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Monday, February 7, 2011

SATURDAY /// AFTERNOON IN KHAYELITSHA AND MIDNIGHT AT ASSEMBLY FOR SPOEK MATHAMBO SHOW

 I've been hearing a lot of that 'Cape Town is the place to be' noise lately, I personally don't like to make such grand generalizations, it really depends on what you want from a city, what works for one person might not work for another. I moved to Cape Town in 1999 and i'm still here, so obviously for me it is the place to be. Whateva, that's besides the point and quite honestly has little to do with the rest of the post , let's get to Saturday. It was awesome obviously, my only regret is that i didn't charge my camera battery in the morning and it died on me an hour before i went home, that was the best hour and we spent it dancing at Club La Reference. First time i went to club La Ref was back in Dec 2008 and back then it was mostly frequented by brothers from various parts our African continent and ladies of...well..easy virtue, to be fair skattie the spot used to be a stripper joint before it became La Ref,  so where else would the go to strut their glass heels? Personally i love ho's and i've been friends with a few in my time. Sticky fingers aside, ho's have the biggest hearts. The music was and still is a groovy mix of kwaito, house, hip-hop and r&b. We used to frequent the club quite a bit in early 09, then in August 2009 Athi-Patra Ruga hosted the afterparty for his exhibition opening there and it was a fucking blast. I don't recall going to the club in 2010 for some odd reason. Anyway, fast-forward to last Saturday after the Spoek Mathambo show at Assembly, which by the way was fucking amazing. Let me be the first one to say it skat; these pics whilst obviously skattieliscious do not nearly capture the brilliant energy at the show. After Assembly we decided to visit our old haunt. Slight difference in the crowd mix tho, same clientele profile but mixed in with the scenester types that were at Assembly earlier and they brought the energy with. The mirrored dance floor area was on fire if i may use an old and tired cliche, if you have been with us for a while you might know that Sundays and Mondays are not particulary eloquent days for me and you will therefore forgive me. It's a bit of a trend in cities when it comes to similar scenester crowds (and they are similar skat), this sort of exploration of spaces previously far outside the 'hip' radar. I like it tho, i don't think we want a Cape Town that's frozen in time.

1 comment:

  1. pish posh! cape town IS the place to be... *says he who lives in jozi*

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