MANAGING COMMITTEE

Darkroom Contemporary’s organisational management is supported by a noteworthy group of volunteers, the Managing Committee. This exceptional group of people donate their time and expertise to govern the proceedings of the organisation and ensure a viable future for Darkroom Contemporary.

Klaus Warschkow - Chairperson

Klaus Warschkow was born and raised in Wuppertal, Germany. He has a degree as Industriekaufmann and works in Apple Macintosh related IT since 1989. Since 2006 he’s self employed in Apple Macintosh support and consultation T/A The Mac Guy. While he was watching his first performance of “Renate wandert aus” by Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1985 his passion for Tanztheater/dance theatre and contemporary/post modern dance was born. Klaus made Cape Town his home in 1997.

Noel Daniels - Treasurer

Noel Daniels holds a M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked in all levels of the education and training system and in all sectors – business, NGO and government. For the past six years Noel has been a co-owner and the Managing Director of The Fundamentals Training Centre (FTC), a company that focuses on provision of leadership and management training to corporates, government and communities, both in South Africa and internationally.

Noel is actively engaged in a number of leadership and management initiatives. His track record includes UCT’s BEd (Hons) Educational Leadership and Management and Advance Certificate in Education: Education Management Leadership Development programmes for which he has provided project management, lecturing, mentoring, assessment and moderation services. He is passionate about community development and is fully engaged in FTC’s own Higher Education and Training Certificate (HETC) in Development Practice, aimed at community-based leaders, especially young people and women.Noel is a committee member of the Athlone and Cape Flats Branch of Cape Chamber of Commerce in the capacity of Immediate Past Chairperson. He also represents the Chamber on the Premier’s Council of Skills.

Mbovu Malinga - Managing Committee

Mbovu Malinga is an Award Winner of the 2011 Fundamental Training Centre Best Student for Development Practice (SAQA). He is a highly skilled artist trained by two of South Africa’s foremost performing arts companies recognized for their high training standards and outreach and development work. Mbovu trained as an actor, director, technician and designer with Market Theatre Laboratory in 2007 and 2008.
Upon relocating to Cape Town, Mbovu joined renowned artistic company Jazzart Dance theatre in 2009 when he was accepted as a trainee on the Jazzart Training Program. During this time Mbovu honed his performance skills as a dancer and also completed the SAQA accredited two-year Higher Education and Training Certificate: Development Practice (NQF LEVEL 5). He continues to teach dance and drama; and choreographed dance pieces in communities within the Free-State and the Western Cape provinces.

He concluded his three years Jazzart Training program 2011 then worked as Outreach coordinator 2013 in his fourth year of training with Jazzart Dance Theatre where he has in the past year focused on developing the Outreach Program. Mbovu is now a freelance youth coordinator and a dance teacher working as a part time Assistant Arts Coordinator at SAEP (South African Environment and Education Project) and part time dance teacher at Western Cape Education Department.

Auriol Hays - Managing Committee

Auriol, blessed with a powerful, sultry thick-as-molasses voice, made musical waves with her SAMA nominated debut album, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, a heady mix of mature pop intertwined with jazz and soul (and some power ballads) featuring the radio hits ‘Turn up the volume’, ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Take it Slow’ earning selection as one of the Sunday Times Top Twenty Albums of 2009.
A collaboration with DJ Rowick Deep produced the run-away success hit ‘Deeper than the Ocean’, a precursor to the much anticipated house album ‘DeepHays’ slated for release – SOON. More recently Auriol Hays released the follow up offering ‘Call it love, Anima Sola’, featuring the radio play-listed songs ‘My Love’, ‘Beside You’, ‘A Better Man’, ‘For the Man you’ and ‘All Tied Up’. Voice of America Online described this album as “a cascading blend of genres that include soul, jazz and blues, interpreted by one of the strongest voices to emerge on the South African music scene in many years.”

Aside from recording in studio, performing with Tumi and The Volume; Marcus Wyatt, Lionel Bastos, DJ RowickDeep, Tribal Echo; with songs featured on Isdingo; staging the shows Just Call me Nina, Hunted and Wanted, Manskappe, I Put a Spell on you, In Bloom, The Look of Love; being featured on Top Billing, Espresso, Jam Sandwich and Kollig thissexy sultry songstress has performed at local and international music festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, opening with the Gauteng Big Band at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Zoo Lake Music Festival, GrahamstownArts Festival, Suidoosterfees, Lusito Land Festival and more recently at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013 sharing the stage with music greats like Jimmy Dludlu, Brand New Heavies, Buena Vista Social Club, and Jill Scott.

Naren Sewpaul - Secretary

Naren Sewpaul does advocacy and resilience work in human rights, community media and contemporary arts development. His interests are in futures studies, holistic education and sustainable livelihood projects. He is a competent composer, documentary film researcher, radio presenter and an avid collector of vinyl records and contemporary literature. Naren was a Steering Committee member on the Arterial Network from 2010 – 2014 and is presently associated with the Right2Know Campaign. He lives in Cape Town where he is the director of Creative Futures Consulting and the co -manager of The Novalis Ubuntu Institute.