Life Changes Show, May 30, 2016

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
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Life Changes Show
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Guest, Jabu and Musical Guest Edwing Sankey

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure

Art Transforming Life with Guest, Transformative Artist, Jabu and Musical Guest, Accomplished Musician Across Multi-genre, and Guitarist, Edwing Sankey  on The LIFE CHANGES Show

Guest, Jabu

Guest Name: 
Jabu
Jabu
Guest Occupation: 
South African artist exhibited worldwide
Guest Biography: 

JABU

Jabu is a South African artist who has been exhibited worldwide. Brought up in the Apartheid era, he uses his artwork to express his experiences of what is often an unfriendly world, there by bringing a positive element into it. His artwork is unique with a twist of both urban and contemporary touch. The rich and vibrant colors capture diverse appeal from abstract work to artwork inspired by elements and tapestry from his African background. The choice of timeless materials from mixed media to oil, to maple wood and polished aluminum add to the value of his creations. This has created a growing demand for his signature style and contemporary perspective collection.

Jabu’ calls his work “Transformative Art” because he chooses themes and subject matter that inspire change. His focus is to create beauty and balance while bringing attention to causes he is passionate about.

Here are some of the cause driven series he has created:

Wildlife Series:

Growing up in South Africa, Jabu loved the wildlife and nature reserves. He enjoyed seeing the animals roam free while his own freedom was limited. Over the years, Jabu became

aware that the freedom of the animals around the world was threatened. Recently, the need to protect the wildlife of our planet has become desperate. He chose to create the “Wildlife Series” because of his passion to save endangered animals. The last great animals of our earth are threatened due to human destruction of their habitats, pollution, fishing and hunting. His work captures the wonder and majesty of wildlife and their habitat. It is his hope that people will have a real call to action to do something today by supporting his work in turn supporting Non-profits who are fighting for this cause.

About the Nelson Mandela Freedom Series:

“I Started this series as my contribution to the Nelson Mandela Legacy. The legacy of Nelson Mandela motivates the human spirit. His message was and still is a global one. He had a profound effect on me growing up as a young man in South Africa. His selfless great spirit motivated me and my fellow comrades to join him for a fight to liberation against apartheid. His courage and bravery helped light the fire in me to fight for global freedom and peace.”

“I had the honor of meeting Mandela for the first time in South Africa after his release from prison and again in Washington DC at an event he was attending arranged by Jessy Jackson. I was there, doing the groundwork for the African National Congress Youth League. Before the triumph of Mandela’s organization there was fear of civil war in South Africa. The world watched this process unfold and there were rumors in the media that retribution would be sought and that mass acts of violence were eminent. What they didn’t count on is people like myself working around the clock to prepare for the “changing of the guard”. I was in DC on a program to study Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University to help with the peaceful transaction, from Apartheid to the new dispensation. My commander has left us and the world an amazing legacy of dignity, humanity, equality and most of all freedom. I am honored to create works of art to continue to preserve Mandela’s legacy.”

About the Transformative Food Series:

“Transformative Foods is based on my roots. Eating home cooked meals was a tradition. Moreover, home grown food was also common practice. As a child I think I was 9 or 10 I did a lot of jobs in the farms during school break. Living in the US Jabu discovered that Americans don’t often grow their own food. Food is mass produced, genetically modified, laden with pesticides and imported from around the world. The need for sustainability and eating food that’s organic is imperative.”

“I prepare my meals with fresh locally grown crop and home raised live stock mostly from farmer’s market, some in my own backyard. The dishes I prepare I use different colors of vegetables, this inspires my creativity. This series allows me to combine two of my passions, cooking and painting. Most importantly, I love to break bread with friends and family to foster great community.”

About the Abstract Series:

Jabu’s abstract work is about happiness. By creating and sharing his art, Jabu creates an emotional outlet for himself and others to help heal from life’s challenges. His unique approach and technique create a soothing atmosphere and captures the essence of, love, nature, life…with vibrant colors, intense forms and dramatic geometric shapes. This visual experience gives you an insight into his world.

Here is quote about Jabu’s work from: ArtisSpectrum Magazine
“Your work: Nuanced by color, variable degrees on depth perception, fluid color, and textures of abstract space, all of the paintings exhibit strength in the use of color and technique to express mood, emotion and milieu. With paint as the purveyor of vision, all of the paintings achieve poignancy through a unique perspective that is evident throughout the body of work. Resolute in style and perspective, I feel that the work will resonate well in New York and with our international audience”.

Guest, Edwing Sankey

Guest Name: 
Edwing Sankey
Edwing Sankey
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Guest Occupation: 
Jazz Guitarist
Guest Biography: 

EDWING SANKEY

Based out of Los Angeles, CA, Edwing Sankey has devoted himself to creating, playing, and teaching music that is innovative and healing. He is an accomplished Jazz Guitarist, plays healing Siddha Music with his Zithers, and recently invented a New Tuning System for the Ukelele.

Edwing has depth, not only from his rich musical history, but from his international travels, and from many years emerging victorious over life’s obstacles.

After several decades of touring the world, playing Jazz and healing music with his band Indigo Triangle and with his Zithers, Edwing has been making several happy trips to China where he is blessed to teach and play for the Children, and all generations, to uplift, enrich and empower them by enhancing their ability to express through music.

He believes we have to prioritize teaching the children and playing music for them. As such, he devotes his time in China sharing the new tuning system he invented based in pentatonic music – which is easy to play on the 5th interval.

People can continue to play and share. The Ukelele is a tool of expression, and it’s not exclusively for certain people. Together we are creating an environment where all people have access to this wonderfully expressive instrument.

Edwing and his partners see the Ukelele as a tool of transformation for the survival of the future.

Life Changes Show

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Host: 
Filippo Voltaggio

Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

Weekly Show
Station 1
Monday
Starts: 
7:00 pm PT
Ends: 
7:55 pm PT