A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
I really could not have started anywhere better than with these words of a remarkable man who played such an important part in the modern day history of South Africa.
Words that go to my and many peoples’ hearts all around the world!
Words that touch my heart and soul with a much greater resonance, now that I have been there and experienced SA for myself.
Maybe, more on the emotional side of my journey another day?
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Let me start with a powerful and emotional Deeep House track. This is a track that has had me hypnotized for the past week or so!
I’d just like to thank the important people involved in making our trip to SA possible and also most memorable.
Thank you Mundial and all the great people at CDT Joburg for making the trip possible for Generation Bass. I just wish we could have filmed it and had more time there because we went on quite an emotional journey too and not just a musical one.
Thanks also of course to my blog Partner Vince for the great company, fun and laughter on a journey that we won’t forget for quite some time.
As Vince already said yesterday, these guys run the great SLAGHUIS night, in Diepkloof which is a township and a part of Soweto.
What I LOVE about these dudes is that they’re keeping it real as their nights really do take place in da Hood!
Also thanks to our driver and trusted homie PROFF and also Peter in whose cottages we stayed
Ok, thank you’s are over, let’s get to the nitty gritty.
You can download and listen to a few great old skool Kwaito tunes whilst you’re reading this post. This is some of the stuff from a CD that I picked up off the streets of Jo’Burg! It’s just a taster of the past!
To be really honest with you, I have not had time to listen to many of the tracks on the CDs’ that I purchased and so I just randomly chose the first 4 -5 tracks that were on this particular CD!
NB: There’s loads of newer stuff that we will be blogging about in the coming weeks and putting an individual spotlight on some of the past, present and future rising stars of South African music.
Here’s a taster of something that’s been blowing my mind, the nu kid on the South African Deeep House Block!
CULOE DE SONG!
The album is just one of the best Deeep House albums I have ever heard, a CLASSIC!
Watch out for this kid and watch out for his tracks on my upcoming mix that I will be doing xclusively for the good folks at MIXCLOUD!
Ok, now back on to the daily log of our stay, which will be followed next week by more detailed individual posts on some of the artists we met including interviews.
So we get a great night’s sleep but quickly realize that we underestimated how cold it was going to be here.
I had only packed a couple of pairs of jeans and luckily a couple of hoodies but the rest was made up of t-shirts, vests, shorts, sandals and mosquito spray! ..lol….
I had been warned that it gets cold at night but nobody told me how cool it is during the day and so I never got to wear my shorts, vests or sandals, lucky for SA.
Worse still, I could not wear anything new anyway on the second day as I did not have my case as that was still stuck in Amsterdam and was not due to arrive until later that night on the next flight here.
So I had to make do with a free massive white t-shirt that came courtesy of the overnight bag which also thankully included a toothbrush and toothpaste too!
So it was not the best start to the week for me but I was not going to let that hold me back from enjoying myself!
We meet up with Enzo and Thabang at the CDT offices and we are introduced to the whole team which consists of 6 women. After formal introductions and brief conversations about roles and job duties which lasts approx an hour or so, we make arrangements to go and see our first appointment, Label Manager of Ghetto Ruff, Lance Stehr.
We go to the Ghetto Ruff offices which are situate in a very plush part of the city. The Studio Offices themselves are very swanky & plush with Porsche and Mercedes cars parked outside. Inside, the offices live up to the swankiness and plushness of the outside.
We meet with the Label Manager there, Lance Stehr, who has been running the label for around 20 years.
Lance gives us a guided tour of the offices which include an indoor swimming pool, several studio spaces where some of the label’s main artists are presently at work.
He provides us with a brief history of the label, it’s achievements and brief summary of artist profiles which include:
Prophets of da City
Lance also kindly plays us some videos and music of his past and present artists.
We then get to see some of the artists actually at work.
We see and hear some of Ishmael’s work in progress which incorporates elements of rap and afro pop.
Here’s some Prophets & Jozi for starters, more to follow next week:
We then go and see Ghetto Ruff’s current promising 22 year old newcomer DJ NKOH!
I’d suggest you take a note of that name because it’s a name you will hear more of in the imminent future as we were blown away with his sounds which incorporate the new rising House flava in SA, “The Durban Sound”!
His debut album is forthcoming and we were fortunate to hear some exclusive tracks from it which had us rocking and excited about this new sound. Amongst the tracks that I was really digging was one called “Kabishi”, man it’s a killa 😉 Will stream it next week.
Here’s another recent one, just check out this stuff!
We then arranged to meet up again with Ghetto Ruff on Wednesday night at their insistence as they wanted to throw a party in our honour, wow!
Loads of stuff on Ghetto Ruff in the coming weeks, watch this space!
ROOTZ AT THE BASSLINE
We went onto have some lunch and take in a bit of shopping before going onto our next event.
We attended the opening night of ROOTZ at The Basslines club, which is one of the major clubs in Jo’burg.
We enter a nice spacious little place with a stage and a bar. A hip hop Dj is already laying down some grooves which some peeps are feeling. It’s a Monday Night and it’s so encouraging to see the venue almost filled to capacity on the launch night.
So here we are, thousands of miles away from home, in South Africa, in the middle of Jo’Burg in a club on a Monday Night which is almost full listening to music, which includes a young lady spitting Erykah Badhu-esque lyrics over some fine hip hop beats.
She is followed by a local hip hop band who make their live debut with a couple of tracks. Not bad!
They are followed by soul/jazz singer who obvioulsy is trying to follow in the footsteps of a huge South African music icon, Brenda Fassie. She drops a few numbers, again which ain’t too bad.
After this there is another hip hop band called The Archetypes, who do a nice job on some backpack hiphop type stuff, although not very original in production and lyrics and then a rock/singer songwriter band follows who still have a long way to go. Not ready to leave the rehearsal space yet these guys… anyway, we leave and make our way back to the cottages and sleeeeeeppppp….
2morra, back to my bro’ from another mo’, Vince, who will continue with DAY 3!