Motif 16 for 16


Two years ago Motif Records boss-man and  god emcee Tumi Molekane launched 16 for 16, a commemorative effort aimed at reflecting on the struggles endured during the former oppressive regime and also a celebration of the social and political achievements of the youth. Both years, Tumi rounded up a roster consisting of 16 of his favourite musicians and personalities, got them in the booth to record a a few bars and then dropped it for our listening pleasure on 16 June, just in time for Youth Day.


This year is no different, except that instead of his personal favourite artists, T is opening up the opportunity to the public; and instead of a song, he’s dropping films. (Okay, so this year is different).

“For our third project we use film as the medium. In keeping with the June 16 inspired theme, we are calling on all young film makers to send us their June 16 inspired one minute films, setting our goal at curating 16 films for June 16 2014”

Submissions are open to the public for young people aged between 16-34 with the theme “THEY CANT TELL MY STORY BETTER THAN ME” focused on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy.

“We encourage all entrants/film-makers to use the technology available to them to make their own one-minute film about anything they want to. The 16 shortlisted films and their directors/producers will be profiled on our website and through our broadcast partners. We feel this project is not only an exciting way to galvanize the youth but also an important tool for expression in a time when political parties are clamouring to stand for the countries future on their behalf,” a statement issued by Motif Records said.

For submission info, summary brief and terms and conditions the 16 For 16 project visit

On a separate note, check out Tumi’s #Scramblez4Money rap battle against Ness Lee here.


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