, a musical genius, caretaker, tenacity, big picture thinker... a really good man. These words come to mind when I think of Pops Mohamed and we have him on the iStart2 Show again!


The maestro plays the mouthbow in the studio... we listen to one of his latest house tracks... he chats to us about the tough times in his life, his focus on the future and his involvement as  Indigenous Peoples Ambassador for iStart2.

Pops' message: "Let's get rid of the I'ms"!

Just click below to listen to the podcast:




Join me on my Radio show on Mondays at 18H30, The iStart2 Journey on Radio Today. 1485am in Jo'burg, DSTV Audio channel 169 or on the net on www.1485.org.za. Radio Today. Radio that delivers!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pops Mohamed LIVE on iStart2 TV - 8 September 19h15 - 20h15

The Sound Journey with Pops Mohamed and Friends will be screened LIVE on your computer on Saturday 8 September 2012. The show is broadcast from the iStart2 Hub in Centurion, South Africa LIVE from 19h15- 20h15. 

Watch the LIVE performance of these incredible artists free from the comfort of your home or join us at the iStart2 HUB, 160 South Street, Lyttelton Holdings, Centurion and experience the magic of our first broadcast with us. R160 will get you in. 



Visit this website, click the link below... watch the show! 


Watch live streaming video from wildcamtv at livestream.com


Brought to you by iStart2 Community TV .... Blow your comfort zone!





Have fun! Always! 



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lifetime Achievement Awards - Pops Mohamed & Jonathan Butler


Pops Mohamed has a sheer gift for creating music that fuses generous measures of ancient cultures with delicate flavours of modern influences and expertise. This is partly why he has won so many awards - including two Lifetime Achievers Awards for his contribution to Indigenous Music - surely one of Africa's most celebrated musical legends.

 Pops Mohamed & Jonathan Butler, 
recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards
30 August 2012



Pops Mohamed and Friends will be performing live at the iStart2 Hub, 160 South Street, Lyttelton, Centurion on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 19h00.

Pops will be joined on stage by Olufemi. OLUFEMI is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afrobeat and jazz, gospel and blues, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. His music is urban and urbane

The Sound Journey synthesizes a collaboration with JP du Toit sharing indigenous poetry and the soothing sounds of DJ, Chris Keys, playing funk, soul and afro tunes.

To get tickets please email pierre@istart2.com with your particulars and we will email you the banking details. Limited Tickets also available at the door. Book today! R160 gets you in. 



What an honour it was to interview Pops in the Radio Today Studio on Monday. To listen to the podcast just click below:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Sound Journey with Pops Mohamed and Friends


Pops Mohamed and Friends will be performing live at the iStart2 Hub, 160 South Street, Lyttelton Holdings, Centurion on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 19h00.

Listen to an interview with Pops on the iStart2 Radio show on Radio Today on Monday 3 September at 18h30. The show is on 1485am in Johannesburg, nationally on DSTV Channel 169 or internationally on the website www.1485.org.za



Pops Mohamed has a sheer gift for creating music that fuses generous measures of ancient cultures with delicate flavours of modern influences and expertise. This is partly why he has won so many awards - including two Lifetime Achievers Awards for his contribution to Indigenous Music - surely one of the Africa's most celebrated musical legends.

OLUFEMI is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afrobeat and jazz and blues, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. His music is urban and urbane

The Sound Journey synthesizes a collaboration with JP du Toit sharing indigenous poetry and the soothing sounds of DJ, Chris Keys, playing funk, soul and afro tunes. 

To get tickets (with a meal) please email pierre@istart2.com before 6 September with your particulars and we will email you the banking details.
This gets you into the draw to win an Overnight stay for two people at the iStart2 Hub and Breakfast the next morning with Pops Mohamed, a Pops CD or signed POPS Mohamed Posters. 



 

Book today! R160 will get you in. Support the iStart2 Initiative!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Big Case

 Pierre, Scotty Cundill and Thato Sehularo
iStart2 Journey on Radio Today Monday at 18h30

Great show we had yesterday! Scotty Cundill, courageous activist talked to us about the BIG CASE against the four major banks in South Africa. Have you ever gone through a tough time and tried negotiating with your bank?  Have you lost your house in the process? Came out of it bruised and stressed? Not easy to take on the big bad wolf...

Scotty and his team of legal representatives are seeking to halt all legal action by banks.
Billy joel wrote a beautiful song, innocent man, that so accurately describes the big case:

Some people stay far away from the door
If there's a chance of it opening up
They hear a voice in the hall outside
And hope that it just passes by

Some people live with the fear of a touch
And the anger of having been a fool
They will not listen to anyone
So nobody tells them a lie

I know you're only protecting yourself
I know you're thinking of somebody else

Do you think this will only happen to somebody else??

Banks are lending out computer-generated promises used as money, but the assets they foreclose on and the lives they destroy, are very real. If you have a bank account you have to hear this...

Find out more about the big case by reading about the BIG CASE on www.thebigcase.co.za. Let me know what you think... please email me at pierre@istart2.com. Podcast below:



Join us next week Monday at 18h30 for an interview with Pops Mohamed, musical legend and iStart2 Ambassador. Radio Today. The station that delivers! 1485 am or DSTV AUDIO CHANNEL 169.





Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Caretaker? Transient? - Prof Mervyn King & Gail Gilmore


Today we talk to Dr Mervyn King. A committed South African, dedicated campaigner for justice and fairness, an accessible and selfless man. A former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, he is currently the Chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative and the Association of Business Administrators of Southern Africa. He is best known for chairing the King Committee on Corporate Governance, which issued three comprehensive reports in 1994, 2002 and 2009 endorsing an integrated and inclusive approach to corporate governance in South Africa.

  

While in Amsterdam I had the privilege of befriending the wonderful and talented Gail Gilmore – a woman with a passion and a voice that is larger than life itself. Gail is keen on visiting South Africa and we hope to achieve this one day soon thru a collaboration with iStart2. We listen to two beautiful songs Habanera and Chanson de Boheme from Carmen.

Just click to listen to the show :-)





Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pops Mohamed & Friends at the iStart2 Hub

All About Love and Happy Birthday Madiba composed by Pops Mohamed and JB Arthur also formed part of millions of happy birthday wishes for the former South African president who turned 94 in July this year.


Among the featured artists on the two new local songs are Ziyon of Liquideep, Josie Field, Loyiso Bala, PJ powers, Pops Mohamed, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Concord Nkabinde, Ray Phiri, Dorothy Masuka, Olu Femi, Chiano Sky, Kabomo and Wouter Kellerman.

Check out this behind the scenes video with Pops...



Pops & friends will be performing at the Istart2 Hub.this September!

Pops Mohamed & Friends featuring OluFemi on all saxophones, poet JP Du Toit and playing till late, DJ Christopher Keys. Lekka!! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tribute to Dr Ivan May

Today we pay tribute to Dr Ivan May. A truly remarkable man who touched the lives and hearts of so many people from all walks of life. Ivan is missed by many whom he inspired to live lives that are  worthwhile. He loved music and the arts, the environment and Mickey Mouse! The Disney character, May said, embodied ‘May’s Laws’: Nothing is impossible; everything is an opportunity and there is always room for ice cream!



Ivan and I began working together on the iStart2 initiative early in 2010.  I was very fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity to spend time with him, weeks before his untimely passing, talking about the future iStart2 journey.

Today’s show also includes the beautiful music of an amazing, unconventional woman,  Jennifer Kestis Ferguson, from her cd, aptly titled, "Untimely".





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An Emergency Minutes to Midnight

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: " We have only one home"
Sietse van der Woude: " We as South Africans are taking climate change very seriously"
Prof Mervyn King: "Each one of us has to make a start on doing this. iStart2 is a very interesting concept and I hope it is very successful"
Arno Carstens: "Yes I am worried about climate change... what conditions will our children be living in? This is an emergency"
Somerfaan: "Music is a very powerful tool"
Ivan May: "People coming together for a cause"
Lewis Pugh: " When we protect our environment we will have peace... now is the time for peace"
Nadiem Solomon: " Why can't it be about growth"
Bheki Sibiya: "I encourage Mining companies and business at large to support the iStart2 initiative"
Chris Chameleon: " Let's start today... iStart2"



We also listen to Chris Chameleon's "Minutes to Midnight", Arno Carstens singing "Emergency" and Desertrose with their beautiful song " I am a Believer"

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Non, je ne regrette rien


In the last decades interest in hunger artists has declined considerably. Whereas in earlier days there was good money to be earned putting on major productions of this sort under one’s own management, nowadays that is totally impossible. Those were different times...



The podcast of the latest iStart2 Radio show. The words of Franz Kafka and the beautiful music of Karin Hougaard.

 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Imagine Prague...

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
Franz Kafka

iSTART2 @Radio2Day - Monday 23 July 2012.
Click on podcast link to listen:

http://pierre64347.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-24T02_57_13-07_00
 My guests and production team in the studio:

(L-R) JJ du Toit, JP du Toit ( Morrie), Pierre du Toit, , Thato Sehularo, Swannie Swanevelder (Franz Kafka), Front: Amanda Masondo, Steven Ward (Salvador Dali).

Pierre du Toit hosts iStart2 on Mondays at 18h30pm (GMT+2). The programme is repeated at 19h20 (GMT+2) on Thursdays. 

Radio Today broadcasts on 1485 AM in Johannesburg and nationally on DSTV audio channel 169. Radio Today also streams on its website www.1485.org.za and on cell phones on 1485.mobi. 
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