Archive for ‘Talking Secrets’

May 28, 2012

talking secrets with elana afrika

Elana Afrika

Thousands of South Africans tune in to her lunch time show on 94.5KFM radio every weekday, but Elana Afrika is more than just a radio DJ. Elana made me a delicious cup of coffee recently just before her 12noon radio show time and we got to chatting. From TV to radio, Elana has been in the public eye in South Africa for a number of years, having work at DSTV and various radio stations. “I speak for a living,” says Afrika, as she talked about her rather impressive résumé in broadcasting as well as MC work, which include corporate work. Her first big production was a stage production of “Grease” in Cape Town at the age of 17 as a principle dancer and actor, “That was my big break.” says Elana who got the role after auditioning with many more experienced candidates at the time. The next move for Elana was Johannesburg where she pursued a television career as well as radio which included Jacaranda FM and 5FM. Very family oriented, Elana enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family after spending 10 years in Johannesburg away from her family. Now part of the tight-knit family at 94.5KFM, the “lifestyle reporter”, as she refers to herself, appreciates the platform she has at Cape Town’s number one radio station, “For me to be here is more than just an honour. Being at the Cape’s number one radio station… Have I reached the ultimate in radio? Yes. Will I grow more? Of cause I will. Why? Because I’ve go great management.” Catch Elana Afrika on 94.5KFM every weekday at 12pm. Also see her website,

April 17, 2012

talking secrets with conor mccreedy

Conor Mccreedy

South African born artist Conor Mccreedy, now living predominantly in New York City has been painting all his life and has created his own signature blue colour. I had the opportunity to talk to him in New York by phone and asked him about his signature blue, “It’s my blue, ‘Mccreedy Blue’ and it’s my own colour. I love it because it makes me happy, it’s a beautiful colour, it’s my favourite colour. It symbolizes the ocean, it symbolizes life. I’m inspired by life and ocean,” says Mccreedy. The most notable thing about talking to Conor is his ‘passion’, he is by nature full of life and energy and you can’t help but get swept away a little by this, not only for his amazing artwork, but his ambition and drive. Not afraid to push boundaries and break rules with his artwork, Conor respects his work for what it is and not what it should be or what society or critics expect it to be. Now, 25, he is poised to venture outside of his artistic world to explore other creative avenues whilst still keeping his feet firmly grounded in his true passion, painting. He discussed a film prospect as well as a visit home in the next few months. Certainly a Proudly South African man, Conor has become somewhat of an ambassador for South African arts, paying tribute to Africa in his work and in his life. His love of the African landscape and nature is undeniable as he lights up when surrounded by nature. Inspired by the ocean, the African bush and wildlife, his latest exhibition is aptly titled “African Ocean” which is currently being shown at The Charles Bank Gallery in New York. “I’m always working, right now I’m not painting because my show is on, but I’m drawing in journals every night, I have a little book and I do sketches,” says Mccreedy. Conor is proud to have one of his paintings added to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art today! Secret: He mentioned as a tidbit that he inherited his defined chin from his great great grandfather, Sir Theophilis Shepstone, and Conor is the only one in his family to have been given that particular trait since.

Visit and follow Conor Mccreedy on Twitter.

All images courtesy of Conor Mccreedy.

April 15, 2012

talking secrets with bjorn steinbach

Bjorn Steinbach

South African actor, Bjorn Steinbach joined me to talk about his career as an actor and upcoming play, ‘The Line‘. After graduating high school and studying Psychology at the University of Cape Town, Steinbach moved on to study acting six years ago and has not looked back, “It’s the only thing I can imagine myself doing” says Bjorn. “I like them both for different reasons. Stage is a much more full experience as an actor because you have to take the story and it’s just you on the stage and maybe some other actors. In film, you’re part of a much bigger team… everyone needs to be on par to make the whole thing good” and sums up his preferences to film and theatre as “On a macro level, stage and on a micro level“. As with most actors, Steinbach has been cast to portray characters who’s ideals and morals are far removed his own, “you can’t judge the character” he says, explaining his process to dealing with these roles. In 2008, Bjorn got his first US break on HBO‘s Generation Kill, an original 7 part mini-series and can be seen in a number of South African films since.

It’s his love for theatre that brought him to his latest stage production, ‘The Line‘ with co-stars Leon Clingman, Marlisa Doubell, Gavin Werner, Aidan Whytock and directed by Yvonne Copley. The longest running play in New York by Israel Horovitz, this one-act, one hour comedy is brought to Cape Town by Sugar-daddy Theatre Company and will run at The Little Theatre in Cape Town. ‘The Line‘ centers around five people waiting in a queue, all are desperate to get first place in line, though unsure what each other is waiting for. A character-driven play making a profound statement about society and human behaviour, Bjorn plays a flamboyant ‘wanna-be’ genius, ‘Stephen’, who always seems to get first in line. Comedy and drama ensues as they argue, trick, fight, and betray each other to get ahead in the line. “I’ve been watching a lot of very heavy theatre in Cape Town that’s been tough and hard to watch and I was really excited by this prospect,” says Steinbach about ‘The Line‘, “It’s sort of a metaphor about society, however it’s completely clouded in comedy, but if you really want to look deeper you can find much deeper things about how people try to be first.” – Secret about Bjorn Steinbach, “I love escapist movies, especially children’s movies” with ‘The Lion King’ as his favorite movie of all time.

The Line‘ opens at The Little Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town on 18 April 2012 and will run until 28 April 2012. Tickets available through Computicket at R80 (Students/Pensioners R60). Additional photos from this interview at JustForTheNostalgia on Facebook.