SHAUN SPROULE: Capetonian indie electronic rock three-piece Diamond Thug will be visiting Pretoria next month. Perdeby spoke to the group before they set off for the Jacaranda city.
How did you experience performing at Rocking the Daises? How did the crowd receive you?
It was great. It started off a bit shaky because the crowd had broken the crowd barrier during Taxi Violence’s set the night before. We had to delay the start of our set a few minutes because they had to put a new barrier in, but once it started it was great. We had a pretty big crowd for 10:00 and they were up and dancing, which is always nice to see. It was also nice to see people gather before our set started, because that normally means they’ve come to watch you, rather than that they were just stumbling past. But all in all we love playing at festivals because of the entire experience that goes with it.
KYLE OBERHOLZER: This weekend saw the second instalment of the Hello Ambassador creative conference hit the streets of Pretoria around the State Theatre, where the main event took place. The event forms part of a substantial contribution to the growing creative industry in the Pretoria city centre which is steadily gaining recognition.
If you consider yourself creative, names like Cool Capital and Hello Ambassador should already feature in your conversations with your like-minded friends, and if you’ve never heard of them it’s time you pull your eyes away from your computer’s screen and venture beyond the confines of your studio.
This year’s event incorporated a street festival, an after party and a creative expo which showcased the design competition’s winning peace by Tuks fine arts student Izak Buys. However, it is the speaker line-up that really defines this event and easily justifies the ticket price.
THOMAS MARAIS: When looking for gaming entertainment, digital gaming marketplace Steam is the place to turn for many gaming enthusiasts. It offers various games for the more economically challenged gamer, many of which are made by first-rate indie game developers.
This game is a free arena third person shooter with multiple game modes, cartoony wound models and fully customisable weapons. Have you ever wanted a beam weapon that fires lightning? What about a fully automatic rocket launcher that explodes into eight smaller bombs on impact? Or a rifle that heals people when you shoot them with it? All of this and more is possible in Loadout.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Three years ago, a brand new concert brought British rockers Bloc Party to our shores. Vodacom InThe City, now in its third year, is doing it again with a phenomenal lineup hosted in the vibrant, urban environment of Newtown, Johannesburg. The event, which takes place on 3 October, sees MGMT, Crystal Fighters, The Presets and Rudimental perform to screaming fans for the first time in South Africa.
One of the biggest hits of 2009, “Electric Feel” was a clear chart-topper. This original sound will now be presented live courtesy of MGMT. The psychedelic rock/futurist pop band has since then won a Grammy, four NME awards and released two more albums. In an interview with Channel24, lead singer Andrew van Wyngarden said that they were excited about their upcoming trip. “We’ve never been to South Africa or even the continent of Africa so it seemed like a great trip to make and that’ll be sort of a once in a lifetime experience or maybe it’s not. Maybe we’ll come back, that would be cool too,” said van Wyngarden.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: It’s been six years since Greg Carlin burst onto the local music scene with a solo-written album under the name of Zebra & Giraffe. After a recruited band, two more albums and a change in members, they’re presenting us with their fourth musical offering Knuckles.
LISA KAHIMBAARA: Over the years Spring Day has lost a little bit of its lustre – it is no longer the grand affair of years past. Much to our relief, the good people over at Lekker Lentedag provided UP students with a way to enjoy one of the best holidays on the student calendar.
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden played host to a day of live music and fun under the sun. Sweltering temperatures set the scene for a glorious day off from the hustle and bustle that the second semester brings. Students came in their numbers to spend the day hanging out with friends and enjoying firm favourite local entertainment. The organisers of the event provided a bus service every 15 minutes or so from Aandklas to the Botanical Garden and back. This service was the answer to lazy drivers’ prayers and prevented drunk driving. The only problem was that hordes of students all had the same idea– mini stampedes ensued in the quest to secure a seat on the bus.
YANGA TYIKWE: Spring has sprung and all roads led to one destination: the Zwartkop Resort in Centurion for this season’s HomeComing Picnic.
In the survival rules, the HomeComing team told us that we were never ready, to not fight the fun, and that all are friends and should let live and be free.
This years’ HomeComing Picnic was the biggest one yet, with 7 000 tickets presold and hundreds more itching to get one after they were soldout. The gates opened at 11:00 and the crowds slowly sprawled in carrying an arrangement of cooler boxes, picnic blankets and food, with great company in tow. The main acts included DJ Warras, Kid X, Thebe, Kwesta, Maggz and Blackmotion together with Leo Large, Slip Inc, DJ Somebody, DJ Timo, Dot.Com, Voqul, Peter Doz, PH and Twins on Decks. There were also surprise performances from Dream Team and Anatii.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Most famous for being the lead vocalist of iconic rock band Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has been releasing successful solo albums since 1982. His latest solo offering Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar attempts to amalgamate music from various cultures by using a variety of interesting instruments such as djembe drums, banjos, fiddles and bendirs (tambourine-shaped drums with snares from North Africa).
The album opens with a traditional American folk song called “Little Maggie”, which Plant manages to rearrange into a banjo and fiddle entanglement with unique electronic undertones. Plant’s arrangement of the song is a daring, yet successful, one if one considers that the song has been rearranged and performed by a multitude of other musical greats such as Bob Dylan.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year’s annual Spring Day holiday for Tuks students took place on 10 September. In years past, students have spent the day at the TuksRag-organised event that took place on the Rag Farm and consisted of music and drinking.
This year’s event was organised by the SRC and aimed to celebrate the diversity of the student body, create interaction as well as remind the students of their inner-child. Entrance was free but only open to those who possessed a valid 2014 student card.
The Rag Farm was set up with a number of fun activities such as a water slide, mechanical bull, beach soccer arena and a bungee trampoline.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: When you’re an artist that is just starting out, getting your content to an audience is hard when media platforms are only interested in commercial, already popular content creators.
Enter Tuks graduate Steven Ratsatsi and his new creation, Africa E Store. The online shop aims to provide a platform to anybody with an art form that wishes to make profit off their work. Music, movies, documentaries, poetry, stand-up comedy, fashion and literature are all avaliable for purchase on Africa E Store and Ratsatsi is especially encouraging African content, both South African as well as from the rest of the continent.
Ratsatsi first got the idea when he returned to his home in Kgapane for a visit. “I heard the music the guys were playing in that area. It was big in that area but it was local - local as in it only plays in Kgapane. On the way back I stopped at a petrol station and I heard another guy playing one of the tracks on his phone and I thought ‘This is from my home’. And I thought ‘This track is nice and it doesn’t mean that you can play it in Gauteng and people won’t like it’.