The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To The One Love Collective

“WHY WOULD WE NEED GALLERIES TO EXHIBIT OUR CREATIVE WORKS WHEN OUR ART FORM IS GROOMED IN THE STREETS?”

 

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It’s late in the afternoon. You’re slowly meandering down a river of post nine to five traffic as it flows between banks of concrete lined by tall buildings. The sun is setting and you are lost in your thoughts. The reflected glint of dusk hued sunlight reflecting off the triple glazed windows of some business premises or other permits you a glimpse of why Johannesburg is called the city of gold.
Then whoosh…

A small, strong wind repeatedly blows into the car in short rapid bursts, a taxi hoots (at what only a few have ever deciphered) and you look up out of the kiddie pool of thoughts you had been lounging in to see a team of fearless skate boarders coasting through traffic like the Silver surfer does the cosmos.

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You think to yourself WTF? Are those guys crazy? Do they have medical aid, or a death wish?

The answer is most definitely NO to all of the above.

What they do have is a desire to experience life to the fullest, to be free from any conventional constraints, to push themselves to the limits of their ability and to excel only in being their best. This is what I’ve come to learn from being in the midst of the skating community.

This is an introduction to The One Love Collective.

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The One Love Collective are a group of youths that are changing the face of the inner city, utilising spaces that most would pass in a blink of an eye and disregard as waste even faster than that.
A non-profit organisation geared towards the promotion of skate boarding in, but not limited to, the inner city communities.
Through a diversity of endeavours the One Love Collective directs its energy towards the empowerment, education and upliftment of the youth through the medium of skate boarding. The development of young people with the capacity to utilise their inherent potential to overcome the challenges of life and growing up in the testing context of the African urban environment.

#EnterTheVoid

The aptly named moving indoor skate park, The Void, is one of their principle projects. Currently in its third manifestation, The Void has recently been opened again in the Maboneng Precinct of Jeppestown Johannesburg. In a place defined by the regeneration of underutilised space, the One Love Collective is redefining the definition. Inhabiting places determined as empty ‘voids’ yet to be filled by the dominating expansion that is Maboneng, the One Love Collective’s mobile indoor skate park has been and continues to create a safe haven for inner city kids to develop and refine their skating skills.

Hand built and home grown, the park is an evolving manifestation of the grittiness and drive that defines the City of Gold.

If you want to #EnterTheVoid: kick, push and coast your way over to 308 Fox Str. at the T.F.E  House across the street from the only skate shop in the inner-city Home Grwn.

You can follow the continuing story of the One Love Collective through the following channels:

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TWTTR

TUMBLR

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide to Honey and Bass: An Innerview with Lex LaFoy

“The best way to learn my way around was to get lost.” – Lex Lafoy

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The Guide: Tell us a bit about the connection between Bass music and Lex LaFoy’s Roots?

 Lex:

 

My first interaction with Bass Music on a soul level was on the 27th of November 2010 at an S.K.A (Street Kulture Appreciation) gig held in a park in Protea North, Soweto, Johannesburg, ZA. I’d performed earlier in the day, and after some sun-soak and great vibes…I heard it. I heard what sounded like a multitude rapping on some heavy bass. That night I met Blindfolders– Cosmo MC and B-Slim (who produced Ifani’s Jonga. Yeah I introduced them. Hehe. Love is funny.), and my life was transformed forever. It just so happened that I had entered into a transitional space within myself as an artist and creative, where I was getting bored with what I’d been doing for the previous 7-8 years, and wanted more. I didn’t know what this more was until that moment.

 

My love for Bass expanded ten-fold after that. As I opened myself to this newness it began to transform me from the inside out. I heard Niskerone at an UberCool Party (Run by Georgios Kretsos) in my home town Durban for the first time in 2012 and knew that Drum n Bass equated to church for me. And no one could say sh*t about that. [For an in-depth diary entry.]

 

The Guide: Who schooled Lex in the art of Bass Rap?

Lex:

Cosmo MC of Blindfolders was my guru. He took the time, effort and love to challenge me as an MC to the utmost. We’d spend hours freestyling battling and rapping over bass music, till eventually, the 2-2 beat was ingrained in my head. And heart. (Of course, like all rebels, we master the rules only to bend them the way we like 🙂 )

 Lexnsex

 

 

The Guide: Which of your songs are your favourite? 

Lex: 

Mm Tough one. I love so many. I seem to fall in love with every song I create now. I will say this though… Look out for the new releases later this year (when I return to South Africa). Then we can discuss favourites on a global scale 🙂 debates, discussions and comments as to what you and I feel.

 

The Guide: What do you love about Jo’burg?

Lex:

I love the ambition in the air. I love the fact that everything I need is at my disposal, and if it isn’t there, someone in the vicinity can hook it up. I love the watermarked heights of sheer determination that are written on the walls around us. Some in achievement, some in aerosol.Making me want to reach higher. And be the best me I can be. I love the healthy frustration I feel that motivates me into a state of action. I love the late nights and the good energy. The beautiful people. The brilliant creatives I’ve come to meet, love and see as my team. I love Maboneng and its founders. I love me that Jewish Dank too 🙂

 

The Guide: What was your experience like the first time you came to JHB from DBN?

Lex:

My first solo mission to Joburg was in 2005 at the UN Hip Hop Summit held in Newtown. I missed my psychology test because of this. Hehe. It was there I met Osmic before the birth of BTTC & the SAHHA’s, and my baby-daddy Psalm1. He and I started dating long distance and I’d come up every now and again to visit and also partake in cyphers and some shows. This helped grow my inter-city connections. I then moved up in July 2012 after I completed my BSocSci Degree (Psychology and Philosophy) at UKZN. I stayed in Zola when I first arrived with a good sister-friend I’d known from Durban. I then stayed with other sister-friend’s who were great to me. That was cool. Humbling to say the least 🙂 I didn’t know my way around and asked for an aerial view map of the city. My homegirls denied me the privilege and said the best way to learn my way around was to get lost. So I did 🙂 I was doing promotion work when I first arrived, and that had me travelling all over Gauteng. It helped me find my bearings.

 

The Guide: How was the Red Bull Bass Camp experience?

                        What did you learn?

Lex:

Bass Camp was awesome. I met some of the country’s best artists and creatives and have developed a familial bond with them and their work. It felt like Professor X’s School for the Gifted.

Only Richard the 3rd didn’t like being compared to an old bald man 🙂 . The lectures by some of the greats were eye-opening and educative. It’s added so much value to who I am as a person along this journey.

 

The Guide: What’s your favourite band?

Lex:

I love my music and the people I create music with the most. I love Frank Marksy and Rehab Tony. I also love Die Antwoord. I’d love to do a song with Yolandi Vi$$er one day 🙂 Putting it out there. Into the Universe. I like me some Drake, James Blake, Jhene Akio, Saul Williams, Florence and the machine, Blaya of BurakaSomSistemo to name a few.

The Guide: Ruby Gold?

Lex:

Ruby is like my sister. We lived together not so long ago. She’s a strong tenacious young woman who’s taught me a lot. She’s a really cool creative. We’ve done a song together that will also feature Moonchild. Look forward to sharing it with you 🙂 xxx

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The Guide: How did you meet with DJ Doowop?

Lex:

I was working with Jonny Joburg of Renaissance Rock Recordings at the time. It was early 2013. We knew I wanted a female DJ, and while I was visiting my family in Durban Jonny called me and said: “Lex! We found your DJ!!! She’s hot. She plays the sickest bass music and you’ll love her”. So he gave me her contacts and I contacted her when I got back to Joburg. We met up,started gelling and did our first gig together at a party in May 2013 at 162 Anderson Street. That was really fun. A lot of people looked at us like ‘who the f*ck are they’. They still partied with us though 🙂 so it was rad. We then went through a break period of about 8 months, where my publisher and her didn’t get along. After I left my publisher at the time (early 2014), I contacted her and asked if she’d be keen to get together again. It’s been magical.

 

 The Guide:Tell us about this tour you were on?

SookeeLex:

We arrived in Germany last Monday the 5th of May for the international all-female hiphop tour called “The Purple Velvet Tour”, which is centered around the release of, German-Based rapper and activist, Sookee’s latest album Lila Samt (translated as ‘Purple Velvet’).

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had 18 shows booked. We opened the tour at club SO36 in Berlin on Wednesday the 7th, where we met other really dope artists Carmel Zoum and Spoke P Kaye. Then we were along the coast of the Baltic Sea for L-Beach Festival – the biggest Lesbian Music Festival in the world. That was radly interesting… 🙂 .


The next day we were in a small town in the Northeast part of Germany called Greifswald. Where we were educated on the political tension between Neo-Nazi groups and the local youth in the area.The audience was so full of love though. Every day was an adventure of it’s own. Being on the road over those few days, meeting amazing people and loving the expansion 🙂

 

The Guide: What’s the chemistry between you and Doowop?

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Lex:
I love her dude. I’m really grateful the Universe brought us together. We’re complimentary and we both look good in International. We made a fashionable joke about that the other day 🙂 I really dig her energy.

 

 

Like all people who work together, we also have our own groups of friends, preferences and tastes. Thankfully we both like healthy food a lot. So food isn’t an issue.

 

 

 

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We have similar taste in rebellious forms of expression. And share a love for the 90’s. We both fell in love with Bianca Kim Clothing too, so thankfully, when looking for a designer to work with leading up to the tour- a business decision like that wasn’t difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

credits:

IWO of http://www.allthatworks.de (Berlin)

Phillip of Painted Lenses Photography (Berlin)

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Martin of Manic Creations http://www.manic-creations.co.za (Durban, ZA), at a shoot styled and dressed by Bianca Kim Clothing

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Slege Lee – 2014 End of the Weak Intlernational Emcee Title Holder

Slege Lee

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide and Slege Lee

Together be, Some of the dopest writers,

done puffed ’nuff blunts,

Spoke ’nuff frees and

Smoked ’nuff emcees in enuff cyphers.

Some of the Most High-ness.

Here is a video of his latest offering currently receiving rotation on Channel O, amongst other media channels, radio and on the internet: Namba Namba

You can connect the Brother on the SNDCLD and check out the River Nile style flow on over 20 other tracks.

Mo Slege

#HomeGrwn #dope #J0Z11 #CityOfGold #GoldReefer

Peace.

Peace.

Power.

ONE.

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There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born.
It is serene.

Empty.

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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AmaGents

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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#VibrateHigher

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?

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

 

 

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: Indivisuality

It was coined by my friend Khobe-One-Kanobi” – IndivisualMax

I know this guy Max. He’s an Indivisual. I’m like what the fuck is an Indivisual? He gave me an answer. It’s hidden in the text, like many other things. How did I find out? I asked a question?

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Tell us a bit of who Indivisual Max is and what he’s all about?

IndivisualMax:

Max The Indivisual

Max The Indivisual

IndivisualMax is a social entrepreneur with a a passion for music and entertainment, a UJ business and marketing graduate.

TBSG:

You’ve worked with quite a few well-known artists , who and why?

IM:

I basically pick my artists and DJ’s based on current appeal in the industry. Some of these include: The Layders [Soul Candi], Yesterday’s PupilThe Fridge,

Zaki Ibrahim

Zaki Ibrahim #seen

Zaki Ibrahim

iFani

iFani

DJ Vigilante

DJ Vigilante

Cassper NyovestDJ VigilanteiFani Jab a JawJust Themba

… to name a few.

TBSG:

The last time we spoke you said you were done, finished, out the game. What changed?

IM:

I had just come from gig that didn’t really work out and thought maybe it’s time to move on … but the passion for what I do is a lot stronger than I thought; hence why I keep at it.

TBSG:

Nice. What can people expect from an IndivisualMax production?

IM:

 I always pick a selection of DJ’s that that play different but relative styles of music. This ranges from Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Break Beats, Neo-Soul and Electro, so there’s always something for everyone.

TBSG:

What drives IndivisualMax?

IM:

I get pleasure from seeing people come together and partying and having a good time, that’s what drives me.

TBSG:

How did you decide on the name IndivisualMax?

IM:

It was coined by my friend Khobe-One-Kanobi, meaning an independent visual, and of course my name is Max. we were also patriots of the indie music scene back in the day.

TBSG:

Patriots of the indie music scene? How do you say? How long have you been in this game?

IM:

At first I was just another guy at a party who was friends with a lot of DJ’s, and because of this I took it upon myself to use the contacts I had made to launch myself. It’s been about 5 years.

TBSG:

Anything special planned for this Saturday?

IM:

Just a wicked performance from SA’s newest Hip Hop sensation, also a sick, diverse DJ line-up.

TBSG:

Final question. If you were Bill Cosby doing a cameo slot on Sesame Street, what would you say to the kids?

Indivisual Cosby

Indivisual Cosby

IM:

Relax, I’ve got this!

TBSG:

Dope.

IM:

Awe.

TBSG:

Peace.

So IndivisualMax is throwing down this weekend at your favourite bar: Kitchener’s Carvery.

Here’s what they said on the interwebs where I found the event:

“Multi award-winning SA hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest performs for the 1st time at Kitchener’s Carvery. He brought you ‘Gusheshe’ feat okmalumkoolkat and now his latest hit single ‘Doc Shebeleza’ with over 50,000 downloads. Winner of song of the year, best single, video of the year at last year’s SA hip-hop awards.”

Doc Shebeleza

Doc Shebeleza

Check out the gig.

Peace. ONE.

The Guide.