Mike Archive

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

EC Premier Masualle steps in to repair Lotto schlenter

THE Eastern Cape government has stepped in to rescue the National Arts Festival (NAF) from a R10-million rand cash crunch caused by Lotto changing its funding rules. This was revealed an interview with NAF CEO Tony Lankester before the traditional media briefing this week, often regarded as the first public opening of the largest arts

The Gruffalo: Kids of the world unite!

With a roar amid screeches of joy, The Gruffalo has jumped onto our African stage. The West End smash-hit of writer Julia Donaldson’s and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s picture book (which sold 13 million copies), is playing to solid houses at the Cape Town Fringe at its headquarters in City Hall. It is lovingly, wittily and deftly directed