December 1, 2007

POW Reflexions 2 – Muziek van de 21e eeuw


A series of concerts and festival around the POW Ensemble

POW Ensemble plays its two major programmes: a loud speaker performance “Speaking of the Speaker”, and the new programme with songs “Homage to Hazard”. More special projects are led by DNA, Guy Harries and Tom Tlalim. A musical meeting, in collaboration with STEIM, will take place between three virtuoso trombone players who make use of live electronics, each in very different ways. The series is closed by an extraordinary confrontation between Jacob van Eyck’s 17th century music and modern electric guitar.

The festival weekend (24-25 Nov) is marked by extraordinary performances, concerts, films and lectures, highlighting specific aspects of 21st century music. Short lectures/demonstrations are given by grand masters like graphic designer/video artist Jaap Drupsteen, musician/theater maker Peter Zegveld, Circuit Bender Gijs Gieskes and sound artist Horst Rickels.

A special version of John Cage’s Cartridge Music is performed, being the result of a series of workshops at the Koorenhuis by students under direction of DNA. And a rarely shown documentary by Aryan Kaganof, about the very first festival on electronic music in Africa: Unyazi of the Bushveld (2007).

Dates: November 24/25 (weekend festival),

Unyazi of the Bushveld

In september 2005 vond in Johannesburg voor de allereerste keer een festival voor elektronische muziek plaats. Belangrijke musici en componisten als Pauline Oliveros, Lukas Ligeti, George Lewis, Yannis Keriakides en Francisco Lopez traden op, naast Afrikanen als Zim Ngqwana, Louis Moholo, The Kalahari Surfer en de legendarische Egyptische componist Halim El-Dabh. Ook het POW Ensemble was van de partij met een speciale SA edition.

Filmer Aryan Kaganof, in Nederland bekender onder de naam Ian Kerkhof (Naar de Klote!) maakte een zeer originele documentaire over het Unyazi Festival, waarin beelden en de muziek van verschillende optredens worden gemixt tot een nieuw geheel.

this announcement first appeared on the website of donemus

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November 23, 2007


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November 22, 2007

the kalhari surfers

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from Zig Zag surf magazine early 80’s
first Kalahari Surfers press interview ever
after the release of “Burmimg Tractors Keep Us Warm”

November 14, 2007

unyazi of the bushveld cape town premiere


November 13, 2007

the Kalahari Surf Club , Makgadikgadi , Botswana

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November 9, 2007

poachers’ zebra foetus, kalahari

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pic by sarah calburn

November 7, 2007

a baby zebra killed by poachers in the kalahari

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November 6, 2007

when South Africa was United in its Division

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October 30, 2007

living in the heart of the beast

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I consider it the best South African album ever released:
From the opening metallic-abattoir screech to the final chanted warnings, Living In The Heart Of The Beast is a tirade at the apartheid government and its cultural apologists. Released at the height of the State of Emergency, it was banned and suppressed immediately and creator Warrick Sony fled to Europe.
A guitar-synth-percussion-brass studio creation stuffed with samples and tape-loops, warped by perspective inversions and technical trickery, twisted by sarcastic and satirical referencing, littered with broken rhythms and unsettling arrangements, LITHOTB is an extremely subversive statement on many levels. Not-rock, not-pop, not-jazz, not-electro, not-tribal, not-settler, not-anything-you’ve-ever-heard-before, totally original and yet shamelessly referencing all musics, it’s a genuine avant-garde masterpiece. A recurring theme, the alienation of the country’s ruling class, is amplified by surprise editing and a 3D production, which makes for an extremely disturbing aural experience imbued with a constant sense of threat and madness. Staring with it into the abyss in 1986, this record made me shit myself.

kevin breed

originally published on psykicks.net (a now defunct trance site)

October 28, 2007

delayed arrival of the soul

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October 25, 2007

army poetry #4: the wounded nation

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It will be expected that you
with big testicles
half way out of the ground
will live and work
In the hairy belief
that the bulbous almighty
onion God bird
determines the destiny
of nations
and will flutter around
clinging to the pricks
and peck at their national viewpoint
with advanced beaks
as prescribed by the word of God
make them bleed
the sperm flow traditions of
the wounded nation

October 23, 2007

army poetry #3

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The Large Wicked Bruise Person

Security I will sing of
and mercy
police judgment
electric unto thee
O shock Lord will i detain
whilst hands will behave
and feet
myself wisely chained together
in a perfect way
when walk interrogation
within my regional house
with, I’m told, a perfect heart
I will set evidence
no wicked inquest thing
on trade before detention work
of them that he has turned aside
it shall by the head not cleave
but assault
John square heart
foster my team
I will not show him
the large wicked bruise person

October 22, 2007

army poetry #2

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Stench of Cordite (warrick sony 1977)

There’s no doubt at all

that the stench of cordite

only a few minutes morning and evening

soon becomes as natural as breathing

and can work absolute wonders on that

Christian/carnage complexion

It’s simple really

we women can cover up our bodies

in exquisite earth fashions

and screw courage to the sticking place

We’ll not fail

dust and blood over our

rough hands

that’s the key

to looking young nipple-soft

and feminine

Neither children nor horses

Shape us nightly amid the haste

Of course we can do a great deal

To improve the aids available to us

But in the end what really matters is

How well we’ve looked after our miserable nation

Smiling hysterically

in my face

Citizen detained

daily skin care routine

For identification check

The coffin is carried

And we’re stuck with whatever

Nature decided to dish out to us

October 21, 2007

army poetry #1

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Invisible Combat Sister (warrick sony 1977)
Tropical farmer being dragged
with a handmade face that looks like
feet sat on in some junglehungfrog clearing
Eyes young
dead belly drawn in deeply
Swallowing aged webbed teeth
a mess of corrugated flesh
You wrap a lonely crew cut head in a cloth
shot boy thumbs knotting your brothers twining shreds
a finger missing and burning mouths
arranged on one hand in weird ethnic rows
brown paper
thin wrinkles
tucked in strait jacket
for the night

Sweet picture framed hell
baby’s necklace of love ears
sent home beads
the one stuffed dead animal girl
brought secret stripped meals
“Don’t look!”
He can feel too closely
her legs chasing elephant
feeling everything stiffly
to earth in the air

No more little sister tired remarks
chest thumping crash routine
they think the tree
through the window you posed
grabbing leaves you pull
you found her like that outside

so lonely wrap while laughing eyes
a head shot boy thumb for mommy
you do invisible combat sister
little kid troops
in their snapshot pictures don’t rot

October 19, 2007

Hunt on for Dube’s killers

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Sapa Published:Oct 19, 2007
Johannesburg police are looking for three men driving a blue VW Polo believed to have been involved in the murder of reggae star Lucky Dube, 43.
Dube was shot dead in a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, around 8.20pm on Thursday night, said police spokeswoman Captain Cheryl Engelbrecht.
The singer was travelling in a grey Chrysler with his two teenage children at the time.
Engelbrecht said Dube had dropped off his son and daughter, aged 15 and 16, when he was attacked. The killers fled the scene, leaving the musician’s car behind. The children were unhurt.
“His son was already out of the car. When he saw what was happening, he ran to ask for help.”
The boy was too traumatised to provide police with any information, she added.
Melvin Khumalo from Gallo Records – Dube’s recording company – was not willing to comment on the incident, saying the company was attending to Dube’s family.
Lucky Philip Dube was born in Ermelo, east of Johannesburg, on August 3, 1964. After a few failed pregnancy attempts by his mother Sarah, Lucky came into the world, according to an entry on his website, luckydubemusic.com.
His mother considered his birth so fortunate that she aptly named him ’Lucky’.
Born into a single parent family, times were tough for a black boy born into poverty under the Group Areas Act and the Pass Laws of the time.
Lucky’s parents had separated before he was born. His mother was the only breadwinner in the family and was forced to relocate to find work, leaving Lucky and his siblings, Thandi and Patrick, to be cared for by his grandmother.
With a father who drank heavily, Lucky was somewhat relieved he did not get to know his father when he was younger as he is certain it would have influenced him and swayed his career.
Lucky had only ever been drunk once, as a young boy, after being tricked at a party. So awful was the experience that he swore off alcohol, cigarettes and drugs completely.
He began working as a gardener at the age most children enter school. He later joined a school himself.
Although a clearly underprivileged child and despite being taught in Afrikaans, Lucky excelled and joined the school choir. He was a natural performer and when the choirmaster walked out of their practice one day, Lucky took over. His popularity amongst his teachers and peers grew dramatically and Lucky was now finding school to be a safe haven in his life, according to his website.
Dube went on to become a frontline artist in the reggae genre.
He recorded over 20 albums in a career spanning over 20 years. They included Rastas Never Die, Think About The Children, Soul Taker, Trinity and his latest, released in 2006, is called Respect.
He won over 20 awards for his music contribution locally and internationally.
The Pan Africanist Congress on Friday expressed its “shock and anger” at Dube’s “cold-blooded murder”.
“It signifies yet again how much criminals disregard human life,” said party co-ordinator Modini Maivha.
“We pass our condolences to Lucky’s family and the families of other victims of violent crime in the country. We call on the government to empower citizens… by releasing crime statistics regularly.
“This will enable us to appreciate the levels of crime and galvanise South Africans to do more to help our under-resourced police force.”
The African Christian Democratic Party also sent its condolences to Dube’s family and called for the reinstatement of the death penalty.
The party’s Western Cape representative Hansie Louw said in a statement: “Will the death penalty not reduce the senseless killings? There is no respect for life.”

October 16, 2007


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October 2, 2007

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September 29, 2007

high points of my singles collection

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I wonder if they’re still singing the same tune. Of course it helps when Government are subsidising you.1388.jpg1389.jpg

September 28, 2007

high points of my singles collection

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A bit of nostalgic audio history : The deafening silence was the
Rhodesian response to the worlds lack of interest in the atrocities committed by the Zimbabwean liberation movement, in this case Joshua Nkomos Patriotic Front’s shooting down of a passenger plane and killing most of the 18 people who’d survived the crash. 1372.jpg1373.jpg1374.jpg

September 27, 2007

high points of my singles collection

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I’ve been collecting 70’s and 80’s Rhodesian and South African vinyl propaganda
here are a few classics (I’m looking for my PW Botha single which I’ll post next ) :

September 18, 2007

on the “burning man” phenomenon

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I know that I am going to be hated for saying this but BURNING MAN has got to be one of the most unintelligent things to be imported into our country ever.
With its ” Africa Burns” banner it asks for a pummelling. Do they not know where we come from?


August 20, 2007

a helping hand for jah

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The South African Army and Air Force helped defeat the Italian army of the Fascist Benito Mussolini that had invaded Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia) in 1935. During the 1941 East African Campaign South African forces made important contribution to this early Allied victory.

August 17, 2007

reworking picasso: retired bluesman

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