03 Feb Your weekly dose of creative cool | A tour of South Africa, a poignant mural, and brand new music videos
In this week’s dose of creative cool we bring you much anticipated new single releases, an entertaining tour of South Africa by Diamond Thug, a powerful graffiti mural by Faith XLVII and Imraan Christian, rare live music performances and more.
Leska featuring Batuk – I Got You
I Got You is a collaboration between South African house music collective Batuk and French producers Leska. The video, a gritty accompaniment to the upbeat love song, was directed by local film maker Adriaan Louw. It presents a unique perspective of Johannesburg, foregrounding abandoned buildings and dramatic views of the city skyline. The visual features prominent local bodybuilders Regina Mathanthi and Dudu Dlangalala, Batuk vocalist Manteiga and producers Thomas and Marc from Leska.
Jumping Back Slash feat. Nonku Phiri – The Sirens Call
Prolific South African electronic producer, Jumping Back Slash, recently released a haunting new single titled ‘The Sirens Call’. The song features singer/songwriter Nonku Phiri and is the first track off of his much anticipated Slow Oceans EP out now via Cotch International.
Diamond Thug participate in Jansport’s #AllRoadsToAustin competition
Diamond Thug take us on a tour of South Africa as a part of Jansport’s All Roads Lead to Austin competition. The alternative pop band has been selected to participate as South Africa’s representative for a once in a life time opportunity which sees nine bands from nine countries compete for one of three slots at this year’s South by Southwest festival. Their introductory video is a fun highlights package of their South African summer tour travelling from Cape Town right up to the Drakensberg.
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2017 Music Party with Coldcut (UK)
Keleketla! Library and In Place of War, a project based at The University of Manchester, together with the British Council Connect ZA have brought English electronic music duo Coldcut to Johannesburg. Kelektla! and record label Mushroom Hour Half Hour put together a recording studio at Trackside Creative in Orlando, Soweto to incubate Coldcut composition workshops with local musicians. The ‘Project Closing Party’ at Kelektla! Library this Saturday the 4th of Feb is the culmination of a week long process of improvisational music making and recording at the creative hub space. The innovative event will include performances by the founding fathers of Coldcut, Matt Black and Jonathan More, in collaboration with local music mavericks Thabang Tabane, Sibusile Xaba, Tubatsi Mpho Moloi and Gally Ngoveni. Admission fee is R 50.00 and doors open from 19:00 till late.
Alice Phoebe Lou in Johannesburg with Bongeziwe Mabandla and Kajama
Alice Phoebe Lou and her band will be playing their first headlining show in Johannesburg as a part of their South African tour. The event will be happening this Sunday the 5th of February at ambient inner-city spot, The Good Luck Bar in Ferreirastown. Urban traditional folk musician Bongeziwe Mabandla & talented newcomers to the South African scene, electronic sister duo KAJAMA music, will be warming things up ahead of the main act.
Artworks and Exhibitions
Last Wednesday (A Group Exhibition)
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