10 Apr 2012



Music and magic

Hello and welcome back! Hope a super fine long weekend was had by all. This week we report back on the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival which featured the best of the best in SA electronic music. Sindy Peters gets the low-down on Afrikaans folk band, Spoegwolf's latest music video, Lenie Blou. Both, the incestuous group of bands that make up VanFokKingTasties, and Spoek Mathambo announce their SA album tours.

Stuart Lightbody's magic show, Dark Imaginings creepily impresses, while our resident fashion photographer Johnny Lai Sang captures all those pretties backstage at SAFW 2012.

On the #WINNING side of things we have tickets for French house DJ Jef K up for grabs as well as German trance duo Cosmic Gate.

Happy short week!

Ruth Cooper, production manager

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SA winery scoops Chinese deal
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The sexiest Mini ever made
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] For the first time in its long history the iconic Mini has chopped off its roof, thrown away its back seats, acquired a fold-down cloth top and adopted the name of Roadster - a metamorphosis which has turned a cute and trendy city car into a fully-fledged little sports car. Read more >>

Modest increase in new vehicle sales
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] There was a modest 4.8% gain in the sales of cars and commercial vehicle sales in March this year when 56 110 units were sold compared to the 53 558 in March 2011. Read more >>


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Titanic sails off in 3D
[Daniel Dercksen] Fifteen years ago, James Cameron brought us Titanic - an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. It will be interesting the see how a new generation of romantics and adventure seekers will team up with undying diehard fans of Titanic sailing off on the big-screen spectacular 3D. Read more >>


The pumping heart of the CTEMF
[Julie Anne Pocock] Electronic music is not new to Cape Town. From its origins within and around the underground scene, it fast spread onto the commercial club circuit and over recent years to regular three-day-long outdoor festivals. In short, electro is everywhere. Read more >>

Spoegwolf release video for Lenie Blou
[Sindy Peters] In the shadows of a Stellenbosch vineyard lurks a hairy, gleaming-eyed monster called Spoegwolf (Spitting Wolf). The monster, seeking world domination, isn't scary at all - unless, of course, you're terrified of Afrikaans folk-rock. The band of four recently released a video for Lenie Blou and, it being their first video, described the process as incredible, long, and tasting like Powerade... Read more >>

Spoek Mathambo album tour
Internationally renowned local musician, Spoek Mathambo has announced performance dates for his upcoming visit to South Africa. These will include slots as part of the adidas All Originals Live Performances series, by We-are-awesome events and adidas Originals, taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Read more >>

Taxi Violence bring out Unholy new music video
Taxi Violence, who have been nominated for the 2012 SAMAs in the Best Rock Album and Best Duo/Group of the Year categories, are to release the music video for Unholy later this month. Read more >>

Jef K to play Joburg and Cape Town
Jef K, the DJ with an unwavering commitment to a pure house sound, will be playing at a secret warehouse location in Joburg on 13 April and the renewed Fiction in Long Street, Cape Town on 14 April, 2012. Read more >>


Black Magic Imaginings
[Maike Gevers] It was in a small garage filled with hay that I first encountered Stuart Lightbody. There were others there, I hasten to add - a good friend of mine had turned his front garden into an open-air theatre in celebration of his 21st birthday. The stable-like garage was the performance space and Stuart Lightbody was the entertainment. Watching him last week, I tried again to hold my best poker face, but he still managed to know what I was thinking. Darn. How come he gets it right, every time? Read more >>

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