8 diagram

Teaching the Integral Way of uniting with the great and mysterious Tao.


The teachings are simple; if one tries to make a religion or a science of them, that one they will elude.

Profound yet plain, they contain the entire Truth of the Universe.


Those who wish to know the whole truth take joy in doing the work and service that comes to them. Having completed it, they take joy in cleansing and feeding themselves.

Having cared for others and for themselves, they then turn to the Master for Instruction.


This simple path leads to Peace, Virtue, and Abundance.

 Lao Tzu x Brian Walker x The Guide







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


[ Blunt Smoker’s Guide To Beats ]

El Michel’s Affair:




From Brooklyn based record company Truth & Soul; which is a record label and production house specializing in creating deep funk and soul music and is also home to the indomitable Lee Fields & The Expressions, The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band and also Tyrone Ashley & Funky Music Machine.


Feel this:




Fresh Produce from

City of Gold based underground local producer SoundInsekt:



Big FKN Gun

Big FKN Gun dropped a new single this week “As’jiki”. Another heavy bass laden single laced with the characteristic laid back flows we’ve come to know from the 22nd century Zulu rappers from SA:

“Where can I find your shit, so I can put it on a blog with a download link.”  – Big FKN Gun – As’jiki




Some space-age sounds, for those of you into future sounds, from Dagmxy. Dagmxy is an international trio of producers consisting of @Docmastermindfrom Paris, Axion117: @axion-aka-shuya-sato from Toshigi (Japan) and @Goyama from San Diego.



AppleSauce: An Innerview with Mixed Apples

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

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Happy Birthday and Congratulations.

Hey dude, thank you so very much!!!

The Guide:

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


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?


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



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?


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 😉

An odd bunch

An odd bunch

The Guide:

Where did it all begin for you guys?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?

Mixxxed Apples

Mixxxed Apples


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?


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…


Let’s give these beautiful people the #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.


  • 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


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




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.




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

DJ Medicine

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?


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.”

Grounds for a Festivali_i

The Guide:

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

Black Africa


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


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?



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.


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?


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


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: The Black Tong Po With The Dope Rap Flow – an Interview with Cassper Nyovest

@IndivisualMax put me in touch with this cat Cassper.

@IndivisualMax put me in touch with this cat Cassper.

A couple of weeks ago, my homie Indivisual Max put on one helluva show at everybody’s favourite bar, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein. It was there that I got to experience probably the livest show put on by a performer this year. That’s right Cassper Nyovest came on and blew the fuckin’ speakers with his gig. He had the entire joint jumpin’ and singing along to his tracks.

Even though he didn’t have the trademark Tong-Po ponytail he still managed to kung-fu the shit outta the joint.

Between studio sessions and training sessions at the dojo, Cassper [the nice guy that he is] managed to give us some of his time to let us into who this dude Cassper Nyovest is.

And then there was the interview:

“South Africa is actually just a big ass hood.” – Cassper Nyovest

“I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.” – Cassper Nyovest

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Where did you get the name Cassper Nyovest from?

Cassper Nyovest

Cassper Nyovest


Cassper Nyovest comes from a freestyle that I kicked back when I was still a backpack rapper in highschool. I said,

“My name is Cassper, but there ain’t no such thing as a friendly ghost.”

Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest!

Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest! Nyovest!

So that’s where Cassper comes from. Nyovest is a word I made up. I made up the word because I was a Pharrel fan and in every song he used to say ‘Yezzur’, so I wanted my own Yezzur. So that’s how that came about. It was like ‘Nyoverz’ but then it became Nyovest.

The Guide:

What does the Caspper Nyovest reflect of the man Refiloe Maele Phoolo?


I guess the fact that I’m friendly and ummm untouchable … I guess. I don’t know [he laughs] I don’t know. I think it just reflects my personality, the fact that I’m friendly, that I like people unlike other ghosts. Yeah, I think that’s it.

The Guide:

Since ‘Gusheshe’ and ‘Doc Shebeleza’ dropped you’ve pretty much become a household name, what with the mad radio play, but you’ve been in the game for days already. You got signed to Impact  for like two years then you dropped the label?

New Age Shebeleza. Doc, Doc Shebeleza

New Age Shebeleza.
Doc, Doc Shebeleza


After 2 years man, I didn’t even drop the label, it was more like I got dropped. The label dropped me. Thasman didn’t see any return on investment and so what really happened was that they were like, “Uh, yo … you need to go home. We’ll see about next year.”

But you know when you know it’s over between you and somebody sooo … we kinda started our own thing in Maftown. It wasn’t even a matter of we were taking this risk where we were dropping the label … ummmm … it was more like we were being dropped and we weren’t even fighting back. We weren’t trying to fuck with that.

The Guide:

After that you holla’d at a pantsula and HHP responded. How was it working with him in studio and touring with him?


Working with Jabba was pretty cool. At first it was like nerve-wracking because he’s one of those people that if he believes in you he kinda just gasses you up. He’s like, ‘Yo man, you the best.’ [laughs]. So its like he expects so much from you but actually he just encourages you to do better. Being in studio with him was actually crazy because, like I said, he really treats you like what you’re gonna be and not like what you are. He’s like a visionary. So it was crazy. Working with him was an amazing experience.

double H-P

Double H-P

Touring with him was eye-opening. It was a lesson. It would’ve taken me ten years to learn what I learnt touring with Jabba because I went to places I would’ve never went to with my music before then and you know, you figure out that South Africa is actually just a big ass hood. It’s not Sandton. Because we live in Sandton and we think that’s South Africa we actually forget that there’s actually a world out there.

The Guide:

What has been your dopest show so far?


I think my dopest show so far would probably have to be Kendrick where we kinda got a standing ovation. It was a crowd of close to 15 000 people. We were the only South African act to get that over all, you know?

Yeah I think my best show so far was Kendrick, but ummm, that’s probably because of the audience. It was pretty huge; but if I don’t consider that one… I recently had a show in P.E. where we sold out the show before 12 o’clock and it was like a sing-a-long fest. That show was called the Campus Reboot. That’s two of my dopest shows so far.

The Guide:

Did you get a chance to meet Kendrick? Did he have anything to say about your music? Who do you think would win in a fresstyle between you and KDot?


I didn’t get to meet Kendrick cause I wasn’t on the official tour with them. I was actually a surprise act. I think Khuli and Reason got to meet him.

I don’t think I would win in a freestyle between me and him. He’s really dope and I don’t really freestyle any more so I’d probably lose and I’d be intimidated because he’s Kendrick so I’d probably lose.

The Guide:

Did you know you were that popular down in P.E.?


I didn’t know I was that popular in P.E. I didn’t even really think anybody knew me out there. I thought I’d get there and it would be probably be a pap show. I thought we’d start building from there.

The Guide:

You busy in the studio cooking up any exciting tings that you’ll be dropping on the masses soon?


Yeah I’m in the studio working on stuff. I’m working on an album trying to put it out as soon as I can.

The Guide:

What’s your favourite rhyme? Of your own and someone elses.


I think when Jay-Z said,

“I’m not a business man, I’m a business, man.”

That’s probably one of my favourite rhymes that comes to mind. And mine would probably be, right now, on the Steve Kekana remix when I said,

“ I’ve never lost an award I was nominated for.”

The Guide:

What’re you bumping in your speakers?


I’m bumping Kid Ink, cause my friend is bumping Kid Ink. A lot of Uhuru, J-Cole, Travis Scott and a lot of my own shit.

Mr. Scott

Mr. Scott

Then The guide was like, “Peace. Thank you.”

And Cassper was like, “Ghost! I’m out.”

Follow the latest updates from the New Age Doc Shebeleza:

twttr: @CassperNyovest

fcbk: http://www.facebook.com/Cassper Nyovest 

Follow The Guide on:

twttr: @youngblklight

fcbk: www.facebook.com/TheBluntSmokersGuide  

wrdprss: https://bluntsmokersguide.wordpress.com/

email: youngblklight@gmail.com

Hummin’ a l’il summin, smokin’ a l’il summin.

A dope track for The Guide to

Smoke to

Roll through

The #CityofGold to.” – looseleaf

Hummin’ – Marley Marl feat. Roy Ayers 

This song is track 12 off the 2001 album Re-entry produced by Mr. Marl for, and published by Barely Breaking Even. BBE is a UK based record label. The album was produced as part of BBE’s Beat Generation Series initiated in 2001 with J-Dilla’s – Welcome to Detroit reaching the end of it’s life path with Madlib The Beat Konducta’s contribution to the series: WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip.

DJ Jazzy Jeff and King Britt contributed to this series. The Grand Daddy Creep, Spoek Mathambo [@SPOEK_MATHAMBO] released the debut album Mshini Wam’ on this label.

The Beat Generation Series is a producer led series that features some of the finest in the industry. From old skool legends like Pete Rock and Marley Marl to those making their mark today like Jay Dee, DJ Spinna & King Britt.

The series continues to receive recognition. BBE was the only independent label to have an album nominated with Jay Dee’s ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ for the 2001 Artist Achievement Award, the American equivalent to the British Mercury Award.

Two names from which one will most definitely benefit from becoming familiar with:

Marley Marl

Distinguished Gentleman.

Distinguished Gentleman.

Be your own personal Guide. Learn yourself a little something something.

Home Interweb Vibration Station: http://djmarleymarl.com/




Also catch his daily WBLS Midday Mega Mix

Monday through Friday 12 noon EST


Roy Ayers3rd Eye

Ubiquitous Vibrations

Ubiquitous Vibrations

Ubiquitous Vibrations – The Guide digs the vibe. Vibrate higher.

A short course syllabus.

Study long, study strong.

Across Space & Time The BlackStar Galactica

Across Space & Time The BlackStar Galactica connect I with INI

“The Guide guides

The Universe provides.

Everything is Becoming.

Everything thrives.” – looseleaf

For The Record: Soul Clap

Deep. House. Music!!!!! Nice interview guys. Diggin’ that straight talk. BigUps!

Those that don’t know, these guys do best with music blogging:


A Celebration of the Art form. A Celebration of Music

The Guide

For The Record


We are just over a week away from a much anticipated visit by Soul Clap. Eli and Charles were kind enough to have a chat to us, and we asked them a few things.

So, first trip to South Africa. Is this your first AFRICAN adventure as well? 

Yeah, our first trip to South Africa, but we’ve played in Tunisia before

Looking forward to leaving this cold ass United States and coming over to warm ass South Africa.

What have you heard about this ‘neck of the woods’ …

We first heard about South Africa from Louie Vega, who told us that the [deep] house scene down in RSA was really big and then we also heard from Till Von Sein and Daniel [Trickski] that it’s a spot we definitely need to check out. From there we got in contact with the guys down your side and this trip was…

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