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Riky Rick’s Cotton Club Pop Up store does it for the kids

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Words by Lethabo Ngakane

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.

The vibe

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.

Merch

  • 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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Numbers | Exhibiton by Keneilwe Mokoena

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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

Cow Mash

 

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.

DuduBloom

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?

Manyaku Mashilo

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.

Keneilwe Mokoena

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 Mazibuko

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

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10 Oppikoppi Camping Essentials for first timers

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Written by Lethabo Ngakane

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.

5. Hygene

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.

6. Food

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.

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What’s Brewing? Why You Should Party in Daveyton This Weekend

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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

OR

R30 gets you in

LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE (You might even catch the Money Fight if you are brave enough 😉 )

#WomansKaraoke
#DaveytonKaraoke
#WaterThePeople

Name of Event: Women and art 2.0

Location/Address: WALK FRESH, 13112 Eislen Street

Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa

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 :

Brownpepperann
Teedo
Mama Zeph (Fly Machine sessions)
Mz.Buttons

Uju
Performing their latest material from the “Lijulile ep”

#alternativecommunities
#kerekengYadikatara
R50 entrance

Name of Event: The Jamshack 1520 presents: Ladies In Deep

Location/Address: Butcher 2.0, The Lido, Daveyton

Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa

Date: Sunday, August 27

Time: 1 PM to 10 pm

Details:

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:
Soulbee
Dj Teboo
Chairmane Deep
Twin Effect
They will be supported by The Jamshack 1520 residence DJ’s Manoeva and KenP.
Entrance for Ladies will be free before 3pm.
Music-Food-Wine-Beer-Cocktails will be available.

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What’s Brewing? Events This Week

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Name of Event: Jozi Art Skyline Painting Workshop Series

Location/Address: Hangout Jozi

1 Eloff, Corner of Eloff & Wemmer Jubilee Streets (Salisbury Claims, Johannesburg CBD)., 2000 Johannesburg, Gauteng

Date: Saturday, August 19

Time: 11:55 AM – 3 PM

Details: If you have a keen interest in painting and have always wanted the opportunity to paint the Jozi skyline then, this workshop is the perfect one for you. The sessions are hosted by Hangout Jozi, and headed by master art teacher, Anne Davidson Turner who will be responsible for guiding the painters as they work on the different vantage points of the across J-Sec skyline as it runs. What’s dope is that, it’s not only limited to the craft but, it also offers a nice social environment filled with food and wine in the mix. These paint workshops require a pre-paid amount of R395 per person, and they will be running for seven sessions on weekends starting with this one, up until the 9th of December. The amount also guarantees a free canvas and other equipment needed with the exclusion of an apron. It is something nice to kill an a Saturday afternoon  being creative under the warmth of the sun.

Name of Event: 4th Annual GOLDEN MIC SESSIONS

Location/Address: Uncle Toms Hall

Orlando West, 1804 Soweto, Gauteng

Date: Sunday, August 20

Time: 12 PM – 7 PM

Details: The S. A branch of the organization, Rappers Without Borders is headed to the Hector Peterson Museum to host their 4th annual music and art event called Golden Mic Sessions. The ticket is a small fee R20 pre-sold; and a more than decent R30 damage at the door for something that contains over forty solo artist and crews on the line-up. It is more than having a good time, for this NPO organization is set on giving those artists a stage to showcase their skills in all their glory. As their motto says, they’re resolve is set on educating, motivating, and inspiring people.

Name of Event: 
The Foxy Five Womxn’s Month Screenings

Location/Address: The Bioscope Independent Cinema, 286 Fox Street, 2094 Johannesburg, Gauteng

Date:  August 18 -24

Time: 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Details: August 18th is a special date for The Foxy Five… it marks the start of our Season 1 Screening Week in JHB at The Bioscope! After a successful premiere on July 12th, we were
asked to come back for more.

If you haven’t heard about us or seen any of our episodes, now is your chance! The Foxy Five is a web-series that deals with issues of intersectional feminism and follows the lives of five womxn who are finding themselves in the young democracy that is Cape Town.

Each womxn represents a different struggle and ideal within feminism. Despite their ideological differences and the clashes they often cause, the Five are a tight-nit sisterhood that always manages to band together in overcoming The Man. And as you watch each episode you get insight into each character’s life and personal struggles.

The creator, writer and director – Jabu Nadia Newman – was particularly inspired during the #FeesMustFall movement to create this fictional web-series on the the new concepts and ideas she had recently learned.

For Jabu, however, The Foxy Five is more than just a series on Youtube – it’s a mentality. The all female crew and cast hope to inspire other females and people of colour that the moment in making change is now. Feminism needs to delve deep into the issues that black womxn face everyday, something the series tries to deal with in each episode.

Screenings will take place from the 18th Aug till 24th Aug with different screening times in the afternoon and evening.

For more information visit www.thebioscope.co.za and you may purchase tickets online at https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/foxy-five

Name of Event: 4 Dilemmas – An Archival  Encounter

Location/Address: Market Photo Workshop, c/o Market Square, 138 Lilian Ngoyi St
Entrance at Margaret Macingana Street, Newtown

Date: Wednesday, August 16

Time: 12 PM – 7 PM

Details: Four Dilemmas is an encounter with the archival through the Market Photo Workshop’s picture holdings. Four Dilemmas began as an exhibition project and inquiry into womxn-lead photography produced through the Photo Workshop’s courses, mentorships and public projects from 2004 – 2017, and developed into an interrogation of the archival as a system that unfolds across economics, ownership, memory, capitalism, community and representation.

The inquiry revealed four essential dilemmas in negotiating this territory of images – the question of photographic accesibility, circulation and erasure; the effects of an archival gaze on photographic works that negotiate female subjectivity; the complicity of the process of archiving with colonial taxonomies and knowledge regimes; and finally, the effect of entering images that have not been very visible into the space of an exhibition.

The project presents a selection of womxn’s photographic work that negotiate archives through landscape, the body and the photo album, alongside placeholders and cues for further interogations – from symbolic voids that can be encountered as the negative spaces of loss or as positive spaces that demarcate ground to build on, to various texts that complicate the exhibition and the archival.

Four Dilemmas invites propositions through the space that holds it and through a parallel public programme that will unfold in relation to the dilemmas expressed. The project attempts to lay an initial ground for engagement that can be taken forward and beyond the dilemmas that it frames through this iteration.

Photographers: Keorapetse Mosimane, Doris Nzimande, Lebohang Kganye, Samantha Simons, Zanele Muholi, Phumzile Khanyile, Simangele Kalisa, Babalwa Mtanga, and Sydelle Willow Smith.

Four Dilemmas was developed through conversations between Thato Mogotsi and Mika Conradie.

About the Market Photo Workshop
For over twenty-seven years, the Market Photo Workshop has played a pivotal role in the training of South Africa’s photographers, ensuring that visual literacy reaches neglected and marginalized parts of our society. World-renowned photographer, David Goldblatt contributed vastly to the establishment of Market Photo Workshop in 1988 – 1999. Since then, the Photo Workshop has been an agent of change and representation, informing photographers, visual artists, educators, students and broader communities of trends, issues, and debates in photography and visual culture.

The Market Photo Workshop also runs a number of Public Programmes, which are a series of events involving and directed at professional photographers, visual artists, educators, students as well as the broader public. These Public Programmes seek to inform the trends, practices, methods, and contemporary ways of working and thinking in South African photography practice through exposure to a broad understanding of visual culture as well as a networking platform that encourages critical thinking and engagements.

Showcasing a number of high profile local and international photographers, as well as student and alumni photography work, the Market Photo Workshop has been able to build a strong and consistent audience base around our gallery, ‘The Photo Workshop Gallery’ in Newtown, which is on the same premises as the school. Since 2005, when the gallery was initially launched, the kind of platform it has engendered encourages not only emerging students to experience and enter into professional practice, but has distilled a new type of photographic practice amongst the greater artistic community. Various critical discourses, especially around the role documentary photography, have been stimulated by the multitude of exhibitions that have shown at The Photo Workshop Gallery creating dynamic interactions between students and the greater photography community. In 2017, Market Photo Workshop relocated to its new state of art photography facility at Market Square premises by the Mary Fitzgerald Square.

For more information, please contact:

Khona Dlamini
Manager: Projects and Programmes
T +27 (0) 11 834 1444
E-mail: khonad@marketphotoworkshop.co.za

 

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Name of Event: If Pussy Could Talk

Location/Address: Kitcheners

Corner Juta and De Beer St, Braamfontein, 2001 Johannesburg, Gauteng

Date: Wednesday, August 9

Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

Details:

If Pussy Could Talk is a storytelling session to rightfully welcome this Women’s Month, with poetry and some performances being part of the voices to speak. It is hosted by Disorient Media, a company that revolves around the arts and culture of the diaspora. The event is a platform aimed at hearing the real voices of our women in their everyday lives by utilizing the artistic aspects of expression. The idea was conceived by writer and culture researcher, Dr Beth Vale, and also features Athambile Masola; Dinika Govender; Danni Bowler; Nosipho Mngomezulu as the M.C.; and others on the roster. Do not think that the session is meant only for our sisters, for the organizers state, “this is for everybody and every body”, and only costs a lousy twenty bucks to get in so, there’s no excuse.

 

Name of Event: Umuzi First Thursday Exhibition: Square 1.

Location/Address: 70 Juta St, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa

Date: Thursday, August 3

Time: 6 PM – 9 PM

Details:

Also something along the lines of telling stories creatively, and totally worthy of a show up on the following day is Umuzi’s free, and yet exclusive one-night only exhibition for this first Thursday of August. It is about the collective sharing of creativity, and the beckoning of sharing your stories to different others such as yourself. It is interestingly titled ‘Square One’, and is about having creative people together as one.  Sounds like something to enjoy.

Name of Event: Publica[c]tion Pop Off

Location/Address:

Date: Thursday, August 3

Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

Details 

Publica[c]tion is a black student driven publication process. It consists of contributions in various forms, from across South African universities. The process has been collaborative and experimental from its inception. The pop-off is our way of creating a space to launch this collective work and share it with a broader public. Join us for music, food and conversation as we continue to experiment with how publication becomes publica[c]tion.

Name of Event: VinylSundays – August Market – Beer Yard, Lunch & Vinyl Fair

Location/Address: Stanley Beer Yard , 44 Stanley Ave, 2092 Johannesburg, Gauteng

Date: Sunday, August 6

Time: 10 AM – 3 PM

Details:

#VinylSundays returns on Sunday, 6 August at JHB’s home of craft beer, the Stanley Beer Yard for a brilliant day out in the name of vinyl.

Happening on the first Sunday of every month, #VinylSundays is a staple on the Johannesburg events calendar and is Africa’s longest running vinyl fair. It’s a super day out for the whole family and features the eleven best record stores and record dealers in Gauteng.

With thousands of vinyl records in crates and up for sale, this is a great opportunity for you to expand your record collection. The lunch at the Stanley Beer Yard is always delicious and prego rolls and crisp cold crafties are the order of the order. The venue is child friendly and there is ample outdoor seating.

There is a lot to do in the centre as a whole, even if you don’t like vinyl.Stanley Beer Yard is located in a beautiful design and specialty store centre, 44 Stanley. Be sure to pop in to Chocoloza for the best chocolates in South Africa, L’Elephant Terrible Bookshop for some reading material and stop by Mr Vinyl‘s flagship 106m2 record store. Even if your partner doesn’t like vinyl, there is so much to do.

Doors open at 10h00, but sometimes we are setup a little earlier. We look forward to seeing you there.

The record dealers trading on the day are:
Mr Vinyl
Vinyl Junkie
Record Mad
Andy Smith
Clover Records
Barney Stathakis
Compact Discovery
Reg
Croak Audio
Pieter & Martin
Additional dealers TBA@misszan and @zodwa will be on the decks and hosting their favourite djs @thetennisclub on the second sunday of every month

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