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Hey weekend! Human Rights events continue including a dope free concert at Constitutional Hill and a walk through the city to celebrate 25 years of democracy. Other events include rooftop brunches and picnics, live music, gallery exhibitions all in one great city. Follow our stories for updates and more!

Friday, 22 March:

 

*Human Rights Festival 2019*
Poetry, Book & Film Festival at Constitutional Hill
Fri, 22 Mar 5PM-9PM FREE (no registration needed)
(Screening of Dying for Gold & Matwetwe 6PM & 7:30PM)

Safari & Secret Underground Dinners
Ziyi Underground Bar, Gandhi Square
Fri, 22 Mar 7PM-11PM R595

By Way of Illustration
‘How to Make It as an Illustrator in Jozi?’ at J&B Hive, Braam
Fri, 22 Mar 6:30-9:30PM

Skin Deep Exhibition
AGOG Gallery, Maboneng
20 Mar- 30 Apr 12PM-10PM

The Dig
The Artivist, Braamfontein
Fri, 22 Mar 7PM-late

Arti-qulet – Alternative Love
Testament Bar, Braamfontein
Fri, 22 Mar 7PM-3AM

Ubuhle Bendalo – Sketch Battle
Grayscale Gallery, Braamfontein
Fri, 22 Mar 7PM-late

Saturday, 23 March:

 

Living Room Champagne Breakfast
The Living Room, Maboneng
every Sat, 23 Mar 9AM-1PM
More info – email: info@ivingroom.co.za

LoveMeSo Bottemless Bubbly Saturdays
Love Me So, Melville
Sat, 23 Mar 1PM-4PM

*Human Rights Festival 2019*
Makers Local Market at Constitutional Hill
Sat, 23 Mar from 10AM FREE

#StandUp4HumanRights Music Concert
Sat, 23 Mar 5PM-1AM FREE at Constitutional Hill
Registration on webtickets

Radio Bantu presents Bongeziwe Mabandla Live
Roving Bantu Kitchen, Brixton
Sat, 23 Mar 8PM R50/R100/R250 (with dinner)

Make Me Feel
KCB @barkitcheners
Sat, 23 Mar 8PM-3AM (R30 after 10PM)

Sunday, 24 March:

 

*Human Rights Festival 2019*
Annual We, the People Walk from ConHill
Sun, 24 Mar 8AM FREE at Constitution Hill
1km, 5km, 8km Registration on webtickets

Sundays in the Living Room
The Living Room, Maboneng
Sun, 24 Mar 11AM R55 presale/R100 at door

Vegan Social Picnic (Bring & Share)
WILD Community Centre, Edenvale
Sun, 24 Mar 11AM-3PM
email: email karin@akashahealing.co.za

Ponte City Challenge (900 stair run & breakfast)
Ponte Building, Berea
Sun, 24 Mar 7AM-10AM R150

Picnics in the Sky by Curiocity Hostels
Carlton Centre 50th Floor
Sun, 24 Mar 11AM-1:30PM
R300pp includes: picnic basket, picnic blanket, eating utensils, + guide

As always follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on these events, great venues and more. If any event sparks interest be sure to click through the links to get more info and any ticket info.

Oh… also, trying the same format as I use on the Instagram page here on the blog. It’s more for uniformity and time saving. Let me know in comments if you’re down with the change or prefer the story-telling vibe.

#HappyFridayPeeps

xo,

ALN.

 

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We’re on the halfway mark of this month and autumn is starting to settle in. Whenever I mention this people get so annoyed for some reason. I do not have power over nature! Seasons are seasons are seasons. Freshen up that wardrobe and remember all you need is a light jacket. 😉

Friday, 8 March:

 

3rd time running the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival started last night at the Joburg Theatre at it looks like a full on show. Over 60 local and international comedy acts with some top faves like Kagiso Lediga, Desmond Dube and Rob Van Vuuren. Tonight in particular Loyiso Gola kicks off the show. [Fri-Sat, 15-16 Mar 7PM R150-R300]

POP Art in Maboneng keeps the great shows coming with Salaam Stories, an award-winning and international performed play which dives into history and memory during the Cape Slave trade. It only runs for 3 days so be sure to catch this one. [Fri-Sun, 15-17 Mar 8PM R120]

Just next door to POP Art, The Bioscope Cinema premieres the Official South African Cannes Selection film, The Harvesters/Die Stropers tonight. [Fri-Thurs, 15-21 Mar 8PM]

One event I’m sure will be thought-provoking and honest is Goldendean’s book launch at Be Bold, Come Gold. Goldendean is a genderqueer media artist who went viral some years back with their #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE performance and their book Plan B: A Gathering of Strangers (Or) This Is Not Working is out and will be accompanied with dialogue and a golden party in Brixton tonight. [Fri, 15 Mar 7PM-11PM]

Fourways Farmers Market has a Friday Edition which sounds like a great post work chill-out for peeps in the area. The Sunday edition still stands but this one is an evening version with beer specials, food and live performance. [Fri, 15 Mar 3:30PM-10:30PM]

Saturday, 9 March:

 

It’s gonna be H-O-T this weekend so the outdoors are kind of a must. A little out of the city is Nirox Sculpture Park which is a beautiful quiet park with scattered art sculptures all over the place. They have back to back events tomorrow and Sunday; Theatre in the Park with a performance from NSA students of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream with music by Urban Village on Saturday. [Sat, 16 Mar 11AM-6PM R200/R250]

More performance tomorrow at Market Theatre with a bright and colourful story driven dance show from a Flemish choreographer called Rule of Three at one theatre and Market Theatre Workshop student Open Day showcase at The Mannie Mannin Theatre. [Sat, 16 Mar 12PM-3PM and 8PM-9:30PM]

There are probably a ton of parties going down tomorrow – I just can’t find ’em! Lol. But to mention some interesting ones – Random Films Studio Party at Keleletla! Library and Everything is Temporary at KCB. One cute and quaint art vibes and one with some top DJs bringing not just your regular vibes. [Sat, 16 Mar 8PM-3AM]

Sunday, 10 March:

 

The Sunday event at Nirox is the Poetry & Jazz Concert which is the postponed Valentines Day event with MINI and KayaFM. The lineup is pretty great with Itai Hakim, The Brother Moves On, Msaki and Mandi Vundla among others. [Sun, 17 Mar 10AM-6PM R330 online]

We House Sundays x Kid Fonque is in JHB on Sunday at the iconic Constitutional Hill. As the name suggests it’s a day of the best of house music with a UK based guest star DJ. [Sun, 17 Mar 2PM-10:30PM R150 online]

A monthly fave is back at Neighbourgoods. Sunday Edition brings fresh DJs, a small market and good eats. It’s no Neighbourgoods Market – it’s like the cooler and familiar cousin. [Sun, 17 Mar 1PM R50]

Newtone Sunday is bringing the groove with Third Place Newtown’s resident DJs. I live so close to this venue and it just keeps bringing such great events and nothing beats a Sunday chill in the city. [Sun, 17 Mar 3PM-12AM R50]

For a bit of learning, Pick Me Up Poetry is hosting a free Creative Writing and Live Performance Workshop for anyone who is interested in growing their craft and possibly learning new skills. First time I’ve come across this but I’m certainly keeping an eye for more of them. [Sun, 17 Mar 11AM-3PM]

As always follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on these events, great venues and more. If any event sparks interest be sure to click through the links to get more info and any ticket info.

Have a goodie!!

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Fri-YAY!! Sweet baby cheeses I’m so glad this day is here. Not be a weekend-chaser but there’s nothing like a full day (or two) all to yourself! While doing this page I’ve come to realise there is so much happening in Joburg and I barely scratch the surface – but onwards and upwards familia. Hope you find something that suits you this week.

Friday, 8 March:

 

A few things have already started this past week but go on into the weekend. In Maboneng; The Bioscope has brought back (by popular demand) RBG a documentary film on Women’s Rights lawyer and cultural icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, POP Art premiered Mnquma – a one man personal journey in connecting with his cultural roots.  The National School of Arts is halfway into it’s 2019 Festival of the Arts which is taking place at the school and at Joburg Theatre. A showcase of plays, dance, music and arts. See links for each event for times, cost and venues for these great cultural shows.

Staying on schools, UJ Arts & Culture and It Has To Be Jazz is hosting its Jazz is not Lost evening of young jazz talents who are proving that the legacy and feeling of jazz is very much alive. [Fri, 8 Mar 7-10PM R150]

Urban Village is making it’s rounds in Joburg and I’m here for all of it. Tonight they are at Untitled Basement for an intimate live show. [Fri, 8 Mar 8PM R100]

All roads lead to Welgelegen Manor in Mpumalanga for the 2nd Bacardi Holiday Club – Beach Edition. 90% of the tickets which include drinks, food and camping spots for the whole weekend are sold – so I’m probably letting you know about this way too late, but if this has sparked your interest do check out the FB event to see what you could (or could not) be missing. [Fri, 8-10 Mar R1250]

Saturday, 9 March:

 

Jolburg is bringing a night of a queer expression and celebration through performance and music with I’m here, I’m queer Vol I. Lineup has not been confirmed yet, but if you’re a queer performer check out the link and get yourself added. [Sat, 9 Mar 7PM]

Eenblond Tours which hosts various food and cultural tours and walks through various neighbourhoods and areas in Jozi are having a Fordsburg Street Food, Art & History Tour tomorrow from Newtown into Fordsburg. Great way to meet new people and go on a safe guided tour through one of the city’s fave spots. [Sat, 9 Mar 11am-2:30PM R460pp]

Hazard Gallery at The Cosmopolitan are hosting multiple works one of which is from visual artist and photographer Ugo Woatzi. His work Chameleon looks at the spaces we exist in and try find meaning and happiness in besides the hetero-normative context. Alongside this will be a fashion experience with Buffer Magezine and Fashion is Art at The Cosmo.  [Sat, 9 Mar 5PM-late]

Tha Cutt & Spindle bring performance DJ’ing to KCB on Saturday. Tha Cutt is known for his technical skills and Tablist is on it’s 3rd installment in putting this best foot forward with other turntable greats. If beats, scratches and classics are for you, pull through. [Sat, 9 Mar 8PM-late R50 after 10PM]

For a more bluesy and jazz inspired evening pop into Radio Bantu’s Saucetones. Live instrumentation and roots music is the order of this event. Roving Bantu Kitchen will serve up the meals with this hearty event. [Sat, 9 Mar 8-11PM R100/R250 with dinner]

Sunday, 10 March:

 

The FeelGoodSeries has a sister and it’s called Pantone Sundays. This fresh and colourful party hosted at Razor Charlie has been around since spring 2018 and sadly this is the last one before winter kicks in. This months theme is purple so be sure to dust off your royal colours and join them this Sunday. [Sun, 10 Mar 3-10PM R100 presold]

August House Gallery is hosting is popular Open Studio Art Affair. This event brings the pan-African urban artists’ closer to you so they profit directly from their creative works. Five storeys of unique and interesting art to view and buy. [Sun, 10 Mar 10:30AM-4PM]

So much art this weekend, but here’s a celebration of 18 years of it at Spaza Art Gallery this Sunday in Troyeville. R100 get’s you lunch, music and live performances at the gallery with some of Jozi’s best. [Sun, 10 Mar 12-6PM R100]

Be sure to follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on these events, great venues and more. The links provided click through to the actual event posts so be sure to get the full scoop from the source.

As always thanks for the follow and do share any things that you feel could be profiled on FF. Have a dope weekend!

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Hey Friday!!! Hey March!!! Happy New Day, Happy New Month. For whatever reason this past week has been a trip! Some planet out there is doing the most and taking everyone for a g-damn spin! Anywho… with a new month there is soooo much going on in Jozi. I’ve tried my best to consolidate a good mix of what to do.

Friday, 1 March:

The Bioscope Cinema stays bringing the films that you didn’t know you wanted to see. Besides the quite intense and emotional Oscars Nominated Shorts I saw last week, I also saw This Is Congo and was introduced to a whole other understanding of the political and social state of the mineral rich country. Today they bring back Everything Must Fall a local film looking at the #FeesMustFall movement that started from a protest against the cost of education and became even more politically and socially charged than ever anticipated. Check it out from today until Thursday. [1-7 Mar, R50]

Untitled Basement doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with hosting amazing local acts – and we’re here for it. Last night was jazz from Bokani Dyer’s next week is Urban Village, but most importantly tonight they host my fave electronic slash dance slash experimental wowness, Nonku Phiri. So there! [1 Mar, 8PM R120]

I’ve never heard of this film fest before – but now I do! The Rapid Lion International Film Festival starts today at The Market Theatre. This particular fest run until the 10th and brings the best of African, African Diaspora and BRICS produced films all in one place. Have a close look at the schedule and lockdown the titles that speak to you. [1 – 10 March, Opening night 630PM R30 – R45]

For a bit of a flashback party night, KCB and Jazzuelle host their monthly dance and electronica party called Dark Disco tonight from 8 at Kitcheners. [1 Mar, 8PM R50]

Saturday, 2 March:

On it’s 6th running year and first edition for 2019, The Soweto Arts & Craft Fair will be held at Soweto Theatre this Saturday. Live music, local artists and fresh emerging creative talent, unique shopping and fun areas for children. Samthing Soweto, SORRY and Ginger Nkosi to perform throughout the day. [2 Mar, 12AM-7PM R20]

Urban Backpackers has a great daytime POPUP party happening at the Urban Zulu Rooftop on Anderson Street in the CBD. I went to the December Edition and it was tons of fun with really great DJs and dope views of the city. [2 Mar, 3-10PM R60/R80]

The Bioscope is bringing back it’s popular Late Night Arcade tomorrow night at The Birdhouse rooftop venue. And yes… it’s a whole night of new-school and old-school gaming on all sorts of cool arcades. Expect some VR gaming and an outdoor cinema. [2 Mar, 5-12PM R100]

Simphiwe Dana fans will be happy to know (if you don’t already of course) that she will be at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City for her Annual Congregation concert tomorrow. 15 years since her debut this show should be quite something. [2 Mar, 8-11PM R250]

Sunday, 3 March:

First Sundays is very much a thing in Joburg. Depending on what vibe you’re looking for you have many options to choose from. Lebo’s Backpackers hosts it’s First Sundays in the form of the Locrate Market in Soweto. Free Entry to their open park with live performances, food, art and clothing stalls as you’d expect at a daytime market. [3 Mar, 11AM-6PM] 

From South to East, Victoria Yards has it’s Open Studio First Sundays where all artisans, food stores, gin distillery and local artists will open their spaces to the public. The local community will also have their fresh produce on sale as part of the community upliftment project at the yards. [3 Mar, 10AM-3PM]

Melville has their own First Sundays throughout the whole suburb where all the restaurants, stores, cocktail and wine bars stay open extra late. Food and drinks specials and even performances will be the order of the day bringing Sunday-Funday energy to the streets. [3 Mar, 12am-12pm]

Koolin In The City is one of my favourite day into night Sunday parties always with the best of local talent and upcoming hip hop talent and household DJs. This time around they have traded in the rooftop in the CBD to the historic Cosmopolitan in Maboneng. This edition sees Stogie T as the main act with many others to hit the stage. I’m really excited to see how this new venue lends itself to KITC. [3 Mar, 2-11PM R100]

I know it’s a lot, but we are slowly creeping out of Summer into Autumn so go out and enjoy the city. Be sure to follow @FOMOFridaysJHB on Instagram for live story updates on events.

xo,

ALN.

 

 

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Hello!!! Happy Friday! 🙂 A whole 5 months later! There are a ton of reasons I took a pause from the blog, but this isn’t the post to go into that. I’m still keeping #FOMOFridays and will try my damnedest to make it a real thing. This time around I’m ditching the “Watching” and “Listening” sections (You can follow my instastories for that if you like). Peeps seemed to be more interested in the “Doing” and gig guide part of these posts so that’s all I’m gonna focus on from now on.

I’ve started an accompanying Instagram (@fomofridaysjhb) page which will link back to here for more info. Lord knows people ain’t got time for reading through blogposts these days – so Insta’s instant gratification of pics may or may not lead you lot back here for ticket links and detail on where, how and when. Starting small for today but I’ll be sourcing events I’d personally go to from Facebook events pages and various newsletters I follow. Enjoy! Have a dope weekend! Also shout out to the new kid in Club 30 – Siya ❤

 

 

With this ridiculous weather (supes grateful rain gods – but ohemgee!). The Bioscope has some goodies starting this weekend if you’re looking to get out but also be cosy. The 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation and Live Action) screenings start tomorrow and run until early March. Also – Black Coffee produced coming of age film Matwetwe is on it’s last day tonight at the Bioscope. [Sat, 16 Feb – Sat, 2 Mar]

To observe Black History Month, The Market Theatre and the U.S. Embassy brings the South African version of Nina Simone Four Women. It premiered last week and will run until the 24th. I’ve only heard really good things about it and must go see it.

In the spirit of Valentines and what not there is a different kind of romance to be had at the Millennial Love Affair taking place at Tennis Club tonight. A celebration of love – it’s traumas and it’s glory in a safe inclusive space. [Fri, 15 Feb]

 

 

Naked Soul Sessions will host Neo-Soul singer Mpho Sebina at Untitled Basement on Saturday night. I honestly didn’t know much of her music until I looked her up on SoundCloud and YouTube. SOLD! Amazing. My homegirl Lungi a.k.a. BrownPepperAnn will be on the decks to get the party started. [Sat, 16 Feb]

As the poster suggests – Make Me Feel is a full technicolor experience of fun beats with some of my KCB faves. A groove is definitely in the heart at the Khona! [Sat, 16 Feb]

The year of the Pig is upon us (well to the Chinese) but if you’re like me and love you some Chinese New Year Celebrations. There are a few happening in Johannesburg. Cyrildene being the first tomorrow. Think street parades, open restaurants and just a full on jam. I’ve only ever been twice, but as a sucker for culture it’s worth a visit – even if just for lunch. Next week the Chinatown in the CBD will be having their celebrations too. [Sat, 16 Feb]

Sunday Edition is back for it’s second edition this year. Last month was an absolute blast and if you squint you can see me doing the get-down in this months promo poster. I love a good Sunday party. It’s  huge trap – but the best people always come out. [Sun, 17 Feb]

 

 

 

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Inclusive Safe Spaces.

Ok… granted that’s not an actual ball category, it is however a very important topic for discussion. Probably more important for the folk who are sick and tired of being victimised in violent, rapey and femmephobic spaces. Lord knows this isn’t of much importance to cis folk who fit the so-called everyday norm of the gender binary or those who show acceptable levels of masculinity that afford them the privilege to move through such spaces with more ease.

Femme bodies have always been and continue to be targets of assault and violence by hateful energies that are fuelled by fear, self-hatred and a hunger for exerting an ignorant power this society has taught them they are entitled to. That’s just the thing with this kind of negative power – it feeds on those who have been identified as weak and unworthy. Trust and believe that femme energy is none of these lesser words the majority relentlessly associates with it. It is in fact the more positive power. This is something I’ve learned from my own experience.

To nurture this seemingly unpopular power a handful of femme, queer and trans identifying peeps in Jozi have gone ahead and created their own inclusive and safe spaces. Spaces where self-expression is encouraged. Where vulnerability, creativity and femininity is praised and tolerance of nonsense from the negative power is very low if any at all.

I still remember buying a tight white lace top and stashing it in the back of my cupboard for months before I eventually got the courage to wear it at my first Cunty Power last year. The courage wasn’t because I was wearing a lace top. The courage was deciding to present and express myself the way that I’d always wanted to. It was a understandably tough for me. Especially the moment we had to leave the safety of the space I was in to go to Great Dane. It was ‘Same Sex Saturdays’ but I had never dressed like that publicly, at least not outside of a costume party. As fierce as I looked, I couldn’t help but shrink and feel some type of way because of the space I was in. Which mind you was mostly gay men, but femmephobia is no joke. Some of it was my own internalised stuff for sure but the night took an magical turn to where this girl walked up to me, took my hand and told me how beautiful I looked. She then put on a red beaded bangle on my wrist and went on her way. That act of love and connection did something to me. I’ve never looked back since that day.

Embracing my femme energy and loving the versatility of wearing whatever I want regardless of what the store clerk or gendered shop signage says is the very reason I choose spaces that deliberately and explicitly protect people like me. Anyone who knows me will know that I religiously go to Pussy Party at KCB in Braam. The message of PP is very clear – protect, uplift, nurture and love of femme and queer bodies. Anything against that is refused. It is undoubtedly my second home where I get to dance my queer ass off until the early weekday morning with zero fear or apprehension. Maybe a teensy bit of fear of a violent hangover the following day, but that ain’t never hurt nobody.

Just a month back a spectacular event was born in Joburg called Vogue Nights. Ever since I watched ‘Paris Is Burning‘ (available on SA Netflix 😉 ) only a just few years back actually, I’ve been obsessed with ball culture, voguing, metamorphosis and the notion that you can choose your family. Vogue Nights surely gave me that hope and promise that sizoba grand. The voguing beasts from V.I.N.T.A.G.E Crew turned it out on the floor battling MrAllOfIt and other gorgeous divas dressed in beautiful silks, fishnets, shiny gowns and colourful hair. I myself played it down a little because I had a dinner in Rosebank before and wasn’t about to put myself in any kind of a situation with Uber drivers or bigoted patrons of Doppio. That of course is my own struggle and another reason I live for these events that tell me it’s OK to be you, to be extra and to do the most. I did however put my choppy black wig, called Yolanda, in my pocket which later came out to play downtown with all my other femme, butch, queer and trans brothers and sisters.

The M.I.A. concert, KOP JHB, Afropunk and other iconic events I’ve been to in the past year have been shameless at promoting and supporting the LGBT+ community and putting strict disclaimers that do not tolerate any sort of ill treatment of any human, period. Many will try and play ignorant or make excuses for the toxic spaces that turn a blind eye to what they know is true. Some will demand to be educated on this matter instead of taking their own initiative to learn from global standards institutions such as the Afropunks have set in their governing principles.

What I really do hope for is that the many and the some will do better in striving for inclusiveness and safety for the folk that attend their parties, events, homes, restaurants and bars. It’s time we connected on the real things and allow one another to have fun without compromising any bodies (femme or otherwise). It’s hella idealistic hope for sure, but It’s hope nonetheless. We’re pretty much nothing without it.

xo,

ALN.

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Thank God It’s Friday. I used a fullstop  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 found 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 Narrative 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, 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 #BhozaMusicVideo Don’t waste any more time click here now.

Listening:

Performance giant Manthe Ribane together with electronic producer Okzharp 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). 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 from Super Soul Conversations. 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 Fair 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 Exhibition 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.

Nongogo 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 called Baby It’s Cold Outside 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 Festival (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

ALN.

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