The flu is coming for me. I can’t really be surprised. My ass was out in nothing but ripped stockings, short shorts and a poloneck on Wednesday night for P_Party. It was obviously a magical, queer and femme lovefest so I’m just gonna have to dope up on the meds before this escalates. I got things to do. Probably will be best to be more dressed for the weather going forward? We’ll see. 😀
So I saw the trailer for Pose and was instantly gagging! It’s a show following a young gay dancer who gets kicked out of his small town home to make it big in New York City. Sounds tired right? Well this gay stumbles upon a whole new world of the NY ball culture – voguing, “the category is…”, lavish costumes and the unshakable need to express through imitation. I’ve only seen one episode. The acting is a bit weak, but Ryan Murphy did the best thing by hiring a diverse and realistic cast which in my view makes up for it. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. I have to stream it on those sites, so good luck.
I also fell into a Charmed YouTube rabbit hole this week. It was triggered by seeing the CW’s reboot of Charmed. TRAUMA!! It’s so awful I can’t even begin to… Uh. Whatever. Anyway, Charmed was epic and a very important part of my younger years. I still dream of having Prue’s powers and a spell book now and then. I’m just gonna pretend that this reboot isn’t happening.
Staying on YouTube, I’m so into The Narrative channel which brings great content and conversation specifically on some of South Africa favourite creators on ideas of identity, representation, creating our own African stories and letting go of Western ideas. So excited about what more will come from this.
I finally compiled that Bushfire playlist I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s not all the artists on the line up but it’s mostly the ones I got to see and fell in love with. If you don’t have Spotify… Angazi. Maybe try out the trial and see if you like it? It’s pretty dope. If you do have the far more superior music streaming app (wink), then go have a listen. It’s a lush Saturday afternoon listen.
Sound Africa released a new podcast episode this week titled ‘Brother,This Is Cape Town‘. It’s a story of an ex-convict (Bongani Dyalivana) who spent a decade in prison; how he got there, his longing for his father and starting over. Bongani actually co-produced the podcast himself and tells his own story in his own words. It’s such fantastic and real storytelling.
The OG of dirrty Xtina Aguilera’s new album ‘Liberation’ is out today. I’ve been waiting for it. Dunno about y’all. Singles have been fire I’ve had them all on repeat. So let’s see if her full offering gives the same heat. Crossing fingers!
Doing (Weekend Tingz):
It’s not Youth Day weekend without some Sarafina! The musical hit is back and showing at Joburg Theatre until June 25th. I used to watch this film so many times growing up without fully knowing what went on or was going on at the time. A timeless classic. Definitely going to check out the stage production.
Pluck is showing at The Bioscope after debuting at the Encounters Film Fest. It looks at the always topical, always witty Nandos marketing campaigns from inception to being the leaders in the field.
Darkie Fiction is performing live at Kitcheners tomorrow as part of a youth focused set of artists blazing the music scene. I’ve loved this duo since they came out with their catchy summer track ‘Selula’, and they just keep getting better. Other acts include Bonolo Thomas and Nouveaux.
It’s gonna be a campy poptastic broadway singing spectacle with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Wits tomorrow night. I didn’t know anything about this chorus before, but this particular concert happening in Jozi and Cape Town is to benefit GALA (Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action) so trust imma be there shimmying my shoulders off.
Keyes Art Mile still have their recurring weekly Art & Design Saturdays event. I’ve only ever been to one and the TMRW Gallery has the coolest exhibitions through the use of digital mediums like VR and all the surrounding galleries and shops will be open. I think they have DJs too. Sounds like a cute Saturday sitch.
Sunday there is The Roots Music Concert at Nirox. It’s a Father’s Day vibe apparently (joy). Some of my faves are performing so I’m getting my ticket right now! Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sibusile Xaba and Urban Village are on the line up and it’s sure to be a delicious afternoon. God I hope the weather doesn’t get any funny ideas.
That’s that. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. That cold front is coming for everything so dress nice and warm if you’re gonna go out and play. Happy Youth Day and never forget those who stood up for themselves so that we could do the same. Check out Sifiso Khanyile’s doccie Uprize! on the black consciousness movement that influenced the 1976 youth uprisings. It’s crazy good! Archiving at its best shem.
Happy Friday ❤