Vuse Inspired Live

Vuse Inspired Live, South Africa’s very own festival of inspiration hosted by Nina Hastie (pictured), Slikour, Scoop Makhathini and Smash Afrika. Images: Supplied

Vuse Inspired Live: Still time to tune into online ‘festival of inspiration’

Vuse Inspired Live features some of the country’s top talents and explores the inspiration behind their creativity. Have a look…

Vuse Inspired Live

Vuse Inspired Live, South Africa’s very own festival of inspiration hosted by Nina Hastie (pictured), Slikour, Scoop Makhathini and Smash Afrika. Images: Supplied

Be it music, fashion, art or customization, Vuse Inspired Live features interviews and performances from well-known South African artists.

Described as a “festival of inspiration”,the online streaming series launched at the beginning of June and will still run until 31 July. It is aimed at asking SA’s top artists what drives their creativity and what fuels their inspiration.

The four-part streamed event is hosted by Siya Metane (Slikour), comedian Nine Hastie and TV presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, professionally known as Scoop Makhathini.


When asked by Siya Metane what inspires her to create the music she does, Shekhinah said:

“The thing that keeps me going is that I am still alive. If I am still breathing, I do not feel like there is anything else that I want to do. Every day that I wake up, I am like aweh, let us work on this music thing however it transpires – it is just where I am home.”

Shekhinah Donnell being interviewed by Slikour


Musician and father, Muzi, when asked the same question, said:

“Musically (my inspiration) comes from just living my life. The more adventurous I become (with living my life) the better the music starts sounding, the more stories to tell. Being a father for the last three years has me just putting my daughter’s voice notes in all the songs, because that’s my life and that’s what inspires me to make the music.”

Muzi on Vuse Inspired Live.

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When asked the same question, whilst speaking to Siya about his new album ‘G.O.D. Guluva’, Kwesta said he was inspired by the energy of his collaborators.

“What inspires me generally, is the energy of other individuals that I collaborate with on a song/album. Their energy it what inspires my writing of songs.”

Kwesta performing on the stage of Vuse Inspired Live.


Arguably one of South Africa’s biggest artist right now, Big Zulu said that his inspiration comes from his upbringing.

“The inspiration behind my music comes from my history. Where I come from (Bergville) and how I was raised. Every time I write a song or perform on stage, it is inspired by where I come from, remembering that and where I want to be going forward.”

Big Zulu, left, and Mduduzi on stage at Vuse Inspired Live performing ‘Inhlupheko’.


Speaking to Scoop Makhathini, Durban’s That Damn Vandal (Shaun Oakley) spoke about how he draws inspiration from the energy of city.

“Very often I get my inspiration from moving around from city to city. You often see the different styles and variety from people in different cities [such as Durban and Johannesburg]. I also take a lot of inspiration from photography and patterns.”.

That Damn Vandal standing alongside his art piece (which you can win) inspired by a Durban local artist, on set at Vuse Inspired Live.


Cape Town’s Pierre Johnson, who was born on the Cape Flats, touched on how he is inspired by everything around him:

“Everything (inspires me). Conversations. Life. I was born and bred on the Cape Flats, an environment like that is not set up for artists and creatives to really thrive. So, each day I am inspired by my past to keep going and do what I do.”

Pierre Johnson speaking to Smash Afrika on set at Vuse Inspired Live.

Where to watch Vuse Inspired Live

Explore these artists and many more on the Vuse Inspired website. Viewers need to be 18 years and older to stream content on the website.

Viewers are also encouraged to watch as many streams as possible to help keep the entertainment industry alive during the trying times artists are experiencing during the pandemic.