Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Mahotella Queens are a South African singing group formed in 1964 (and still together today) comprising Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola. The group is noted for their clear three-part harmonies, Mbaqanga township music and fast-paced mgqashiyo dancing.
The Queens were formed by the famed South African talent scout Rupert Bopape, at Gallo Record Company, in 1964, and would go on to have many hits at Gallo's African music division, Mavuthela. Throughout the 1960s, the Queens' line-up usually comprised Hilda Tloubatla, Juliet Mazamisa, Ethel Mngomezulu, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola. They were backed by the Mavuthela house band, the Makhona Tsohle Band (comprising several talented instrumentalists including Marks Mankwane on lead guitar and West Nkosi on saxophone), and fronted by the deep-voiced Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde. After 1971, growing competition from rival groups saw the Queens' line-up fluctuate considerably, and after a string of mildly-successful late '70s hits, the original five Mahotella Queens regrouped with Mahlathini and Makgona Tsohle in 1983. After one more hiatus, three of the Queens - Hilda Tloubatla, Nobesuthu Mbadu and Mildred Mangxola - regrouped permanently.
Although Mahlathini, Marks Mankwane and West Nkosi died between 1998 and 1999, the three Queens continue performing and recording - well into their 60s - to this day.
This image was taken after a three-and-half hike in the mountains round Ugie, I was walking up a hill and as I crested the rise in front of me this is what presented itself. I lifted my Nikon and pressed the shutter.
I am coming to these images almost two years after I captured the image.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a noted anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Since his death in police custody, he has been called a martyr of the anti-apartheid movement. While living, his writings and activism attempted to empower black people, and he was famous for his slogan "black is beautiful", which he described as meaning: "man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being". Despite friction between the African National Congress and Biko throughout the 1970s the ANC has included Biko in the pantheon of struggle heroes, going as far as using his image for campaign posters. South Africa's first non-racial elections in 1994.
The actual Soccer World Cup, was photographed in the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, Mdantsane. Coca Cola brought the World Cup under very serious security before whisking the 'REAL' cup and replacing it with a replica that you could be photographed with.
The Port Elizabeth stadium images were photographed by myself in the Match between Japan and Bafana Bafana in November 2009 as precuser to the stadium being officially opened. When I photographed this event, the construction crews were still completing the project during the game and the outside environment was still a hard hat construction site.
Interesting foot note about the World Cup images was that the local newspaper arrived after the actual World Cup had been removed and all they got were images of the replica. The photographer who was assigned to photograph the Cup arrived late, as the staffer had mixed up the date and time of the event. The image was scheduled to appear on the front cover of the publication and ended up being buried at the bottom of page two of the publication.
For a couple of years I always shot the Supermoto event in east London Grand Prix track. My images and that of my son often appeared in the programme, I stopped because their was no real financial value in being involved, typical of these events, budgets were small and you covered costs with very little profit.
I have stopped doing jobs like this but still visit the track when I have time, and over the years managed to shoot some wonderful images.