Mike Archive

To the vibarians: Change or vokof

So a new Village Green will rise at Victoria Girls High next year. That’s 300 traders who will inhabit a redesigned space. Smaller tents, all niched, and school accommodation readily available right there. Not bad. And traffic congestion moves from Rhodes to VG where a genius is going to sort it all all out. It

Ankobia profile: Blackness examined in a bleak future

ANKOBIA, the most eagerly awaited play by 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for theatre Monageng “Vice” Motshabi, 35, opens at the National Arts Festival on Friday July 7. Motshabi, interviewed soon after he arrived in Grahamstown where symbols and statues recalling white settler history assailed him, spoke about how the new play, produced

Neolektra and Re-Mixing Music: Two strands, one thread

SOUTH African musicians can seem to be branching off into a multitude of different strands, but two concerts at the National Arts Festival expose a common progressive thread. Neolektra is a futuristic “post-apocalyptic” theatre-driven show. You’d battle to call it classical, but creator Naomi Tagg has combined classical wood and strings of violin, (Tagg) viola,

Guy Buttery: Shift your aura Dora

Get off your butt Guy Buttery! From someone who has followed you for years, bought the CDs, supported you in a crowd of six, last night’s attempt at crossing over into the world of jazz left me feeling you were in danger of becoming a bit of a granny-panny. You had the best jazzos by your

World Famous: K mos…

YOU could see on his face that South London comedian Steven K Amos could not quite believe how receptive his South African audience at the national arts festival was to his abrasive attack on sacred SA cows.  So he gave it to them. Car guards in Grahamstown’s High Street were given the jibe: “I can

Kiffness and plays with a few kinks

TEENS and some oldies rocked Saturday night away to the unique crossover electro-jazz sound of The Kiffness at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Know for their electronic pop, The Kiffness added brass trumpet and saxophone to the driving, looping electronic base and other bells and whistles to create a sound which united traditional jazz