Ryan van Rooyen aka Fuego Heat
Ryan van Rooyen, also known as Fuego Heat, started out selling CDs at punk shows in 2004. Since then he has been a DJ (Fuego Heat), promoter and artist manager (Roots Up) and venue manager (Khaya Records). Ryan has worked events for 8 years, hosting some of the country’s top independent acts. These include The Sun Xa Experiment, Red Robyn, MUZI, Medicine Boy, Madala Kunene, Guy Buttery, Robin Thirdfloor, Sibusile Xaba, LUMA, The Muffinz, The Make Overs, Albert Frost, ByLwansta, Mx Blouse, Darkie Fiction, Easy Freak, Dimond Thug, Card on Spokes and more. The venues for these have ranged from established music venues to “pop-up” style events and included complete multiple show tours for traveling musicians. Ryan continues to host shows at Khaya Records and, through Roots Up, hosts the monthly Roots Up First Thursdays in partnership with Vans and the quarterly Sunday School in partnership with Red Bull Music. Ryan also currently manages ByLwansta and is coproducer of Cutting the Wax. Cutting the Wax is a web-based video channel filmed at Khaya Records that features live recorded sessions of musicians.
Mitchell Harper is a curator, producer, film programmer, event and project manager. He was the Assistant Manager of the Durban International Film Festival (2014-2017) and curation team member of 10th Durban Film Mart and ENGAGE. He has worked on the exhibition and industry programs of European Film Festival, Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, and Jozi Film Festival. He has worked on cultural festivals such as Time of The Writer literature Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival, Poetry Africa International Festival of Poetry and DigiFest4. He is the art curator of one of Durban’s biggest monthly events for Roots Up First Thursday in partnership with Vans. He has consulted on some of the biggest events in the country and was a judge of the Durban leg of the 48hr Film Challenge 2015 and a reader for screenwriting residency programme Realness in 2019.