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’.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Everybody has proverbial skeletons in their closet. Paris has an entire catacomb of six million skeletons under the iconic city. Naturally, a group of young and attractive adventuring tourists would love to delve into the dark and mysterious caves, but what they find are the skeletons in their own closets.
As Above, So Below is a horror movie in found-footage format, shot from the angle of every character. Because filming took place from every angle, dynamic progression is created as more information can be given more quickly. This format, however, impedes a chance for the addition of extravagant and comely visuals but director John Erick Dowdle has a taste for this method of filming.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Second-year Tuks drama student Chante Geary progressed to the top 16 of this season’s Idols. She told Perdeby she was very shocked after receiving the news that she made it through. “Having the judges believe in me when I didn’t even believe in myself was humbling and amazing and made me want to work harder and learn more,” said Geary.
She impressed the judges at her very first audition in Pretoria with her rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny love” accompanied by a ukulele.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: On 30 August Curlitzia were named the 2014 ladies Serenade National champions. After three years of making it through to the finals, Curlitzia finally took home the title with their car guard themed performance.Perdeby spoke to the Curlitzia Serenade HK, Marli Neuhoff about their preparation and win.
How does it feel to be the national ladies Serenade champions?
It’s quite overwhelming actually because you work for it but there’s nothing that comes close to the feeling of achieving what you’ve been working for the whole year.
LISA KAHIMBAARA: Whether music lovers are still bathing in the afterglow of Oppikoppi or the month of August is favoured by the party gods, no one can be sure, but this year’s Grietfest held at Town Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg was one for the books.
Griet pulled out all the stops to bring Gauteng’s electronic music fans an event to remember. Grietfest is known for bringing international electronic heavyweights to their annual festival. The brand has brought the likes of Bart B More, Pelussje and F.O.O.L to name a few, and this year was no different – Koan Sound, Black Sun Empire, Far Too Loud and Para One made their way to our shores.