Ten years ago Rosie Motene embarked on a journey of self discovery. In the process she began to document her life experiences and attempted to tackle some of her inner demons and personal issues, which she’s now released in her autobiography ‘Reclaiming The Soil – A Black Girl’s struggle to find her African self’. Gareth discusses the cultural confusion and emotional roots that have made up her new offering.
The evolution of musician Nakhane is one that fascinates Gareth. Hot off the heels of his European tour and the saga surrounding ‘Inxeba: The Wound’, Nakhane shares some of the lessons he’s had to learn recently – from how fearless he is, individualism, and what he’s dubbed “the ego of heterosexuality”… he opens up in this thought-provoking interview.
Candice, Craig and Job from the Urban Culture Drive team join Gareth in studio to talk about their show and the diverse personalities that make up their crew. They are currently standing in for Arye Kellman on CliffCentral, but they are so much more than just a replacement team.
With a successful, colourful career that spans decades, Mam’Sibongile Khumalo has taken up the task of celebrating the life of Bra Hugh Masekela in a new show at the Joburg Theatre. She chats to Gareth about this exclusive performance alongside Thandiswa Mazwai, before getting into growing up in a musical family and her journey in the music industry. The legend who self-admittedly eavesdrops on conversations on Facebook, also explains why she strives for excellence not perfectionism, what awards mean to her, her advice for young talent and so much more.
We all have some sort of daily challenge in life, but few deal with something as obvious as Gareth Mason. Gareth is most known for his dwarfism, but the determination and resilience shown throughout his young life is nothing short of inspiring. Gareth and Gareth talk about his love for sport, some interesting daily challenges and his YouTube channel.
Growing up in Hillbrow in the 1960s, John Hunt was able to experience a part of South African society than none of us can really comprehend. This time in his life has inspired his latest book, ‘The Boy Who Could Keep A Swan In His Head’. He and Gareth discuss the novel, and why reading is still such a vital part of life.
South African-born artist Adam Broomberg has a very different take on the world as we think we know it. In SA currently for a new exhibition at the Goodman Gallery called ‘Bandage the Knife not the Wound’, Gareth chats to him about how he made his way into the industry, the state of photography today with the rise of the smartphone, and what privacy means in the greater scheme of things.
Widely known for her compelling interviews, Ruda has a career that spans decades of conversations with prominent South Africans about their life choices and about how change has affected them. It is because of these experiences that she has penned it all into her new book titled, ‘Tell Me Your Story’. She chats to Gareth about this and shares some of the lessons she’s learned from her interviews. Then, they both reveal the launch of a new CliffCentral.com podcast series, hosted by the legendary journalist.
There’s no more befitting adjective for sports journalist Udo Carelse’s career than “illustrious”. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt and having worked for some of the biggest broadcasting brands in South Africa, he shares some of his favourite stories with Gareth, including his memories of the two working together in the past. And of course, what does Udo think about the state of sports and some of its stars today? Hear him sound off on the likes of what is happening at the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Tiger Woods.
Lawyer, activist and model Thando Hopa is fuelled by her mission to change perceptions of beauty in the media and remind people that they are enough as they are. In this interview, Gareth unpacks her mission through a conversation around what representation means, the power and pain that perception carries, and intersectional issues. As someone who is breaking boundaries in her life and through the work that she does – particularly for encouraging conversations about albinism – find out how important her identity is to her and more on what she dubs “the tyrannical nature of identity politics”.