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New World-class Contemporary African Art Museum at the V&A Waterfront silos to open in 2016

New World-class Contemporary African Art Museum at the V&A Waterfront silos to open in 2016

20/06/2015 - 15:44
Zeitz MOCAA, a new not-for-profit institution, will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.

Considered by many to be the leading collection of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora, Jochen Zeitz will commit his collection in perpetuity, underwrite the running costs of the Museum and provide a substantial acquisition budget to allow the Museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production. read more
Win Double tickets on 021's FB page for 20th MCQP @ CT Stadium on 14 December

Win Double tickets on 021's FB page for 20th MCQP @ CT Stadium on 14 December

05/12/2013 - 13:59
WIN double tickets: The mother of all parties is hitting Cape Town Stadium with all things aglitter, as Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) welcomes between 10 000 - 13 000 partygoers to its Space Cowboy-themed twentieth celebration. And a celebration it will be: singer Steve Grand is coming down from the US to make partygoers sing and dance to his hit All-America Boy and about 50 SA performers will also take to the stage; among them The Nomadic Orchestra and Carla Conradie.Cape Town Stadium will be the mothership of all things glitter when Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) welcomes between 10 000 - 13 000 partygoers to its Space Cowboy-themed twentieth celebration.
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REVIEW Digby and the Lullaby - waking up to harmony

REVIEW Digby and the Lullaby - waking up to harmony

03/12/2013 - 15:59
Reaching a row of flats in upper Sea Point on a warm moody night of clouds passing slowly by a waning moon, we aim for the sound of laughter and animated conversation that trickles down an outside flight of steps. Further on we approach a simple wooden gate left open. In a small courtyard we are welcomed by powerful fragrances of jasmine flowers and smiles from well groomed couples who seem to be in sync with each other. We are just in time, the concert of Digby and The Lullaby starts now. All seats inside the living room are taken. I pull a cooler box to myself to sit on in the open plan kitchen. That's when Rouchelle Hubsch opens her mouth for the first time.  read more
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY @  Milnerton Playhouse 22 Nov - 7 Dec

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY @ Milnerton Playhouse 22 Nov - 7 Dec

15/11/2013 - 12:31
Set in the doctors' common room of a London hospital three days before Christmas, Dr David Mortimore is preparing his lecture for a conference of neurosurgeons that should guarantee him a knighthood and the hospital some badly needed funds. All goes according to plan until his former nurse bursts in with the news that their fling some 18 years and 9 months ago made Mortimore a father. The boy, emotionally highly strung and under arrest for drunken driving, is downstairs, desperate to meet his long-lost Dad.

The play is staged at the Milnerton Playhouse Theatre and runs from 22 November to 7 December. For details read more
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 20-24 NOV @ ARTSCAPE

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE 20-24 NOV @ ARTSCAPE

11/11/2013 - 10:10
There will be close shaves a-plenty when Figaro helps the love-struck Count Almaviva (Makudupanyane Senaoana) abduct his sweetheart Rosina in this hilarious opera buffa, Barber of Seville, Cape Town Opera and the UCT Opera School’s hair-raising contribution to the month of ‘Movember’ on stage at Artscape from 20 – 24 November.  read more
TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA 5, 6 & 7 NOV

TICKET GIVEAWAY FOR GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA 5, 6 & 7 NOV

22/10/2013 - 09:25
In cooperation with Galileo Open Air CInemas, 021 gives away a double ticket each for a movie night under the stars at Kirstenbosch, Durbanville's Hillcrest Quarry and the V&A Waterfront. Movie tickets are for shows on Tuesday 5 Nov (Bridget Jones' Diary in Hillcrest Quarry Durbanville), 6 Nov The Devil Wears Prada in Kirstenbosch and 7 Nov Pretty Woman at the V&A. All shows start at 7.30pm.  read more
Open Street in Lower Main Road Obs this Sat 26 12-6pm

Open Street in Lower Main Road Obs this Sat 26 12-6pm

22/10/2013 - 09:03
Lower Main Road, from Main Road Mowbray side to Albert Road will be opened to people and closed to motorised traffic this next Saturday. Free activities will abound, with lots of people taking full ownership of the tar be it by cycling, skating, walking, dancing, painting, acting or simply watching. Open Street Obs is part of a global movement to encourage people to utilise public space in creative ways. read more
Art performance in Gugulethu this Saturday 19 Oct, 2pm

Art performance in Gugulethu this Saturday 19 Oct, 2pm

17/10/2013 - 21:58
"Performing being black" is happening in Gugulethu this Saturday. A series of performances staged in selected alleyways of Gugulethy, mimicking "township tours" will include works by Mandla Mlangeni, Asanda Vokwana, Siyabuela Sikawuti and others. There is transport leaving the CBD at 12pm from Brundyn+ in 170 Buitengracht Street, at a cost of 75 Rand which includes entrance to the art projects in Gugulethu (if you drive on your own entrance is R45). Kwa Mlamli, NY 146-17, Gugulethu.  read more
Lecture on Bushman Makai Kruiper @IZIKO 26 Nov, 7pm

Lecture on Bushman Makai Kruiper @IZIKO 26 Nov, 7pm

16/10/2013 - 18:00
In this Iziko lecture on 26 November, Patricia Glyn, an eco adventurer, radio and television personality and author, traces a long-dead Bushman by the name of Makai Kruiper, a legendary mystic, hunter and healer who roamed ‘The Thirst Land’ a century ago. At her side was Makai’s grandson, Dawid, a man as legendary as his forebear. Dawid was 76 years old and easily the most famous Bushman in South Africa, having featured in numerous films, documentaries, books and academic studies. Patricia’s new talk is about what she witnessed on this trip: the fragments that remain in the Kalahari sand of a long-gone life, the extraordinary memory and tracking skills that helped Dawid find his grandfather’s artifacts, some 100 years after they’d been buried and the secrets that have been handed down from son to son. read more
Begin to celebrate this summer in style @ VIP Sky Bar

Begin to celebrate this summer in style @ VIP Sky Bar

16/10/2013 - 13:26
Cape Town boasts endless sundowner spots, but few can match a wide variety of refreshments, exclusive company and breathtaking views. This past weekend 021 was part of the sumptious official launch of "the VIP Sky Bar", situated on the rooftop of the five star Cape Royale in Green Point, the 2013 summer hotspot. Equipped with a heated pool, two bars and unique table service packages, the VIP Sky Bar offers the perfect setting for its exclusive champagne specials, delicious sushi and daily cocktail specials to enjoy the breath-taking 360 degree views.

Here is the list of events happening at VIP Sky Bar... read more
Banff Mountain Film Festival from 25 Oct

Banff Mountain Film Festival from 25 Oct

10/10/2013 - 19:41
We went to the Media launch - and are still reeling from its impact. Don't miss this one. It's funny, it's cool, it's passionate, and it's completely wacko. It's showing at both Cavendish and Tygervalley from 25 Oct to 1 Nov, there is one screening per day at 8.15pm read more
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2013/14

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2013/14

07/10/2013 - 08:15
Now in its 22nd year, the 2013/2014 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts boasts one of the best line-ups ever. Enjoying lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music has become a tradition at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The concerts are a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. It’s an opportunity to visit a botanical garden that highlights the Western Capes’ rich floral heritage and at the same time enjoy world-class entertainment in a spectacularly beautiful environment.

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First Thursdays across the CBD

First Thursdays across the CBD

03/10/2013 - 15:57
On the first Thursday of every month, the streets of Cape Town’s central city become a museum like no other.
Walk between galleries until 9pm for a night of art, entertainment, and culture. read more
Kurt Schoonraad opens up Jou Ma se Comedy Club at Waterfront

Kurt Schoonraad opens up Jou Ma se Comedy Club at Waterfront

30/09/2013 - 14:33
from 1 Nov 2013, Kurt will host his 'Jou Ma se Comedy' at the Pumphouse in the V&A Waterfront with shows from Wednesdays to Sundars at 8.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets R80. Call Computicket.
Time to read up on an article we published on him in 021 Magazine... read more
Plan ahead this Festive Season: Triple Ballet fun at Artscape

Plan ahead this Festive Season: Triple Ballet fun at Artscape

30/09/2013 - 11:48
Cape Town City Ballet Festive Season Productions at Artscape with these three productions:
The Tin Soldier, a brand new ballet, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale of a tin soldier’s love for a paper ballerina guarantees perfect family entertainment during the holiday season. Choreographed by Cape Town City Ballet’s artistic director Robin van Wyk, it is set to the beautiful music of Alexander Glazunov. The Tin Soldier will be presented from 11 - 24 Dec 2013.
Belles and Beaux of the Ballet presents an exquisite selection of beautiful scenes from a host of favourite ballets. From 18 - 22 Dec 2013 the star ballerinas and danseurs of Cape Town City Ballet will perform some of the most enticing roles in the ballet repertoire in this programme.
Night & Day offers the perfect way to bid farewell to 2013 and welcome the start of the New Year. This irresistible tribute to legendary songwriter, Cole Porter, is a delight of memorable tunes and lavish costumes with elements of jazz, tap dance and cabaret. A truly sophisticated and entertaining ballet, it is runs from 31 Dec 2013 - 11 Jan 2014. read more
MCQP themed SPACE COWBOYS at CT Stadium on 14 Dec 5.30pm

MCQP themed SPACE COWBOYS at CT Stadium on 14 Dec 5.30pm

28/09/2013 - 20:17
SA’s biggest dress-to-theme costume party is back for its milestone 20th birthday!
Grab your spurs and cowboy hats and all aboard the MCQP rocket ship for an event that’s bound to be out of this world.
mcqp.co.za/spacecowboys2013/

To find out more, check out the MCQP poem for this event: read more
 JOL GUIDE

JOL GUIDE

27/07/2013 - 10:00
Your 0ne-stop guide to where to jol this season. As some events might get cancelled at the last minute, 021 advises to call to confirm. For more inspiration see 021’s onstage listings or dance listings. Enjoy
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DANCE: It's for Riel - Riel Dans

DANCE: It's for Riel - Riel Dans

26/07/2013 - 09:22
021 speaks with Adriaan Brand, who rose to fame as the trumpeter/keyboard player for the Springbok Nude Girls, and now manages the Music van de Caab Heritage Development Project.
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Fred Spider

Fred Spider

06/05/2013 - 04:50
DJ Fred Jaquier tells 021 about his musical odyssey.

My love of music began with listening to my mother play Chopin on the piano. I started playing piano at age four and began to play more seriously when I was a teenager. I was always more interested in improvising and creating music than learning to play existing tracks. In the 1980s, when a friend came back from London, he turned me on to the whole revival mod movement. I heard Jimmy Smith playing the Hammond organ. Amazing. I loved going to the second-hand markets and collecting vinyl records. I love vinyl. Now I’ve got a collection of 12 000 records. I started DJing in 1984 by accident when my friend was too drunk to play and he asked me to take over. After three songs, the crowd was grooving. It was so exciting. I rocked the party.

At the end someone asked me if I would play at their party for R750. Well of course I was going to do that! I was enjoying it and he was paying. In the early 1980s, there were no DJs playing my kind of alternative sounds. I started doing a lot of gigs and got my first resident DJ position in 1984 at The Monkey Business in Lyon. Until then I’d been doing a really boring job selling kitchens. I realized then that there was an opportunity for me to earn money with music, my passion. read more
Planting the Seeds - photo exhibition by Subtle Agency

Planting the Seeds - photo exhibition by Subtle Agency

02/04/2013 - 00:00
Originally, the Cape boasted more plant species than the entire Northern Hemisphere. It also is home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. However, when taking a first glimpse at fynbos or renosterveld, two of the Cape’s most important vegetation types, this botanical wealth is not very apparent. Outside of flowering season, the uninitiated might be struck by a rather unspectacular array of bushes of pale complexion. Botanists call the fynbos a sclerophyllous shrubland, a term that doesn’t evoke a land where milk and honey flow either. No wonder then that early European travellers, especially those with an empty stomach, expressed a slight disappointment at what came into view after a long voyage across the oceans.  read more
THEATRE PREGNANT WITH PROMISE

THEATRE PREGNANT WITH PROMISE

05/03/2013 - 20:23
Oscar Wilde said, “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Is this why we drag ourselves off the couch, put on our best pair of jeans and haul ourselves off through traffic to watch adults pretending to be people they are not? Absolutely.
In its infancy, 2013 has already blessed Cape Town’s stages with The Three Little Pigs, Die Suidooster Fees, the Maynardville Open-Air double bill and the Improv Fest. But brace yourselves, theatre lovers, as we are heading into a couple of months pregnant with promise, and bursting with young talent. From young directors, young performers, original and fresh work from new, exciting theatre makers to new spaces … it’s as though we’re celebrating the Mayans being wrong with youthful abandon and a new start.  read more
Best music albums – My pick of the season

Best music albums – My pick of the season

05/03/2013 - 20:09
Tailor – Dark Horse
Dark Horse is what happens when you pair a strong singer with powerful melodies.
The Pretoria-born singer-songwriter has been performing since the age of 12 and started the band Mel-funktion at age 15. She was then Melanie Le Roux. In 2007 Melanie moved to Cape Town and became Tailor.
Dark Horse is her debut album. It’s astounding to hear that half the songs for this album were written in a day. Tailor, who currently has one of the most powerful voices in South Africa, really shows off her range of vocals, going from a whisper to a scream effortlessly. The opening track perfectly introduces us to the album. She plays with genres like county, blues, folk and jazz, zigzagging between them like she owns them. The songs are dark, eerie and beautiful – take your time and listen to the lyrics, they show us her more dramatic side. A must for anyone who appreciates soulful female artists like Alanis Morissette, Patti Smith, and Tori Amos.
Favourite track: “Why Don’t You Love Me”
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Local excellence – global reach : Cape Town Opera

Local excellence – global reach : Cape Town Opera

17/12/2012 - 15:04
CEO Michael Williams maps out the future for Cape Town Opera.

What was your best "performing art" moment this year?
It would have to be the European premier of Mandela Trilogy at the Wales Millennium Centre. To know that we brought over a work that could fill the house and tell a South African story that could be appreciated by a new audience was fantastic. And of course, hearing our chorus sing Porgy and Bess with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. The power of their voices, the artistry of the musicians, the dynamism of Rattle – it all came together as a powerful performing art moment! And how can I leave out the opening night of Porgy and Bess at the historic venue of the Coliseum in the West End of London? read more
Flashback: Cape Town’s classical music in 2012

Flashback: Cape Town’s classical music in 2012

13/12/2012 - 12:36
This year, economic difficulties in parts of Europe and the United States caused major orchestras, opera companies and festivals to close down and music sales to drop substantially. Although Cape Town audience attendance did not always live up to expectations, the steady stream of world-class musical performances in local venues did not diminish.  read more
Hajila tunes and Afro-Youth Street fashion

Hajila tunes and Afro-Youth Street fashion

11/12/2012 - 16:00
A mass of braids crowns her head like a coiled Cape cobra. She’s as curvaceous as De Waal Drive and looks as if she’s just stepped off a plane from Bamako. She’s wearing Afro-regal cloth that sings with all that sweet-groove maskanda. This is the face and energy of the fresh youth street sub-culture brewing in Cape Town, and it’s hip-hop conscious and way more than a dollop of old-skool Afro cool, writes Suzy Bell.
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CD REVIEW: NOMFUSI  – TAKE ME HOME

CD REVIEW: NOMFUSI – TAKE ME HOME

07/12/2012 - 15:10
Nomfusi was born in Port Elizabeth and was raised by her mother while her father was in prison serving a 21-year sentence. At the age of 12, Nomfusi lost her mother to AIDS and was taken in by her aunt who died three years later of the same disease. After matriculating she left her hometown to live in Cape Town. She was offered a scholarship to Vivacious Voice, a singing and song-writing academy in Cape Town, after being discovered singing in her church in Khayelitsha. Her lecturer, Philip de Villiers, recognised her talent and is now her manager. A true rags-to-riches story.  read more
CD Review: Barber & Korngold Violin Concertos, Waxman Carmen Fantasie, Williams Schindler’s List

CD Review: Barber & Korngold Violin Concertos, Waxman Carmen Fantasie, Williams Schindler’s List

01/12/2012 - 16:32
Alexander Gilman (violin), Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Perry So read more
CD Review: Short Orchestral Masterpieces

CD Review: Short Orchestral Masterpieces

01/12/2012 - 16:27
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes MBE
2CDs, 24 tracks, total time 114:37 minutes, DUX Recording Producers
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Mapping the world that was South Africa - LeVaillant

Mapping the world that was South Africa - LeVaillant

09/11/2012 - 10:11
The Carte de la partie Maridionale del ‘Africque servir d’intelligence aux deux voyages de Levaillant is a rare object – the most valuable map that exists of South Africa. It was constructed in France in 1790, from memory, under the direction of explorer and author François Le Vaillant, and commissioned by King Louis XVI. After the king’s execution in the wake of the French Revolution, the map found its way to a marine museum in Paris, until the French capital was at risk from German artillery during World War II. It was evacuated to Brest, and returned to Paris, where it remained in the vaults of the Bibliothèque Nationale ever since. It has never been to South Africa – until now. In October, for the first time, it will be on show at Cape Town’s Iziko South African National Gallery.  read more
CD reviews of Natasha Meister, The Muffinz, and Glasklas

CD reviews of Natasha Meister, The Muffinz, and Glasklas

23/09/2012 - 10:03
THE MUFFINZ - HAVE YOU HEARD?

The Muffinz have been playing in Johannesburg since 2010, but it’s since the release of their debut album that they’ve got everyone’s attention. Mthabisi (acoustic guitar and vocals), Simphiwe (electric guitar and vocals), and Sifiso (lead electric guitar and vocals) met when they were in the choir together at the University of Johannesburg. They were discovered when they entered a competition at Cool Runnings. Gregory (lead guitar and vocals) and Karabo (bass guitar and vocals) joined them in 2011 and, like they say in the movies, the rest is history.

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Rendez-vous 12

Rendez-vous 12

23/09/2012 - 09:48
An exhibition of the work of 20 young artists from five continents offers a rare opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

Outside the South African National Gallery the final changes are being added to a bright mural. Children dance to the French chanson that emits from the loud speakers. The lively scene sparkles with joie de vivre.

This exhibition is as much about creating relationships as displaying art. As the gallery’s director Riason Naidoo says, “Given our long isolation under the apartheid years, such exposure to global youthful influences is vital.”

The entrance of the exhibition is an olfactory delight, read more
AZA 2012 - Re-scripting Architecture

AZA 2012 - Re-scripting Architecture

13/09/2012 - 00:00
The South African Institute of Architects in partnership with the Cape Town Institute for Architecture and Architecture ZA. NOW is proud to announce the AZA2012 Biennial Festival. This follows on the first and hugely successful AZA2010 Biennial Festival which was held in September 2010 in Newtown Johannesburg. The Architecture ZA 2010 was Africa's first and largest premier urban culture festival as it brought together leading-edge thinkers and multi- disciplinary practitioners in the built environment from around the globe. read more
Zone Radio DJs and their favourite Music

Zone Radio DJs and their favourite Music

07/09/2012 - 11:11
Airwaves

021 chats with Naledi and Lebo, two urban youth music DJs at internet station Zone Radio.

Naledi Tlailane, (“Star”), 24, born in Pretoria
“One day I’m gonna be a star.”

What inspired you to become a radio DJ?
I went to Grahamstown in 2006 and watched a DJ. I found his work so fascinating, and when we spoke he told me that this is actually a job – oh wow.  read more
Derek Gripper - Keeper of Memories

Derek Gripper - Keeper of Memories

07/09/2012 - 00:00
Keeper of Memories
By Bernard Franz

There is something extremely soothing about traditional music, and Mali’s in particular. Is it that these sounds and rythms, which have infiltrated the lives and dreams of toddlers and adults, of nomads covering the greatest desert on earth, and settlers braving sand, heat and locust swarms, for centuries or more, dish up a notion of eternity, of unwavering homo sapiens? Perhaps that’s only my romantic idea, but I feel strangely at home in the world of the Gravi-koras.
Cape Town has not often had the chance to listen live to the sounds of one of Africa’s most exciting musical province. I remember a night at Manenberg Jazz Club in the V&A Waterfront a few years back, when no other than the semi-god himself, Ali Farka Touré descended onto stage, surrounded by some of the big names of Jazz in this country. A few years later he had passed on, just like some that were present that day, Miriam Makeba included. That is the rythm we humans follow, but as Ali Farka Toure shared songs that tasted of glistening sunsets, and the slow murmur of the Niger River, few could have imagined that today his land too, is in turmoil.
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All that jazz: Andrew Ford

All that jazz: Andrew Ford

01/09/2012 - 00:00
If you’re a fan of Oscar Peterson or Gene Harris, then you’ve got to love the piano playing of Andrew Ford. Yes, we have some top-notch pianists in Cape Town, but the prevailing opinion is that not one of them comes even close to Andrew in terms of his entertainment value. Andrew not only has the “chops”, he knows how to work with light and shade, creating and then releasing tension, and playing games with the emotions of his audience. But above all, this man can swing! read more
Gerard De Leeuw (1912–1985): A Centenary Exhibition

Gerard De Leeuw (1912–1985): A Centenary Exhibition

30/05/2012 - 10:56
“Gerard de Leeuw believed he could make rain. Or, to be more precise, he believed that the bronze smelting that he practised from his suburban foundry in Orange Grove, Johannesburg, had the unintended but inevitable effect of producing rain, regardless of the season.”

So writes Federico Freschi, formerly Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand, now director of the Goodman Gallery Cape, in a catalogue accompanying the exhibition “Gerard de Leeuw: a Centenary Exhibition”, to be on view at the Sanlam Art Gallery from 25 July–28 September 2012. This exhibition showcases more than 40 bronze sculptures by De Leeuw and a selection of paintings by his artistic friends, amongst them Father Franz Claerhout, JH Pierneef, Stefan and Iris Ampenberger, Fayetta Varney, Wolf Kibel, Lippy Lipschitz to name but a few. The exhibition was compiled by Dr Fred Scott and opened at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery in collaboration with the Sanlam Art Collection and supported by Business and Arts South Africa and Stephan Welz & Co. A fully illustrated catalogue will be on sale from the gallery. read more
Trance formation

Trance formation

28/05/2012 - 11:32
If you’re a Cape Town local, you’ve probably been to at least one of her infamous
weekend-long psytrance parties held throughout summer. People from across the country
head this way to experience a subculture that has grown enormously in the last few years.
But what happens in winter? Does this tight-knit community still exist? In an attempt to
find out, we tracked down a psytrance party local, Hailey Jade Koch, to talk about the
scene, and the beats. read more
Angolan Nightlife in Cape Town

Angolan Nightlife in Cape Town

28/05/2012 - 09:25
Bernard Franz chats with Emelson Sebastião Gonçalves, a student from Angola, about the young Angolan scene in Cape Town.

Emelson, how big is the Angolan community in Cape Town?
There is not too many of us really, it’s hard to say. Maybe a few hundred. Many of us are students, either at UCT, Cape Peninsula University of Technology or in English language schools, so there is a lot of fluctuation.  read more
Swing it in Cape Town

Swing it in Cape Town

16/03/2012 - 07:06
Bernard Franz chats with DJ Fred Spider about the swing scene in Cape Town, and how nightlife here compares with the rest of the world.
There is a revival of swing these days. What’s fuelling it?
I wouldn’t really call it a revival but rather a refresh. The old swing music from the 20s and 30s is fascinating, but the quality of sound was crap because of the recordings. Nowadays musicians and DJs are sampling old tracks, adding some beats and creating an electronic contemporary swing called electro swing, which keeps all that’s good about the old swing: it’s fun, classy, friendly, crazy … but it’s also much more accessible to a new crowd. read more
Design Indaba

Design Indaba

01/03/2012 - 07:02
As Media Supporters 021 provided 1200 delegates at the conference with a copy of the latest 021, to keep them in touch with what's happening in the Cape. We were also excited to mingle with the best of the world's designers, get new inspirations for 021 and share them with you. Below a bit of the editorial we published in the autumn 2012 edition of 021 on the Design Indaba.

Design Indaba Expo
Design Indaba Expo is a showcase of exceptional design across all disciplines, including advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design and visual media. Each exhibitor is pre-approved by a curatorial panel of industry experts. read more
Cape Town’s jazz gems, day by day

Cape Town’s jazz gems, day by day

30/01/2012 - 18:14
If you’re a jazz fan in this part of the world, you’re spoilt for choice. From solo artists to 18-piece big bands, from bebop to funky smooth jazz, Cape Town’s got it all. Here’s a selection of favourite spots for each day of the week, compiled for 021 by Mike Laatz, Cape Town-based saxophonist, radio presenter and jazz blogger.

On Sundays read more
Shebeen Shebang

Shebeen Shebang

16/01/2012 - 08:55
Sibulele Sikuni selects her favourite choice of party shebeens and township braais.
1/ Mzoli’s Butchery – the popular one
Mzoli’s has been around for almost a decade and is popularly known for their braai meat and friendly vibe. Steak, chicken, sausages and even chicken feet are served in large enamel bowls, with portions starting from R10. Dance to house tunes with resident DJ Mastercash every Saturday afternoon. The neighbours provide safe parking at a negotiable fee as space is an issue, especially when it gets really crowded in the late afternoon. Here is a place you can easily make friends, be it a “raffiki” from DRC, a “buddy” from the US, a “peto” from Port Elizabeth, or by catching up on local gossip from a “tshomi” from Gugulethu! read more
Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke

12/12/2011 - 09:44
Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” In Peter Clarke’s work, Dawn Kennedy finds that the dust of everyday life has been made into art that enlarges the soul.


At the opening of Peter Clarke’s exhibition in the South African National Gallery, a crowd
of people of many backgrounds congregated for a common cause – to pay tribute to the
artist who is a mentor and role model in his community at Ocean View. Taking the podium,
the spry and articulate 82-year-old cracked a joke as the applause subsided. While Clarke’s
work has featured in nearly every significant collection on exhibit, he has never had a solo
exhibition at Iziko. In 1993, he threatened that he would haunt Iziko unless they offered him a
solo exhibition. “Now,” he quipped, “that would seem ungrateful and so I’ve decided to haunt
the slave lodge instead.”
The works in the exhibition narrate, in Clarke’s words, “a long journey, a great distance
travelled”. Clarke was born in Simon’s Town in 1929 and worked in the dockyard before
becoming a full-time professional artist in 1956. During his career, spanning nearly six
decades, he recorded many aspects of South African life.

The Art of Peter Clarke runs until 19 February 2012 at Iziko South African National Gallery
in the Company Gardens read more
CLARE MENCK

CLARE MENCK

12/10/2011 - 10:12
“Over the past two decades Clare Menck has begun to inscribe herself in the South African
world as one of this country’s most accomplished painters. Yet full and proper recognition
has eluded her. It is perhaps because of her use of smaller formats and the subjects that she
chooses that Clare Menck is known more by the critics and collectors than by museum and
exhibition curators. She has built up an impressive exhibition record and has demonstrated
that she is more than a superb painter. This exhibition is the first to provide a broad overview
of her work and will be a revelation to many.”
Stephan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection. read more
13 best Afrikaans kuierplekke in the Northern Suburbs, Winelands and beyond

13 best Afrikaans kuierplekke in the Northern Suburbs, Winelands and beyond

07/10/2011 - 15:58
It’s Friday night; Noot vir Noot has just ended and your favourite contestant won the boerpot prize. You’ve read your Huisgenoot and checked your Vuisboek, you’ve braaied your meat and finished your opwarmings knertsie. You want nothing more than to celebrate the weekend, get down to Baby Tjoklits with your bokkie, kuier with your pêlle and have a vrek lekker time. Kurt Darren, Gerhard Steyn, Ray Dylan and the sexy boys from Eden will get you dancing in no time! So what are you waiting for?
Here is a kwaai list of all the best local sokkie jols to get the party started. Compiled by Kristi de Freitas and Ronél van Lingen.
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Wonderful World of Wasps

Wonderful World of Wasps

03/10/2011 - 18:06
Iziko’s curator of entomology Simon van Noort reveals the art hidden in science.
Finding new wasp species is Simon van Noort’s passion. He explains, “You have to be
an explorer. It’s one of the last frontiers of natural history. Wasps are so hyper-diverse
and there are so few taxonomists that I can go into your back garden and collect 10 new
species of wasps.” There are 145 000 documented species, but there is likely to be
one to three million wasps waiting for intrepid biologists like Simon to discover and name.
Once Simon discovers a new species, patience and pedantry is needed. Simon spends months digging through centuries of biological literature, often written in another language,
frequently Latin. As Simon says, “It’s a whole detective story.” He has discovered and named
nearly 80 species. The naming has to follow a strict protocol, but there are a few wasps he’s
given pet names to, like the Pycnostigmus mastersonae, which, because of its golden
colour, is named after Jill Masterson who died by asphyxiation after being smothered in gold
paint in the James Bond movie Goldfinger. read more
021’S CLUB OF THE SEASON: PARTYING AT PAKALOLO IN HOUT BAY

021’S CLUB OF THE SEASON: PARTYING AT PAKALOLO IN HOUT BAY

02/06/2011 - 22:02
” Driving along the Constantia Neck road in winter feels like the opening scene of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Will some sweet transvestite open the door to us at the end of this intestinal route? I wonder. But the moment I arrive in Hout Bay, it is lights, sand, music, and some serious beer drinking. I guess if you’re bottlenecked by Chapman’s Peak on one side and Constantia
on the other, the only thing to do is party. Pakalolo (Hawaiian for tobacco and crazy) is certainly no Frankenstein’s palace; rather, as the smell of the nearby ocean mingles with cigarette smoke, it’s a temperate version of the laid-back South Seas where you expect someone to approach you and suggest: “We’re going go get high on da pakalolo braddah. You like try come? " read more
BEAUTIFUL OBSESSIONS - KARIN MILLER

BEAUTIFUL OBSESSIONS - KARIN MILLER

31/05/2011 - 00:00
As a young girl, Karin spent hours collecting, drawing, cutting, and pasting images to create new worlds. As an adult and busy mother of four children, she painted and worked as a graphic designer, but didn’t feel that she had the patience to create original art that was as beautiful as she wanted. It wasn’t until she took a Unisa course in Photoshop, seven years ago, that she discovered her medium. Since then, Karin, a self-confessed fanatic, works with Photoshop for hours every day. read more
SUNSET SOUNDTRACK

SUNSET SOUNDTRACK

08/05/2011 - 23:37
A Summer Sunset Concert at Kirstenbosch combines some of the best Cape Town has to offer – a stunning mountain backdrop, homegrown music and a celebration of cultural diversity. Events manager Sarah Struys tells us what it’s all about… read more
OBSERVING THE EVERYDAY

OBSERVING THE EVERYDAY

27/02/2011 - 04:46
William K Ivins has called the camera the most important invention since the printing press. It allows us to re-create our world anew, dramatically bringing together past and present. This is startlingly evident in Goldblatt’s exhibition, Kith Kin and Khaya, which compresses nearly 50 years of South African history into the SA Jewish Museum.

The genius that informs David Goldblatt’s work is a deep thoughtfulness. His is the art of understatement that has the same effect as the schoolteacher who lowers his voice to gain the attention of unruly students. Goldblatt’s use of black-and-white photography serves perfectly to emphasise the stark divisions in South African society. Dividing his work along ethnic lines -Afrikaners in their suburbs, Blacks in Soweto and Indians in their neighbourhood – effectively depicts a fragmented society. Goldblatt occupies a contradictory position. With his camera he is an observer, an anthropologist of his own country, and yet primarily, he has always addressed South Africans, trying to make them understand the narrative context of his photographs. read more
5 PLACES TO SHAKE IT IN CAPE TOWN IF YOU'RE INDIE

5 PLACES TO SHAKE IT IN CAPE TOWN IF YOU'RE INDIE

04/12/2010 - 00:00
The dance floor is pumping and you’re standing in the middle of a thumping crowd. But if you’re not feeling it because you’ve had enough of staring at people lipsynching to Lady Gaga, Siri Linn Brandsoy suggests five indie venues to get you shaking.

Indie is a word that describes a style of music stripped of commercial clichés. Since its birth in the late 70s and early 80s, it’s been used to describe the antithesis of mainstream music. It started off as a description of independent record labels and alternative rock bands like Sonic Youth, Joy Division and The Smiths, but nowadays it is applied to any style of independent music. According to urbandictionary.com it symbolises a sense of originality and can also refer to people:
the alternative crowd that swims against the current and dances against the mainstream. read more
INDIE MUSIC SCENE

INDIE MUSIC SCENE

20/10/2010 - 00:00
What’s hot in Cape Town’s Indie Music Scene this spring?
Trance DJ and producer Slug is making his seasonal outdoor trance scene debut at Alien Safari: Sprung on 4 September. After a long hibernation, hippies from all around the greater Cape Town area will emerge and set forth in their sonic creations to bloom in the spring sun. The first outdoor trance party of the new season will see veteran Slug take to the stage with new offerings from his soon-to-be-released album Leave It All Behind. Slug has been involved in the Cape Town psytrance scene during its inception in the 90s until its boom in 2002 and has even enjoyed the resurgence in trance culture during the latter part of the decade. Slug’s sets are explosive, often featuring operatic slabs of synth over a blend of twisted night beats and fun yet full-on day tunes. Exciting times are ahead this summer as attendance of trance parties is set to hit an all-time high, providing artists with the market and inspiration to produce world-class trance. read more
A SUMMER OR SCULPTURE – BEEZY BAILEY AND FLORIAN WOZNIAK

A SUMMER OR SCULPTURE – BEEZY BAILEY AND FLORIAN WOZNIAK

02/01/2010 - 00:00
As you enter the Everard Read Gallery this month, Beezy Bailey’s striking sculpture of Jesus greets you with more than wide open arms. In contrast to the classic Christ pose – head tilted to the right and right foot crossed over left, Beezy’s Jesus appears to be admiring his own rather nifty footwork. As your eye travels down his body, you notice that he is, in fact, wearing stilettos.
Beezy denies that his work is blasphemous and was surprised when two foundries refused to cast his sculpture. Beezy, not a practicing Christian, says that far from being derogatory, the work expresses the notion of the resurrection of Christ, which he interprets to symbolise the discovery of Christ within ourselves. The sculpture is the outcome of a question he started exploring with David Bowie when they met and collaborated more than 10 years ago: what would happen if Christ came down from the cross? read more
ON THE DECKS – DJ QUAKE

ON THE DECKS – DJ QUAKE

02/01/2010 - 00:00
Juan Pierre Coleman is a rambunctious music man, master of all things creative and perhaps one of the hardest, most focused individuals you will come across. He has scourged the Cape Town music scene with joyous abandon, composing musical banter and bristling, electronic dialogues. Employing unrelentless fervor, he resonates high-octane energy from his studio, a space where day tends to flow unnoticed in to night. read more
A JOZI BOY MAKES GOOD IN THE MOTHER CITY – SHE MAN LION

A JOZI BOY MAKES GOOD IN THE MOTHER CITY – SHE MAN LION

02/01/2010 - 00:00
Graham Richards, lead singer of local band She Man Lion, is as elusive as his lyrics. He’s a rocker by night and accountant by day. He engages with Cape Town’s underground scenesters in a rare, humble, kind-hearted way. He’s the kind of guy who makes you want to be a better person. Whatever that means.

Originally a Jozi boy, Grey’s now a prolific musical force in Cape Town. It’s shameful to label bands like She Man Lion as Indie Electro – a lazy, thoughtless categorisation meant for musicstore shelves and pseudo conversations. She Man Lion encompasses a sound that Cape Town, and South Africa, is actually only beginning to really tear apart and explore. What is this sound? ‘It’s very dirty underground synth driven, amplified with heavy base and fast-paced drums, a wild lead guitar and very emotional vocals,’ says Richards. Think Morrissey and Ian Curtis’ soul-piercing, precious and melancholy lyrics.  read more
PUNCH-DRUNK AND RUDE – THE RUDIMENTALS

PUNCH-DRUNK AND RUDE – THE RUDIMENTALS

30/12/2009 - 00:00
Raw and rebellious, choppy and full of bounce, balmy nights, rum interludes, luscious skunk and street fever, Ska is rooted in Jamaican culture. Shaped by Jamaican political history, ska surpasses mere sound, and is more akin to a musical encyclopedia that tells a story. It’s a tale of a carnivalesque lifestyle, sunny days and turbulent times that provided a musical realm of freedom, a rare escape from society’s hardships. read more
CAPE TOWN ROCKS – GLENDA JONES

CAPE TOWN ROCKS – GLENDA JONES

30/12/2009 - 00:00
You will tap your toes, hum along to every song, and be moved to tears,” promises choreographer and producer Glenda Jones about the song and dance gala at the Cape Town Convention Centre on December 12th.

Glenda is not interested in sympathy applause from the audience, but it’s worth knowing that many of the kids on stage at this event come from impoverished backgrounds, and paying the taxi fare to get to rehearsals is a challenge. Among seasoned performers Alistair Isobel and Vicky Sampson are Alfredo Prins and Lana Fredrick, teenagers from Mitchell’s Plain that Glenda discovered and mentored. For these talented singers, the evening represents a quantum leap in their lives, placing them for the first time in front of a large critical audience. read more
RIPPING UP THE TOWN – ZAMI MDINGI (CODA)

RIPPING UP THE TOWN – ZAMI MDINGI (CODA)

21/12/2009 - 00:00
All of you music addicts out there need to treat the flaps of cartilage on the side of your head to the ultimate fix

Zami Mdingi’s sound lives in a loop in my head. That husky voice… forget it, even when she’s just talking or laughing, she is OMG. As for my large collection of dancing shoes, well if they get the slightest whiff of her voice, they fly out of my closet and onto my feet, there’s no stopping them. Several favourite pairs of six-inch heels have ground themselves down into mere soles with holes. Let this be a warning to shoe lovers everywhere. read more
FIND YOUR GROOVE

FIND YOUR GROOVE

14/12/2009 - 00:00
“Use your imagination you can make music with anything”, says Pedro Espi-Sanchis. from earliest times, people used sound to make life lighter to bear. Getting as many sounds as possible out of a piece of kelp is an example of ancient creativity. Along the shoreline of the Cape Peninsula, the earliest hunters and gatherers might have used dried seaweed to make what today we call a vuvuzela. In many cultures, people have used their inventiveness to make sounds from found objects – much like the Zulu who create flutes from the stems of paw paws.  read more
 
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