Entries by Richard Van Briesies

Michael Barry

Michael Barry was born in 1954 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape). After receiving his schooling in Port Elizabeth, Barry worked as a computer operator. In 1976, he moved to Cape Town, Western Province, to work as a sailor for a merchant shipping company, Safmarine. In 1978, Barry enrolled as a student at the Michaelis School […]

Mzayifani Mzondeleli Boltina- SA Hip-Hop Artist

Mzayifani Mzondeleli Boltina, better known as iFani, is a South African Hip-Hop/Rap artist, MC and television presenter. His first single was ‘Hola Hater’, followed by ‘Ewe’, ‘Shake’, ‘Milli’ and the ‘I Believes in Me’ (1st and 2nd Quadrant) albums, the latter of which attained Gold Status’ on the day of its release. He debuted on television as a presenter, hosting a sponsored […]

Belinda Davids

Born and raised in Gelvandale Belinda started performing professionally at 14, often singing at the now-closed Razzmatazz Club in dingy Govan Mbeki Avenue. Her mother, Dorothy, was her hairstylist, she recalls, and her grandmother, Elizabeth, her protector. “I was granny’s baby.” They supported her when she moved to Cape Town as a young woman looking […]

Melissa Allison

Triple Threat Melissa Allison has been on stage since the age of 6 and since been discovering her talent and passion for music. After dancing for various artists, she then broke into the world of performing arts by entering Mnet’s High School Musical Spotlight South Africa reality TV series where she made it to the […]

Milwa Mnyaluza “George” Pemba-Artist

Mnyaluza Pemba was born on 2 April 1912 in Korsten at the Hill’s Kraal, Port Elizabeth. Although art classes were not at the Van der Kemp Mission Primary School where he was educated, Pemba developed an early love for art which his father encouraged by buying him pencils and crayons. The young Pemba became notorious […]

Esther Miller

Esther Miller is a jazz singer of the classic school, possessing an outstanding technique, sensitive interpretation and an eclectic repertoire. She was born and raised in Port Elizabeth,  where she sang in church and school choirs and raided the family Nat King Cole albums for early inspiration. She studied medicine in Cape Town, but soon […]