Tuesday, March 31, 2009

OLD PICTURES OF CAPE TOWN










Some one sent me these old pictures today...
Its absolutely fascinatig how Cape Town has changed.. and so wonderfully special to have a sneak peak through the time machine...
Here are pictures of the City Centre, train station, sea point, N1, airport and many more

Friday, March 27, 2009

why the Dalai Lama was not allowed into SA.... and some other ranting

you gotta love madame and eve cartoonsToday i am feeling decidely political... SO... its time for a rant!!!!

I definately read the papers, watch news and like to stay informed on what the current parliamentary monkeys are up to...
There just seems to be so much nonsense going on these days that i have decided to bring some light into the situation by posting humorous and positive things concerning politics on my blog.
Lets face it - ANC president, Zuma (who idiotically said that people should take a shower after having sex to prevent HIV- the moron!), will probably be elected this year as president because of his dubious fingers-in-many-pies and thus far the failure for the NPA to decide whether they will infact prosecute him for his numerous cases of fraud and corruption and dealings with the 'arms deal'.
It amazes me how Zuma has managed to convince his dim-witted followers that having him prosecuted is not in the best interest of the country. That it should all wait until he is already president.
BUT on the other hand he claims to be innocent, and says he will just refuse to go to court anyway.
Now they arent allowing the Dalai Lama into SA - for whatever reason - its rediculous... and the COPE members are ever greatful they longer have to bare the ANC name in times like these...

The main aim here is to not let the ANC get a majority vote so that they will not be able to change the constitution.

a bit of politica humour... (against the ANC)

Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:


29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad cheque's
117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least two businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

373 in total or approximately 70%
Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT


(The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year, designed to keep the rest of us in line!)


You gotta pass this one on! Far and wide!

THE DA ROCKS THE WESTERN CAPE (winning by a landslide in the by elections)


The Democratic Alliance won landslide victories in two by-elections held in Cape Town on Wednesday, a sign, the party says, that it is on track to win the Western Cape in the national election on April 22.

"If all our voters turn out on election day, we could win the province with an outright majority," DA leader Helen Zille said on Thursday.

The result of ward 79 in the mainly coloured area of Mitchells Plain, where the DA captured the seat previously held by the Independent Democrats (ID), is particularly significant, she said.

The DA polled 79,4% -- up from 37,8% in 2006 -- while the ID polled 8% -- down from 38,7% in 2006.

"The resounding victory in Mitchells Plain is an endorsement of the DA's commitment to non-racialism and to improving the circumstances of all through our governance in Cape Town," Zille said.

"The Mitchells Plain by-election result also indicates that the ID is haemorrhaging support in its former Cape Town strongholds. Opposition voters are consolidating their forces within the DA."

In ward two in Parow, the DA won 96,5% of the vote -- an increase from 83,1% in 2006. The ANC and the Congress of the People (Cope) received 1,3% and 2,2% of the vote respectively.

"The DA is retaining the support of long-standing DA voters and, contrary to the perception of some analysts, Cope is not a factor in the Western Cape," Zille said.

This sentiment was echoed by DA chief executive Ryan Coetzee, who said: "Cope did disastrously in both Mitchells Plain and Parow and is not a factor in the city of Cape Town. It cannot hope to come more than a distant third in the Western Cape."

- article from the mail and guardian online

Thursday, March 26, 2009

And here they are... the 2009 SA Music awards nominees


BEST NEWCOMER
Andile Mseleku Essence Of Joy
Babu Up Roots
Jody Just Gonna Be Me
The Voice Of Angels The Voice Of Angels - Volume 1
Zebra & Giraffe Collected Memories

BEST DUO/GROUP
340ml Sorry For The Delay
Bala Brothers Strome Van Seën
GoldFish Perceptions of Pacha
Joyous Celebration Joyous Celebration Vol. 12
Soweto Gospel Choir Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre

BEST FEMALE ARTIST
Josie Field Leyland
Judith Sephuma Change Is Here
Lira Soul In Mind
Siphokazi Ndinovuyo
Zamajobe Ndoni Yamanzi

BEST MALE ARTIST
Abdullah Ibrahim Senzo
Bhekumuzi Luthuli 1818
Chris Chameleon Klassieke Chameleon
Theo Kgosinkwe I Am
Zuluboy Inqolobane

MTN RECORD OF THE YEAR
DJ Clock Umahamba Yedwa
Zebra & Giraffe The Knife
Chris Chameleon Sterredank
Jamali Knowing Me Knowing You
340ml Fairy Tales
Da L.E.S We On Fire featuring Bongz and Maggz
Gang of Instrumentals Woza December
Rhythmic Elements 2 By 2
DJ Cleo Hands Up
The Parlotones I'll Be There
Loyiso Blow Your Mind
Black Coffee Lo Mhlaba
Prime Circle She Always Gets What She Wants
Louise Carver Didn't Mean To Call
Kurt Darren Standing On The Edge
Big Nuz Ubala
GoldFish This Is How It Goes
Lira Wa Mpaleha
Just Jinjer What He Means
Jesse Clegg Today

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Eban Olivier We On Fire featuring Bongz & Maggz by Da L.E.S
Mike Scott Soundtracks And Come Backs by GoldFish
Casey Bertie This Is How It Goes by GoldFish
Pierre Smith Today by Jesse Clegg
Claudio Pavin and Arri Reschke Overexposed by The Parlotones

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
340ml Sorry For The Delay
Chris Chameleon Klassieke Chameleon
GoldFish Perceptions of Pacha
Lira Soul In Mind
Rhythmic Elements The Offering

BEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUM
Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors Usuku Iwe Nkosi
Rebecca Malope Ujehova Ungu' Madida
Solly Moholo Oa Ntaela Moya
Veliswa Umhlobo
Winnie Mashaba Ke Rata Wena

BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM
Hugh Masekela Phola
Judith Sephuma Change Is Here
The Moreira Project Volume 2 Citizen Of The World
Zamajobe Ndoni Yamanzi

BEST MASKANDI ALBUM
Bhekumuzi Luthuli 1818
Imithente Simqonda Ngqo
Ithwasa Langempela Kuzethukele
Thokozani Langa Wawuthini

BEST SOKKIE DANS ALBUM
Arno Jordaan Gee My
Elizma Theron Gee My Meer
Juanita Du Plessis 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers
Kurt Darren Uit Die Diepte Van My Hart
Pieter Koen 3 Susters

BEST URBAN DANCE ALBUM
Dj Cleo Es' Khaleni Unit 5
Dj Clock The First Tick
Dj Kent Mixing Business With Pleasure: Reloaded
Rhythmic Elements The Offering
Shana Forever Yours

BEST POP ALBUM : ENGLISH
Chad Saaiman Chasing Melodies
Jamali 3rd Base
Jessika Shout
Jody Just Gonna Be Me
Lindsay McGuire Taking Control

BEST URBAN POP ALBUM
Gang Of Instrumentals Round 3
Kelly Khumalo Simply Kelly
Lesego Soulsation
Rus Nerwich Under The Poetree
Unathi In Honour

BEST POP ALBUM : AFRIKAANS
Eden Knieë Lam
Gerrie Pretorius Vriende Vir Altyd
Jakkie Louw Marietjie Se Hoender
Nicholis Louw Vergeet En Vergewe
Snotkop So Damn Sexy

BEST POP ALBUM : AFRICAN
AfroSoul UmAfrica
Aylos Aylos
Imbokodo Qobosha
Malini Ubumnandi
Theo Kgosinkwe I Am

BEST ROCK ALBUM : ENGLISH
Paul E. Flynn Fields
Perez Perez
Prime Circle All Or Nothing
The Dirty Skirts Daddy Don't Disco
Zebra & Giraffe Collected Memories

BEST RAP ALBUM
Da L.E.S Fresh2Def
JR The Main Event
Nemza The Future
Teargas Wafa Wafa
Zuluboy Inqolobane

BEST KWAITO ALBUM
Big Nuz 2nd Round Knockout
Bricks Stop Nonsense
Mzekezeke Back By Popular Demand
Sanza Tabalaza"S 35 Khonjenje
Thebe Black Diamond

BEST TSONGA MUSIC ALBUM
George Maluleke Na Van'Wanati Sisters No. 24 - Kuhanyeriwa I Vukosi
Themba Chauke Shinyori De Jnr - Ntsena Volume Ntlhanu (5) - Couple
Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters - Shimatsatsa No. 27 - Rejina

BEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL A CAPELLA GOSPEL ALBUM
Amadodana Ase Wesile Ha Le Mpotsa Tsepo Yaka
Enyonini Mission Nonke Bazalwane
OoMama BaseWesile YiSabatha Namhla Nkosi

BEST INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Babu Up Roots
James Grace Café Latino
Hester Beyers-Martin & Malané Hofmeyr-Burger African Rondo
Nibs Van Der Spuy Autumn Light
Tonik Visitor's Book

BEST TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM
Abdullah Ibrahim Senzo
Gavin Minter I'll Be Seeing You
Norman Chauke Jazz 'Dikas'
Sydney Ace Mnisi 20 Years Celebration
Zim Ngqawana Zimology - In Concert (USA)

BEST PRODUCER
340ml Sorry For The Delay by 340ml
Crighton Goodwill Round 3 by Gang of Instrumentals
David Poole and Dominic Peters Perceptions of Pacha by GoldFish
Kevin Leicher Leyland by Josie Field
Moreira Chonguica Volume 2 Citizen Of The World by The Moreira Project

BEST ENGINEER
Robin Kohl and Leroy Croft Sorry For The Delay by 340ml
David Poole and Dominic Peters Perceptions of Pacha by GoldFish
Charlie Hamilton Just Gonna Be Me by Jody
Robin Kohl Soul In Mind by Lira
Richard Mitchell Qhubeka... by Ringo

BEST AFRIKAANS DVD
Chris Chameleon Klassieke Chameleon
Luidkidz Luidkidz
Karin Hougaard Hartstukke
Kurt Darren Treffers Live
Theuns Jordaan & Juanita Du Plessis Bring Jou Hart

BEST TRADITIONAL/AFRICAN ADULT CONTEMPORARY DVD
Jabu Hlongwane The Crosspower Experience
Joyous Celebration Joyous Celebration Vol. 12 Live At The Grand West Arena - Cape Town
Oliver Mtukudzi Live At The Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2002
Soweto Gospel Choir Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre
Spirit of Praise Vol. 1

BEST GLOBAL CHART DVD
Andre De Villiers Life
Freshlyground Live! South African Tour
The Parlotones Unplugged
The Plain Truth God Above The Universe
Steve Hofmeyr Sings Kris Kristofferson

BEST KIDDIES ALBUM : AFRIKAANS
Luidkidz Luidkidz
Manuel Escórcio Jesus Het Kinders Lief
Nedine Blom Supercool
Son-Isha Vaderland Prison Earth

BEST KIDDIES ALBUM : ENGLISH
Ed Jordan And Alan Glass Beautiful Bedtime
Ed Jordan And Alan Glass Beautiful Creatures Of The Sea
Manuel Escórcio Jesus Loves Kids
Tina Schouw The Goodnight Songs
Wendy Oldfield Singalong Kidz

BEST AFRIKAANS TRADITIONAL MUSIC ALBUM
Deon Van Der Merwe Kitaarjolyt
Deon Van Der Merwe & Die Boeremusketier Kitaar Met Oemf
Hennie De Bruyn, Zak Van Niekerk En Die Kitaarkêrels Umfaan-Skoffel
Klipwerf Orkes Hantam Toeka
Snaar Van Tonder Speel Afrikaanse Kitaar Treffers!

BEST COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUM
Billy Forrest "Go With Me"
Bobby Angel Somebody Like You
Jeffrey De Bruyn Golden Gospel Country
Fredi Nest Vrystaat Limousine
Ray Dylan Breek Die Ys

BEST POP/ROCK GOSPEL ALBUM
Kriss Tel Made To Be Loved
Mark Counihan Closer To You
MIC Goodnight... God Bless.
Singletrack Singletrack
Tiro Speak To Me

BEST AFRIKAANS GOSPEL ALBUM
Bala Brothers Strome Van Seën
Hessel Van Der Walt n Simfonie Van Lof
Cornel Driessen + Louis Brittz Duisende Daniëls Aanbid
Vertikaal Stil
Willie Joubert God Van Wonders

BEST AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM
Hlengiwe Mhlaba Live At The Durban Playhouse
Joyous Celebration Vol 12: Live At The Grand West Arena
Soweto Gospel Choir Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre
Various Spirit of Praise Vol. 1
Vicky Vilakazi Zion-Jerusalem

BEST ROCK ALBUM : AFRIKAANS
Albert De Wet 3 Jaar
Die Kaalkop Waarheid Woestyn Se Rivier
Ef-El Net Om Die Geraas In Te Asem
Van Coke Kartel Waaksaam & Wakker
Willim Welsyn En Die Sunrise Toffies Kompos En Kraai

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM : ENGLISH
340ml Sorry For The Delay
Jane Rademeyer I Think A Halo
MaxNormal.Tv Good Morning South Africa
New Academics The Apple
The Sick Leaves Stone The Crow

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM : AFRIKAANS
Emile Minnie Nagmusiek
Foto Na Dans Pantomime Op Herwinbare Klanke
Gerald Clark Sweepslag
Klopjag Musiek Vir Die Agtergrond
Laurinda Hofmeyr Reis Na Die Suide

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM : AFRICAN
3rd Generation Azumah Cultural Group Marimba Magic
The Dizu Plaatjies Ibuyambo Ensemble African Kings
Native Intelligence Segusile 'The Dawn'
Inyosi Umdletshe Wena We Ndlovu Bayede!

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM : ENGLISH
Cofield Mundi The Big Question
Ernie Smith Everything Around Me
Josie Field Leyland
Lira Soul In Mind
Watershed Staring At The Ceiling

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM : AFRIKAANS
Amanda Strydom Kerse Teen Die Donker
Chris Chameleon Klassieke Chameleon
Coenie De Villiers Weerlig Oor Die See
Lize Beekman Sit 'n Bietjie Langs My
Valiant Swart Vrydagaand / Saterdagaand

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM : AFRICAN
Andile Mseleku Essence Of Joy
Malatji The First Prince
Ringo Qhubeka…
Siphokazi Ndinovuyo
Thembisile My Journey

BEST R&B/NEO-SOUL ALBUM
Bryce Anderson Undescribable
Tamarsha I Ain't Givin Up
Thandi Soni This Is My Time

BEST VENDA MUSIC ALBUM
Jonah Moyo and Devera Ngwena Jazz Band Vol. 33 Shango Ndi Lashu
Victor Ndhlovu Zwa Hashu Vol. 3
Zozo & Sangere Super Beat Vol. 10 Mudi Wagoswi

BEST ALBUM PACKAGING
Amaryoni The Journey - Marabi Moments
Rus Nerwich Under The Poetree
The Moreira Project Volume 2 Citizen Of The World
Various The Great South African Trip
Zebra & Giraffe Collected Memories

BEST REMIX OF THE YEAR
Dj Master Jam Ft. RJ Benjamin Change The World
Gang Of Instrumentals My Number 1 Dub Mix
Jaziel Brothers Gumba Faya Remix featuring Bleksem
Lira Feel Good - Jazzworx Remix
Slikour Umsindo Remix featuring Selwyn, Bricks, Kwela Tebza, T'Do, Bleksem, Shugasmakx

BEST MULTI ARTIST LIVE DVD
Various Loftus For Jesus 08
Various Ramfest Alternative Music Festival
Various Carnival Symphonic Pops (2007)
Various Deuriemikke Karnaval Loftus 2008
Various Huisgenoot Skouspel 2008

BEST CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM
Eclips Lekker Klassieke Treffers
Heavenly Organ The King of Instruments
Rian Swanepoel Verf Die Classics Rooi
The Voice Of Angels The Voice Of Angels Volume 1

BEST SOUTH SOTHO MUSIC (SESOTHO) ALBUM
Ntate Samora Mafube A Nyoloha Matsieng No. 2
Ruthla Masupha Ruthla Masupha No. 24
Toka Letlaka Moeti Oa Makhoarane No. 5 - Etsang Ka Pele

BEST DANCE ALBUM
1st Project Percussive House Grooves
Flash Republic Danger
GoldFish Perceptions of Pacha
Iridium Project Stroboscope
Mono T A Mono Sound

Tickets for the Main Awards Ceremony on Saturday 2 May at the Sun City Super Bowl are available from Computicket from 20th of March at the following prices:
Retract: R262-00
Lower Gallery: R160-00
Upper Gallery: R141-00
Special Upper - R90-00

The show will be broadcasted live on SABC 1

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

anyone notice how boring the dirty skirts are sounding?


I went to see the Dirty Skirts this past weekend at Springbok Pub. I usually enjoy there music and do like a few of their songs (I regularly sing in the shower "call you Sunday..."). But after they had played their first couple songs, the rest all seemed to melt into 'one' song. I have come to realise that after the hype, the rest of their songs are very average and all sound exactly the same. It seems to be a problem many South African's bands struggle with! Without voicing my opinion I asked my friend what she thought? This being the first time she heard them live, she said "they are so boring!"... Do they lack some of that stage pizazz?? Most of the drunk senseleess crowd ofcourse loved them. But throw any semi famous band on stage and drunk students will go crazy (been there... done that) ;-)
Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

aKing at Kirstenbosch... what a dissapointment – the sound engineer should be fired



This was, sadly to say, one of the worst kirstenbosch concerts i have ever been to.
Not to be too judgemental on the band (who i now call average), the majority of the reason everyone looked as if they were resiting the urge to cover their ears, was because of the sound quality.
After much discussion i learnt that it was infact the sound engineers fault my ears were being penetrated with what was less than permissable sound.
He is aKing's engineer. As aKing have never played at Kirstenbosch before it was very unwise on their behalf to request their ill equiped sound engineer to do the gig. He obviously didnt have a clue on how to set up and mix for the large area.
The guitars were too loud and that the 'backup' vocalists drowned out the singer. I feel sorry for aKing because this was there first really major concert in Cape Town. They have have a huge following in Gauteng and have had a couple of really good songs. One which i still really enjoyed when i heard it. Being invited to play in the Summer concerts is an honour AND a way to really get your band recognised by a large audience. What a pity for aKing, that the majority of people who went last weekend take away a skewed vision of what the band sounds like (barely recognisable compared to how the radio and music video sound).
It was terrible when i heard people around me saying that the khayelitsha back up vocalists who came on at the end to do there own stint, were "better than the band" (yes, a direct quote).
Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Last nights fire on table mountain

Last night, fires swept all over table mountain in Cape Town – one of the worst ones yet!
Morning radio reports said that people were evacuated in the middle of the night from their homes which were dangerously close to the fires. A fire man reported saying that the fires had jumped a major road and he saw poeple being burned alive.
Most Cape Townians would have slept thorugh the fires and only noticed this mornings ashy city with the smell of smoke still hanging in the air.
One of the schools closest to the fires has been closed for the day.
Reports say that it is believd the fire was man made and most likely started near Rhodes Memorial.
With all the fires happening over our dry summer season, it infuriates me to think that people arent more careful.
All of you out there, please take extra special care to not do anything that may potentially start a fire.
















Picture credit: Unknown

Friday, March 13, 2009

AND THE WINNERS ARE....

Well as i am a huge fan of South African music.. i thought it only appropriate to talk about a super big event that took place last night. MK (South Africa's music channel) had their 2009 music awards ceremony last night – where (mostly) the best of the best are too be seen.

The nominations for MK 2009 MUSIC AWARDS:

Best Video

aKing – Safe As Houses
Die Heuwels Fantasties – Vinger Alleen
Straatligkinders – Avontuur van ‘n Harbreek
The Parlotones – I’ll Be There
Zebra & Girraffe – The knife

Best Group

aKing - The Dance
èF-èL - Die idee van
Straatligkinders - Avontuur van 'n hartbreek
The City Bowl Mizers - Uh huh
The Dirty Skirts - Can’t remember your name

Best Solo

Albert de Wet - Wat het gebeur by Aliwal Noord?
Dan Patlansky - Only an ocean
Jax Panik - Cigarettes & Cinnamon
Lianie May - Jy soen my nie meer nie
Ryno Velvet Band - Kyk hoe lyk jy nou

Best Music video animation

Die Oranje Vryskape - Groener weivelde
Fuzigish - Black Magoo
Goldfish - This is how it goes
Jacques ft. Akon - Natural born hustla
The Parlotones - I'll be there

Best Live

Chris Chameleon - Machine
Foto na Dans - Hou jou hande bymekaar
Jan Blohm - Sondag lover
Myepic - Concerning sickness
The Parlotones - Window shopper

Sexiest

Chelsea - For sure
Corsette - Jy verniel my
FlipaCoin - Jasmyn
Shine 4 - So elektries
Stealing Love Jones - feat. Mzambiya Limozeen

Best Serenade

Eden - Kwart oor 5
Etienne - Steyn Gaan jou mis
FlipaCoin - Jasmyn
MD Greyling - Duisend bottels
The Parlotones - I'll be there

Pornstar

Jani - Te vinnig te veel
Kurt Darren - Daar doer in die donker
Nicholis Louw - Welkom by my party
Ray Dylan - Dis verby
Snotkop - Kry jou ass by die werk

Beste New act

Ashtray Electric - The swing
Ben-Nevis - Die gevoel verduidelik
Pretty Blue Guns - Dead man's waltz
Winterstasie - Wie is jy?
Zebra & Giraffe - The knife

Campus Hit

All Will Fall - Disappearing act (KOVSIE FM)
Jax Panik - Cigarettes & Cinnamon (MFM)
Straatligkinders - Avontuur van 'n hartbreek (PUK FM)
aKing - The Dance (TUKS FM)
Seether - Rise above this (UJ FM)

Best Hard Song

Bloodline Ltd - Fists raised
Hikatori - Drome van fiksie
Knave - Diagnosis
One Day Remains - Never say die
Van Coke Kartel - Verdoof, vergiftig, verskoon my

Funniest

Jakkie Louw - Die hoender song
Koolerbox - Jou moer
Max Normal.tv - Total f-up
Wasserfall - Pretoria-Wes
Wicus van der Merwe - Vat hom pappie

AND THE 2009 MK MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ARE:

BEST VIDEO – The Parlotones (I'll be there)
BEST GROUP – Straatligkinders (Avontuur van 'n hartbreek)
BEST SOLO – Lianie May (Jy soen my nie meer nie)
BEST ANIMATION VIDEO – The parlotones (I'll be there)
BEST LIVE – Foto na dans (Hou jou hande bymeker)
SEXIEST – Flipacoin (jasmyn)
BEST SERENADE – The Parlotones (I'll be there)
PORNSTAR – Snotkop (Kry jou ass by die werk)
BEST NEW ACT – Ashtray Electric (The swing)
CAMPUS HIT – Straatligkinders (Avontuur van 'n Hartbreek)
BEST HARD SONG – (Van Coke Kartel (Verloof, Vergifting, verskoon my)
FUNNIEST – Koolerbox (Jou Moer)

My comments:

Now I have to admit, I was very happy to see Ashtray Electric won an award. There song song 'the swing' struck me the first time i ever heard it and saw the music video on MK. I remember going around to everyone, asking if they had heard of Ashtray Electric? I hope to see great things from them in the future.

The Parlotones deserve to win the amount of awards they did. I must confess though, sometimes i wish they weren't continually chosen for awards. But they are one of South Africa's best bands with their easy listening, groovy sound (even though half their songs aren't their own) and continuous hits. Their music video for 'I'll be there', is really great and that song is really great! Although i think they should have just won the best music video animation award, and aKing should have won over all best video for safe as houses. Their songs have always had the ability to get stuck into ones head! (probably beacuse they are already familiar...)

I am appalled that 'soen my nie meer nie' was chosen for best solo? That song just reminds me of my boyfriend's 'frakbow' (word used to describe a lower class moron, along the same level as dipshit) neighbour. He plays it on repeat at god-awful times of the morning when he returns home after a 'kiff parrrty'.

Foto Na Dans are great live. I truelly enjoyed hearing them play at Ramfest.

The 'best hard song' award couldnt have found itself a better home than with Van Coke Kartel.

I am surprised that Zebra and Giraffe didnt win anything – at least they got nominated!

SUNSET IN SEAPOINT

Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

Sunset from Seapoint promenade

Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wines, wines and more wines.... which farms to visit in the Cape


There’s nothing I like better than drinking a good red wine… well… a number of good red wines with some cheese I suppose does beat the former… and of course there is no better place to sample thousands of fabulous wines, other than the Western Cape wine lands. And for me that adventure is far from over! I am unfortunately – as I have discovered over the past year – allergic to certain wines… although I am unsure of what and how I get the damn runny nose, tight chest and congested sinuses… Every now and then I get these symptoms, and I am on a path to discovering (ticking off) which wines agree and don’t agree with me. I used to be a red-wine-only person, but this has also changed over the years. I have visited a number of lovely wine farms in the recent months, those being:
Dornier (pretty good – a great venue);
Klein Zalze (their chenin blanc is perfect for when in search of an easy going, more-ish white that’s not too expensive);
Tokara (very smart venue with lovely wines - try the predominantly cab sav blend and the whites are all great)
Rust en Vrede (What a stunner!!! One of the farms owned by Ernie Els. They make gorgeous wines. But be prepared to pay for them. I actually stopped in at the Ernie Els estate, which is very extravagent and wines will cost in the thousands for a bottle. Rust en Vrede's wines arent as expensive as these but the quality is on par (excuse the pun) with Ernie Els estate.)
Guardian Peak (A lovely wine farm with great wines for good prices!)
I will do a full write up on my next wine route adventure!

Drama at the Argus Cycle Race



One of my dearest friends decided she would do the Argus for the first time this year. Unfortunately for her, she never got to finish...
OK – it's not as bad as it sounds. The race was put to a stop and she and the many other struggling wind-swept riders were bussed in to the finish line.
I ventured down to explore the area surrounding the finish line. Surrounding tents and marquees were looking very fragile against the bursts of wind that would suddenly lift up every dress in sight (Of course only Vaalies wear highly ‘blow-up-able’ skirts when Cape Towns black south easter prevails) and get dust into places that would take an hour’s worth of scrubbing to get out.
I felt very sorry for every rider out there on Sunday. News this morning reports that:

Winds of up to 60km/h wreaked havoc at the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday, collapsing tents and scaffolding.
A woman broke her arm when the breakfast tent at the start of the race collapsed with her inside.
The start of the race itself was delayed 54 minutes because of the wind, with wind speeds of 40 km/h measured at Chapman's Peak and 60 km/h elsewhere on the route.
Scaffolding erected at the Allan Gray building, near the finish line, collapsed, crushing three cars, but injuring no-one. A tent at the finish line came down too.
Most of the structures erected for the race at the start and finish lines had to be taken down because the wind was so severe.
The Greenpoint stadium construction site, where most of the hospitality tents were erected in sandy ground, became a 'dust bowl' which the fire department had to water down.
In some areas there was such a wind chill factor that cyclists had to be warned not to stop.
While there were a number of casualties, none were serious and most involved broken collarbones, legs and arms.
In one of the nastier incidents, a woman cyclist hit the tar face first in the Perdeberg, breaking both collar bones and sustaining scratches on her face.
Another cyclist's ribs were crushed when he came off down Chapman's Peak. A doctor on a motorcycle immediately attended to him and he was taken to hospital right away.
Although 35 000 cyclists entered this year, only 25 600 started the race.
The cycle tour was won by Arran Brown, of the Medscheme team, in two hours 46 min 32 sec, with Robbie Hunter, of Barloworld, in second place and Nolan Hoffman, of Neotel, third.

Overall the wind was really dreadful, and my friend was very dissapointed not to have finished.. but after more than 6 hours of riding (3 were into head on wind – she even had to paddle down hill), i think there was a mixture of relief there too...
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Go to KIRSTENBOSCH CONCERTS .... before time runs out


One thing you have to love about Cape Town... especially in Summer, are the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts – where famous South African bands, sometimes international bands (ie Seether) perform to a huge audience picnicing on a massive grass lawn at the botanical gardens.
No smoking allowed! but everyone can bring their own booze and food. Most of the time it is advisable to book your tickets in advance, and really it's inexpensive for a fantastic afternoon with groovy tunes. Akso- get there early to ensure you have the best picnic spot :)
On this particular day, we went to see Zebra and Giraffe...
They are a very popular band, that only really broke onto the scene mid 2008 (as far as i am concerned).
Since then the band, under direction of lead singer and amazing muzo Greg Carlin, has performed all over SA, and gathered quite a following.
I met the Greg and crew after their show. G seems to be quite a friendly easy going guy who – thank god – hasn't let the sudden fame get to his head.
They are playing again soon at Mercury Live on March 14 – where I am definately planning to see them again! Their whole album is worth a listen :) keep your eyes and ears out for these guys!
still to play at kirstenbosch are: The dirty skirts - march 15; aKing - March 22 (definately going to this); Cape Philharmonic orchestra - March 29. The concerts usually begin at the end of Novemebr and run til the end of March every Sunday.

Up the Creek (Music festival)


The 'Blues Broers' (featured here) reunited especially for the 2009 Up the creek festival, and were a huge hit – as they've always been. With Albert's crazy guitar solo's and new drummer, Tim Rankin's sick beats, it was a hot performance!
These rocking blues broers have some history with this fetsival. They performed at the first ever 'up the creek' and through the years, they have been relied upon as the band that will not only deliver a great performance, but might do it two or three times in one weekend depending on the circumstances. When other bands lost there members, or couldnt be found, or were too drunk/ hungover to play, the blues broers have stepped in on a number of occasions to make up for these blunders.

Other headlining bands were Bed on Bricks, the Dirty Skirts, Aking, Prime Circle and many more...

Put this one in your diary for next year!! And remember to bring earplugs – otherwse you will never get to sleep as music plays til 5 in the morning. Also don't forget your fishing rod, loads of sunblock and a medical aid kit (this was necessary for my clumsy feet). The festival is held on a farm along the banks of the Breede river, a fair drive out of Cape Town, but absolutely worth the escape! Also buy your tickets earcy as there is a limited amount. Only 2000 tickets were sold this year.
Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

Friday, March 6, 2009

RAMFEST

Picture credit: Amy Hopkins
This is the infamous Van Coke Kartel... I'm not actually the greatest fan... but I did enjoy their performance and think the BASE guitarist has got that 'true-rockstar-at-heart' thing about him. i.o.w. he is an absolute mad man on stage.
Their performance really impressed me, and so did Fokofs. I have heard them live a number of times, but something magical came together on stage for them this weekend. Although i did camp right next door to them, which meant i got to shake their hands and say hi, but that was where the bonus points ended.
They are true party animals and kept everyone up until day break! thank god i remembered to buy ear plugs this time - as hardened festival goers learn!
Although they can't take all the blame. Some Afrikaans muzo who probably had his first music video on MK (our local music channel on DSTV- for those of you who don't know) and reckons he is the next best thing, was playing his own CD on repeat out of his car. Seriously! How sad... I actually saw his music video this past weekend... and felt even sadder for him.. no names mentioned!
Otherwise the entire festival was a blast :)

TABLE MOUNTAIN

SHE IS THE REASON SO MANY ARE ATTRACTED TO VISITING THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY...

WHOM WITHOUT CAPE TOWN JUST WOULDNT BE THE SAME

Picture credit: Amy Hopkins

AAAAAAAND IM BACK

Aaaaaaaand it's 2009... well my first entry of 2009.
I have to admit I have been a lazy @£$%! This is mostly due to change in job, moving flat, quitting smoking (ok, ok.. I'm just throwing this in their because i am proud of myself) and starting a new relationship... all the things a 20-something goes through at least once a year living in Cape Town :)
Firstly, I have given my blog a new look, as it needed a touch of 'fabulopus' (dont ask – its the word of the week between my friends and I- thanks von von).
So what's been happening?
well... I have been to a number of music festivals so far. Two really worth mentioning were 'Up the Creek' and just last weekend i went to RAMFEST (a cool rock festival with an additional metal stage and – my favourite – pasty, red-faced metal heads with too much dark make-up, looking ill and sweating their man boobs off in their black leather and spandex outfits.)
The music was great, and the shade was sought after! we left at 3:30pm on the Sunday and it was 42 degrees celcius... speaking of which this heat wave has been killing me!!!!
yesterday reached a high of 45 degrees Celcius in Cape Town CBD
It has been the hottest week this year! Cape Townians are used to usually getting a late summer in February, but these raging temperautes in March beg the question "Isn't supposed to be Autumn now?"
I cannot think of another time i've actually wanted to feel the SOUTH EASTER blowing up my dress...