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ROB ONE - AFRICAN

ROB ONE – AFRICAN

‘Too many emcees, not enough fans’ is a phrase oft-used in hip-hop circles to describe the over-saturation of rappers in the scene, the consequence of which is a diminishing pool of people who are willing to be listeners, to ‘support the cause’ in a sense. What happens, then, when this affirmation does not hold? What...
BEATS, SWEETS AND FREAKS ON HEAT.

BEATS, SWEETS AND FREAKS ON HEAT.

Slop tans, fresh beginnings and “noses painted peppered sunlight”, summertime is over kids, and soon so will be the trance parties. So, here’s to the beats, the sweets and all you freaks… ’till next season kids.
We like our turkey cold, thanks.

We like our turkey cold, thanks.

I always knew it would be a riot. Let’s be honest, there’s no room for good intentions when a public holiday is there to back you up the next day. Thursday night’s sequence of now-hazy incidents led to a fast-food ‘refuel, re-think and repress’ two days inside. But all was redeemed by Sunday morning; it...
INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY LOOPS

INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY LOOPS

Bringing something fresh, eclectic and accessible to the Cape Town scene, Jeremy Loops is fast becoming well known for his unique sound… Danielle Laity caught up with Jeremy to chat about music, collaborations and social initiatives.
Syd Kitchen: Rest in Peace, but never silent

Syd Kitchen: Rest in Peace, but never silent

Syd Kitchen died three weeks ago. One of South Africa’s great musicians, Syd was a folk artist whose musical history is inextricably embedded in that of our country. At Splashy Fen, South Africa’s longest running music festival, he was the one artist who had played every single year since the beginning. 1990 to 2010. Sadly,...
Vodacom Unlimited Festival Review: House Music Festival whines in bad event management

Vodacom Unlimited Festival Review: House Music Festival whines in bad event management

Hesitation is what first sprung to mind when a friend quipped: “Louie Vega live at Orlando Stadium, let’s!” My response, nothing short of a succinct snub: “Orlando at night? Never!” In the end house music won as my incurable FOMO got the better of me! Louie Vega, Tira, Liquid Deep, Vinny Da Vinci etc all...
UNTIL THE BITTER END

UNTIL THE BITTER END

They look like mannequins; dystonically catatonic robots with Tourrette’s syndrome; their animated twitches are infectious… the blotched, syncopated ilk of their music is calming, in a strange yet effective, systemic way… Twitter is deceiving in how it flashes sound-bites across one’s screen; its soundbites somehow tragically morph into recursively cancerous formations, each iteration building upon...
BOOM+27 - Episode 02

BOOM+27 – Episode 02

For our second episode of Boom+27 we check out Toffie Pop Culture Festival, the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Desmond and the Tutus performing at Assembly and the latest exhibition at the Woodstock gallery Museum.
In the Name of Dance: Flash Republic Album Launch

In the Name of Dance: Flash Republic Album Launch

  On 26 March 2011, Joburg hipsters and dance junkies descended to the house of indie, better known as The Alex Theatre, to pay live tribute to Flash Republic’s latest offering: Killer Moves. That night Flash Republic brought new meaning to the saying ‘if it aint live, it’s dead’ as the South African dance trio...
PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION

PAN AFRICAN SPACE STATION

I heard about the Pan African Space Station from the guy working in Cape Town’s raddest little record store, Mabu Vinyl. He was playing some wacky ’70s electric jazz by the American jazz legend Chick Corea (look him up), which got me stuck in the shop and chatting to this guy as he was mixing...
THE FLAMJANGLED TEA PARTY

THE FLAMJANGLED TEA PARTY

The term flamjangled has solidified itself into the Cape Town lexicon. The second annual Tea Party offered a smorgasbord of delight accompanied by a genre bending soundtrack , costumed revelry and tea inspired libations. Brought to life by Good Times Events and the fantastic team behind Balkanology, the party proved itself one of Cape Town’s...
RAMFEST 2011

RAMFEST 2011

one small seed made it to RAMFest 2011 in Cape Town, but barely made it out alive! Check out the footage to see what went down at South Africa’s only REAL Alternative Music festival. RAMfest – The Cape’s Ultimate Rock Festival – spanned 3 venues this year for the first time, bringing Real Alternative Music...
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Taking place this weekend is the world renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This year’s event include artists from Gazelle to Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis with a special performance by legends Earth, Wind and Fire. Never in our nation’s history has a music event been singled out in a State of the Nation address like...
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