A short look into the life and challenges of a small NGO, One Love Skate Expo, run by Kabelo Tshilwane from the Drill Hall premises in Johannesburg.
If you’re in Johannesburg on June 21st go check out this event celebrating “Go Skateboarding Day 2015”.
Faith 47 Equinox Release.
20 March 2015.
Los Angeles: 10am
New York: 1pm
The second in a collectable series of intimate books and screen prints.
THE HIDDEN YEARS :: VOLUME TWO
A compilation of photographs taken in the Karoo, Beijing, Jerusalem, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Melun, Rochester, Kathmandu, Los Angeles, Miami, Durban, Bangkok, Malmö, Antanarivo, Madrid, Wuhan, Rome, Missouri and Gaeta.
A5 size, 80 pages.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.
BLEED :: SCREEN PRINT
5 layer screenprint on Stardream Antique Gold.
12 x 15 cm.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.
Click here to order.
Witchfest Open Air 2015
2 to 6 April 2015 will see the biggest metal festival ever to take place on African soil. Witchfest Open Air 2015 #WFOA2015 will be held at the Klein Koperaal Farm just outside Johannesburg and will feature some of the biggest international names in the metal world with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Epica and Decapitated (to name just a few) joining the bill. This ensemble of international metal awesomeness will also be supported by the very best the South African metal scene has to offer.
The legendary Jim Rose will be MC along with Marq Vas from South African metal legends Metalmorphosis.
The festival is set to make history as the first of its kind in South Africa.
The Kalashnikovv Gallery in Johannesburg has a Continue reading “Upcoming Exhibitions at Kalashnikovv”
NoiseFix is proud to announce that metallic hardcore outfit Ashes from Leuven, Belgium will be embarking on their first South African tour.
The tour kicks of at Schiva’s Rock in Pretoria on January 29th, after which Ashes will tour the country ending at R.O.A.R in Cape Town on February 7th. The tour will be supported by CONQUEROR HC, with local bands playing select dates.
Ashes have recently released their No Compromise EP on Perspective & Genet Records (for fans of No Turning Back, Guns Up!, Backtrack, etc)
Make sure to catch them at one of the following dates:
29 January – Schivas Rock (Pretoria)
30 January – Alicats Pub (Johannesburg)
31 January – Queen’s Bowls Club (Durban)
03 February – House Show (Bloemfontein)
04 February – Raggies (East London)
05 February – Champs (Grahamstown)
06 February – Pool City (Port Elizabeth)
07 February – R.O.A.R (Cape Town)
Support touring bands. Support Hardcore.
Find out more and RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.
FRIENDS is a free, internationally distributed Continue reading “FRIENDS Issue 01”
Over 30 skaters from all over South Africa competed in the KDC South African Championships at the Kumba Skate Plaza on 5th October, 2014. Competing skaters were drawn from wildcard winners from Skateboarding for Hope presented by Boogaloos & KDC Grand Slam events, KDC select list, and skaters that Continue reading “KDC 2014 SA Champs/Youth Champs”
Congrats to the winners of the Vodacom in the City Tickets, Julian D. Eyden and Gawane Gullan!
Win tickets to see Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters, and The Presets at Vodacom in the City on 3 October 2014 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.
All you have to do is comment below with the name of the act you’d be most excited to see, and why.
Winner will be announced Wednesday 1 October.
MGMT HEADING TO SA FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY
After almost a decade of producing hit records, touring the world and headlining festivals across the globe, MGMT are finally heading to South Africa. Get ready to party with the psychedelic-synth pop beats of ‘Kids’, ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’ when New York City’s MGMT hit Jozi for Vodacom in the City, on Friday 3rd October.
Now in its third year, Vodacom In the City transforms Mary Fitzgerald Square in downtown Jozi into a pulsating spectacle of lights, lasers and an incredible blend of Jozi’s cosmopolitan music lovers. Put Friday 3 October in your diaries, you don’t want to miss this.
MGMT join the already announced international line-up of UK’s Brit Award winning drum-and-bass maestro’s Rudimental and British electro-folk band Crystal Fighters.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called “the management”) as fellow students in 2001. When they released the sensational Oracular Spectacular in 2008 their reputation began snowballing on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only were they nominated for a Grammy Award (which French dance act Justice picked up for remixing one of their tracks), but the UK’s leading music magazine NME dubbed them “the best NY band about” with Rolling Stone proclaiming them one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008.” Today, Oracular Spectacular with its major singles Kids, Time to pretend, Electric Feel & The Youth is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.
Without skipping a beat, MGMT, began writing and recording their second album Congratulations, which was released in April 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Their latest self-titled album MGMT has been described as perfectly ‘on the current pulse’, ‘drawing seasoned fans and new initiates alike into the band’s eureka zone.’
“This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way,” admits Ben. “We’re trying to be accessible but we’re trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we’d made something really great.” Having shared the stage with the likes of Beck, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine and Tame Impala, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.
Vodacom In the City promises to be a huge night of thumping beats. It’s going to heave with music fans from across Jozi all there for the same reason – to party hard to the bands that they love!
Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.
Cape Town fans can catch MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Rocking the Daisies from 2-5 October 2014.
You can buy tickets HERE.
Video recap from Skateboarding for Hope at 3 Square Skatepark in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg on 13 September, 2014.
Skaters in order of appearance: ?, ?, Brian Stylianou, Philani, CJ, ?, Bongi Manyala, Shaun Burger, Continue reading “Skateboarding for Hope at Alexandra, JHB”
World Skateboarding GP was invited by the Northern Cape Tourism Association to Johannesburg to skate on SABC’s Morning Live show, to celebrate the launch of Northern Cape World Tourism Month. Check out Anthony de Mendonca, Adam Woolf and some other skaters shredding on a narrow ramp/rail setup outside Arts on Main in Maboneng.
WINDOWS 0.2 Exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
An ongoing collaborative art project by Love and Hate Studio (Black Koki + Ello) and Jean de Wet.
Working closely together, resulting in multiple series of paintings, drawings, mixed media collage, silkscreen prints and zines.
Kalashnikovv welcomes the second installment of WINDOWS.
Continuing where they left off from last years “MIXED EMOTIONS” group show at the Kalashnikovv, Love and Hate Return with a more focused approach on their own rapidly evolving practice. Continuing with the blurring of lines between collaboration, fine art, street art and illustration.
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.
The W.A.S.T.E.D crew shredding in Joburg. More local edits!
Cory Kennedy, Grant Taylor, Raven Tershy, Raney Beres, Ronnie Sandoval and Pat McClain recently toured to South Africa. Expect a full week of edits like this. Above is the teaser and below is the first Continue reading “Bru-Ray: South Africa”
Favour The Brave Agency in collaboration with Continue reading “Dreamshade South Africa Tour”
1966: Claude Jutra creates The Devil’s Toy, one of the first skate films.
2014: 14 directors around the world re-imagine this seminal film.
The Devil’s Toy Continue reading “The Devil’s Toy Redux”
Favour The Brave Agency is excited to announce the KOJI “ACOUSTIC SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR” this June. KOJI (Run For Cover Records) will be bringing his heartfelt sound and song to South Continue reading “Koji Acoustic SA Tour”
Street artist, r1., recently did a piece entitled Yield in Johannesburg city. We think it’s pretty rad.
This piece is based on the common yield street sign. A street pole was set into the sidewalk, and one hundred yield signs were fitted on the wall behind it.
The heart of Johannesburg remains a mystery for many. The aim of the project was to encourage visitors and citizens to engage more actively with its swarming life and creative activities that keep transforming the city. This piece is based on the familiar yield street sign that we find in every other road to indicate that we must “give way” to another. It is interesting that yield also means “to produce” which becomes relevant in the city context. This tension between being productive and giving way exist in every city, and bustling Johannesburg is a good example of it. This piece illustrates that these two seemingly opposite forces are in fact symbiotic; both embodied in the symbol of the yield sign.
Death Pegasus are playing a show in Cape Town on Friday night, so caught up with frontman Marcel Marcel for a quick interview…
What is Death Pegasus?
Death Pegasus is a Thrash Metal band from JHB, with members Brian Seston (Drums), Grant Seston (Rhythm Guitar and Gang Vocals), Berneau v.d. Merwe (Base Guitar and Gang Vocals) and Marcel Marcel (Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar).
How long have you guys been a band and what came before that?
We formed the band in November 2012. Before that it was all about art, jamming together and being mega Thrash fans.
What do you do in the band and who does all the artwork?
So far I have been the main writer of the songs and lyrics in Death Pegasus, but recently we have started writing songs together as a band. I also do all the art and visuals for the band, be it cover art, flyers, logo’s etc.
How much is the music and art linked?
The art is closely tied to the music. It directly correlates with the lyrical content and general feel of the band and Thrash in general.
What’s it like being a Thrash band in Joburg and how much did growing up in Joburg influence your sound?
It is exciting being a Thrash Metal band from JHB, as there aren’t many Thrash bands out there, leaving a lot of room to expand and expose this genre of metal to the listeners. Growing up in the city of Johannesburg has had a strong influence on the lyrical content, heaviness of the sound and urgency of the vocal style, as the violence, chaos and intense energy impacts your thinking and psyche.
Which bands are your heros?
Big question, but to name a few: Exodus, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Slayer, Anthrax, Sepultura.
You guys are playing in Cape Town for the first time this Friday, what can people expect?
Coming to a Death Pegasus show you can expect some serious in-your-face Thrash and general mayhem.
What’s the art show about that will be exhibiting at the show?
The art will be reflecting on all the lyrical themes and concepts of all the songs on our E.P. Critical Madness. From War Inside that talks about inner turmoil, to Critical Madness that speaks about the chaotic and mad state of the world.
Facebook event for their show on Friday.
VANS & PARTY TOWN PRESENTS: DEATH PEGASUS!
Joburg Thrash Metal band, Death Pegasus, are in Cape Town for a night of mayhem and destruction!
Friday 21 March
The Pit, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
And edit from Desolated Clothing, featuring Trae Rice, Tian Van Rensburg and Revolution Cresta assistant manager Sid Hammertime.
South African artist Rodan Kane Hart launched his exhibition last night. It’s on now at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Go check it out!
FORMS / S | W
Rodan Kane Hart
12 March – 31 March 2014
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main
NIROXprojects presents FORMS / S | W by Rodan Kane Hart. Following on from Structure, & Pattern Language (2013), Forms / S | W (2014) marks Hart’s third solo showcase in 2 years. The exhibition compromises an entirely new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawing, print & photography. These works follow on from previous points of enquiry regarding the constructed notion of the South African city. After a recent residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Hart has shifted his focus to more closely examining the influence of European architectural forms onto the urban fabric of South Africa.
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
Farshid Moussavi and Michael Kubo sum up the conceptual foundations of the exhibition as a whole in a book titled The Function of Ornament. A statement is made that succinctly deifies the relevance of architectural style and ornament, “Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture”. Absorbing and capturing the forces that shape society achieve this cultural connection. These forces are then used as material components to work with, forming composite materiality. When two forces found within society, Invisible, meaning; Cultural, Political, and Temporal, and, Visible, meaning; Structural, Functional, and Physical, are brought together, it gives way to, a New Aesthetic Composition. Architectural style is not easily adjustable to the changes in culture and society. Modernists utilized transparency to represent architectural elements of space and structure; Post Modernists used Décor, whereas the Deconstructivists used geometrical collage to replace transparency all together. These concepts express the inextricable relationship between, Inside & Outside, Then & Now and Here & There.
Forms / S | W (S suggesting South = South Africa & W suggesting West = England) at NIROXprojects focuses on the formal influences of European Classism, Modernism and Post Modernism. An array of artistic medium has been utilized to present the historical and personal logic behind Hart’s formally abstracted works. Hart has intentionally incorporated more handcrafted methods with those of mechanical and digital processes, setting up a relationship between subject matter, time, theory and aesthetic. Works on display include…
Charcoal drawings & 35mm Black & White photographs inspired by architectural and natural forms found in the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & London, are presented alongside those depicting the South African cities of Johannesburg & Cape Town. These images explore the construction of spatial context by juxtaposing figurative representations with those of abstracted ones.
Being renowned for his life-sized steel sculptures Hart has taken a more intimate and crafted approach, by producing 4 smaller generative sculpture series consisting of 4 stages (each). Hart sees these sculptures as maquettes and studies for larger experiential projects, asserting the Russian Constructivists as an influence. Finally, a series of linocuts presenting the progression of line to shape and subsequently to form over 4 stages will also be on display.
OPEN HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
NIROXprojects | 264 Fox Street | Arts on Main | MABONENG PRECINCT | Johannesburg CBD | +27 72 350 4326 | www.niroxarts.com
Gauteng has a new skatepark, and it’s called YBF Plaza. It is situated at 54 Hornbill Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg. The opening is this Saturday. If you’re in Joburg, get there! We caught up with the director of the project, Lee Webber, to chat about the opening…
What does the YBF stand for?
Young Blood Forever.
What was the motivation behind opening the skatepark?
There has been a vision to have a skatepark on the campus for over 8 years now. I think the main motivation was always to create a safe place for the youth to skate/ride and give us the opportunity to build and positively influence the people that use it.
Tell us about your launch day event this weekend…
From the beginning we were keen to make a big day out of it, but so far the event planning, sponsor involvement and interested users have surprised us with how big it has become. The day consists of a skate competition for U12’s, U16’s, Ladies, Open and Pro’s. During lunch and towards the end of the day we have a team of BMX riders that will be involved with a BMX Demo on the park. These guys have been very helpful in getting the word out and are planning a BMX comp sometime around June. There will also be loads for the kids to do with the field being set up with a climbing wall, water inflatables, slides, train, mechanical surf board and a play station marquee.
Why did you decide to go for a more plaza style skatepark?
I grew up skating street, simply because the closest real skate park was at least an hours drive from my house. In addition to my love for a street set up I also think that most of the Joburg parks have more of a bowl/vert vibe. We were excited to add something different and more modern in terms of design. The feedback we’ve had has been very positive.
South Africa has had quite a few skateparks open and close over the years. Why do you think that is? What do you think will make YBF Plaza stick around?
I think there are a few reasons for that. One reason is that people who build a park to make money usually build in an affluent area. The downside is that the overheads that go towards the rented property are too high compared to the fees charged over and above the initial layout for building the park. On the other side you have people that offer a piece of land to use in an area with little to no value and you usually end up with a park that is not cared for and is not safe to use because of crime in the area. Often the parks are built on public or commercial properties that get shut down as soon as the next development needs land or the need for a higher return on investment arises. YBF Plaza will stick around because it is a private church project funded by the church to serve the community. The park is more valuable to us than the parking bays it was built on. We expect it to run successfully for many years.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced building the park?
With the usual building delays and having to move the opening date twice. I think the biggest challenge is trying to end up with a perfect product in a country where there is not much experience when it comes to building a skatepark.
Is the park free or do you have to pay to skate? What made you decide to take this approach?
You would need to pay to use the park. A daily fee can be paid or the users have the option of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month pass. All of the latter will present a saving. The main two motivations for this approach is that to the user there is more of a structured environment that places more value on the park. The second reason is that we wanted the park to be self sufficient in that the funds brought in could potentially cover the costs for flood lights, electricity, daily cleaning, sweeping and general maintenance.
How do you feel about helmet rules?
We feel that the right thing to do is that anyone under 18 years old should wear a helmet, a user over the age of 18 can sign a helmet waiver form should he wish to do so.
Who designed and built the park?
We had a basic idea of how we wanted the park to be structured early on but it was Clive Crofton that designed and sketched the park up. 95% of the construction work was done by his company Spyda Ramps.
Is the park open to everyone i.e. skateboarders, boxers, rollerbladers?
The park is open to everyone. Depending how busy it gets we may split some sessions and specify who uses the park on certain days.
Anything else we should know?
Nothing springs to mind.
Photo: Tim Moolman
Joburg’s newest skatepark, the YBF Plaza, is having a skate/BMX competition as their opening day to the public. This is going to be a good one!
YBF Skate Plaza
54 Hornbill Road
Saturday 1 March
10am – 8pm
Food and drinks on sale
Click here to go to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/624361380963678/
Divisions for the competitions:
4. Under 16
5. Under 12
6. Best Trick for the Expert/Pro entrance only.
1. Heats of 3 competitors comprising of 3 minute runs.
2. A semi-final using the same format. The semi-finalists will be made up of the 12 top skaters from the heats. ( Points out of 10)
3. The final will comprise of the top six competing in 2 heats with the top 5 skaters been recognized.
Revolution is a proud sponsor of the event.
Punk is alive and well in Soweto!
JHBLive visited the second Punk Fuck event and made this video, highlighting the community and camaraderie of punk in Johannesburg. It took place in Dube, Soweto, and featured performances from Black Magic Moonshine, Loui Lvndn, The Deaf Commission, Afgepis, Death Pegasus, T.C.I.Y.F, Brafcharge, The Carniwhores, The Moths, The Left-Overs, Fridge Poetry, The Slashdogs, Home At Last, Brainwreck and Jonny Joburg.
Click here to read the full article: http://www.jhblive.com/kultcha/features/peaceful_punks_of_soweto/170576
Punk, at least in most people’s eyes, is all about not giving a fuck and trying to remain on the outside… Our next fest will feature bands from other genres and we’re trying to show that we really just love the genre. That we’re not these angry, aggressive guys. – Clint Hattingh (organizer of Punk Fuck)
We want to see young kids interested in instruments. We want them to turn away from the commercial bullshit that spews garbage about bling and chains. This is real music and we want real people keen on it. – Mbuso Moose Zulu
Shot and edited by Cale Waddacor.
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Local artist Freddy Sam was commissioned by the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg to paint a mural to commemorate Nelson Mandela, as a gift to the city. The mural is ten stories high and is based on the photo below, which was taken by Bob Gosani. It took Freddy Sam four days to do. Apparently is it based on Mandela’s definition of “Ubuntu” i.e. “You cannot be human all by yourself.”
Images courtesy of Juxtapoz Magazine.
The Moths are an instrumental ‘surf rock’ band from Johannesburg. They’ve just released a new EP and we think it’s pretty rad.
The Moths are:
Chris – Guitar
Chris – Bass
Cale – Drums
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll have heard by now that Lamb of God are playing in South Africa this month!
Heavy metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans LAMB OF GOD was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the band’s tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year.
In fulfilling an old promise, LAMB OF GOD are finally on the road and catching up on a major backlog of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the the band’s jam-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM TOURING. Tours by the company have previously included artists at cities including Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as the major urban centres. “We’re hoping that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centers.” Cape Town can be reached in eight hours by road from Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg within six hours from all major inland cities, and coastal Durban.
LAMB OF GOD, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.
Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by MAPEX DRUMS, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by JACKSON GUITARS with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after. The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. LAMB OF GOD is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.
See the LAMB OF GOD facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod
Local support for the tour will include both a stalwart and an exciting new South African metal band, one from each city performing at both shows. MIND ASSAULT from Cape Town have become a dominant force in the Southern African metal scene since commencing on their first national tour in 2006, and have featured prominently at a number of tours and major festivals and across the country since then.
See the MIND ASSAULT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/mindassault
THE DRIFT is a new guise featuring familiar faces, such as Louis Du Pisani from formerly of Knave, Hannes of Chromium, Marc of All Forlorn, Stefan of Gadabout, and Jason of Miserichord; formed up into one brand new heavy metal powerhouse. Each band will represent a true reflection of what South African metal has to offer, and form an exciting cross-city metal exchange.
See THE DRIFT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thedriftsa
LAMB OF GOD will melt faces on FRIDAY 24 JANUARY in Cape Town, and SATURDAY 25 JANUARY in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased as of immediately via www.computicket.com, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.
CAPE TOWN VENUE: CITY HALL AUDITORIUM.
FACILITIES AT BOTH VENUES INCLUDE:
Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), food stalls, security, medics.
Regretfully, no u16′s will be allowed, and u18′s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.
Led by Jamie O’Brien of Woodies Skate Ramps, Levi’s® South Africa helped revitalize a local skatepark in the Johannesburg suburb of Edenvale.
Venue: The Museum of African Design
Address: 281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
by Aaron Kohn
This exhibition tells the stories of bygone eras by positioning them firmly within present day narratives. Through architecture, construction, cartography, photography, communal archives, and historical reenactment, each artist and participant has a conversation with a past though which they did not live by juxtaposing the design elements of the past with those of today.
The exhibition title comes from Jacob Dlamini’s 2009 Native Nostalgia, in which he probes the ethical justification for fond memories of a childhood in a South African township. How, he asks, can a black South African can reflect on something so deplorable with nostalgia? The works in this show represent a related form of nostalgia: the nostalgia for a troubled time through which one did not live.
For example, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou reflects on the narrative of Benin’s capital, Porto Novo, through the traditional role of women, ceremonial masks, and the Aguda architectural style largely brought back from Brazil by slaves who were deported from there after the early-1800s slave revolts. The designs in the women’s fabrics and masks, as well as the topless dress, contrast with the peeling paint and ornate Portuguese-style woodwork. On top of that, the portraiture itself is unquestionably contemporary.
Meanwhile, I See A Different You’s 19[ ] Mercedes [MODEL] is parked in the middle of the gallery, a physical specimen of design that the duo drive in their everyday life. Rather than bask in the glory of contemporary vehicular stylings, I See a Different You lives with one foot firmly planted in the political and [artistic/creative/design] past. Their other foot allows their work to depict similar contemporary appropriations of historical design elements.
These juxtapositions are reflective of a broader trend toward nostalgia. For South Africans in their early twenties and younger, South Africa is defined more by the post-1994 intersection of Mandela-style reconciliation and rapid globalization than it is by the struggle against Apartheid. Perhaps because they did not live through the darker days of Apartheid, twenty-somethings buy domestic worker outfits for parties and listen to house music alongside older Marabi jazz.
The works in this exhibition display the deep complexity of Native Nostalgia.
There is also multi media spatial intervention by the Kalashnikovv Gallery and Cuss ZA.
Cuss Artist Statement – INDODA
Creative Direction – Mina Lundgren x Ravi Govender
Performance – Simiso Zwane
Music – Zamani Xolo x Simiso Zwane
This collaboration between Swedish designer Mina Lundgren and myself Ravi Govender see’s us focussing on the Kanga textile and its graphic motifs with reference to its place in Zulu culture. The Khanga itself has been appropriated by diviners across South Africa as part of their dress code, and has strong varied meaning as a result. Themes from Zulu culture, such as strength and masculinity, power and the introduction of the false prophet into contemporary culture are also focussed on. The idea was to create a costume for a character that embodies these features. To aesthetically personify mysticism that is present in an expression that is current to africa. It is to also bridge the gap between international representation, with the creation of a fashion video installation. For this, the technique of green screen is incorporated to enhance the visual
aesthetic of movement and work with the idea of lo-ﬁ video production across the continent.
Kalashnikovv Gallery Statement
The Cuss x Kalashnikovv Gallery Spatial Intervention Installation, involves the fusion of curator and artist into a singular manifestation of two specific roles in the art world. Creating a disjunction and thus a new degree of innovation between these two traditional roles by combining them into one, everything in the installation is considered to question these roles and utilized this combination for maximum impact within the physical space (moad). Rendering curator, mode of display, installation, artwork and other multi media into one all encompassing experience.
Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/246653855492511/
Rest in Peace Diego Beukes. Featuring Revolution team rider, Trae Rice.
Favour The Brave Agency is pleased to announce that Canadian Hardcore Punk stalwarts; Comeback Kid (Victory Records) will be touring South Africa this coming January 2014. Having written some of the most memorable moments in hardcore history with sing-along hits like “Die Tonight”, “Wake The Dead”, “Broadcasting” and “G.M. Vincent & I”, Comeback Kid have cemented their brand of catchy hardcore punk in the hearts of their fans worldwide.
Comeback Kid will be supported throughout South Africa by Truth And Its Burden and Reason to Live. This tour promises to deliver powerful and moving performances across each city.
Tour dates below:
30/01 – Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
31/01 – Arcade Empire, Pretoria
01/02 – Live The Venue, Durban
06/02 – Pool City, Port Elizabeth
07/02 – Mercury Live, Cape Town
Watch Comeback Kid’s latest video “Do Yourself A Favour”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQuSGOWnA_k
Tickets will be on sale at Computicket from 25/10/2013.
Revolution is a proud sponsor of the tour, alongside:
Music Connection, Jägermeister South Africa, Gary Cool, Cape Electric Tattoo, Action Motor Group Krugersdorp
UK-based South African Rock Band, WHAT NOW, returns home to embark on their first SA tour in over 8 years! The band will be hitting the road from 18 to 28 September, in support of their debut album release “Move Like A Sinner”, covering all corners of the country. In Association with Sabbath Events, What Now will be taking their explosive Rock Show to venues in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, East London, Ballito, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria, supported by fellow rockers CrashCarBurn, December Streets, Taxi Violence and ShortStraw. Having grown up in the dusty beach town of Ballito, the band is now based in London and has achieved incredible success away from their South African families and friends. Their title track from the album, “Move Like A Sinner”, has had great airplay on South African radio and the current hit “If Looks Could Kill” has hit #1 on a couple of key radio stations earlier in July!
Here are the dates for WHAT NOW’s “Move Like A Sinner” South African tour, so diarise it now and don’t miss out on seeing them live!Wednesday, 18th September Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom:
Thursday, 18 September: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
Friday, 20 September: Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch
Saturday, 21 September: The Mercury, Cape Town
Sunday, 22 September: Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
Tuesday, 24 September: Raggies Sports Bar, East London (PUBLIC HOLIDAY AS WELL)
Wednesday, 25 September: Crush Nightclub, Ballito
Thursday, 26 September: Live-The Venue, Durban
Friday, 27 September: Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
Saturday, 28 September: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
It’s time for the Kimberley Diamond Cup and we’re giving SA’s best skaters the chance to shine this September at the All Cities contest.
Eight 4-man teams featuring the country’s best skaters will compete for cash prizes and the All Cities title this September in a single-elimination head-to-head jam format skate competition at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. If you aren’t able to travel to compete at one of our Grand Slam events in JHB, DBN, or CPT, there’s no need to stress. You still have a chance to qualify online via video entry. The best three videos that make the cut will win a slot in the All Cities competition at the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27th September and a shot at the All Cities title.
Deadline for submissions is Friday 20th September so send in your team’s entry today!
RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Teams must consist of 4 skaters only
As long as skaters are a resident of South Africa, there is no limit to the status of competing skaters regarding professional, amateur, or sponsored.
Videos must be approximately 1-2 minutes in length featuring all team members
Music in the videos is optional. Production value won’t hurt or help your chances of getting chosen, but taking the extra time to put together a clip that’s easy on the eyes is always great to see.
Footage may be comprised of street and/or park skating. A little variety won’t hurt.
Please keep skating first and foremost and keep the hijinx limited. You can save the party footage for another project; we don’t want to see it.
Skaters will be assigned to skate different parts of the street course:
Tech Section: Big section and everything on the right side of the course including the Euro gap, 3 stair, and bank to ledge.
Small Section: Marble ledges, manual pad, and flat bar located at the front of the skatepark.
Medium Section: Big section and everything on the left side of the course including the A-Frame, quarterpipe, and 5 stair section.
Big Section: Big 4 stair along with handrails and hubba ledges only.
*Teams do not win an all-expenses-paid trip or accommodation. The three winning videos simply secure their spot in the All Cities Contest.
Deadline for submissions is 20th September, so send your submission now! Good luck!
Congrats to our team riders for owning it at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam at Stoneridge Skatepark in Johannesburg this past weekend. Anthony De Mendonca came first in the advanced division, with Trae Rice placing second and winning the Wild Card. Anthony, along with David and Adam Woolf, qualified for the KDC All Cities Competition. Kyfie Kruger took the Skaters Choice prize. This was the first of three events building up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27-29 September.
1 – Anthony de Mendonca (R10000)
2 – Trae Rice (R5000)
3 – Brandon Valjalo (R2500)
1 – Joshua Pape (R4000, Hardflip 50-50 down 4 stair hubba)
2 – Adam Woolf (R2000, Axle stall backside 270 on over-vert quarter)
3 – David Woolf (R1500, Alley-oop backside smith on over-vert quarter)
4 – Taylor Sturgess (R500, Backside heelflip 4 stair)
Photos by Rudi Jeggle
color wheel medium: plastic bottle tops (England)
r1. is an active street artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He/she has been most active in the last 7 years, working extensively with several street art projects in different cities and continents. r1.’s work covers various media, including installations, sculptures and wall art (paste ups). In his/her interventions and sculptures, he/she often works with found materials, transforming them and giving them back to the city, as modified artistic contributions. r1. has lived in England and South Africa in recent years, where he/she has done most of his/her work. His/her work crosses cultural barriers between England and Africa and creates a dialogue between continents. r1. has also traveled in Europe and left some work behind in Germany, Spain and France.
city cage medium: barrier tape (South Africa)
lego tin medium: metal tins (England)
bookshop medium: magazine paper (England)
blood box medium: paint (England)
busy line medium: paint (England)
under cover medium: leaves (England)
disconnected medium: electric wire (England)
disconnected medium: electric wire (England)
tube vision medium: barrier tape (South Africa)
chop chop (England)
The Kalashnikovv Gallery is a contemporary South African and international fine art gallery, project space and consultancy, located in Johannesburg. We chat to Murray Turpin, who founded the gallery with Matthew Dean.
The Kalashnikovv Gallery opened in January this year. Why did you decide to open an art gallery?
We decided to open the gallery for various reasons: 1. From a developmental strategy of our satellite gallery concept into a more permanent manifestation. 2. From the lack of galleries showing work we could relate too both aesthetically and theoretically. 3. A lack of galleries I could relate to as an artist as well.
Photo by Matthew Dean
What does the name mean?
Simply put, the name represents a metaphor of sorts for revolution within the white cube construct that most galleries in South Africa adhere to and we hope to a degree to re-articulate and expand upon.
Is there a reason why you located yourself in Joburg? Is the art scene there better than other areas of South Africa? Do people just appreciate art more there?
It’s my home and home is where the art is a.k.a. for now, simple logistics and ease of access to my networks.
Tell us about what’s happening at the moment.
At the moment we have a photographic show by Reshma Chhiba up entitled “The Two Talking Yonis”. To come, we have a concept multimedia show by I Create,We Create entitled “May Johannesburg Bless You”.
Photo by Mooki Mooks. Helmet by Veronika. The Riot Exhibition.
Where do you think South Africa is situated in the global art world? Do you have any comments on the art community in South Africa?
In my opinion, on a rapid upward spiral and as for comments on the community at large… not really. I’m focused on my own practice and gallery as they should be on theirs, for now.
Do you still skate at all? Was skateboarding influential to you in any way?
I don’t really skate anymore. I roll around from time to time though. Skateboarding played a massive roll in my early exploration of art and graphics, from (Ed) Templeton to The Gonz to Stef (Steak) Naudé to Alien Workshop and back again. My first artist feature ever was in Session Magazine back in the day. Shout outs to Stef Naudé and Brendan Body!
Do you create any of your own art?
Yes, I do.
Photo by Matthew Dean
What is art?
Not giving a fuck.
Who are some of your favorite South African artists?
Conrad Botes, Marcel Marcel, Conrad Botha, Athi Patra Ruga, and many more. Those were just the first to come to mind.
What can we expect to see in the gallery in the future?
Only the future knows.
Photo by Marcel Marcel
Revolution team riders and friends skate AREA3 in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the adidas X Mark Gonzales 15 Year celebration.
Our friends from What Now have been doing some amazing stuff over in the UK, since they moved over 8 years ago, and we are excited for the announcement of their upcoming SA tour next month. This will be the first time that the guys are playing our shores since they left and the tour is named “Move Like A Sinner” in support of their recent album release.
We’re excited to welcome the guys back home for a few days and are really looking forward to them performing an album that we really enjoy.
Tickets are available from WebTickets HERE.
This is their latest single release for “If Looks Could Kill” …
The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.
Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, then Gavin Scott and Ofentse, and now Sechaba (Bakersman) and Bergen Nielson have also made the finals on the 4th of August.
The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.
Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July (Sechaba Bakersman and Bergen Nielson advanced)
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August
R4000 for 1st place!
The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.
Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, and now Gavin Scott and Ofentse have also made the finals on the 4th of August.
The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.
Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August
R4000 for 1st place!
On Friday, 5 July 2013 adidas Skateboarding hosted the 15 Years of Gonz and adidas exhibition in AREA3; complete with an indoor skatepark. The video says it all.
A Group exhibition presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town
Wednesday 24 July – Saturday 24 August 2013
An eclectic collection of Editions & Multiples, including Digital print, Etching, Laser-engraving, Sculpture, Screen-print, Photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Expect to see a rich variety of affordable accessible artwork. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 24th of July at 18h30.
Featured Artists Include:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.
The exhibition will conclude on Saturday the 24th of August at 2pm.
Bruce Mackay. ‘Safe Harbour’. Archival Print. Edition of 100. 420 x 420mm. (Unframed).
Louis Minnaar. ‘Visioene uit die buitenste ruim’. Archival Print. Ed of 3. 420 x 594mm. (Unframed).
Caroline Mackinstosh. ‘Golden Hour’. Archival print on Hahnemule paper. Edition of 5. 350mm diameter. (Unframed).
Ulrich Knoblauch. ‘Untitled’. Archival print on acid-free paper. Edition of 12 + 2AP. 820 x 1200mm. (Unframed).
Galia Gluckman. ‘Ella‘ (2013) series 2 (circle). Variable Edition. 815 x 815mm. (Unframed).
Neill Wright. ‘Scrapmense’. 37 x 25 x 25cm. Bronze, duco, and polyacrothane. Edition of 6 + 1 AP.
Jop Kunneke. ‘Balancing Act’. Bronze cast – limited edition of 15. 500 x 200 x 120mm.
Gerhard Human. ‘Last days of Billy the Kid’. Archival Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Edition of 30.
297 x 580mm. (Unframed).
Andrew Sutherland. ‘Boat’. Giclee print on Epson smooth fine art paper. Edition of 10. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed)
Mieke van der Merwe. ‘Camera Nostalgia’. Archival Print. Edition of 12. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed).
Link to the Facebook event:
Venue: Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town.
EXHIBITION OPENING Date and Time: Wednesday 24 July at 18h30.
Contact Person: Monique, Curator & Gallery Director to Salon91.
Contact Number: 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 2pm. Sun; Mon: Closed.
Local Cape Town psych rock and roll band, Black Lung, took a trip up to Johannesburg to play a bunch of shows with Dead City Radio recently. They also got some partying and skating in. Enjoy.
If you’re in Joburg, get down to Area3 for the Gonz exhibition.
It opened on Saturday and runs until 31 July.
Today’s Throwback Thursdays features a final video edit from the Revolution Festival Mall skatepark, sent in by Dwayne Erasmus.
One of the last edits thrown together in the memory of what once was Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark. To Remember all the good times we all had there, and all the memories we will never forget. Featured skaters in this video include: David “Killer Dave” Woolf, Brendan Dyamond, Tian Van Rensburg, Bevan Richards, Werner Lamprecht, Sam Khumalo, Anthony De Mendonca, Dlamini “Double D” Dlamini, and 20sk8’s own Shuaib Philander
Photo by Mike Bell
What is “Hate City Hardcore”?
Hardcore from Johannesburg, South Africa.
How would you describe what Conqueror sounds like to someone who’s never heard the band?
Short, fast and aggressive. Dire Straits on speed.
What is behind the name, “Conqueror”?
We wanted something short and too the point, kinda like the music. At the time it was a toss up between Conqueror and Infernal Misery. We took the more PC option.
What do you guys do outside of the band?
Ross is a tattoo artist at Handstyle Tattoos, Chris is a graphic designer, Pat is a writer and I (Rich) work as an audio engineer.
Photo by Shané Grant
Why make angry music with substance? Why not just make pop music that sells?
Well, we all work full time jobs, so the band is really our release. We’re not looking to please anyone or follow any set of guidelines. We write the music as we see fit, touching on parts of different genres we all are into. I’d rather play music to people who want to listen to what we have to say than to dudes who are there just for the party.
Your lyrical content seems to be pretty personal and pretty angry. What are the main themes that run through the lyrics?
I wouldn’t say we’ve settled into one particular groove just yet. We have 3 lyric writers in the band, so it tends to sway from person to person. Ross is more into the traditional hardcore style, where as I tend to lean more towards the thrash/death metal side. So we tend to hit a mix down the middle.
Photo by JJ van Rooyen
Is the world going to end this year?
Where do you draw inspiration from, in terms of sound and songwriting?
The drive to write a better song than the one before. Things are nice and fresh in the band, so everyone is excited and pushing to see how we can improve on things, work in different elements, play tighter etc. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we can’t wait to record.
You guys recently played a show in Cape Town, not a city well known for supporting hardcore bands. How was that?
We were blown away by the support and passion that dudes had when we went down. People knew the lyrics, bought mercy, hung out. It’s always a pleasure working with dudes like Brett Allen-White. He really delivered and helped the tour be as successful as it was.
Photo by Gareth Freer Bargate
You guys are pretty well known for partying harder than most. You must have a good story or two for our readers?
Haha. Why thank you! Things got pretty weird at Splashy Fen this year. Lets just say Splashy: 1 / Conqueror: 0.
What local and international bands should we be listening to?
Local music first! Both Wildernessking and STRAGE have some solid releases at the moment. Saw an amazing new thrash band called Casket the other night. Excited to hear a release from them. Internationally speaking, listening to a lot of Power Trip and Coke Bust at the moment.
There are rumors of you guys making a trip overseas soon?
We’re working on it.
Photo by JJ van Rooyen
You have already released two EP’s and have 3 music videos. You are also playing tons of shows. What’s next for Conqueror?
We’re looking to go into studio in August to track the next EP. Then we have a national tour coming up with Betrayal and Truth and Its Burden in September/October. Another Durban tour in the next couple weeks. Taking things as they come, we want to travel as much as possible.
Any shout outs?
Mad love to Pete Reynolds, RISE, Music Connection, Favor the Brave. Start a band, book shows, get involved. Thanks to Revolution for the interview. Peace.
Free “Reality Check” EP download HERE.
Free “Truth Seeker” EP download HERE.
On Saturday the 22nd of June, the Joburg skate fraternity had their turn to celebrate go skate day with an event at an empty factory in Commissioner Street, downtown Joburg. A chilly morning made for a slow start to the day, but gave the guys a chance to put finishing touches on a skate photography exhibition which included works from Dwayne, Lingo, Werner, Jonathan and Rudi. As the day warmed up, skaters poured in from Soweto, Pretoria, Jhb, Vereeniging, and even GVB and Dave made it all the way from Durban. By lunchtime there were at least 100 guys skating with just as many spectators. Samsung sponsored hotdogs for everyone at the event and after lunch it was time to get to the fun underway with the highest ollie, highest hippie jump and furthest ollie contest, all sponsored by Baseline. Jonathan won the hippie jump with a well over hip high jump and Stuart cleared over 3 meters to win the longest ollie contest. The product toss always makes for good spectator value and this event was no different thanks to donations from Volcom and Vans. The most popular of the obstacles for the day, was the wall ride sponsored by Verb, so we decided to run 2 events, the first was the highest wall ride which was won by Evan who impressed all by getting at least 2m above the top of the ramp and then coming in fakie. The second was a best trick contest on the wall ride, which was won by TK who went wall ride to flat. The final event for the day was the KFD box jam which was won by Mitchell with an impressive front blunt slide to backside flip out. The day was finished off with a performance by Jet Black Camaro. The best part of the day was getting all the inner city kids on boards. Many of these kids had never been on skateboard before and everyone was keen to give them a try and some helpful tips. Everyone was so taken by the enthusiasm of the kids that they donated any extra boards or hardgoods that they could. Verb donated 3 completes to a few of the inner city guys that showed the most potential. Special thanks to Lingo for organising an amazing event as well as the companies that contributed towards the day: Verb, KFD, Revolution, Baseline, Volcom, Vans, Samsung and to all the skaters who came out to make this a great day!
Jagermeister presents for the very first time in South Africa, USA’s BETRAYAL (Mediaskare Records) on the SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR. The US hardcore outfit is set to tour alongside TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN (Rite Of Passage Records) and CONQUEROR, both prominent hardcore bands from Johannesburg.
The trio will embark on a nationwide tour that will send them through every major city in South Africa, travelling the long scenic routes between cities and soaking up South African culture and beauty.
SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR will also have select performances filmed along with a full tour documentary while on the road, to be considered for worldwide release upon completion.
A free download is available on Betrayal’s latest song “Pieces Of Home” can be found on www.favourthebrave.com. Download it now, learn the lyrics and sing em along with the rest of us at the show!
Tour dates are as follows:
2013/09/26 – Pretoria, Arcade Empire
2013/09/27 – Johannesburg, Town Hall
2013/09/28 – Durban, Live – The Venue
2013/09/29 – Pietermaritzburg, The Red Door
2013/10/01 – East London, Raggies Sports Bar
2013/10/02 – Port Elizabeth, Pool City
2013/10/03 – George, Zanzi Bar
2013/10/04 – Cape Town, The Mercury Live
Jagermeister, Music Connection, Monster Energy, MK Ondergrond and Handstyle Tattoos.
Moad 281 Commissioner Street, JHB, 22nd June, 11AM – 9PM.
Go Skateboarding Day originated as the day for skateboarders to have fun, raise awareness about the issues we face; to show the world what skateboarding is really all about; to reclaim our culture; and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. The holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Get hyped, go skateboarding.
14:00 – Baseline Skate shop Highest Ollie, Hippie Jump and Longest Ollie.
16:00 – Verb Skateboards Highest Wall Ride.
17:00 – Revolution Grind box shred.
18:00 – Live Band – Jet Black Camaro.
Sk8Shades Lucky Draw. (Donate your old deck and win).
Photo & Board exhibition:
Verb Skateboards Photographer Tribute Series board exhibition.
Free Hot Dogs sponsored by Samsung.
Instagram hashtags: #moad #maboneng #weareverb #verbskateboards #revolutiondaily #revolutionskateboardsupplyco #baselineskateshop #sk8shades #dopeindustries #sessionskatemag #etniessouthafrica #samsung #redbull #volcomsouthafrica #vanssouthafrica #3starpowwow
Event Venue and Product sponsored by: The Maboneng Precinct, Revolution Skateboard Supply Co, Verb Skateboards, Baseline Skate Shop, Etnies, Dope Industries, Session Skate Mag, Volcom, Sk8shades, Vans and Samsung.
See you there!
You guys are from Johannesburg right?
Adam: 100% Jo-burgers from Edenvale.
Anthony: Yeah man Jozi all the way.
How do you feel about many of the Jozi skaters/friends having moved to Cape Town?
Adam: Well, I’m happy for them. Cape Town is a rad place and there are lots of sick spots around. It does suck that the Jozi scene has gotten smaller, but the scene is growing here and there are a lot more projects on the rise. People are realizing that if they don’t do anything about it, no one will.
Anthony: I think its amazing. If I’m not mistaken, JHB was the scene for a while and developed a lot of talent. Look at the scene now; its gotten so much larger in such a short amount of time. Clearly good things are coming from their choices, so I’m hyped for the homies. They’re making changes for us and opening new doors.
With all the major league videographers, photographers, and with AV and Session leaving Jozi, how have you managed to get coverage? Has it been hard or a walk in the “park”?
Adam: Well, I bought a video camera, so I can get my own coverage with all my homies. Either filming each other, making edits, sending footage to AV. On the photo side of things, there happens to be quite a few photographers here that are taking amazing photos, so that at least helps out shooting for Session. Also, filming with Preez films / Wandile, who is contributing to the scene with his new channel, as well as a few others on the rise.
Anthony: It’s been OK. I guess it’s all thanks to the dedicated time from Adam Woolf, Dwayne Erasmus and Jonathan Pinkhard. They’re the homies who are close to home for photos and filming. I also try push as much on social media networks as I can. Wandile and Preez Films have been a lot of help. Wands is taking back the streets. It’s always good riding and filming with him, and sending the occasional footage to AV.
How do you two manage summer without the ocean and fresh air?
Adam: I’m a fucking lizard!
Anthony: I love the ocean, but hate to swim. I get cold super quick, plus I’m paranoid of sharks.
What are the pro’s and con’s of having skateparks at your disposal?
Adam: With the recent closure of the Revolution Festival Mall park, there isn’t much to skate in the area park-wise. We hit up Sk8world a lot more often now. A few of us came together and built a sick-ass grind box there. We want to keep adding on to the park and build it up. Other than that it’s street all the way.
Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark is no more. Now where will you guys be spending your rainy days?
Adam: At home, jamming PS3.
Anthony: Not in the rain. Balfours has a nice frontside-up ledge that’s covered. That would be a choice, but I won’t lie, rains a killa, so I’ll be at home.
Could you share a fun or dangerous street mission you’ve had in the inner city of Johannesburg?
Adam: Skating it up with the MSA homies in town, cruising around at night skating road gaps. All the guys are super mellow and it was rad to get some footage with them.
Anthony: Brendan, two other homies and I had a good town mission quite a while ago. It started getting dark, but we kept it going. We decided to look for a hand rail, so we got in Brendan’s car and started the search. We got caught up behind a few taxi’s at a robot and the streets were packed with kids, gogos and madalas. Anyway, Brendan’s window was slightly down and these four guys come running towards us from behind the car, two on each side. They came up like they were trying to sell us some dope or crack, asking us if we were okay. I only noticed two on my side, not seeing the other two. All of a sudden the one guy was trying to get his arm in the window and the other guy was trying to open the doors. Brendan drove away as quick as he could but these guys were chasing us while holding onto the car for a brief time and as they let go I heard the one guy casually say “I’ll shoot you”. Brendan said “LET’S GET OUDDA HERE!”. He sounded like Arnold Schwarzenegger!
You guys must be looking forward to the Maloof Money Cup! Do you have any new tricks that you’ve mastered that you would like to try on the plaza this year?
Adam: Hellz yeah! Always looking forward to Maloof! I was thinking about trying a flip backside nosegrind down the hubba. There are lots of new things I want to try. Hyped!
Anthony: I have a Hardflip backside 5-0 in mind, but we’ll see how that goes. What would be what I’d like to leave with knowing I got that over the weekend.
The City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2013 will take place from the 7 – 13 April. The individual elements that make up the week long festival include an exhibition, large-scale mural projects, film-screenings and street art tours. Its all happening in Jozi so check out the site for more details on all the events over here.