Posts Tagged ‘Botha Kruger’

Keep getting it so wrong!

25/08/2017

wrs2015We are proud to announce that once again The Wrong Rock Show on Bush Radio 89.5fm is nominated in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards as a finalist for the Best Online Music Show in the Rock/Alternative category.

This is the second time the show has been nominated and we wish the crew good luck and encourage them to keep being “so wrong, it’s right”.

Catch The Wrong Rock Show every Monday on 89.5FM in Cape Town and worldwide via our live stream at 10pm…or catch the shows on Mixcloud.

Related: So Wrong, Mixcloud thinks we are right

 

 

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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.

So Wrong, Mixcloud thinks we are right

18/08/2015

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Bush Radio 89.5fm is pleased to announce that The Wrong Rock Show was a finalist in the 2015 Mixcloud* Online Radio Awards.

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Leading up to Bush Radio quietly celebrating its 20th “legal” on air birthday on the 9th August 2015, Mixcloud was sifting through 24 categories and over 5000 nominations to draft a shortlist for the 2015 annual Mixcloud Online Radio Awards in association with the International Radio Festival.

The Wrong Rock Show was 1 of 5 programmes shortlisted by Mixcloud in the Alternative/Rock Show category.

A big congratulations to Botha, Greg and team!

mixcloud* Mixcloud is a online music streaming service for the listening and distribution of radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts. Its notable users include Wired, Harvard Business School, TED Talks, and Barack Obama.

Support Shifty September and win “The Vinyl Solution”

28/08/2014

shifty bush wrsSupport the Shifty September campaign and stand a chance to win some classic SA vinyl!

The Wrong Rock Show on Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving away one “The Vinyl Solution” reward worth R1000 to a lucky supporter of the Shifty September crowdfunding campaign .

The campaign celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Shifty’s 30th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Voëlvry tour.

A number of events are planned for September, culminating in the Shifty Heritage Music Festival on Heritage Day in Johannesburg, featuring many of the label’s legendary artists.

What can you win?

If you pledge your support by buying any Shifty September reward, and enter your name in the Wrong Rock Show give-away, you stand a chance of winning one “The Vinyl Solution” reward, which includes:

• Voëlvry LP [signed by surviving Voëlvryers]
• Repackaged: Bigger than Jesus LP [signed by Warrick Sony]
• Pot-luck of 3 rare original still-in-their-plastic Shifty Records [it’s a surprise]
• 2 tickets to the Shifty Heritage Music Festival
• A thank you with your name on the virtual wall of thanks exhibition + a surprise Shifty gift

How to enter?

• Go to the Shifty September Thundafund Page and buy any reward ranging from R150 to R3000.

• Email us at wrongrockshow@gmail.com, or contact us on Facebook to submit your name for the draw.

• We will verify your pledge with Shifty Records and on 16 September 2014, once the Thundafund campaign is closed, we will draw one name from those entered as the winner of the vinyl goodies.

Tune in! On Monday 1 September 2014 the Wrong Rock Show will be joined by Warrick Sony for a special 2-hour preview of the Shifty compilations to be released as part of the campaign.

They are:

• Shifty & Quirky
• Shifty Blue
• Shifty Love
• Shifty Pop
• Shifty Protests
• Shifty Rocks

Please note:

• If you cannot attend the festival and cannot nominate anyone to receive your tickets, we will draw another name to give your tickets to.

• If you cannot attend the festival and collect your LP’s, you will be asked to pay postage for delivery.

Go pledge!

The 2012 Wrong Rock Show CD give-away

07/12/2012

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The Wrong Rock Show 2012 CD give-away is here.

It’s as easy as:

(1) Like the Page

(2) Submit your 5-song playlist on our wall

You could win ONE hamper of 16 CD’s if your playlist is picked as our favourite. Yes, 16!

Deadline: Midnight on Xmas Day 2012 (Cape Town time). Feel free to share this far and wide.

If you want to listen to previous shows: www.mixcloud.com/wrongrockshow/

Here is an alphabetical list of albums in the hamper (the 16th album will be announced soon via the facebook page).

  1. The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass – The Rumps Smolder at the Gloom (2012) (Japan) [Kizuna Media]
  2. The Buckfever Underground – Verkeerdevlei (2012) (SA) [CC]
  3. The biPoLar Rats – …ten seconds of paranoia (2012) (SA) [CC]
  4. Black Box Revelation – My Perception (2012) (Belgium) [Sheer Sound – SA]
  5. The Brother Moves On – ETA (2012) (SA) [CC]
  6. Cats on Fire – All Blackshirts To Me (2012) (Finland) [Soliti]
  7. Ella Joyce Buckley – Blood Finds No Sea (2012) (SA/USA) [CC]
  8. Generationals – Actor-Caster (2012) (USA) [Sheer Sound – SA]
  9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (2012) (Canada) [Constellation]
  10. Long Time Citizen – Long Time Citizen (2012) (SA) [CC]
  11. Make-Overs – Centipede-Sing-A-Long (2012) (SA) [KRNGY]
  12. Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences – The Wrong Life (2012) (UK) [Audio Antihero]
  13. Stupido 20 – Stupido Records Helsinki: Yours Truly Since 1989 (2009) (Finland) [Stupido]
  14. toe – the future is now (2012) (Japan) [White Noise Records]
  15. Wartgore Hellsnicker – Moderate Rock (2011) (UK) [Audio Antihero]

How many wrongs before it sounds just right?

02/04/2012

Tune in tonight at 10PM (GMT+02) for a very special 100th edition of the Wrong Rock Show, when Greg ‘the Hammer’ and Botha revisit some favourite artists and tracks played in two years of shows. You can look forward to The Psychedelic Furs, The Gun Club, Boris, Jim Neversink, PJ Harvey, KOOS, The Clash, Kokeshi Doll, Swans, Joy Division and many more. We think you’ll like it, and we’ve been wrong before.

Listen to 89.5FM or online via www.bushradio.co.za

Listen to some of the past shows on Mixcloud

From Kyrkslätt with Love

24/10/2011

 

Newspaper clipping courtesy of Västra Nyland

The Wrong Rock Show on 89.5Fm is causing a bit of a buzz in Finland judging by the media reports we have been receiving – see Västra Nyland pic or Åbo Underrättelser

The articles are from Swedish-language papers but if you would like to find out what the fuss is all about tune into the Wrong Rock Show tonight at 10pm on 89.5FM or online, when we air the second edition of “From Kyrkslätt with Love”  a segment compiled by Henrik Gustafsson.

Related post: The Wrong Rock Show at Roskilde 2011

Tune into the Bush Radio 89.5 FM Marathon pledge show

30/09/2011

Tomorrow, Saturday the 1st October from 9am to 6pm, Bush Radio 89.5FM is going to be shaking up the airwaves in Cape Town and the world (via audio streaming on www.bushradio.co.za) by bringing you a marathon show as part of its 2011 Pledge Drive to help the Mother of Community Radio in Africa stay on air.

You will be able to hear some of the best specialist music and talk show presenters on the station drum up support for the station and call in your pledges to 021 448 5450 or SMS your message to 32158.

Starting at 9am, we have the legend of afternoon talk and community issues inCape Town, Bassie Montewa getting you ready to open your mind and, hopefully, your pockets to pledge.

Then another legend of radio broadcasting in South Africa, Tom London hosts the 10 to 12 slot and will be assisted by our King of the Mix, Freedom “Flex Darkskin” Raphela.

Our intrepid newsteam member Lusanda Bill will be live from 12h00 – 13h00, bringing you some smooth and silky sounds.

Then we go jazzy and old school, the three musketeers of radio get a chance to cut through 89.5 FM – so don’t forget to join Roger Lewis, Calvin Peters and Dr Victor Davids from 13h00 – 16h00.

At 4pm we bring a special edition of The Wrong Rock Show with Botha Kruger who will be joined by The Breakfast Rush’s Sive Msolo. You’ll be the judge of how that unusual combination of House and Rock will go down…

Ending off the marathon pledge drive from 5pm will be the team from the Unhappy Hour, who promise to take you on a musical journey into the recesses of your soul “where your grass is blue”.

Visit http://bit.ly/r9OBIi for details on making a bank transfer to Bush Radio. Remember this pledge drive runs until the 3rd October 2011, but donations are ongoing. 

Some more information on the presenters of the Bush Radio 89.5 FM Marathon Pledge Drive Show (Saturday, 1 October 2011, 9am to 6pm):

Bassie Montewa – Backchat

This is where you find out what the CapeFlats is thinking and feeling. Bassie’s emphasis is on township developments and events. Backchat includes local and international musicians & artists and other dynamic individuals and groups.

Tom London

Tom London has gained 17 years media industry experience working for SmartFM, CaniFM, Radio Bop, 94.7FM, SAB/Miller, Siemens, Vodacom and Talk Radio 702/ Cape Talk, mastering all facets of media and communication, including the production of corporate and web video products for large corporates. He is currently founder and Chief Executive Officer of the digital media company, MormorMedia. He is known by the public as the host of The Tom London Show which featured on talk radio and took radio markets by storm.

Freedom Raphela

We call him the King of the Mix and a genius of the studio Freedom hosts Bush Radio’s Everyday People where not only the latest R&B, Hip Hop, House and Kwaito is played but raw, undiscovered talent is exposed.

Lusanda Bill

The shortest member of the Bush Radio newsteam with the biggest mouth – always up on current events and producing excellent radio features – Lusanda is proof that news does not have to be dry or boring, especially when combined with the smooth tunes she spins.

Roger Lewis

Just call him Mr Sensual, Roger spins the best in classics. If you want to reminisce or be re-educated on the hits tune into Roger. Nobody caresses the airwaves with more sensuality.

Calvin Peters

The host of Flashback on 89.5FM – Flashback is a social movement for people who appreciate 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Disco, Soul, New Wave, Pop and Jazz-Funk. The music is strictly retro. Flashback is the only true old school experience

Dr Victor Davids

Victor D hosts Jazz on Bush, where smooth jazz lives. Dr Victor takes you a fantastic jazz journey, interviewing artists and playing only the best in international, local (especially that specialCape Townflavour) music

The Wrong Rock Show

Taking you on a journey beyond the limitations of the mainsteam, to a place where vintage rock ‘n roll can rub shoulders with anarchic post-rock.

The Unhappy Hour

Their mission is to guide you beyond your musical journeys and into the recesses of your souls to where your grass is blue. Need we say more?

The Wrong Rock Show at Roskilde 2011

11/07/2011

Roskilde Festival in Denmark, first staged in 1971, is the largest North European culture and music festival and attracts about 75,000 festival goers every year (excluding day-visitors). It is run by a non-profit association, assisted by 25,000 volunteers and every year it donates all profits to humanitarian and cultural purposes. This year, a Bush Radio t-shirt was also spotted walking around the festival site between 30 June and 3 July, when Botha of the Wrong Rock Show attended the festival for a second time.

The Orange Stage has become the symbol of the Roskilde Festival

While the headline acts are always the biggest attraction for the majority of music fans attending, the value of the four-day festival is the exposure fans get to different genres and artists. South Africa was represented this year by Shangaan Electro, who had a stunned crowd on their feet before they knew it, and as the beats got faster and faster no-one could even think of stopping for air. Bands in the 2011 line-up that have been played on the Wrong Rock Show included PJ Harvey, Swans, The Strokes, Battles, Kings Of Leon, The Raveonettes, Congotronics vs. Rockers, TV On The Radio, Zun Zun Egui, The Walkmen, Iron Maiden, Lykke Li, Weekend, Anna Calvi, Kurt Vile & The Violaters, Spids Nøgenhat, Screaming Females and The Ex.

Shangaan Electro had the crowd on their feet (left) and legendary Bassekou Kouyate from Mali played with Afrocubism

While at the festival, Botha also recorded a special Finnish Wrong Rock Show with Henrik Gustafsson and Jan Larsson, two music gurus who respectively attended their 14th and 22nd Roskilde Festivals!  This special episode will be broadcast tonight (11 July 2011) between 10PM and midnight, and will feature two hours of rock music from Finland not often heard outside Northern Europe. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook page.

PJ Harvey was one of the highlights for the alternative rock fans (left) and the Swans put up one of the best concerts of the festival to a small group of hardcore fans