The Hives and Skunk Anansie join rocking international line-up for Vodacom In the City
Jun25

The Hives and Skunk Anansie join rocking international line-up for Vodacom In the City

“#SkunkAnansie – BEST concert I ever saw in South Africa. Ever Ever.” Words from our Editor in Chief  at hearing this British band is making their return to South Africa for Vodacom – IN THE CITY. Without a doubt, with a catalog of more than 5 albums we are sure Ed in Chief is gonna be in for some sound treat worth noting. Without further hold up, read more after the jump. Vodacom In the City has added Swedish rock sensation The Hives and revived iconic British band Skunk Anansie to this year’s international line-up, cementing the festival’s creds as one of the edgiest and most anticipated music events on the South African calendar. These two powerful and dynamic music forces now join alt-j and Boys Noize for this one-day music festival, and all are guaranteed to rock downtown Jo’burg and the 15,000 fans who will pound the ground at Newtown’s Mary Fitzgerald Square on 4 October 2013. The Hives will no doubt satisfy long-standing fans with music ranging from their early albums Barely Legal (1997) and Veni Vidi Vicious (2000) to Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004), The Black and White Album (2007) and their most recent Lex Hives (2012). Catapulting them to international rock status with hits like Hate To Say I Told You So, Main Offender,Supply And Demand and Die, Alright! off of Your New Favourite Band (a compilation of songs from Barely Legal, VVV and the A.k.a I-D-I-O-T EP) The Hives made lovers of garage-rock sit up and take notice. Tyrannosaurus Hives gave birth to tracks Walk Idiot Walk, Two-Timing Touch & Broken Bones and A Little More For Little You; and The Black and White Album shook the airwaves with its hit single Tick Tick Boom!. Knowing they still had so much awesomeness to share with the world, the 12-track compilation Lex Hives was released in 2012 on The Hives’ own label, Disques Hives. Lead single Go Right Ahead moved the band into glam-punk territory and was met with rave reviews and huge airplay. Be prepared to rock out with The Hives when they’re unleashed on the Vodacom In the City stage, performing in their trademark black and white suits. That same stage will also host the brooding, funky beats, edgy lyrics and punk riffs of Skunk Anansie. Reunited after an eight-year hiatus, Skunk Anansie have “come home”, says lead singer Skin. Along with band members Ace (guitar), Cass Lewis (bass) and Mark Richardson (drums), Skunk Anansie have rekindled the feeling and soul of their previous work to continue the distinctive and dynamic sound that has made them the award-winning music force they are today. Skunk Anansie will get feet stomping and crowds jumping with their versatile range of hits from multi-platinum albums Paranoid And Sunburnt(1995), Stoosh (1996) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1999). Fans will remember singles like Brazen (Weep), Hedonism...

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Vic Falls Carnival returns for the ‘Biggest New Year’s Party in Africa’
Jun12

Vic Falls Carnival returns for the ‘Biggest New Year’s Party in Africa’

Following on from the success of its first year in 2012, the much-anticipated annual Vic Falls Carnival returns in 2013 – bigger, louder and more fun. Billed as the largest cultural infusion of Southern African talent, the Vic Falls Carnival will be a three-day festival of music, performance, dance, adventure and fun that will hail in the New Year at the beautiful world-famous Victoria Falls UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Carnival will host an impressive line-up of musicians and artists hailing from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, and Namibia. Confirmed artists already include Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba (http://www.mokoomba.com/) and DJ Francis. More artists are being announced and a full line-up will be released soon. In addition to the Music Carnival centerpiece, visitors to this year’s festival can participate in a packed programme of activities, including the Steam Train Party Express, eco-friendly initiatives such as tree planting and recycling community projects, and the biggest choice of activities and adrenaline sports at the world’s best adventure destination. “We are building on the success of last year and expect to welcome thousands of music and adventure lovers from all over the world to party under the smoke that thunders,” says Sean Young, Festival Director of the Vic Falls Carnival. “What makes the Vic Falls Carnival so special is that it brings together people who take adventurous journeys from all over Southern Africa and the world to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime celebration – and our aim is to grow the Vic Falls Carnival into the ‘biggest New Year’s party in Africa’”, says Sean. Tickets have already gone on sale and range from single-day entry to VIP two-day passes. Enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of the “Early Bird 2-day Pass Special” price of only US$40 through www.webtickets.co.za. This offer is limited so get them before they sell out. Travel packages Getting there is half the fun and there are several options for South African travellers, one notable option is the Carnival Overlander package that has just been launched, with two options available. 6 Nights, 7 Days Tour 1: 27 December 2013 – 02 January 2014 Tour 2: 28 December 2013 – 03 January 2014 Price: R4250-00 Packages include: Return overland truck trip with Nomad Adventure Tours from Johannesburg to Vic Falls for the Vic Falls Carnival 2013. Six nights tented accommodation – 2 nights Botswana, 4 nights Vic Falls. Tents provided based on twin sharing. Three-day Vic Falls Carnival pass for 29-31 December 2013 includes the Steam Train Party Express & two days at the Vic Falls Music Carnival, 4x breakfasts in Vic Falls and 2x dinners in Botswana. Community Carnival – leaving a green footprint A defining characteristic...

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Happy Birthday Mr. Johnny Clegg.
Jun07

Happy Birthday Mr. Johnny Clegg.

Represent would like to wish Johnny Clegg a happy birthday as he turns 60 years old today. May you keep growing well &  never stop entertaining us! Image courtesy of: http://www.johnnyclegg.com/...

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3rd time with Vlismas.
Jun06

3rd time with Vlismas.

When you’re good at what you do there’s no stopping you from being recognised. Here’s John Vlismas proving he has the touch to make you laugh for a 3rd time around. Since we reported on his first appearance, the show has now been extended, find out more as we prepare to hysterically LOL 🙂 details below. THIRD SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND Hysteria (of the bad kind), tears (not from laughing) and general disappointment are what John Vlismas would like to avoid should fans of his upcoming John Vlismas Is/In 40 show not be able to secure their tickets. After announcing he would celebrate his 40th birthday (it happens to the best of us) by putting on a one-man comedy show like no other, the public (bless them) have responded so eagerly that both evening shows on Friday 14 and Saturday 15June are close to selling out. With demand high, John Vlismas responded immediately (bless him) by releasing a third show date – Saturday 15 June at 17h00. The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg will receive enthusiastic comedy fans and lovers of a good laugh when the “Short Troublemaker” will tell everyone in attendance what his take is on turning the dreaded age. “I heard that Steve Hofmeyr was planning a show for 17:00 on Saturday, the 15th of June, so I wanted to do some community outreach by offering South Africans, with taste, a place of shelter. Luckily we already had the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, so we have opened her doors for an extra show out of compassion. Goodness, we don’t want them feeling forced to go to a barnyard and hear a Neil Diamond CD while nibbling on a picnic,” explains John Vlismas. Comedy fans are set for a one-man show with a production element that has never been seen before in South Africa. We’re not going to give away too much (or the punch line), but audiences can expect a multimedia feast, as Vlismas bends the rules and pushes the technical team to new levels of output for “40” – ‘But don’t worry,’ says a mischievous Vlismas, ‘I know my crowd, and I know what they’re coming for – so there will be plenty of exotic language, taboo topics, and awkward pauses. I’ve even developed two new swear words especially for my people.’ If you haven’t bought your tickets for this momentous show, do it now to avoid, well, having to go to a barnyard to hear a Neil Diamond CD while nibbling on a picnic. “40” is scheduled to Premiere at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg 14th &...

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Redefining branding with Ruramai Musekiwa.
May30

Redefining branding with Ruramai Musekiwa.

Creatives, stand up and fight for your artistry to be recognised far beyond the forte’s of your stoep.  Represent sat down with Ruramai “Rudo” Musekiwa, the creative director and brains behind BSN – the soon to be launched digital magazine. Here’s what she had to say. Who is Ruramai? Give us a short background of who you are and what you do for/at BSN? I’m a creative with a passion for the extraordinary. My background is graphic and web design, DTP , copywriting and fine art. I was born in Zim and spent a portion of my childhood in Australia before coming back to a vibrant and diverse SA, so my world view has been shaped by a colourful myriad of experiences. I am the Creative Director of BSN & Studio Rrr Design. I conceptualize and create everything related to BSN at the moment. How did BSN Magazine come about? Take us through the last 6 months of preparation? Brand Spankin’ N(YOU) has been a labour of love for the past 7 years. The idea to create a unique and inspiring publication was born in my internship days and it was quite a blurry concept back then. I would create random magazine cover designs and layouts conceptualizing a publication that changed shape and form over the years. I went through dozens of concepts, even had a Mxit interview with Zuko(our cover feature) in 2009 (laughs!), but I needed to fine-tune it further. I quit formal employment in July 2011 and my passion for brand architecture and the branding process grew. I think it was important to refine this concept from a cool artsy zine to what it is today; a fully matured magazine that is ready for take-off. The last six months have been interesting. A lot of late nights building the marketing strategy, designing teasers and promotional material, research, writing, reworking layout ideas, meetings, Sit-down and Skype interviews… It’s been a busy time and I think we all get to points where our passion and belief in what we’re doing is tested. I’m thankful for resilience and everything that reinforced my convictions and belief in this idea. Describe what is BSN? Brand Spankin’ N(YOU) is a movement driven by a passion for creative branding and telling inspirational stories about passion brands. Essentially BSN has two compartments; the publication (BSN magazine) and BSN Brand Architecture which encompasses brand coaching, branding workshops, creative solutions (graphic design, web design, illustration etc.) Who/ what inspired you for this project and what message do you wish to convey? It’s hard to pin-point one reference point of inspiration… I was and continue to be...

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