Bio: Lynsey Chutel would like nothing more than to cook, garden, read, write and take photographs. But since none of those things pay much, and she can't sit still anyway, she is a freelance journalist and researcher living in Johannesburg
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It’s here! The official trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk to Freedom, is out. The film stars the lovely Idris Elba as the towering icon, Nelson Mandela. Naomie Harris takes up the role of the graceful yet fiery Winnie Mandela. The trailer was released just as reports surfaced that the ailing anti-Apartheid icon was slowly recovering after more than a month in hospital.
A British, production, the film attempts to capture the scope of Madiba’s life and is based Mandela’s 630-page autobiography. The casting was met with mixed reviews with some critics wondering if Elba could play a convincing Mandela – frankly any attempt at playing Nelson Mandela is dicey with South African audiences disapproving of everyone from Terrence Howard to Danny Glover playing South Africa’s first democratically elected President (Morgan Freeman got a pass a in Clint Eastwoods Invictus, though).
Playing Winnie Mandela may be even more daunting. The former first lady is on record saying she’d prefer a South African actress and avoids any biopics not produced in South Africa. On hearing that Jennifer Hudson would be playing her in the film Winnie, Madikizela-Mandela suggested a list of local actresses instead. South Africa’s history is just as tricky to capture in film, with local audiences criticising Invictus for everything from incorrect rugby references to turning South Africa’s post-Apartheid tensions into an inaccurate fairytale.
Long Walk to Freedom may have a mountain to climb before it even makes it to cinemas at the end of the year. The film’s producers seem optimistic – they’re releasing in right in time for Oscar consideration. While the American trailer promises more action, the UK trailer seems a little more reflective.
Watch both and tell us what you think!
Who doesn’t love a continental bash?! And the MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu Natal is turning into exactly that. Organisers love throwing around the phrase “all stars” but this time they actually mean it. In just a few days Durban’s beachfront Moses Mabhida stadium will put some of the continent’s best stars on the same stage thanks to the MTVBase and the KwaZulu Natal Province.
Headlining act, the man formerly known as D-O-Double-Jizzle, has performed here a few times before but it’s the first time he’s coming in the form of his latest musical reincarnation, Snoop Lion. As excited as we are to see the West Coast rap veteran, we’re glad this won’t be a gig aimed only at the 80s babies.
The cool kids of Africa’s pop scene will be all over this. Nigeria’s international golden boy D’Banj will be on stage in his all his kokomaster swag. Fresh from his first wedding anniversary and the release of his latest album Away and Beyond, Nigerian superstar 2Face will also have the ladies swooning (as he does so well).
Camp Mulla is representing Kenya’s 2-5-Flow while the DRC’s biggest musical export Fally Ipupa is also on stage. Rounding out the southern tip of the continent will be South Africa’s answer to Tracy Chapman and overnight megastar
Zahara, and Durban’s own Professor, Big Nuz and the choirmaster himself Zakes Bantwini.
Doors for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion open at 17:00 CAT on Saturday 18 May, and the first performance starts at 18:30 CAT.
To win a set of double tickets to this awesome gig, like our Facebook page and drop us a comment. The winners will be announced on Thursday 16 May. Good luck!
This year’s Bushfire Festival line up is enough reason for any music lover to make their way to the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland. Here are just five of the artists we’re looking forward to seeing.
The international headlining act is Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. Around since 2001, Bomba Estéreo describe their music as ‘electro tropical’, combining traditional Colombian, African and Caribbean rhythms of champeta and cumbia infused with Bogota’s underground electronic
dance beats. The band has already made a name for themselves on the festival circuit – Coachella, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot and we’re certain their first African festival debut will be well received.
A live act to look out for is Ghanaian-Swiss Joy Frempong. Under the stage-name OY, Frempong combines hip-hop, jazz, electronica and improvisational art. Her debut album, First Box Then Walk is a collection of 27 tracks based on her own and friends’ childhood memories. The nostalgic narratives tell stories of childhood fears of trolls, witches and kittens.
BFG are three letters dropped by the trendsetters and tastemakers as the band to watch. Big Fkn Gun is a South African outfit that has garnered a large following with alternative music lovers underground and online. Hailing from Durban, BFG defy pop genres by combining Zulu rhymes over deconstructed dub, house and hip-hop beats.
You already know of our fondness for the wildly popular The Soil, the 4-member “Kasi Soul” acapella singing group, or at least you should. We ran a story and photo feature on them last year.
Black Motion is a duo, from Soshanguve made up of Thabo Smol (Percussionist) and DJ Rob Murda. In their short three-year recording career they’ve captured the attention of dance music followers not only in South Africa but also in Angola and Kenya (where they performed last month). On stage Black Motion blends DJ music spinning with live percussions that brings energy to any event.
Other exciting acts to look out for include the experimental artistic force The Brother Moves On, super DJ Euphonik, Cameroonian singer Erik Aliana and his band Koronga Jam. Stay tuned to Afripopmag as we introduce you to more acts at the 2013 MTN Bushfire Festival.
The festival takes place May 31 to June 2.
From the hilarious wit to that megawatt smile and of course those guitar strings, Tats Nkonzo has very quickly become one of South Africa’s favourite comedians.
Nkonzo has come from being a contestant to hosting one of the country’s biggest rea
lity shows. He first made an appearance as a top 24 finalist on South African Idol, then showed his funny side as a finalist on the first season of So You Think You’re a Comic. This year Nkonzo became the loveable host of South Africa’s Got Talent. Nkonzo has since carved a niche for himself as a singing comedian. Every week he sings South Africa’s political and social ups and downs in a regular feature called the morale index on the hit news satire show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.
And now he’s headlining his first Comedy Central Africa gig. This week, Nkonzo will see his name in lights with Comedy Central Presents Tats Nkonzo Live at Parker’s. Nkonzo and his guitar will be flanked by some of South African comedy’s stars. The man known as the Flying Dutchman, Afrikaans comedian Hannes Brümmer has been a member of Joe Parker’s Improv Express since 2005 and will be one of the acts on stage. Actor and radio presenter Darren Maule will reprise his stand-up mic on the night along with the rising comedy star who is fast becoming known for his one liners, Eureka Nkese.
To celebrate with the singing comedian, we asked Nkonzo to compile a playlist of the five songs that have become the soundtrack of his life.
Casanova – Celsius
I was in a duo at school, Celsius. My friend played guitar, I sang. We wrote this song and it was really good. Everybody loved it. I still have friends who sing it back to me to this day.
Mr. Wendal – Arrested Development
The first rap song I ever memorized. This song got me into hip-hop, which got me my street cred throughout primary and high school.
The theme song from The Terminator
Best soundtrack ever. Forget Mufasa dying in Lion King, I cried when Arnold went down into the hot larva in Terminator 2.
In This Moment – We Will Worship
I was listening to this song when I decided to resign from my job and become a full-time comedian.
The theme song from Martin
Martin Lawrence was the guy who introduced me to funny. I loved the show and the song made me happy. Before the show aired in South Africa, I’d never laughed that hard in my life, ever.
See Comedy Central Presents Tats Nkonzo viagra 100mg Live at Parker’s at Parker’s Comedy Club in Johannesburg on Wednesday November 27 at
Want to be part of the live audience? To win tickets to the gig, just leave a comment on our wall telling us just one of the songs from your life’s soundtrack!
The Brickfields Musical Festival steers clear of mainstream sounds. The left-of-centre line-up showcases alternative South African talent is a refreshing change from what has become the city’s standard Saturday night scene.
Multiple stages mean S
outh Africa’s musical innovators will be in one spot for one night: the notorious Carfax in downtown Johannesburg. Afrikaans punk rock band Van Coke Kartel, rapper Tumi and the afro-futurist himself Spoek Mathambo will share the Live Stage.
the Brickfields festival so exciting is that you move from amazing acoustic acts to getting lost in the electronic sounds of acts like Das Kapital on the Red Bull Sound System.
Deep house and techno lovers will certainly gravitate toward the TOY TOY stage. Electronica heavyweight Felix Laband headlines this stage with vocalist Monique Pascal and DJ Ivan Turanjanin get together to assume their Space Time Continuum guise.
The Mielie Beat Bar promises to unite beat slingers, hip hop turntablists and a solid line-up of drum ‘n bass DJs. Capetonian trio Mix ‘n Blend will share the stage with a trio of Jo’burg’s Tha Cutt, DJ Soosh and DJ Hamma. Brickfields is a chance for artistes to express their creativity outside of the norm but we think it’s the audience who will have an extraordinary Saturday night.
Stop by our comments section and tell us who you’re looking forward to seeing at the festival and we’ll give you a set of double of tickets!
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The marquees are down and the ramps folded up, but for four days the Mercedes Benz African Fashion Week created a whirlwind of fabrics, textures, prints and beautiful people. With dozens of African designers converging on Johannesburg it’s hard to pi
ck a favourite, but then again fashionistas
didn’t have to because they were spoiled for choice.
Every designer certainly owned this season’s African print trend. The continents rich fabrics have been splashed all over European and American collections for at least three seasons. Back in Johannesburg it was exciting and heartening to see African designers own their heritage and repurpose it for Africans of a next generation.
Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar was singled out by Vanity Fair’s style and fashion editor Michael Roberts for his collection. “The clothes were beautifully made and had a modern take on Africanism. Print was used with restraint,” said Roberts. Dismayed by the endless cocktail parties, the American critic was less than enthused by South African fashion’s love of bling. With a quick sashay, South African designer David Tlale brushed aside Roberts’ criticism saying international critics just didn’t get Africa. Fresh from New York Fashion Week, Tlale relied on his love of black to bring the drama.
As Tlale and his contemporaries prove, African designers don’t only have prints to offer the world. Ivorian designer Elie Kuame also brought his elegant artistry. The young designer has made his mark in Paris in only a few years and his clever use of prints, from dramatic skirts to leotards, maintains a dedication to his Ivorian and Lebanese roots. Congolese Tina Lobondi was equally elegant – her prints were daring in tulip and peplum skirts while her white shift dresses were clean with a bold applique.
Still, younger designers played with prints. Tanzania-born Johannesburg based designer Anisa Mpungwe’s use of prints was fun in shorts and dresses, but it was her simple blacks and whites that really caught the eye. Cameroonian designer Kibenon also made a splash with prints. The New York City-based designer came to Johannesburg with the mission to corner the South African market. Ever the smart businesswoman, Kibenon hooked slots on local television and newspapers.
Established designers didn’t pass on the chance to showcase their work at the still fledgling African Fashion Week. Veteran Zimbabwean designer Joyce Chimanye also brought her eco-friendly label Zuvva to Johannesburg. Chimanye created Zuvva, meaning “Sun” in Shona in 1994 and continues to export her countries print to the world in a contemporary cut.
South Africa’s grand dame of fashion, Marianne Fassler has been doing leopard print long before the animal print made its return a few seasons ago. This time she added trendy neon’s to her signature spots. Fassler’s plastic and wool crochet was a striking nod to a traditional local method.
With two decades of design of under her trendy belt, Nigerian Deola Sagoe told her African story through cuts rather than prints. With bold metallic, Sagoe recreated the traditional Nigerian silhouette with billowing sleeves and narrow floor-length skirts.
Feel free to drool over their collections here…
Taking us along on the journey to his third album, K’Naan has released a mini-documentary. The Somali-born rapper and musician’s latest offering Country, God or the Girl features verified Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, Keith Richards and Bono
but it seems K’Naan is still coming to terms with his own super stardom.
In the seven minute documentary, K’Naan shares that once he moved to Toronto, Canada he learned English by absorbing Nas’ legendary album Illmatic verse by verse. Nas also makes an appearance on Country, God or the Girl, as does fellow Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado. The real moment that the impact of his success dawns on him is when K’Naan waves the Somali flag while performing his hit Waving Flag at the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony in South Africa. (Although the folk at This Is Africa pour cold water over the rapper’s current album, blaming this exact song for his effectively, falling off…)
The documentary’s most poignant moments come when the rapper also shares his first return to Mogadishu in nearly twenty years. He lands in the country of his birth during Somalia’s second worst famine since the 1980s but K’Naan draws on the hope of people struggling to survive and that’s ultimayely what he hopes the Country, God or the Girl will deliver.
The mini-documentary, produced in collaboration with Rolling Stone magazine is worth watching. We first learned about K’Naan’s short film via The Root.