Crazy, contagious, schizophrenic – this video is fun. Just watch…
Song: Go Starring
Producer: Tshepang Ramoba
Director: Roger Young
Crazy, contagious, schizophrenic – this video is fun. Just watch…
Song: Go Starring
Producer: Tshepang Ramoba
Director: Roger Young
I had never attended an art exhibition opening with so many people before. Bodies overflowed from the Wits Art Museum onto the streets. Bodies dressed in waistcoats, slender neck ties, skinny black pants and All-Star sneakers. Bodies squeezed into tight lace dresses. Bodies walking around confidently, aware that this exhibition was, more than anything, about them. And indeed, this particular exhibition’s subjects were to be found among the crowd. Having never been to a gay parade, I had never been exposed to such a high concentration of homosexuality.
Queer and Trans Art-iculations is a collaboration of two incredible visual activists: Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle Le Roux. Hosted by the Wits Art Museum in partnership with the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and Inkanyiso, the exhibition opened up with the popular freedom cry ‘Amandla!’ and the lively crowd did not disappoint: ‘Amandla!’ they shouted back, fists in the air. For a while it seemed I had come to the wrong place.
Pregs Govender, Deputy Chair of the South African Human Rights Commission, pointed out that there is “mourning in this place”. I took a second to look around and saw faces belonging to gays, lesbians, people who were mourning the loss of loved ones, loss of respect, loss of human rights and loss of self. This mourning, a result of others’ intolerance. However, “We are not gathered here just in mourning” declared Pregs, “but in celebration of the power each of us possesses”.
When I looked into the faces of the subjects in Zanele’s work, I felt like I knew them. Those eyes that looked back were so familiar, like those of people we grew up with. The interpretation of art lies in the beholder yet I strongly feel that this must have been Zanele’s intention – that feeling of familiarity. The queer and transsexual faces looked back at me; some angry, some smiling, some seemed to flirt while others evoked a deep sense of sadness. When one walks into the exhibition space, the wall covered with portraits is the first thing you would notice (that’s if you don’t look down at the symbolic graves of those who lost their lives to the impudence, bigotry and ignorance of our fellow countrymen). A powerful sight, these images are accompanied by facts of just some of the homosexual individuals who have been victim to the LGBTI hate-crimes.
‘The works of both [Zanele and Gabrielle] speak to the complexities, challenges, freedoms and dangers of living beyond the gender binary’. And as Bongi, one of Zanele’s subjects appealed “Let’s do something… the silence of bystanders hurts even more”. I looked at the faces and I read the facts. By the time I reached the makeshift house (possibly a symbol of one’s body) whose walls were covered with personal accounts of rape, threats and heartache, my own heart bled for these men and (in particular) women. One read how these individuals have to constantly fight to be who they are, they have to live each day in fear, have to be ashamed of who they are.
Hearing Zanele speak, one realises that she has transpired beyond the role of ‘victim’ to that of ‘overcomer’. As she divulged, her surname means ‘leader’ and through her art and strength, she has been just that. I now look at a note I made that night and it reads: “Only a few minutes ago my heart bled for the victims of curial rape, now my heart swarms with hope that we will realise a society that accepts people for who they are. A society that has progressed beyond meaningless and unnecessary categorisations. This I now believe…”
As I was about to call it a night I encountered two striking women (hmmm, or woman and ‘man’, eish, who cares?). So I encountered these two tall beauties and asked to photograph them. They wilfully obliged. “Until we reach such a time where we do not have to protest, or march, or be asked whether we are a man or woman, until such a time we no longer have to have these exhibitions where we voice ourselves – that is when we will have obtained freedom”. Candice’s words lingered and twirled and danced with me as I headed home. That’s when I connect what is happening to the LGBTI community to the seemingly misplaced struggle songs and that powerful ‘Amandla!’ chorus. That’s when I got it.
See the exhibition
Venue: Wits Art Museum
Dates: January 30 – March 30, 2014
Times: exhibition facilitators available (Wed-Sun) 10:00 to 16:00
For more information contact the Wits Art Museum aon firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 717 1378
Lots of LoVe,
With wide assorted pastels, fun feminine prints, and bold male chains, you will have all you need to throw a party after these three days burlesque. We are changing the eye of African fashion and sculpting new runway models. Growing the South African fashion industry is our focus point.
Founder and entrepreneur, Steven Manzini, established Soweto Fashion Week to grow the local industry on a global scale. Educating people about the art is a mission in SA but encouraging independence is vitally important too.
A season of colour, fun flair, glamour and all things that you call FASHION. With trends like Monochrome, black and white has gone crazy! “Wear it and go glam, all types of ways to be the center of all things fashion” says Stephen.
Soweto Fashion Week is a podium that inspires and supports to build consciousness of upcoming and established designers in South Africa – particularly those based in Soweto. The Fashion Week attempts to widen its perspective by encompassing two seasons and introducing a change to the face of modeling.
Since the launch of Soweto Fashion Week in 2011, the event runs for three days as opposed to a full week. However Manzini is confident that in the coming summer collection this event will grow to a full week. In fact, it has already harvested international courtesy and this year’s event features not only local talent but also designers that have a full vision on SA fashion.
The red carpet invites all fashionistas to this extravagant fashion detonation. Doors open at 18:30 from the 21st to 23rd November at the Soweto Hotel.
Communications and Marketing Manager Jackie Phamotse says “This is going to be the mother of SA fashion weeks! We are prepared and know that our designers are on top on their game. The stakes are high and we have taken the lead.”
For more information visit the Soweto Fashion Week webiste
– Press release
Soweto, get ready for the celebration of the year! Assupol in association with Hilltop Live presents the Hugh Masekela Heritage festival on Saturday 28 September. The Soweto Cricket Oval (Elkah Stadium) will play host to a line-up never seen before including Bra Hugh, Khaya Mahlangu, Phuzekhemisi, Mi Casa, Pu2ma, Jeremy Loops, Desmond & The Tutus and Thandiswa Mazwai.
The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a family festival celebrating togetherness in our beautiful country. A childrens area will be available throughout the day with jumping castles, face painters and more. There will also be a variety of food stalls and a bar available at the show, if you prefer not to bring a picnic basket with.
Not often does a jazz festival boast such a diverse line-up of artists. When putting the line-up together, Bra Hugh wanted to ensure that all communities are able to celebrate our differences together.
Mi Casa has become a house-hold name and is a regular on television and radio alike with their latest single “Jika”. Mo-T, one of the members of Mi Casa, father, Kgasoane Banza, played trumpet for Mango Groove. For Mi Casa, heritage is an important aspect of a child’s upbringing – “it is necessary to know where you come from, where you are and where you are going to” according to Jay, another member of the band.
In a recent interview regarding the festival, one of the countries up and coming artists, Pu2ma, promised a performance filled with fire and will sing some of her own songs as well as songs from great jazz artists like the late Miriam Makeba that inspired her.
Thandiswa Mazwai had a very interesting start in the late 1990s as lead singer of the very popular kwaito band, Bongo Maffin. Thandiswa’s music includes traditional Xhosa rhythms, Mbaqanga, reggae, kwaito, funk and jazz sounds. Thandiswa is a Soweto native, and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival, is back on home her turf. She is a world traveller and have performed across the world, from Cannes to New York and in London.
The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is presented by Assupol, Hilltop Live, Soweto TV and Jozi FM.
Venue: Soweto Cricket Oval (The Elkah Stadium)
Date: 28 September 2013
Desmond & The Tutus
Presale: R100 online at http://www.computicket.com or from Shoprite Checkers stores.
On the day: R150 at the gate.
Children under 12 and pensioners enter for free.
Find us online at
Facebook: Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival
– Press Release
Old Mutual Music in the Gardens concert to host South Africa’s most talented band
Described as a band with unique individuals who bring their explosive talent together to create a unique and original sound, Mi Casa has redefined the South African music industry landscape with their creative beats and catchy tunes. This phenomenal band will showcase their incredible artistic wizadry at the picturesque Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Sunday, 28 July.
Coming off another highly successful year which included even more industry awards including a SAMA; Mi Casa have showed no intention of slowing down and continue to be trend setters and entertain music lovers all over the country. Their 2012 Old Mutual Music in the Gardens concert saw them draw a record 3000 strong crowd and this year promises to be even better.<
In staying true to Old Mutual’s pledge to bring South Africa’s talented musicians to entertain music fans, Mi Casa will be accompanied by Sisco Umlambo as the opening act. Regarded as the Capital city’s ‘Son of House Music’, this Pretoria born talent has worked tirelessly with some of the biggest urban house industry names for the past 15 years.
Sisco Umalbo has played an important role in uplifting the house scene in Pretoria with his continued dedication, being involved in the ‘Capitol House Kollective Series’, which was one of the first featuring only proudly South African productions.
Commented Bandile Mngoma, Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager,”Mi Casa and Sisco Umlambo are two enourmously talented musical acts that we just had to bring to music fans at this fantastic bio-diverse and culturally significant location. The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens not only offer a wonderfully scenic venue for the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens concert series, but also offer important information to visitors and music fans on the importance of safeguarding our natural biodiversity”.
The Old Mutual Music in the Gardens offers lovers of music and the outdoors a fresh new live concert every month and Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are the only place in South Africa where the beauty of South Africa music can be enjoyed amongst the succulent rockery gardens, cycad gardens, water gardens, fern trails, arboretum, Geological Garden, People's Plant Garden, Birds and Butterfly Garden, Waterwise garden and the informative Children Garden.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the botanical gardens, music lovers are encouraged to come early, bring picnic chairs and blankets and spend the day in natural splendour. There is a restaurant at the venue, alcohol is available to purchase and there is a supervised kids’ area.
For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series go to http://www.dogreatthings.co.za
Tickets for all concerts are available at http://www.ticketbreak.co.za.
Pre-sale at gardens: R90
On day sales at gardens and ticketbreak: R100
Children under 13 are free.
11h00 – Gates Open
14h00 – Opening Act: Sisco Umlambo
15h00 – Main Act: Mi Casa
Facilities available: Restaurant and Tea Garden available on site.
Alcoholic beverages are for sale at the Restaurant and Tea Garden.
Everyone is welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets.
Kids Zone available 13h30 – 16h30
At the end of this month, Jack Parow will release his gevaarlike Live DVD – Welcome to Parowdise. It is packed with live tunes, behind-the-scenes footage and all his music videos. This Live DVD will bring you so close to Parow that you can smell his sweat.
As Parow says: “Welcome to Parowdise is a journey through the last four years of my dangerous life. From Russia to Holland, England to Elsiesrivier; it’s all in here. Backstage danger, onstage madness, planes to speedboats, drunk to more drunk and all my crazy fans and friends mixed in live shows that were filmed at Oppikoppi, Hatfield Square and The Assembly; interviews in my bathrobe and all my music videos with subtitles. So enjoy it and check if you see yourself at a show. HOS JA!!”
Jack Parow at Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast
Jack Parow will be forming part of the already formidable line-up at this year’s Oppikoppi music festival. Although the festival’s organizers have popular acts like Parow play only every two years, Oppikoppi is a festival that is always a highlight for the Afrikaans rap star. He made a personal request to be part of the 2013 edition. This year promises to be the biggest yet, with fellow Bellville alumni Fokofpolisiekar, celebrating their 10-year anniversary and massive US act the Deftones headlining.
Parow explained that Oppikoppi isn’t a concert or a “music festival” but an unstoppable cultural phenomenon. “They’re the most hard core, dedicated fans in the country. I just had to be a part of the madness this year,” he said.
Oppikoppi will be adding Jack Parow to the line-up, so keep an eye on dates and times on the Oppikoppi website page as developments unfold.
Hier kom nou groot k*k!!
It’s the future and Jack Parow is here to save us – by travelling back in time from 2213. He may be a rap god now, but in 2213 Parow lives the life of a scumbag, unable to get a job or do much else to impress his father.
Jack Parow in conjunction with his chommies, Dojo 115, Watkykjy, Cactus Jack, Puma, Ray-Ban and Rolling Stone have started to unleash the next-level comic book series, Jack Parow – Hier kom nou kak.
Keep an eye on http://www.jackparow.com/comic.html every week to see how Parow digs his grave deeper.
Party With Parow
12 July: The Jolly Dolphin, Jeffreys Bay
18 July: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
26 July: Firkin, Centurion
2 August: Presleys, Boksburg
3 August: Presleys, Pretoria
9 August: Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast
29 August: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
30 August: Gariep Fees, Kimberley
31 August: Lentelawaai , Pretoria
12 September: Secunda
23 September: Pink Girlfest, Johannesburg
27 September: Go West Heritage Festival – West Rand
3 December: KZN Matric Rage
5 December: Plett Rage, Plettenberg Bay
5 December: Jolly Dolphin, Jeffreys Bay
20 December: Flamingo’s Rock Festival, Langebaan
26 December: VIP, Plett Rage, Plettenberg Bay
28 December: Ox Braai, Bathhurst
31 December: Jolly Dolphin, Jeffrey’s Bay
– press release
The revolution will not be televised- it will be remixed at King Kong 28 March!
Post Post Entertainment is proud to announce “The Revolution will be Remixed”, a live music show taking place at King Kong on Thursday the 28th March.
King Kong, Jozi’s new favourite rooftop venue will play host to a hot lineup featuring Gazelle performing alongside Motel Mari and Dirty Paraffin, the show will be opened by the syrupy sweet sounds of Moonchild. DJ’s Invizable and Freak Mawaza will keep the party going until the early hours of that Friday’s public holiday.
The Post Post team, responsible for bringing you unforgettable live music events like “Soweto Up+Rising” and “The End is the Beginning” is back with another party to take away Joburg’s holiday blues this Easter. “The Revolution will be remixed” marks Gazzelle’s Joburg stop on an all South African tour that kicked off at this year’s Design Indaba closing party in Cape Town.
– Press Release