AppleSauce: An Innerview with Mixed Apples

“#WordOnTheStreet” – Mixed Apples
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“#HowYouLikeThemApples” – The Guide

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Happy Birthday and Congratulations.
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Hey dude, thank you so very much!!!

The Guide:

One year for a one year old is an entire lifetime.

MA:

Bro, it is a lifetime but it has flashed by in a blink of an eye. We have made so many amazing new friends and contacts in our first year, getting to showcase some amazing artists, musicians and all round creative people. It has been a lot of hard work but we do it with a smile on our faces!! Thanks to everyone for the support in our first year as Mixed Apples!!!

The Guide:

Who and what is mixed apples? Where do you guys come from?

MA:

Mixed Apples is made up of three individuals, Nelson – Grant – Jay,

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who have a passion for showcasing South Africa’s amazing creative talents, whether you are a DJ, producer, graphic designer, artist, photographer, illustrator, extreme athlete etc. We also pride ourselves in bringing to you the #WordOnTheStreet on all the awesome events and talents in the country. We are from all over the country but we reside now in Gauteng.

The Guide:

What made you decide on the name mixed apples?

MA:

The name Mixed Apples was a name I (Nelson Mendes) came up with a very long time ago, initially for an events company I wanted to start. When we came together with the idea of starting this platform, I told the gents about Mixed Apples and they loved it!! It defiantly goes with what we are, as Mixed Apples doesn’t exactly limit us to a specific genre, rather emphasizing that we are a mixed batch of awesome information 😉

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An odd bunch

The Guide:

Where did it all begin for you guys?

MA:

Well blogging started for me with a platform called NosTheBoss in 2010, where i would post once a week about house music and the house scene in the country. The bug bit me and i had bigger dreams for this. It was hard enough finding the relevant information to write only about one topic, let alone a platform with so much info. I got a couple of mates together that were interested in the idea and we started putting in the hard work to create Mixed Apples. Its been 1 year now and we have an excellent three man team that is on the ball with all the amazing things happening in the country!!

The Guide:

What were the main challenges you have faced leading up to now, you know, teething pains and whatnot?

MA:

I would say that the hardest thing when we started off was getting the relevant information as it got released, but with a few months of very hard work we were noticed by most of the big PR and Events companies, where we now get all the news as it happens. I would like to the Rachelle Crous Publicity and Mike of One-Eyed Jack for being two of the biggest influences in our short existence.

The Guide:

What do you consider the main successes in the life of mixed apples?

MA:

We measure our success in how far and wide we can influence the lives of the incredible people that we showcase. We pride ourselves in getting as much publicity as possible to the creative people we showcase. Definitely one of the highlight has been turning 1 year old and throwing our very first Mixed Apples event. Thank you to Arcade Empire, all the DJ’s and all you beautiful people that came out to support…

The Guide:

Have you been finding support for your platform and from where?

MA:

We have found support from all areas, teaming up with some amazing people in the industry, to synergise and build the local scenes. I would like to thank a few amazing people who have helped in a big way: Daniella and Claire at Converse Africa, Rudolf, Rob and your Arcade Empire team, Mike from One-Eyed Jack and Seed Experiences, Ryan and Seb at Monster Energy RSA, Rachelle Crous Publicity, Brent and Stuart at Brent Black Studios, Henk at Park Acoustics, Johan at Griet, Kyle at TNH, Nick Barnes and your amazing team at Gravity Lab, Rene Jazzman from Deep Inspiration Show, Ryan at Cool Beans Design Agency, TK at Not Another Zebra, JBM Tattoo studio and Fallen Heroes Tattoo studio, and many, many more (sorry if I have not personally mentioned you)

The Guide:

Who would you love to work with?

MA:

We are all about synergy and we want to team up with as many like-minded people in the industry as we can! We would like to be involved at all the major events and festivals in the country. If you want to get hold of us to help with your event or showcasing you or your client, don’t hesitate to contact us: info@mixedapples.co.za

 

The Guide:

What is the connection between Mixed Apples and Trio Nova?

MA:

I (Nelson Mendes) am one of the partners at Trio Nova, as well as heading up Mixed Apples. Trio Nova is an events company in Pretoria, throwing unique house based events every 2/3 months. The partnership between the two works hand in hand, as I get to promote my Trio Nova events on the Mixed Apples platform. We also do lots of give aways on the Mixed Apples platform for the Trio Nova events.

 

The Guide:

Do you have any exciting things lined up for Year II?

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Mixxxed Apples

MA:

We have a few exciting things that we are working on. Look out for two events that we will be involved with in the next few months at Arcade Empire. We are also getting involved with a brand new digital publication called Fishbowl, this is probably the most exciting project we have up our sleeves this year. I can’t tell you more but what I can tell you is that this is going to be awesome!!!!

The Guide:

How would you define Apple Sauce?

MA:

The coming together of creative juices to showcase awesomeness… 😉

 

The Guides definition of appleSauce...

The Guides definition of appleSauce…

The Guide:

Finish this sentence: The red apple said to the green apple…

MA:

Let’s give these beautiful people the #WordOnTheStreet

#WordOnTheStreet

#WordOnTheStreet

For those of you that are interested here is a recipe for applesauce:

Applesauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

The sugar amounts are just guidelines, depending your taste, and on the sweetness of your apples, use less or more. If you use less sugar, you’ll likely want to use less lemon juice. The lemon juice brightens the flavor of the apples and balances the sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.)
  • 4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
  • Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

METHOD

1 Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover. Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

2 Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.

Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.

Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide to Jammin’ N Ting: An African Festival Pilgrimage

 

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I have never been to a primarily African oriented festival before. I have been to festivals. Many, many festivals. This is a first time for me on so many levels.  So I’m very excited to be going to Jammin’N Ting festival held annually over Easter weekend at the foot of the Maluti mountains.

Rustlers valley to be more specific.

To be even more specific; Naledi Cultural Village is the name of the spot on the map one will be heading towards in order to get to the festival gate. The line-ups of previous years have always enticed me to making this pilgrimage and finally this year I am going. I have imagined that the sonic memories that I would come back with would stay with me for a very long time and effect a significant shift in my exposure and appreciation of music, perhaps even elevating my consciousness.

 

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So The Guide reached out to the olsky-wolsky from way back in the day, Sir True Anikulapo Jones, to find out a bit about the festival, his participation, and what kinda jamming and what kinda tings make this festival.

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Greetings earthling. How long have you been involved with the J&T fest and what contribution do you make?

True Anikulapo Jones:

I think I have been there for three years but I can’t be sure, I have had times at Jammin’ when the recollection of the night before is hazed. I guess it is a true escape for me. (Haha).2011. I first got involved as a DJ while hosting StereoDtox , with Lwazi Prolific , Christine Msibi and feature slots by DJ Medicine

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and Vegetarian Chef.  So Lwazi and I went as an MC, DJ duo representing the radio show . This year I am more involved, assisting with admin and effort of the back-end of a festival.

 

The Guide:

What is your favourite thing about J&T?

True:

The escape at the foot of the Maluti. The lyrics of the song by Foreign Exchange I think puts it rightly ; “Good music , good people , good loving, it makes me happy.”

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The Guide:

What are your thoughts on the seeming lack of festivals that cater to a primarily Black demographic in SA?

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True:

I or anyone else would be naive to completely charge the lack of festivals on promoters. One must take a closer look at the audience, if we are speaking of the “camp out” festival. The market is a small one, with a smaller demographic keen on the camping experience. Perhaps we need to think of and work towards creating festivals that are a “black friendly” interpretation of the experience.  That is an expensive process, but possible.

The Guide:

Do you think we will see more African festivals for Africans in South Africa?

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True:

Yes . Our world views and appeal to international acts/audiences is growing.  I am also seeing a growing interest to explore. The people are beginning to want more than the current norm.

True Anikulapo

 

The Guide:

Why do you think Black South African Youth are, what one might call averse, to travelling out of town, into nature to enjoy experiences such as Jammin’ n Ting?

 

True:

Comforts zones are tough ones to invite people out of.  Many have to first get rid of the idea that travel and exploration means white towels and departure terminals. The festival goers and promoters need to also tackle our responsibility and give them the medicine with some sugar. Jah Seed

We must improve on the reasons they should venture out.  

The Guide:

Please relate one of your most memorable J&T moments.

True:

There are so many and the one I remember most is not one to be shared. Not yet at least, perhaps in a future autobiography or memoires. I can say though, that the naturalness of Naledi Village makes it a grand place to create your own. Black lips

 

The Guide:

What can festival revelers look forward to at this years J&T?

True:

The line up is always grand because the DJ’s and acts that come together to create a 3 day soundtrack are ones that dare to play only “Good Music”.  This year I am excited by hearing Impande Core and the acts coming from Lesotho . There is a cave too …

The Guide:

What’s the recipe, what ingredients go into cooking up a True Jones JNT set?

Farmer True

True:

African music for African people with a sprinkling of funk and a dash of afrobeat . The rest is a secret to be only revealed at JNT . Fair?

The Guide:

Fair. Thank you so Much Brother Jones. Looking forward to you doing your thing at the festival this year. People can also catch True Jones doing his thing at Afro_Futuristic Fridays this week in Braamfontein.

Afro-Futuristic Fridays