1. The way art and design makes me view the world is in a sense of a narrative, a spatial story to put things into simpler terms. It says alot about the feelings and aspirations of people who live in specific parts of the world. To bring things closer to home, South Africa: its artistic expression and spatial narrative is influenced alot by the large barrier of unspoken inequality that largely defines it. And my goal is to bridge that gap and create quality spaces for the disadvantaged.
2. As you grow older you get to experience the harsh realities of the world. You get thrown into a box in which you are not allowed to penetrate because you would be breaking social norms. I have always been a quiet child and all my word got thrown onto paper. I would release a lot of tensioned energy onto a blank page and later throw it away or burn it as a way of receiving sensation from a blind and deaf world. Later in High school i did visual Arts and that space became my safe haven. I felt comfortable being in the same room as Artists and designers whereas the main rule of that space was that “Art is everything and at the same time art is nothing.”
3. I first got introduced to illustration when I was about 11 years old through this other windows paint app that came with every desktop. Everynight I would induge in a painting or two. Later I got introduced to a Graphic design software where I learnt how to manipulate images and create poster and this was about 2-3 years later. I began to do album/ and song graphic art for Local rappers and posters for events. Mid highschool a photographer introduced me to Adobe. This is where i sharpened my skill level and starting going from Photography to film making in Adobe Premier/After effects .
4. My design and Art process is mostly influenced by the stories that happen around me on a daily basis. The beauty of how the whole of humanity is connected through small or large
occurances in life. I tend to express past and future being on in the same thing, where as once upon a time is equivelent to happliy ever after. Its not about the end result of the art or design that has been completed however its all about the journey that matters in order to reach that stage of completion of a piece.
5. The main goal was to go further and study Fine Arts however, architecture brought me closer into expression on a reality basis or on a three dimensional space. I wanted to create art that’s not only useful/functional to human beings but also expresses a specific idea in how one can change reality through the way we view our surroundings. Therefore Architecture allows one to express oneself in that manner where as I get to make art on a Three dimensional plan. Its like a Sculpture but people can live, work and play in it.
6. I am mostly invested in digital art. where I create portraits that tell stories of people and their experience of life. I tend to design spaces that are influenced by these paintings. so i design a space based on the Art piece that i produced to enhance the viewing experience for that particular art piece.
7. I sketch a lot, most of the time. doodle drawings carry so much information then a sketch that has been done after 5 hours. Were as doodles you put your mind to paper in real time. so i journal spatial architectural concepts. Whenever I hit the road, I always have my camera with me to capture the day’s events and stories of people. All in all I can say goodnight without indulging in the arts.
8. I am drawn into the African utopic experencince. I love buildings that speak to the African story from the native hut to the futuristic Wakanda experience. I follow a lot of architects like Francis Kere, Mashabane Rose, and Peter rich whereby they decolonize our spatial experience from dutch/ english monumental architecture to carrying through the evolution of the afrocentric man through space and form.
9. I see myself as more of a creative director, whereby I would consult in various practices that work with the production of Space and art. Thus including Architecture, Film, Art and advertising. Although I will still be practicing my craft, designing buildings and producing my own artworks.
Photo credit: Michael Ellis
Between the Berg and the Breede River, straight outta Boland – that’s where rapper Middelvinger (real name Jéan Labuschagne) was born.
Having been a background player in the SA music industry for almost two decades, Middelvinger crafted the reputation as somewhat of a mythical figure, providing lyrical inspiration to more than a few artists – Fokofpolisiekar’s “Bel Vir Middelvinger” is a nod to the rapper’s early days of dealing weed in and around the CBD.
Today Middelvinger’s swapped rolling zols for lyrical jols, and as a result has gone from Dealer to Healer with the first single “Weskus Boi” featuring heavyweights Jack Parow, Fred, Vegas and Drox, off his debut album Boland Bad Boys Vol. 1.
With one of the catchiest choruses you’ll hear anywhere this winter, “Weskus Boi” will have you dreaming of lazy summer days by the seaside, and was born out of Fred Den Hartog’s (Die Heuwels Fantasties) Cape Town studio, The Nothing Club.
“This is feel-good music with some crazy rhymes. It’s a blend of that old school ‘90s early 2000s-style production with a modern college hip hop feel to it. It sounds like the beat up system in the Conquest we used to drive around Stellies and sell weed in,” Middelvinger explains when questioned about the song’s rhythmic narrative.
“Weskus Boi” is without a doubt one of the most eclectic releases of the year, and is backed by a stellar supporting cast that lays a solid foundation for Middelvinger’s debut single and promising future.
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The video for ‘Mr Misery’ brings James’s vibrant energy and iconic look to life by giving a nod to anti-establishmentarianism and resistance in light of recent South African social injustice.x
Following the recent release of his EP ‘Renegade’ – which has already seen major support across some of South Africa’s main radio stations; 5FM, 947, KFM, Jacaranda FM and Algoa FM plus A&R Worldwide’s Passport Approved playlisting and Amazing Radio play in the UK, as well as support from streaming services across the board – South African alternative pop artist James Deacon reveals the official music video for his alt-rock banger ‘Mr Misery’.
The video is out today, July 8th, and sees James and his band mates teaming up with creative visionary and video director, Eric T Graham, who says “I was absolutely blown away when I heard the new music James has been putting out. It took no more than a few seconds of Mr Misery’s first listen before I was adamant on making a music video with these guys.
Eric explains the theme and concept for the video, saying “Being heavily restricted by lockdown, I knew I wanted to incorporate and use the restrictions as an advantage, rather than having the video postponed. I took an antagonistic approach towards the current circumstances and restrictions put in place by the overarching pandemic and the South African government’s response towards it.
The music video introduces us to the band wearing face masks, staying the appropriate distance from one another and applying hand sanitizer. Monitoring an empty street at night, the band addresses the situation head-on with withered statements on cardboard (all of which being segments from local headlines). The main theme would be questioning and confronting reality, authority and the layered response from our government.
After editing a preliminary video, we shot some silhouettes to mask over the main narrative and performance, to amplify the forms of deflection, masking and deception that this pandemic (and how the government is responding towards it) yields.
While being one of my proudest works, this was easily one of the most effortless music videos I’ve ever produced. James, Dan and Pierre were amazing to work with and never doubted or questioned my vision for this video.”
Speaking about the making of the video, James explains “Shooting ‘Mr Misery’ was a 3am decision!
I got a message from an old friend from my days playing guitar in a previous band, who turned out to be an amazing videographer! We literally decided to do the video and started filming 2 days later.
Eric T Graham was the Visionary behind the video and from moment 1 I knew that he was the perfect person to truly bring out the meaning of the song and make a statement at the same time.
From start to finish the entire project took only about 2 weeks and it flowed amazingly from phase to phase without any major issues, which is really rare with these things! It’s the kind of video that you will instantly want to re-watch.
Part of the video’s message is a statement on the current socio-political climate in South Africa.”
‘Mr Misery’ which was released on James’ ‘Renegade’ EP on June 12th through Bad Future Records is perhaps the genre-defying artist’s most alternative-rock offering to date. The song is a bluesy, rock infused sing-along anthem with sweeping distorted guitars, driving bass lines and a thumping beat topped off with infectious vocals and headbanging hooks.
When asked about the track’s narrative and lyrical content, James confesses: “I try to be a positive guy for the most part, but sometimes I have trouble with the cynical, negative Debbie-Downer side of myself. This song came about at around 4:00am, as I stumbled to the kitchen to get some water, the melody and chanted delivery of the opening line for the song came to me and it kinda developed from there.”
“It’s basically the dark side to my last single ‘Shine’, because as much as I believe that persistence and positivity are the keys to success, I think a healthy tolerance and understanding of the undesirable aspects of one’s mind is just as important. ‘Mr Misery’ is a metaphor for my bad side, and the song itself is a kind of resilient juxtaposition to “Shine”,
After his single ‘Son Of Apollo’ was selected to soundtrack HBO’s 8-week movie promo campaign in America, follow up singles ‘HERO aka Rich’ and ‘Reason’ both achieved stints at #1 on 5FM’s Indie Chart, and Deacon’s work has received online tastemaker support from Record Of The Day, Earmilk, Indie Shuffle and CLASH, to name but a few – this 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist is quickly becoming some of the hottest property in alternative music.
While most of us are ready to write off 2020, the lockdown has only reinforced James’ undeniable talent and there seems to be no end in sight to his musical prowess and fierce determination.
Listen to ‘Mr Misery’ HERE: https://ditto.fm/jd_renegade
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Bandcamp – https://jamesdeacon.bandcamp.com/
The sun goes down and the moon comes up
Children and parents walking through the Museum, looking at the town’s most Famous art work, most gather around the “Le visage de la beauté” by Arthur Mathis painted in 1899. What sits in this secure frame is his last major piece of work.
Soon the sun starts to set and the Museum of Glory is locked for the night, the last few reaming people leaving leaving the courtyards, as the crowds of people clear there just one man left standing in the distance watching the museum being locked, wearing a fancy suit and standing near a sports car, we’re not able to see this “Mysterious Mans” face as the sun says goodbye and takes the light with it. He gets in his car and speeds off.
No Early Bird Here
we come to Oscar, late 20’s young handsome black man, watching running around his apartment getting ready for work, his on the phone
“Don’t worry I got everything planed, I couldn’t get off tonight but I have the most special night planed for you… okay, bye, Love you”
he hangs up and rushes out the door with one shoe on. Oscar arrives at the Museum of Glory fighting thought the crowds to get into inside
“Hey I work here move”
people all around, Oscar runs through the door to find his Boss with a face that tells us all Oscar is late “again”
“Hey, you know there something that tracks time its called a clock, you should own one”
“Sorry, I didn’t expect the the traffic, It won’t happen again, I give you my word”
“listen, you’ve heard of the robbing that have been happened around the world, this problem is globe, we can’t afford to lost anything in the building”
“Don’t worry sir I’ll watch everything in here like a hawk”
“That’s if you still have this job, okay lets go to work”
as his boss walks away Oscars friend David approaches him
“mans got a stick up his ass today” Oscar says
“He hasn’t been laid since 93 give to that I say give the man a break”
“And what about the robbing” Oscars asks
“there a staff meeting about it today”
“you know what it”s about? “
“20 museums have been robbed on worldwide, we probably need to reinforce this place,
“damn, and they haven’t cough this guy yet”
“World Greatest Thief, no one knows how he gets in but he does so like a ninja, last week a another painting went missing worth millions, some of us started a bet, this place might get hit soon”
“hope not, we got a staff meeting lets go”
As they walk away a man walks into view, he stares dead straight at the painting. As we get closer to the painting we see the smallest crack that no man could ever see. this mysterious man walks a little closer but suddenly someone bumps him, its Oscar
“Sorry” he says to the man
“No, problemo senior, maybe next time watch your step, yes.
as he turns as looks at the painting it seems to send this man into a trance
“Great painting…right? ” says Oscar, wired out by the guy
mysterious man is snapped back into reality after staring at the painting
“why yes, marvelous art it is” He says
Oscar watches him walk. and continues as he was, Later at the staff meeting everyone gathers.
“Alright… uh.. thank you for being here, so recently there been these robbing that art happening world the globe at a consistent rate, and we need to brace for it, okay, things will change for now
“Like what?” The Boss replies
he puts on his glasses and reads the papers in front of him
“there will be more hours added and emploeys will be force to take more shifts”
everyone one in the rooms stands and is ready to wile out
“excuse me, now calm, weeks ago we just received “Le visage de la beauté most famous painting in the world and its in our Museum, show some God damn respect. Meetings over, you will see your new work times on the wall in the staff room, everyone resume.
everyone walks out, David catches Oscar
“you hear this man” David says
“Unbelievable” he says”
The employees rush to the staff room to look at the time schudel.
“Damnit” says David
Oscar read the walls and see he got an unespexted shift
I can’t make tomorrow nights shift, listen David cover tomorrow night, and I’ll cover yours tonight” Oscar says
“You mean it”
“I wouldn’t says it, if I don’t mean it”
as the day comes to an end everyone starts to clear the musem, as Oasr locks the museum he sees someone out on the courtyard standing next to a Car. the mysterious Man gets in and drives off
“Weird? ” he says
Behind The Frames
sitting behind a large desk, thousands of different world famous paintings behind him, he assistant walks in the room, He takes out a cigar and lights it and turns to face Jarvis
“Any news Jarvis, I hope you found the right type of people for this”
“of course Sir, this is no ordinary job, I’ve been looking at a few people who are possibly able to carry this task through”
Jarvis hands the files to Charles, he looks unimpressed
“Possibly?!” He says responds, rising his voice to Jarvis
“Someone else has already stolen ten paints I need, If I don’t get this a lot of gun will be pointed at me”
“I will continue to search Sir”
the phone rings, he picks it up
Mr. Heggingway” says the scary Russian voice
“Who is this”Charles says
He sits up after hearing that name
“Your guys just called we spoke they said..”
No, I don’t care what they say, you listen to me now, bring paintings Thursday”
“By Thursday I don’t”
he hangs up. the world starts spinning…. He looks at the fines on the desk again, Jarvis walks into the room,
“alright, sir. A drink prahaps? “
“On the rocks”
Charles pulls out a file and sees there is no name?
“No name, who is this” he says
“This person is discrete Sir, thou he demans a high price
“I’ve could never work with someone who I couldn’t trust, where the records?”
“Sir, there are no records to judge him”
“Call him in, I’ll do that myself, Time waits for for man, and that I don’t have much of”
A few moments later Jarvis brings someone in, wearing a fancy suit. Arlo, a young Dominican man with hair that sways with the summer breeze and brown eyes.
“this isn’t any ordinary job” Charles says
“And I am no ordinary man, what we looking for”
“what I’m looking for is A piece of work many have been trying to get their hands on,”
he stops walking around the room and turns to Charles eyebrow rised high
“And what is this piece called”
“Le visage de la beauté”
the man takes a moment to think, Charles sits in silence
“Fifth teen Million” says Arlo with a smile on his face
Charles stares into his eye and laughs at him, he starts walking around the room again and goes to the wall of paintings
“You see Mr Heggingway I too am a big fan of Art, there are ways we can help each other. Okay, maybe I say ten Million”
“the deal was ten, si and for that and it will be in on your safe and secure like all the other paintings
“I need this painting by Thursday that four days away, I don’t have time,
“perfecto for Twenty Million I steal it tonight si”
“hahaha” Charles laughs
“You are funny man” says Arlo
those words turns Charles face into a hatred stare
“You think you can steal this painting tonight, who the fuck do you think you are? “
“Well of course, for twenty Million I know I can”
Arlo gets up and pours himself a drink
“Venga Mr.Heggingway, you’ve put much more than that into this very room itself”
he gestures to the painting on the wall. They both stare at the wall. Charles puts the Blueprint of the building on the desk and slides it over to the opposite side
“Now I can get you…”
He interrupts Charles
“No, necesito senior as I said once, I am no ordinary man, ten hour from now, you will have the pain 1:30, no later then that”
they shakes hands and he walks out the room with a smile.
“Jarvis get my paintings to be loaded tomorrow, we could possibly be out here sooner than expected”
This day will come: Like A Thief In The Night
another lonely night in the museum as Oscar walks around watching the painting, Suddenly a soft noise comes down the hall with a raised flash light Oscar goes to see what it could be, but nothing he walks back down the hall pass “Le visage de la beauté” and the painting is gone, Oscar doesn’t realizes this, he keep walking, as he walks someone run past him, dressed in black as he motion is as silent like a Cat. he slips out the roof and he’s gone
the next day Oscar is lying in bed and the phone rings his boss is shouting loud
“what? okay I coming”
upon arrival Oscar sees the painting missing, nothing but a empty frame, he turns cold
“what happened here” his boss shouts and yells at him
“I don’t know it was there I swear”
“this is what I get for thinking I can trust someone like you”
he stares at the frame and little crack in the corner
“Get out”his boss shout in front of everyone
He lowers his head and walks out
Enemies at the crossroads
he gets a phone call, the caller ID unknown
“shit” Charles yelps
“Mr.Heggingway” he says over the phone
“You say i get painting tomorrow”
“how you make so possible
how you make painting come early?
for a higher price.
when we meet if painting comes soon
he hags up.
he looks at his watch 1:00A.M,
lets hope this happens earlier than expected
He arrives at the airport and is escorted to a private hanger
The Double Ended sword
A Fancy sports car pulls up and out get “The Thief” he walks to the door and the security stand
“What are doing here” the guard says
Arlo instantly shoots them down, he looks to the dying security
“I am here to fetch somethings I want”
with one final shot, the man falls into forever unconsciousness. he goes to the truck and sees the driver is in there unarmed.
“I will not hurt you, but I want you to make a phone call for me, si?”
he calls Heggingways assitant
“Tell them, you’ll be there soon”
he pulls out his phone and calls
“The truck is on the way”
BAM! suddenly someone shoots the Driver,
“You didn’t have to kill him” Arlo says
His side kick puts the “Le visage de la beauté” in the truck with the other paingtings
“No you can leave this honraré mi palabra pero para mí, I’ll take these paintings and the money”
“but you’ve been watching the museum for a week, your going to give this up”
” yes, for a bigger win”
He throws the body out the truck and gives a thumps up to his side kick. Arlo heads back to his car. he checks his watch 1:19
“El tiempo está de mi lado”
He drives off
Our Times up
nervous Charles smoking waiting constently watching his watch
“where’s the truck? ” Charles asks
“On the way Sir, No need to worry”
A car pulls up and out gets Arlo
“I helped you, now you help me yes”
he give Charles the paingting he looks at it, he comfirms it by a smily nob, someone bring two large bags and set them at his feet, he opens them, millions!. he puts them the the trunk of the car
“Yes yes, I love to work along people who, how you say, love, the passion for the art is beautiful”
“How did you get this done so quick”
“like you said Mr.Heggingway a job that is for no ordinary, could never be completed, by a ordinary man”
he stops before getting in the car
“el tiempo está de mi lado. Time does not exiest there for, It only exist when you need it to, and tonight time is on my side. Is it on your side Mr.Heggingway?”
He does up the window and speeds off into the nigh. Charles Checks his watch 1:40am
“Shit we going to be late!”
Jarvis comes running over
“Sir, I need to,,,”
“Just get everything loaded right now”
He gets in the plane and they take off. Charles sits back and relaxes
“Pour me a doll” He says the woman
Sir” says Jarivs
what is now”
The Truck never arrived
“turn this plane around”
he gets up running
“you turn this plane around”
Charles arrives at his work place to find dead bodies and a burning building behind them, there is a note on one of the bodies: Thank you Mr.Heggingway, it was a pleasure doing business Charles gets a phone call, there is no Caller ID. He answer.
“‘Mr. Heggingway, where is my paintings”
Charles stands and looks towards the burning building
“you told me 5 paintings yes!”
“Yes, I did, I have to bring them on thrusday like you said”
“NO, you said, you bring Wednesday, is tomorrow, not Thursday
Charles has no more assuring words to use, his out of ideas
“Privedi zhenshchinu i mal’chika”
through the phone Charles hears a screaming woman and crying boy.
“Listen I’ll Get the paintings, Ill being them Wednesday”
One shot goes off and silences the woman screams but to only increase the child screams
“I am Sorry Mr.Heggingway, but we are all out of time”
the final shot renders the room silent bringing the screams to halt
‘Dame’ is a fun, cheeky and light-hearted track about romance and was created in a late-night studio session in Berlin 3 years ago, but was put on the back burner shortly after. El Mukuka had just travelled to Spain right before the song concept was born and was inspired to create a piece of music that fused flamenco with deep house and a spice of Afro-house too. The team also incorporated a fun Latin guitar riff that brings out a sexy summer vibe. The song, like most of Mukuka’s music, is a cultural melting pot.
In 2019 during a studio session in Zambia, El Mukuka played the track to Marocco and she fell in love with it. “We did some additional writing and decided to have the song in both English and Spanish. At almost the exact same time I was introduced to the music of the Belgium-based DJ/Producer HVMZA. I started to play a lot of his music in my sets and we connected on social media where we began to discuss music and collaborating. I played him ‘Dame’ and we instantly clicked. As we were developing the production, I started to test the song out on tour during most of my key sunset parties in Zambia, Uganda and South Africa at Ultra Music Festival right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Africa. The response was great, everywhere!” explains Mukuka on how the collab came about.
With most of the world under lockdown due to the pandemic, an upbeat song like ‘Dame’ is the perfect cure for the lockdown blues.
Mukuka also has a special message to the fans during this pandemic: “I hope this song will be a contrast to the hardships most of us are facing during these unprecedented times. Stay strong and healthy so that we can party again soon! Much love!”
‘El Mukuka & HVMZA ft. Marocco – Dame’ is out now across all digital platforms: https://africori.to/dame
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Oshri was inspired to write “Familiar Enemy” towards the end of some tough times, which he recalls, saying “I felt lost and as if I was not progressing anywhere. I compared myself, and didn’t feel like I was living up to my expectations. There were points where all I wanted to do was quit, escape to an island.” Oshri was sitting in a writing session one day and before he started the session with two talented artists, Ian Gott and Holden Jaffe aka Del Water Gap, they first wanted to see how everyone felt that day. “When I brought up the topic of how I was feeling and what I was going through, they all could relate. So, we started writing about it. The idea was ‘It’s a draining feeling, let’s drain it into a song and out of our systems, and add a feel-good melody’.”
This is the first song where Oshri is sharing a negative process of his: a side of himself that he didn’t like but he had to learn to accept. The single was recorded in January with producer Cameron Stymeist in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
‘Familiar Enemy’ is released with an incredibly beautiful music video.
Oshri has a special love for South Africa and calls Cape Town home. The music video was shot during one of his trips to the Mother City and he teamed up with the brilliant SA Fashion Photographer, Ebrahim Hajee to create the music video for ‘Familiar Enemy’.
“I Immediately fell in love with his style and esthetic,” recalls Oshri. “I didn’t have a specific idea in mind but I knew I wanted to collab with him. I’m usually a planner, I need the plan to feel safe in general in my life, especially with my art, but this time I decided not to have a proper script. I’d only have a rough idea, create a unique outfit (put together with the big help of the dopest stylist in town, Luise Steytler), a camera, and we’d see what happens. The vibe we wanted to create was of a person who’s escaping, cleansing, and finding freedom. It was so much fun to make and I love how Ebrahim tied it all together into one story”
‘Oshri – Familiar Enemy’ is out now across all digital platforms: https://africori.to/familiarenemy
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Kyle Watson releases his remix of TATUM’s “Fever” on 26th June through Bad Future Records. The electrifying electronic track is a fresh and previously unheard exploration into the dance music legend’s arsenal of production capabilities.
Kyle takes TATUM’s song “Fever” to new heights with his super-slow-mo uplifting adaptation, filled with pulsating arpeggios, massive drops and pumping anthemic synth pads.
Stream “Fever (Kyle Watson Remix)” on all platforms: https://ditto.fm/fever_kw
“As soon as I heard TATUM’s original version of ‘Fever’, which is a very emotional acoustic piece, ideas started bouncing around in my head. I’m really quite excited to show this to the world, it’s a different side of my production to what people might expect!” Kyle explains about the song.
Speaking about the meaning behind the original poignant ballad, TATUM confessed “This song is about letting the wrong person into your life, about loving someone who is dangerous. Intense love can feel like a fever, but a fever is usually a sign of a deeper infection. It’s ultimately a kind of ruinous attraction. It talks about being sucked into a noxious relationship but because it looks so beautiful and the attraction is so powerful, it becomes an almost poetic and beautiful one way ticket to failure,”.
Kyle adds: “The most important thing with this version was to maintain the feeling, vibe and credibility of the original, but to take it into a different territory by adding a groove and bassline.”
When asked about the future, Kyle remarks that he plans “to spend as much time in the studio building up a lot of music so that once the current situation starts returning to normal I can return to my touring schedule with new content.” He’s also working on upcoming tours in the USA and South America.
Kyle is no stranger to the international dance music scene. One of his latest releases titled “Major Games” was signed by Diplo and released on his label Higher Ground, and he was booked for Coachella 2020 (which has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the virus). His tour schedule over the past 4 years included playing at a multitude of festivals and parties throughout the USA, South America, Australia and South Africa and he currently has around 600,000 Spotify monthly listeners, as well as previous releases on Universal, Atlantic, Ultra, and many more labels.
Kyle Watson Links:
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tatum_strydom/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Tatumsounds/
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After a short break, Texx Talks Season 2 is set to premiere on Thursday the 2nd of July with a bumper eight episodes that will roll out weekly.
Hosted by Tecla Ciolfi, curator & editor of South African music website Texx and the City, Texx Talks is a look behind the curtain at what fuels your favourite musicians – from Mzansi to the world.
Season 2 features Kwesta, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Early B, Goodluck, Culoe De Song, Karen Zoid, Msaki and internationally renowned singer-songwriter, Passenger, who all share their highs, their lows and how they’re all dealing with lockdown, in frank deep-dive discussions.
Following a successful Season 1, which saw the music interview podcast scoop the #1 Music Podcast on Apple Podcasts for several consecutive weeks, Season 2 is shaping up to be just as entertaining with TOMS – The Only Music Shop, onboard as a gear sponsor to facilitate remote recordings during lockdown.
So listen in and find out why Texx Talks slaps harder than a warm Ben 10 on a cold night.
Listen to Texx Talks’ Season 1 trailer here: https://bit.ly/texx-talks-s2-trailer
Subscribe, rate & review Texx Talks on Apple Podcasts here: http://bit.ly/texx-talks-apple-podcasts
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About Texx Talks:
The latest venture of SA entertainment website Texx and the City is Texx Talks – a weekly interview-style music podcast that takes a look behind the curtain at what fuels your favourite musicians – from Mzansi to the world.
A joint venture between Tecla Ciolfi (TATC’s curator & editor), producers Jonathan Inggs and Matthew Loots (Unicorn Media) and research assistant Al Clapper, as the popularity of podcasting continues to grow steadily in SA there’s no better time to capitalise on the need for a solid music podcast. Texx Talks does exactly this.
|“Moonchild Sanelly oozes star quality” – The Guardian|
Moonchild Sanelly is South Africa’s “Queen of Gqom” – a superstar with a flow so unique it’s earned her recent collaborations with Beyoncé, Die Antwoord, Gorillaz, Diplo and Wizkid. Now stepping out with Transgressive Records, Moonchild Sanelly is excited to have the global spotlight on her and take her electrifying music and unique style to an International audience.
Today she shares brand new single “Bashiri” – a banger that ribs preachers who use the church for capital gain. Moonchild Sanelly explains, “Bashiri is a song inspired by a woman’s testimony in a church where the pastor is treated like a god whilst monetizing religion. People pay for ‘miracle oil’ whilst the pastor lands at the service in a helicopter, being treated like God himself despite taking money from his congregation.”
This song is from the perspective of a Bashiri disciple whose husband was cheating. In the song, this woman is lamenting her relationship and takes her husband to her pastor, who promises that he can perform a miracle to make her husband faithful. Which is ridiculous because infidelity is not solved through prayer and tithing.”
Fearless, inclusive and a lot of fun, Moonchild Sanelley is a truly Transgressive artist that is only just getting started. Her iconic personal style combined with an outspoken approach to female sexual empowerment has built her devoted fanbase, celebrated recently with her body-positive #thunderthighschallenge on TikTok. She is “a global superstar waiting to happen” according to Damon Albarn.
On signing to Transgressive she says: “I’m super excited to finally find a label that ‘gets it’ and is ready to fly my message across the world. It’s about to get Globally LIT. I’m excited AF.”
Transgressive on signing Moonchild Sanelly: “Uncompromising, groundbreaking and immediately distinctive, as soon as you’ve encountered Moonchild, you won’t forget it. Easily one of the most intoxicating voices, writers, performers and spokespersons we’ve ever had the pleasure of welcoming to the Transgressive family. It’s gonna be a trip.”
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947, announces today that one half of the entertaining pair that is the Greg and Lucky Show, Lucky du Plessis will be leaving the station at the end of June.
947 Station manager, Thando Makhung said: “947 is sad to see Lucky leave but we know that he will shine a positive light wherever he goes. Our listeners have connected with Lucky through the years and we wish him well on his future endeavours and thank him for his fun and quirky sense of humour, which our listeners thoroughly enjoyed.”
The pair currently hosts ‘The Big Weekend’ afternoon show, which will now be a one man show, hosted by Greg Aldridge.
“After seven amazing years I cannot believe that this week, it comes to an end. I have had such an amazing time on air. Firstly, I want to thank “YOU” the listeners for allowing me to share my stories. I had so many laughs listening to your amazing stories and it has truly enriched my life.
To 947, I really appreciate the opportunity you afforded me. It has been great to be a part of something so special. I have formed many great relationships and wish you all nothing but success,” said Lucky du Plessis.