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Taking the Vogue nation to the streets

Fearlessly breaking boundaries and unapologetically claiming space in this modern world,  Ntsikelelo ‘Lelo’ Meslani is changing the landscape…

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Fearlessly breaking boundaries and unapologetically claiming space in this modern world,  Ntsikelelo ‘Lelo’ Meslani is changing the landscape for creativity amongst the youth, and breaking every mould you thought existed. 

With accolades running a mile off a page, Joburg based Lelo Meslani, also known as ‘Lelowhatsgood’, is redefining what it means to be a young black creative in South Africa. A jack of all trades and master of them all,  Lelo is a DJ, content creator, writer, digital marketer and Senior Features Editor of digital-zine Faculty Press. The multi-talented visionary, whose work has been published by The New York Times, Mail and Guardian and Superbalist’s The Way Of Us, is also scheduled to set the 2019 AFROPUNK JHB stage alight.

Not only is he securing the bag, Lelo is a driver in the fight for social change. Having founded Vogue Nights in 2018, a safe nightlife playground for the queer community grounding itself in music, art and dance, he not only understood the need for a change in the way individuals socialise, but rose to pioneer status when he took the initiative and became a self-starter. The importance of having a space like this in today’s world has become more important than ever before, and with a young prodigy like him, who has his fingers on the pulse, his success comes at no wonder. 

 “I’ve chosen to use creativity to interpret the world I live in to give things more meaning.” In a growing conscious world, careers are being matched with one’s life purpose, and Lelo certainly has no difficulties when it comes to that. His life stands testament that one need not stick to a single career journey; if you’ve been blessed with multiple talents, let them all shine! 

It is fear that detracts one from becoming their best self, and Lelo seemingly has none of it. An undeniable front runner, he is not only building a legacy for himself, but inviting others to be a part of it too. Creating a space that can be owned by those that are a part of it are what make for grand movements, and with its members flying the flag for the generation to come, Lelo remains stationed at its helm.

Air Talks

Pantsula has a new force

A game changer in every sense, Leballo Lee Lenela’s can-do attitude continues to keep her at the forefront…

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A game changer in every sense, Leballo Lee Lenela’s can-do attitude continues to keep her at the forefront of the pantsula stage with the spotlight fixed on her at every point.

Professional Pantsula dancer and athlete in her own right, Lee grew up in Soweto and was inspired by the culture of the streets. Pantsula bug bit her at a young age and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. Typically seen as a dance reserved for men, Lee is a daring hero for young girls in her community as she continues to lead her dance crew, Intellectual Pantsula. 

Unflinchingly, Leballo has always gone above and beyond to prove that limits are a mere figment of  the imagination. Growing up, she had to mask her passion as a hobby in order to be allowed to dance. She was chosen by the exuberant culture of the streets and learned about what truly makes her heart beat.  Her passion for dance led to her becoming a force for change amongst the young women who now look to her for inspiration. 

A natural born leader, it was not long before she started influencing people to open their minds and think differently, those who never saw women as pantsula dancers. “Being a woman disadvantages me even though I can dance better than some of the male dancers” she says. This is a sentiment her mother shared as well and it took some convincing to let her live out her dream. Since then, she has been fearlessly expressive of her freedom and in the process, opening doors for the generation that comes after her. 

What was movement, became a culture. What became a culture catapulted her into the light, from where she continues to take hold of her power and female energy . From a tumultuous time comes a beautiful heritage-filled narrative that accurately illustrates an authentic story. “Pantsulas were the cool guys – everyone wanted to be like them or be around them. It had this respect and I was so happy that I could celebrate that dance,” says Lee. 

As a celebration of her history, she chose this specific dance style because it meant more than just busting a move or winning dance battles. She is not only a part of a sub-culture that was completely homegrown but she is killing it and opening doors for young girls like her. Taking charge whenever she hits the dance floor, she lives out her dream every day. 

If there was ever a force for change, Lee is an inspiration. Living in a community that still believes pantsula dancers should be men, her drive to be the best has created a space where girls can see themselves in a new light, doing things they wouldn’t typically do. In the true sense of trailblazing, Lee stands strong in her dreams, saying that the sheer magnitude of her aspirations sometimes scare her. 

“We own it, so we must master it in every way,” she says. For as long as she creates paths for herself, she will continue to open up the circle for other young women, constantly lifting as she rises. 

Air Talks

Slicker than your average dancer

A creator of groove wherever she moves, she exudes an infectious spirit with her care-free attitude, all while…

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A creator of groove wherever she moves, she exudes an infectious spirit with her care-free attitude, all while being a beacon of inspiration in her community.

Professional dancer, choreographer, and flyest girl on the block, Tarryn Alberts, otherwise known as Tarryn TNT, has been blazing the trails of dance since she could walk. 

With a career that began at age 17, the Eldorado Park native has been a firecracker with capabilities you’ve only seen on TV, while simultaneously setting an impeccable example for the youth in and around Eldorado Park.

Shaking up the local dance scene in music videos such as Yungsta CPT’s ‘Old Kaapie’, and dancing for Danny K on a worldwide stage, Tarryn’s tenacity has been the driving force behind her success. In her early dance years, she joined V.I.N.T.A.G.E. dance crew, and later danced for Die Antwoord and travelled the world with artist Manthe Ribane. 

Having recently visited New York City with DJ Doowap, where they both performed at AFROPUNK Brooklyn’s main stage, Tarryn’s flow keeps pushing international boundaries.

After founding So Dope Dance Academy, Tarryn has created a movement within her community that forges links between dance and real life. “My dance studio is a haven for the students who attend the classes. It’s a fun environment where they feel inspired to be anything they want to be,” says Tarryn. “

Tarryn hosts dance classes twice a week and invites those with an uncontrollable urge to move to join her. Conscious movement is what it’s all about, as Tarryn’s workshops aim to prove that not only is dance the refuge to those that move and shake, but also that local dancers inhabit the flavour of the society in which they reside. “Not only do they receive a dance instructor but a mentor as well – the space is where I teach creativity and life skills,” Tarryn adds. 

Being a performer at heart, she has been the go-to South African dancer and choreographer for music videos and touring artists. But it is her role in her community that is most admirable as she continues to focus is on building the youth and showing that one can really live off of dance. 
With the emancipation that comes with dance, sublimely paired with Tarryn’s carefree attitude, the force created within every space she opens is undeniable. There is something to be said about her persona and utter demand of respect in a space where she can move freely.

Air Talks

Taking the Vogue nation to the streets

Fearlessly breaking boundaries and unapologetically claiming space in this modern world,  Ntsikelelo ‘Lelo’ Meslani is changing the landscape…

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Fearlessly breaking boundaries and unapologetically claiming space in this modern world,  Ntsikelelo ‘Lelo’ Meslani is changing the landscape for creativity amongst the youth, and breaking every mould you thought existed. 

With accolades running a mile off a page, Joburg based Lelo Meslani, also known as ‘Lelowhatsgood’, is redefining what it means to be a young black creative in South Africa. A jack of all trades and master of them all,  Lelo is a DJ, content creator, writer, digital marketer and Senior Features Editor of digital-zine Faculty Press. The multi-talented visionary, whose work has been published by The New York Times, Mail and Guardian and Superbalist’s The Way Of Us, is also scheduled to set the 2019 AFROPUNK JHB stage alight.

Not only is he securing the bag, Lelo is a driver in the fight for social change. Having founded Vogue Nights in 2018, a safe nightlife playground for the queer community grounding itself in music, art and dance, he not only understood the need for a change in the way individuals socialise, but rose to pioneer status when he took the initiative and became a self-starter. The importance of having a space like this in today’s world has become more important than ever before, and with a young prodigy like him, who has his fingers on the pulse, his success comes at no wonder. 

 “I’ve chosen to use creativity to interpret the world I live in to give things more meaning.” In a growing conscious world, careers are being matched with one’s life purpose, and Lelo certainly has no difficulties when it comes to that. His life stands testament that one need not stick to a single career journey; if you’ve been blessed with multiple talents, let them all shine! 

It is fear that detracts one from becoming their best self, and Lelo seemingly has none of it. An undeniable front runner, he is not only building a legacy for himself, but inviting others to be a part of it too. Creating a space that can be owned by those that are a part of it are what make for grand movements, and with its members flying the flag for the generation to come, Lelo remains stationed at its helm.

Air Talks

Slicker than your average dancer

A creator of groove wherever she moves, she exudes an infectious spirit with her care-free attitude, all while…

Read More Read Less

A creator of groove wherever she moves, she exudes an infectious spirit with her care-free attitude, all while being a beacon of inspiration in her community.

Professional dancer, choreographer, and flyest girl on the block, Tarryn Alberts, otherwise known as Tarryn TNT, has been blazing the trails of dance since she could walk. 

With a career that began at age 17, the Eldorado Park native has been a firecracker with capabilities you’ve only seen on TV, while simultaneously setting an impeccable example for the youth in and around Eldorado Park.

Shaking up the local dance scene in music videos such as Yungsta CPT’s ‘Old Kaapie’, and dancing for Danny K on a worldwide stage, Tarryn’s tenacity has been the driving force behind her success. In her early dance years, she joined V.I.N.T.A.G.E. dance crew, and later danced for Die Antwoord and travelled the world with artist Manthe Ribane. 

Having recently visited New York City with DJ Doowap, where they both performed at AFROPUNK Brooklyn’s main stage, Tarryn’s flow keeps pushing international boundaries.

After founding So Dope Dance Academy, Tarryn has created a movement within her community that forges links between dance and real life. “My dance studio is a haven for the students who attend the classes. It’s a fun environment where they feel inspired to be anything they want to be,” says Tarryn. “

Tarryn hosts dance classes twice a week and invites those with an uncontrollable urge to move to join her. Conscious movement is what it’s all about, as Tarryn’s workshops aim to prove that not only is dance the refuge to those that move and shake, but also that local dancers inhabit the flavour of the society in which they reside. “Not only do they receive a dance instructor but a mentor as well – the space is where I teach creativity and life skills,” Tarryn adds. 

Being a performer at heart, she has been the go-to South African dancer and choreographer for music videos and touring artists. But it is her role in her community that is most admirable as she continues to focus is on building the youth and showing that one can really live off of dance. 
With the emancipation that comes with dance, sublimely paired with Tarryn’s carefree attitude, the force created within every space she opens is undeniable. There is something to be said about her persona and utter demand of respect in a space where she can move freely.

Air Talks

Pantsula has a new force

A game changer in every sense, Leballo Lee Lenela’s can-do attitude continues to keep her at the forefront…

Read More Read Less

A game changer in every sense, Leballo Lee Lenela’s can-do attitude continues to keep her at the forefront of the pantsula stage with the spotlight fixed on her at every point.

Professional Pantsula dancer and athlete in her own right, Lee grew up in Soweto and was inspired by the culture of the streets. Pantsula bug bit her at a young age and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. Typically seen as a dance reserved for men, Lee is a daring hero for young girls in her community as she continues to lead her dance crew, Intellectual Pantsula. 

Unflinchingly, Leballo has always gone above and beyond to prove that limits are a mere figment of  the imagination. Growing up, she had to mask her passion as a hobby in order to be allowed to dance. She was chosen by the exuberant culture of the streets and learned about what truly makes her heart beat.  Her passion for dance led to her becoming a force for change amongst the young women who now look to her for inspiration. 

A natural born leader, it was not long before she started influencing people to open their minds and think differently, those who never saw women as pantsula dancers. “Being a woman disadvantages me even though I can dance better than some of the male dancers” she says. This is a sentiment her mother shared as well and it took some convincing to let her live out her dream. Since then, she has been fearlessly expressive of her freedom and in the process, opening doors for the generation that comes after her. 

What was movement, became a culture. What became a culture catapulted her into the light, from where she continues to take hold of her power and female energy . From a tumultuous time comes a beautiful heritage-filled narrative that accurately illustrates an authentic story. “Pantsulas were the cool guys – everyone wanted to be like them or be around them. It had this respect and I was so happy that I could celebrate that dance,” says Lee. 

As a celebration of her history, she chose this specific dance style because it meant more than just busting a move or winning dance battles. She is not only a part of a sub-culture that was completely homegrown but she is killing it and opening doors for young girls like her. Taking charge whenever she hits the dance floor, she lives out her dream every day. 

If there was ever a force for change, Lee is an inspiration. Living in a community that still believes pantsula dancers should be men, her drive to be the best has created a space where girls can see themselves in a new light, doing things they wouldn’t typically do. In the true sense of trailblazing, Lee stands strong in her dreams, saying that the sheer magnitude of her aspirations sometimes scare her. 

“We own it, so we must master it in every way,” she says. For as long as she creates paths for herself, she will continue to open up the circle for other young women, constantly lifting as she rises. 

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