Monday, March 29, 2010

April events

looking for something to keep you busy this April?

There's loads happening in and around Cape Town to keep you entertained, full of great food and fit as a er fiddle...

7–8 April

Did you know? Most bank notes are made of cotton blended with linen, and not regular paper. Splash out some cash to see sensational Sex Bomb singer Tom Jones, who will be stopping over at Grand West as part of his SA Tour. Or catch him at Sun City Superbowl on 10 April. R330–R580 at Computicket.

Don’t… be alarmed if there’s a sudden shortage of granny panties.

11 April

Did you know? The 1932 Henry Hall recording of Teddy Bear’s Picnic was used for more than 30 years by BBC audio engineers to test and calibrate audio equipment. Pack your picnic blanket and head out to the Stellenbosch Winelands for an all-day family feast when Eikendal Estate hauls out the barrels for its popular Weintaufe Harvest Celebration. Tickets available at the gate at R65 per adult and includes a complimentary glass and barrel tasting. Visitors under the age of 18 get in for free, 021-855-1422.

19 April

Did you know? Earthworms have five hearts. Get yours pounding by participating in the Spur Adventure Charity Challenge (Lourensford Wine Estate), for a 20km mountain bike trail ride or a 5km trail dash. There is also a 7km nature-hike and a bush baby trail for kids between the ages of six and10. Visit for info on the events in Pretoria, PE and Durbs, 021 789 0188.

30 April

Did you know? The cartoon character Olive Oyl was cast in the comic strip Thimble Theatre, ten years before Popeye the sailor made his first appearance, making the strip change its name. Join in the weekend festivities at the 10th ANNUAL RIEBEEK VALLEY OLIVE FESTIVAL, with over 23 pit stops on the specially designed festival route map, visitors have plenty of opportunity to learn the many secrets of the versatile olive. Visit, 082-896-5022.

30 April

Did you know? Dirty singer Christina Aguilera wears bright blue contact lenses? Get muddied-up at the 10th Dirtopia Mountain Bike Festival at Tarentaalkraal Campsite, Greyton. Tickets cost from R50 per event three-day weekend) 021-884-4752.

24-27 April
Did you know? Some snakes can go two years without food. But who could do that when they’re surrounded by award winning cheeses at the SA CHEESE FESTIVAL (Bien Donné). Visit the Cheese Emporium, Cheese Market or Dairy Square. Kids can play in the Kiddies Corner, the Cheese Chiller or experience the magical Milk Factory. Booking essential, Tickets R90-R110 Computicket.

Tastes to die for…

At the taste of cape 2010.
For those who missed out – I feel very, very sorry for you all…
Although this is quite a pricey event, it is well worth attending for all food (and drink) lovers. (visit for more info to make you even sadder that you did not attend…)
Not only does it feature the top restaurants in the Cape doing what they do best in ‘small portion’ form, but there is a string of wine stalls, whiskey tasting and (my fav) tequila tasting… ( the coffee patron was too die for!! I eagerly drank all of mine up (and my partners).
Thumbs up to Heineken for having one of the coolest set-ups: a massive Heineken stall with fresh, delish sushi (if you were there early enough) and empty canvases and a white couch, waiting to be painted on by all it’s customers.
(see image).
Guilty as charged!
It was a blast

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A weekend of festivities…

Well, it was a busy social weekend in CT.
Saturday was spent drinking wine and relaxing at the beautiful Cape Farm House, in Scarborough. It is a bit of a drive from the heart of Cape Town, but totally worth the mission. Not only is the sea on that side of the world reminiscent of post-card-crystal-clear-turquoise-only-found-in-Mauritius, but the friendly small town vibe and the relaxing atmosphere is so inviting as a city escape.
Every other weekend the Cape Farm House hosts a music concert, so keep up to date with what’s on at
It’s a great place for the whole family, with jungle gyms, a large lawn for picnicking and a restaurant with undercover outdoors tables. They also sell boerie rolls and ice cream cones on the concert days.
Three bands played, Shannon Hope did a solo stunt (, followed by JacSharp (, and then Bed on Bricks (
Sunday morning started off in full swing at the River Club Mashie Course.
If you’re a non-golfer, beginner or scratch handicap, this is still a super fun outing to do with a group of fiends or with your partner.
I’m a self-acclaimed beginner golfer, with a few golf clubs, a second hand bag, and a couple golf balls to my name (which I feared the worst for pre-empting day’s efforts). I had a great time and even made a birdie on one of the 9 holes.
For those that don’t know what a mashie course is, it is a golf course where each hole is the size of a par-3 (ie: the shortest holes on a regular course).
It’s only R50 per person for nine holes, and there’s a breakfast special on too for those who want some grub before their game.
Visit They also have a huge driving range and good cold beer.
Then it was off to Wellington, to visit Kleinevalleij ( wine farm during the Wellington Harvesting Festival weekend.
I was a Wellington version, and expected more than just the bolshie brandy drinkers to be parading the streets, but I was pleasantly surprised.
First it’s important to note that when you leave CT to venture out to the wine lands, remember that even though it may be 25 degrees in town, its bound to be at least 5 degrees hotter out there.
But it does get super cold in the evenings, so pack the jerseys anyway.
The venue was absolutely picturesque and I had a nagging wish to set up an easel and recreate the surrounds for my lounge.
We bought a few bottles and settled into drinking the Bovlei shiraz and the Bovlei pinotage rose (interesting).
The entertainment was a delightful orchestra followed by blues master Albert Frost – quite an evening ☺

Friday, March 19, 2010

transcribed interview with a white sangoma

This was by far one of the most interesting interviews I have aver done.
I know it's (super) long, but it's very interesting if you have the time to read it.
A= me
CS= sangoma
Photograph by Morne van Zyl

A: I want to start at the beginning. When you were a child, what did you think you wanted to do when you grew up?
CS: One memory I have is after seeing Goldie Hawn in , I thought that I would join the army. I look back at that with some humour because I think I didn’t necessarily join the army in the traditional view of how we see it, but in my work I do see my self as a warrior of the light. So, I have joined an army of sorts.
A: Yes, but it’s very different though.
CS: [laughs] Yes it is
A: And did you grow up in this [Constantia] area, or where are you originally from?
CS: I grew up in Johannesburg. I lived with my aunt and uncle, as my mom passed away when I was very young, so they effectively brought us up. We had a very interesting childhood. My uncle was running the BBC in South Africa, and we had a very progressive view of living in Apartheid. So, it was very dynamic, and I feel very blessed to have had that exposure from both sides of the political spectrum.
A: For sure, so what brought you to Constantia? Did you move here when you got married?
CS: Yes, my husband’s work brought us to the Cape.
A: Can you tell me more what you life was like before you got the calling?
CS: In a nutshell, I think that I have always had a healing ability, the first recollection I have is from when I was very small, having vivid dreams, which is highly pertinent to the sangoma world. I asked everyone in the school if I could tell them my dreams in the mornings, and everyone would say ‘no, please don’t!’ [laughs] because they would go on forever.
A: [laughs]
CS: The second thing was, that often people would comment on how warm my hands were, and later I was to discover that I did have a gift of healing with my hands. So, I went further with that into Reiki, which is a form of healing with hands. I’ve always had a fascination with herbs.
A: So, did you get a calling?
CS: Yes
A: Because I’ve heard a lot about the types of callings that sangoma’s get, that they are quite hectic, and a lot of symptoms come with it. Did you experience that?
CS: Ja, I was just about to say, I dabbled in this and that for a little while and then I thought there was still a lot that needed answering. I also kept getting ill in a specific way, and that illness wasn’t always necessarily diagnosable by doctors.
A: What kind of illness was it?
CS: It was always an illness around the liver, whether it was hepatitis or tic bite fever, or whatever, whatever – a lot of feverish illnesses. But mostly for me, there was an understanding that I had yet more to learn. There were the vivid dreams, and that I carried an illness my father also had.
A: Yes, I was going to ask you if there was any history of another family member?
CS: Yes, yes, and that came in many different forms, quite personal, but that was largely where the calling came from. I was later to discover what I thought was a depression, or a form of madness, actually, when I had a dream that repeated itself a number of times, when that dream finally came to me, the illness started to disappear.
A: Oh wow, that must have been quite a relief.
CS: Ja, when I accepted my calling, when beads were put on me by sangoma, I literally did feel like everything was going to be okay, and even though the struggle wasn’t over yet, for the first time I felt supported, in a greater sense than just family support.
A: Yes
CS: But my dream was very significant and I would like to share it with you. I dreamt about a man I hadn’t seen before, and I didn’t know at that time he was known as the ancient keeper of the story of the people of Africa. He appeared to me three times. He had these tiny eyes and huge glasses, like magnifying glasses and he was quite a short, squat man, a strange looking human being. He said to me ‘you need to get ready, because we need your medicine’.
A: Okay, what did you think?
CS: I didn’t know what it meant, maybe I had to meditate more, and then I thought, well let me go and see a sangoma, I am a white south African, why have I not tapped into this before? And I think it was partly because of a lack of exposure – it’s not really a common thing for white people to do. It is something that is regarded with a lot of fear and mystery. So I did some research and I went to see a white sangoma in Houtbay, who told me I was being called. I decided I needed to find this man in my dreams and I endedup in a lecture and when they introduced ‘Kreede Motchwa’ and he came onto the stage, I knew it was the same man.
A: Wow, that’s incredible.
CS: It was mind-blowing. Unfortunately couldn’t organise to train with him, so I went back to the ‘dream-board’. I then dreamt about bushman on Blouberg beach and I said to my husband ‘okay, you have put up with all my madness, give me one last thing – I am going to drive to Blouberg beach and see if I am going to follow this dream, then this guy better be there’.
A: Yes
CS: So I went and waited about an hour and a half while the sun rose, and just as started thinking I had lost the plot, I saw a couple cars arriving and a few sangoma’s stepped out and started walking towards me, and I saw in the middle of them was this bushman I had dreamt of.
A: Wow
CS: And I thought, ‘thank-you I am not going mad, this is real’. And he walked up to me and said ‘where have you been? I have been waiting three years for you! What has taken you so long?’ [Laughs]
A: [Laughs] That’s amazing.
CS: So I proceeded to work with him for three years.
A: So this is all before you went to the Transkei to complete your formal rituals and ceremonies?
CS: Yes, yes. I trained with him and worked for five years after that helping people cleanse their houses, doing protections and administering medicinal herbs. Then came more dreams, and I realised I had to train further. I went on a yoga workshop and tour in the Transkei, even though it I didn’t think it would be possible with the kiddies, but off I went.
A: Okay
CS: When I was there I just had the most unbelievable sensation and knowing that I was going to spend a long time there, going to and from.
A: So you went back and forth regularly?
CS: I realised I would come back again and I had dreams that confirmed that I would train further there. A local sangoma came to me and said they could see I had done some training but that it was not complete. There are a few steps that needed to be put in place.
A: Okay
CS: So, I went back to Cape Town and spoke to the family about it. I then spent two years training in the Amapondo tradition, from scratch. It was quite a humbling process.
A: Is it quite a costly process?
CS: Yes, a lot of people take longer to train because of financial constraints. The first initiation process requires you offer three chickens to the ancestors, there are red spirits, whit spirits and drinks for everyone and all the food for the ceremony and you never know how many people there will be and everyone has to receive a plate of food, so that could cost between R3 000 and R10 000, just for initiation.
A: That is quite a lot. I know you went through a number of rituals and ceremonies. You had a cow for one, did you go pick the cow yourself, or was it given to you?
CS: Let me explain the process, you stay in the white phase, initial phase, until you have a dream about your goat. So the ancestors are choosing a goat for you to find, to offer to them. What I am sitting on now is my goat’s skin. So you move from the white phase into the red phase, and then you have to find your goat. You go from hut to hut and go through the whole traditional way of greeting, which could take up to three hours before you ask them, ‘have you seen a black and white goat by any chance?’.
A: It sounds like quite a lengthy process.
CS: Once that is complete, you start to look for the dreams of the ancestor’s cow.
A: Okay, and then is it the same process again of finding the cow?
CS: Yes, it took three weeks. But it’s a great blessing as well for the people in the huts you go to.
A: Once you found the cow, how much time is there before the sacrificial ceremony? Do you get attached to the cow?
CS: It’s so individual. There is no time really there and it’s not about the time. We had to negotiate with the owner’s family for about two and a half weeks after we found the cow, before he accepted our offer of money. And that was a week before my ceremony. I was already in my isolation phase, you go into isolation before the ceremony.
A: Where you have no contact with family or friends?
CS: Yes, but my son was my assistant, so he would take me out covered in a blanket to go have a widdle and help with various things, because I had to stay inside my beehive hut for a week.
A: Wow, that must have been a very different and humbling experience?
CS: I could hear the celebratory cried of the people and the children when the cow was being lead to the kraal. There was a great lifting of energy.
A: You were saying earlier that it’s not very common for white people to go through this process. When you were in the Transkei what was the reaction from the local people? Were they friendly, was it difficult?
CS: Whilst I was there, it was so overwhelmingly beautiful. I have never felt more welcomed or celebrated. I suppose coming from the apartheid regime to where we are now, black people were penalised for being who they are, to now having white people coming there to celebrate in their tradition and to humble themselves to their ways, it’s a huge cultural bridge.
A: Yes
CS: It was so moving and humbling, and I know that there are so many houses in the Transkei that I could walk up to, day or night, and they would welcome me in to their home. That’s a huge gift. But the reaction of the whitey’s back here in Constantia, as you can imagine, has been completely different.
A: What was your family’s first reaction?
CS: My immediate family were very happy for me.
A: Because you had found this relief and acknowledgement of what you had to do?
CS: Yes, my husband thinks it’s wonderful. I was always a very earthy person. My children were happy because I was happy.
A: And the response from your neighbours?
CS: Well, before I get to that, my extended family had various reactions. My housekeeper was terrified, she is a Christian, black South African woman. She begged me not to do this, and obviously she has been indoctrinated in her own church in that way, hearing about the horrible things that go on. They are an issue, they are real, and yet there is so much more to the traditional sangoma way of life. My uncle said it was another one of my fads, that I would get over, which I didn’t, and he now stands very proud over me.
A: It sounds like there is a lot of family support, which I don’t think many people would be as lucky to have that.
CS: My father, who I feel this calling came from this side of the family, I definitely feel his support.
A: When you have the dreams and the ancestors speak to you, are they African ancestors, or your family ancestors from your father’s line?
CS: Definitely. Ancestors is a very broad concept, and people immediately think of it as a family-line, and they certainly are very important, but I also believe we have ancestors that work with us from other families. My teachers’ ancestors will be looking after me. All the beings, whether they are guides, or angels, that come form the spiritual realm, are our ancestors.
A: I understand.
CS: Back to the reactions from the neighbours and the people around town, the black people would greet me traditionally with great celebration and jubilant conversation. Where as the white… [pauses] look, [pauses]. You don’t often see a white woman walking down the road with chicken feathers in her hair and sticks in her hand. Some would stop to ask, ‘Can I ask what on earth are you doing?’
A: Ja
CS: Or others would just stop and stare and pretend they are looking and not looking. Children would stare… [pause] and be like ‘what are you, what are you?’ [Laughs].
A: [Laughs] Children are very curious. Have your children’s friends ever said anything?
CS: Absolutely. Standing in the SAX parking lot was quite a courageous and adventurous time because there the truth is told in the reaction of various people. Some were brave enough to ask, and we had lovely conversations. Some people, through lack of understanding look on in shock and horror.
A: Wow, I can imagine it’s been very interesting. So do you speak another language besides English?
CS: Yes, I learnt during my training to speak Xhosa en ek praat Afrikaans.
A: I wanted to ask you, I know some people call sangoma’s, witch doctors, is that incorrect?
CS: No, it is just a different way of saying the same thing. It’s just the English word for it, but the connotations around witch doctor are...
A: More negative?
CS: Yes, I hate it when people call me witch doctor.
A: I just wanted to understand if there was a difference. Where do you get all your herbs from and when you throw the bones, where they from when you did your ceremonies?
CS: Various places, I grow a lot of my own herbs. And what I can’t get here, I get when I go to the Transkei, and I get them from the forests and places, it depends on what we need.
A: And your beads? Do you have different ones you wear at different times?
CS: Yes, definitely. The easiest way to recognise a sangoma is that they will have beads like this, that go down their neck. You receive your white beads right at the beginning, when you are a thwasa, a traainee.
A: Do you have a favourite accessory?
CS: Yes, my head beads, they were made by another sangoma in the TRANSKEI.
A: Has anyone seen your beads and liked them and wanted ones like yours?
CS: yes, people have often asked me to make them something, but I’m still learning. It is very time consuming.
A: The skin around your wrists, is that from your cow?
CS: Yes, from my cow and the goat. When you become a sangoma, you will dream about colours for your beads, and then those are the colours you will use when making your beads.
A: So yours are blue, black and white?
CS: Yes. And the meaning of those on the first level is that white is the colour of spirit, black being the colour of the earth, and water being the blue. Then of course it also represents the white and the black people, and the blue is the healing and bridging of the two.
A: I see, so there are double meanings. What type of clientele comes to see you?
CS: Obviously I can’t tell you who comes to see me because of confidentiality, but it’s a real mix, white people, black people, women, men, rich people, poor people…
A: What kind of cases have you worked on?
CS: Various ailments. Sometimes they are being called to do the training. Sometimes people need to have house cleanses.
A: Have you ever had someone come to you and ask you to dispel bad rumours about them?
CS: Yes, definitely, people wanting help from a magical perspective, wanting help with bad luck, or to draw love, all of those kind of things. If someone’s husband is having an affair and the wife wants to cast a spell on them, I won’t do that. I don’t practise the dark magic. I am IGQIRHAKAZI, which means a female sangoma, bringer of light.
A: I was wondering about the dark on goings, it is quite controversial… it must be interesting working with so many different cases. I want to ask you more about dreams and how influential they are in everything.
CS: Dreaming is also something that needs to be defined and people access the world of dreaming in different ways. I have followed my dreams literally and figuratively. The whole training teaches you about waiting for signs in dreams, and interpreting dreams. People do ask me about what their dreams mean.
A: It’s so much that you predict the future or anything like that?
CS: No, I don’t like working with the future. I look at what’s going on now, what lead to it, and how we can assist in alleviating the challenges, so that people can move on.
A: Okay, I just wanted to understand that.
CS: Of course
A: Do you enjoy cooking and do you make any traditional foods?
CS: I cook as I’m sure most other house-wives do. We enjoy pap, especially the mixture of cabbage, spinage and pap altogether.
A: I think I’ve tried that once before.
CS: And then we my other favourite is samp and beans. I have two ladies helping me I the house, and the one makes traditional Xhosa bread and all sorts of yummy things.
A: Early we were talking about the symptoms you got surrounding your liver, if people don’t respond to their callings, I have heard the results are quite serious and people get very ill?
CS: Oh yes, people get very ill, they might go mad and they might die, it’s like leaving any illness untreated. It was phenomenal how after I had put the first beads on, within three days I was feeling like everything was going to be okay.
A: Amazing. And you said you had people coming to you with symptoms of the calling. What would your advice be to anyone who might be getting the calling?
CS: I will throw the bones and check for them. Some people just need to acknowledge their ancestors, because so many people have lost touch with that and being thankful for what they have. The first thing they need to do is inform their family about what they need to do. There are often a lot of problems in the white households. We let them know that this is something that will heal them ultimately and make them into the strong people that they are.
A: It seems to be becoming more common that there are white people finding out that they are having these callings. But it seems to be more that people are aware of the callings.
CS: Yes, definitely
A: And that with previously people did not understand what was going on, and did not have the knowledge they do now, so they would just ignore the symptoms.
CS: Yes, there is an answer within South Africa. It is becoming more widely known and widely accepted. Thankfully we are finding a way back to acknowledging the spiritual bankruptcy that we have sat in for many years.
A: So have you seen the movie, Mr Bones?
CS: yes
A: And what do you think about it?
CS: Well it definitely makes light of it. I thought two things, one: it did bring the message home to white South Africans that this is something real. For those more cynical, I think it was quite derogatory and a lot of people would say to me as I was walking along, ‘hey Mr Bones’ and call me Mr Bones. And I would laugh with them and say actually, I have boobs, I am female! [Laughs]
A: [laughs]
CS: I would say if they want to know more about it, they must ask. You have to understand – teasing comes from a place of fear and lack of understanding. Leon Shuster has crossed the bridge, but I think he is trying to bring across knowledge in a humorous way. He put some things that are very pertinent to the tradition in the movie, that others wouldn’t realise had they not walked the path.
A: that is very interesting. Clair, I have a last question for you, what would be your ultimate goal?
CS: That’s a tricky question for me, because I am not somebody that’s very fond of goals. I think goals set up expectations that result in people getting frustrated and disillusioned with themselves. But, ultimately when I come to my place of rest, I would like to have seen the seven wonders of the world. I would like to see greater global harmony and I would like to see the gap between the poor and the rich lessen.
A: Okay.
CS: I feel very blessed to have what I have and just ask the ancestors to guide me.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SAMA nominations 2010

and the nominees are here.....

Album of the Year

Big Nuz for Undisputed

BLK JKS for the album After Robots

Busi Mhlongo for Amakholwa Believers

Selaelo Selota for Lapeng Laka

Teargas for Dark Or Blue

Duo or Group of the Year

AKING for Against All Odds

Big Nuz for the album Undisputed

Jaziel Brothers for The Journey

Joyous Celebration for Volume 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, Johannesburg

Teargas for Dark Or Blue

Female Artist of the Year

Busi Mhlongo for Amakholwa Believers

Camagwini for Emandulo

Lira for Live In Concert: A Celebration

Louise Carver for The Home Tour – Live

Thandiswa Mazwai for Ibokwe

Male Artist of the Year

Benjamin Dube for 16 June Commemoration Live

Black Coffee for Home Brewed

Chris Chameleon for Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou

Ntando for Inqubela

Selaelo Selota for Lapeng Laka

Newcomer of the Year

Culoe de Song for A Giant Leap

Kyle Shepherd for Fine ART

Solly Mahlangu for the album Obrigado

The South African Youth Choir for the album Birth of the Sun

Tshepo Mngoma for People And Places

MTN Record of the Year

Change the World – Master Jam (w/ RJ Benjamin)

Consider Me – Prime Circle

Fairytale - Liquideep

FortKnox - Goldfish

Free - Thembi Seete

Good Music - DJ Cleo

Heartbreak Street – Jesse Clegg

I Believe – Oskido

Ingoma - Thandiswa featuring Hugh Masekela

Juju – Black Coffee featuring Zakes Bantwini

Lesson Number 1 – Rhythmic Elements

Live my Life – Winnie Khumalo

Maybe - Loyiso

Mmatswale- Malaika

Mpitse - HHP

NkaMo Dira – Nutty Nys (w/ Abe Molamu)

Nomalanga Mntakwethu – Zuluboy

Push me to the Floor - The Parlotones

Umlilo - Big Nuz featuring Tira

We Baba - Culoe De Song featuring Busi Mhlongo


Best Afrikaans Traditional Music Album

Die Teelepeltjies - Boeremusiek Op Sy Warmste

Hennie De Bruyn & Die Kitaarkerels - Vurige Snare
Klipwerf Orkes - Hantam Carnival
Mooiplaas Boere-Orkes - Traditionele Boeremusiek

Zak Van Niekerk, Hennie De Bruyn & Die Kitaarkerels - Rig Jou Hande Na Bo

Best Adult Contemporary Album: Afrikaans

Bok Van Blerk - Afrikanerhart

Chris Chameleon - Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes - Heuningland
Romanz - Bly Getrou
Theuns Jordaan - Kouevuur

Best Afrikaans Gospel Album

Jan Hoogendyk - Ontskemer

Louis Brittz, Wanda Bam & Leza Liversage - Ons Draai Terug!
Retief Burger - Luidkeels Oorgegee
Rouchelle Liedemann - Nuwe Begin
Wanda Bam - BeloofdeLand

Best Kiddies Album: Afrikaans

Carike Keuzenkamp - Carike En Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland 6
Nedine Blom - Supercool Vir Jesus

Ronell Erasmus - Kareltjie Kameelperd
Vaaljappie - Kanedoebadoe

Best Country Music Album

Billy Forrest & Bobby Angel - The Hits Of Foster & Allen

Cheree - In My Drome
Die Campbells - Keep It Country

Dozi - Voel So Reg
Ray Dylan - Goeie Ou Country

Best Rock Album: Afrikaans

Andries Botha - Welkom In Die Wêreld
Jan Blohm - 7 Jaar
Teerpad - Kry Rigting

Zinkplaat - Mooi Besoedeling

Best Alternative Music Album: Afrikaans

Die Heuwels Fantasties - Die Heuwels Fantasties

Gizelle - Begin
Sonsteek - Ons Ideale

Straatligkinders - Sweef Soos N Vuishou

Willim Welsyn - Maanplaas

Best Pop Album: Afrikaans

Bobby Van Jaarsveld - Net Vir Jou

Dewald Louw - Ek En Jy
Lianie May - Boeremeisie
Nicholis Louw - Energie

Snotkop - Francois Henning Was Hier

Best Sokkie Dans Album

Die Campbells - Mamma Maria

Kurt Darren - Die Beste Medisyne
Ruan De Waal – ‘N Bietjie Nader
Willem Botha - Se My Nou

Zak Van Niekerk - Fototjie

Best Afrikaans DVD

Juanita Du Plessis - 10 Jaar Platinum Treffers Live
Louis Brittz & Jean Marais - Daniel 09

Nicholis Louw – Intiem Met Nicholis Louw

Retief Burger - Luidkeels Oorgegee
Thys Die Bosveldklong - Kom Lag ‘N Slag


Best Adult Contemporary Album: English

Blk Sonshine - Good Life
Dear Reader - Replace Why With Funny

Farryl Purkiss - Fruitbats & Crows

Laurie Levine - Living Room
Louise Carver - The Home Tour: Live

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Kevin Knott - Worthy
Proxy - The Call

Rivers Live - Love Never Fails
Scintillate - Sleeper
The Plain Truth - Only One God

Best Kiddies Album: English

Gcina Mhlophe - Songs And Stories Of Africa
Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom - Goggatjie Childrens Songs CD

Relebogile Mabotja & Erika Strydom - Stories From The Alphabet Tree Volume 1

Best Rock Album: English

aKING - Against All Odds
Cassette - Who Do You Trust

New Holland - Exploded Views
The Parlotones - Stardust Galaxies
Voodoo Child - Attack. Don’t Panic

Best Alternative Music Album: English

BLK JKS - After Robots
Hog Hoggidy Hog - Method To The Madness
Martin Rocka And The Sickshop - Its A Filthy Song But Someones Got To Sing It
Mix N Blend - Look Mom No Hands
The Black Hotels - Films For The Next Century

Best Pop Album: English

Axene – 16

Jerusha – Jerushalem

La Vuvuzela – In Stereo


Sasha-Lee – Sasha-Lee

Best Global Chart DVD

Dozi & Nianell - It Takes Two - Live At The Silverstar Casino
Lira - Live In Concert: A Celebration
Prime Circle - All Or Nothing Live
The Plain Truth - Only One God


Best Popular Classical Album

Daniel Rowland And Stellenbosch University Camerata - Vivaldi / Piazzolla Seasons
James Grace - Sevilla Music Of Spain II
Sterling Electric Quartet - Nova
The South African Youth Choir – Birth Of The Sun
TwoPianists - Brahms, Lutoslawski, Arensky & Copland

Best Instrumental Album

Carol Thorns - Fireflies In The Rain
CH2 - Orange Guitar
Guy Buttery - Fox Hill Lane
Kidofdoom - My Faith In War
Steve Newman – Flavour

Best Traditional Jazz Album

Anna Davel - Linger Longer

Brian Thusi - Nomakunjalo
Kyle Shepherd - FineART
Tutu Puoane - Quiet Now
Jazzing & Jiving – The Cape Town Sessions

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Adam Glasser - Free At First
Fundile Mdingi - Borrowed Gift
Ivan Mazuze - Maganda
Tammy - Just Jazz
Tshepo Mngoma - People And Places

Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD

Kristel Birkholtz - The Sea In Spring

Ses Snare - Ses Snare Live @ The Performer Theatre
Wouter Kellerman - Colour Live In Concert


Best Music Video of the Year

Nicky Campos for Juju by Black Coffee Ft Zakes Bantwini

Morgan Dingle for Who Do You Trust by Cassette

Nick Roux for Gotta Keep It Going by Jozi
Brandon Oelofse for Double Cross by Psyfo
Francis Gavin & Jolyon Ellis for Push Me To The Floor by The Parlotones

Best Producer

Theo Crous for Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou by Chris Chameleon
Brian O’Shea for Fruitbats & Crows by Farryl Purkiss
HHP & Steve Raphadu for Dumela by HHP

Mix n Blend for Look Mom No Hands by Mix N Blend
James Bassingthwaighte & Jaydine Baron for Love That Music by Timothy Moloi

Best Engineer

Johan van Schalkwyk & Crighton Goodwill for Stripped Down Soul’d Out by Garth Taylor
Ishmael Morabe & DJ Swami for On The Edge by Ishmael
Marius Brouwer for On The Run by Jason Hartman
Howard Butcher for Flavour by Steve Newman
Robin Walsh for Love That Music by Timothy Moloi

Remix Of The Year

DJ Nutty Nys for K’zogo K’zogozogo (Summer Anthem) – Nutty Nys Remix by Deep Level
Protoculture for Cruising Through - Protoculture Mix by Goldfish
Black Coffee for This Is How It Goes - Black Coffee Remix by Goldfish
Bongani Fassie Partytime by Jozi
DJ Hypnosis for 2 By 2 by Rhythmic Elements

Best Album Packaging

Merwe Marchand le Roux for Against All Odds by aKING

Craig Wells for Who Do You Trust by Cassette
Heath Dyer for Live In Concert: A Celebration CD by Lira

Caroline Hillary for Ibokwe by Thandiswa Mazwai
Matt Edwards for Whole Worlds by Tumi


Best South Sotho Music (SeSotho) Album

Koete - Tharisa Ea Matsoapo No.4
Letsoalo - Letabohile Letsoalo
Masweti - Masweti No.2 Re Kopa Khotso
Motsotuoa Mosenene - Lipabala Tsa Quthing No.4

Tau Ea Matsekha - Matsekha Grooves

Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album

Connie Chauke - Magevenga

George Maluleke - Siku Ramakumu

Hammy Chauke – Niwisisi

Mapfohlosela - Mr Hummer

Thomas Chauke - Shimatsatsa No 29

Best Venda Music (TshiVenda) Album

Ntshengedzeni Maligana – Mathada Vol. 2
Tshigomboza - Toduluso

Zozo & Sangere Superbeat - Mukovhe

Best Mbhaqanga Album

Abafana BakaMolo - Intombi Yegenge

Impumelelo - Isikweletu
Mthoko - Thambo Lami Leqolo

Oflende - Pajero
Umashwabana - Ithemba Lami

Best Maskandi Album

Izingane Zoma – Obama

Phuzekhemisi - Izindaba Zakho
Shabalala Rhythm - Isikweletu
Thokozani Langa - Inganekwane
Umgqumeni – I SMS

Best Traditional A Capella Album

African Cream Freedom Choir - Freedom Songs
King Star Brothers - Abanini Bemizi
Ladysmith Abafana Bezamanani - Ngane Yami

Thulani Shabalala Izimpande - Unity Is The Power
Usuthu - Halala 2010

Best Adult Contemporary Album: African

Bhudaza - Likhomo
Busi Mhlongo - Amakholwa Believers
Camagwini - Emandulo
Selaelo Selota - Lapeng Laka
Thandiswa Mazwai - Ibokwe

Best African Contemporary Gospel Album

Benjamin Dube - 16 June Commemoration Live
Jay - Worship Unlimited Vol. 1
Joyous Celebration - Vol. 13 Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, JHB
Solly Mahlangu - Obrigado
Spirit of Praise - Spirit Of Praise Vol 2

Best African Traditional Gospel Album

Hlengiwe Mhlaba - Hlala Kuye
Sechaba - Mangihamba Nawe
Sipho Makhabane - Ebenezer
Winnie Mashaba - Joang Kapa Joang
Worship House - Ikhaya Lami

Best Traditional African A Capella Gospel Album

Abalindi - Nguwe Nguwe
Amadodana Ase Postile - Ngihole Jehovah
Amadodana Ase Wesile - Jesu Wena Ungu Mhlobo
In Zion Of Julesburg Apostolic Faith Assembly In Zion - Se Ndzi Dyohile (Forgive Us Lord)
Thina Zion 1 - Phuthumani

Best Alternative Music Album: African

Candy - Siki (Five Cents)

Joe Nina - Unchained
KB - Ke Mosadi
Oliver Mtukudzi - Dairai

Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD

Benjamin Dube - 16 June Commemoration Live

Joyous Celebration - Vol. 13 : Live At The Mosaiek Theatre, JHB
Solly Mahlangu - Obrigado

Spirit Of Praise – Spirit of Praise Vol 2
Worship House - Ikhaya Lami


Best Urban Gospel Album

Bongi & Collin - Makadunyiswe

Charisma - My Journey
Keke - In The Holy Of Holies
Kgotso - In The Beginning
Neville D - Songs Of Deliverance

Best Pop Album: African

Deborah - Uthando
Jaziel Brothers - The Journey
Maduvha - Africa

Malaika - Mmatswale
Ntando - Inqubela

Best Urban Pop Album

DJ Sox - House Party
Jozi - Wild Life

Kwela Tebza - Made In South Africa
Mxo - Sounds In Motion
Urban Reign - When It Rains It Pours

Best Urban Dance Album

Black Coffee - Home Brewed
Culoe De Song - A Giant Leap

DJ Cleo – Es’khaleni 6
Liquideep - Oscillation
Oskido – Oskido’s Church Grooves 8 & 9th Commandment

Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album

Brian Temba - Something Better

Byron Clarke - Self Inflicted
Ishmael - On The Edge

Mario Ogle – Can’t Stop Loving You

Nash Reed - Mercurial

Best Rap Album

HHP - Dumela
JR - Colourfull
Khuli Chana - The MotswakOriginator
Teargas - Dark Or Blue
Tumi - Whole Worlds

Best Kwaito Album

Big Nuz - Undisputed
Mzambiya - Still I Rise
Spikiri - Taking A Walk On The Wild Side
TKZee - Coming Home

Zola - Impepho

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What's on in CT in March

Cape Town Events in March

1- 20 March 2010
Did you know? In his audition for Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber on Fleet street, Sacha Baron Cohen sang the entire score of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) for director Tim Burton. Our very own Barber Boys are back in action with JOE BARBER 5 – SCHOOL CUTS (Baxter Theatre) starring the hilarious David Isaacs and Oscar Petersen. Tickets from R80pp Computicket.

1-13 March
Did you know? Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. If you haven’t been yet, make sure you catch The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition presented by NHU Africa (Iziko South African Museum). R15 (adults), free for kids u/16 (021-481-3800)

11–14 March
Did you know? The longest time spent standing on one foot is 76 hours, 40 minutes. But who would do that when they can ride a bicycle for 110km at this year’s Cape Argus Cycle Tour? Entries have closed, but you can still be a spectator on the 14th and hang out
at the finish line (Green Point) for the afterparty. Stock up on cool cycling gear at the Lifecycle Expo (11–13th).

17 March
Did you know? A cat has 32 muscles in each of its ears. Go listen to pop superstar Kelly Clarkson sing her heart out with her ‘All I Ever Wanted’ tour (Grand West). Tickets from R219, Computicket. If you’re not going to be in the Mother City, catch her in Johannesburg on 12 March (Coca Cola Dome) or at the IIC Durban on 14 March.
Please note:

25–31 March Did you know? Laughing 100 times roughly equates to 15 minutes’ worth of exercise on a bike. So work out those muscles as John Vlismas hosts this year’s Old Mutual Comedy Festival, with a line-up including Trevor Noah, Zinzi Mangweni and Brendon Murray.

24-28 March Did you know? Up until the 16th century, carrots were black, green, yellow and purple. Foodies unite at the Taste of Cape Town, where 16 of the Mother City’s finest restaurants, wineries, drink brands and food exhibitors create a culinary celebration.

27 March
Did you know? The polar bear is the only mammal with hair on the soles of its feet. Harvesting season has hit the Cape Winelands, so celebrate in true Cape Town tradition with the FRANSCHHOEK OESFEES, for a rousing feast of Cape music and lekker kaapsekos (Solms-Delta wine estate). R160pp or free for kids u/12 Computicket.

1-31 March
Did you know? Mosquito’s are attracted to blue more than any other colour. Get your fill of colour at the new Artspace44, where sculpture and hand-printed photography by local artists Stephen Rautenbach and Bani van der Merwe are exhibited.

1 – 31 March
Did you know? In 1983, a Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa out of toast. Artwork may not be eaten at the Raw Vision Gallery, but it is defiantly worth visiting as it hosts the African Odyssey exhibition, show casing local and international photographers, ceramicists and artists who have taken wildlife, landscape and Afrikana images beyond just picture post cards (076-581-9468).

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Super 14 fever

All those who know me, know I am a SHARKS (rugby team of KZN for the ignorant) supporter. I know many of us are slinking in our seats with the disastrous performances and numerous losses (I cant count them all it makes my head hurt), but I’m still proud to call myself a SHARKS supporter.

But, in true Cape Townian style I went to watch a STORMERS game over the weekend. Not that they have too much to brag about either (but that’s nothing new!).

The great thing about live rugby is that it doesn’t matter who you really support, the atmosphere in the stadium is always super exciting!!! And you can’t help but get into the game.

The half time drinks were a bad idea. Ladies, never go into the bar unaccompanied!!! It’s madness!

But going to at least one of these games is something every individual should do, whether you get to see your team or not, you are supporting sport in south africa!

Tis the season to be harvesting

The Cape Winelands have been celebrating their harvesting festivals (there are so many to choose from!!), and by accident I stumbled into Spier's Harvesting festival.

I found four lovely white wines which I tasted and couldn’t resist buying for home:
-Chenin blanc about R20 (easy drinking for lunch with all the ladies NB buy a case!);
-Chardonnay about R25 (also easy drinking, but only for certain lady friends);
-Private Collection wooded chardonnay about R80 (to sip over dinner/ late lunch with boyfriend);
-And the Private Collection wooded chenin blanc about R70 (for a lunch with 1 girlfriend or drink it all on your own - you don’t want to be sharing too much!)

I am usually a red wine gal – a shiraz gal at that – but with temperatures reaching into their 40’s I have been favouring a cool white instead.

Although I didn’t do any grape stomping, I did go on a tractor ride around the wine estate, mostly with kids and tourists, but I blended in very well I thought with open bottle in hand asking the guide too many questions.

The festival was topped off with great music by renowned singer Gerald Clarke and band, including guest appearances from Albert Frost.

Have you seen Kulula's new Flying 101 planes?

WE all know Kulula is a comical South African airline, but these tongue and cheek guides to understanding how a plane works are just hilarious! See the pics...