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One Last Tour

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This weekend I went to see Swedish House Mafia’s show in Johannesburg, and all I can say is: EPIC!!

In case you didn’t know, Swedish House Mafia are a trio of house music producers and DJs, consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso.

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Sebastian Ingrosso; Axwell; Steve Angello

The DJ’s have, over the years, released music on their own, as well as together and have been very successful in both endevours. They have officially been together since 2008, but in these last 4-5 years, the supergroup have been called “the faces of mainstream progressive house music”, having placed at number 10 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011.

Axwell (@Axwell) placed #12 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011 produced the hit “I Found U” and “Watch The Sunrise”, which peaked at #6 in the UK Singles Chart but has otherwise been producing remixes for other artists, including Usher’s “Burn”, N*E*R*D’s “Maybe”, Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous and Madonna’s “Jump”. In 2012, he released the single “In My Mind” on Beatport.

Steve Angello (@SteveAngello) placed #23 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011 and his remix of Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” was what really put him in the limelight. He produces under a number of different aliases, from Who’s Who, Buy Now, Fireflies, General Moders, Mode Hookers, Outfunk and The Sinners, most of which are with his childhood friend Sebastian Ingrosso. Most recently, they’ve release “Bodycrash” under Buy Now. He has worked with Erik Prydz under the name A&P Project and with group member, Axwell, under the name Supermongo/Supermode. He also owns his own record lable, Size Records.

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I got my ticket!!

Sebastian Ingrosso (@SebIngrosso) placed #26 on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll in 2011 and won the award for the highest new entry into the chart in 2009, a record which has only been beaten by Deadmau5 in 2008. Sebastian is the creator of musical hits such as “How Soon Is Now”, “Calling”, “Reload” and “Cupid Boy” for Kylie Minogue.

On June 24, 2012, the group announced on their website that their upcoming tour would be their last. “Today we want to share with you, that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved.” The tour, aptly named “One Last Tour”, kicked offi n November 2012 and will end in March. There has been a great response to the tour, with the group having to add extra shows to their roster. There is also a final appearance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, with an opening set on March 15 and a closing set on March 24, which I am sure will be phenomenal.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in regards to the group’s breakup, Angello said that “we just decided that we reached a point where we didn’t know what the next move would be,” and that “we’ve had beyond our dreams and we’ve come very, very far”; Angello also stated that he is focusing on developing his own label, Size Records, while on hiatus.

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For the fans…

The boys have a “One Last Tour” website for their fans, where they have, not only put up information about their tour dates and shows, but have allowed their fans to experience this tour with them by blogging about their time since they went on tour. There is a section where you can “Ask SHM A Question”, a tour gallery and a fan photo gallery where the fans can upload their pics from the shows.

For the fans who would like something to remember SHM by, there is Take One: A Documentary Film About Swedish House Mafia, made by director Christian Larson a few years ago. They have also compiled a book in honour of their final compilation, called Until One: Book Edition, which you can download for free from the website or at (http://www.onelasttour.com/UntilOne-book-edition.pdf). In Sebastian Ingrosso’s own words, it is like a family album chronicling their incredible journey from childhood to their travels around the globe and the success of their music. They are also keeping a tour book, filled with information about the countries they were in, the things they did whilst there and lots of pretty pictures for their fans, and they are constantly updating it.

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Jhb Love

Saturday Night’s show, their second in Johannesburg was one hell of a goodbye to their fans, and I had one of the best seats in the house. The crowds came out in their thousands and by the time I got there it was too late to reserve a front row spot for myself. As a really short person, my main aim was to atleast be able to see one of the screens, but after some walking around and manouvering, I lucked out. I got a really good spot next to a railing on the right hand side of the stage where I could see, not only the screen clearly, but also a part of the stage and the three DJs themselves. I will admit that I ended up climbing onto the railing and balancing against a tree, and from my vantage point I saw EVERYTHING! I watched the whole show from halfway up that tree and what a show it was. The music was incredible, the lights and laser show was on point and the fireworks…WOW! As I screamed and jumped my way through “Save The World”, “Euphoria”, “Leave The World Behind” and “Don’t You Worry Child”, I shared that tree with two girls from Israel with whom I quickly made fast friends, bonding over the beauty of music and the atmosphere of pure, unadulterated joy that surrounded everyone.

Waving the SA flag...

Waving the SA flag…

There were a few highlights for the evening, such as when the mafia all pulled out South African flags, Axwell screaming: “Tonight we are the South African House Mafia, you guys are amazing!”, and when the mafia asked everyone to sit down and all 20 000 people in that arena actually sat down! Now that’s what I call power and influence, or maybe we were all just under their spell.

All 20 000 South Africans sat down!

All 20 000 South Africans sat down!

Either way, I left in a daze of joy that felt so amazing

Thank you to Swedish House Mafia for such an incredibly amazing time. Without a doubt, that was THE show of my life!

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Turn Off Your Brain, Turn On Your Heart ❤


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LEGEN…wait for it…DARY!

Our Legend of the week is KZN local, Russell George who made the most daring citizen’s arrest last week Tuesday.

Russell George, Legend of the Week.

Russell George, Legend of the Week.

Mr George was driving through the streets of Pietermaritzburg, minding his own business, when he came across a police van driving recklessly.

The police van allegedly turned into oncoming traffic on Victoria Road, and it was here that Mr George became increasingly concerned for the safety of other road users.

The police van came to a complete stop soon after, and he approached the van and asked the police officer if he knew what he was doing. Instead of replying, the police officer started his car and carried on driving. Mr George also noticed that the van was badly damaged, as if it had been involved in an accident.

Mr George followed the van to another intersection where the police officer came to a stop and Russell called 10111. He was told the police would be there shortly, but after 5 minutes of waiting he decided it might be best to handle the situation himself.

He approached the van and asked the officer to come out but he just looked at him. The smell of alcohol was strong so Mr George asked him again, but he refused. Mr George then grabbed the car keys, pulled him out and locked him up in the back of his own van!

Witnesses corroborated Mr George’s story, saying the police oficer was so drunk that he was weak enough to be pulled out of the van and put into the back. Some witnesses even said that when he was in the back of the van, he started crying, and that when the other police officers arrived, they were quiet embarrassed.

According to one of the witnesses, the police officer never denied that he was drunk. When asked what happened, his explanation was that it was his birthday and all his friends had bought him a bottle of alcohol.

Its been alleged that police had also been called to a nightclub where the officer held up his girlfriend at gunpoint, and wouldn’t you know it, while Mr George was giving his statement, two men came into the station to report that a police van had crashed into them and fled the scene.

The police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and is being investigated for negligent and reckless driving.

In the meantime, three cheers and a hoorah for Russell George!

You are quiet the LEGEND

 


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SA At The Obama Inauguration

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634_obamas_ls_12113_copyYesterday was the 57th Presidential Inaugural celebrations, and inobama00000021-4_3_rx512_c680x510 case you weren’t paying attention, they drew the ultimate of the A-list celebrities, all there to perform and honour the leader of the free world at the beginning of his second term in office. The celebrations kicked off with a host of unofficial pre-inaugural parties on Friday, 18 January and ended with the two official balls (The Inaugural Ball & The Commander in Chief’s Ball) on Monday, 21 January. The president elected to also have a children’s concert, held on Sat, 19 January and between all these balls and parties, the stars came out to play.

People spotted included Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Beyonce, the cast of Glee, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Clarkson, Cindi Lauper, Will.I.Am, Common, Pharrell, James Taylor, Far East Movement, Fun., Nick Cannon and youth gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago.
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Theres has since been much furore in the news and net, detailing everything from, the drama caused by Lupe Fiasco when he “went all anti-Obama” at a pre-inaugural event, to the beautiful outfits won by the first lady and other A-list attendees.

micasaMy favourite piece of news, however, happened at the Ambassador’s Inaugural Ball, where Mi Casa, Hugh Masekela and Lira were performing. There is no higher honour, I think, than to be called to perform at the inauguration of the POTUS and these South African artists joined some of the world’s biggest names to honour the Barack Obama at Carnegie Library in the first event of it’s kind. The ball drew ambassadors from Morocco to Malawi and was hosted exclusively by members of the international community.
Representatives from nearly 200 countries were present, including international DJ/vocalist Anane Vega (originally from Cape Verde) and hip hop artist Biz Markie.
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Arts and Culture minister, Paul Mashatile sent our musicians off with a “Go out there and make us proud”. Speaking in Johannesburg on the 16th, Mashatile told the group that the whole of South Africa would be behind them.

J-Something spoke for his group members, Dr Duda and trumpeter Mo-T, in an exclusive interview with Tania Fuentez Media, saying “Obama holds a very special role in every African’s heart. Our message to him, from us as a band and, I think from Africa as a whole, is thank you for giving us HOPE!”lira-performance-1
Lira, a BET Award nominee, said she was proud to represent her country and that it was opportunity to show the world what Africa is made of. “When you are out there, you must celebrate being African,” she said, also hinting that she would be wearing a David Tlale creation that be a huge African Statement.
Hugh Masekela, who’s album Jabulani has just received a Grammy Award nomination, assured Arts and Culture minister, Paul Mashatile, that the Grammy would be coming home, and told Mi Casa not to be suprised by their sudden success as “Things that come from heritage will always stand forever.”


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Baainar Here With a Bang!

baainar_records_logoThe world is full of interesting and inspiring people and in 2013, the year for doing great things, I would like to share some of my favourites with you.

Have you heard of Baainar Records? No??
Well listen up…

Baainar Records was created in 2003, and back then, it was nothing more than a young man selling vinyl records out of his bag to his friends. Lunga “The Sid” Nombewu was sourcing records from the internet and selling them, with no aim but to enjoy music and make some money on the side.
Lunga, originally from Port Elizabeth, moved to Johannesburg to study aviation and ended up working for SAA (South African Airways) as an engineer. It was then that he began DJing at the behest of some of his friends who wanted someone to play music in between their sets.lunga *Little known fact, when Lunga started DJing, he was playing Hip Hop and only got into house music when he started perfecting the art if mixing. In a bid to not make a fool of himself in the process, he taught himself how to DJ and began practising furiously.

The more he fell in love with the music industry, the more he saw the need to leave aviation and work in music full time. It was at the SAMC (South African Music Conference) in 2005 that he met Rex Dasenar, a producer from Swaziland who needed help editing his song, and after discovering what Lunga could do, they decided to work together and Rex was signed.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the label as it is today, was really born. When he started bringing in DJs, his main aim was to give them a platform to achieve their dreams. He wanted to find those with potential and nurture them, helping them to hone their talents and providing them with the mentorship and facilities to make the kind of music they wanted to make, as well as marketing it to the world.

Today, The Baainar stable consists of two arms, Baainarbluelle Records and Baainar Digital. In Baainar Records, Lunga has signed eight artists, which he manages, but Baainar Digital is primarily for the sole purpose of mentorship and the nurturing of artists to be released and marketed digitally. He wanted to help young artists find a platform, and so they are not signed to the label and are free agents. Artists like Audio 5, Piper, Eric Error Mokakabye, Four to the Floor and Kaygee Pitsong are just some of the people he has worked with on the Baainar Digital side of things.
Aside from the artists Lunga has signed, Baainar has worked with a number of big names in the industry, both local and international.
House Legend, Nick Holder’s new album,NickHolder which has been highly anticipated since 2007, was finally released in 2012. Not only was it released exclusively in South African, but it was released through Baainar Records, who are handling his distribution and publishing through all of Africa.

The original vision of Baainar Records was to harness and grow talent from Lunga’s home town, Port Elizabeth, and he first found such talent in Mpiwe (Simphiwe Gqushani). Mpiwe was soon followed by Patricson Snare, La Shad, Bluelle, Eltonnick, Rokker Rogers, Nkokhi and Naak Musiq, of “Qina” fame. Some of these artists have since moved on, like Rex Dasenar and Patricson Snare, but those remaining have big plans for 2013.Eltonnick ft. Naak
Baainar’s artists have been included in no less than 15 albums in 2010 alone and have released almost 100 songs digitally. Lunga was included in the 2010 SAMC panel, presenting on digital music.
By March of 2011, Lunga had been profiled as the cover story of the German based Beat magazine and “Baainar Underground Selections” EP had been reviewed in 5 magazines distributed in Miami and Chicago, all relating to the digital arm of Baainar.

Eltonnick (“Move”; “Ndiyindoda”) plans to release a new album, Bluelle (“We Are Africa”; “Galaxy”) is working on introducing electro to the Baainar repertoire whilst building his brand, Rokker Rogers (“Rainy Days”) is mastering some percussion instrument to add a new kick to their collective sound and Nkhokhi will be promoting his newly released album, (J.O.L.)Journey of Life, through gigs and remixing. Naak Musiq (“Qina” ft. DJ Sbu), currently the most recognisable name on the roster will continue trying to balance his music career and his acting on SABC 1’s prime time soapie, Generations.bluelle2
Through all this work, Lunga will be trying to discover more fresh talent, trying to grow the label’s brand and focusing on the business side of things.Eltonnick2
Lunga is also going to be working with Risal Sounds on something new and exciting, but I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what will come out of it.

There is no doubt in my mind that there are beeeeeg things in store for Baainar and it’s creatives in 2013, and to find out more about the individuals, keep an eye out right here over the next few weeks!
Keep an eye out for these merry men…and who knows, maybe one day soon a merry woman?

To get in touch with Lunga:

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Super Bey

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If you haven’t already heard, King Bey (Beyonce) will be performing at this year’s superbowl half-time show.
For those in the know, you understand what a big deal this is, since this is not only considered a great honour, but it’s one of the very few things that are actually watched by the entire country.

Not my country ofcourse…so no, I will not be tuned in, but I love the advertising campaign that has gone into this.
There are billboards and photoshoots and everyone wants a picture of the World’s Sexiest Woman in anything even remotely football related.
These are a few pictures I came across between December and last week, including the new GQ photoshoot.

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Rock Out

My first post for the year and I want to set it off with a bang.

I want to be all inspirational and uplifting and motiovational and ish… I think for the start of the year, this works for me…

 

Rock Out                                    – Anis Mojgani

 

You’ve been given a direct order to rock the fuck out!

Rock out, like you were just given the last Rock n’ Roll record on Earth, and the minutes are counting down to flames

Rock out, like you just won both Showcase showdowns

Rock out, like the streets are empty except for you, your bicycle and your headphones

Rock out, like your lips were just placed, onto a break dancing muse, with legs that go all the way up

Rock out, like Publisher’s Clearing House is ringing your front door

Rock out, like you never have to open up a textbook again

Rock out, like you get PAID to disturb the peace!

Rock out, like music is all that you’ve got

Rock out, like you were standing on a roof top and the city’s as loud and glowing as a river flowing below you

Rock out, the plane is going down, and there are 120 people on board and 121 parachutes

Rock out, like the streets and the books are all on fire and the flames can only be extinguished by….doing the electric slide

Rock out, like it’s Saturday afternooon, and Monday was a national holiday

Rock out, like somebody’s got a barrel, pointed to your temple, saying ‘rock out like your life depended on it fool’, because it does

Rock out, like your eyes are fading, but you’ve still got your ears, but you don’t for how long… So rock out like, 5 O’clock time, meant Pop-and-Lock time

Rock out, like you’ve got pants full of tokens, and nothing to do but everything

Rock out, like you are the International ski-ball champion of the entire universe

Rock out, like you just escaped an evil orphanage to join a Russian circus

Rock out, like your hero has fallen, and you are spinning your limbs, until they burst into a flaming pyre of remembrance

Rock out, like you are enslaved in the south, and dancing is all that you have, to know who you are

Rock out, like your dead grandfather just came back, to take a drive with you in your brand new car

Rock out, like the table was full… Like the neighbours are away

Like the walls wont fall, but dammet you’re gonna die, trying to make them!

Rock out, like the stereo’s volume knob only has the figure eight of infinity on it instead of merely numbers

Rock out, like it’s raining outside and you’ve got a girl to run through it with

Rock out, like you were playing football in the mud and your washing machine aint broken

Rock out, like you threw your window open on your honeymoon coz you want the whole world to know what love is

Rock out, like you just got a book published

Rock out, like you returned to your high school reunion to find that everyone, even the women, are all ugly and balding, except for the former prom queen, who has just been divorced by her impotent husband and who only has eyes for…YOU.

Rock out, like a shadow of a man passes behind you, drops you to your knees, you’re buckling in a cold sweat, metal is pushed to your forehead, the trigger is pulled and the gun jams

Rock out, like you got a empty appointment book and a full tank of gas

Rock out, like Jimmy has returned, carrying brand new guitar strings

Rock out, like the mangoes are in season, like the record player wont skip,

Like this was the last weekend, like these were the last words

Like you don’t ever want to forget how…

 

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You can check out the video of Anis Mojgani’s live performances of this particular piece at:

 

Happy 2013 Minxes