Kwaito’s looking sharp!

first_img9 April 2003A new documentary film about kwaito culture is spreading awareness about this uniquely South African music form around the world and creating an international market for kwaito artists.“Sharp Sharp!”, written and directed by Aryan Kaganof, was broadcast in the Netherlands on 8 April. The first film to tell the story of kwaito, “Sharp Sharp!” contains detailed interviews with all the major musicians, producers, figureheads, media commentators, industry executives and others involved in kwaito.“Sharp Sharp!” tells the story of a music form that burst from South Africa’s computers and synthesizers after the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990.By the time of the first democratic elections in 1994, kwaito had its first stars, Boom Shaka. Today, there is a veritable pantheon of kwaito celebrities who are idolised by millions, and kwaito is now breaking into the international market.M’du, Zola, Arthur, Kabelo, Oskido, Don Laka and Mzambiya are just some of the artists featured in the film, which was broadcast on Holland’s prestigious RAM world culture programme.Johannesburg-based Kaganof, who won the prize for Best Video Made In Africa in 2002 with Western4.33, is currently working on bringing “Sharp Sharp!” to South Africans as a five-part television series.Voice of the ghettoThe music and culture of the township youth of South Africa, kwaito is the voice and language of the ghetto, speaking of the daily experiences and dreams of the first generation to come of age in the post-apartheid period.Despite suffering a lack of recognition, and often downright disparagement from mainstream cultural institutions and figures, kwaito has forged ahead, providing employment for tens of thousands of people in the music, radio, entertainment and fashion industries.To date, no substantial analysis of the kwaito phenomenon has been written or filmed, and the music and the scene surrounding it have often been relegated to gossip columns.But kwaito is a force to be reckoned with. It is the site of a major sonic revolution: the dawn of the digital age in South African music.Dominated by a radically different approach to sound, kwaito is a music of textures and repetitive modal vamping, as opposed to classical song structures. Rather than a weakness, this is kwaito’s great strength, for this is the direction that popular music culture across the world has taken since the mid-1980s and the onset of house music.Purely SA dance musicKwaito, then, is an addition to the library of world dance music; a uniquely South African contribution to global dance culture that is respected precisely because of its distinctive South African qualities: the languid, rolling bass lines and vocal chants that imbue this music with characteristics that are purely South African.These chants and phrases link the music form to American hip-hop, but kwaito’s lyrics come straight from South Africa’s townships and convey the street language of these townships: the tsotsitaal, the kasitaal, the street “lingo” that is a glorious pot-pourri of all 11 official languages that puts paid to the apartheid mythology of separate development.Kwaito is a wild, eclectic mix-up, a boiling, cooking brew of language and sound that could have happened nowhere but in South Africa.Source: Franki Hills Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Power crisis: The blame game won’t help

first_img“One would be hard pressed to find a South African who does not have an opinion on the current power crisis,” writes Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. “Such robust debate is welcomed as part of our democracy. Nevertheless, there are times when the need for a nation to rise as one and work towards the greater good is paramount.” The Kendal power station in Mpumalanga is the largest indirect dry-cooled power station in the world. (Image: Media Club South Africa) Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownOne would be hard pressed to find a South African who does not have an opinion on the current power crisis. Our democracy provides space for all to make their voices heard, and countless South Africans have strongly voiced their opinions on social networks, in the media and on other platforms.Such robust debate is part and parcel of our democracy and is welcomed. Nevertheless, there are times when the need for a nation to rise as one and work towards the greater good is paramount.Now is not the time to point the finger of blame. Our national power supply is under pressure due to the need to perform vital maintenance. There is also a risk of unexpected breakdowns at some of our aging power stations. Unfortunately this perfect storm often necessitates the need for load shedding to stabilise the system.We do not undertake load shedding lightly, however, there are times when this is the only option. Government is all too aware of the major disruptions and inconvenience that arise from unplanned electricity interruptions. We are very concerned about the impact on individuals and businesses which are the lifeblood of our economy.However, we dare not allow the current power challenges to define us. We are the country that emerged from the depths of Apartheid to form a nation built on the pillars of democracy and freedom for all. We are the nation which successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and confounded naysayers who predicted that we would fail.All of South Africa’s many successes since 1994 have been built on our nation standing together as one. Together we can and will continue to overcome all odds.We ask citizens to bear with us in this trying time. Government is working to secure South Africa’s future energy supply through an energy mix which comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy.Many of these projects are already in the pipeline but getting them on stream will take time. We therefore call on South Africans to pull together and find creative ways to work around load shedding.Households and businesses are encouraged to make provision for the fact that there will be at least two-hour power outages between 7am and 10pm daily for the next 18 of months.In this pressing time every little bit helps, be it switching off geysers and pool pumps during the peak hours or forgoing the convenience of air conditioners.Government is under no illusion that we are asking a lot from South Africans. Nonetheless, we are all in this together, and only by pulling in one direction will we be able to overcome the short-term strain.South Africans should also know that government has the situation in hand and we have implemented measures to improve it. In the short term we continue to support the national grid through the more frequent use of diesel powered open-cycle gas turbines to help bridge the immediate gap between supply and demand. Work to reduce maintenance backlogs is on-going and will lead to improved performance of power plants and less frequent unplanned outages.We are confident that through our collective determination we will be able to manage the current electricity supply challenge which affects everyone. This situation affects everyone and so we all need to stand up and be part of the solution.last_img read more

ECM: Forrester Names Top ECM vendors — Open Source Breaks Through

first_img December 14th, 2009 Category: Enterprise Content Management ‹ Information Management: Innovative Information Access Companies SaaS and RM: Not Anytime Soon › In a break from the normal, but then not too much of a surprise, the 2009 4Q Forrester Wave for ECM report includes open source vendor Alfresco in the ranks of the top eight vendors in the ECM arena.  Open Source companies for a long time have been omitted from research reports that rank vendors published by analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester.  While reports from these analysts are always insightful and often do as much, if not more, in shaping industry trends as the vendors that they report on, the analyst firms have sometimes been accused of being biased in their reporting of paying clients and also sometimes not including other vendors for consideration.The top four vendors, as ranked in this Forrester report, are megavendors EMC, IBM, Oracle and Open Text.  Microsoft is ranked as ‘making inroads’.  Hyland Software and HP are ‘strong performers’.  And Alfresco is a ranked as ‘contender’. Forrester commented that advantages of Alfresco over other vendors include lower cost and smaller footprint.  (Oracle provides a complimentary copy of the Forrester report here.)The report comments:  “Open source vendor Alfresco has been able to capture the attention of enterprises seeking an ECM suite alternative with a lower-cost and smaller footprint. Alfresco has strength in core document management and content services, provides a unified repository, and — as an open source product — excels in extensibility. Alfresco has also significantly invested in records management — historically a weakness — with new functionality set to be released in Q4 2009.” Leave a Comment last_img read more

Tiny snail takes flight underwater

first_imgThis tiny snail looks like just a colored dot in the ocean, but under a microscope the reason for its name, “sea butterfly,” becomes clear.  Most snails move by pushing a muscular foot against the sea bottom. But the “foot” of this snail, Limacina helicina, has evolved into two flapping appendages that deserve to be called wings, researchers report this week. Usually, the snail is quite hard to find, but its populations boom during a few weeks each year. And its size varies: The snails grow to just 4 millimeters long in the north Pacific, but reach 14 millimeters off Antarctica. It moves up and down the water column quite fast for such a small creature. To find out how, researchers trained four high-speed video cameras on one 1.5-cubic-centimeter spot in a saltwater aquarium containing some of the smaller snails. They added lots of microscopic reflecting particles and used a laser to make the particles visible. Then they waited, hoping a snail would swim into view. Three snails did, providing the team with a close-up, slow-motion look at how they moved and stirred the surrounding water. Most sea-going microorganisms use their appendages as paddles to push against what feels to them like a thick stew. But the sea butterfly “flies” (see video), generating lift by rotating its wings and body in a figure 8, almost clapping the wings together at the top of the stroke—just like a small flying insect, the team reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Some of the researchers are now testing whether the larger Antarctic snails swim the same way, and one is trying to build a flying robot that mimics the mollusk’s efficient technique.last_img read more

Kiran Bedi draws huge crowds at debut rally

first_imgBJP leader Kiran Bedi waves the party flag during a roadshow in the Capital hours before she was declared the party’s CM face on Monday. Supporters (below) sport Modi masks at Bedi’s rally.Flanked by a large number of supporters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi began the party’s campaign for the Delhi Assembly elections with a roadshow in Rohini on Monday.Though she had not been declared the party’s chief ministerial candidate at the time, the former IPS officer still managed to pull a large crowd at her first rally.A large number of people gathered as Bedi travelled from Rohini Sector 8 to Sector 18 on Monday evening. Bedi, who was recently inducted in the BJP, promised that she will use her 40 years of administrative experience in solving the issues of the city, if her party comes to the power.”I have 40 years of administrative experience and with that experience I will help you all. I have worked with hundreds of policemen, have taught and trained them. I know how the government works. I will use all my experience to make Delhi the best city in the country,” Bedi said addressing the crowd.She began her roadshow from M2K Cinemas in Rohini and travelled till Sector 18. BJP supporters and enthusiasts eagerly waited for her, even though she arrived a bit late at the venue. She was accompanied by former Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta, Delhi BJP general secretary Rekha Gupta, North West Delhi MP Udit Raj and former MLA of Rohini Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal. The roadshow started at 6 pm and continued past 9.30 pm. Traffic came to a halt with all the roads packed with people.Raising the issue of law and order, Bedi said safety of women will be her top priority. “If BJP comes to power, the pace of development in the city will be unprecedented. BJP governments in the Centre and the state, and BJP-ruled local bodies will result in an unprecedented development in the city.advertisementWe will make sure that every system in the government will be transparent,” she said. PRAISING Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she said: “When I came face to face with the public, I realised how wrong I was. His image in the country and among the people is very good and which is why I changed my mind,” said Bedi.She said it was Modi’s vision and commitment for development that prompted her to join politics.Describing the BJP as an amazing and organised party, she said it was a mystery when and how her thoughts changed and she decided to join politics. “I don’t know when I started. There was no plan. For me, it’s India first. I will continue to serve whether I win or lose,” she said. Bedi, a former Team Anna member, was severely critical of Arvind Kejriwal when he had decided to float Aam Aadmi Party. “Kejriwal had even requested me to become the CM candidate of AAP, but I turned down. Probably that was not the moment. Modi has positive energy,” she said to a huge applause.Slamming Kejriwal for resigning as the Delhi CM in just 49 days, she said, “Why is he asking for the support now when he did not respect it earlier? People had voted for him and he should have done justice to their votes. If we win the elections this time, we will show the people what the previous government did and what we will do for them,” Bedi said.last_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard: Mourinho had a go after Man Utd defeat

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: Mourinho had a go after Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed Jose Mourinho “had a little go” at him following their opening day defeat at Manchester United.The Blues got their campaign off to a miserable start with a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford, which marked Lampard’s first competitive game at the helm.Speaking to talkSPORT, Lampard said: “With Jose we would have texts from time to time. We had some at the start of the season around the United game where he had a little go!” Lampard, who spent a period of time working for BT Sport, accepts that it is nothing personal.”It’s all good,” he added. “I’ve sat in the punditry chair for a year so I understand the need to say things so I’m certainly not going to bang on too much. In terms of him, yeah we have a relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star WR Tarik Black Announces Loaded Top 10 On Twitter

first_imgTarik Black lists his top ten colleges on Twitter.tarik black top ten twitterFour-star wide receiver recruit Tarik Black, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound product of Chesire, Connecticut, has offers from dozens of college football programs ahead of the 2017 season. Sunday night, he narrowed his list down to 10. Black’s list includes one SEC school (Alabama), two Pac-12 schools (UCLA, Arizona State), three ACC schools (Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech) and four Big Ten schools (Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers).Thankful for every Opportunity #Top10— TJ Black (@LetmeRockk_) December 7, 2015You can check out Black’s highlight reel here.last_img read more

Video: 4-Star Wide Receiver Dredrick Snelson Chooses UCF Over Maryland, Penn State

first_imgUCF flag flies before AAC championship game.ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 2: A UCF Knights spirit team member waves the flag after a score in the third quarter of the ACC Championship against the Memphis Tigers at Spectrum Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)Fort Lauderdale wide receiver Dredrick Snelson had a wild recruitment, but in the end, he will be staying close to home with the UCF Knights. Snelson, a one time Minnesota commit, chose UCF over finalists Maryland and Penn State. He also reportedly had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and numerous others.#Flanagan HS (FL) 2016 WR Dredrick Snelson (@D_Snelson2) signs LOI with the #UCF #Knights— Sleeper Athletes (@SleeperAthletes) February 3, 2016Snelson is a four-star player according to ESPN and Rivals. ESPN ranks him as the No. 20 wide receiver in the class.last_img read more

Strategies Being Targeted To Boost Dairy and Livestock Production

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is targeting the implementation of several strategies intended to boost Jamaica’s livestock and dairy industries, to enable the country to become more self-sufficient in these areas. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Village at the 66th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon on August 4. Speaking at the company’s unveiling of new products designed to revolutionise the cattle industry, during the Denbigh show on Saturday, Mr. Shaw said Hi-Pro should be praised for “your consistent pursuit of excellence” aimed at boosting local agricultural productivity. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is targeting the implementation of several strategies intended to boost Jamaica’s livestock and dairy industries, to enable the country to become more self-sufficient in these areas.He said the strategies aim, over time, to reduce imports and improve the country’s beef, goat meat (chevon) and milk production.“We are going to have to import embryos and we are going to have to find clean disease-free cattle to import calves into Jamaica, so that we can start to aggressively rebuild the beef industry and the dairy industry,” he said.Noting that this has been done with pigs and chickens, Mr. Shaw contended that “we can do it with beef and we can do it with dairy”.The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Village at the 66th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, on August 4.Noting that preserving Jamaica’s food security is a high priority for the Government, Mr. Shaw said focus on repositioning the country to become self-sufficient in crop and livestock production, is also intended to further reduce imports.He argued that it is “unacceptable” that Jamaica is importing as much as 85 per cent of the foods being consumed by locals and tourists, “when we have… so much (arable) land and technology that is available”.Hence the need, the Minister added, for the country to “have a plan” that effectively rectifies this scenario.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw congratulated Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre for the outstanding work over the past 60 years that has contributed to the agricultural sector’s enhancement.Speaking at the company’s unveiling of new products designed to revolutionise the cattle industry during the Denbigh show on Saturday, Mr. Shaw said Hi-Pro should be praised for “your consistent pursuit of excellence” aimed at boosting local agricultural productivity.last_img read more

Elaine Hendrix Says No To Puppy Mills

first_imgThe Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, today launched a public service announcement (PSA) condemning puppy mills, featuring Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll star Elaine Hendrix.“Puppy mills” are irresponsible dog breeders who neglect and abuse the dogs in their possession — using the animals as breeding machines — putting profits above ethics and humane animal care. The animals are typically denied veterinary care, and kept in small cages or cramped conditions.“Our countless investigations of puppy mills have shown deplorable conditions,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Puppy mill dogs are frequently forced to live their entire lives in cramped, filthy, wire cages, covered in feces. We’ve also seen chronic and acute health problems including broken bones, cancers and open sores left untreated.”Puppy mills typically sell their puppies to pet stores, where unsuspecting customers are fueling this multi-million dollar industry of animal cruelty.In the PSA Hendrix explains:“Hundreds of thousands of dogs are suffering in puppy mills across the country. Neglected and abused — filled with fear — they have never felt grass beneath their feet or the touch of a loving hand…“This is your chance to say, ‘I will not sit by while an animal suffers.’
“Join me in ending the suffering in puppy mills, and protecting and defending ALL animals.”In October, ALDF broadly expanded its lawsuit against Barkworks — a pet-store chain in four Southern California counties, initially filed in Orange County in September 2014, on behalf of a handful of individual plaintiffs who purchased sick puppies from the chain, by adding class-action allegations.ALDF’s lawsuit alleges that Barkworks intentionally violated California consumer protection law by explicitly stating that its puppies were “not from puppy mills” and had been examined by veterinarians before being sold. Buyers soon learned that these assertions were false when their new puppies fell seriously ill, in some cases within hours of leaving the store and when these consumers tracked down the source of their puppies.For more information, and to see the PSA, visit read more