Urban Village is a South African band that pays homage to the plethora of cultures, customs, and languages that have shaped Johannesburg. The history of the joy and pain of the culmination of the city of gold; Upon the back of black South Africans is melodically displayed in the modern and ever-changing essence of the city, through the band’s interpretations and stories.
If you have travelled through Johannesburg and its neighbouring townships then you will really understand the melting point of their sound, it’s nothing short of historic, modern and magical. The tales in their music are nostalgic of those told by parents who had to leave their homelands in the villages to face and live with urban realities in the city, Egoli.
Having grazed global stages with their unique blend of folk, Zulu rock, Xhosa funk, mbaqanga & maskandi, the band that comprises of four friends aim to tell their story visually through a documentary directed by Vlad Cagnolari.
The Urban Village Documentary will be screened live and followed up with discussions on the key themes of the film, an enchanting live performance and a vinyl DJ set.
To experience this wholesome offering, check out the details below:
Venue: Wolf and Co Cafe, Tsakane (Eastrand)
Date: Friday, 28 May
For a taste of what to expect, stream their latest album Udondolo
See you there!
Can Do In The City 2018: 6lack, MuraMasa, Aminé, Majid Jordan & more
Can do In the city 2018 hosted by Soulection had one of the most interesting blend of alternative musicians performing on one stage.The concert featured artists like 6lack, MuraMasa, Aminé, Majid Jordan,Sango and plenty more including a handful of Soulection djs.
This concert was quite an ambitious effort and honestly I spent weeks mulling over how they will “fill up Ellis Park”…wait, can I legally say that? Or how they would manage so many international artists with so many different requirements.
So I quit thinking, got myself together, caught an edge up on the way and I kept it moving. See I had underestimated the scenes that I would see, I had been in my own space and focusing on the hood for so long that anxiety struck me like a Jamaican bolt of lightning with a kung fu chop and as soon as I drove near Ellis park; I had a parking attendant running aside my car, asking to jump in so that he could take me to the best parking spot,(Really dude, a stranger, in jozi, jumping into my whip…anyways) my palms sweaty, my exterior cool and my paranoia on a 100, I decided not to trust the homie and and in true Jozi fashion…act like I know as I timidly muttered “ke sharpo bra yaka, ska wara”.
The streets were filled with a teenage spirit..I mean the streets were a spawn of a polygamous marriage beween Varcity/college students and Matriculants on their last weekend of the holidays, along with a side dish of some of us who are gently letting go of our relevance to the yout’.
E-cigarettes in the air, an occasional whiff of some good grade green sliding into our nostrils (no complaints here) and crispy golden brown Budweiser flooding over the cups…This was the perfect breeding ground for “worst behaviour” and soon this would become evident.
I was bummed to have missed Sango but from the murmurs in the crowd, it didn’t seem that I missed much and although Goldlink was unable to make the gig, Aminé widely known for his billboard 100 hit Caroline, pulled through with a genuine energy and wasted no time in catalyzing the repressed rage and fire from the restless crowd. One moment I was introducing my fine self to an excited Portland local and before I know it, Aminé had commanded the crowd hanging from the outside circumference of a rather empty golden circle to jump over and get closer….all hell broke loose as the barricades that seperated the haves and the have nots crashed to the ground and everyone leaped over and stampeded into the golden circle like 100s of fleeing buffalos.
The scenes weren’t as romantic as I write, many did get injured and I saw disturbing scenes of young girls being flung onto and over the rails…it was madness but there was a unified sense of love in the circle as he carried on performing as if it was just another day!
He really had fun with the crowd and brought the generations of followers together by spitting a sing along TLC – No Scrub Verse which continued into another popular and classic Kanye west verse.
Some crowd favourites that he performed were:
Campfire ft. Injury Reserve
This set really started with some real heat in the form of Jordan Ullman, the one half of the duo with an incredible ear for music and production skills that have really built his portfolio over the years with producer credits from songs such as Dj Khaled ft. Drake – Free and Drake-Feel No Ways to name drop a couple 🙂 however his entrance onto the stage was nowhere near the chart topping hip-pop and R&B music that he is most known for. His sound was far from popular music but more of a borderline melancholic future bass with sprinkles of uplifting chords to lighten up the mood as he built up the vibe for his longtime partner Majid Al Maskati to come on stage.
A New York Times profile once called them “Drake’s secret weapon” and after I watched them perform and how the crowd…especially the lovers , reacted to the music, singing word for word and dancing in one of those “take it from behind, I don’t want to miss a second of Majid Jordan” type of slow dances, I shared the same sentiments, these dudes are legit secret weapons of R&B and where it’s going.
The visuals on stage were very sexual and kinda overemphasized the apparent theme of their music and although they have super quality jams, I felt a bit drained after their long performance of electro-R&B, because let’s face it, I am single, been standing for hours on tar road and could do with a brewsky…So in short; the beginning was a bang, the middle was a streeeeeetch and the end was really emotional, in the sense that the Majid expressed how Jordan saved his life with music. Music saves lives kids!
The two met at a bar in college and made music for only 18 months before they created a number 1 hit for Drake, titled “Hold on”. The duo is now signed to OVO Sound. They definitely made some new fans in South Africa. Here are some of the buttery songs that they performed:
Gave Your Love Away
I have been following 6lack since listening to his somewhat gloomy Free 6lack album in 2017 and I was always intrigued by his slow and effortless style of contemporary R&B, bedded on bass beats and synthesized keys; needless to say his song writing skills encompassed different stages of “fuck boyish” modern day love and its problems. This album affirmed his arrival and built him a cult following. He has been touring the world and America for a while and was now about to grace us with his first ever performance on South African soil…or tar in this regard – so naturally I had high expectations for the Grammy nominated and ever so busy artist.
As usual it took a long time to get his stage set up and his DJ tried to keep the crowd hyped up with upbeat tracks and a near patronizing “African” song. The crowd grew restless and the lines for the bar increased by the second…by this time the teenage spirit had evaporated into fumes of vomit, cheap vodka, anxiety and excitement.
Soon enough the the stage lights exploded to the rhythm of the bass line and a miniature figure emerged from the smoke…it was 6lack; His mic was not working but he kept on performing to a confused crowd who just did not know why their favourite artists was inaudible…eventually he received another mic and he literally rapped his hit songs and had an underwhelming stage presence..with a very little singing.
The crowd went wild from what I assume was from the sight of their favourite musician rather than the performance itself. As a fan I found myself taking walks and thinking about the bar than actually listening further. What was mad surprising though was when he pulled Nasty C on stage and Nasty performed Jungle with the energy of a young buck with big bucks. Nasty C was able to lift up the crowd’s energy for the second half of the performance. All in all I was pretty disappointed by 6lack’s approach to this performance.
Some of the songs performed were:
Pretty Little Fears feat. J.cole
Ex Calling, etc.
This has to have been my favourite performance, The 22 year old Mura Masa who is known by his die hard followers for his Lotus Eater song, was the closing act of the concert and a much needed boost of energy for a crowd that was exhausted from dancing and walking around since the early afternoon. There was a great deal of excitement and wonder as the multi-instrumentalist’s stage was set up, the dispersed crowd slowly huddled back into formation as soon as the visuals started playing.
His visuals carried the same identity as that of his self titled album and kept the audience glued to the stage with every song displaying its own and unique visuals…from a branding perspective, I’d have to say it was pretty cool bringing the album to life, if you know what I mean.
He came onto the stage with Bonzai who injected the crowd with life as she started rapping and singing on Nuggets , the crowd lit up like distant rockets and sang along religiously! Muramasa was also joined by his long time live tour collaborator Fliss who performed a variety of songs with him and honestly, her vocal dexterity and range coupled with her energy and dance moves felt like we were experiencing the reincarnation of Lebo Mathosa. Some of the songs you missed out on are:
What If I go?
Can Do – In The City 2018 was an ambitious attempt to bring in some of the leading young alternative and electronic musicians of our time and our future and I would love to see them do it again!
Photograohy by Xara Fourie
Words by: Lethabo Ngakane
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Numbers | Exhibiton by Keneilwe Mokoena
It has always been a numbers game even before humans came into existence, I mean..in the beginning there was one right?? or as Catholic priest, astronomer and professor, Georges Lemaître first noted in 1927 that “an expanding universe could be traced back in time to an originating single point”…a whole single (1) point, a BIG BANG…can you believe it? no? who cares if you don’t …anyways…
It even gets crazier to think numbers may have a mystical relationship with your life and who you are when you are born; This can be discovered when you get your hands dirty in the study of numerology and most specifically the study of life path numbers. I could make a gazillion examples of numbers in non-verbal communication, the golden ratio, sacred geometry…technology, biology…life, but I’d rather let you come to experience it for your self in a few hours, today at the last leg of Numbers | Exhibition curated by 2015 Reinhold Cassirer Award winner Keneilwe Mokoena.
Date: 18 August 2018
Location: Hazard Gallery (Maboneng), Johannesburg
Time: 14:00 until late
What to expect
Exploring her identity as a woman by using the cow as a metaphor, she addresses with issues of sexism not only in society, but in her own home. Cow treads on and interrogates the expectations women are burdened with, such as mundane chores in the home, and how she grapples with such expectations place on her at home.
Mostly using thread and circles, DuduBloom explores the themes of habits and cycles in sub-themes of movement and anxiety. Those themes interlink and create repetition of one another in different ways and different situations, which constantly create new cycles Codes are numbers. Colours are hex-codes. Moods and emotions are colour sensitive. New emotions, sad emotions, unexplainable emotions, cyclic emotions, joyful emotions, hidden emotions, frustrating emotions, deep emotions. Colours are mood and emotion evoking. Colours are hex-codes. Codes and numbers. What number are you feeling today?
If geometry is the expression of deep mathematical truths through symbols, then it is through geometry that numbers can speak to us on a personal and philosophical level about our experience. The perfect circle is a abstract symbol with its foundations in mathematics, but has also represented the power of the female in ancient and modern cultures alike. In this work the artist’s obsessive repetition of the circle overwhelms the defaced male figure in the foreground, its masculinity disrupted and consumed in a flow of sensual feminine geometry. Mathematics cannot adequately quantify the dominance of masculinity in our society, but here it is used as a weapon to tear it down.
The interactive installation ponders on the significance of the number ‘7’ throughout nature, represented through the use of seven circles in the creation of The Flower of Life pattern. It’s an attempt at transforming space and creating an immersive sensory experience of stepping into a drawing.
Boitumelo’s work focuses on the internal disputes of patriarchy. The internalised discrimination. The effects of a woman wearing a hypothetical “socially accepted” garment or even a garment she wears to make it clear that she is outcast from society. How she sees her own body from the male gaze (whether it’s misogynistic or from religious view). The comparison between other women and herself. Whether she’s holy or unholy. Her devotion to her faith versus living a liberated life.
There are lots more other artists including video instillations to check out, so pull through.
Written by: Lethabo Ngakane
10 Oppikoppi Camping Essentials for first timers
There’s only 10 days to go before Oppikoppi – one of Africa’s best 3-day music festivals. This year Oppikoppi spots a different variety of locally sourced live acts on their line-up, that are most likely to attract a horde of first-time Oppikoppi campers.
Since I have been to this festival a few times, I know how it feels to be under preprared and overwhelmed by the unexpected; I have created a camping checklist to ensure that you have the essentials sorted before you head to the dust!
1. Camping Tent
This is a pretty obvious one, but the trick here is to ensure that you buy the correct size tent, for instance it’s better to buy a 4 man tent for two people to ensure that you have enough room for sleeping, changing and storing personal belongings.
2. Sleeping Mat
A sleeping mat is one of the most important items if you really want to have a comfortable nights sleep and avoid the cold ground at night. An air mattress is lightweight but has superior comfort levels as compared to the standard sleeping mat or bag.
3. Camp Site
Arrive at the campsite early so that you can find the most convenient space before it gets crowded, It’s always wise to have a campsite large enough for your friends to join you too.
4. Light up your life
It gets very dark at night and you are most likely to get lost while travelling to and from your campsite at night, so do it right by making sure that you have a torch or headlamp to help you get around, and don’t forget to have more batteries for back up.
It’s important to keep clean and fresh on a daily basis because the heat, sweat and boozing can give off a rather unpleasant smell. The festival has public showers and wipes also help keep you fresh and clean. Bring some hand sanitizer too, it gets pretty wild out there.
Festival food can be pretty expensive or not cater to your dietary needs so it’s always smart to pack none perishable foods to sustain you for the duration of the festival.
7. Stay Charged Up
Since this is your first experience, You will probably want to take lots of pictures and videos to share with your friends and followers, so it is important that you stay charged up with a fully charged power bank or two.
8. Keep it cool
Make sure you stock up on ice blocks from the festival so that you can keep your beverages and some foods cool all the time. So don’t forget that Coolerbox.
9. Know the rules
Although Oppi is one of the most fun and free events to attend, it also comes with its rules, so make sure you get acquainted with rules before heading into the dust.
10. Clear the ground and keep it clean
Make sure that you clear the ground you will camp on, making sure that there are no sharp objects or stones. Not only will these damage your tent but they will be uncomfortable to sleep on. Don’t forget to clean up before you leave, respect nature and leave it as it was!
Next week we will be giving you cool tips on how to survive #Oppikoppi #Nomakanjani like a pro! So remember to follow us on social media or join our newsletter to stay in tune.
Riky Rick’s Cotton Club Pop Up store does it for the kids
Kaffein Magazine went to check out Riky Rick’s Cotton Club Records pop up in Braamfontein, Johannesburg and cover the beauty in its apparent spontaneity, we came packed with good energy, curiosity and a whole lot of Oreos and refreshments for what looked to be an interesting afternoon.
I first came across Riky Rick’s music when he dropped his Love and marriage beat tape, (I could write a whole review on this gem but you can download it here), it was then that I opened my eyes to his worldview on music and his unique form of artistry, never would I have imagined seeing his creativity grow and overflow through our screens, radios, phones and into the hearts of so many types of people on so many levels.
Riky dropped the artwork for the event a day before – in classic pop up fashion – and the kids did what they had to do, to show love and support for their hero; and of course to get in line with the hope of getting their hands on the limited merchandise.
The streets were flooded with people watching the day’s entertainment, socializing and showing off their brown paper bags and threads. Every now and then people would come out of the store in their new hoodies and beaming smiles, while the anxious were systematically allowed to enter the store.
A hand full of die-hard supporters had already lined-up outside the shop as early as 08:00 am on a sunny winter’s morning and Boss Zonke showed his genuine appreciation and love by buying them some coffee to keep them warm and in good spirits. He was dressed in his Cotton Club Records Super Distressed hoodie which he mentioned on Instagram as his pick of the litter, blue jeans and classic gold Tims. In sharing the spirit he let his true fans tag his Tims, another solid gesture that displayed his character…to those of us who are usually a screen away from any of his representations. The producer/artist also spent quite a bit of time having fun outside with the fans, taking pictures and touching base with people he knows.
At the end of it all he let as many people as possible into the store and celebrated with them. He sold out his new merch in a few hours but left no one excluded with his presence.
- The store had fresh cropped gender neutral hoodies with bleached hues of soft blues and a pink “Cotton Club Records” logo. Bringing out a free spirited air about this piece.
- Another option was a hoodie with bleached shades of browns mainly Raw Umber and hints of Tan. This item gives off a militant feel to the range as it is reminiscent of a desert storm trooper’s uniform.
- The SUPER DISTRESSED is similar to the above and has a heavily worn out, rugged edge to it, with splashes of dark greens and browns, the logo is in black and appears to be wearing out.
The downfall of the day was the clashing music and entertainment from next door which made the experience a bit jarring for me and made such an awesome day seem like a clash of hip-hop egos, although there’s videos of the man of day hanging out next door and supporting their work too.
All in all It was a refreshing pop up store that disrupted the way day to day business gets handled in Braamfontein and gave power to the streets. A strong message of self belief and community was shared with the audience…reminding us that we can all make our dreams come true if we put our minds to it. Check out the speech below:
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What’s Brewing? Why You Should Party in Daveyton This Weekend
Daveyton is probably the most unsung Township in the Eastrand (Ekurhuleni), A township that has given birth to game changers in music, politics and sports, namely Lira, Lebo Mathosa, Jabu Pule and lots more. “This township is affectionately known as Vutha (sometimes spelled Vutta) or Tuka due it being the first black township to have access to electricity.”
What’s more electrifying is that this township is rewriting its own narrative within business and the arts, interesting events are sprouting around the neighbourhood , giving the youth various options of things to do. So whether you are a local or you are looking for a different crowd or vibe to check out, here are a few events that will spark your interest.
SAVE THE DATE YOL!!! **R150 gets you 1 hearty meal, 4 drinks, Entry and 1 Karaoke song** OR R50 gets you in LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE#WTPKARAOKE#DAVEYTON#LASTOWNBRAAIHOUSE
Posted by Lethal Lamb on Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Name of Event: Water The People Karaoke Nights
Location/Address: Lastown Braaihouse, Maroleng street, Daveyton
Date: Saturday, August 26
Time: 6 PM
Details: Are you feeling warm enough to let your vocals sing goodbye to the dreaded winter ??? Get your voucher and secure yourself a seat at the table, dance floor or bar, what ever tickles your fancy. The voucher includes
R150 gets you 1 hearty meal, 4 drinks, Entry and 1 Karaoke song
R30 gets you in
LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE (You might even catch the Money Fight if you are brave enough 😉 )
Name of Event: Women and art 2.0
Location/Address: WALK FRESH, 13112 Eislen Street
Date: Sunday, August 27
Time: 12 PM
Details: Women and art
Is a series of events that celebrate women that practice the different mediums of art.
These phenomenal women, inspire the next generation of women creators.
On the 27 August 2017, His and Hers Jams together with Don’t trip sessions will host the second ” Women and art” edition, in the East Rand, Daveyton.
The event will start 12 midday till midnight. With carefully selected music by the selectors of the day. Visitors will enjoy live mural painting by exhibiting artists, fashion, and delightful meals on offer on the day, later in the evening be astonished by a musical performance.
We hope this event will encourage more young women to engage more in the creative arts.
Music by :
Mama Zeph (Fly Machine sessions)
Performing their latest material from the “Lijulile ep”
Name of Event: The Jamshack 1520 presents: Ladies In Deep
Location/Address: Butcher 2.0, The Lido, Daveyton
Date: Sunday, August 27
Time: 1 PM to 10 pm
The Jamshack 1520 makes a return this August with Ladies in Deep.
As it is Woman’s month we have something special from the ladies as they will be gracing the decks. On the line up we will be featuring the finest ladies talent:
They will be supported by The Jamshack 1520 residence DJ’s Manoeva and KenP.
Entrance for Ladies will be free before 3pm.