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Get ready for Post Malone–and a whole second day with more surprises
We didn’t get to go to Castle Lite Unlocks Chance the Rapper last year but the brand behind everyone’s favourite beer is making up for it with a beefier show than ever.
For 2019, Castle Lite has unlocked Post Malone and something new: a 2-day festival. The new format Castle Lite Unlocks was announced Wednesday (3 April) at a press event in Newtown hosted by Moozlie and DJ Warras (there was also a simultaneous Durban launch).
But it was more than just a ‘here’s who Castle Lite is unlocking–see you in June and have a nice day’ kind of vibe. The day kicked off with a launch of Castle Lite’s first-ever pop-up shop. After the pop-up shop was opened, it was announced that Castle Lite Unlocks will return to the TicketPro Dome from 17-18 June.
Why Post Malone? Apart from being a “Rockstar,” the man’s got the credentials to back it up. He had the year’s biggest debut and a record-breaking streaming numbers and is hip hop’s biggest name right now.
But there was more to be unlocked. On Day 1, expect to be entertained by Sway Colloway, Riky Rick, Nasty C, Rouge, Ayanda MVP, DJ PH and Moozlie. Also, if you think you deserve to be unlocked by Castle Lite in the years to come, Sway will be hosting the first ever Sway Cyphers in South Africa. So get there and get known.
“As a brand, Castle Lite consistently sets out to connect with our consumers and ensure that we understand how their world and passions continue to evolve,” Castle Lite Brand Director, Silke Bucker says. “Our consumers are at the centre of our innovation and we are honoured to be able to solidly contribute to the Hip Hop culture. Through strategic efforts, we have recognised the value and growth that the brand has gone through with and within this dynamic culture.”
“Our collaborations within the hip hop industry have expanded beyond music and our partnership with designer GalxBoy on Fashion, sneaker curator DM Customs on our limited edition sneakers and Sway Calloway on our day 1 are additions to the Castle Lite Unlocks experience that showcase how much we have evolved. We are anticipating a ground-breaking experience this year and looking forward to unlocking another first for Africa and the brand.”
Tickets for the Castle Lite Unlocks two-day experience will be available from WebTickets at 12 noon on Thursday, 4 April 2019 for both day one and two of the Castle Lite Unlocks experience. Ticket prices for Day 1 are R250 and Day 2 concert ticket prices start at R790. Limited two-day tickets are also available.
In case you missed our wall-to-wall coverage of the Travis Scott show, check it out here.
Seize The City took over Andclub in Newtown with its strongest lineup yet: FAKA, Lelowhatsgood, Boity and Siobhan Bell, among others
If you ask anyone who knows anything about drinking alcohol, that person probably has a handful of bad stories to tell directly related to tequila. That may explain why the world’s No. 1 tequila, Jose Cuervo, started the Seize The City parties.
Seize The City is a series of underground parties which take place in what may, on face value, appear to be the dingiest of areas Johannesburg has to offer. The first (and last) one I attended was at the Old Park Station structure just off Mandela Bridge. It was grungy, it was dirty and it was a lot of fun. But I don’t have much else to offer from my memory.
Fast forward to Sunday, 14 October at Andclub and it felt like being introduced to the party for the very first time. Consider this outstanding lineup: Lelowhatsgood to open with his cuntiest set yet, FAKA to follow with a show that felt like the gay agenda sermon delivered from a pulpit in a ghetto fabulous tavern, and the UK’s own DJ Siobhan Bell transforming the building into a mosh pit and then surprising everyone with a special guest performance “Wuz Dat” by Boity.
It’s almost as though this edition of Seize The City aimed for quality over quantity and hit the mark. The intimate Andclub space was graced with important names including Nao Serati, Thebe Magugu, Rich Mnisi, Trevor Stuurman, Ben Moyo, DJ Bigger Nzuza and Dr Sivuyile Madikana.
I spent most of my evening with one of the aforementioned guests (in the interest of not forcing an unapproved public endorsement of the event on then, I won’t disclose which one) who made sure to tell me, more than once, that this was the most important event in Johannesburg. Thinking about it on the night and writing this piece out right now confirms it. Name one party with so many important people and so many remarkable performers? Forget this influencer gigs–these are the nights that matter.
In case you missed it or are in the mood to relive it, peep FAKA, Lelowhatsgood, Boity and Siobhan Bell’s performances below.
Mlindo The Vocalist’s ‘Emakhaya’ comes at just the right time
Just like R&B in the 00s, afropop has had a hard time keeping up with an incredibly volatile music climate. With forebears like Mafikizolo looking further north to incorporate West and East African influences to their sound, a tangible dearth has been left here at home.
The genre received a handy resurgence with the arrival of Sun El Musician’s Africa to the World but even that made a healthy compromise between afropop and traditional house. Enter Mlindo.
Discovered by DJ Maphorisa on Twitter, the artist who officially goes by the name, Mlindo The Vocalist offers the pivot to the next generation of afropop with his debut, Emakhaya.
At a private album launch event at The Orbit in Braamfontein, Mlindo revealed that he was in Grade 8 in 2009. That would likely make him my age: 25. At 25, his album is loaded with the kind of subject matter my uncles and aunts would want to bop to on a slow Sunday.
Songs like title track “Emkhaya,” “Mosadi,” “Usukulude,” and “Wamuhle,” try to rationalise love with a very mature outlook. It’s as if Mlindo were declaring, ‘I love you and that’s all that matters. So tell me what we’re going to do now?’ He even gets help from maskandi heavyweight, Shwi Nomtekhala on “Wamuhle,” a lamentation about the one who got away.
Also at his launch, he acknowledges he put some songs on their that may speak more to his age. Smash hit single, “Amablesser” makes an early appearance on the album with day one collaborator, Maphorisa. Kwesta, Thabsie and brother, Sfeesoh wrap things up with the ever-infectious, “Macala.” More than that, Vyno Miller assists with “Cold Summer” and “Mosadi” switching the album’s sound up with a trap infusion which, surprisingly, works very well.
To Mlindo, he made a strong debut worthy of its weight in gold. To afropop, he’s done the job of giving it a much needed lifeline. The fanfare it once boasted is back home where it belongs, and that’s what makes Emakhaya special.
Stream Mlindo’s Emakhaya via Apple Music below or via your favourite platform here.
After blasting onto the mainstream with ‘Injayam Vol. 1,’ DJ Sliqe is activating his Super Saiyan mode with the release of Navy Black
The thing about DJ Sliqe is that his demeanour is very deceptive. When he walks into a room, he’s very unassuming but this has nothing to do with timidity. These waters run very deep. This is a young guy who’s come out the gates swinging proving himself with his feature-filled Injayam Vol. 1 debut and is now ready to do it again.
I got to interview Sliqe at his label, Sony Music’s HQ and over 30 minutes, we tracked everything from the unprecedented success of “Do Like I Do” to how we skipped Injayam Vol. 2 to get Navy Black. There’s even time to talk the difference in roles of a DJ and producer and whether or not kwaito is dead.
His answers were candid — at one point he prefixed an answer with “Let me break the ice for you” — and his demeanour is so sure of itself it deceives you as disinterest. But it all makes sense when you listen to Navy Black, an 11-track window into Mzonkonko, a signature sound he’s working on switching the world on to.
He’s gotten a little bit ahead of himself with this new sound and so Navy Black is the bridge to it while we wait. This by no means suggests you should expect a half-baked album. If Navy Black was all hip hop dancefloors in clubs ever played for the rest of this year, they’d be sorted. It’s that good.
You can stream Navy Black via Apple Music here while you watch scenes from our exclusive interview below.
DJ Sliqe on the success of “Do Like Do”
DJ Sliqe on the success of "Do Like Do" - YouTube
DJ Sliqe on the role of a producer versus a DJ
DJ Sliqe on the role of a producer versus a DJ - YouTube
DJ Sliqe on how he picks his features
DJ Sliqe on how he picks his features - YouTube
DJ Sliqe explains his signature genre, Mzonkonko
DJ Sliqe explains his signature genre, Mzonkonko - YouTube
Why we got Navy Black before Injayam Vol. 2
DJ Sliqe explains why we got Navy Black before Injayam Vol. 2 - YouTube
The use of live instruments on Navy Black
DJ Sliqe on the use of live instruments on Navy Black - YouTube
DJ Sliqe plays his favourite Navy Black songs
DJ Sliqe plays his favourite Navy Black songs - YouTube
DJ Sliqe plays unreleased track from soon-to-come album
DJ Sliqe plays unreleased track from soon-to-come album - YouTube
Mandela 100 Global Citizen concert brings Beyonce, Jay Z to South Africa this December
This is not a drill: Beyonce is coming to Johannesburg on 2 December. And so is Jay Z, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid. They’ll be joining Cassper Nyovest and Sho Madjozi at the Mandela 100 edition of the Chris Martin’s Global Citizen festival.
Just like all the Global Citizen festivals the world over, fans will need to earn tickets by doing good i.e. performing social advocacy in their communities.
The Mandela 100 Festival, in partnership with the House of Mandela, will serve as the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long Be the Generation campaign, inspired by the revered former leader of South Africa and his lifelong dedication to rallying people together to use their collective voices to speak for the most marginalised people.
For “Quarantine,” Gyre’s first music video, he enlisted as much family as he could both behind and in front of the camera
Last week, only a day before the end of Pride Month, Gyre released his very first music video in the form of Queernomics cut, “Qaurantine.” It proved to be a solid visual debut for an artist whose had the privilege of time to find himself creatively, and it shows in the video. It only made sense to capture the moments behind capturing the video for the sake of nostalgia and posterity.
“Quarantine” was shot on 23 June on the base floor level of a Wits University block, with additional shots filmed in a driveway close by. The video benefits from the direction of Tutu Zondo (who also makes his music video directorial debut), a longtime friend and collaborator of Gyre’s. In possibly the most sentimental production move, Gyre’s own best friend, Thulani Maphasa was on hand as assistant director.
If it isn’t clear to you by now, the “Quarantine” shoot was a family affair. Take, for example, the fact that the entire video was shot by Blaq Rebel Media Studio’s J-Word Audio, the man responsible for producing a number of Gyre hits, including, “Quarantine” itself.
That concludes family behind the camera but Gyre wasn’t going to let it stop there. Cameos by Mr Allofit, Lelowhatsgood, iindirhe and more all litter the video to create that all-important underground party feel.
Boys Are Delicious but they’re also resilient. Give Mr Allofit, Gyre or Caddy a mic, and they’ll bring their A-game 100% of the time, come what may
I’m very easy. Tell me you’re running an event that highlights and celebrates queer bodies and I’m sold. That was my initial interest in Boys Are Delicious, a new musical showcase now in its second edition which takes place at 1 Central Shisanyama in Newtwon, Johannesburg.
It didn’t hurt that on the lineup was Mr Allofit, Gyre and Caddy; three queer artist who I’ve been following over the last six months or so. They can easily be packaged as Joburg’s queer artist trifecta thanks to their multiple collaborations both in studio and on stage, and not to mention the fact that they each exist on unique positions on the masculine-feminine spectrum of queer sexual expression.
The three of these artists were the best thing about Boys Are Delicious, not least because for all intents and purposes, the event did little to respect them and their very necessary artistry. The sound was obnoxious at best and an in-ear bleed at worst with incessant feedback from the excessively blaring amps with mic dropouts to match.
Queer bodies already have a hard enough time just existing in the world. If we’re going to put on events to celebrate them, we need to work twice as hard to make sure that they’re half as good as their cis-het counterparts. Boys Are Delicious fails on this critical point.
No indication at this time about when a follow-up of Boys Are Delicious will take place. Should it happen, its incumbent on organisers to produce a flawless show worth the weight of its iconic performers’ in gold.
Until then, we will continue to support queer artists and do all we can to protect them and their artistry. Right now, you can view footage of Mr Allofit, Gyre and Caddy’s Boys Are Delicious performances below — bearing in mind aforementioned sound issues.
Caddy used his Boys Are Delicious performance to flow through fan favourites – “Thel’amanzi,” “Tonight (Blow It Up)” – and debut a new, as-yet unreleased single called, “Whyling”.
Caddy: Live at Boys Are Delicious - YouTube
Gyre rips through his queer-normalising, straight-for-the-jugular hits like “Eat My Ass” and “Ikunzimalanga” at this June 2018 edition of Boys Are Delicious. Also look out for a special performance of “Eyes on You” with Mr Allofit.
Gyre: Live at Boys Are Delicious - YouTube
It’s not quite the Mr Allofit Show but it has all the features to match. Mr Allofit treats the Boys Are Delicious crowd to a 360 of his discography beginning with early hit, “Coffee Shop,” delivering his verse on the recently released “One and the Same” with Gigi Lamayne, and debuting his new single, “UberX”.
With Vogue Nights Jozi, Lelowhatsgood unites queer Joburg in a way that has never been done before
By his own account, Vogue Nights Jozi is “a start of a particular revolution – one that places bodies of gay, transgender men and women, non-binary, bisexual, lesbian, femme and queer-identifying folks into the front the nightlife spaces that cater so little for the community.”
What Zane Lelo Meslani — popularly known as Lelowhatsgood — together with Woke Arts achieved on 29 June at the J&B Hive was uniting queer Johannesburg in a way that has never been done before.
The streets of Braamfontein are notorious for being anti-queer and especially femme at their worst. But in this hive in the centre of the world, the queers were alright to be the most heightened forms of themselves as they could ever imagine.
Vogue Nights Jozi - YouTube
To read more on the inspiration and necessitation behind Vogue Nights Jozi, head over to lelowhatsgood.com.