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Veranda Panda brings midweek madness

Written by Monday, 31 March 2014 04:36

Christina Schild: Durban-based electronic duo, Veranda Panda lured Rhodents out for an energy-filled Wednesday night at Prime Nightclub, greeting them with a mid-week bass, dubstep and electric violin smack in the face.

Hosted by MixLab – organisers behind monthly events at alternating venues – Veranda Panda were supported by acts who all played at the recent Tunnel Vision Fest (Tunnels). Partiers were treated to the likes of Clinixx, Von Dirty-DJ and Finger 6ix – resulting in enough drum and bass to last until the weekend.

Loyiso Gxothiwe: Kyle Robinson, a Rhodes Journalism graduate, and his all-local production team presented their proudly Grahamstonian project, a short film titled ‘Finding Graham’s Town’, at the Rat & Parrot Pub on Thursday 27 March.

The film screening was hosted by the Rhodes Organisation for Animal Rights (ROAR) to help raise funds for the Makana Donkey Association.

Finding Graham’s Town is a satirical short film centred on the founders of Grahamstown travelling to the modern Grahamstown to change the history of the town. The film features Lieutenant-Colonel Graham, Officer Wilshire and Chief Makana – figures to which the town’s origins have been linked. The three historical figures are played by Rhodes students, Chad Emslie, Mike Da Silva and Masixole Heshu.

Expressing rights through talent

Written by Friday, 28 March 2014 04:24

Tayla Sellschop: Nelson Mandela once said that; “once we let our own light shine we unconsciously give people the right to do the same.” It’s a statement that couldn’t reign truer to the evening hosted by the SRC last Thursday in which enthusiastic contestants performed in dance, drama music and poetry and in a sense showed how brightly their lights could shine for the audiences.

Plush announces last tour ever

Written by Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:33

Sebastian Burger: Beloved South African acoustic rock band, Plush have decided to wrap things up, ending their 17 year career as a band with a final goodbye and farewell to their many fans in the form of ‘the Postcard Tour’.

The band, currently consisting of Rory Eliot (vocals and rhythm guitar), Emelio Gassibe (bass and vocals) and Carl Wegelin (lead guitar and vocals) set out in 1996 to create a sound that was “simple, heartfelt and uplifting” and quickly became one of the most loved local acts in south Africa thanks to their down-to-earth Music.

Shadowclub rocks Grahamstown once more

Written by Monday, 17 March 2014 13:07

Roxanne Brown: Jozi based rock ‘n roll band Shadowclub graced a Grahamstown stage at the Union on Saturday 15 March, with crowds swelling and bouncing as they banged their heads to the band’s heavy bluesy rock.

The crowd trickled in slow and steady, with anything and everything from hipsters to die-hard fans of the bands set to perform.  Starting off the night was Fishwives, with their slightly eccentric but still refined atmosphere that had the wide variety of spectators softly swaying to the music.

Folk filled memories at The Lowlander

Written by Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:25

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”.

Swapping journalism for drumsticks

Written by Thursday, 13 February 2014 05:25

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.

David Mann: The Rhodes Drama Department’s annual Theatre In Motion  event was cancelled tonight due to heavy rains flooding the main theatre and damaging electrical equipment.

According to Theatre Administrator Robert Haxton, the consistent heavy rains throughout the afternoon and early evening caused water to enter the main theatre.

Taking place at Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp, the Synergy Live 2013 festival is just a month away, and some big announcements have been made. Read up on all the info you need here:

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