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Up the Creek Rocks with South African Artists

January 31, 2011 by  

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Up the Creek is one of the most anticipated music festivals in South Africa. This year the three-day party will be held from 4 – 6 February at the campsite near the Breede River in Swellendam. For an extra R100 revellers can come along on Thursday, 3 February for what the organisers call a “chilled out preview gig”. The extra money is worth it not only for the added entertainment, but also because it gives you a chance to pick your camping spot before the hordes (over 2000 people are expected) arrive. Following the successful formula of previous Up the Creek events there will be three separate stages: the main stage, river stage and all-night-long bar stage (where the chilled out preview will take place). To ensure that everyone gets the chance to see all the acts only one stage will be in use at any given time. Aside from the music from some of South Africa’s favourite bands, the highlight of the weekend is the BOS Anything that Floats Competition. The details are in the name. To enter you have to have something that is capable of floating on the Breede River. You can float a raft…

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Music in India: Traditional And Modern Influences

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From the get-go, I’ve been looking at this trip to India as an arts residency of sorts, to recharge my creative batteries as much as reboot my yoga practice. I felt the itch to write something new before I left, though I wasn’t certain what that would be. But I figured if I fed my muse with Carnatic lessons, the somewhat random confluence of other musician-yogis here, a regular writing practice group, as well as coconuts, papaya and thali, and all-important kick-ass Ashtanga yoga, something would happen. On my last trip, I formed a little band with a couple of others and had an idea to do the same this go. Two and half months in, no real band has come together and I’ve missed my musical compatriots in the states dearly….. That said, musical events and inspiration are and have happened that simply wouldn’t have occurred anywhere else. My first month, I was happy to be introduced to an American tabla student, Chris, who’d attended Berklee before moving to Asia to teach English. I was psyched as our…

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Ahhh Yes, The Mob Boss

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Let’s Talk SEO Mistakes and Myths

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Stephan and mona I heard Stephan Spencer and Mona Elesseily speak recently on SEO mistakes shortly after hanging out with him and his ten pound book The Art of SEO, which he co-authored. He graciously gave me a copy but it’s fatter than three bibles put together – translation: full of incredibly great content yet despite my laundry list of new tips and knowledge, I likely won’t be able to execute. Here’s my thinking on experts, books, tips and tricks: unless it’s something you really love, breathe and wanna do, get knowledgeable by reading the best books, then hire someone to execute and map out a strategy who does live and breathe it and more importantly, find someone who’s wired that way. A lot of people ‘do’ things in areas where they’re not wired. The book will make sure you don’t hire the outdated SEO expert wanna be’s who don’t really know how to get you to “go” never mind long-term success. Stephan and Mona divided their talk into common mistakes to avoid when implementing a SEO campaign and a hands-on workshop, where they ripped apart a few sites, and shared what worked and what…

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Hasuna Founder Natsuko Shiraki on Ethical Jewelry & Achieving 40 Million Smiles

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Haegwan Kim asks Natsuki Shiraki on her definition of success.  She says, “personally I think it’s the moment you achieved what you want, and that’d be money, occupation, or family – so it’s totally depending on who you are. Since I was a child, I’ve had many things that I want to achieve, and when I achieve one of them, that’s success for me. HK: So the moments of achievement are not once in your life… NS: No, there’re many times you can feel so, and by having the moments many times, or accumulating the moments, I think humans can grow up. HK: So you founded Hasuna because that’s what you wanted to do? NS: Exactly. HK: Can you tell me the beginning roughly? NS: I fell in love with the global cooperation when I was 18. Until then, I was just a stupid high school student, and I’d been thinking what I should do. But when I watched the speech of a photo journalist, I had a vivid sensation. I saw pictures of genocide at Rwanda, poverty in Ethiopia, and natural disaster in Indonesia. I thought there’s so many people struggling with these problems and


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RAMfest Goes Large in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg

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South Africa is rapidly gaining a reputation for hosting out of this world music festivals and RAMfest is no exception. This year marks the fifth RAMfest and it promises to bigger and better than ever. In 2011 RAMfest will hit three of South Africa’s biggest cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. And while Gautengers and Durbanites may rejoice at the opportunity to see some of the country’s most popular music acts in their own back yard, Cape Town is the place to be. The Cape Town leg of the festival will be held of three days (4 – 6 March) at Nekkies Holiday Resort, Worcester. It will boast three stages, as well as a beach party.
  • The Main Stage will showcase two international bands: Alkaline Trio and Funeral for a Friend, as well as a number of local artists, including Die Antwoord, Gazelle, Zebra and Giraffe, Van Coke Kartel, The Revelators,  Blk Jks, Ashtray Electric, Desmond & The Tutu’s, Mr Cat & The Jackal,Stepdog, Pretty Blue Guns, The Great Apes, Tumi, Ree-Burth, Dance! You’re on Fire, The Sleepers, Isochronous, Not My Dog, Lonely Dave Ferguson, Wrestlerish, 7th Son, Bittereinder, Mix


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Shutting Off the Internet Was the Wrong Thing to Do

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Egypt may have made their single biggest strategic blunder by attempting to shut down the Internet and cell networks. Indeed, by doing so they may have sealed their destiny. Yeah, yeah, yeah of course Facebook and Twitter are organizing tools for crowd sourcing. But so what! Let them come out in the streets, but do not incite violence or attack the protesters. Violence begets violence plain and simple. Wasn’t it Senator John Kerry this morning who echoed the words of Gandhi and Martin Luther King? Egypt, the Internet is the safety valve. Yep, and by shutting it down you may have quashed all opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the unrest in Cairo. The challenge for Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is whether he and his regime will step up by turning the Internet back on; or revert back to silence and terror. This government, and others like it, fails to grasp the new and all-powerful role of the Internet, and specifically social media in bringing people together, promoting discourse and potentially halting violence. Alas, if all of the world would only fight in cyberspace. Nation would not lift up the sword against other nations, or their…

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On Guerrilla and Illicit Gardening

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Illicit gardening: who knew that playing in the dirt could be so, well, provocative? London-based Richard Reynolds is the unofficial spokesperson for a worldwide movement dedicated to cultivating plants in public places without permission! From pimping pavement to throwing seed bombs, Reynolds’ book On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries, explains tactics and provides inspiration for gardeners seeking to beautify their urban communities and coincidentally burst apathy about public spaces, at any risk. Check out his talk on February 10, 2011 in the  Tobias Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Admission is $8. In his talk, Reynolds will survey the breadth of community-based gardening from artists and activists to foodies and florists who are using horticulture to combat litter and pollution everywhere from Botswana to Canada. Of course, a book signing follows his remarks. (Image, from Lambeth, London, England, courtesy of Guerrilla Gardening)


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