Music

Jack Parow

Dans Dans Dans music video out soon

Referred to as "Bob Dylan of the northern suburbs", "pirate of the caravan park" and "an Afrikaans Eminem", Zander Tyler is more popularly known for his on-stage persona as Jack Parow - one of South Africa's most prominent popular culture icons. As "Cooler as Ekke"has monopolized African airwaves, Afrikaans, Mothercity-made Jack Parow, has become one of South Africa's local loves. At the early end of the decade, musical movements that tore Afrikaans music apart from religious zeal, resulted in the Belville Rock city phenomena - and so spawned bands the likes of Fokofpolisiekar,aKing, and Van Coke Kartel. So while Afrikaans music was once ripe with religious evangelism, the noughties saw it slowly became synonymous with                  

Festivals

Bastille 10.0

Barrel Rolling at Bastille

Franschhoek is a bit of an "all or nothing" little town, and those of you who follow the blog will know my opinion of this French corner of the Cape - this slice of heaven town has a crème de la crème reputation for fine wine, dine... and apparently, swingers (an interesting little fact I picked up at last year's Bastille bash).  Celebrating French Huguenot heritage with admirable abandon this 17th - 18th of July, every shop front and five year-old painted face screams the red, blue and white colour scheme.  Being a valley of award-winning restaurants, Bastille day boasts first and foremost the marquee - housing the aromas and jollity of lavish cuisines and cellar-sellers. In                  

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Stadium Stories: Durban

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    For all those cheeky Capetonians arguing that "we have the best stadium" don't be fooled - us Durban-born girls disagree. Besides the fact that as a host city, Durban will be the SAM-HELL warmer than Cape Town, a recent visit has convinced me that eThekwini has the best stadium to boot. An unimposing testament to symmetry, this pillared structure is perfectly placed in the heart of the Durban skyline - with cable car providing a literal bird's eye view.   The 70, 000 seater stadium is named after KwaZulu Natal-born Moses Mabhida - a unionist called upon by Oliver Tambo to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Mabhida is remembered for his contributions as chief political instructor of new military                  

Festivals

SA cheese festival

SA Cheese festival 2010

Next weekend, the South African Cheese festival returns to us in all it's stinky goodness! In truth, I'm still not convinced that Cheese festival is a and adequate name. While I dare not blaspheme against the quality and variety of cheeses at the SA Cheese festival, the name shneakily hides the incredible array of other appetizers and palate-pamperers on show.  In the sanctuary of Simondium, somewhere between Paarl and Franschhoek, the SA Cheese festival returns to Bien Donné farm from the 24th until the 27th of April. The Cooking Pot is the cheese festival's cookery corner. By now a renowned space for innovative cheese use (no, really), The Cooking Pot is great place for gourmet gurus and closet chefs to                  

Out of Town

Afrika Burns

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22nd-27th of April, Afrika Burns is up next on the South African social calendar. And for those of you thinking trance, dance and liquored prance, you should know what sets Afrika Burns apart: Founded on the principles of the United States Burning Man Festival, Afrika Burns is all about the gift economy and the freely expressed community. To quote their mission statement: “This “gift economy” means that there is no commercial exchange at the event – no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products – the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water,                  

Music

Cape Town Jazz Festival

The Mother City is set to be buzzing this weekend with visitors pouring in for the Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Town Jazz Festival. If you prefer to work up a sweat to some soulful sax, then the CT Jazz Festival is where you'll want to be. Taking place on 3rd and 4th April across five different stages throughout the city, the renowned festival boasts a line-up that would make the Montreux Jazz Festival blush! To the more savvy Jazz-lovers out there, artists to tempt you include Jonathan Butler, George Benson, Judith Sephuma and Brooklyn Funk Essentials (to name a few). For those who are a little green on their Jazz greats, but are keen to party, Lira and TKZee are sure to get you jammin'.  Just so you're                  

Eating Out

Taste of Cape Town

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For those who autopilot to the golden arches after work, or can't remember when last they consumed a microwave-free meal, it's time to up the steaks ;) In a city that's home to award-winning chefs and internationally acclaimed restaurants, there's no good reason for "just add milk"- eating. This year's Taste of Cape Town festival promises to be a walk-through wonder-lust of tastes,textures and smells. The food festival version of Broadway - boasting big-name chefs, the best restaurants and some wildly good wines. Taste's menu features delicious dishes from Le Quartier Francaise, Bread and Wine, The Cape Colony, Nobu, Bistro1682, Wang Thai, Grande Provence, Societi Bistro, Myoga,                  

Festivals

Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town Carnival 2010

For those of us who may have gone underground, and have missed the memo, this weekend brings the inaugural Cape Town Carnival. In South African sidewalk-style, performers and performance artists flood into the citybowl to celebrate Cape Town in carnival fashion. Thursday kicks off festivities with fashion shows at The Lookout - the V&A Waterfront. The catwalk will boast celebrity models and big-name South African designers - think the likes of hip-hop, Carducci, Kobus Dippenaar and Rosenwerth, all staged under the glass marquee of the Aston Martin rooftop. Then in the heart of the city - our own Greenmarket Square - live local acts throw down this Saturday the 20th. As of 6pm, local loves Locnville, Loyiso and Emo                  

About Cape Town

Weather in Cape Town in June/July.

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In the lead up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup, we thought it may be of interest to take a look see what the historical weather patterns for Cape Town are during the months of June and July. It seems that many of the foreigners traveling to South Africa for World Cup have no idea that South Africa will actually be experiencing winter during their stay. Moreover, it is also apparent that many do not realize that South Africa has several micro climates. Whilst sunshine and warm weather during the daytime applies to the Northern parts of South Africa (Like Johannesburg; Nelspruit and Pretoria), Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate - so rain and windy conditions are more prevalent, and probable. Recently an accommodation establishment                  

Art Scene

Infecting the city

Photography by Yasser Booley

If you missed the memo, on why there are pink people peculiarly standing in Greenmarket Square, or why semi-nude men seem to be emerging from Adderley Street fountains, the answer is simple - they're Infecting The City. Spier Performing Arts Festival: Infecting The City, is one Cape Town's most celebrated cultural events - a pioneer festival, showcasing performance artworks that interpret the city, within the city. Infecting The City has turned Cape Town's communal spaces into an urban performance arena. The works are performed at given times, in the open air, below the proscenium arch of the sky, and to stage left and right of traffic. Sponsored by Spier Wine Estate, Infecting the City creates a tangible hype and