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Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Anthony Bourdain goes to South Africa

In a recent episode of his CNN "Parts Unknown," the American chef and writer Anthony Bourdain traveled to South Africa. In my mind at least, this episode was long overdue and in fact, I've even said so on this blog in the past. The episode focuses on Gauteng Province (Johannesburg and Pretoria), signaling to a desire on...

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

When W magazine went to Johannesburg

Praise be to W magazine for its vanguardism! They have finally and single-handedly put the rest of the world on to how hip, cosmopolitan, and modern the city of Johannesburg truly is! At long last someone has...

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

You no longer need to be white to feel like a tourist in South Africa

What do you do as a South African tourist industry when the promised surge in visitors after the World Cup fails to materialize? You move your aim, target the local ‘upcoming individuals, independent couples and families’, draw...

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The Sound of Johannesburg

South African artists BLK JKS and Athi-Patra Ruga provide this month’s mixtape for the Italian architecture, art and design magazine Domus (other mixtapes in the past gave us musical snapshots of Buenos Aires, London, Melbourne, Milan, Harlem...

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Music Break

Not the official video for BLK JKS‘s Zol!”

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Shook Magazine Goes South

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

100% African Rock

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Weekend Links

Things I have read quickly, seen or watched, listened to, been forwarded, did not really have the time to think about properly, here for your reading pleasure: * On Freedom Day, last Tuesday, South Africa’s government released...

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Weekend Links

Stuff I missed or was too tired to give adequate attention to over the last few days: * Great commentary on the proposed Hollywood biopic of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson as the mother of the nation....

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Blk Jks, Molalatladi

The editing and cinematography for music videos by South African music acts keep on improving.. Take this new music video for the song “Molalatladi” by Johannesburg rockers, Blk Jks. Directed by Chell Stephen it is incorporates clips...

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Music / BLK JKS, ‘Lakeside’

Esquire lists “Lakeside,” the first single of South African rock group, BLK JKS, among its list of “The 10 Best Song You Didn’t Hear This Year”: South Africa’s rebellious BLK JKS have jumbled tribal (sic) chants, churning...

Friday, December 11th, 2009

MUSIC / VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BLK JKS

Short video interview by Afropop of Johannesburg rock group, BLK JKS (you know I like their music) about their new album, “After Robots.” (Interview was uploaded last month).

Friday, November 27th, 2009

MUSIC / BLK JKS, “SUMMERTIME”

It’s getting colder in New York City.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

MUSIC: BLK JKS LIVE IN MANHATTAN TONIGHT

One of my favorite bands, the Johannesburg alt-rockers, BLK JKS, who seem like part-time New Yorkers (they’re here all the time) are playing lower Manhattan tonight. It’s free. If you can’t go (I can’t–babysitting), enjoy this video...

Friday, August 14th, 2009

‘THE 20 BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR THUS FAR’

“Lakeside,” the EP of Johannesburg band, BLK JKS, is number 3 on SPIN Magazine’s “20 Best Albums of the Year … Thus Far.”  On its blog SPIN editors write “… This strange, fascinating EP dramatizes the desperate...