I got to spend a day recently with some brothers who refer to themselves as Uberman, a fashion-conscious trio based in Pretoria. Besides shooting stills, I got to film some shots which then got edited down into short visual things. This one features music by bassist Herbie Tsoaeli.
Filtered synth pads and muffled percussion set the mood for Perfecto’s dark-humoured narrative about being disliked for touching someone’s girl. He skillfully weaves a tale of worldly desires, adding detailed bits of lust, (dis)trust, and insecurity as he glides along. In Perfecto’s case, size does matter; size goes beyond the confines of lustful tales. Size morphs and becomes time – time spent perfecting his craft. Continue reading
I finally got around to hearing the other half of folk duo 8Bars Short, Tamati Biscuit, for the first time yesterday. I’ve been intrigued by her music since she first appeared on Motif Record’s second annual Youth Day initiative, “16s for 16“. I had the opportunity to speak to her moments before she got on stage. Her soft mannerism complements her music perfectly – a lush and alluring hybrid of acoustic guitar and voice designed for healing sick souls. She ran solo; her partner was deep in the academic trenches in Grahamstown. She sang sad songs about, among other things, being afraid to commit to a relationship. In-between, she shared heartwarming anecdotes about a performance she’d watched the other day. ”I was very impressed because he wasn’t making contact with the audience”, she said in-between short bursts of nervous laughter. I eavesdropped on a conversation between two ladies after the show. They spoke about how hard they fought back their tears as the music played. And that’s not to say the sound is necessarily sad or even depressing. Instead, it’s because of its delicate beauty and required emotional engagement that the audience in attendance found it so easy to relate to.
…getting your mind bent through discovering a whole scene you didn’t know existed, and all this after a series of ill-fated musical (and other) events throughout the day. Happy belated birthday ntate Colbert Mukwevho.
I’ve just heard the news that underground Jozi hip-hop veteran Robo the Technician passed away this weekend. I took this picture during a live show two weeks ago; more power to the god!
When he’s not being Rob Boffard and contributing think-pieces on a wide-ranging series of publications, from his work with the Guardian to his contributions in Wired and many more, Rob One writes compelling raps about decadence, and ropes in author/producer Matt Curious to make equally decadent beats in the blues tradition. The results are described as ”a ridiculous tale about getting drunk and doing stupid things.” Listen below.