About Akona

Hip hop has no boundaries!

Under a veil of secrecy, the man himself could not be kept away from the magnetism of the 24hr Project. You can’t chain creative innovation


Let’s give a round of applause to PROVERB!


He’s just landed in Cape Town from Joburg, with one purpose and one purpose alone – to make history with Illiterate Skill!


He hasn’t heard any of the other tracks, his plan is to let the powerful energy bubbling over in the Red Bull Studios guide and inspire him. Currently listening to one of the beats available, ProVerb getting ready to blow up the mic on the eighth track of the day! Can’t wait to hear it.


Check out ProVerb for more info – this right here is a busy man!

If you fancy, you can follow him twitter too


#CapeTownWins! #Skillzthatpaythebillz

Everyone has a role to play to make this groundbreaking initiative come to life; from the artists, the producers, the online gurus, the photographers, the engineers and even the spectators who are keeping the energy alive are also on the grind.


Today is all about doing what you love and loving what you do…


One of the players is graphic designer extraordinaire Mzoxolo Gcwabe. Head Honcho creative director has offered his services to create the CD design and album cover for Ill Skillz – Skillz That Pay The Billz 24 hr Project



Check out a preview of one of the options:


Max and Urban Mosadi are doing a photo shoot right now for the CD artwork so we all have to hold on just a bit longer to see final product

Loving the creativity!

Skillz that pay the billz 24 hour Project is pulling into the final phase


A break was taken from the Studio recording at the Red Bull Studios for the duo to head out to one of the locations for the video shoot, at Newlands Forest in Cape Town to make it happen. Styled up fresh by Head Honcho street style brand and Nike sneaks thanks to Gallery On 4th, nothing could stop Ill Skillz on this blazing trail





The setting was perfect, the light right and artists on point.

This is truly what is means to be a slave to your vision. Passion takes a hold and only the sky is the limit.

Look out for the video on Vuzu.TV and KIMradio soon



The day that will forever be a part of history – a first for South Africa, creatives rocking the flow and racing against the clock. – The 24hr album!


It’s not all hard work though, sometimes we gotta let the hair down.

Max Le Guerrilla Grapher hooked up The #Photobooth of some of the people involved…

My new fav earrings – R50 note


Darren – drummer for the band. Earlier they laced some sounds
which Jimmy Flexx and Uno July will be using as one of the 10 tracks


No intro needed, just check out her blog – Urban Mosadi

Akio – One of Cape Town’s foremost Hip Hop DJ’s on the scene

Mr KIMRADIO = Sizwe Mogale. He’s been working hard on uploading
podcasts to Vuzu.TV all through the day

Ayanda aka firstandfourth host of HitTV

Ms Kitsi has been interviewing artists and producers all day
Her posts will up on HitTV soon

Check out more pictures from today – Ill Skillz Pay The Billz


So much fun. So much energy.



Can they do it? Has it ever been done before ?

“The Skillz that pay the billz” has been the line Illiterate Skillz has coined for the momentum of this mission impossible type endeavor. Recording a ten-track album, conceptualizing and shooting a video and doing a photo shoot and more all in the space on 24 hours. To top it all off there’ll be a launch party at Mersey bar within those twenty-four hours for this album. I call it crazy, but that’s why we love the Ill Skillz boys.

Collaborations include greats such Proverb, Zaki Ibrahim, Stan1 and a few others. This is a momentous event.

Downloadable album will be up on vuzu.tv later tonight! for now check out the live reporting on the activities

Keep an eye out on the following links for more info, pics and videos:

Hardy McQueen – Let’s call him the one making it happen

Max The Photographer – On the go pictures

Ayanda – creating content for Vuzu TV

Sizwe – podcasts of the days happenings for KIM Radio

Jimmy and Uno – Ill Skillz

It all began at 5am, it’s now 10am, two tracks down and the creative juices still flowing

I’ll be at the Red Bull Studios a little later to check it out… and pester the boys

Thanks to The Guerrilla Grapher Max for images


They say, T-Shirts aren’t just T-Shirts, they are statements!


Here are a few I really like:

Mome always fresh.


Oldie but goodie – finest natural bankie


Apt now that Die Antwoord are making big in the interweb

I love this – want it in a vest

Funny around election time last year.. now not so much

Check the Heineken tag…

It’s David Guetta’s party label, but f*ck it’s hot “f*** me I’m famous”




There’s something about Suede – You either love him or you hate him and that is your own choice. He is a mystery, yet he is an open book if you know how to read inspiration.

I could tell you so much; but wouldn’t know where to start. He’s just an amazing person, a friend and a mentor – choosing to be in his life means being ready to taste your own bullshit because he will pass you a mirror and tell you your truths

What Suede does? I don’t know. What Suede doesn’t do? I don’t know. What I do know is that he is just one of those people you will not forget when your paths cross. He is creatively minded, all about execution and making things happen. Having been a photographer for some of music’s greats (and still is), he is also a producer, event director, writer, marketer, and just about anything else that has the words passion and inspired…

Follow him on twitter: IamSuede and you can decide why he’s called Suede…

So there it is – my first post on ‘Creative Activists’ this life has blessed me with



A few weeks ago I went to a workshop during Design Indaba 2010 that the Cape Town Fashion Council hosted. The theme was looking in our own backyard for fashion inspiration. Anyway, they had a nice panel of speakers and at the end the question and answer bit got a little heated with fashion designers in the audience getting a little riled up.


Nkhensani (I love this woman) was a panel speaker, as a representative of her design label Stoned Cherrie, and during her talk said something about being a Creative Activist. This ‘title’ stuck with me – to the point that I wanted run out and get myself business cards with this title. The next best thing though – I’m starting a section on the blog called Creative Activists dedicated to people striving for creative excellence in any field. Some will be in depth interviews, some just nods to people who deserve the credit..


#LiveFearlessly

We were partying it up at The Waiting Room on Long Street last week…



There’s a lot about this picture that has sooo many memories for me. I giggle every time I look at it.

I’ll try break it down as best as I can.

Earrings:
These were my favourite earrings in the whole world. Note that past tense of ‘were’ – you see, I lost them that night. How, I really don’t know and I think it best that I don’t dwell too much on the fact that they are gone forever! I had bought them about 3 years ago from a guy on the ‘promenade’ in camps bay, Cape Town. Back when they allowed street vendors to sell their wares on the street. They looked like little bamboo birds nests, and sometimes looked like light balls on elastic bands all rolled up together hanging off my ear. The birds nests were my most effortless complicated statements. The search for a new pair statements begins!

HHP aka Jabba:
Motswako artists, one of South Africa’s best hip hop artists, the Jabba man who makes Xhosa girls like me recite Tshwana raps as if it was our mother tongue. Oh the many times I have mimicked word for word in a language I don’t quite have my tongue wrapped around. We met in Salvador, Brazil, connected on the tour bus back from a historical tour of Bahia, became friends and every time we see each other have so much to catch up on in short bursts of time. Our meeting reminds me of that Roots track with Erykah Badu- You Got Me ‘somebody told me that this planet was small….and never met before til I’m overseas on tour’ ( yes, I have paraphrased). We are both always commenting on how we had to be in a different country to really meet and talk and find that we could be friends. I imagine that is difficult when you have more fans than friends.


He performed that night, it was fantastic, even though the sound got a bit messed up…

Don’t mind the cigarettes, I’m a smoker, I like it. I’m so thankful for the three or four balcony areas at The Waiting Room (that’s where the picture was taken).

I had so much fun that night, it was just blissful. It was ecstasy. It was silly. It was loud. It was quiet. It was simple and complicated. It was memorable for how easily it happened. That, pure bliss without exaggerated drama or false agendas is why I love Cape Town


Friday 3 July 2009, Joburg Michael Jackson fans came together at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton to remember the time, celebrate the legend and give thanks to his spirit for the moves and music, even bringing along with them items of clothing and blankies for charity. 


It was a beautiful and touching tribute. Michael Jackson fans needed this more than I imagined, and I’m proud to have been a part of Joburg’s tribute to late great King of Pop.


…. and it all started from a twitter conversation with some friends including the king of twitter; Suede.





Next stop – 29 August 2009. Even bigger and better dance like, dress like, remember MJ celebration….