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Celebrate the Youth

13/06/2017

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Bush Radio will be celebrating June 16 with the youth and community of Delft.

As a build up to the June 16 celebration Bush Radio and its partners will facilitate a debate (15 June 2017 – broadcast on 89.5fm/www.bushradio.co.za) between learners from 7 schools on the topic: The use of social media amongst youth; Does social media have a positive or negative impact on youth?

On the 16th June, members of the community are invited to join us (for free) as we witness creative performances ranging from music by The Assasins, Lee Enigma, Dapzito, Larnelle,  and poetry by members of the spoken word movement, Lingua Franca to drama from members of a Cesvi Foundation project.

June 16 Celebration

Date: 16 June 2017 (Friday)
Venue: Rosendaal High School (Delft)
Time: 12:00 – 17:00

For more information contact Bush Radio on 021 448 5450 or email us.

Listen to some Profound words

21/04/2017


The Cape Cultural Collective will be holding their Shades of Freedom event on Friday, the 21st April at 7pm at the Slave Church 40 Long street. The lineup is amazing and entrance is free. See you there!

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Make the children smile

13/12/2016

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Today (13 December 2016) the Beulah Welfare a non-profit organisation based in Mitchells Plain had a Christmas celebration for underprivileged children in the Rocklands area.

Bush Radio and Global Max Media partnered with the organisation to make the day a success.

There were over 300 kids, some were accompanied by their parents to join in the day’s activities which included face paintings, food and local entertainment and games.

From Roskilde with Love

29/08/2016

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All text and pictures by Henrik Gustafsson, except where noted.

djfjHenrik “DJ Finnjävel” Gustafsson looking for blogging inspiration in Roskilde

Morjens and greetings from the annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark!

The first Roskilde Festival took place in 1971, in June-July 2016 the Wrong Rock Show’s and Finland’s DJ Finnjävel visited the festival for the 19th time. You might already have heard my musical report from Roskilde, broadcast on Bush Radio 11 July 2016 – if not, look for it on https://www.mixcloud.com/wrongrockshow/

where all the Wrong Rock Shows are stored. Here on the Bush Blog, I will have a look at some other aspects of the festival and also briefly comment on the music.

The 2016 Roskilde Festival started with four warm-up days (25-28 June) of performances on three stages for the happy campers in the audience, followed by the four main days (29 June – 2 July) when the inner festival area with its six stages is opened. I only went for the main days, which meant I missed the only Finnish act in the line-up: the guitar-less garage trio Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? – by now well-known to all you Wrong Rock Show listeners…

janefondaHave You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? Photographer: Heidi Kero

The warm-up days give up-and-coming Nordic artists a chance to try their wings in front of a relatively large crowd. At a press conference, Head of Programme Anders Wahrén pointed out that there might be even 50,000 people arriving at the festival before the main days, some of these only setting up their tents, but an audience of 1,000 or 5,000 people is still much more than these bands can expect at their club shows back home. “And they couldn’t compete with Neil Young during the main days, anyway.”

wahrenbildeHead of Programme Anders Wahrén and spokeswoman Christina Bilde.

Unfortunately, no South African musicians were booked for this year’s festival. Previously, for instance Lucky Dube (2002), Tumi and the Volume (2008), Shangaan Electro (2011), Spoek Mathambo (2012) and Die Antwoord (2010 and on the Orange main stage 2015) have had the honour of playing Roskilde.

mandelaThe proud Danish owner of this shirt had actually bought it in South Africa.

However, there is much more than just music (by a mere 183 artists from more than 30 countries in 2016…) going on during the festival, and on Sunday 26 June, the South African performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga performed Decimation, a new chapter of his ongoing saga The Future White Women of Azania. Decimation took place as a procession from the Museum of Contemporary Art to the Roskilde Festival grounds, with Ruga himself and maybe 20 invited drag performers dressed in balloon costumes parading and encouraging the spectators to join the show.

diyA DIY instrument workshop at the festival.
ranchoRunning between stages, I bumped into Rancho Aparte from Colombia, playing an impromptu off-venue show.

Africa Express

Africa Express, the Damon Albarn-spearheaded cross-cultural collaboration between African and western musicians, has been closely linked to the Roskilde Festival for a couple of years now. In 2015, the festival ended with a five-hour African Express show, involving more than 100 artists. Also last year, the Roskilde Festival Charity Society donated 1 million DKK to Africa Express for the support of education and cultural projects related to African music.

This year, Africa Express opened Roskilde’s huge Orange stage on Wednesday 29 June when the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians + Damon Albarn + Guests wowed the audience for two hours. Back in 2010, Albarn (whose father was a professor of Arab studies and Islamic art, by the way) and his band Gorillaz were accompanied by the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians on a world tour taking them to both Roskilde and Damascus, making them the first major Western band to play in Syria. Sadly, as civil war broke out in 2011, they’re still also the last international act to have played in Syria.

It must have been a logistical nightmare getting visas and work permits for about 30 orchestra members and 20 choir members, now spread all over Syria, Europe and the US, some of them having fled the war without passports. Still, the orchestra managed to offer us a positive celebration of the musical culture of Syria, and I’m sure most of the people in the audience were not that familiar with traditional or contemporary Syrian and Arabic music before the concert.

The guests brought their own flavours to the show, and at least yours truly had never before encountered “the Queen of Arab Hip-Hop” Malikah (Lebanon/France) or Eslam Jawaad (Lebanon/Syria), the first Arabic hip-hop artist to record tracks in classical Arabic. Other star guests, such as Bassekou Kouyaté (Mali) and Seckou Keita (Senegal), were familiar even to me.

bassekou-kouyate-seckou-keitaDuelling banjos? Nope, Bassekou Kouyaté on ngoni (2 strings) and Seckou Keita on kora (22 strings) jamming with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians.
juliaJulia Holter (USA) joined the Syrians and Seckou Keita on stage for her 2015 single Feel You. She also sang Paul McCartney’s 1968 Beatles song Blackbird as a duet with Damon Albarn.

Not just bomp bah-bomp and rama-lama ding-dong

In a world seemingly going crazier every day, many artists probably have a lot on their minds but at least in Roskilde they mostly let their music do the talking. Maybe subtle hints are more effective than onstage rants, anyway. Even the glorious PJ Harvey, whose brand new The Hope Six Demolition Project album has very politically charged lyrics, didn’t really say a word in-between songs before presenting her band.

hurrayHurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra (of Puerto Rican descent) nailed it on stage: “Fuck Donald Trump” – with two flags hanging behind her back: the flag of Puerto Rico and a rainbow one representing peace. Photographer: Laura E. Partain
gayeGaye Su Akyol from Turkey was sad and angry because of the terrorist attack “by ISIS shit” on the Istanbul airport a couple of days earlier. A couple of weeks later there was a military coup attempt in Turkey. Hope you are ok, Gaye Su.
calypsoCalypso Rose, born in 1940 on the Caribbean island of Tobago. Before playing her new song I Am African, she told us it’s an homage to her great-grandmother, who was brought there from Guinea as a slave. Photo credit: Roskilde Festival
talTal National put on a great show and taught me a thing or two about the peoples of Niger (all six band members belong to different ethnic groups).

Charity, volunteering and equality? Yes, man!

The Roskilde Festival has been 100% non-profit since 1972 and is organised with the purpose of generating funds to donate to humanitarian and cultural initiatives. The Roskilde Festival Charity Society is not allowed to use the profit for forthcoming festivals. This year, the festival was sold out well in advance: 80,000 full tickets and 5,000 one-day tickets for each of the four main days. The profit is expected to be roughly 17 million DKK (or 2.3 million EUR), and it will be donated in full to charity. Festival goers can suggest charitable projects to receive a part of this profit, the nomination deadline is 21 August 2016.

There are only about 60 salaried employees who are paid for their festival work, while some 32,000 volunteers help creating one of the biggest temporary cities in the world with more than 130,000 citizens. Approximately 10,000 volunteers do their work directly for Roskilde Festival Charity Society, while the remaining 22,000 volunteers are attached to the unions and organisations (and there are more than 200 of these) that do trade and service tasks at the festival.

Apart from the music fans and the volunteers, the Roskilde Festival also attracts hundreds of bottle and can and refund collectors, many of these originating from Africa or the Roma community, also including refugees and asylum seekers. With approximately one million litres of beer being served at the festival, not to mention other beverages, in refundable bioplastic mugs (turned into biogas after the festival), there is a lot of money literally being tossed on the ground. The people cleaning up the messy party aren’t, however, always treated as equals by the average beer-drinking festival goer.

This year, the Danish artist group Superflex built VIP lounges, Flagship Shelters/Bottle Collectors VIP, in the festival’s Art Zone for the refund collectors. The architecture of the lounges was inspired by some of the most exclusive fashion stores’ headquarters in Tokyo.

vipOne of the VIP lounges for the refund collectors, with some bloody barbarian pissing on it.
graffitiMore than 1.5 kilometres of fences and facades are decorated by international artists in the festival’s Graffiti Zone.
gloriaThe beautifully designed, intimate indoor Gloria stage (with a capacity of roughly 1,000) is situated by the Art and Graffiti Zones. Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld were among this year’s performers.
equalityThe festival’s standpoint theme as graffiti.

One of Roskilde Festival’s goals is to change and improve the world and the future, hoping the young festival goers will return home with new ideas. From 2016 to 2018, the festival will focus on equality. This year’s standpoint theme was Equality 2016: Stand up for your rights, concentrating on political equality and human rights.

When the first campers arrived in Roskilde, they saw signs stating that the festival would “collect and indefinitely store all text and phone conversations (received or sent) while on festival grounds” and that “all internet activity will be monitored”. Furthermore: “we reserve the right to share this data with our partners”.

This pissed people off, until it was revealed that it was actually a prank by the activist art group The Yes Men. On Tuesday 28 June, The Yes Men interviewed American whistleblower Edward Snowden live via satellite from his exile in Moscow. The conversation with Snowden about digital surveillance was shown on a big screen in the festival’s camping area.

A sustainable food festival

At a press conference, the festival’s official spokeswoman Christina Bilde talked about Roskilde’s two-legged sustainability strategy 2016-2019, built on environmental impact and social impact. Bilde herself called the strategy “utopian”, but it is something the festival is striving for. The goal is to create a carbon-neutral festival with a 100% fossil-free energy supply and where all waste is a resource. Both festival participants and partners ought to make choices having a positive social impact with respect for human rights and human resources.

The food served at the festival is a big piece of Roskilde’s sustainability jigsaw puzzle. In fact, no less than 40% of the festival’s CO2 footprint comes from the meat eaten there. However, all food stalls are required to have at least one vegetarian dish on the menu – that shouldn’t be too hard, one thinks, but keep in mind that Denmark is found among the Top 15 countries on worldwide annual meat consumption per capita listings.

As a vegetarian myself, more than once I have had to reassure the food vendor that I really do want a seitan hot dog and not one made from dead animals. Still, things may not turn out as expected. At previous festivals, I have for instance ordered a veggie pizza, only to find it covered by a ton of ham. This year, a hummus sandwich I bought was in fact stuffed with tuna spread. On the other hand, I also enjoyed delicious surprises such as Ugandan vegan chapatis this year.

Furthermore, in 2016 Roskilde required that all food stands must use at least 75% organic ingredients (50% last year), and the organic goal will be even more ambitious in 2017: 90%. 2016 was also the third year in a row that left-over food (more than 50 tons of it) was turned into meals for “socially marginalised people”. Truly a great way to make the excellent Roskilde Festival even more sustainable.

tacoBarburrito’s vegetarian tacos may have looked a bit suspicious late on Sunday evening, but they tasted great.

Until lions tell their own stories…. #AfricaDay

25/05/2015

6 africa 2015for more information on Africa Day 2015 see: http://www.gov.za/africa-day-2015

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Bikers are born, not hatched

13/05/2015
Wilma de Klerk aka Wilma loves Biking with her beautiful two-month old baby daughter Lee de Klerk.

Wilma de Klerk aka Wilma loves Biking with her beautiful two-month old baby daughter Lee de Klerk.

With Mother’s Day come and gone the Biker Show decided to have a special show in honour of mothers, on the 9 May 2015.

There was a mix of guest; bikers, those mom’s who had not yet braved two wheels, those not too keen to try and some of the presenters’ moms all of which made for an interesting show.

First order of business was the meet and greet between the moms, they were instructed to share stories about how they became mothers in biking and attempted to rub off their love of biking onto the mothers who had not been on a bike.

As mothers usually have a lot to say about everything, the minute they were told that they should be getting ready to go in studio, the silence in the room was deafening as the nerves crept in.

Our beautiful Moms in Biking -Left to right: Ruth Castle, Samantha Lamprecht, Kaylen Butler, Janine Brand, Dawn Paulse, Melanie Alexander, Wilma loves Biking.

Our beautiful Moms in Biking -Left to right: Ruth Castle, Samantha Lamprecht, Kaylen Butler, Janine Brand, Dawn Paulse, Melanie Alexander, Wilma loves Biking.

Once they gathered themselves, they were ready for the topics of the day “have you been on a bike?” Of course the biker mama’s were raving about what joy and freedom riding a bike provides. Then came the non-biker mama’s, the answers varied from one mom to the other.

Wilma de Klerk aka Wilma loves Biking, who recently became a mom rides an R1 Yamaha and said that it made her a better biker realising that as she rides she wants to come back to her child.

Kaylen Butler says that the preconceived notion of bikers as dangerous, reckless is not true. As she met bikers and found that they were the loveliest bunch of people. It’s just the bike that is a problem for her.

Samantha Lamprecht and her son, daughter

Samantha Lamprecht and her son, daughter

During the Biker Safety hour sponsored by Biker Basics, Lloyd Castle and regular guest on the show Officer Igshaan Dyson put the moms through their paces. The task was to convince the moms that biking can be and is safe.

Samantha Lamprecht, who has been in biking since she was in diapers, rides a Suzuki and commented on the issue of safety with regards to wearing the correct gear. “Whether you fall at 20 or 120, you are going to get eina”.

A big thank you to all the moms who came through and enjoyed our photo-booth, gifts and eats. You really are special to us at the Mother of Community Radio – Bush Radio.

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Trevor calling in from Brunei

The Bush Radio Biker Show Mother’s Day edition was such a hit that even the show founder Trevor Davids who is currently based in Brunei joined in via Skype (stay tuned to Bush Radio as Trevor will be on the station on a more regular basis soon)

The Biker Show on the road together, every Saturday, 2pm to 5pm

The Biker Show Team wishes all moms a Happy Mother’s Day

The Biker Show Team wishes all moms a Happy Mother’s Day

Fede Fokol: 25 Years of SA Hip Hop documentary (free screening)

20/02/2015

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The Artscape Resource Centre and Bush Radio bring you a screening of Fede Fokol: 25 Years of SA Hip Hop documentary.

Venue: The Artscape Resource Centre
Time: 12 – 3pm, this Saturday (21 February 2015)
Damage: FREE, snacks will be served

There will also be rap performances by Ndlulamthi and SLK and spoken word performances.

A little about Fede Fokol:

Fede Fokol – 25 Years of SA Hip Hop, is a documentary researched by Jo’burg hip hop activist Rashid Kay. It traces the roots of the artform in South Africa from the days of its inception in Cape Town through revered crew Prophets of the City all the way to where hip hop currently is now.

It breaks down hip hop into four eras:
1. The Pioneers (1986 – 1995): POC, Karamo,
2. Developmental Years (1996 – 2002): The Le Club Era with the likes of Skwatta Kamp, Cashless Society etc.
3. Golden Years (2003 – 2008): Skwatta Kamp, Pitch Black Afro, H2O etc.
4. The New School (2009 – Present): Jozi, Driemanskap, AKA, Cassper, Youngsta, Reason, etc.

Interviewees include:
DJ Ready D , Rocco (Karamo), Kalashnikov (2Black2Strong), L-Skillz (Crowded Crew), Bob Mabena, Lance Stehr, Snazz D, Youngsta, Kaydo
Osmic, ProVerb, DJ Cleo, Slikour, DJ Lemonka, Simone Harris, C-Live, Krossword, AKA, Red Button, Notshi, Driemanskap, iFani and more.

Documentary running time: 47:58

Screening will be followed by a discussion on the future of Cape Town hip hop.

The 14th Media Kidocracy kicks off #MKK2014

06/10/2014

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This year the 14th Media Kidocracy (kid+democracy) Konfrence which runs from th 6th to the 10th October 2014, is taking place in a historic year for media in South Africa. Bush Radio is celebrating 21 years since its first illegal broadcast, and 19 years of legal broadcasting. The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) is also celebrating 21 years of existence, Bush Radio played a pivotal role in the establishment of the NCRF.

As South Africans, we are celebrating 20 years of democracy, as a country we are slowly emerging from a violent apartheid past to a nation celebrating its freedom.

The theme for MKK2014 is “Celebrating 20 years of democracy: learning from the past and celebrating the future.”

One of the foundations of this democracy we have built is freedom of expression.

This right allows everyone, including youth, to express themselves, whether this is verbally, artistically, scientifically or in any other way. However, this right does not come without responsibilities and we need to look at how we use our hard fought for freedom.

Freedom of expression is entrenched in the Media Kidocracy Konfrence as it allows participants to express the issues they raise through their media productions.

Bush Radio would like to thank the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FESmediaAfrica), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), the Children’s Movement, and Whale Coast FM.

* Several of Bush Radio’s programmes will be broadcasting live from the event, these are: The Breakfast Rush (6-9am), The Morning Cruise (9am – 12pm), Sakhisizwe (12 – 2pm) and Everyday People (4 – 7pm).

** MKK2014 takes places at Wortelgat situated on the blanks of the Kleinriver estuary so besides the intensive media programme and discussion sessions participants will also enjoy the picturesque fynbos as well as archery, abseiling, and hiking.

Check out previous MKK posts – CLICK HERE

Serving soup to our neighbours

18/07/2014

bushman eat soup copyIt’s cold, wet and windy this Mandela Day so Bush Radio 89.5FM and its magazine programme Sakhisizwe are taking over Woodstock!

Look out for our Bush Radio Madiba day volunteers roaming Victoria Road handing out soup and bread today.

We’ll be broadcasting live from the corner of Victoria Main Road and Hares Avenue, Woodstock between 12 -2pm. Feel free to pay us a visit and grab a bite! (First come first served)

Bush Radio and Sakhisizwe – Building the Nation, Bou die Nasie.

Win on Mandela day

16/07/2014

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The Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa, Fair Cape and Bush Radio 89.5fm are teaming up for Mandela Day this Friday on the 18th of July 2014.

Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa will be hosting a Knit-off and they invite anyone to participate by showing up between 11am and 4pm and spending 67 minutes knitting squares which will be used to make blankets and then sent to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust.

In addition to the 67 minutes, Mandela Rhodes and Fair Cape are also offering Bush Radio listeners the chance to win big! 5 Fair Cape hampers worth R150 each are up for grabs as well as a two night stay at the Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa for one lucky couple (meals not included).

To stand a chance of winning in this lucky draw you need to answer the following question: who is the recipient of the blankets that will be made on Mandela day?

To enter: sms your NAME + SURNAME, the keyword MANDELA and the answer to 32158.

Lines close at 9am on Friday 18 July. Winners will be announced on the Morning Cruise (9am – 12pm) on the same day.

This is a lucky draw so enter as many times as you can to stand a chance winning one of these awesome prizes.

SMS cost R1, free messages do not apply.