Melanie Scholtz is a South African born , multi award winning jazz singer , composer , activist and visual artist.
Melanie has released five successful solo albums and has been a featured artist and guest songwriter on many albums nationally and internationally.
A professional musician for over 20 years , her most recent performances include touring with Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra in their 2019/ 2020 season, with shows in New York , Chicago , South Africa and Vienna.Her visual arts persona , The Silver Lining Activist , was born out of her move to New York City in 2017 and living in the very arty and punky East Village. Influenced by Basquiat, Warhol, Harring and so many of the greats who lived on her block , mixed media collage , analogue and now digital became her main tangible artistic expression. A strong feminist and African slant can be found as main characteristics of her work, paying homage to her African Heritage as well as the women of Africa.
The Little Things
I was fortunate enough to capture this in Soweto in Johannesburg, about 7 years ago while on a shoot with a fellow musician friend. After the shoot, I decided to take a walk and see a little more of this iconic neighborhood.
See the beautiful picture she took during this walk and read more about here experience here.
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