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Zakifo - It's What You Need
07 Jun 17
Lurking on Durban’s beachfront is a music festival done a bit differently. It has eschewed the grubby campgrounds and 24 hour rumbling basslines for a carefully curated inner city experience. This isn’t original – we’ve seen day fests come and go – but what sets Zakifo apart is its emphasis on importing talented and often underrated artists from across the globe.
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3 Tons of Fun
24 Apr 17
I was tipped off that 3 Tons of Fun were exactly that, and so I was looking forward to reviewing the show at the Alexander Bar on Friday night.
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Adjusting to life after Up the Creek
09 Feb 17
There’s always a period of readjustment when returning from a festival. As you sit under the cold fluorescent lights of a fast-food café, you realise that the guy across the counter is unlikely to want to chat. Opening bleary eyes after your first nap in a real bed, you’re forced to quash the urge to run down to the river for a wake-up swim. Morning beers are no longer part of your life. It’s a period of confused alignment with the harsh realities of the real world.
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Endless Daze: Magic, music and mayhem
16 Nov 16
It’s rare to be able to attend a festival’s virgin performance, to watch it sprout like a mushroom at midnight. But a privileged few of us were lucky enough to witness the first incarnation of Endless Daze. The brand new psych rock festival emerged from the earth as a beautiful beast, shrouded in plumes of purple smoke.
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Negotiating the masses at Rocking the Daisies
12 Oct 16
I haven’t been to Daisies in ages – 5 years, I think, since I last ventured into the temporary slice of music and mayhem. So imagine my delight when Sedgwick’s Old Brown, one of this year’s sponsors, popped me a casual mail to see if I was keen to attend as their guest. “Yes!” I hurriedly replied, calling a mate of mine whose birthday fell on the self-same Saturday, and before I knew it we were on our way.
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Happy music and blonde dreads at the Grassy Spark album launch
22 Sep 16
Last weekend I made the pilgrimage to the Cape Farmhouse to watch Grassy Spark launch their new album, Portal. It was a cresting wave of sunshine, positivity and happiness, feeling like a magical space carved out especially for this one event – I half suspect it disappeared as the last car left the lot.
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Feature: Oh, Cruel Fate
08 Sep 16
Somewhere in the mother city, a talented collective is creating and recreating a tapestry of light and sound, birthing the infant of what could become the most immersive live show since Pink Floyd brought the wall down. Their name is Oh, Cruel Fate, a plaintive and sardonic cry to the heavens. I sat down with them in their mystery mansion to talk music, lights, and toe shoes.
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Album review: Grassy Spark – Portal
18 Aug 16
With flowing harmonies and brass a-blowing, Grassy Spark delivers an energetic punch of upbeat ska-rock in their new album, Portal. It’s perfectly put together and clean as a whistle, and it’ll slap a smile on your face every time you hear one of the 11 powerhouse tracks.
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EP review: OBie Mavuso – Cosmic Fire
04 Aug 16
OBie Mavuso has distilled a unique sound and packed it into a slender three track EP - Cosmic Fire. It’s an eclectic mix of house, hip hop, electronica and soul, and we can only hope and pray that it’s but a taster of the full-length album to come.
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Album review: Buli – Lone in Feels
28 Jul 16
Buli produces electronica of the warm and caressing variety. His LP, Lone in Feels, is an exploration of mid-city melancholy in the form of round tones and hip hop beats in slow motion. With a probing mind and gentle heart, he has rediscovered a lost world within himself, translated it into sonic waves and given it to us for thoughtful consumption.
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