No1 song on the iTunes charts: Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell

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Robin Thicke,  Blurred Lines featuring T.I. and Pharrell is currently the No1 song on the iTunes charts in 14 countries.

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Stompie and the Red Tide

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Thirteen years ago, my friend Zulfah Otto-Sallies and I, were invited by Dermod Judge to co-write a short movie called Stompie and the Red Tide that was produced by M-Net Magic Works. Dermod developed the story, which was about two “bergies” (homeless people) from the Cape West coast, who are disillusioned about the changes in the new South Africa.
As Dermod was from Ireland, he was struggling to write the dialogue for this story, so he invited Zulfa and I to help him. We wrote all the dialogue in Cape Afrikaans slang and the movie was released with English subtitles.
It was a cool experience writing these words down on paper and later seeing it played out on the sliver screen. I was also invited on to the set when they were filming. I mistakenly pissed off the director and script supervisor when I saw some of the dialogue not really working in the way that we wrote it. I tried changing it with the actor, who played Stompie, without going through the right protocol. Overall, I am still completely chuffed that I got to experience this and I hope you enjoy watching it.

Review: Blind by Hurts

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I love this song, as every word in each verse and chorus is packed with so much emotion. When I listened to this song repeatedly, I must admit that I did not see the music video looking so dark. I guess the romantic side of me saw a more heroic love story unfolding where the hero comes to save the damsel in distress, but the song is still lovely to listen to.
Click on the “continue reading” tab to read about the Frankie Knuckles remix of Blind.

Hurts

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The first time I heard and saw Hurts performing on stage was while watching an episode of The Graham Norton Show. They have that refined British feel and style that oozed from the TV screen.
While watching them perform the song “Blind” I had flashes of my all time favorite teenage era bands, Bros and the Pet Shop Boys.

Get yourself a Prokard

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African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
While working in Uganda in 2007/8, I stayed at the Protea Hotel in Kampala for a few months. That is when I was introduced to their rewards program called Prokard. Jees, that means that I have been a member for 6 years now. How time flies!
The main reason for buying the Prokard, was that it allows for a discount on your food bill at the hotel’s restaurant. As I was living off my S&T money, and did not what to spend all of it while in Uganda, getting a 25% to 50% discount on meals really made sense.  Read the rest of this entry »

Andhim Mix

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Andhim

I started DJing in the 1990’s. Those were the good old days, playing vinyls on the Rolls Royce of turntables called the Technics 1200 and 1210. I was never a lover of playing commercial hits, but that was always required. I was a B-side type of DJ, side A would most likely have the commercial version of a song. I always tended to play the B-side with the dub versions etc.

I am still the same today, with my song selections. The Andhim mix that I made is a perfect example of this.

The Hot Future Disco Song – “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

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The new Daft Punk track called “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell Williams is mind blowingly good. It brings back the 70’s sexy funky and soulful sounds from the disco era, with the modern Daft Punk twist. The song is such a breath of fresh air as most newly released pops song are all going the EDM (electronic dance music like David Guetta) route. I hope this track marks the start of a fresh new type of sound that musicians will start producing and DJs will have to play at clubs and parties. Oh yes, Pharrell Williams sounds great on this track. Let’s call this type of vibe “Future Disco.“

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