Posts Tagged ‘festival’

See you at the Jazz (Double Weekend Pass giveaway) #CTIJF

20/03/2018

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Bush Radio is giving you and your partner the chance to attend both days of the 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival happening at the CTICC on the 23rd and 24th of March.

We are giving away a set of double passes to 2 lucky listeners.

To qualify for the draw you need:

  1. Follow us on twitter or Instagram or like our facebook page.
  2. Send a minimum of 10 entries (each sms cost R1)

To enter this lucky draw SMS the keyword: JAZZ + your name and surname to 32158. (You will receive a sms confirming your entry)

Each double weekend pass is valued at over R2500.

The SMS line will close at 10am on Friday 23 March and the winners will be announced after 11am during the Morning Cruise. * You will need to collect your tickets by 2pm Friday if you are a winner with positive identification.*

Enter as often as you like to improve your chances.

 

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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.

Win a double weekend pass to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014

26/03/2014

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Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving a lucky listener the opportunity to win a set double weekend pass tickets valued at R1 590 to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

To stand a chance of winning the double weekend pass for you and your partner for Friday and Saturday, all you have to do is:

SMS the keyword JAZZ and your name + surname to 32158 by 3pm on Thursday (27 March 2014)

The winners will be announced on Backchat by 3:30pm on Thursday.

Enter often to increase your chances of winning as this is a lucky draw.

SMS costs R1 and free minutes do not count.

Anger and Frustration at the Gugs Jazz Festival

04/11/2013

This is the a report of a Bushradionews post from 2 November 2013

The Gugulethu Jazz Festival 2013 has been cancelled amidst frustration from members of the public who bought tickets and no official word from the event organisers.

One of the Bush Radio presenters, Sive Msolo who was at the venue where the festival is supposed to take place said he was told by Platmedia management that they are experiencing problems with sound equipment are the venue. They would only know within two hours if the event would go ahead or not. This was at 5pm and the event was scheduled to start at 10am.

The unnamed Platmedia Management official also said that they are not aware of artists pulling out of the event as speculated by the media in the last week. Artists, like Zahara, Thandiswa Mazwai and Simphiwe Dana who names where on the bill organised by Platmedia Management said on the social media network, twitter that they were not performing or had not be paid to perform at the event.Bush Radio was a media sponsor for the festival and according to the station’s Managing Director Brenda Leonard they were approached to do a competition, giving away tickets and give some airtime to promote the artists.

“We are not the organisers of the concert. The organisers are PLATMEDIA Group (Pty) Ltd and people who paid for tickets should contact them.

We would like to apologise to our listeners that won tickets via the competition we ran, and by wasting their time by going to an unorganised festival,” Leonard added.

The station tried several times to contact Platmedia group, Managing Director, Shaun Sishuba for comment by as yet he has not returned the station’s calls.

Win tickets to the Gugulethu Jazz Festival

29/10/2013

gugs jazz festival 2013Bush Radio and the Gugulethu Jazz Festival* is giving 10 listeners the opportunity to win a set of double tickets to attend the Gugulethu Jazz Festival this weekend.

If you would like to see the likes of Mi Casa, Zamajobe, Zahara, Jimmy Dludlu, Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Selaelo Selota, Mafikizolo and many more check out the programme on the Gugulethu Jazz Festival Facebook page and decide which day you would like to attend.

To enter this lucky draw, sms:

GUGS (+ which day you would like to attend) Sat/Sun + your name to 32158.

gugs jazz festival 2013 programmeThe closing date for entry into the lucky draw is Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 3pm.

Winners names will be announced on Backchat after the 3:30 pm news headlines that day.

You must be able to collect your tickets on Friday the 1 November 2013 between 8am + 5pm!

SMS costs R1 and free minutes do not apply.

*Bush Radio is not an organiser of the event – queries around the lineup and programme of events should be directed to the PLATMEDIA Group (Pty) Ltd on 021 828 2350

Congratulations to our 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival ticket winners

05/04/2013

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Congratulations to Matshidiso Molefe from Kraaifontein and Barbara de Jager from Matroosfontein who won the 2013 CTIJF weekend pass competition.

Win weekend passes to the 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

05/04/2013

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Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving two lucky listeners the opportunity to win a set double weekend pass tickets valued at R 1 240.00 to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

To stand a chance of winning the double weekend passes for you and your partner for Friday and Saturday, all you have to do is:

SMS the keyword JAZZ, your name + surname, and the name of one of the local artists performing at the 2013 CTIJF to 32158 by 12pm today (5 April 2013).

The winners will be announced on Sakhisizwe by 12h25 today.

Enter often to increase your chances of winning as this is a lucky draw. You will need to be able to collect your tickets by 3pm today.

SMS costs R1 and free minutes do not count.

Win a Chance to Experience International Hip-Hop Dance Theatre

02/03/2012


Mixing it Up is a hip-hop dance theatre festival happening at Artscape on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th March 2012.

The festival will showcase the best of South African DJs, dance crews, and you will experience leading hip-hop dance theatre with crews from France, Germany, UK and Zimbabwe.

Bush Radio is giving 10 lucky listeners the opportunity to win tickets to this awesome event!

* If you would like to enter to win a set of double tickets to Mixing it Up for Saturday the 10th March: SMS your name and the keyword MIXSAT to 32158.

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** If you would like to enter to win a set of double tickets to Mixing it Up for Sunday the 11th March: SMS your name and the keyword MIXSUN to 32158.

Enter as many times as you like to improve your chances of winning. Sms costs R1 and free minutes do not apply.

You have until 9am on Thursday the 8th March 2012 to send your sms, the winner’s names will be announced later that morning in the Morning Cruise.

Mixing it Up – International Hip Hop Dance Theatre

27/02/2012

A new South African hip hop dance theatre festival which aims to showcase the best of South African dance crews is set to hit Cape Town (and Johannesburg) in March 2012.

With Bush Radio‘s long history of being involved in the hip hop community we have come on board to give the Mixing It Up festival some much need airtime and give the artists exposure.

The festival will give South African audiences the opportunity to experience leading edge hip hop dance theatre with a uniquely South African flavour. Featuring dance crews such as Immortal Style from Cape Town and Soweto`s Finest from JHB. In addition to the dance performances, we will see the inclusion of well known South African rappers and DJs. The festival will also feature international hip hop dance theatre pioneers from France, Germany, UK and Zimbabwe. Including a special appearance by the duo Clash 66, Sebastien Ramires (France) and Hyun-Jung Wang (Germany).

Tickets are available at computicket at a cost of R50 and R30 for students on presentation of a valid student card.

Dates: 10 & 11 March

Venue: Artscape Theatre

Doors: will open at 15h00 for free dj jam, clothing stalls, bboy freejam, and graffiti exhibition

Performance: start time 20h00

Mixing it Up is made possible by the British Council in collaboration with Matchboxology Creative Incubator, Heal the Hood Project, Artscape Theatre, Goethe Institut, French Institute, the University of Johannesburg, French Embassy, EUNIC, DJ Switch, and Bush Radio.