Back To The City Festival

Back To The City Festival

There’s no question about what to get upto this Freedom day. @backtothecityfestival is back at the Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Featuring artists representing the pinnacle of artistic expression from South Africa and abroad, this unique annual youth event has grown into the largest public display of both commercial and underground Hip Hop in Africa, presenting a day of live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions.

From the daytime events to the nightly performances, this is one time that the inner city comes alive with true freedom of expression providing a destination for hip hop fans, artists and industry related individuals to converge and celebrate the experience today’s youth culture.

The day begins with an educational Hip Hop Summit offering an exchange of knowledge from industry gurus working within the media, advertising and music business arenas.

The aim of these workshops was to effectively empower the artist with as much knowledge to enable her/him to efficiently administrate their career and brand growth. Back To The City Festival wants  to utilise the culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social change and unity while empowering communities through media, arts, education and independent initiatives.

Topics such as Publishing, Distribution, Recording, Independent versus Mainstream, Funding, and Entrepreneurship are openly discussed allowing audience members a chance to actively engage speakers, facilitating access to resources as well as empowering the youth with valuable knowledge.

Live performances and DJs entertain throughout the day while graffiti artists utilise the surrounding street walls as their canvasses, creating colourful masterpieces in the city. The Second stage is reserved for competitions for rappers, beatmakers, dancers, and alternative Hip Hop performances.
The 3rd stage is strictly for the live bands.

 

 

 

 

Source: backtothecityfestival.com

Recipe: Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

Chicken Curry Bunny Chow

A South African explosion of flavours and textures. Perfect to keep you warm and the chills at bay.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4cm piece ginger, grated
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups (500ml) Massel chicken style liquid stock
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 large round bread rolls
  • Olive oil, to brush
  • 1/3 cup (95g) thick Greek-style yoghurt

TOMATO & RED ONION SAMBAL

  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 long green chilli, seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

 

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Season chicken, then in 2 batches, cook, turning, for 4-5 minutes until browned. Remove from the pan.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and spices, then cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook for a further 1 minute. Return chicken to pan and add stock. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Add beans and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly reduced. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the tops off the rolls and hollow out, discarding filling and tops. Brush with olive oil and bake for 5 minutes or until slightly golden, then set aside.
  5. For the sambal, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Stir the yoghurt through the curry and season, then divide among bread rolls. Top with sambal, then serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: taste.com.au

His Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele

His Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele

Nthikeng Mohlele is brave to bring out a book under the heavy shadow of JM Coetzee’s The Life And Times Of Michael K.

His Michael K has to stand on his own. And he manages to do just that. Mohlele writes his story beautifully with a tactile sensuality. He arranges words, sentences and paragraphs like a gifted composer.

The book begins with Miles, the narrator. We are then transported to Dust Island where Miles meets Michael K, who has nothing but the rags on his body, a few seeds, a bent spoon and a string.

Miles spends 31 months on the island, hoping that being with Michael K will awaken his inner poet. In those months, he is fascinated by Michael K’s harmonious existence with nature. No more than two words are exchanged between them, and Michael K remains an enigma to Miles as he lives a life devoid of earthly trappings.

Miles leaves Dust Island following a tragic event. He settles in Johannesburg with the intention of writing poetry, a quest he hopes will get him to live on the periphery of life. Miles soon discovers that, unlike Michael K, he cannot exist merely by the soil.

Miles becomes consumed by Michael K. He questions, prods and dissects Michael K’s existence. How does a man grow into an adult having not touched and experienced carnal pleasures? A shot of good whisky? A great piece of steak? Having not voted? Not participated in a protest?

Michael K survived wars and deprivation but came out with his soul well on the other side. Maybe, just maybe, Miles thinks, we are not fully living because of the societal, economic, political and cultural pressures. Maybe Michael K was the answer to a life of true freedom for he was beholden to no one. To nothing.

As in his previous novels Rusty Bell and Pleasure, Mohlele writes with an orchestral precision about the nature of pleasure and existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://bookslive.co.za/

Cocktail Recipe: SCORPION

SCORPION COCKTAIL

You cant buy happiness. But, you can prepare a cocktail and that’s kind of the same thing…

Scorpion

INGREDIENTS:

30ml brandy
15ml dry gin
15ml
aged rum
30ml
orange juice
20ml
lime juice
20ml simple syrup
15ml amaretto

METHOD:

Combine ingredients in shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with citrus and mint.

 

 

 

 

Source:  copperandkings.com

Mans’s 2 Funny

Man’s 2 Funny

Johannesburg-born, Cape Town-based stand-up comedian Eureka Nkese is bringing the funny home with an exclusive one night only performance of his brand new comedy special: Man’s 2 Funny at the Joburg Theatre this Freedom Day.

This natural storyteller and funnyman is set to tour South Africa with Man’s 2 Funny, proving to audiences why he is one of SA’s funniest acts to watch this year.

A seasoned performer, Eureka’s style of comedy is described as topical and observational, poking fun at everyday life with jokes that everyone from all walks of life can relate to.

For Eureka, who was nominated for a South African Comics’ Choice award, it’s his third comedy special to tour around the country the show will deliver hilarious punchlines and an insightful view of South African culture.

ABOUT EUREKA NKESE

Eureka Nkese is one of the brightest rising stars in South African comedy. The stand-up comedian has almost a decade of experience performing on stage and on-screen. He has presented a television show on SABC1, performed on Comedy Central Africa and opened for some of the best comedians in South Africa such as Nik Rabinowitz, Loyiso Gola and Skhumba Hlophe. Eureka has self-produced two one man specials and other comedy events such as KAK TALKS at Arts festivals and venues all over the country. This talented comedian is high demand as an MC and headliner at comedy shows. A skilled performer equipped with his infectious laugh and sharp-witted jokes Eureka will be a memorable addition to your event. Eureka’s unique talents will have everyone laughing and wanting more.

Follow Eureka on social media:

Twitter: @eureka2funny.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eurekankese

For more details about Eureka’s upcoming projects visit: www.eurekankese.co.za

 

 

 

Source: joburgtheatre.com