I’m on my way to Swaziland to bring my fire and frolic among the hills and mountains of Ezulwini Valley. Bushfire 2018 is finally here. I was such an Eager Esther that I got early-bird tickets last year already (just as well, it’s completely sold out!). A few weeks back I wasn’t sure I was ready to get back into a tent after spending 5 days in one in the desert, but I’m ready to do it all over again with a new vibe. Being a festival kween I invested in a camper bed – it’s just a blow up on a 3 foot stretcher. A small luxury really. Now all I need are some side tables with drawers. 😀
I’ll give you the full run down when I get back. For now back to addressing the FOMO of it all. I’ll be across the border when this gets published, but let me share some events I’m bummed to be missing out on. This weekend is L-I-T in Joburg!
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 20: Recording artist Normani performs onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
This week was all about the Billboard Music Awards for me. I’m not a Royalist nor have I watched Suits so my inake of the Royal Wedding was limited to tweets, instastories and Facebook feeds. I sure loved how there were black folk being great all up in there. Get it Meghan.
The BBMAs were on Monday morning here and the first thing I woke up to was Normani doing that triple twirl hair flipping drop into an ass up up semi split!! She is not here to play with no one!! Bye Fifth Harmony! Fave. Kelly Clarkson’s voice is bananas. K-Pop is clearly a global thing. Xtina and Demi were shouting – love the song though. Dua Lipa needs some energy injected into her and Janet Jackson is G.O.A.T. I only really cared for the performances and some acceptance speeches. Oh… Taylor Swift is the Anne Hathaway of music. Really great gal, super talented and sweet but ya.
I obvs got sucked into a documentary again. This time by this 2015 doccie about the prison sentence that is Scientology. It’s nuts! Started by one man, made to be a religion to avoid taxes and snatch up money from it’s followers. All I knew about it was Tom Cruise and John Travolta but it’s so dark and sinister. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is on Netflix (I really need to check out other tv sources). Other than that I haven’t seen anything new new. Kimmy and Tituss are back and trying to adult May 30th, so that’s gonna be a crazy treat.
Like doccies, I’m hooked on podcasts now. I can’t wait until they become a real thing in South Africa and the continent. Or maybe I’m just behind the times and American culture is saturating everything in sight. Tell me please!! I did find that Lady Skollie has (or had) a podcast called Kiss & Tell out and a few others focusing on hip-hop culture and comedians. I use CastBox for my podcasts, but there are a ton of other players. Sound Africa released a new one this week titled “Freedom For Sale“. I love how they used a Superbalist style sales banner for this episode. It looks at the major events of corruption surrounding the arms deals’ from during the apartheid era up until now with state capture and Zupta. Very well produced and edited. Ooh Ayiba Magazine has a list of African podcasts you can check out here that I just found while typing this.
Music wise I discovered Noñameko’s Goddess Vol. 1 on Sunday. A friend posted it on FB as a seven colours “playlist”. It’s so good. Perfect for an easy Sunday. Jazzy with all the right trimmings of soul. I need to delve into her earlier offerings, I really like her vibe.
Doing (Weekend Tingz):
Like I said earlier. Joburg is doing the most this weekend. I tried to cover a mix of cool parties, foodie vibes, and the arts. Anything else I’m sure you’ll pick up along the way. I really only look for things myself or my friends are interested in. Do share if you have other things out of my radar.
So Glory vanished without so much of a goodbye. I know some of you knew and went to their last hoorah but I knew nada. Anyway, they are bringing their delicious Asian streetfood menu to Breezeblock tomorrow in Brixton. Damn I miss that chicken.
There is a special screening/exhibition at Hazard Gallery all weekend (25-27) of a dance film by Thami Majela called A Last One In Color. This one is right up my alley. I’m all about dance films with artistic expression. I hope they show it again at some point. Bioscope please tu.
Tariro Foundation, which was started last year by a group of young exceptional young womxn are hosting an imbizo looking at the topic “Exploring contemporary barriers to success for African women and how they can be overcome” is at Allan Gray tomorrow. It will have various speakers on the panel including newly appointed chancellor of Nelson Mandela University, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. I really hope they do a Facebook Live for this one to reach those who can’t get there.
Feel Good Series is back again. My second favourite party in Joburg (after P_party of course) will be at Dorkay for its 10th installment tomorrow. I feel like I don’t have to tell you much, but go! It’s always guaranteed fun and the city views are a bonus. The Tennis Club is hosting A Night of Talented Womxn for the second time in Joburg tonight. Diverse local and now international musical talents will be doing their thang. Live performances and DJs from the best. Another monthly rooftop fave Koolin’ In The City is sure to tear it up for a Sunday vibe at 77 Commissioner. Expect drinks specials, daytime games like 30 Seconds and music from Jozi’s finest.
I wasn’t kidding when I said it’s going down. Month end madness. Make sure you dress warm, the sun we’re getting now is essentially just for light. All events have links for tickets, times and venues. My treat.
Have the best weekend lovelies!