High On Medication - Anderson .Paak Afropunk Hype Mix

My excitement for the Afropunk coming to South Africa is no secret. When they made their first artist announcement. I was so hyped, I decided to make a mix with some of my favourite Anderson .Paak tracks.

I've been listen to Anderson .Paak for years now. My good friend, Nonku Phiri, put me on him when he release his first drop, O.B.E Vol. 1, as Breezy LoveJoy. This was 2012 and I'm still hooked on this music.

Joburg is damn cold, here is something to keep you warm. Enjoy.

Cape Town Jazz Festival Recap

Touch down Cape Town and you can smell the Cape Town Jazz Festival vibe building up in the city. 
Our trip started with a bus out to the winelands. My wife was really keen on checking out specific wine farms.  

And wine was had. My favourite farms were Groot Constantia and the Steenberg. 

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Back to the recap... 

All the Cape Town Jazz Fest goodness started with attending the Masterclasses. We had our mind made up, we were gonna check out Kamasi Washington, Taylor McFerrin, Marcus Gilmore and The Internet.  

It was dope listening to Kamasi Washington talking about working with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. Talking about how he grew up with Thundercat.  He called for fellow musicians, in the audience, to join him on stage. I was sitting next to this guy, a keyboard player, who was too scared to join Kamasi on stage. So I put him on the spot, pointing Kamasi in his direction then he had jam session with Kamasi. (How many people get to say that?!! )

It was dope listening to Kamasi Washington talking about working with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. Talking about how he grew up with Thundercat.

He called for fellow musicians, in the audience, to join him on stage. I was sitting next to this guy, a keyboard player, who was too scared to join Kamasi on stage. So I put him on the spot, pointing Kamasi in his direction then he had jam session with Kamasi. (How many people get to say that?!! )

Taylor McFerrin and Marcus Gilmore
I'm a huge Taylor McFerrin fan. He kicked off his session with live beats with Marcus Gilmore on the drums. Playing some of my favorite jams.

I'm a huge Taylor McFerrin fan. He kicked off his session with live beats with Marcus Gilmore on the drums. Playing some of my favorite jams.

Then there was The Internet... A crazy bunch of characters. Sidenote: I've never seen so many girls lose their minds over Syd.  Syd and Martin Martian spoke about how the band started and how they transitioned from Purple Naked Ladies to Feel Good and Ego Death.  The masterclasses are really dope. We left the Cape Sun to get ready for the show. Friday night was a paaaaarty!

Then there was The Internet... A crazy bunch of characters. Sidenote: I've never seen so many girls lose their minds over Syd.

Syd and Martin Martian spoke about how the band started and how they transitioned from Purple Naked Ladies to Feel Good and Ego Death.

The masterclasses are really dope. We left the Cape Sun to get ready for the show.
Friday night was a paaaaarty!

It was dope seeing my brother Kyeezi doing his thing. Hyping us up for Tom Misch's Performance.

It was dope seeing my brother Kyeezi doing his thing. Hyping us up for Tom Misch's Performance.

Tom Misch was one of the best acts at the Jazz Fest this year. He shut it down. The energy was insane. 

Tom Misch was one of the best acts at the Jazz Fest this year. He shut it down. The energy was insane. 

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As much as I love The Internet, I had such high expectations for their show. Unfortunately, those expectations weren't fully met. Some of the band members performed songs from their solo albums. Steve Lacy, Martin Martian and Syd did some solo stuff. I felt like i wanted to hear more from all The Internet's albums. It was a dope show though.

As much as I love The Internet, I had such high expectations for their show. Unfortunately, those expectations weren't fully met. Some of the band members performed songs from their solo albums. Steve Lacy, Martin Martian and Syd did some solo stuff. I felt like i wanted to hear more from all The Internet's albums. It was a dope show though.

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There's this thing about Gretchen Parlato. The way she carries herself on stage and her voice. She performed "Holding Back the Years" and I almost broke down. I played that song so many times while trying to deal with my mom's passing. 

There's this thing about Gretchen Parlato. The way she carries herself on stage and her voice. She performed "Holding Back the Years" and I almost broke down. I played that song so many times while trying to deal with my mom's passing. 

Thandiswa Mazwai was incredible. She owned that stage. This was an amazing performance. 

Thandiswa Mazwai was incredible. She owned that stage. This was an amazing performance. 

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Soweto Gold and Jameson Tasting

A few weeks ago, I got invited to Jameson and Soweto Gold tasting. It was a rainy day but nothing a bit of whisky and beers could not fix.

They toke us on a tour of the Soweto Gold brewery. The Soweto Gold master brewer explained their beer brewing process. Then Ntumi from Jameson finished off the presentation with Jameson's history. He also explained Jameson's process and how to two brand shared similar expressions.

The most interesting part was, pairing Soweto Gold beers with the Jameson range.

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A Musical Week.

Some of the best mixes came out this week. A range of some of the dopest beats. I hope this will keep you warm on this cold weekend.

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Friday Vibes 02 - High On Medication

Greetings. I hope you having a great start to your year.
I created something for you before I went on my holiday break.

Enjoy. 

Tracklist:
1. Frozen - Little Simz
2. Take2 - Esta
3. 2 On - Drake ( Melo - Zed Flip)
4. Henneysee - Crescere
5. First Light - Giorgio Oehlers
6. Pretend - Tinashe (abhi/Dijon remix)
7. Kowloon Master - Jasper Staal
8. Ms Fat Booty (Like Rewurk) - CallMelike
9. Swing Set - Mr Dibia$e
10. Bloodshed - Mills
11. Remembering You - R-Kay

 

Friday Vibes: Eric Lau - Hearts Alive

Thought of dropping another mix today but wait mayne... Eric Lau is coming and he just hooked up this sick mix for WeheartBeat. So I'll chill and see you at the New Years Eve party. (I'm so excited about this!!!)

"With a warm and funky new edge, Eric Lau’s Hearts Alive is a fun way to usher in the new year.  With throwbackalicious farmiliar favourites, such as Fela Kuti’s “Water” ,Marvin Gaye’s “where are we going”and new gems by Kaytranada’s “If” which is a tribute to Janet Jackson. This mix has a lot of soul, melding Afrobeat with 70’s soul and Bossa beats with electronic anthems that make it easy to keep it festive this December."

1 Eric Lau - Chop 4 Mr Thing - First Word Records
2 Eric Lau - Do You Like Music - New Speed
3 Eric Lau - Harmonics - New Speed
4 Madlib - J’s Day Theme #3 (Support) - Stones Throw
5 J Dilla - Everyone can see (you're the ONE! for me) - Unreleased
6 Marvin Gaye - Where Are We Going? - Tamla
7 Cassiano - Onda - Polydor
8 Milton Banana Trio - Cidade Vazia - Odean
9 Jay Dee - Rico Suave Bossa Nova - BBE
10 Femi Kuti ft D’angelo & Macy Gray - Water Get No Enemy - Wrasse Records
11 Black Milk - Sonny Jr. (Dreams) (Feat. Robert Glasper & Dwele) - Fat Beats
12 Freedom Express - Get Down - Soul Cal
13 Roy Ayers - Land Of Fruit and Honey - Polydor
14 B.B. & Q. Band - Time For Love (Matt Lord Edit) - White Label
15 Kaytranada - If (Kaytranada Rmx) - Unreleased
16 Leon Davis - I Think They Call It Love - Truth Is Light
17 Shokazulu - Fresh Fromage - 2000Black
18 Azymuth - Aguia Nao Come Mosca - Atlantic