Represent Review & photos: 5FM Soweto
Jun12

Represent Review & photos: 5FM Soweto

She’s just landed in Joburg and already AmorAmor’s getting down ekasi – see some pics here: Man!  What do you say about a 5FM house music gig in Soweto? First thing that comes to mind:  “What took them so long?”  This past Saturday a bunch of us from Represent had the pleasure of being part of 5FM’s first ever broadcast of the Saturday Surgery live and direct from the Backroom, Pimville, Soweto.  Roger Goode’s CD launch tour chose a brilliant venue for their last stop.  The Backroom is stylish, funky and spacious. So funky that the model set pulled in around 9pm and ensconced themselves in the VIP area.  We were loving the kasi drinking style of one bottle and several glasses or a smokey ice-bucket teetering with cold beverages to keep the table happy all night long… so much better than to-ing-and fro-ing to the bar.  Everyone was working the smart-casual dress-code with flair (even us average Joes), the people were friendly, the vibe was relaxed and hopping and the music was perfect for an easy night out.  Combine all this and you get a club that holds it’s own against any of Jozi’s “up-market” night venues, without being snobby. Granted for non-locals, getting there is not for the faint of heart (I’d be lost for sure if it wasn’t for our navigator) but this just means you gotta get you some friends that know the way.  On the way to the party we all wondered why this was the first time 5FM is broadcasting their popular dance show live from Soweto and how they would be received.  I mean, we are all aware of how hard the station has been working to broaden their demographic base- but, have their efforts been successful?  There was no queue when we arrived around 6:30 (press release said first set at 6pm) and only a few people inside.  Let’s be honest, we were worried! Was 5FM going to be rejected as a vestige of the whitening (I made that up) of our African culture? Or would they prove that they can bridge the gap and bring it home?  We decide to play it neutral and write off the slow turn-out to the fact that no self-respecting party animal leaves the house before 7pm at the earliest.  We were right.  Around 8 the crowd started pouring in (still early for Jozi) and by 9 it was pumping.  Not the over-flowing, two-block-waiting line we’re all led to believe follows the 5fm gigs, but very respectable.  Whether this was due to 5FM’s popularity or the naturally inviting nature of the people of Soweto… well I’ll leave the...

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TICKETS! First 5FM live broadcast in Soweto
Jun05

TICKETS! First 5FM live broadcast in Soweto

*To win a pair of tickets for Saturday please email the editor with subject 5FM, include your name, age and cell number asap!*  We know two people that went to the 5FM Roger Goode party last weekend and neither of them could stop grinning about it… so we’re sure this weekend’s gig is going to be just as  memorable – but it also has a twist.  Witness history as 5FM’s Roger Goode (and the station in general) have a live broadcast eKasi (hello!!! Where u been??) It’s at the Backroom in Pimville this Saturday night – R50 gets you in.  Let’s hope they make it a regular part of their vibe now.  Represent! They have travelled far & wide playing at sell-out venues across SA…  This Saturday, 5FM & Roger Goode make history by concluding the “Saturday Surgery Vol 3” CD tour at Backroom in Soweto. This is the first time ever for a live 5FM broadcast from Soweto.   The doors for Saturday’s party opens from 5pm, leading up to a live broadcast of 5FM’s Saturday Surgery from 6pm.   Roger has just wrapped production on the highly anticipated 3rd instalment of his popular “Saturday Surgery” CD compilation series. To celebrate the release of this selection of stylish electronic/dance music culture, Roger’s 5FM show The Saturday Surgery (Saturdays 6-10pm) is hitting party spots all over SA for one of the hottest & biggest CD/live music tours to ever hit the local party scene.   Below follows the line-up for the live broadcast and party this weekend: Saturday 9 June 2007 Backroom, Soweto, Johannesburg 6pm – Roger Goode (5FM) 7pm – Daddy H & the SoulCandi SoundSystem 8pm – DJ Terrance 9pm until late! – Roger Goode (5FM)   Ticket price: R50 Tickets available at the...

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5FM ventures into Soweto…
May31

5FM ventures into Soweto…

It’s next weekend and we’re yet to hear where the hunky Roger Goode (thanks Cleo magazine centrefold) will be performing in Soweto.  We’re so glad 5fm are finally venturing into ekasi and we hope we’ll be invited to attend 🙂  We’ll try hook up some tickets Representers. Watch this space. For now, the party is on Saturday night at Sudada – enjoy – here’s the PR: Roger Goode and 5FM have travelled across the country serving hot beats everywhere; this weekend, they return to Jozi…    Sandton, Johannesburg this Saturday, 2 June, signals one of the final dates on 5FM & Roger Goode’s “Saturday Surgery Vol 3” CD tour. Su.da.da will be opening their doors for Saturday’s party from 4pm, leading up to a live broadcast of 5FM’s Saturday Surgery from 6pm. Steve Sorrell and 5FM’s Erica Elle will get the party started during the afternoon.   Roger has just wrapped production on the highly anticipated 3rd instalment of his popular “Saturday Surgery” CD compilation series. To celebrate the release of this selection of stylish electronic/dance music culture, Roger’s 5FM show The Saturday Surgery (Saturdays 6-10pm) is hitting party spots all over SA for one of the hottest & biggest CD/live music tours to ever hit the local party scene.   Below follows the line-up for the live broadcast and party this weekend: Saturday 2 June 2007 Su.da.da, Sandton, Johannesburg 4pm – Steve Sorrell 5pm – Erica Elle (5FM) Live broadcast of Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery  on 5FM (6-10pm): 6pm – Ricardo da Costa 7pm – Lady Lea 8pm – Flash Republic LIVE on stage 9pm – Roger Goode (5FM) 10pm – Goldfish LIVE on stage 12am – Lady Lea 1am – Roger Goode (5FM) 2am – Ryan Dent   VJ – GForce (Digital Rockit)   Ticket price: R120 / VIP R180 Tickets available from Computicket, Cameroon outlets & at the door.   The full tour schedule for the “Saturday Surgery Vol 3” CD tour follows below. Each venue will feature a live broadcast of Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery on 5FM (Saturdays 6-10pm):   2 June – Su.da.da, Sandton, Johannesburg 9 June –...

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Catch Taxidermie tonight and tomorrow

TAXIDERMIE Contemporary dance Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th of October 2006. At Wits Theatre, 8pm Price R70.00, students R10.00 on presentation of student card. Limited seats available. The creation of ý Taxidermie ý in Maputo is the third step of a project of French contemporary dance company Projet in situ involving four cities: Mexico city, Montrýal, Maputo and M… arseilles (the 4 M). How does a city allow us to live, think and create? The 4 M project starts with this simple question. 4 M as in Mexico, Montreal, Maputo and Marseille: the four cities where Projet In Situ has carried out research (choreographic, visual, anthropologic) on the intimate, urban existence of local artists. Intimacy of the city, human messiness, recycling of gestures, trajectories of nervous systems, dead ends to change &.To set out on a journey to meet a city, to encounter its infinite quantity of gestures. The first stopover was in Mexico City in 2002, then Montreal in 2005,a third stopover in Maputo in 2006. In the city, in this public space par excellence, the everyday intimacies of each individual and the collective body rub against each together. This physical duality is at the heart of our choreographic research. How to perceive and forget an environment that is influencing our perceptions? If one is convinced that the senses have their own vast memory that allows for the re-emergence of memories, of emotions, of early gestures then a question emerges of ‘how to rediscover ones’ own ‘seeing’?’ To see what remains when you forget to look, what we might invent without a mirror, seeing without looking, touching without actually touching. Here we envisage the body circulating within city in its various states within its everyday journeys. The urban space is understood as a collection of personal routes to be taken to keep the city circulating, designing corridors of movement, one way streets, and bodies creating obstacles to their own momentum forwards. In the city of Maputo, French, Mozambican, Zimbabwean and South-African artists have been searching for traces of memory, forms of forgetfulness, revealing bodies impregnated with those urban, intimate and collective memory. In Maputo the city failures became like excavation sites. By confronting oneself to these spaces, one could design the structures; feel the shapes, the surfaces of spaces, buildings, sounds and bodies. A radicality, a physicality, an intimacy close to one could have with one’s skeleton has aroused out of those elements placed side by side, their reflects playing one with another. Choreography: Martin Chaput, Martial Chazallon Assisted by: Panaibra Gabriel Dancers: Domingos Biý, Panaibra Gabriel, Janete Mulapha Scenography: Berry Bickle Music: Dimitri Voudouris Light:...

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Dance your way towards SPRING
Jun14

Dance your way towards SPRING

We love it when we start getting Press Releases for September, it means that SPRING is not far away and you know how we love SPRING. So to encourage us all to look ahead to the gorgeous Spring and Summer Months to come, we thought we’d publish it. We also love the Moving into Dance Company so book your tickets now for SPRING! Civic Theatr…e site. Moving into Dance Site Moving into Dance Mophatong will premiere a new work by Gregory Vuyani Maqoma in the company’s first ever season Flesh at The Johannesburg Civic Theatre later this year. Maqoma’s latest work Flesh is part of a triple bill which also includes Catching the Bird by Sweden’s Marie Brolin-Tani and eMandulo choreographed by Thabo Rapoo. Flesh is inspired by Japanese spirituality, philosophy, rituals and discipline in line with the spiritual healers and prophets of Southern Africa. Stripped of all excess, the work is based on the minimal aspects of unencumbered flesh. Flesh persists, even when transformed after death. Catching the Bird is an abstract piece of choreography inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s two most famous works, the Firebird and Rite of Spring. In it Brolin-Tani has addressed the dichotomy between identifying oneself as part of a group or a culture while still standing alone and taking responsibility for oneself as an individual. As the bird is the image of freedom, and fire is the image of passion, the work depicts the independent, free, passionate soul that is the core of every human being. The Stravinsky music used by the Danish composer Henrik Munch is the base to which he has added in both contemporary and traditional South African music to show how the similarity in the rhythmical complexity stretches worldwide. The scenography designed by Hans-Olof Tani emphasises the atmosphere of searching and the past and current fragility of the internal soul. Brolin-Tani was assisted by is Melody Putu and Belinda Nusser, both South African dancers formerly with the State Theatre Dance Company. Brolin Tani is artistic leader of Skýnes Dansteater, Malmý, Sweden and founder of MBT Dansteater in Denmark. She has produced more than 20 original contemporary dance productions since 1987. Catching the Bird is the result of a Swedish South African cultural collaboration and is supported by the Culture Fund of both governments. The work was premiered in Malmo Sweden in 2005. Thabo Rapoo’s eMandulo explores issues about the importance of the role played by women in traditional society and how that impacts on contemporary living in term of values and morals. For 27 years the trailblazing Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) Company has been presenting a unique contemporary cross-cultural...

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