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 🙂 )

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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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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: 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?

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Cassper Nyovest

Cassper:

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?

Cassper:

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?

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New Age Shebeleza.
Doc, Doc Shebeleza

Cassper:

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?

Cassper:

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.

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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?

Cassper:

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?

Cassper:

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.?

Cassper:

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?

Cassper:

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.

Cassper:

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?

Cassper:

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/

twttr:

@marleyskills

@GoldenEraRadio

Also catch his daily WBLS Midday Mega Mix

Monday through Friday 12 noon EST

www.wbls.com

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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

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: Being in the Love

An introspective and an interview with Sello Ditjoe of TuesLove

“Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection” – TuesLove

“Love is the vibe.
Super superb.”– SunSoul

“Love is a verb
Flowing as blood
Singing as birds
Rising as smoke
Burning as herbs.
Love Be.” – looseleaf

Seems that it is the time, again, of the year to show some love to the people we love.  And it feels strange because its so heavily contrasted against all the P. D. A’s (public displays of animosity) being expressed across the social and mainstream media symptoms of the psyche of our society brought  about due the State of the Natives/ation Address [#SONA2014] fever sweeping the country.

But there are people out there making plans with their significant others so as to demonstrate their ‘love’.  Remember that ole sayin’ “You can’t buy love’? Consider how much money is being spent this Valentines Day and then come tell me what everybody is trying to buy.

The experience of Love is found neither in the consumption of things, nor the mere uttering of words, nor the going through of motions solicited as acceptable by the splintered psyche we know as society.

“Love is a verb.” – @ImaliUnlimited

One should ask OneSelf, “What does Love do?” Find out, then do that.

The Prophet gives a few hints:

 “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for Love is sufficient unto Love.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

“Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

Love is active. It is in action, being Love, that Love is expressed.

Being a lover of Love. I sought to witness a genuine expression of Love.  What I found, and what I am experiencing now is someone who is expressing Love, from a place of Love, for the Love.

I found Sello Ditjoe. I found TuesLove. I asked for nothing but him, I gave him nothing but me. This is what we got. This is what I am sharing with you.

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide

Tell us a bit about the brand TuesLove. What inspired the creation of it and what is its purpose?

The Brand

The Brand

Sellotapes:

Who is a Tuesday Lover? 

A Tuesday Lover is a creative culture conscious being who loves all things eclectic. This inspired me to create a holistic brand that encompasses ‘alternative cultures’ in JHB, DBN & CPT and can both be a one stop shop (eShop & gift shop) but a magazine journal in the form of a web portal and print. Thus, Tuesday Love is a retrospective documentation of different design disciplines from Architecture & Interior, Fashion & Textile, Graphic design & Art, Photography & Film and Industrial Design in relation to Music. This is narrated in the form of film documentaries, journals, articles, graphic design, illustration, photography and events.

TBSG:

Now tell us about the man behind the brand?

The Man Behind

The Man Behind the Brand

S:

I’m a humble creative being, an advertising fanatic, a dj & record collector of all things eclectic and a Serial Entrepreneur. Eager to learn new things and work on new mediums all the time. … and I have come to learn silence is music too and possessing the constitution the depth of faith you can take things as far as needed. Design for Life – Embedding Innovation in Design Thinking!

TBSG:

What can the masses expect in 2014?

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S:

This year I plan to come out some products which I hope to launch in June this year. This will be the biggest I ever taken. I cannot share details but it’s about to do with Lifestyle Design.

TBSG:

What are you listening to currently? What’s the hot shit on your playlist?

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S:

A lot of Jazz is always on my dial either discovering old stuff or looking a new artists. But then again loving the electronic soul sounds by James Blake and Alt-J … and John Wizard interesting sound. BUT I’m looking for more. McCoyTyner is my new jazz discovery. And bumping a lot of Herbie Tsoaeli & Bokani Dyer … and without fail no matter what every week Jose James is always in my playlist.

TBSG:

Who is doing exciting stuff in your field? Nationally? Globally?

Tuesday-LOve_PositivityS:

Don’t know about who is doing the best work but what’s popping and what I like … I think the I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU crew – Innocent, Vuyo, Justice are doing some solid work and Jonathan Liebmann with Maboneng Precinct project. 

Robert Lindström, Switzerland. Has always been my inspiration and has always pushed boundaries. That’s where I would like to get to and beyond.

TBSG:

Who inspires you?

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S:

My Family. Also people who live towards maintaining some sort of eclectic lifestyles and project galactic energies and do extra-ordinary things.

TBSG:

What inspires you?

S:

LIFE – The thrill of the seeing the end product! (The idea is to try not to get caught up in the process)

Fish Out Of Water.

TBSG:

You also went out of your way to hook us up here at The Blunt Smoker’s Guide with a special Valentine’s Day inspired Love Mix. The Guide digs the vibe. Very much so, so Thank you very much. All the people who make it this far in the article will get a pleasant surprise. Awe_H.

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How the internet stole my brain innocence.

Here. some quality writing from one of the original Blunt Smoker’s Guides:

Introducing

The OG Roach Booze

AKA Ford Prefect

AKA Mr. Brady

AKA dirtchild

AKA The Siff

AKA

Garrick ‘MuvvaFucking’ Hennessey

Parental guidance is advised.

Looking forward to the guest blog coming Nov 22nd, 2013 (cause Friday is Highday, stay tuned. Word.

With no further delay – laugh your ass off and roll on the floor laughing or some shit.

How the internet stole my brain innocence..

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To Plasticity

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide: In conversation and in conversation with Plastician

– Leroy Brown

plastic:

  • Capable of molding or of giving form or fashion to a mass of matter; having power to mold.
  • Capable of receiving and of responding to environmental impulses which induce more or less rapid evolution of an organism as a whole or of certain of its organs: the opposite of conservative and persistent.
  • Capable of being influenced or formed

“Just be yourself. ”   Plastician

“Just do you.”   @m18j92t

Life happens in a funny way. On a Saturday, about two weeks ago I’m rollin through the streets of Braamfontein with Imali. We were walking up the street about to hit the corner between that haunted hippie van that sells dead peoples clothes and Kitchener’s’ daytime door, when I bumped into a young connect whose name at the time I was completely incapable of recalling. I had met him at an Alex Theatre gig about two weeks prior. Brief niceties and the rapid recollection of a sequence of seemingly lost events aside [we had had a good time #blazemob], this young connect reminded me that he worked for LiveZA. I should have realised this because he was out promoting #FutureMusic Rising and had a gang of flyers in his hand. I was in the mood of promoting this wordpress so I told him about it and he offered to put me in touch with his network [BIG UPS HOMIE]. We swopped numbers, Imali and I offered to help spread some of the flyers and we went our separate ways.

About a week later the event organisers release the line-up and I discover that I’d like to interview some of the artists publicised to perform, so I bell a brother. True to his word he promises to put me on and he does [along with Raytheism – Brother from another Mother].

On the night, complications begin to arise. There were issues with cellphone coverage; so calls aren’t being connected. Calls are being missed due to let loose beats being banged at loud volumes on Friday night soundsystems. This, however, did not deter me from reaching my goal to interview the international act playing. So I linger around

Skelemton's Closet

Skelemton’s Closet

enjoying the party with my good friend the Raving Lunatic. At one stage of the evening, around about the strike of the dark side of noon, we were downstairs in the basement having a young #blazemob with Skeletor’s nephew: Skelemton

I just so happen to step out the sparsely furnished closet where the organisers apparently thought it was a good place to keep their skelemtons, who do not sit down. “What about the Skelemton’s guests” I thought, “at least they should get seats.”

Alas no. Maybe they thought that we would all just kneel like the fans Kanye West invited to attend his North America tour.

YEEZUZ: tour poster

YEEZUZ: tour poster

So right there I bump into Chris, politely greeting him as he passes. Later, after the smoked salad starter, we float up to the main stage at about the same rate as the rising smoke let out of the hotbox in Skelemton’s closet. As luck would have it I roll up right next to Chris like reefer inna Redman blunt. He seemed to be enjoying the sounds of some home-grown talent which, now that I think about it, was strange ‘cause I remember that show. I got bored, bored beyond REASON, left to go toke one and came back just in time to speak to MPH and see Plastician start his set. Taking this as the knock from that visitor you parents always reminded you one day would come by, I ask, “Hey Chris, would you mind if I had a couple of minutes of your time after the set to ask you a few questions for my young publication?”  to which he willingly obliged. That time I’m like ‘whoo hoo’ in my head. Score! So now I’m killing time lounging around, bunnin a ting or two and jamming as the man formerly known as PlasticMan threw down the #FutureMusic headlining set.

Plasticman

Plasticman

The set was POWER and was thoroughly injoyed; as was the young jam with H-Bomb who I hadn’t seen in a minute. After the set I had to dodge a few heavily set men incredibly dedicated to going home [or kicking everybody out] to get back into the backstage area as I had neither an artist, nor a press pass.

Down some stairs, round a corner, eish. Door’s locked.

Back the other way, up some stairs, down some stairs, through another club and into the backstage of that club. This is the part where the bouncer realised I didn’t have a tag for that party and tried to stop me from getting to my goal. Not a chance. I gave him the good ole,

 “I can’t hear you over the music so I’m just gonna mouth something that looks like I’m saying ‘It’s alright, I’m supposed to be here. You can trust me to go back stage.’ and point at the useless tag on my arm.”

This is usually a sure fire way into the guarded entrance of almost any establishment. Up the stairs past the now infamously toked out closet, up some more stairs, right back to where I was supposed to be. Success.

I walk up to the DJ stage and find the Plastician involved in a conversation with parts of the organising team talking about how lots of the artists that he knows are mad OCD about they weed situations. I walk into the conversation when he’s like, “… if they get off the plane, and you don’t have no weed for them; they won’t go anywhere. Nowhere! You gotta go straight from the airport to the dealer. No question.” says the Plastician. So I interject conveniently, “Yo, Chris. You smoke weed man?”

“Yeah, not all the time like but I do on occasion. Even with my wife, in fact I spoke to her on skype from the hotel and was (pulls a face clearly meant to convey goof’dedness).”

goof'dedness

goof’dedness

Letting in that visitor I referred to earlier in this piece I ask, “You wanna get high man?”.

“What, right here? You sure?” asks uncertainly looking around and seeing more of them heavyset types I just dodged to get this interview. Now… I’m the Blunt Smoker’s Guide right? So I’m all like, “Nah stress man, I know a place. We can bun one back in one of the closet’s downstairs. Safe. “

“Yeah, cool then” he says as he’s packing up the last of his gear, “I’ll meet you down there.”

“Sweet, Imma go and skin this spliff up solid like. Seen?”

A couple of minutes later  I’m in the closet next to the Plastician’s putting the final touches on another exceptionally rolled reefer, when both the Plastician and the Raving Lunatic arrive. Finally I get to have the interview I’ve been chasing for the past week. Blunt ready, we sing the Jefferson’s intro as we relocate to the Main Act’s closet. We sit down (yes, the international’s closet had chairs), spark up da spliff and start talking about his experiences in the country so far. How he went on a tour to Vilikazi Street (looking at how the African’s live) and saw the township from a tourist point of view. Personally, if I was invited to a new country and all I got was the tourist view, I’d feel Iike a transaction rather than an invited guest. Couple of rotations on the blunt later and the interview went a little something like thiiis:

plastic vibes

plastic vibes

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide:

Yo, uh, Chris. The visuals that played during your set were pretty intense.

Plastician:

I could kinda feel the vibes behind me.

TBSG:

Did you design them or get someone to design them? In short, where did they come from?

PLSTCN:

You know, I have no idea. I had nothing to do with it. That’s South African talent?

TBSG:

Wow!

[The reason I asked this question and responded with the afore-mentioned “WOW!” is because the visuals playing were fucking intense. It was all like reptilian eyes, sharp teeth, writhing tongues. Animated of course, but that also gives it a surreal, almost dreamlike or nightmarish effect, if you know what I mean. Particularly if one has indulged in some Wobs or other party enhancer].

future wtf?

future wtf?

TBSG:

Based on what I’ve gathered from the young investigation I managed to run on you before this interview, you strike me as a person that really enjoys the music they play and sharing it. What was the highlight of your set and did you play any songs that we should know about?

 

 

PLSTCN:

It’s funny actually. I’ve been listening to a lot of Kwaito while I been out here to try and kinda like, find out what’s in the ear out here. There’s this guy, INK, from Glasgow. He mainly produces Grime but some of his stuff has kinda got that beat…

TBSG:

That percussion?

PLSTCN:

Yeah! The percussion, exactly. I thought that it would go down well and it did. It was that point, that one point where everybody started to pick up a bit yeah. [And] Then towards the end, the really fast kinda, footworky stuff; that went down pretty well. Mark Pritchard, Joker [inaudible]

TBSG:

Since you started producing and playing you have been pushing music that pretty much hadn’t been heard before. Now you are doing the same thing both in terms of the music you are playing and making. What keeps you motivated?

PLSTCN:

I love new music. I love hearing something I’ve never heard before. That is what keeps me motivated. Log onto my SNDCLD, check out the people I follow. People pass me stuff I’ve never heard before . Discovering new artists, new music. That keeps me going man.

TBSG:

Who have you discovered lately that you dig?

PLSTCN:

Wow man. This year has been mad. I think, if you listen to my radio show this year, and you look at the tracks I’m playing, even when I look … I did a track list this week [for the first time] … I’m looking at it and it was like … some of the artists on there, a year ago, no-one would’ve known who these people are. And even now I think not many people would know who they are. To me, I’m like, these guys have come and sent me a track. Imma play it. Over the years it’s been more about good music than names. If I find something I like, Imma play it. I think that’s the future.

TBSG:

Have you been seeing more international collaborations and cross over acts in terms of genre? Coming from where?

PLSTCN:

I’m down to collaborate anywhere. I’ve been collaborating with some guys from the states, they’ve been sending me some of their music. Even coming here today, hearing some of the South African music. I’m going down to Cape Town playing again (hyperlink the assembly); I’ll listen to some dub on the way down, on the flight. I’ll check out some YouTube, just checking out what you guys done and what everybody’s been doing, you know, immersing myself in it.

TBSG:

Had you heard of any SA acts before you came down here?

PLSTCN:

No. I mean I met Das Kapital at Rinse FM not long ago. Met him briefly, checked him out on SNCLD; but apart from him … not really. You know, being out here has been an eye and an ear opener for me.

TBSG:

I’ve been picking up a lot of Trap and Dubstep getting played and gaining traction here, crossing a lot of musical boundaries. A new generation of emcees are even dabbling, rapping over the kind of beats more usually associated with the EDM side of music. Can you perhaps tell us why Grime rappers are so angry all the time?

PLSTCN:

Don't Fuck With Me!

Don’t Fuck With Me!

 [Laughs] I don’t know man. I think it’s that old rogue mentality. Like, even when they are earning MAAAD dough, they still need to have that anger. I think a lot of them feel they have to be angry. I remember starting being a producer a lot of Grime artists were spitting over my track. I was just cool with it all. You did meet people who kinda had that ‘Don’t Fuck with Me!’ attitude. It stuck yeah. It stuck. Some of the kids making Grime now are geeks but they still got the attitude. I don’t know. I don’t know…

TBSG:

Where is your music going? Where are you taking music to?

PLSTCN:

At the moment I’m enjoying exploring all these different sounds and tempos. It’s more about the vibe for me now. It don’t need to be a specific genre. It doesn’t need to be instrumental or anything you know. If I like it Imma find a way to make it work so … That’s more where I am at the moment just finding it. Find a way to melt all this music that I like into one without just being that guy that only plays one genre. I don’t wanna be that guy. I just wanna showcase all this different shit that I like and show it to lots of different people. I think tonight went well like that. I started out a 120BPM, by the end of it, it was like 180BPM and people were there you know. Kind of like interested to see what was coming next you know.

TBSG:

If you were to advise ay cats coming up in the game, how would you? I mean what would you say to them?

PLSTCN:

Just be yourself. Play what you enjoy and don’t read the comments on the internet. You don’t need that. You don’t need that. That is it.

TBSG:

Thank you very much

PLSTCN:

Thank you.

Raving Lunatic:

Wait, hold up. I got one more question. What was the livest performer you’ve seen this year?

PLSTCN:

Livest? You mean like lively?

RVNG_LNTC:

Yeah, mean besides Kanye… you know YEEZUZ he’s got Mt. Yeezuz and his own personal white Jesus

PLSTCN:

Live performer? Good question. The livest performance would have been this band from the U.K., the Gentleman’s Dub Club. There’s like 8 guys performing, all playing instruments. Those guys, their energy is something special. The Gentleman’s Dub Club, yeah. Check them out.

TBSG:

Thanks man.

PLSTCN:

Cool bruv.

RVNG_LNTC:

Shot

TBSG:

Nice

References:

Kanye poster:

deathandtaxesmag.com

http://www.kmag.co.uk/editorial/features/plastician-interview.html

https://www.facebook.com/plastician/photos_stream

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152121803554050&set=a.10150869442654050.486434.522599049&type=1&theater