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Glow well with WellSkin

If you're like me you might have thought that the Wellness Warehouse stores only housed wasabi flavoured peanuts, organic face washes and super-healthy meals for the hippies and hipsters, but no, they also run a well-equipped beauty salon, WellSkin, which offers massages, facials, waxes and mani/pedis.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Apr 2014 09:35

Luxurious Langaro

It's a picture perfect Sunday morning in Camps Bay and I'm lying down on a concrete slab in approximately 4% of clothing, being hosed and scrubbed down by a wetsuit-wearing hands-of-steel warrior.

By Ruth Cooper 15 Apr 2014 12:44

Crude but clever Carr

It was the second coming of JC at GrandWest last night, or so the self-designed T-shirt of a fan and member of the audience proclaimed. Flinging it on stage during the encore he shouted: "I made this for you Jimmy." Carr, seemingly quite moved by this thoughtful gift, asked the guys profession. "Rapist," he replied succinctly.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Apr 2014 09:24

The power of revolution at Music Exchange

If there was a common thread or theme between speakers at the first day of the fourth annual Music Exchange conference at Cape Town City Hall it was about self-belief.

By Ruth Cooper 12 Mar 2014 10:30

It's a wild life for Ross Jack

Transitioning from producer to artist a few years ago, Ross Jack has been steadily increasing his reach and fans since EP, "Chandeliers" and debut album, "Notes from the Wild". We had an email chit chat with him to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 11 Mar 2014 08:00

[Design Indaba 2014] What's in the box Lauren Beukes?

How does one define a designer these days? Designers are so much more than building constructors, typography poets and chair and vase crafters. Designers are creators, activists, humanitarians, revolutionaries, risk takers, visionaries.

By Ruth Cooper 3 Mar 2014 09:18

Interview with UB40

The three founding members of UB40: Astro, Mickey Virtue and Ali Campbell have reunited amongst a fair amount of controversy. They touch down in SA in April this year. We emailed lead singer Ali Campbell a few questions to find out more.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Feb 2014 11:51

Creek-chers unite at UTC 2014

It's just gone 2.30pm in the heart of Cape Town as my fellow Creek-chers and I battle our way through the early Friday traffic and soaring temperatures. Destination: the hallowed land; that beautiful sanctuary boarded by the welcoming Breede River and temporary home to many music-loving lovelies. Up the Creek we're a' coming for you.

By Ruth Cooper 6 Feb 2014 10:25

Taking a stand with Nik Rabinowitz

It's been almost two years since likeable Cape Town comedian Nik Rabinowitz has performed at the Baxter Theatre and, as he mentioned, two years away from the stage equals a helluva lot of material - especially if you just so happen to live in this colourfully crazy country of ours.

By Ruth Cooper 5 Dec 2013 12:03

Renewed experiences at Spier

Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.

By Ruth Cooper 22 Nov 2013 09:48

Red Huxley's road to Rancho

How about a little local rock n' roll fairy tale? Once upon a time, a small somewhat obscure band managed to win backstage passes to an event that featured one of their favourite international bands. Cue an encounter and handover of EP to a member of said band and the offer to come to record a debut album in his studio.

By Ruth Cooper 14 Nov 2013 12:04

Q&A with RJSA, Ronnie tells all

American rock band Red Jump Suit Apparatus will be making their South African debut as the headline act at both the Cape Town and Joburg Synergy Live festivals this year. We chatted to singer Ronnie Winter who, among other things, set the record straight about their Cokefest no show back in 2009.

By Ruth Cooper 13 Nov 2013 11:22

Lowman Iowdown

You might not have heard of Michael Lowman yet, but with his debut album "Crayon Boxes" hot off the press and plans to conquer the States, Michael Lowman might just become a name that will start sounding much more familiar. We phoned the singer/songwriter last week to find out more about his musical journey thus far and his future plans.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Nov 2013 10:57

Mixing n Blending in the Mother City

Mix n Blend have just released "Mother City", their brand spanking new EP and it's just so happens to be available for free download so all you lovelies can get your hands on their latest afrolicious beats. We interviewed founding member Kevin Ribbans to find out more about this fresh new EP as well as chat creative collaborations and mzanzi musical flavour.

By Ruth Cooper 23 Sep 2013 11:32

Yes to Gangs of Ballet

With a hot-off-the-press debut album flying up the charts and a national tour currently underway we jumped at the chance to book a few minutes with popular Durban band Gangs of Ballet during their Cape Town stopover last week to talk dedication, figuring things out and embracing uncertainty.

By Ruth Cooper 10 Sep 2013 10:31

Axe to launch second South African into space

What comes to mind when thinking of the sexiest most manly hero archetype? Brain surgeon? Sure. Fire-fighter? Of course. Air force pilot? Oh yeah (gotta love a man in uniform), but an astronaut - now that's just on another level. Or so the marketing team at Axe would like us to think, an astronaut trumps all in making the girls swoon.

By Ruth Cooper 20 Aug 2013 13:31

Soul mate Soul Shake

"I got shook right out of my shoes." Oh, indeed, and then some - apt lyrics from Taxi Violence's George van der Spuy who, with fellow band mates, shook up their summoned soul shakers upon Assembly's unholy dance floor for their album launch last Saturday.

By Ruth Cooper 31 Jul 2013 10:24

EuroTrashMusic and the future of online radio

Online radio in South Africa has recently been spreading its wings and waves worldwide. We chat to Craig Steyn, founder of EuroTrashMusic, an online radio station and blog that aims to give an equal platform to all, to find out more about the future of online radio.

By Ruth Cooper 1 Jul 2013 09:27

Say it to her face - interview with Louise Carver

With new album "Say It To My Face" just released and a national tour currently underway, BizLounge grabbed the opportunity to interview chart topper and well-known SA songstress Louise Carver about recording processes, ex-boyfriends and Russian love.

By Ruth Cooper 25 Jun 2013 12:06

The Frown's "Teenage Swim", track by track

The Frown's short-and-sweet seven-track second album is an immersion into a creatively twisted techno twinkly nightmare, carefully and creatively constructed by singer Eve Rakow's eerie little girl voice and Klein Bass's beat constructions.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Jun 2013 10:31