[Kershin Padayachee] Let's face it, our golden friend has long been the subject of harsh words and, as a result, been dealt a bad rap. Think about that for a sec... Do the terms beer belly or beer goggles ring any bells? Still not convinced? Pop round the Bascule Bar and observe as the local whisky quaffing chaps sneer at your humble order of a cold one.
[Kershin Padayachee] "It's the final countdown ... " Europe's archaic lyrics drone monotonously over the airwaves as your aunt busts a move from the 80s. Then, at the stroke of midnight, you quaff champagne like a sommelier and bop around to Prince's 1999. If this sounds all too familiar, then perhaps you should have attended the Rock The River Festival, which took place over the New Year's weekend at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch. The venue being a mere stone's throw from home, I decided to do exactly that.
[Kershin Padayachee] I've never ever dashed through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. The mere thought of it all terrifies me. To to be quite honest my holiday version of Jingle Bells is normally that of the Scotch variety, if you know what I mean. What luck, then, it was to find that Boney M, the okes who put the jingle in Jingle Bells were making a special Christmas tour to SA - just in time to save the Christmas spirit.
[Kershin Padayachee] Like a pack of blazing Shoguns in the heat of battle, MacGyver Knife cut to the heart of the matter on their debut album "Sewing Legend". We at Biz found ourselves fortunate enough to be granted the first priviledge of dissecting the workings of this masterpiece.
[Kershin Padayachee] Imagine a summer concert so sizzling hot, it would have Global Warming activists throw in their sweaty towels. Imagine an eclectic mix of some of South Africa's most talented and successful bands, perched on a stage in the picturesque Backsberg vineyard. The final leg of the brand new Sonic Summer concert, cooked up a storm of a sound on a gorgeous midsummer's day.
[Kershin Padayachee] Last Friday, Macgyver Knife decided to breakout from their season's hiatus by boldly entering the Texas Spur Carnival Battle of the Bands at Goodwood Park Primary. My colleague (and fellow MK fan) Dave and I headed out to Goodwood to report on the action.
[Kershin Padayachee] Finally, some decent gigs are taking place in my neck of the woods. And so, last Wednesday night, with the next day being National Braai day, I found that I had no excuse, but to partake in the festivities and check out the local talent at Stones in Table View. Fortunately for a late-bird such as myself, gigs never start when expected. This gave me enough time to grab a drink and chat to some of the line-up before the show kicked off.