Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mag: Studio83 Travel edition is out

The seventh, and hottest, issue of creative lifestyle magazine Studio83 is out!

Yours truly on the cover and wrote one of the feature articles. The theme of this edition is The world we know. A collection of stories, images and thoughts to inspire, educate and entertain! Truly an amazing magazine highlighting passion and making dreams happen.

Download your own copy now! Show some love and spread the word!!

Kudos to founder Gorgeous George, the contributors and all the people who helped make it happen!

Check it:

Event: Party People Cape Town June

All my Cape Town peeps, stand up and be counted.

Tumi and The Volume will be performing for the Cape Town masses tomorrow night at Party People, brought to you by DJ Kenzhero.

After a short tour in Europe recently, this is their first show since their return; so you best believe it'll be off the hook. As well as the fact they haven't graced Kaapstad with their unforgettable sounds in a minute!

Zula Sound Bar
Friday 26 June
Do not miss this one

P.S. For those that don't know what Party People is, worry not, Mosaic will school you soon enough...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

YFM blurring racial lines...??

I'm not too sure how I feel about this, but there is some hilarity in it. 
Yfm - Jozi's youth radio station is looking for a young, talented white, male, vernac speaking radio presenter.

For as long I've paid attention to station they have catered to a majority black listenership; from the music, to the parties, the topics on air (however weak), the magazine (when it was still around), etc etc - but I guess in the world we live in these things don't necessarily only define being black. 

I'm really looking forward to hearing what this is all about and if the so called blurring of racial lines will work as expected. I certainly wouldn't mind a discussion around this topic and what it means in our society... and why should it be a male?

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Gauteng youth radio station YFM has announced a nationwide search for its next radio star – a young white male. 

The radio station which broadcasts from Rosebank, Johannesburg, currently reaches more than 1,4 million listeners in the greater Gauteng area has been as a springboard for most of the radio stars now dominating the national airwaves: DJs such as Fresh, Phat Joe, Oskido, Bad Boy T, Rude Boy Paul, and DJ Sbu, have all been groomed by the station. 

Says marketing manager Tamaria Motsepe, "In a move bound to attract comment from the race- and gender-sensitive brigade, the station says it “fervently believes in affirmative action” and rejects “tokenism” and is therefore looking for a “hot white boy” to add to its lineup.""

YFM programming manager Tumelo Diaho-Monaheng, says “Urban youth culture and the popular lifestyle associated with it attracts a diverse audience. And although still predominantly black, the lifestyle proposition, particularly the music, cannot and should not be categorised along racial lines...We have seen an emergence of young white people who listen to our station and come to our parties.  But the new white DJ will be chosen not just for being white, but because of his unique talent and the ability to connect with our audience,” said Diaho-Monaheng.

He adds that “Applicants will be put to the test on air and will need to be able to hold their own interacting with the station’s robust and predominantly black male audience.”

The new Y DJ must meet the following criteria:

• White Male 
• Age: 18 - 25 
• Must speak vernacular aside from English and Afrikaans. 
• Must give a brief description of why he thinks he suits the YFM market 
• Must give an example of 4 songs he would choose to be on the YFM playlist

All applications must be submitted through YFM’s website

A taste of different: part 1

Begging for excitement...

Those who know me know I won’t say no to a good time. I enjoy going out and trying new things. But see, going out in Jozi these days doesn’t feel like anything new.  I’m dying for a new experience, something eye opening, something mind blowing, something worth remembering – I speak specifically of soiree’s and bars here. 

For some reason it seems satisfying to most people to just have DJ’s and alcohol at a venue. Sure that can be fun with the right company or if served in a cool way, but what else is there to take pleasure in? Before I bitch too much, let me open your eyes to a few spots or events I’ve been to… then tell me that I shouldn’t want more.

Once upon a time I trotted the globe in search of originality in nightlife on a world tour called Smirnoff Experience, so I guess I know what I’m talking about when it comes to nights out.  Here is just a taste of ‘different’. I’ll put up more soon.

Bangkok Thailand:

Just off the famous Khoa San road, where there are still a few hidden gems to find in the tourist infested area, an old Shell Garage  / petrol station turned into a chilled drinking stop. Located around the corner from the bigger clubs and bars but far enough not to have to hear the doof-doof of whatever noise the party animals are headbanging to.  

Also on the weird and wonderful tip in Bangkok, found a Kombi (as Saffers call it) mobile bar decorated hippy style literally next to a large main road, located walking distance from the upmarket Gazebo Shesha bar and lounge is an uber cool unassuming pavement bar with an impressive menu of over 100 cocktails, served in plastic cups ofcourse. 

Sometimes it’s not all about the super lavish or the swanky>  Just a taste of different can make it special. One day I will find the Jozi gems and share. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Music: Zaki Ibrahim Album out now

"Ibrahim's latest is exactly what you'd imagine - a well-rounded, unclassifiable, genre-defying mix of innovative music. Somehow, Ibrahim manages to move from organic to electronic seamlessly in only a handful of tracks. This is an artist daring enough to erase boundaries that never should have existed." -- Okayplayer

Born in Vancouver, BC and raised between South Africa and Canada’s West Coast, Zaki Ibrahim spent her life moving between two culturally diverse worlds, culminating in her debut album, Eclectica (Episodes In Purple). Zaki's music is captivating and vibrant. It's thick with poetics and steeped in a delicious mixture of earnest emotion and social commentary.

The songs on Eclectica start with free-writing poetry and abstract pieces of writing, playing with words and couplets. On “You Choose” there is a lyrical message capturing the concept of directing your life and taking responsibility for your choices. It features samples, melodies, vocal stylings and lyrics from influential artists like James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone and more. In addition to collaborating with famed DJ/producer King Britt on “Money,” Zaki worked with Nick Holder on “Love/Like.” Zaki explains that on “Love/Like” she, “wanted a different sound and the harmonies somehow reminded me of water. I had never worked with water instruments before, like a Rainstick and the Udu, and it brought an ancestral/tribal tinge to the song.”

With a full length album in the works, Zaki will continue to break new ground, challenge assumptions and step outside her comfort zone. Her philosophy of making connections based on a mutual admiration for expression, creativity and the power of words, directs Zaki’s path. Expect the unexpected as Zaki continues to grow as an artist.


Zaki Ibrahim
Eclectica (Episodes In Purple)Red Ink Music
Album * Out Now

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