Cape Town Show
Date: Thursday 7 June
Place: The Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Road, Woodstock
Date: Friday 8 June
Place: Newtown Music Factory
As the show organisers we have done our best to keep ticket prices as low as possible.
If you can’t make it to the show, we appeal to you not to resell this ticket at a price higher than what you bought it for.
Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and activist. M.I.A’s renegade approach to art, music and culture is at the forefront of her mission statement as an artist. Sometimes stepping the line of antagonistic, her work continues to spark debate but is never short of explosive power. As much a pop-icon as an revolutionary, she has enjoyed a truly illustrious and fulfilling career including chart topping hits as well as truly integral artistic endeavours. Her early musical work with Diplo cemented her in the minds of mainstream pop consciousness, but her content always set the stage for deeper debate and further introspection from her fans and critics.
Continuing her initial path of filmmaker and visual artist to her already long list of creative output projects from a very early age continuously seeps its way into her career and most recent documentary project MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. delves deeper into her life as the daughter of a founding members of the Sri Lankan Tamil Resistance Movement.
Originally hailing from Johannesburg, Jakinda is a Cape Town-based artist, musician and filmmaker whose work is an exploration of Afro-Futurism, black masculinity and a spiritual journey of self-discovery. In both his solo and collaborative work, Jakinda is recognised as one of the most exciting and most forward thinking electronic music producers in South Africa, with a sound that contains elements of Gqom, Tribal-House, Ethiopian Electronica and Kasi-Tech. With vocalist AyemaProbllem, Jakinda formed the electronic music duo, Stiff Pap. Their 2017 debut EP, Based On a Qho Story, earned critical acclaim, both locally and internationally. In spite of being new to the scene, Stiff Pap’s exciting live performances gained them a slot at the world-renowned Afropunk Music Festival in 2017, after winning its inaugural Johannesburg Battle of the Bands. In 2018, Jakinda participated in the South African leg of Africa Express, founded by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz), collaborating with DJ Spoko, Petite Noir, Nabihah Iqbal and Damon Albarn for the project. Jakinda is also one of just two South African musicians selected for the 20th Anniversary of the Red Bull Music Academy, hosted in its founding city Berlin.
Over the past five years, Khetsiwe “DOOWAP” Morgan has become known for her skilled and inventive live mix deejaying that is fast seeing her become a contender on the continent’s music scene. Doowap is known for her bass-heavy style, with her sets taking in everything from Hip Hop to Trap, Grime, Gqom and more. Her background in sound engineering undoubtedly gives her an edge: she did a Sound Engineering course when she lived in London in the early 2000s. While developing her DJing career, Doowap joined performer Lex LaFoy on the 2014 Velvet Hip Hop tour to Europe – and the following two years saw her again impact the European scene, hosting parties in Paris and Berlin and playing several key events including the Berlin Female Focus Festival and a Berlin Fashion Week afterparty. Doowap’s half-British-half-South African heritage has seen the DJ absorb many diverse influences – both musically and as a creative. Alongside her DJing, this stylist and hair artist is known for her visual impact which draws on a nineties aesthetic. Expect an insane, multisensory live show which breaks from the tradition of a “DJ behind the decks”.
Dear Ribane is a Johannesburg-based art, design and music powerhouse, with a live show that is as unforgettable as it is ingenious. What makes this Afrofuturist collective standout is the visible chemistry that flows between the siblings who comprise Dear Ribane. First heard on multiple collaborations with producer OKZharp, Manthe’s distinctive vocals combine with Kay Kay and Tebogo’s hypnotic choreography that draws as much on a series of robotic, Staccato-like moves as the Pantsula dances of the Ribane sibling’s township roots. Indeed, it was a performance at Soweto’s FNB Stadium for Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration that Manthe, Kay Kay and Tebogo made their first public performance, at the encouragement of their supportive parents. Since then, the siblings have honed a distinctive aesthetic that comes together in hypnotic style with the Dear Ribane collective. Performances leave the audience consumed by the sound and movement created by this trio of “liquid magic individuals” who are ready to take their creative magic to the world.
K-$, the DJ-cum-internet-sensation-cum-cultural-figurehead, hails from Cape Town’s lively southern suburbs, but also from a quantum realm few can comprehend, and fewer yet have actually seen. Since a wee lad, he has been cultivating a keen interest in the musical arts and taught himself to play various instruments, expanding his understanding of the art form as well as his knowledge of the cosmos. This selecta developed a deep love for timeless classics and is naturally drawn to the rhythms emerging from the golden years of RnB, Funk, Disco and Soul. Raw talent and a well-trained ear inform a style that seamlessly brings this multi-dimensional heritage into the contemporary realm, where an unmatched ability to blend classics with modern day hits allows K-$ to educate, enlighten and entertain all human beings. Recently, he has breached our national borders with mixes hosted on internationally acclaimed platforms like Rinse FM and BOILER ROOM, where not only did he open up the Cape Town edition with a trademark show, but starred in the BOILER ROOM TV movie about the place of his birth.
Buli is an electronic producer based in Pretoria who began producing music at a young age, and ventured into electronic music in late 2014. His sound is centred around ambient elements and melodies, brought together by smooth basslines and hip-hop based drums, mixed with different textures. Writing in Okayfrica, journalist Dave Mann has said, “For all of his humility, Buli is a frontrunner in South Africa’s race towards a more experimental electronic sound. His tracks are intimately textured, each one a rich and evocative palette of sparse, alien-like synths that keeps you floating just beyond the spectrum. He’s an artist of few words, but luckily his music speaks for itself.” Buli’s live sets are earning him increasing acclaim, consisting of his original music, most of which is unreleased. Against this background, there’s every reason to think that his audience will soon extend from Pretoria to those cities around the globe, inhabited by forward-looking music lovers whose appetite for great music knowns no geographical bounds.
Like this multifaceted artist themself, categorising Angel-Ho’s music is near-impossible. Experimental electronic and future pop probably come closest but these still don’t properly describe the new musical territories inhabited by this Cape Town-based artist whose lives shows feature dance, vocal storytelling and a compelling expression of what it is to be “feminine trans queenie”. The past five years have seen Angel-Ho build a global following that’s been cemented by their release in late 2017 of the album, Red Devil. Described by Resident Advisor as dance music made up of “clashing melodies, samples of broken glass, disruptive drum patterns, all of it somewhat haphazard”, the album surfaced internationally via Non Worldwide, the African artist collective that Angel-Ho is part of. Angel-Ho’s position in the South African creative scene as a “sonic and stylistic savant” and an “artist assured of their own destiny” are firmly earned and deeply felt.
Phatstoki is a Johannesburg-based DJ who describes their sound as “non-genre specific”. Known for their surgical transitions and ability to mix a range of sounds, Phatstoki is also one half of the Pussy Party team which curates a regular platform for queer, femme and women DJs/artists to practice, incubate, exchange and expose. Acclaimed by local platforms, including Bubblegum Club and Between 10and5, Pussy Party has steadily grown its stature in Johannesburg – in large part on the back of Phatstoki’s clear insights and masterful, moving DJ sets. Alongside DJing, Phatstoki’s work as an internationally-exhibited photographer, and more recently film editor and director, have cemented their reputation as one of Joburg’s most dynamic and promising young creative minds. Among their recent projects was shooting and directing the music video for the late DJ Spoko and Matias Aguayo’s “Dirty”.
Black Major Selects
Black Major Selects, the events division of Black Major, presents M.I.A. in SA for the first time this June.
The visit by the international star will centre around screenings of the acclaimed documentary, MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. as well as two live shows that, which will feature a specially curated selection of South African dancers, artists and DJs.
In a campaign that is directly in line with both M.I.A. and Black Major’s joint vision of genuine inclusivity, true interaction and honest collaboration, this project will not centre around large venues, formal communication and high-priced ticketing that artists of M.I.A.’s standing can command -particularly when visiting a country for the first time-. Instead, the build-up to the documentary screenings and live shows will be largely focused on public interaction and feedback from the audience and artists we engage and work with – with a strong visual element to the entire campaign that’s in keeping with the creative underpinning of MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A.
We are excited to be driving this creative collaboration with M.I.A.
Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha / Wednesday 6 June / 6pm + Q&A with M.I.A.
V&A Waterfront (cinema 4) / Friday 8 June / 8.15pm
www.cinemanouveau.co.za / TicketLine 086 166 8437
V&A Waterfront (cinema 6) / Saturday 9 June / 8.45pm
www.cinemanouveau.co.za / TicketLine 086 166 8437
Bioscope, Maboneng Precinct / Saturday 9 June / 8.45pm + Q&A with Maya herself
firstname.lastname@example.org / 011 039 7306
Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank / Saturday 9 June / 8.30pm
www.cinemanouveau.co.za / TicketLine 086 166 8437
Bookings open 15 May
“Matangi/ Maya / M.I.A. will have its Southern hemisphere debut at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Africa’s premier docfest and one of the oldest film festivals on the continent.
Right from the beginning of the journey of Matangi / Maya / M.I.A, the viewer begins to get a better feeling for an artist who has been portrayed by the media as “troubled”, “anarchistic” and “anti-establishment.”
Maya has always been a creative juggernaut, and one quickly gets an insight into the absolute self-belief & tenacity of her future vision from the sheer amount of footage she captured of her life, long before she entered a global stage as M.I.A. the pop star. The meandering journey of her life as an immigrant living in the diaspora, and on the fringes of understanding of her family back in Sri Lanka, is soon intertwined with the reality that her estranged father was the founding member of the Tamil Tigers – a terrorist movement responsible for death, anarchy and civil unrest within Sri Lanka.
We slowly begin to understand the impetus behind her art, vision and dismantling of the fake veneer of the pop culture world in which she has become so iconic.
ATTENDANCE OF ANY OF THE M.I.A. IN SA SHOWS IS VOLUNTARY. BY ATTENDING ANY OF THE EVENTS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING TERMS.
Event goers, staff and artists are treated with respect. Any interaction or work around this event has to exist in a safe space. We have a strict no racism, no transphobia, no bullying, no queerphobia, no sexism, no fatphobia, no ableism, no ageism, no hatefulness, and in general no discrimination policy that forms a major part of our foundation and we insist that any interaction or work around this event maintains this too. Attendance involves certain risks for attendees and neither the organiser of the event, nor M.I.A. in SA and BLACK MAJOR can warrant for your safety. You declare that, should damage occur to you or should you suffer injury, you shall not assert damage claims of whatever nature against the organiser or M.I.A. in SA. You agree that you will hold the organiser and M.I.A. in SA harmless of claims brought by third parties due to damage you have caused. By attending an M.I.A. in SA event, you undertake to comply with the rules of the venue and event and safety procedures conveyed to you by the organiser, event staff and M.I.A. in SA. You give your consent to the event organisers and M.I.A. in SA to use and forward to third parties images of you, unrestricted as to time or place, for any permissible purpose (including marketing purposes) and in any technical manner, altered or unaltered. Definitive starting permission can be made dependent on a positive on-site inspection and/or safety check. The organiser reserves the right to change the mode of evaluation at any time. You accept that the participants and spectators have no right to claim any specific method of evaluation.
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