Review: Die Antwoord live in Belgium – ZEFFING HOT!
Nov20

Review: Die Antwoord live in Belgium – ZEFFING HOT!

On the way to watch Die Antwoord last night all healthy eating habits were broken as we chowed down at our local fastfood outlet to get to the show on time. Behind us two young women in their early 20s were perched at a window booth doing that annoying noughties thing, playing music on their cellphone at full volume. It was a depressing set of soppy badly-produced RnB and as my partner-in-crime put it so aptly, there’s no worse ‘bad RnB’ than French RnB. The girls loved it though and sang along to every lyric mimicking the sadness, the heartbreak, the ecstasy of whichever madamoiselle’s mediocre voice was blaring out. I was on the brink of heartburn from the sheer painfulness of it all until they suddenly switched stations and I sat back enraptured. The RnB turned into a Bollywood hitsong, the girls jumped giddily up during the opening notes and began to act out a choreographed dance routine while singing every word of the song. The point is, they certainly didn’t look or sound Indian and yet they knew the lyrics by heart. You see, they’d bought into the package deal of the Bollywood song, they clearly loved the exotic melody, the high-pitched rise-and-fall singing style; and their clean dance moves showed they’d spent hours imitating the music video. They loved it so much that they’d learnt the words, every single one of them, while more than likely not understanding a single one.  Little did I realise that I would experience this same feeling of awe times one million a little over an hour later, as I listened to hundreds of European fans singing along to Die Antwoord’s mishmashed South African lyrics in a beautifully rof yet finely perfected South African accent. So much of naas. I just couldn’t get the grin off my face throughout the performance, and looking back, nor could most of the audience. It was absolutely thrilling – Die Antwoord is the modern-day antidote to boring live music performances. I’m no music fundi but I am certainly a music lover and I can attest that throughout my lifespan and certainly way before that, English language songs, largely from UK and USA based artists, have dominated both the global music charts and the mainstream ones in South Africa. For how long have South Africans complained about the rest of the world not knowing about our music, about how much we hope to enter the international music scene, about how we dream of people knowing more of our artists than the legends Johnny Clegg and Miriam Makeba. From Rock to Kwaito to Folk to Soul to...

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Young Nations’ United States Of Africa on the shelves
May09

Young Nations’ United States Of Africa on the shelves

‘I love my city I run it like a marathon’ GP (The City is mine)… Jozi hiphop heads will be all over Young Nations’ track dedicated to ‘his city’ Johannesburg – one of 15 hawt tracks on his latest album entitled United States of Africa.  Don’t be suprised by Young Nations’ American accent that busts smoothly in and out of his slick beats- he’s a global being with South African roots who’s grown up in a number of different countries including the US, France and Congo… Just listening to his lyrics affirms his allegiance to and excitement about being in  South Africa, the country of his birth. And anyway, who cares about accents anyways or where we’re from… it’s all about the beats and lyrics…So, you be the judge – does his album move you, is it moving SA hiphop and hiphop in general forward, is it fresh, is it innovative, do we love it??  Get a sneak peak here and buy it here. ...

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LIKWID TONGUE on Saturday @ the Drill Hall
Apr21

LIKWID TONGUE on Saturday @ the Drill Hall

It’s for charity. Just do it. Oh and there’s an open mic. Get all over it. * HOSTED BY QUAZ, VALLENTINE AND FLO * 24 APRIL 2010 * DRILL HALL * 13 TILL LATE * R20 or HALF PRICE WHEN  You donate clothing or non-perishable goods * Bring YOUR MUG FOR COFFEE AND TEA (if its...

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Die Antwoord ripping up the interwebs
Jan30

Die Antwoord ripping up the interwebs

Skandaal! For once Cape Town is on the map for a reason other than the mountain (we love you mountain) … enter… Die Antwoord: crass, vulgar, in your face, rof… with the slickest beats and ryhmes …The tongue-in-your-bruised-cheek trio take the dirtiest side of being a poor white South African and rework it into a mish-mash of edgy Afrikaans flow and rough South African English slang that has the world sitting up and taking notice of their bottom-of-the-barrel approach. We’re thinking they’re South Africa’s very own THE STREETS. .. but with lyrics that will have the voorvaders doing somersaults in their graves, you actually can’t compare them. Irreverance in a sweet beat. Truly Scandalous. Add your hit to the fab video Zef Side that’s making the groot trek around cyberspace. Zef Side. Nice one Waddy! Hard work always pays...

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Don’t Miss: Oppikoppi is Smoorverlief this weekend!
Aug06

Don’t Miss: Oppikoppi is Smoorverlief this weekend!

Big ups to the organisers for a super-size Oppikoppi this year… we went to the first few back in the day *Editorista blushes as she shows her age*. We ♥♥♥ the graphics, the fact that Party People has it’s own bash going on, the superb line-up: a taste from our must-see list this year: the Parlotones, Dirty Skirts, the Arrows, Teba (legend!), Kwani Experience, Koos Kombuis (legendary!), Karen Zoid (best of SA), Kidofdoom, Fokofpolisiekar, Cassette, Battery 9 (legend!) and of course 340ml. We await to hear about the bands in the mix…watch this space. Oppikoppi is turning 15 this year at the Oppikoppi Farm in Northam from the 7th to the 9th of August – that’s this weekend! If you haven’t got tickets yet, maak ‘n plan, or just get in your car and drive to the north west… follow the hippy-looking skorokoro’s and you should make it....

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