After posting my last blog post called “No alternative video screens in South Africa” where I expressed my disappointment that we do not have a large selection of locally produced web series, I decided to promote the ones we do have.
17 years ago, when I attended a video production course at an NGO called Community Video Educational Trust (CVET) we were encouraged to use video to tell our own stories. Keep in mind that we just saw the end of apartheid and their version of what happened on our own streets via the SABC propaganda machines. In 1996, if we produced video stories that none of the South African TV stations wanted to broadcast, then the only other option was to set up screenings in our different community centres.
I go to know this UK duo, made up of Marlon Roudette and Preetesh Hirji, with the 2005 hit single “Big City Life.” I used to repeatedly play this song when driving through the tough, busy and sometimes very rude streets, of Johannesburg.
If you remember reading a newspaper report of a crime that was perpetrated by dumb criminals and you could not believe that people could be that stupid, then read this article. Police sting nets alleged drug dealer
This black comedy, starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Anthony Mackie, is based on such an unbelievable true story which was published in the Miami New Times and reported by Pete Collins, about events that took place from December 1994 through to June 1995, and details the kidnapping, extortion, torture and murders by a group of bodybuilders.
All I read about Robert DeLong‘s high energy performance was proven to be true when I saw him live on stage at the Just Music Sessions Amplified by World of Yamaha earlier this week. Even though he was the only person on stage with lights, a drum kit, keyboard and midi, the level of energy coming off that stage was amazing.