One Night in Cape Town

I was so excited when One Night in Cape Town announced that Deftones and Yellowcard were playing this year. Since I listened to those bands constant when I growing up.

Manchester Orchestra, was included on the bill. An unknown band to me. It seems the organisers, Oppokoppi, were pulling all stops again year. After the a great showcase of Bullet my Valentine and Enter Shikari etc, last year.

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I was over the moon on 8th of August evening on what to expect. Also I had fear I might be disappointed. This happened earlier this year at Ramfest with Rise Against. There were the one band I have always wanted to see. On that Saturday night, I was left disappointed with their performance. I ended up having a great appreciation of Bring Me to Horizon, who played on that night.

Ok back to the evening arriving at Grand West. Me and my friend, Cat, arrived a bit late on golden circle for Manchester Orchestra. Since we didn’t know their songs. But we ended up being blown away with the quality, sound and passion of the band. The crowd seems to be pleased too.

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After the interval, we got really excited for the next act, Yellowcard! I was so happy to recall the old times in Durban. Where I used to listen to them. They started very well with enthusiasm. There were good but it was not their night I think. It felt if there filling a gap. The crowd seemed to be looking forward to Deftones and wasn’t really into their set. I was in the same mood too.

After the band, we tried to find a my mate who we met earlier, to stand with them. Buy crowd seem to have increased. It was a better choice to stand close at the front of the stage.

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As the sound team was setting up the stage. I wasn’t sure how to take Deftones after Yellowcard’s perfomance. Getting psyched up was hard. I started forgot when Chino, the lead singer, and rest of Deftones entered the stage to a roaring crowd, even with some empty seats on the stands. That couldn’t stop this energetic crowd from enjoying themselves.

As they played more of their set for the crowd it got better. It was enjoyable to see a band interacting with the crowd quite well.

When the played ‘Change‘ that was an emotional one! I had loads of old skool memories flooding in. Lastly, the encore that was amazing as Chino wearing a South African flag scarf. I wanted more at end but it had to end. I thought to myself, I had just seen one of the best performance.

In all this was well organised event. And I didn’t regret not buying the ticket. Can’t wait for next year. Now for Billy Talent on Friday.

Love this City

I’ve picked up a few things I enjoyed and inspired about this city in-between, since I’ve been busy lately.

1LifeCreate

In brief. Last Monday, 19th March, I got excited about this. It was a creative event called 1LifeCreate held at my current church, Common Ground Church in Rondebosch. This is basically an event for Christian creatives to learn, network, share and be inspired. On the arrival in the beginning of the evening, The Kiffness played their sound of catchy and fun electronic music! Also with super cool videos playing in the background. Oh yeah, how can I forget the lovely yummy snack supplied. The best part of the night was the speaker, an artist called Phillip Barlow. He talked about his life’s journey, showcasing his artwork and sharing about his faith. Very inspiring work and artist. Lastly, there was great informative interviews from a photographer and a musician. This summed up the evening, being really amazing and wonderful interacting with the other creatives. I can’t wait for the next one!

Cape Town Carnival

This was my first time going to Cape Town Carnival on it’s third year on Saturday the 23rd March in Somerset Road. It was an enjoyable carnival with colourful costumers, amazing floats and great dancers. And some of the crowd seemed pleased seeing a guy jumping on a trampoline float to dancers moving like flamingos.

This carnival has the potential to rival Rio or Notting Hill Carnival. I’ve had a pleasure to view Notting Hill Carnival back in 2007 while I was in London. It was very colourful Afro-Caribbean carnival, maybe closest thing to Rio Carnival. It had constant floats going, various dancers, each floats with it’s own music or sound and just a great vibe etc. I did compare it with the Cape Town Carnival. This has a long way to go as I noticed, for a example – the floats were delayed, and timing for music & floats were consistent etc. I would love to see maybe few stands for people to see, not just from the big screens. As we viewed the carnival on a block of flats in which we didn’t even know one resident.

Even with these hiccups, I believe it’s still a young event with loads of amazing South Africa culture to showcase. So it’s one to look out.

The Car Guard Song

My latest favourite parody song from the Braaiday creators. I have been enjoying their Eminem & Rihanna parody about the guys who look after our cars – The Car Guards.

Seperated at Birth?

As bad ass looking as this transformation of Rooney Mara’s character for Lisbeth Salander of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and it also appears Yo-Lande of the hip hop group Die Antwoord might fall from the same tree too.

Similarities from Yolandi to Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander
Rooney Mara's Tranformation to Lisbeth Salander

I couldn’t put my head around Rooney Mara’s character look for Lisbeth Salander when I read and saw photos from my mate’s blog, Sam. Rooney’s Lisbeth has very similar look and features to Yo-Landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord. It may seem the American or David Fincher’s version drew a lot of inspiration from the Yo-lande’s looks and features. Not Noomi Rapace’s Lisbeth character.

Rooney Mara to Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander

I haven’t read the Stieg Larsson’s book and watched the Swedish movie. It’s one of the loads of films I am actually looking forward to the watch. As it’s been released at the end of this week.

I want to Sing and Shout

Ok this a random post, I’ve been listened to BBC Radio 1 while doing my work. In the middle of clutter,  there have been cool songs coming through. Like Dappy “No Regrets” despite the recently has been going on with him. It’s a pretty awesome tune. Another bunch songs that have stood out for me is Professor Green “Read All About It” (feat Emeli Sande), Florence & The Machine Shake It Out and Lana Del Rey “Video Game.”

Professor Green “Read All About It” (Feat Emeli Sande)

Proffessor Green is a British rapper dubbed the new Eminem. He is lyrical amazing. I first came across to one of his singles called “Just Be Good To Green” featuring Lily Allen (another favorite). I liked that song and I uncovered more of his stuff, got blown away. “Read All About It” is song I can relate to especially with the family and father bit. It leaves you with loads emotions of hurt, love and truth.

Lyrics (taken from http://www.songonlyrics.com)

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid
They can read all about it, read all about it
Oh

Nothing to hide
[…]
Suffered and cried
Strife made me tougher
Never […]
The trouble […]
Expectations to get rep
Ain’t never begged yet
When I wanted to get pence, hustle,
To be, I’m exactly what my neck says
Saying I tried to cash in on my Dad’s death,
I wanted to vent ‘stead I said nothing at all
After all you were never kin to me,
Family is something that you never been to me,
In fact making it harder for me to see my father was the only thing that
You ever did for me

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid
They can read all about it, read all about it, oh
As a kid I looked up to you,
Only thing was I never saw enough of you
Last thing I said to you was I hated you,
I loved you but now it’s too late to say to you
Just didn’t know what to do and how to deal with it,
Even now deep down I still live it
To think, I used to blame me,
I wonder what I did to you to make you hate me
I wasn’t even 5, life’s a journey and mine wasn’t an easy ride

You never even got to see me rap,
I just wish you woulda reached out,
I wish you woulda been round when I been down
I wish that you could see me now,
Wherever you are I really hope you find peace
But know that if I ever have kids,
Unlike you I’ll never let them be without me

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid
They can read all about it, read all about it, oh

Everything I have, I give to you
In every one of these lines I sing to you
My job’s more like public service
My life just became yours to read and interpret
If you heard it it’d come across a lot different at times
I throw fits when I read how they word things
You see me smile
Now you’re gonna have to see me hurtin’
Coz pretending everything is alright when it ain’t, really isn’t working

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid
They can read all about it, read all about it, oh

I ain’t censoring myself for nobody
I’m the only thing I can be,
All that is good, all that is bad, all that is, me

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out
So put it in all of the papers, I’m not afraid
They can read all about it, read all about it, oh

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