Author: Mzi Van Staden

Animator / graphic designer. I make pretty pictures dance. Disc spinner at The Grind Radio.

Before you read this, I would just like to state that I have never been to Grietfest before. If it wasn’t for a beautiful chain of events I wouldn’t have gone this year either.  To be honest the dancing thing put me off. Not that I’m against it, of course not. If you have hips why let them lie? Rather it was the fact that every piece of Grietfest documentation contained the best dressed people dancing like they had a short resume in Modern Dance. I cant even finish a song without feeling winded. However in a spontaneous moment, induced…

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Jack Parow en Francois Van Coke speel hierdie Sondag (die 26ste Februarie) by Large On The Lawn in Johannesburg. Hierdie een dag konsert / festival se vorige edisie was baie gewild gewees. 4,000 mense het na Jeremy Loops en Matthew Mole se vertoning gekyk op die 29ste Januarie en dit lyk asof Sondag se konsert ook uit gaan verkoop. Ek het onlangs bietjie met Jack Parow gesels oor Large On The Lawn en so paar ander goedjies. Hier is wat hy te sê gehad het: 2016 was n mal jaar vir jou. TV show, toere oorsee en nou skop jy…

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Johannesburg based psychedlic rock band, The Tazers have been making waves in the SA Music Scene over the last few years and are one of the artists who will be performing at Mieliepop 2017. They are definitely one of the artists that I know Henno doesn’t want to miss this year. I recently had a chat to the band about Mieliepop and a few other things. This is what they had to say: You guys are launching Love Machine the 27th of February. What can we expect? We’ve had an organic approach to this EP regarding songwriting. Everyone brought a…

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Francois Van Coke het sover ‘n baie goeie 2017. Hy het sy 2de solo album (“Hierdie Is Die Lewe”) vrygestel op die 2de Februarie en die SA Music Scene bietjie opgeshake met sy catch lyrics en soothing / rocking melodies. Hy het ook onlangs ‘n kick-ass show gespeel by Park Acoustics in Pretoria. Francois Van Coke en Jack Parow speel by die 2de edisie van Large On The Lawn in Johannesburg op die 26ste Februarie 2017. Die eerste edisie was ‘n moerse lekker jol. 4,000 mense het hulle self geniet en die musiek van Jeremy Loops en Matthew Mole geniet.…

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Shortstraw are having a good 2017 so far. They launched the Bowsie Foundation earlier this year and have already been doing what they do best: entertaining music lovers all over South Africa with their amazing live performances. In case you did not know, Shortstraw have been named as one of the artists who will be playing at Mieliepop 2017. I recently had a chat Alastair Thomas (the lead singer of the band) about the festival and a few other things. This is what he had to say: You have real done something special with your work with the Bowsie foundation.…

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What do you get when you add a sunny Mzansi Sunday, a lekker local line up and one of the most beautiful parks in Johannesburg? You get Large On The Lawn, Breakout Management and City Parks’ new mini concert series. It takes all the great elements of a day festival and turns it into one of the best lawn parties I have ever been to. This past Sunday was the first installment and this is what went down. 1 PM: GATES OPEN To be 100% honest with you, one of my greatest concerns when it comes to a festival is…

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It has been a while but I am back to bring you more of The Sound You Should Know on Running Wolf’s Rant. For those of you who missed the first edition: it’s basically a list of bands, videos and cool musical innovation that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Let me start by say Congrats, you survived another year and for sure wasn’t the biggest dick on the globe. Now go home and treat yourself with some nice flavoured conjac or even a glass of Dj Ale. Try adding Grammy-nominated neo-soul band The Internet. Imagine Alabama shakes endowed…

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Journalists and bloggers have a responsibility to keep the public in the loop. For the most part we get that right. You know what going down in parliament and with the #FeesMustFall movement. Even over the ocean, in the land of the free, it’s public knowledge that one of the Umpa-lumpas is now running the Willy Wonka factory that is the USA. Music on the over hand is a different domain. When it comes to local we are covered. New bands are given platforms and our radio stations are filled with new amazing sounds, but when it comes to the overseas this is not…

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Bands come and go. Some faster than your dusty tan and left over booze after Oppikoppi. But others stick around and blow your mind over and over again. Case and point example the Hellcats. These two Joburg guys, Alessandro Benigno (on drums and vocals) and Warwick Rautenbach (on guitar) have been klapping the living daylights out of fans around the country with their two piece, bare knuckle rock n roll outfit. Have a listen to their track, “Black Wolf” below to get an idea of their sound… I got the chance to chat with them (or someone with the same…

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I love South Africa. I was born here. Taught how to read, write, build a braai and drink brandy here. I have seen and cried though the ups and downs of rugby and cricket world cups but lately times are getting harder, warmer and easier for pessimism to kick in. In light of all this I think it’s time that we look at 4 of the reasons why you should fall back in love with South Africa. 1. Our local music scene: When I went to High school I thought South Africa was lacking greatly in talented bands. Given the…

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