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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 TabaneSibusile XabaTubatsi 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 

WE MUST NOT BE LOOKING by Lakin Ogunbanwo
WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery in Rosebank are exhibiting a new series of photographic work by Nigerian artist Lakin Ogunbanwo. The body of work titled We Must Not Be Looking presents an irreverent reflection on the populist language of race and identity in South Africa. 
21.10.2015 by FAITH XLVII and Imraan Christian

Last Wednesday (A Group Exhibition)

Multi disciplinary artist Anthony Billa exhibited bold illustration work at an inaugural group exhibition called Last Wednesday this week. The event, curated by BUKA ARTS ORG, took place on the 25th of January and is set to occur on the last weekend of every month. Anthony punctuates his illustrations with deep commentary, he explains his visuals as an exploration of “the nuanced subtlety of being young and African in a world that incorporates both culture and heritage and the advent of the internet and globalization, how we navigate that as young people.” 
To Love or Not To Love: A Street View 
Amplify Studio is an exciting new multi-faceted photography concept in Cape Town’s CBD on Loop St. Currently on show is the debut exhibition of photographer Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela titled To Love or Not To Love: A Street View. The series explores and documents street couples and how they experience love in their daily lives. In her own words: “I have been working on mending the relationship with my father, an invisible figure, for much of my life. I have had to deal with fears of intimacy; constant suspicion of disloyalty; an inability to grasp monogamy and the difficulties associated with his absence. Following couples, who live on the street and are able to stay together and commit to each other has been part of my process…Even under strains of ‘hard living’, temporary shelter and ‘below-the-breadline’ income, their continued commitment inspires me to concede that no matter the challenge loving is possible.” 
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