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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?

Black Africa

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?

Black Land

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

 

 

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