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24 January 2015
Gazelle & Invizable: The Rise & Fall of an Empire
After a four year hiatus the duo known as Gazelle & Invizable have concluded their second and final album called “The Rise & Fall of an Empire” which portraits the cycle of life, death and resurrection within a conceptual narrative of civilization, society on individual, its lifespan and socio-political ideology. The group shot to critical acclaim when their debut album “Chic Afrique” broke through the South African music scene and into the world, making waves that shook the idea of musical genre with their unique self titled ‘Limpop’ sound. This album is a swan song for the duo as they have decided to let go of the band and focus on personal projects between New York and Cape Town. With their choice cemented they have decided to offer the album to their fans and listeners for free as a sign of gratitude for their faith and support over what was a magical time in South African culture and development, resonating the groups respect of each other and the people that helped to build what was truly a magnificent moment in African dance music.
Two final performances in South Africa will write the last chapter of this iconic group with a show in Cape Town at Assembly on the 24th of January and the final show in Pretoria at Park Acoustics on the 25th of January.
The Rise & Fall of an Empire came to life after traveling across South Africa and putting together an ‘African Orchestra’ to perform an 11 scene or song tale about the infinite cycle of life. This was visually translated by Austrian artists Constantin Demner and Sarah Littasy from Studio Elastic. An incredible art piece was created out of illustration and built into a 3D object with paper which was then filmed and photographed.
On the 24th of January prior to the final Cape Town show this art piece will be installed along with a listening session of the album in the Annex of Assembly courtesy of Red Bull Studios Cape Town where the preliminary recordings was done.
– Gazelle & DJ INVIZABLE
– Alice Phoebe Lou Music
– Tommy Gun
– Native Young
– Season Marimba Stars
Not just anyone can go to Oppikoppi. You have to REALLY love music to want to be there and endure the 3 days of dust and partying.
The line-up this year promised to create a few highlights in many people’s lives with headliners Aloe black, Editors and Wolf Mother.
It was great to see so many vibrant souls in the campsites and definite camaraderie between the newer Oppikoppi generation and the veterans. We all have something to learn from each other, whether it’s the fact that you’re too old to party that hard or too young to remember to shower and buy extra cigarettes.
I had the pleasure of seeing some of my favorite artists, namely Spoek Mathambo, Nomadic Orchestra, Sibot and Toyota, Mr. Sakitumi, Louie Lvnd, Lex la Foy and (new found appreciation for) CT legends Dookoom. With every stage hosting some great bands is was tough running between all the different gigs and trying fit everyone in.
Some fun Oppikoppi facts
1. It was their 20 year anniversary so you can only imagine how people celebrated and revelled in the dustathon.
2. The Red Bull stage was the biggest rave Limpopo has ever experienced.
3. DJ Bob played every night, and the most legendary set.
4. Dookoom Salute! Breakfast with these guys was something special, and camping next to Isaac Mutant was an education.
5. The showers in media where decent.
6. There was the one place we ate and it blew my mind. I’d go back to Oppikoppi next year just to eat there again.
7. Always take an extra multi plug for the media centre.
8. The Running of the Gods was participated in with enthusiasm, but
9. The naked race took the cake – brave souls of Mordor.
10. People didn’t shout Oppikoppi as much this year. In fact, there was a lot less shouting and way more listening in my opinion.
11. The Oppikoppi team work damn hard to make the festival incredible for you so say thank you!
12. It was a contest for the best branded buffs; MTV, MK and Red Bull vying for the spot.
Thanks to Revolution and Hilltop for having us. Still finding dust in my ears.
JAGERMEISTER PRESENTS : THE BIG 5 SERIES – 5 EVENTS | 25 ARTISTS | 10 MONTHS
Presented by Jagermeister South Africa: a key partner that has helped nurture and pioneer local music over the past years. The focus of THE BIG 5 is on local talent and the design stems from utilising The Assembly Logo to create the 5 iconic South African wild animals for each event. All the designs were put together by Andrew Ringrose. The aim of THE BIG 5 is to connect Live Music and Electronic Music, fusing these 2 scenes into a one night only experience per show, to be remembered for the rest of time and anchor these acts in the history of The Assembly lifestyle.
THE BIG FIVE SERIES ARTISTS:
– Van Coke Kartel
– The Plastics
– Jack Stone
– JNN KPN
Style like this doesn’t come around too often. Flo Mirtain has it all: tech, gnar, rad looking spots, smooth lines, solid trick selection… Everything. Holding it down for Lyon, France, Flo hit the streets of Europe hard for this awesome part to Continue reading “Flo Mirtain DVS x Cliche Collab part”
In March 2014, evil forces descended upon the city of Cape Town and decided to steal all the drum equipment belonging to Graham Pitout (drummer for Take Hand and Enmity). Now for those of you who don’t know, replacing a drumkit is quite an expensive business. So we decided to help a brother out, and managed to convince some of our awesome friends to play this fundraiser show. All proceeds from the night will be going towards Graham’s new drums, so please come support!
Saturday 24 May
ROAR, 299 Lower Main Road, Observatory
Here is your soundtrack for the week. In anticipation for the upcoming Doors of Perception art exhibition at the Revolution Woodstock store in Cape Town, here is the latest soundtrack from Psych Night.
This album is the first leg in showcasing South African bands that are forming the fresh wave of talent and psychedelic colour washing over the lands. A big thank you goes to Wild Eastern Arches, The Future Primitves, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, Bilderberg Motel and Black Lung for allowing us to use their tracks. Please spread this album far and to many. “Meet us at the top of the sky…”
The album cover was designed by local Cape Town artist Simon Berndt.
*All rights of the tracks belong to the corresponding artists involved in the compilation of this album.