Meet The Women In My Life – Part 29 – Cheron

Womens Month 2019 - Cheron Martens

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another cousin of mine. She also travels a lot for work like I do but she most definitely has way more flying than I have! Meet Cheron…

My mother is my world.  From as far back as I remember, she balanced her career and motherhood with resilience.

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Women's Day 2019 - Cheron Martens

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Cheron Martens

Current location: Dubai, UAE

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Cheron Martens - 37 - Flight Stewardess
Cheron Martens – 37 – Flight Stewardess

Hi Cheron, what makes you a woman?

Most obviously, my physical attributes but also my empathy and sensitivity to people.

Who is the one women you respect the most and why?

My mother is my world.  From as far back as I remember, she balanced her career and motherhood with resilience.

She is also the most kind-hearted person I know, always putting the well-being of others before her own. She inspires me to be better every single day.

Cheron catching some beach time with her parents
Cheron catching some beach time with her parents

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

I found being at an all girls school, if we did not excel in Maths, we were not given the opportunity to study if further.  Where as at all boys’ schools they were all given a fair chance.

Growing up, Maths always gave you an upper hand when choosing a career. I feel my choices could have been wider had I had the same opportunities as my male scholars.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

The damage that we are doing to the environment with no regard of the consequences that it will have on our future generations.

Cheron Martens
Cheron Martens

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Through my job, I have been afforded the opportunity to travel the world.  I have been to places that most people can only dream of and have met the most fascinating people along the way.

Cheron gets to travel a lot
Cheron gets to travel a lot

I am also almost daily exposed to many different cultures and I have learnt so much about the world we live in

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Instead of bringing each other down with gossip and hearsay, lets support and encourage each other to thrive.

Let’s not wait for opportunity and help, but let’s use our initiative and our resilience to find opportunities for ourselves.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

You all have mothers and maybe sisters.  Treat women as you would like your mothers and sisters to be treated.

What is your dream?

The opportunity to make peoples’ lives better.  I struggle with seeing the suffering that accompanies poverty as every person deserves to live with dignity.

Anything else you’d like to add?

One of my favourite sayings is that “Behind every successful man is a successful woman”.
Cheron Martens
Cheron Martens

We are the driving force, the strength, the compassion, but always behind the scenes.  Stand up, and step forward my fellow women!

Thanks Cheron xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 28 – Prachi

Womens Month 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with a lovely lady I met when gigging in Denmark, which I’ve done a lot over the last few years. Meet Prachi from India…

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

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Women's Day 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Prachi Bobhate

Current location: Glostrup, Denmark

Born in: Mumbai, India

Prachi Bobhate - 28 - Customer Relations,  Dancer, Writer
Prachi Bobhate – 28 – Customer Relations, Dancer, Writer

Hi Prachi, what makes you a woman?

A privilege to be born through another woman and being empathetic towards all beings; a humanist.

Who is the one women you respect the most and why?

I respect every single woman who is independent and capable of standing up for herself through thick & thin.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

If I were born as a male, then I could see my childhood being a little different in terms of patriarchal society structure. But as a grown up I cannot trace any differences. Life perhaps would have been more or less the same.

And I am happy to be born as a woman.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

A constant pressure and thus a never-ending effort to be perfect; but rationally life is a journey to grow and not to strive for perfection.

Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met
Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Dance! Dance and Dance!

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

Prachi likes to travel when she can
Prachi likes to travel when she can

Yes you are strong, each one of you, so please remember and embrace the strength, ALWAYS!

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

You are equally amazing as we women are. Let’s be in harmony with one another.

Let’s respect one another.

And more importantly lets be HAPPY!

Happy Times!
Happy Times!

What is your dream?

To unleash the true human qualities – Empathy, Connection, Care and Kindness!

And to live life being my authentic self.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Love and accept yourself. It is necessary.

Thanks Prachi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 7 – Lynne

Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my cousin Lynne…

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

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Womens Month 2019 - Lynne Ashley

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Lynne Ashley

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Lynne Ashley - 39 - Early Childhood Teacher
Lynne Ashley – 39 – Early Childhood Teacher

Hiya cuz, what makes you a woman?

Basically I’d say motherhood, my boldness, self respect, strength, love and passion.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My gran and my mom. My gran is amazing to have raised six mixed-race children in the era that she raised them. To be able to look at what amazing children they are today and how much they’ve achieved.

My mom being the eldest of them. All the struggles she’s gone through. Then my aunts, all my mom’s sisters. I look up to them. I can’t even begin to imagine what they had to go through, living in the time and growing up in the time that they did.

Family vibes in Harare
Family vibes in Harare. My Gran with some of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

Wow, I think my life would be completely different if I were a man right now. It would be a lot easier. We live in a world of male dominance and male privilege, so it’s harder to achieve success being a woman. So I feel like I would be a lot more successful if I was a male. But in as much as I’ve said that, I would not change anything regarding what I’ve gone through. If I had to pick, I would always choose to be a woman any day of the week.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I would say I struggle with fake people. You are surrounded by so many superficial people that it’s just a constant struggle trying to figure out who is being absolutely genuine with you. It’s a daily struggle.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love being a woman. I love motherhood. I love travelling and love reading.

Some of the very simple things like sunsets, the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, hugs, a warm smile. Genuine, warm smiles touch my soul. Those are the small pleasures that you don’t get to encounter all the time.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Wow, I don’t think I could actually say one thing…

Um, you’re amazing as a woman. There are going to be good days. There are going to be bad days, but keep your crown on. We’re all queens trying to make the most of our situations. Just be the most authentic possible you, you can be. Be kind to yourself. Be an inspiration to other women.

Be fearless. Respect other women. Don’t tear other women down. That’s one thing that is really frustrating about women, we seem to tear each other down. If we could just aggressively support each other and not compete. Trust God and know your worth. Set boundaries. Set standards and dare to dream.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Shout out to all the men, the role models respecting women. Stepping up, being dads. Thank you.

For the men that aren’t doing that. It’s sad, but there’s still room to be a better version of yourself. To the present dads, hats off to you. To all the absent fathers, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. You can’t even begin to imagine what you’re missing out on and how much damage you’re doing to your children, so please step up.

Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz
Lynne with her daughter, niece and cousin Taz

What is your dream?

Definitely to leave my daughter and my grandchildren a legacy. I might have more children so maybe my ‘children’.

Um, I’m such a yoga enthusiast. I would love to have a yoga studio at some point. I’d love to teach yoga. I would love to travel.

I would love to have a little bistro cafe, drive diner type thing and a school. I’d love to open a school.

Lynne Ashley
Lynne Ashley

Anything else you would like to add?

Knowledge is power. Be kind. Live life to the fullest. Love fearlessly and keep trusting God. I would also like to see a world with more tolerance and less hatred.

Thanks Lynne xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 2 – Taz

Womens Month 2019 - Taz

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my sister Tazreen…

It is okay to celebrate each other and to encourage each other. Love begins with us.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above.

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Tazreen Koriya

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Tazreen Koriya - 35 - Counseling/Teaching Secretary
Tazreen Koriya – 35 – Counseling/Teaching Secretary

Howsit Taz, what makes you a woman?

My physical appearance makes me a woman.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

I respect my mom (Sultana Koriya) the most because of what she has gone
through in her life and having been able to be a single mom to three children. She
has shown me that in life nothing is impossible. Hard work and determination
can get you what you want.

Taz and Mom out in Harare
Taz and Mom out in Harare

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

If I was a man I think my life would be a little simpler. As a woman a lot of things
fall on my shoulders. Caring for the family, bearing children, running a home, the
duties are endless. Society thinking I am less capable of doing a lot of things.

I will give an example: driving up to a service station and asking how much wheel
alignment costs. I get told a higher price than the price given to a man. Why?
Cause they assume a woman knows nothing about cars. I love cars and make it a
fact to understand how they work and know when I approach a service station I
receive the correct treatment.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with self-motivation. Waking up in the morning, getting ready for work
is one of the hard things I go through every day. I do not feel motivated to get to
work, but I have to do it because I have bills that need to be paid at the end of the
month!

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy flying. Although I have only flown twice in my life. It’s the best feeling I
have experienced. I also enjoy helping people in anyway I can. I feel joy in
knowing that I made someone’s life easier.

Taz meeting my Penpal Lacy in Indiana USA
Taz meeting my Penpal Lacy in Indiana USA

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

I would like to tell all the women that the sky is the limit. Don’t let anyone tell
you how to live your life. Just because you are a woman, it does not mean you
have to get married and have children. Not wanting these things is totally fine.
There is nothing wrong with you at all. It is okay to celebrate each other and to
encourage each other. Love begins with us

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I would like to tell all men out there to treat all women with respect.

What is your dream?

My dream is to travel the world. Meet different people from different cultures.

Taz on holiday in Mozambique
Taz on holiday in Mozambique

 

Anything else you would like to add?

I have also studied massage therapy, which was something out of my comfort
zone but with the support of my teacher and fellow massage therapists I
managed to complete the course and I enjoyed it. I found it to be a very
interesting course as well as learning human anatomy. I wish to explore more in this field. I have also applied to cruise ships hoping to get a job as a massage

Thanks Taz xo

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The African Alchemist (Documentary)

I'MPOSSIBLE The African Alchemist

 

A New Web Documentary Series Called I’MPOSSIBLE

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel today and watch the previews and catch the first episode when it is released.

Season One

Just how much can one determined artist who lives out of a suitcase and has no home base do on their own?

Impossible is a mindset!

If you say you can, you’re right. If you say you can’t, you’re also right!

Despite the odds … #iAmPossible!

The first season focuses on my latest international tour that started in my native Zimbabwe, taking me and my guitar to 27 cities in 13 countries in the space of a year.

The episodes will delve deeper into the how, the where and the why!

The Drowning In Space tour (#DIStour) is in support of my latest digital single that was recorded in the magical Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.

This marks the 5th year in a row I have played in as many countries on each cycle, spanning 4 continents. All independent, without management, booking agents or any outside assistance in today’s over-cluttered music landscape where the industry only tends to get involved once you’ve landed on the moon in your own home-made spaceship.

Just how much can one determined artist do on their own? Quite a lot it seems …

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #1 – Yes, We Speak English In Africa + Ethnic Diversity

Judging by the numerous conversations I have with people from all over the world, I had to start off by addressing common misconceptions.

I spend a lot of time having to explain why I speak English (which is my first language) and advocating the idea of a Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran or Zimbabwean John Mayer (Global Top 40/Pop Artist) as opposed to the clichéd World Music,  Afro-Jazz etc

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #2 – You Can’t Build When You’re Always In Survival Mode

Despite my circumstances, one mindset I have adopted to help me achieve success is to not just be surviving… but somehow make sure I am surviving… forwards!

Life begins where fear ends

Never give up!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #3 – The Snow Hath Returned!

After family goodbyes at the airport, it was time to hit the skies, starting with South Africa then moving onto Europe and Scandinavia… It’s cold in Scandinavia! Brrr!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #4 – Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran

Like Ed Sheeran, I write pop songs, play acoustic guitar, perform solo whether it be in a pub, club or on a festival main stage, but instead of looping a beat or my voice, I play live drums with my feet (kick, snare, hi-hat) and sing my own vocal delay in real time, live.

Here’s what some more fans have to say about it…

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #5 – Ibiza – The Kygo Effect

I love Dance music. I have released a Beatport-charting House single that was remixed by a few hundred producers and I would love to pitch my vocals to and write a single with Kygo, and a few other Dance Artists I digg like Coldplay, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, RudimentalAvicii, Roger Sanchez and Bob Sinclar.

I went to Ibiza to see if it could become my European base while I somehow work towards my dream move to the US.

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #6 – The Dream Team

The #DIStour culminated in the US where I was based in my dream location of Nashville TN for the Summer. A town that I’d love to live in and assemble a dream team to keep this stellar rocket flying way past the moon!

Allow me to demonstrate some of why I love the US and its music culture…

 

Please share this page/these videos and help give this project a great start as I continue to work towards inspiring others and continue sharing how I am single-handedly building the seemingly impossible with the help of a few powerful mindsets.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get each webisode as it is released: http://www.youtube.com/RyanKoriyaVideo

Signup by email on www.ryankoriya.com and get insider access to my adventure of a lifetime!

Ryan

The African Alchemist

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African Alchemy:

Samora Machel Avenue

Tonight, I packed up my belongings and moved out of a room in the Danish capital of Copenhagen’s Amager district in which I’d lived for the past three months tying up a three-month residency of gigs.

An interesting fact hit me as I filled my suitcase with the various belongings that had been allowed enough time to park outside of their small permanent wheelie home …

These last three months mark the longest period of time that I’ve lived in the same room since April 2012!… true story! (It is now November 2015!)

Since 2012, I’ve been no less than a rolling stone, going to The UK (multiple times), Belgium (twice), The Netherlands (at least five times), Germany (three times), Spain (once), The US (twice), Australia (twice), New Zealand (once), Zimbabwe (three times), South Africa (twice), Zambia (twice), Denmark (five times), Sweden (twice) and I’m off to play in Norway for the first time in two weeks 🙂

Most people ask two things, first… ‘why?’ and secondly… ‘how?!’

I finally read the book called The Alchemist a couple of weeks ago and now I see why people have been bringing it up and recommending it to me for years. It’s a story of a boy shepherd who spends years walking with his sheep and goes on an incredible international journey in search of his own personal legend that ends up making him very, very rich and wise. He even gets to marry the woman of his dreams, quite literally.

Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, over shadowed by financial difficulties, I’ve never been one to let my circumstances limit the size of my dreams (and I am very ambitious by nature). I’ve always been interested in getting bigger, better and going far in whatever I set my heart on.

Your attitude determines your altitude

African Alchemy:

How does one go from being grounded in Africa for two and a half years with an empty bank account to performing on four continents numerous times, playing solo and releasing new music by carrying around about fifty kilograms of luggage and recording gear, as shown in this video?:

The How (abridged):

In mid 2012, I had about 100 USD to my name and was living by the majestic Victoria Falls where I moved to from Harare knowing no one in that town apart from a face or two I’d seen at the festival I played there. Why did I move there?

It was the way that place made me ‘feel‘ whenever I was there for a few days at a time to perform. There’s a sense of calm and a sense of community in that transient little town by the mighty Zambezi River.

tom-varley-victoria-falls-zimbabwe
Victoria Falls by Tom Varley (www.facebook.com/tomvarleyphotography)

I had started focusing on following my heart/intuition more, no matter how crazy it seemed and did less worrying about what people are ‘supposed’ to do or what is ‘expected’ of me…

By November that year, I flew back to London armed with my new EP recorded in my backpacker bedroom studio. Still low on cash,  I had never been to any of the countries mentioned above apart from The UK, The US and the ones in Africa. Focusing on what I did have, I opted to use my newly acquired European passport to actually see places I would have found it hard or impossible to get to on a non-EU passport. I was and still am a full-time musician and I couldn’t afford to rent in London or anywhere really so it was time to improvise with the accommodation thing.

Bedroom Studio
My bedroom studio in Victoria Falls at Shoestrings Backpackers in 2012

My main focus was to keep performing and growing as an artist. Nothing great ever came without sacrifice and yes, of course I’d like to have my own home one day. I totally plan on owning a wonderful home that will be fully paid for by my art/skill. I may not have much money right now but I am very aware and grateful for the many other riches I already possess.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

One of my greatest tools is to focus on what I do have and to start from there. I can get very far, when at the start of each day I am aware of my travel-friendly passport, my network of friends/family, my musical/artistic talents, my sense of humour (audience members often tell me I should become a comedian lol), my various computer skills, my intrinsic optimistic nature, my great passion for singing, my huge desire to excel, my boundless energy and current good health along with the other gifts I already have at my disposal including the very day itself that I get to live through. Life is a precious gift!

When starting to build your dream from scratch: If you learn to use what you already have, you won’t need what you have not, the rest will manifest in time – Ryan Koriya

Dream Time

Which brings me to…

The ‘Why’:

To build a successful music career takes quite a lot of money and support from the relevant sectors of the entertainment industry. I was quite deficient in both of these at the time and so rather than give up or be tied down by an office job to pay for a small room in an expensive city, thus relegating my music to the lower ranks of my time and energy banks, (with such an evolving industry as is the modern music world that is full of new possibilities), I opted to start building my career from the ground up. Brick by brick on my own, fan by fan, show by show, song by song, lesson by lesson, new skill by new skill, hurdle by hurdle.

Most importantly, like an Olympic athlete who trains every single day, I am now a musician who is at the top of his game, ready to perform and entertain at the drop of a hat having just sang in public (gigs) for around 210 hours (actual singing time) in the last three months alone, and that’s not including any singing I did in practice.

Besides, isn’t travelling globally and performing music what the well-known successful artists do?!

So that means I am now already living the dream. Being an artist is a lifestyle and it is who I am everyday. I create and perform, I have people in the countries listed above and more, who have already heard my music and who have met me in person, or know someone who has met me.

The fandom has begun, it may be small now, but it is already pretty spread out and bubbling. I’m building a career to last unlike the prominent flash-in-the-pan mentality of today. One day, I envisage all of these RK supporters becoming one big community of fans when the crucial hype machine finally kicks in.

Cairns Couple
New fans in Cairns Australia with their bird upon shoulder in 2015 🙂

Thinking back, as a Zimbabwean kid who took four years and three months just to get out of the then sanctioned country overcoming what seemed like a dead end situation, dreaming about a successful international music career, it now feels like it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but more a matter of ‘when’!

I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul

– William Ernest Henley

Going for gold!

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