“Pour, drank…. why you babysitting only two or three shots, imma show you how to turn it up a notch”

MILLERBOOMTOWN

By now you know my boo, Kendrick Lamar,  is coming to our shores next week hosted by Miller & Airey Scott’s BoomTown. You also know that there’s a hot local line-up for the show including everyone’s favourite rappers Khuli Chana and Reason.

Did you see the electric performance with K.Dot and Imagine Dragon at the Grammy’s last week? I thought I was giddy before, but after seeing that, I’m literally going to pee in my pants from hysteric excitement. Okay, maybe not, but you get my point.

Anyway, now that I’ve calmed down to mild panic, I’m giving away two tickets to the Johannesburg leg of the Good kid m.A.A.D city tour to one lucky reader.

The competition is super easy peasy, I promise. I hate working too hard to win things so I won’t put you through any of that.

All you have to do is: (BOTH)

1. Comment on this post with favourite Kendrick Lamar track, hook or line. No need to explain yourself, just promise me you’re singing along out loud while you type 🙂

2. Tweet or Facebook the link to this post and include the hottest hashtag on the streets rights right now #MILLERBOOMTOWN

EASY NE? Competition closes Monday 3 February at 1pm. Random selection. I’ll announce the winner at 5pm and we’ll figure out delivery.

and GO…

 

 

 

 

 


My longest and most pressing dream is to travel Africa. I don’t go a day without imagining what I would see, what I’d eat, who I would speak to, dance with and every wonder I could experience on my continent of richness.

The other day, lusting at  festival calendars in Southern Africa and thinking about the music and cultural festivals I want to attend this year – like Afrika Burn, Oppikoppi festival, The Cape Town Jazz Festival, Bushfire festival, Lake of the Stars – I started to cast my mind to the festivals that happen across the continent.

So, as one does, I got lost on the interwebs and lived vicariously through google, blogs, flickr, and everyone else’s experience of these festival.

Hours of clicking, mouth agape, eyes widening, hope fluttering I was inconsolably enveloped by wanderlust. I may not be able to afford to go to all these places right now, but why not experience them anyway? Then the idea of sharing some of these festivals here, as a way of putting it out into the world, was birthed.

So every month, I will post some interesting festival guides and we can live vicariously through the internet together, until one day it is possible for me to attend all the wonders and give you first hand accounts. Or maybe you’ll go, and tell me all about them Welcome to Wanderlust Afrique, February 2014 edition.

1. Sauti Za Busara – Tanzania – 13 – 16 February

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Image source: www.2camels.com

Music festival that takes place annually in February on the streets of one the world’s oldest cities; Stone Town, Zanzibar. In Swahili, “sauti za busara” means “sounds of wisdom”. Outside of the live African music element from various artists, there are street parades, fashion shows, artists exhibitions, open air cinema and of course all the other amazing tourist things you can do in Zanzibar, including swimming with dolphins. The festival celebrates its eleventh year in existence and it enjoys the prestige of having been listed as part of Top 25 best festivals. They say it is the “friendliest festival on the planet” – which is believable from my of experience of East African people being kind, soft spoken, welcoming and so full of life. I imagine you’d experience an explosion of cultural celebration through music and other activities, also, Zanzibar is just beautiful, magical and rich in history

2. Up the Creek – Western Cape, South Africa – 30 Jan – 2 Feb 2014

Image source: http://www.tailsofamermaid.com/

Image source: http://www.tailsofamermaid.com/

I’ve never even imagined a water festival. From what I can tell, festival goers float about on a river and watch live bands on different stages, under the sky. I wonder if it as crazy as that sounds. Anyway, there’s comedy and music, over four days, three stages and probably a lot of sunburn. The uniqueness of this festival is that it is about the river. One of the stages is basically a floating device, the bar and some food stalls (amazing) and with that, there would obviously be a competition for the most creative floating device you can put together – if you so wish. This year’s line-up has about 30 artists from rock, to trance, to hip hop and more. When you’re done being a water baby, camp sites available to dry out and rest. So, float on to Breede River, Swellendam and splash away the weekend with laughs and music in a laid-back, no frills, no VIP setting.

 3. Festival on the Niger – Segou, Mali – 5 – 9 Feb 2014

image source: Travellingman

image source: Travellingman

Festival on the Niger is a traditional and contemporary live music event that takes place in Mali city of Segou, with a stage set up just on the shore of the Niger River. It’s a three day festival that is not only nightly music concerts, but also day time activities including showcases of traditional arts and crafts, there are also theatre performances and film screenings. Each year there is a festival theme that will be focus of the conferences, exhibitions and performances and this year’s is “Cultural Diversity and National Unity”. The festival was started as a way to celebrate the richness of cultural and creative expression in Mali and the region.

4. Eyo Festival – Lagos, Nigeria

Image source: http://www.yorubaunion.se/

Image source: http://www.yorubaunion.se/

This is one of the most confusing festivals I’ve come across. A few years ago, I visited Lagos and the streets of Victoria Island had remnants of some sort of street bash, and the driver who had picked me up from the airport tried to explain it to me and I just couldn’t comprehend how it worked and what was happening, but interested nonetheless to find out. And so I read, that this is a Yoruba traditional festival where masqueraded dancers come out to the streets in a somewhat Carnival manner and a manifestation of traditional spirits. I’d seen a statue that had been wrapped in white sheets and all sorts of stick embellishments, and this is how the dancers also dress. It is said that what Samba is to Brazil the Eyo is to Lagos. The fanfare and processions are open to tourists on one of the days. I think this one has to be seen to be fully understood.

There is no set date for the festival, but found somewhere it would take place in the first week of February this year. Do correct me if I’m wrong

“A full week before the festival (always a Sunday), the ‘senior’ eyo group, the Adimu (identified by a black broad-rimmed hat), goes public with a staff (“when this happens nothing on earth can stop the festival from taking place the coming Saturday”). Each of the four other ‘important’ ones—Laba (Red), Oniko (yellow), Ologede (Green), Agere (Purple)— in this very order takes their turns from Monday to Thursday without fail. This strictness with cadre and other old established rules before, during and after the celebration is what perhaps appeals the most about the eyo heritage. “

That’s it for now.

SOME OTHER EVENTS IN FEBRUARY, closer to home:


#PayWithVisa

I really enjoyed playing the Visa trolley dash as it was great practice for my last minute Christmas shopping! Try it out for yourself by clicking the image below – let me know what total you get! (And also let me know if you win that R30 000 so we can share it 😉 )

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You’ll know that earlier this week I got involved with Visa with a view to providing some goodies to a charity of OUR choice. I shortlisted my top three charities and asked for your help in choosing the most appropriate one. Most of you agreed that the winning cause was in fact Sizanani – a charity very close to my heart.

The winning charity from the campaign will receive  R3000 to spend on whatever groceries they need for the festive season paid for with visa card.

While playing the game, I managed to fill my virtual trolley up to the value of R417.00. There are some serious shoppers out there – look at the current leader board

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You can still play, and possibly win.

While you’re out and about this Dezemba, don’t forget to #paywithvisa.

Shopping under pressure, that’s hard. Paying with your Visa card. That’s easy.

 

 

 

 

 


#PayWithVisa – with your help, I get to do good and you get to WIN

This post comes with two parts. 1) I need you to help me pick a charity that could get R3000 worth of much needed goods from Visa and 2) play the online shopping game and you could win prizes for yourself. So read on, recommend, play and share 🙂

Visa has created a really fun way to shop this festive season. Their virtual trolley dash allows you to play a game in which you can easily and very quickly select goodies from Visa’s simulated electronic store up to the value of R500 (and you get to up your score with an extra R20 for sharing to Facebook and Twitter). A daily prize of R500 will be awarded to one person per day who selects the most goodies in the limited time, and the top four speedy shoppers will go through to a 90 second finale in which the ultimate winner will win a R30 000 prize!

I’ll be shopping for charity but you could be shopping for R30 000! Click the image below if you want to play too (T’s and C’s apply to the game).

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It’s that time of year again when we all indulge a little more over the festive season. But there are many people who aren’t so lucky. With the #paywithVisa online trolley dash, I have the chance to give back by filling up my virtual trolley for charity. If I win the game, I’ll be able to donate up to R3000 worth of essentials to those in need.

Here’s where I need your help. I’ve chosen my top three charities, but I’d like for you to help me decide which charity I should donate the goods and money to. Here is my shortlist:

1. The Jess Foord Foundation – Organisation that works with Rape victims  http://www.jff.org.za

2. Sizanani Children’s Home – a home for disabled children. http://www.sizanani.org/

3. FEW – Foundation that works with LGBTI community   http://www.few.org.za/

Don’t forget to Tweet me @akona1 using the #PayWithVisa hashtag and tell me which of the three charities I should go shopping for. The blogger with the most recommendations will also get their money doubled so click that tweet button and let’s put smiles on the faces of those in need this festive season!

Shopping under pressure, that’s hard. Paying with your Visa card. That’s easy.


This is the most important event of the year. On 6 December 2013, for the first time, TEDxJohannesburg celebrates women and the powerful role they play in inventing the world we live in, by hosting TEDxJohannesburgWomen. This event is held in partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at their Illovo campus, in Johannesburg.

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Alright, let’s start from the beginning. First off, I was honoured with an amazing email from the organisors inviting me to the event tomorrow, and I completely forgot. I think them calling me prolific could have had something to do with it.

I am attending this full day of inspiration, presented by prolific women and their journey’s, and I have ONE ticket available to share with someone.

TEDx talks around the world are important, vital and incredible events of sharing and learning and essentially having your mind blown by humans who can’t help but be great.

Tomorrow, the speakers include Fashion and PR hustler and creator Maria McCloy whose journey of creative expression and producing beautiful fashion pieces in African print has been incredible to watch will be sharing her story. Everyone knows how much i love Maria’s accessories. On the line up of speakers, TEDx Johannesburg Women, Maria is referred to as an Urban Culturist – I want to know what that means

Confirmed speakers include breast cancer activist Kwanele Asante-Shongwe; laughter and happiness professor Shareen Richter; game design lecturer Hanli Geyser; mother of child burn-victim Pippie Kruger, Anice Barnard Kruger;  computer science PhD candidate Mpho Raborife; executive coach Desray Clark; engineer Hema Vallabh; educator Marli Hoffman; social transformation guru Barbara Holtmann; sociologist Grace Khunou; music writer Diane Coetzer; and social justice activist Gillian Schutte.

I’m impressed that someone realised how important it is to have a women focussed session – I really never expected it. Women move the world and we don’t celebrate this enough.

 

AND HERE IT COMES

Join me tomorrow by telling me the best piece of advice you’ve received from a woman. It may have been something a woman told you, something you read in a book by a woman, a song that changed you by a woman. What is that one thing that moved you?

You can either comment here or tweet me. Please use hashtag #TedxJohannesburgWomen

Short notice, giveaway close at 15:15 TODAY

http://www.tedxjohannesburg.com/

About TEDxJohannesburgWomen

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxJohannesburgWomen, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxJohannesburgWomen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TEDConference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


As usual, I’m being deliciously dramatic

I found this beautiful peplum top on Style36 and have not stopped thinking about it in days. It feels like life may depend on having it. My qualm is the peplum cut.

I try and mostly excel at avoiding trends, and peplum is currently (or was) an on trend item. Trends don’t make sense to me.

I usually buy classic items that i keep and wear for years. Yet, here is lust calling my name as though it is love.

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It’s always so exciting to receive an email from First Wednesday Film Club every month – mainly because a) I get to watch a free movie b) It’s probably a flick I would not have seen on the regular circuit and as such will be introduced to something new.

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This week was no different – the film being shown is called Of Good Report. From the brief introduction on the newsletter I learned that it is local SA film by Jamil XT Qubeka. Obviously, having no previous knowledge of the movie, I hit up the innernet to learn more about it.

At first, the storyline didn’t quite entice me, rather, I should say made me a little uncomfortable – it is the story of a school teacher who takes a post teaching English at a rural South African school and engages in statutory rape. cue the intrigue – the man has an affair with a 16 year old student of his. This made me uncomfortable at first and I wondered how well a man could honestly tell the story of the power and influence struggle between a young woman and an older man? Or even the sexualisation of young girls that seems to go unchecked. A few things worried me about the story line though I understand these are things that need to be told.

As it happens, I got lost clicking on link after link trying to learn more about this production and then I met the deal maker – the film was banned by the SA film board in July, on the day it was set to be showcased at the annual Durban International Film Festival this year, then later unbanned and it was shown on the last day of the festival. This little bit of big news pretty much solidified my desire to see it. In basic terms – I like things. I like them more if they have a slither of danger or rebellion.

I then came across these images that, in as much are not prolific, tell a dramatic story of events unfolding in the fight for the films unbanning. I believe there was a 140 character sleuth of angry tweets from the film’s director’s or owners at the time f the banning, which I missed.

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url-2So, on Wednesday 4 Dec, I am going to see this film. Let’s.

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Here’s an interesting review of the movie: Of Good Report


When last did you go to the cinema?

When last did you watch a foreign language film with subtitles

When last were you taken into a world you can’t imagine and get to live every single emotion a stranger goes through. When last did you see you in someone else?

When last did you sit in a dark room and escape into a story? When last were you moved?

That’s what we are going to do next week Thursday 5 December at Rosebank Cinema Nouveau, if you’d like.

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I’ve been invited to go to the exclusive Premiere of French film Juene et Jolie (Young and Beautiful) – a story of a 17 year old girl who dabbles not in drugs, rebellion and hedonism like other teens, but instead takes up prostitution.

I’d like to take you and friend with me. All you have to do is tweet this post, tag me (@akona1) and @FrenchCinemaZA with your favourite French word… Simple right?!

Competition closes TODAY 28 November at 15:00

Juene et Jolie – 5 December – Rosebank Cinema Nouveau – 7pm Cocktails – 8pm Movie screening

 


Bought these two gorgeous items from Mr Price recently.

I was planning on trying out the online store www.mrp.co.za (with their free delivery special) but when I saw them I had to have them now and didn’t want to wait. So rushed to the store and hoped and prayed they’d be available. I’m also loving their Sandton store. It is large, clean, well stocked and the staff are friendly. (Unlike the Fourways store that is a hot mess and not at all a pleasure to browse or buy from)

In any case, I usually only buy basic items or solid colours from large retail stores – avoiding the risk of looking the same as everyone else – but the dress called my name and is it really easy to accessorise to give the look your own look.

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Yay for Monsieur Price