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.
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.
DOMINIC SKELTON: Ska-punk legends Fuzigish are back with Crazy Friends, a punchy broad album that delivers an array of explosive yet refined tracks.
The album has 16 songs, only one of which is longer than three minutes. This allows Fuzigish to offer a diverse collection of different subgenres, themes and emotions throughout the album.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Van Coke Kartel sat down with Perdeby to chat about their new album Bloed, Sweet & Trane . Here they talk about why they recorded the album live, their brutally honest lyrics and how they see Van Coke Kartel evolving.
DOMINIC SKELTON: The rAge expo, held annually at the Coca-Cola Dome, offered South African gamers, techno-fundis and geeks a look at what is happening in the world of computers and technology today.
As you walk into the massive circular structure that is the Coca-Cola Dome, you feel as if you are walking into the Colosseum of gaming and it is time to take your pick from new and up-and-coming entertainment. The event was very well-attended by a diverse group of people, all of whom seemed to revel in the plethora of technological products on offer.