Sebastian Burger: Lit by a solitary light at the front of the stage, Gary Thomas once again took the stage at the Lowlander on Friday, 21 February, captivating the crowd with his reverberating folk sound.
Marking the fifth stop in his country wide tour, the Lowlander gig saw the cosy environment filled with his enchantinglyrics as he belted out work from his new album, “My Memory’s Death”. The album consists of an EP that was released a while back and many B-sides from his career as a musician. It is partly what he describes as “a rock opera thing of thinginess”.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: While the invitation for the MK Awards said 18:00, it only started at 20:00. Waiting for the awards to begin meant being seated on the balcony of the State Theatre with the industry’s top performers, drinking pink drinks and devouring an out of place boerewors roll. The theme was “Rockstar” and guest’s attire ranged from ultra-hipster to outrageous and grungy.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Unless they’ve been living under a rock since 2009, no South African has been able to avoid the long cap and satirical lyrics of Jack Parow. Parow has finally released his third album, a double offering of his usual electro-rap along with some acoustic reworks. Slotted in between these tracks are comedy skits by Radio Raps, making Nag van die Lang Pette a story book of variety.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: If you paid for Campus Invasion tickets, you’re one unlucky individual. Sponsored by WeChat, downloading the application meant free entrance and the ability to join the masses on the streets of Hatfield for the annual Hatfield Carnival.
David Mann: Our little university here in Grahamstown is known for many things – two of them being our great music scene and our talented lecturers. But when the two combine, then it’s something really special. Strato Copteros, who recently retired from being a Media Law and Ethics lecturer in the Journalism and Media Studies department, has replaced marking essays with making music full time in a local band called Fishwives.
By Rhea MacDonald: After numerous rumors of the closure and sale of favourite late night party joint The Monastery, the club reopened its doors on Friday 7 February.
Daniel Long, owner of The Monastery, previously told Activate that he had sold his shares in the club and was getting out of the business. At that time when asked if it would still be ‘Mon’, Long said he wasn’t sure what the new owners had planned but that they may be going for a black-tie type of feel.
LUSANDA FUTSHANE: Every town holds its secrets: routes that get you around traffic jams, hand signs that make using the taxi system simple and violence-free, and places to go to avoid tourist crowds around the holiday months. Sadly, to learn any of these things about any particular city one needs to have lived there for a while. But fret not because this time Perdeby is breaking the code and presenting you with a few unique restaurants in Pretoria that you shouldn’t miss out on.
LIZL LOMBAARD: UP’s three art departments, situated on the outskirts of the Hatfield campus, will probably only be noticed if you have a few friends who study the arts. The truth is that art students, whether they study drama, music or visual arts, are just as busy as students studying other fields. Students studying the arts work hard to balance an academic career at varsity while dedicating ample time to refining their talent. UP Arts host many events on campus throughout the year to which Tuks students and members of the public are invited to see why art students should be taken seriously. These events are not just limited to performances by the music and drama department students but include the Department of Visual Arts’ annual art exhibitions.
LUSANDA FUTSHANE: Partying is an exciting part of student life. But as a first-year, you often don’t know the best places to go for your specific nightlife needs. Pretoria is full of all kinds of hotspots and they all tend to satisfy a particular partying urge. From live music venues to lazy Sunday wind downs, you can find a watering hole for your every mood just a stone’s throw away.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: While residence life is filled with Rag, Serrie and sport, the social aspect remains one of the most dominant. Each residence hosts a number of events throughout the year, but there are some events that should be prominent on any socialite’s calendar. Age-old or recently introduced, these events each have a history and precious connection to the res that hosts it.