OMC ONLINE EXTRA by TATIANA BAEZ
UK singer songriter KT Tunstall is in SA to perform at the Parklife series of events. ONE MUSIC CITY asked her a few questions about her career, music and life in general.
“I have always felt passionate about the protection of natural environment, and I also feel that the safety, education and support of kids is of the utmost importance for a happier world.”
FEW people know that Cape hip-hop icon and activist Emile YX? is a qualified school teacher who has created a hip-hop school for some of the youth from Lavender Hill. It has become the Heal the Hood Projects Practical Hip Hop School, called “Mixed Mense”.
This year, the school starts its second of a three-year course, created by Emile, who is from the group Black Noise and a judge on the etv dance show, Step Up or Step Out.
THE third edition of the popular Cape Town Electronic Music Festival will run from 04 February to 09 Feb- ruary 2014.
Workshops, showcases and satellite events will precede the main music festival, which will be held at the Grand Parade. Headliners were announced via social media in December 2013 – three of the 13 high-profile acts comprising the first announcement are deep-house don Dixon (Germany), drum ’ n bass trio Noisia (Netherlands) and hip-hop pioneer DJ The Original Jazzy Jay (US).
Other acts announced include American house producer Justin Martin, UK bass hero Benga, a collaborative performance from local stars Jullian Gomes and Culoe De Song, one of South Africa’s most successful trance exports, DJ/producer Protoculture, Black Coffee, Dirty Paraffin, Haezer, Portable (UK), J-Phlip (US) and Crazy White Boy.
CAPE Town is a city that is home to an array of local and skilled musicians. But with comparatively few local venues hosting live music, it may be challenging for music enthusiasts who prefer live acoustic music to find a setting that appeals to them.
Events like Folk N Wild at the Alma Café in Rosebank – an intimate venue that trans- forms into a theatre-like environment at night – are premiere hotspots to catch these acoustic indie-folk fringes.
Loudspeakers are directly located in the front and back of the venue to maximise the effect of the uncooked vocals and performances by both big names and bright newcomers in the Cape Town acoustic scene.
THE first edition of ONE MUSIC CITY was launched on 10 June 2013, with a cover picture of, and story about, the iconic Zayn Adam. On that occasion, I was lucky enough to be the one to write the story about his retrospective show, Thru the Years, which was taking place at the Roxy Revue Bar at the time.
This week, we return to the Roxy for our cover story as another legend of South Africa music starts her own run of a retrospective show. PJ Powers – Penelope Jane Dunlop – will tell her story in a show called Firefly, at the same venue and in the same format.
It’s always fascinating to hear veteran artists tell their own stories. As their fans and followers, we tend to imprint many of our own values and experiences onto their music, and when these are held up against the artist’s own memory of the events that led up to those songs or events, it often adds a different colour to our memories.
It is also deeply inspirational to see that the artists themselves have continued to be creative and explorative with their art, driving down new and sometimes unexpected pathways fearlessly. They are – and should be – our inspirations, not least because they’ve often had to face countless challenges to their credibility, craft, self-image and ambitions along the way.
Hearing their story is an act borne out of respect for me, which is why I suppose, I do this job.