#FOMOFridays

#FOMOFridays

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, 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 raw  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 ❤

xo

ALN.

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#FOMOFridays

#FOMOFridays

I’m back in full swing! Fully re-integrated into society and loving it. I somehow managed to survive a full 5 day working week. How did we do it gang? The public holiday fiesta is sadly over. Sigh. Looking forward to a nice mellow weekend though.

We all know it’s Mothers Day on Sunday and this used to be a particularly hard day for me. Since seeing the medium it’s gotten a whole lot better knowing my mom is good where she’s at and showering me with blessings. You lot must have a good one with your beautiful mamas, they truly are everything! ❤

Ok let’s do what we came here for!

Watching:

 

Now that I’m back to being a social beast again I’ve barely watched much. I’ve been between Netflix and Showmax. I checked out Maya Angelou’s amazing doccie ‘Still I Rise‘. She’s featured in the film and shares her life from growing up in the racist American South to becoming an esteemed writer and poet who also sings, dances, acts and directs! She’s been lit. Like last week I stumbled upon another crazy animation that’s on Showmax called Animals. It’s an HBO show so you know it’s a strangely dark and hilarious mess. If you like talking animals who sort of act like people; like incestuous gay cats, clubbing sex crazed rats and steroid pumping pigeons… Ya gotta watch this show! I’m obviously hooked.

Listening:

 

I’ve mostly been listening to podcasts this week. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations have been my daily bread. I guess I’m craving inspiration and a sense of greater thinking. You can blame the Burn. It’s been great hearing about other people’s struggles, triumphs and philosophies on life. RuPaul’s What’s The Tee is a constant. They have the best guests from Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton to the outrageous Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If anyone has a stash of great local content on podcasts please let me know. I only ever see radio show recordings. Doesn’t seem like a thing here yet. Music wise nothing much really. Just jamming to Christina Aguilera‘s new singles and patiently waiting for her first album release in 6 years coming in June. Finally! That last abum was a forgettable mess.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

 

Been craving this weekend after an entire 5 day week! What’s the word Jo-hannes-burg?! I have a medium to busy af weekend. Today has has two things on my radar. After work drinks for sure, and the fact that Batuk are launching their new album Kasi Royalty tonight at The Tennis Club! Discovered this crazy and fun group, which includes Spoek Mathambo, at Bushfire one year and loved their whole flavour. So will defs pop in for a razzle there.

Saturday will probably have the regular brunching and crunching in catch ups and sunsets. Episode JHB has their last rooftop party (Episode Five) before full blown winter hits from 4pm at Negritude African Emporium. DJs, city views, good times for sundowners me thinks.The Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair is now labelled as the American Express Winter Fair. Seems to be getting bigger each year for them to land this sponsorship. This year sees Dr Esther Mahlangu (that’s right! Dr!) collaborating on some art works and international artist Yoko Ono who I think has works she’s been travelling with. Are they collaborating? The fair is on Saturday and Sunday at Nirox, I’m going Sunday. I don’t think there will be tickets at the door, so come correct if you’re into this vibe.

Sunday will have a ton of Mother’s Day things. I saw that Bioscope is having a whole day of movie screenings of some faves including Mermaids with Cher, Winona and Christina Ricci. Check their FB for times. It’s just Nirox for me, so let me know if anything else is happening in the city.

Events have links to the FB events for times and venue info. Be sure to comment below so we all know what’s good. Take it easy. Keep it breezy!

xo

ALN.

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