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Thank God It’s Friday. I used a fullstopĀ  because it’s more of a statement of relief than it is an exciting proclamation. Lord this week!! My manager went on leave and I have been juggling all sorts of thangs above everything else I needed to do. Whew! Can’t wait to have a mid-year break from next week. Hope you lot had a better professional week than I did. I am grateful nonetheless – just needed to let it out. Let’s #FF!

Watching:

As per usual I was stuck to what to watch. So I scrolled through for a while and foundĀ The Good Place. I loved me some Veronica Mars back in the day, so seeing Kristen ‘do-you-wanna-build-a-snowman’ Bell is in the show, I gave it a go. It’s hilarious! She’s hilarious and its a good looking show. By that I mean, it has that Wisteria Lane-esque bright, colourful vibe. Did I mention it’s funny?

The NarrativeĀ has a new ep out where digital and creative guru, Malibongwe Tyilo chats to artist Nandipha Mntambo about her new fragrance. That’s right kids – you can do it all, do not hold yourself back. Also Mali is f&#*ing HILARIOUS. This channel is gonna be such a thing.

SA’s #1 new-kwaito duo,Ā Darkie Fiction JUST dropped the video to their uplifting hero anthem Bhoza. This song changed my entire mood a few Mondays ago. Now this video has me quarter to tears! Fashion, location, nostalgia, voshos and obvs the ease and talent of these two youngens. Love em, love em, love em! Die over it with me and share it using #BhozaMusicVideoĀ Don’t waste any more time click here now.

Listening:

Performance giant Manthe Ribane together with electronic producer OkzharpĀ released Closer Apart last Friday. I gave it a full listen during a Saturday morning workout and it went in! I don’t even want to box it into anything, it’s just sonically beautiful and flows nicely. I hope this will spawn their very own national tour. Gagging for what they could produce now that they have a full body of work.

One of my fave vocalists (I’d even say top 10) is Olly Alexander from Years & Years. They’ve got a new album out (Palo Santo) and it’s quite good. It took me a second to get used to it because it’s so different from their debut album which had such great house influences that worked so well. I don’t quite know what to liken this one to, but I know it’ll grow on me.

Just to mention, I’m obsessed with an artist named Billie Eilish. Dark pop is officially my best genre. I always gravitate to tragic lyrics over unassuming pop beat (Robyn I’m looking at you girl).Ā Childish Gambino dropped his Summertime Pack singles. Worth a listen- cos bae.

Onto podcasts (which are slowly becoming a thing in SA) this week I was given all the life fromĀ Super Soul Conversations.Ā The latest ep Oprah spoke to Father Richard Rohr about finding your true self in a world where it’s more comfortable and easier to live as your false self. The false self being driven by ego, your persona, status and things. It was so enlightening and fits into everything I am striving for in my own spiritual journey. Mama O does all the things.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

RMB Turbine Art FairĀ has officially kicked off. They had their VIP launch this past week and now we plebs can go enjoy all the creative work some artist have been cooking up for us. I’m heading there tomorrow, so let’s look cute and look at some cute shit.

Melrose Gallery at the arch is hosting a Mandela 100 ExhibitionĀ which will feature varied works in all kinds of mediums from celebrated South African artists including the fave Dr. Esther Mahlangu. It runs until mid August so you can pop in and check it out during this time. I’m sure there will be a ton of these centenary celebrations going on around the country.

NongogoĀ is back at the Market Theatre and I’ve heard it’s still so good. It’s brilliantly performed (the cast is to die for) and James Ngcobo did the direction for this Athol Fugard’s period play. I did a tiny review on it back in 2013 when I used to contribute to SABloggers. It’s the last weekend it’s on so do yourself a favour.

My babies over at the khona are having a cosy and deelish joint calledĀ Baby It’s Cold OutsideĀ at Kitcheners (KCB) on Saturday afternoon until late. Expect jams from 3pm that will warm your heart and fire up your soul. Si Noir, Baby Boosh and my homegirl LittleMissKay will be some of the faves on the decks.

Lastly… Beyonce is said to be coming to SA for the Global Citizen FestivalĀ (Dec 2) also in celebration of Mandela 100 in aid to end world poverty. I still don’t fully get this whole thing of all the work that needs to go into it… I really hope this campaign they are doing for free tickets has some sort of meaningful impact and people aren’t just spamming the internet for the sake of it. Maybe it works… I also know I don’t have the coinz for this fest. Blocked until further notice!

Go and have a faboosh weekend like the bhoza you are!

xo

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Alright first week of July. You are not here to play boo! An icy cold front to remind us we’re still alive. All the workload a gal could barely handle while juggling training about future network evolutions and dreaming of the future. Shap. I see you. I’m down to boogie witchu. Lol. I don’t know what all that was about either. Yay Friday right?!

Watching:

I’ve now finished all 8 eps of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. I was so happy to learn that Amazon picked it up for 2 more seasons. Those Golden Globes it won clearly did something.

After seeing a tweet about how iconic of a rapper Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes was, I fell into a YouTube hole of all things Left-Eye and TLC which made me so late for work. Her verses were always so smart, reflective and expansive. Also she’s the funnest to watch in videos. I used to draw that black line under my eye all the time. Definitely one of the best to do it shem. I still can’t believe she never really had a full-on album.

Oh… I guess that’s it? I really need to start the shows I’ve had on the back burner. Craving a doccie tbh. Oooh let me go back to FX’s Pose. Apparently the acting was only cheesy on the pilot ep.

Listening:

Of course upon stumbling on Left Eye‘s feature on Donells Jones‘ ‘You Know What’s Up’ I listened to his whole album. He was so good! Also how do lyrics just stay in you forever?! I was singing and rapping my little tooshie off.

I started compiling a 90s inspired playlist on Spotify from stuff I was listening to this week. I’ll share when it’s ready! It goes from Queen Latifah to Maxwell, Aaliyah, Biggie and Mariah. It’s been TBT all week. Nostalgia is the best. You always seem to remember where and when you were when it comes to such classics.

The Disney soundtracks also got me this week. I don’t even remember what triggered it. I think I thought of a book and then thought of Belle and the old librarian where she says “Oh, I just couldn’t put it down!”. Anyway… I was all up in Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and a little Frozen for the weather. The villains always had the best solos. Ok maybe not Gaston. Ursula and Scar tore it down!

On the podcasts I only managed to listen to RuPaul’s What’s The Tee? w/ Michelle Visage. Those two are a riot. I burst out laughing throughout the whole thing. The ep I landed on was with Ashanti. Homegirl is back at it! Did you know she had a new song with Ty Dolla $ign? Granted everyone has a song with him right now… It’s called ‘Say Less’. It’s cute. Normani may have her spot in all that though. No shade. Love me some Foolish.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

The highly rated documentary,Ā Matangi, follows the life of Sri Lankan artist y’all know as M.I.A is back at The Bioscope from today. I was supposed to go to the screening a few weeks back but weekending got in the way (sorry Jackie!). Definitely going to make the time to see it on this run. It’s said to be amazing with great rawĀ  personal video footage through 20 years.

Calexico (the old Stanley Beer Yard) looks like a nice new chill spot. They have vinyl DJs on weekends and have Vinyl Sundays were you can shop for some great records. I’ve only ever been to one but I found a Michael Jackson Thriller and Donna Summer vinyl at one of their pop ups. Definitely bookmarked for a nice afternoon sessh.

The RMB Turbine Art Fair isn’t this weekend, but this is just a reminder if you like the event. It’s back from Thursday 12th until the 15th, so get those tickets here.

For a good ol dance time, my home away from home KCB (Kitcheners) is hosting a rad ass party called Music Is The Weapon tomorrow night. DJs Danger Ingoze, fave Maria Mc Cloy and more are bringing the club, raggae, kwaito, afrobeat, dancehall and more into roots music. I’m on a hiatus from the streets, but this one is a must!

Soweto Art & Craft Fair is hosting their monthly event with BLK JKS being the live act for July. Haven’t seen them play live in ages and I use to follow them all over Joburg back in the day. Might pop in just for them tbh. Maybe pick up some local crafts.

I’m keeping it indoors for most of July but definitely will be out and about for those weekend day events. I’m sure there is much more on that you know about. Who got a fire place? Let’s get cosy?

Happy Friday lovelies ā¤

xo

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I’m back! Not that I went anywhere… but this week was a toughie. Stayed off social media, never left the house except for work and was just unconcerned. Couldn’t even find a retrograding planet to blame all of this on. Lol. I’m sure I was people’d out shem. I’m good now. Let’s razzle!

Watching:

I recently discovered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime Video after taking a break from Netflix. It’s so so good! Granted it’s another white show with white folk, but we’ll allow it. When I saw in the credits thatĀ ā€ŽAmy Sherman-Palladino created and writes for the show it made ALL the sense. Fast talking, insane wit, great sets just like her first show Gilmore Girls. It’s my new show right now.

Besides TMMM I was watching Disney’sĀ MulanĀ all week. I also don’t know. I wasn’t interested in watching humans until just last night. My girl Mulan held me down. Lol. What is everyone else watching? This is where having regular television wins. I’m missing all the SA shows. DSTV needs to come alive with making Showmax a more grown up streaming service.

Listening:

Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E.Ā has been on CONSTANT repeat for me. At work, on commute, in the shower, in the kitchen. I am obsessed with her new album. I don’t know how I feel about these albums that only have 7 or 8 songs! I feel like this album was robbed of being a full bodied 12 track work of art. She is giving me old school R&B voice with old Kanye beats and great excerpts from classic hits. Love. I want a part II asap.

Drake is out.Ā ScorpionĀ literally dropped today. At first listen, I’m very much into it. It’s almost a coming together of his debut (lot less pop), ‘Take Care’ (lot less hip-hopping) and ‘Nothing Was Ever The Same’ (less features – but Jay-Z is back – yay!). There’s less ‘Views’ and ‘More Life’ vibes which I don’t hate. We have those in the bag. So far Emotionless is a fave (not just because of Mariah!).

My boos Darkie Fiction dropped their HOT lead single from their long awaited (according to me as their #1 fan) EP Sobabini. “Bhoza” has the nostalgic kwaito sound we all love and crave with Yoza’s beautifully odd vocals and Katt Daddy’s energetic rap. He’s honestly the best ad-libbing hypeman ever. “COME OOOON!” Best.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

This weekend is insane! It reminds me of one weekend in October last year where I just couldn’t deal. I’m certainly going to try my best to make it to most events.

Tonight the main event is KoolOut’s 10 Year Birthday Celebration at The Good Luck Bar. These guys have been at it since their inception a decade ago in Cape Town and are just expanding and perfecting their formula. Tonight’s concert will have most of all the artist they have worked with including Rogue, Kwesta and Reason.

The first ever Vouge Nights Jozi will be held at JHB Hive tonight hunties. WOKE Arts and founder Lelo Meslani (a.ka. Lelo What’s Good) are all about creating safe and inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. Allies are obviously welcome (because intersectionality) but you best come correct. Come as any fishy, cunty version of yourself and let’s have some fun.

Basha Uhuru Freedom FestivalĀ – The Concert is on tomorrow from 10am at Constitutional Hill. The line up is out of control. I have never to be honest. Big ups to the organisers on this huge feat. R50 for entry. It’s peanuts for everything that’s on offer.

The Pantry Market at Keyes will be a nice little morning to midday sitch. Their winter edition will have all your comfort foods to help deal with this weather. Think breads, cheeses, soups, curries, chocolate, pies the whole lot. Go fill up before the streets claim your name.

It’s month end so you know Feel Good SeriesĀ is back and this time around in a new venue – King Kong. I can’t say this venue without busting out in Nicki Minaj’s Chun-Li. It will get you too, watch. My super talented babycakes Leon is performing at 6pm tomorrow, so be sure to go check him out along with some new FGS DJs. Also jumping off is the Issa Vibe party just up the road at The Tennis Club. My boo thang Mx Blouse is bringing the groove we love and performing from around midnight. I done said this weekend is insane!

Sunday is JULY! Cancer season and my birth month. It’s also my big brothers birthdays. I don’t know how my mother managed with two cancerians to be honest. Kool Out is hosting their monthly party,Ā Koolin In The City at a rooftop venue – Elevate in Marshalltown. I’m going just to check this chic venue out to be honest. This one is dubbed the DJ edition so you know Akio & P-Kuttah are gonna hold it down with some of Jozi’s top spinners.

There are plenty of markets to check out for a more chill vibe. Sunday Best Selects is back again at Breezeblock from 3pm. Victoria Yards is having their Open Studio Vibes on Sunday. I’ve been once before and it was a great discovery of artisanal jewelry, furniture, artwork and clothing. Check out my post on it here. I totally forgot that The Incredibles 2 is out in cinemas so that’s another alternative, but I cannot with cinemas on weekends. The winter sun is too deelish. I’ll bookmark Edna and the gang for next week.

Whatever you’re doing, have a good one. Hope to see you on some dancefloors because this weekend has a lot of party, music and culture in store.

Happy Friday ā¤

xo

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Is it me or do things pop off during Winter in this city? Also shout out to the solstice. We’re halfway through gang. Here’s to longer days and less darkness. No but seriously, there are ALL the activations and ALL the events happening ALL at once. I actually cannot! I mean I can… but like wooo shem! Or maybe it was just this week? Either way Jozi is doing the most don’t get left behind. Ok now I’m rambling…

Leggo!

Watching:

Only thing I managed to watch in this busy ass week was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Always a good easy watch for constant chuckles.Ā Titus Andromedon is my favourite character on television right now. The outrageous levels of this show are kind of aspirational, especially in the episode I watched recently about white privilege. Amazing mess!

OTR IIĀ has been all over my instastories. I naturally fell into a YouTube rabbit hole of most of the performances by Bey and her bae. That stage is BANANAS. Apesh*t video is even more bananas. Like how do you just go take over the Louvre?!

Coconut Kelz is back with a new video. This time she pokes fun at Sashi Naidoo and her comments on Palestine – awks, and the lady who was kicked out of a Kulula flight for using that word. Smh. Go have a laugh over here.

Listening:

3 words. EVERYTHING IS LOVE. Full stop end of sentence. The Carters stay coming for our edges and we stay sipping their kool-aid. I’ve given the album about four listens. I have my faves. I just want more singles so I can get more videos from these two. Their visuals are always on point.

Christina made the mistake of releasing her album on the same weekend as The Carters. To be fair she had no clue. I’d be haaaaacked! Really interested to see the first week numbers because her album Liberation is really good. Some old Xtina, her deep ballads and some new current alternative sounds with great features. Worth a listen.

My girl Nicki Minaj on the other hand was touched by an angel and moved her June 15 release to August 10. Obvs that angel is her homegirl Beyonce! Lol. Love her songs with Ariana, ‘Bed’ and ‘The Light Is Coming’. Nothing new on Nicki’s Bed – island gyal vibes, but Ariana’s track is fire! It kind of has that NERD ‘Lemon’ hyper beat I dig.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

Friday I have a friends 30th hangout so will probs be at that all night. But La Santa in Melville is having a funeral for Kanye West called 808’s & Heartbreaks.Ā Apparently it’s going to be all the PRE – slavery was a choice, Trump loving Kanye music. I love me some ANG so I trust they will turn it all the way out with a good mixture. It’s not going to be all Kanye, don’t stress. Dress in black!

The Bioscope is hosting The Other Peoples’ Film FestivalĀ this weekend. This fest is in recognition to World Refugee Day that was 2 days ago. It will showcase films from other parts of the world with seemingly different by the same realities we all face. Maybe in contradiction to this, Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank will have the annualĀ European Film Festival running from today until July 1st. Expect award-winning foreign language films from independent film house you probably haven’t heard of. 2019 Oscar nominees amongst these for sure.

Rosebank Sunday Market has the Car Boot SaleĀ event they have every last Sunday of the month. Vintage clothes, antiques and great food stalls. I haven’t been to the Rosebank Market in ages. Might pop into this one before I get into a really busy Sunday of farewells and new chillout spots.

What’s sure to be a fave series for the rest of the season is Sunday Best Selects. A 6 week residency at the super cute Breezblock in Brixton. Sunshine, laughter, calm energies and a whole lot of bubbles over some good wavy music. Find me there for a wind down.

I’m looking forward to a mixed weekend of fun, hugs and a dose of chill. The days are slowly getting longer from now on so let’s enjoy em!

Happy Friday ā¤

xo

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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. šŸ˜€

Watching:

So I saw the trailer for PoseĀ 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.

Listening:

I finally compiled that Bushfire playlist I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s not all the artists on the line upĀ  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’sĀ 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 someĀ Sarafina!Ā 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.

PluckĀ 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 FictionĀ 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 theĀ Boston Gay Men’s ChorusĀ at Wits tomorrow night.Ā  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 SaturdaysĀ 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!Ā on the black consciousness movement that influenced the 1976 youth uprisings. It’s crazy good! Archiving at its best shem.

Happy Friday ā¤

xo

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Oh yea we in this bitch!! Whew. Is it me or did this week draaag. Apart from having a 2 day hangover (I know, I know. Do we ever learn?) I had writing classes which god bless them are the absolute best, but can be taxing. The imagination needs constant stimulation I tell ya. Definitely a daily practice of finding those stimulants from now on. Hope you had a good one though. Let’s get it in.

Watching:

Like I said. Week was a toughie, so the watching was on the minimum. I listened more than anything. Easier medium tbh. Omg. All I watched was a movie called The Invitation on Netflix on Sunday. It was one of those situations where you have no clue what mood you’re in so you go through titles, watch like 20 minutes and then realise you just can’t. Invitation had all the intrigue and creepy suspense. I think I liked it. Ending was NUTS!

That’s all.

Listening:

Yes, yes… More Super Soul Conversations with Mama O. They are my daily bread at this point. We don’t always have these conversations or even share our beliefs in divinity, energies/vibrations and the shit that makes us great. SSC is always a great input and outlet for just that. This week I listened to the one with Dr Phil about accountability, responsibility and forgiveness. Fave line: You can only control YOU.Ā Others you can inspire, others you can coach, others you can coax. A-ha. Amen. Hallelu. Overindulged with Marianne Williamson on her chat about returning to love. Simple and powerful. Also her daily prayers are the ones!

Music wise I pretty much allowed Spotify to guide me through my daily mixes. This week has been a lot of dark pop from The Japanese House, Shura and the likes. Yummy new age alternative vibes from Blood Orange, BroodsĀ andĀ Kelela. These artist know how to write great pop songs.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

I’m not even gonna front. As much as I wanna r-e-s-t this weekend, I know I’m gonna pop off at some point. Tonight M.I.A.Ā is in town and performing at The Newtown Music Factory (old Bassline – thank God they are using that space!). She’ll be supported by some faves – Doo Wap, Dear Ribane, Phatstoki and Buli. A tour-de-femme of artists and performers. Obsessed! I cannot wait.

44 Stanley is doing a Friday Nights at 44. Never been to one but I guess they will have all the stores open. Nice cosy fire spots and music flowing through the whole space. My Friday is gonna be anything but mellow, but if you’re into it this sounds like a good one.

Encounters Documentary Film FestivalĀ is still on going at The Bioscope. I’ll be checking out M.I.A’s doccie film there on Saturday. Be sure not to miss it.Ā Ayanda MabuluĀ opened his latest exhibition at Kalshnikovv last night at First Thursdays. Didn’t manage to get a peep because it was so crowded but will go check it out. Looked liked a lot was going on in there. Think I saw Nelson Mandela doing the Nazi salute in one piece. Go see it!

Blvck Queer is hosting the Vibrate Higher Social Festival at Soweto Theatre on Saturday. Art, live music and panel discussions will be the order of the day to promote artists and entrepreneurs. I’m doing the Field Market at some point and probs will pop into VHSF. Never been to either so should be a god excursion.

La Santa Muerte is having this dope party where you can (read MUST) come in any alter ego of your choosing. Fur coats, french maids, blingy pimps and and and. Sounds like my type of party. I got wigs and stockings for days! Overcoats and Underwear will be a vibe.

I don’t have any Sunday situations on my radar so do hit me up. KCB has their standing karaoke jamĀ Khona Karaoke Sundays. Hot DJs and of course the Japanese art form of singing to words on a screen. Love.

Happy Friday peeps!

xo

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I can’t believe it’s Friday again. This week has been shorter for me but physically felt long af. I like things but sometimes tend to forget my introverted and empath ways. Bushfire was all the things but I was drained shem. Officially bounced back today though. Let’s do drinks!!

JOKES! Here we go…

Watching:

Been on that Netflix this week.. big surprise. Apart from re-watching all ofĀ Chewing GumĀ with my cousins on Monday (there’s something so fun about watching people experience a show you love for the first time), I got hooked onto Netflix’s new docuseriesĀ Explained. It’s no more than 20 so minutes long and freely goes into various topics of this world like; monogamy – it’s history and it’s relevance today, making designer babies through DNA manipulation and the effects that slavery still has on black folk in America. It’s very well produced and gets to the point with sharp visuals and interviews. They really should make a podcast version of the show, it could be equally enjoyed in just audio.Ā Unbreakable Kimmy SchimdtĀ is BACK! The fallible gang in NYC has returned and they are trying they’re luck at adulting for another season. I’m only one episode in, but it’s a fave. Tina Fey can do no wrong in my eyes. Those characters!! Oh and Netflix is releasing the episodes in batches so don’t stress about the missing eps.

Besides TV – Coconut Kelz is telling it like she sees it (obvs in her car) in a new video. She’s coming for Euse-bias, trying to get in with the DA and questioning Siya Kolisi’s captaining. Riot as always! I can’t! Remember when I told you I was jamming to Mx Blouse‘s song Is’phukphuku on repeat (still am tbh), well the visuals are out and it’s a fave! Lewks on lewks! Dope choreo. The whole vibe nje is a mood. Hashtag Queer Domination!

Listening:

Th music festival gave me all the musical life so I didn’t really listen to much this week.Ā Listening to Salif Keita‘s Anthology album as I type this post. So good! So necessary. When I’m done with this post I need to hunt down the line up from Bushfire and follow all those artists. Some really great finds I could defs be into..

Obvs I had to get my life with Oprah’s Super Soul ConversationsĀ podcast,Ā as I do every week. Her sit down with Amy Schumer was hella deep and made me like the funny girl a whole lot more. She is so candid! She gets to say “bitch” in front of Oprah. Imagine. It kind of inspired me to do a separate post on what they talk about. We’ll see…

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

So I’m not sure what this weekend holds for me (on account of being drained) but there are a few goodies going on in Jozi. Party wise, KCB (Kitcheners) has an insane lineup of my absolute faves at their Bitch Slap party tomorrow. I may be tempted because I’ve never with this line-up of Lelowhatsgood, Maria McCloy, Little Miss Kay and Your Uncle Gary. Hashtag Femme Power! La Santa Muerte in Melville is having their 90s party called Spice Up Your Life! This spot has become a fave, and the vibe is always good. They better play Spice Girls! If you go, send me a video if they do play my gals.

There is a Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition at Everard Read Gallery in Rosebank all weekend. So if you like plants and plants like you back (in no order), then check this one out. Rosebank has their Sunday Market and every first Sunday of the month the Locrate Market is in Soweto around Lebo’s Backpackers. Hopefully the weather allows. I’m keen on a new market vibe with hopefully some different food trucks. They always tend to be the same. Don’t forget it’s First Thursdays next week. Braam has Kalashnikovv Gallery, Once backpackers, Anotomy for She Said So and 99 Juta. Rosebank has the one stop shop of Keyes Art Mile and surrounding galleries in the area.

Encounters Documentary Film Festival is back this year at The Bioscope Cinema and at the Rosebank Nouveau. It runs until the 10th. This could be a great mellow solo Friday sitch actually. Check out the schedule here.

OK that’s it gang. Links are added for times, venues and the videos I’ve mentioned. Go wild. It’s June after all!

Happy Friday!

xo

ALN.

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