Uncategorised presents “Encounters”, a Solo Exhibition by Andrew Ntshabele: is a creative art gallery that exhibits and sells African contemporary artwork created by emerging and mid-career artists. The goal is to promote the artists work by making it affordable and easier for people to discover. Karen Tearnan Cullinan, who is the CEO and founder of shed some light on what drives and inspires her to do her work. She spoke of how art is spiritual and how she does not offer the viewer any conclusions. She “resonates with the belief that it is through the act of creating, that we become a vehicle for that which is greater than ourselves”.

The opening of the exhibition Encounters by Andrew Ntshabele at 

Besides selling artwork in-store, the gallery has a strong sense of digital online presence, which has an e-commerce platform that broadens the landscape of artists that they work with, giving them a global experience. On Saturday 3rd April, we were invited to an amzing  showcase of artwork featuring rising and already established artists.

The HOMEGROWN Radio Team had the honour of experiencing the solo exhibition “Encounters” by Andrew Ntshabele. With an environment filled with vibrance and good energy, the team also used the day to create content, interview various artists such as Teboho Makoatsa, Andrew Ntshabele and Karen Tearnan Cullinan, and many more.

CEO OF Karen Cullinan
with Keanu ‘Major Key’ Buys from HOMEGROWN Radio 

Lynette Van Tonder, who is also an artist, walked the team through the Captcha Colour Exhibition, talking about what each piece means. She is a full- time visual artist who also inspires people through her work and one of her outstanding pieces include the “Ambient African Whirl Wind”.

An amazing day filled with good music, company and good vibes, guest speaker Sbusiso Leope also known as “Dj Sbu” shared some motivation as he said, “African Child, now its your time”, taking in the beautiful art that surrounds him and embracing African Contemporary Art. 

HOMEGROWN Radio’s Thato Immaculate and Sir Smats
out at Artyli conversation over content

Art is indeed an expression of the soul and art is something that inspires poets, readers and writers. Passion is not only something that is seen, but something that is felt. These African Artists are inspired by the ordinary lives of people and aim to uplift communities through their work. 

Visit and learn more about the selction of art available for sale, alternatively pay them a visit in johannesburg at Stanley Studios in Milpark.


Easter? What is it and what does it even mean to you?

Easter? What is it and what does it even mean to you?


It’s that time of the year again where the roads are stacked with unending traffic, the shopping malls are packed to maximum capacity, your favourite item in the shelves is out of stock and… of course, there’s a bunch of colourful bunny-chocolatey eggs everywhere you look. So what is this ‘time of the year’?

Easter, also religiously known as Passover, means different things to different people, for some it’s a time to hit the snooze button and get an extra bit of sleep whilst absorbing the long holiday, to others it’s a time to reminisce on the Biblical historic events that shaped today’s way of living and to our little friends, it’s a fun time to chase bunnies and hunt for those hidden chocolate treats.

Occurring on the first Sunday of April, Easter is the commemoration of the rise of Jesus Christ, who was crucified just two days before Easter. The focus of or about Easter tends to be the event, the resurrection, the Sunday, however, there are multiple events that lead to this beautiful occasion.

A lot of people are familiar with the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci titled ‘The Last Supper’, and this painting is a depiction of the event that occurs two days prior to Easter, where Jesus was practically saying his goodbyes whilst sharing a feast with His main crew.

People today celebrate the Biblical historic event as a public holiday. It is typically seen as a time to hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of life and come together with family and extended family to enjoy the “Last Supper” before heading back to the busyness of business. It is in this time where generational family recipes are whipped out and perfected in a warm space of love because God has given the ultimate sacrifice, His begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

So, whether you’re religious or not, we can agree that Easter is an important time to reminisce, especially with the recent effects Covid-19 has had on us as a people. Loved ones were lost and we remember their presence and share meals with the family we have now. Happy Safe Easter.

by Lebo Langa


JOIN HOMEGROWN RADIO Broadcasting live from Artyli on Sat 3rd April 2021

Today we celebrate contemporary African art at #artyli for the opening of ‘Encounters’ a solo exhibition by @art_by_andrew_ntshabele Join us at 12pm at Stanley Studios, 39 Stanley Avenue in Milpark, Johannesburg for a showcase of creativity, colour, life and expression. Brought to you by @artylicom





THURSDAY, 1st of APRIL 2021




Leadership 2020, a personal development and educational services company based in Johannesburg South Africa, have taken the plunge and dedicated their focus on Opening Up The Industry with it’s second radio outfit, aptly titled HOMEGROWN RADIO.


In May 2017, Leadership 2020, together with its partners and stakeholders successfully launched Massiv Metro which wholly focused on the digital evolution of radios ability to connect content, audiences and advertisers. In 2021 Leadership 2020 founders are inspired to announce its second online radio station, HOMEGROWN Radio, uniquely born out of and exclusive to a radio-training programme run by Leadership 2020 called I Was Born To Speak On Radio.


Leadership 2020 Executive Chairman and co founder Sbusisio Leope AKA DJ Sbu says, “We stand for empowerment of the African child. We are here to show the next generation that it is totally possible to make a difference in the world of others by creating the runway for them to walk, run, and eventually fly. This has been the Leadership 2020 model for development since 2013. Today we are proud to represent over 100 students on our 12 part-training programme who all have the exclusive opportunity, once graduated to join our new baby, HOMEGROWN Radio – Africa’s Gift To Its Tribe.”


HOMEGROWN Radio presents its team of talented future Kings and Queens of the airwaves daily on with live programming running on weekdays from 08h00 until 20h00. Lungile Ntshangase, a graduate of the Leadership 2020 radio-training programme currently holds the head of marketing position on the station and commented that Radio is her calling.


“I joined the radio training programme thinking I was going into a career in news reading. After 8 weeks on the course, numerous webinars with radio legends and professionals from across Africa and the UK, I was inspired to do more with my passion for radio. Today I am proud to say that thanks to I Was Born To Speak On Radio I have had the chance to interview DJ Black Coffee, join a unique family of radio enthusiasts and it’s my delight and an absolute privilege to be doing what I love daily which is to promote and market an authentic product HOMEGROWN.”


The new radio station is located on a HOMEGROWN Farm in Centurion, HOMEGROWN Radio plays only African music, it features only new talent from its radio training programme, and its authentic African positioning includes a focus on agriculture, entrepreneurship, entertainment and Africa.


Leope stressed, “We want the young talented individuals who are hungry for success, dedicated and most importantly willing to be trained by us. We don’t mind how small the social media account is. We are creating a HOMEGROWN hub of companies that integrate with each other and it is our focus to give the young people who join us an experience no university or degree can buy at a fraction of the price.”


HOMEGROWN radio was born out of lockdown in 2020, we didn’t realize that we would be so humbled by the talent in South Africa and across the continent. We have students from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya on the course and look forward to developing relations with these countries.


Africa and the world, watch this space, meet the team from HOMEGROWN Radio. Africa’s Gift To Its Tribe!





Leadership 2020





Lungile Ntshangase

Tel: 0860995147



I Was Born To Speak On Radio Students (Unathi,Lungile,Thembakazi & Vuyisile) together with DJ Sbu and Nkosinathi Maphumulo also known as Black Coffee at DJ Sbu World Record Experience.


The Students were given a chance to be part of the World Record Experience and also interviewing Black Coffee.

Kagiso Mosehle & Vuyisile Mdini hosting Homegrown Radio Radio Lockdown Breakfast at DJ Sbu’s home Studio.

Homegrown Radio Team gathered at the Homegrown Radio new Studios for a technical training in preparation of their upcoming different Shows.




March 10,2021 (By Kagiso Mosehle)

We all have different definitions for act of kindness, for example it could mean to perform an act of contribution, help, kindness or share with someone if you know that they need it.

On the 6th of March 2021 we had a Charity work at the Siyazigabisa Home of Hope in Thembisa ran by Ms. Gabisile Khoza, she has run the home since 1997 and has shared a heartfelt meaning of what act of kindness means and she states that some people are born with it and she’s one of them. She got raped at the age of 8 years old and she says that experience shaped her into the being that she currently is. She has always had a personal goal to perform an act of kindness every single day to not only one person but multiple children as she feels grateful for what they have and love to help others whenever it’s needed. The turnout was absolutely amazing, the likes of MTN,Leadership2020 and SLEF as well as the Thembisa community really supported the Home and a lot of hygiene products and soft drinks were contributed.

The live Broadcast by the hottest station on the net waves Homegrown Radio really made theentire experience impeccable.

“Be Kind whenever it is possible. It is always possible.”- Dalai Lama


Human Rights

Human Rights

March 10,2021 (By Kagiso Mosehle)

A right is belonged to every person, the basic rights and freedoms. Our human rights are inherent this is regardless of our race, nationality, language, sex or any other status.

We have the right to enjoyment.

The right to life, equality before the law and freedom of expression, the right to work,social security, education and the right to development and self-determination. In this world we are living in as it keeps evolving, it is of utter importance that we keep up with respecting one another, not belittling anyone and understanding each other’s backgrounds. Our country has been blessed with 11 official languages and as much as we are different according to our languages, we all share the same human rights and we are all human. It is all about believing in yourself, controlling what happens to your own body and making medical decisions for ourselves, the right to the pursuit of happiness. In all of the rights, the key is respect, motho ke motho ka batho (A person is a person because of other people) humanity will make us live longer and we do not need to make each other suffer.

“Humanitarian work isn’t criminal nor is it heroic. Helping others should be normal.”


HOMEGROWN RADIO #LockdownBreakfast

HOMEGROWN RADIO #LockdownBreakfast

Homegrown Radio Lockdown Breakfast is the first Show created for creative students who graduated from I Was Born To Speak On Radio Training Course with Leadership 2020.

The Breakfast Show is live Monday to Friday from 08h00AM all the way to 10h00AM. The graduates take weekly turns and they all get the chance to Broadcast Live.

They create their own scripts, content compiling and do their own Social Media.

Mandisi Mabaso and Keanu Buys were the first to Host the Breakfast Show. Ororisoe Mokoena joined Mandisi for a week and they were followed by Vuyisile Mdini and Kagiso Mosehla who will be followed by many others.

The goal is to make sure every candidate gets a chance to be on AIR as it gives them practical experience. The Homegrown Radio team gets to choose which department they would be effective in; the team doesn’t consist of only Radio Presenters. There’s also technical Producing, advertising, marketing, sales and other departments to fill. The technical producer currently is Sabelo, Social Media is handled by Lungile Ntshangase and the Marketing Assistant is Kagiso Mosehle.

Homegrown Radio is a team that does not believe in limits. Not even the sky is the limit!


Mandisi Mabaso (Procuder & Host)

Sabelo Mkhatshwa (Technical Producer)

Lungile Ntshangase (Social Media)




On the 4th of March 2021 #Believeher Protest was held in Johannesburg outside the Sunday World premises where women in South Africa protested with the mandate of putting an end to gender based violence and femicide.

They stated in the Memorandum that they are aware of the prevalent rape culture that further burdens and victimises survivors while failing to demand accountability from those charged with perpetrating such violence thus enabling their impunity.

The women of the country who were protesting were appalled that Sunday World is among those who perpetuate rape culture through reporting that is abusive to survivors, undermines existing laws and enables impunity enjoyed by accused perpetrators based on the following facts;

  • On 28 February 2021, Sunday World newspaper published an article authored by Ngwako Malatji titled “Rape accuser apologises to Euphonic- ‘I am sorry for what I did to you and DJ Fresh. I am scared’
  • The article contained sensitive and confidential information sourced from a police statement in respect of reported rape cases against Thato Sikwane, popularly known as DJ FRESH and Themba Nkosi popularly known as DJ Euphonik at Sunnyside Police Station.

The women who were protesting demanded Ngwako, the Journalist to apologise to the victim as she was also there. They urged Sunday World Representative to dismiss Ngwako as they were concerned about how the Journalist broke the Code of Ethics.

Ngwako apologised to victim and the protesters concluded to say they will take this to court should DJ Euphonik and DJ Fresh not be charged for the rape accusations.

Lungile Ntshangase covering the event (Social Media)

Sabelo Mkhatshwa Covering the event (Radio Audio)

Ororisoe Mokoena Covering the event (Interviewing protesters)