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Scelo Mdladla, a Johannesburg-based all-around creative, considers his life a serendipitous journey through the amazing complexity of existence; meticulously examining and interpreting the intricacies of the extant through his artistic gift therein, finding purpose in communicating the evident yet hidden aspects of existence. He was raised in an environment that encouraged what is often viewed as an obscure and inconsequential hobby-something you outgrow. Born to a jazz enthusiast father and a mother who willed and supported him in all his creative exploits. Mdladla, known as “the boy who could draw” in his youth, believes that drawing is not something he does; it is who he is, and his entire life reflects this.

His proffessional creative journey began when he published a cartoon strip in the children’s section of Sunday Times, in 2003. He was in matric.


Promax DBA Africa, known for it’s stringent standards and rigorous evaluation process, recognised Scelo’s outstanding contributions to the broadcasting industry. His

work not only captivated audiences but also resonated with industry experts, earning him a prestigious gold award. This recognition is a testament to his dedication to pushing creative boundaries and delivering content that leaves a lasting impact. In addition to his accomplishments in the world of broadcasting, Scelo recently showcased his in the realm of visual arts. On September 2nd, 2023, he exhibited his artworks at the renowned Art on Sixth Gallery, in Krammerville, alongside other talented visual artists. Scelo is versatile and has the ability to translate his creativity in many artistic mediums. This cements his reputation as a multifaceted artist.

But Scelo’s creative endeavours don’t stop there. He runs
a music brand called Phinda Mzala, a platform that celebrates live music with a special focus on Jazz. In
2023 Phinda Mzala received a Rising Star award from Social Impact Africa, a community organisation that focuses on building an eco-system for social impact businesses in Africa. Phinda Mzala continues to be a space for instrumentalists to express themselves

and live music enthusiasts to come together and appreciate the beauty of the art form.

Scelo’s ability to switch between conceptualisation, broadcasting, illustration, and fine art demonstrates his wide range of abilities.


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