Represent Review: Keith Murray and friends
Sep19

Represent Review: Keith Murray and friends

Get your dictionary’s out ‘cos the Matrix has been working out with his thesaurus again and this time round we let his words flow without cutbacks.  Reuben went to check out US HipHop star Keith Murray aka another “I’m home in the motherland” visiting artist, on our behalf – He wasn’t impressed with the women-izing but had a bash all the same.  Enjoy: “Ke mokone; Paki ya bo – Darkie ka di – Baki mpya!” , you’ll forgive me for dropping my 2 cents worth of lyrical rhyme here, but the short-lived excitement and free flow repertoires of last weekend’s mammoth rap concert at Emperor’s Palace has left me with an aura of unquantifiable satisfaction. If I’ve ever doubted Ghetto-Ruff’s ability to stage a world class event, I was wrong.  My cynicism was shoved aside by Saturday’s hip gig: shame unto anyone who still believes that an “A” grade event under the African skies is the equivalent of a shebeen bosberaad! To this end – the Matrix bows to Ghetto-Ruff’s skillful and artistic management of a world class event in a world class African City – Jozi – our Jozi. Now, back to the lecture at hand, this Saturday evening/ Sunday morning yours truly was in the East Rand to Represent all you outgoing Jozi folk in what will go down in Mzansi’s event history as “a diamond in the rough” of Jozi Hip-Hop concerts.  At first glance the venue (Former Caesar’s Gauteng), draws you into a comfortable world of plush and splendor only befitting the “have more’s”. The lobby is lit in such a way that your heart beat starts to pace as you digest the surreal magnificence that’s almost overkill. “Suprise, suprise” the artist line-up was a bit too biased in Ghetto-Ruff’s favour (but then again, this was their show!). The listings boasted the flamboyant and very “stout” (we shall get back to this…) Keith Murray and a host of Ghetto-Ruff artists and co-opting allies like: Drenco, Slice, Gum Shev, Maggz, Mr. NK, Jub-Jub, Jus Dat, Morale, Malic, Bricks, DJ Cleo, HPP, Morafe and Zola, although the latter 4 artists did not make their stage appearances (and with no public service announcement as to why not – I found this to be a bit disappointing!), however their absence was cheered up by Mandoza’s surprise appearance and the reinforced turn-table skills of DJ Speed-Cop. The Down-Low: ‘Jus’ Dat’ raised the curtains to a half-empty auditorium of fanatics who nevertheless received them with cheers and excitement. As the night advanced further Jub-Jub lashed us with his spiked whip as Emperor’s Palace got thumping to their famous single: Good time of your life!  Mandoza and Bricks got us doing moves to their “Left, Right” song… Then Keith...

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Mkonto sessions presents the Bantu Biko show
Sep18

Mkonto sessions presents the Bantu Biko show

We’re a little busy at the mo so please excuse our lack of constant flowing content like you love it but we promise to be back and at it in Oct.  So for now, we’re just gonna tell it like it is – click on flyers for more info: Mkonto Sessions presents the Bantu Biko show at Horror Cafe (Newton) 28th September 2007 Admission: R50 DJ C- LIVE FIFI DJ BIONIC Herby Dangerous LEVI PON THE MIC RANTOBOKO CUBA DJ Funtime and...

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Represent Recommends: Mkonto Sessions
Aug14

Represent Recommends: Mkonto Sessions

 We’re recommending this gig not only because it’s a fresh underground event in downtown Jozi city but also because Nceba, one of the hardest working promoters and arts supporters we know, is in the team behind it.  If you love HipHop get down to The Penthouse in central Jozi on Friday for a sublime night featuring one of best emcees Tumi and his Dj Papercut, it will be worth it. Mosdef. Mkonto events were formed in 2002 and the first show done was at Mega music. This event showcased artists such as Tumi and the Volume, Spykos, Goddessa for the first time to a large audience in Johannesburg. Mkonto productions also produced the South African and Swedish exchange program, which saw South African and Swedish artists tour the country (Jo’burg, Durban, Cape Town). It’s a platform for conscious artists that use the music to create awareness about heritage, celebrating what we are today, remembering our culture and highlighting the positives of our history. The sessions showcase the best local altenative music in Johannesburg by promoting both recorded and independent artists. Mkonto 24 August 2007 Tumi and Dj Papercut Two time 2007 SAMA award nominee (Music from my good eye). Tumi launched his second album with The Volume in Canada. He has just returned from a tour in France and has been invited back to Europe. LEVI pon the mic SA dub sensation, fresh from an international tour (Reunion Islands) with 340ml. RHAMNCWA Prolific spaza (vern.) MC. Currently co-hosting Cipher (SABC1, Thursdays). DJ Bionic Pioneer, legendary local hip-hop Dj who has played in Africa and has gone as far as New York City. Suprise acts be Herby Dangerous from Zimbabwe and more.. Date: 24 August 2007 Place: The Penthouse (Corner Fox and Von Brandis. next to Carlton Centre) Time: 8:30pm Admission: R50 Contact: CIA 076-249-4167 Email: meanzit@yahoo.com, brendasix@webmail.com,...

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Represent Recommends: Sundays in Soweto
Jul31

Represent Recommends: Sundays in Soweto

It’s mosdef the place to be to forget your Sunday Blues as winter winds down towards Spring – join Levi’s ekasi at the Backroom in SO-WE-TO for the month of August…  With a line up of some of Rep’s favourite muso’s and DJ’s including 340ml, Lira, Kwani and Khenzero, the old adage of “you don’t want to miss this” rings true for four weekends in a row. Levi’s® Vintage Sunday’s moves to Soweto for the month of August In August Levi’s® Vintage Sundays moves to Soweto for the first time, taking over The Backroom every Sunday night, and giving this vibrant township even more vibe to close off the weekend.  A true reflection of our country’s diverse and inspiring musical wealth, the acts on show are bound to get the venue all heated up with their uniquely South African sounds.  It’s going to be an incredible journey into the heart of good music.  Make sure you’re along for the ride. The weekly attraction will be homeboy and hero DJ Kenzhero, the man who knows how to turn the party on and drop the tunes that we all love.  His style moves from Latin and Soul to Jazz-tinged Hip Hop, to all-out Funk and rare wonders.  He plays all over, but he’s always on the mark. On the 5th it’s all about hip hop.  T.R.U.E. get it all going with their uniquely crafted style that place as much emphasis on lucid lyricism as it does on groundbreaking beats.  The crowds adore them – and they are proud to give the love back.  Zuluboy is also up on the night, keeping true to his roots with a modern mixture of traditional rhythms and future beats.  His energy is boundless – so be prepared to be swept up by it. Albert Frost is joined by the twin talents of Selaelo Selota and Lira to take it further on the 12th.  Albert’s the master of the laidback groove, but don’t let that fool you, because his organic, intricate blues guitar compositions have been known to bewitch audiences around the country.  He’ll be doing just this at The Backroom.  Selaelo Selota and Lira take the stage as a duo, complementing each other’s powerful personas with a shared vision for live brilliance.  Selaelo’s genre-defying jazz-drenched music combined with Lira’s super-sultry, heavenly voice.  What a treat. On the 19th Echoes and Kwani Experience take the stage.  Echoes are three friends with a common passion: beautiful music.  This love is brought to life with their unique vocal melodies and guitar accompaniments.  They believe in remaining fresh and are amazingly original onstage.  Kwani Experience are the 8-piece who always give...

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Mind Yr Head Tonight and Tomorrow
Apr26

Mind Yr Head Tonight and Tomorrow

By now we’re sure you realise we like and support the headspace and anti-establishment undertones of the dudes from Mind Yr Head, if you’re into underground HipHop and an underground venue, make your way through the night city streets to the downtown venue Mind Yr Head and make some noise.  They’ve got parties tonight and tomorrow for all the HipHop heads on Represent – make sure to free your mind before entering.  Awesome Flyer as always we assume by Mzwandile who designed Represent’s background.  Nice 1! “…The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed…”  – Steve Biko 26th April FREE YOUR MIND A Presentation By The INNA CITY COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE Live On-stage * Anonymous * Exclusive * D*Khey DJ: Peee Fresh Funk, Hiphop & Neo-Soul flavours for the discerning mind. Doors Open 9PM Entrance: Free Mind ———————————————————— ———————————- 27th April BLOW-OUT GOOD-TIMES with BLAQ T Afro-beat, Fabulous Funk and Hiphop mesh-up. After-party for the “BACK TO THE CITY HIPHOP FESTIVAL” Doors Open 9PM Entrance: Free Body ———————————————————— ———————————– 28th April RETURN OF THE BOOM BAP Closing of the exhibition ‘Black Sunday’ by Solomon Moremong Live Onstage * SOLO Dj’s: HypeJones        KONGISTO Flavor-full Funk, Nu-Jazz, Lounge, Breakbeat, Doors Open 9PM Entrance: Free Spirit —————————————————————————————— — Directions: M2 east, Mooi St off-ramp, skip 1 robot, left into Durban St and left into Delvers. From Newtown: up Market St and right into Delvers. – 072 576 9259 / 084 381 8380 blakboximprint@gmail.com mindyourheadpost@gmail.com...

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