Photos: Hansa Pilsener Dreamer’s Celebration
May15

Photos: Hansa Pilsener Dreamer’s Celebration

Hansa Pilsener celebrated 20 years of freedom, music and dreamers at the Hansa Pilsener Dreamer’s Celebration held at The Cultural Village in Soweto, Power Park on Saturday, 10 May 2014. With no shortage of artists performing, concert goers jammed for hours of the best kwaito music from early afternoon until after midnight, ending with some of the Kalawa Jazmee heavy weights such as the Brikz, Trompies and Oskido. “It would not have been a concert without our loyal Hansa Pilsener music lovers who attended and who brought with them enthusiasm for the performing artists and dance moves that made the concert a raging success,” said Kelebogile Mashigo, Hansa Pilsener’s Marketing...

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Khanyi Mbau shares the spotlight.
Oct14

Khanyi Mbau shares the spotlight.

Actress and socialite Khanyi Mbau will host a brand new Kasi based talk show, Katch It With Khanyi, starting on the 18 October, 2013 at 5:30pm on eKasi+ channel 105 on Open View HD. In a new twist, Mbau will forego the spotlight and focus her attention on local celebrities, their thrills and frills; fashion fails, and ultimately their career triumphs. The show is filmed at Nambitha Restaurant situated at the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Each week Khanyi will invite two famous Mzansi personalities to her kasi studio for an inspirational and sometimes quirky look into their lives. Guests are not limited to actors, singers, fashion designers there will also be an array of controversial politicians and even entertainment bloggers. The first five episodes will feature singer Kelly Khumalo, Mshoza, award winning singer Donald, actress Laurraine “Lolo” M, choreographer Lorcia Cooper, theatre actor Athandwa Kani, Reality Check stars Babalwa Mneno and Nonhle Thema, and the country’s most celebrated choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, among others. The show is scheduled to screen for 26 episodes of candid, exclusive and never seen and heard before footage. Katch It with Khanyi, Fridays at 5.30pm only on the eKasi+ channel...

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Represent Review: Alter Route Soweto
Sep02

Represent Review: Alter Route Soweto

Soweto’s left-of-centre youth culture is alive and gathering… Banele Rewo and photographer Tiko Ngobeni hung out this past weekend with Soweto’s brightest young exceptions to the rule. (See our  Alter Route Soweto photostory here): We love you….We love you…We love you sang Mothusi Thusi the vocalist, guitarist, flautist …actually, everythingist for the The Layders. This was after  the 10 hour concoction of music, visuals, food in a cultural blend that can only be prepared in Soweto. There’s a pile of information available on Soweto for those interested, however nothing can articulate the tingling of senses experienced when Soweto’s multiple subcultures collide in art and expression. On the surface Alter Route Soweto is a gig meant to foster artistic expression within the young urbanites in the city and the peripherals. However one could not avoid noticing the dominance of subtle nuances – such as the drive for success through art, the importance of independence of thought and the buzzing entrepreneurship that defines an “Alter Route individual”. This is a person who believes in creating magic through design and clothing such as Thesis Clothing situated in Dube, Soweto, Thesis is the first choice of wear for an “alter Route individual”. Thesis had a “pop up” shop in one of the rooms of the Burnt House where the event took place and I am eagerly anticipating the next “pop up” anywhere. OB the Vegetarian Chef chopped up ingredients that stuck true to the theme of alter routing from the normal diet of cardboard meat served up at you favourite fast food restaurant. Veggies were served in everything even in the garage turned stage where the“Meat the Veggies” band heated us up to boiling point with their locally produced lounge music served with simmering smooth vocals.   Alter Route Soweto is not a gig…it’s more than what the organizers describe as a “ multi-genre, multi-cultural and mix-flavoured brew of celebration for all”. It is more than appreciating a young black operated skateboarding label and apparel design from Krooked. It’s a movement that in the literal sense alters perceptions of Soweto, The City and ultimately the individual. See our  Alter Route Soweto photostory here. Words: Banele Rewo Images: Tiko...

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Take the Alter Route through Soweto
Aug21

Take the Alter Route through Soweto

I’ve never known how to feel about the tourist buses and taxis that bump through Soweto crammed with foreign faces pressed up curiously at the windows, only stopping at very specific touristy haunts-  on one hand, it kind of eeks me out, on the other, it’s what tourists do in any interesting place… and damn Soweto is interesting. And tourism brings many great things with it, including strange sock-sandal combinations.  Thing is, those buses are only ever going to catch the surface and perhaps cliched view of the charm-oozing hub that makes you never want to leave- but there’s an underside to Soweto that’s been brewing over the last decade as an evolving creative youth explores and reinvents their identity in a postrevolution South Africa. Be privy to this change as it’s happening right now, get to a celebration of hip and happening Soweto in 2009 next weekend at Alter Route. Oh and don’t tell the sock-and-sandle clad tourists, we’d like to keep it to ourselves for a bit as it’s just so… nice: Winter is on its way out, summer’s almost here and what better way to awaken the hibernated senses with Alter Route Soweto on Saturday August 29, 2009 at Est 1912, Rockville Soweto. Alter-Route is an exhibition that encapsulates the spirit of its surroundings and serves it up through a mix of visual, auditory and culinary ingredients that would appeal to everyone. Kgomotso Morena, event organizer, says “Soweto has passed the phase of being labelled a township. Its streets have changed, its face has undergone reconstruction and its mentality has grown. Throughout all this change, its youth has been preparing a multi-genre, multi-cultural and mix-flavoured brew of new age talent and Alter Route Soweto is a collection and celebration of all that.” All this means is that, apart from one hell of an event, Alter Route Soweto will be a platform for the brands that will be on display to be exposed to new markets and new patrons, it’s a way of showcasing unconventional artistic elements in hope of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together. For R30, the public will first be treated to the renowned Dr Badela, The Layders, Wysdiman, Meat the Veggies, Wireless Gee and playkaystat who will all not just satisfy your hearing but set the mood for the entire event. Then, as if that isn’t enough, Soweto’s finest vegetarian chef, Far a field from Shifty, whose repertoire ranges from delectable gourmet cuisine to simple yet equally tantalising takeaways will be seen cooking up a storm and selling some scrumptious bites. What’s a celebration without some visual stimulation?  Guests’ eyes will be amazed...

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jozi art:lab presents Guard on Shift in Kliptown
Mar16

jozi art:lab presents Guard on Shift in Kliptown

We’ve been rooting for the potential of Kliptown for a while now and are delighted to see that inroads are being made into communicating around the disparity of the tourism developments and the local community that feels largely side-lined. Bravo jozi art:lab. After its great success in October 2008 the interdisciplinary art installation Guard on Shift by Sue Pam – Grant and Xoli Norman will be staged again – this time at the Battery Center in Kliptown as an open-air performance. It will be part of Kliptown Art Project, founded and curated by the foundation jozi art:lab. “ jozi art:lab is solely focused on curating thought-provoking work. We realised the challenge that the lack of resources poses on art consumption and hope that this showcase of Guard on Shift will bring theatre to people who hardly have the opportunity to indulge…” explains Indra Wussow, curator and founder of jozi art:lab. Guard on Shift explores an all too familiar fixture in surburbia – the guard’s hut and the presence of the black guard who is posted there to guard the neighbourhood. He is somewhat a contradiction: he represents a superhero and protector yet at most times he is unarmed and ill – equipped to respond to any real danger – the funny this; people still trust and feel safe knowing he’s on shift. The artist and director Sue Pam – Grant and music composer Xoli Norman investigate the tenuous and visceral areas that occupy these physical and mental territories. This allows for a scrutiny of our collective paranoia – a critical boundary between our physical fences and the space occupied inside the walls of our minds. jozi art:lab anticipates an interesting response to this installation  considering that it will take place within the context of a community where some of its inhabitants leave their homes to protect other peoples’ homes in the suburbs. This particular performance and its reception will inspire the interrogation of this phenomenon further through a documentary film and the project will be spearheaded by Indra Wussow and Wonderboy Peters. Battery Center, Kliptown, Soweto Saturday, 28th March 2009 @ 6:30pm Guard on Shift completely lacks self-indulgence – or even articulated (patronising) pity for these peripheral people. It’s a bare brutal portrayal of intransigent values that pepper and coddle us into a complacency of security. A lucid, wise piece that glosses the incompetence in the running of our country by pointing fingers within, not without. Robyn Sassen –...

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