This past weekend we attended one of the most incredible store launches we’ve seen in awhile. H&Mofficially opened it’s doors showcasing South Africa’s top celebrities, thousands of people AKA “screaming fans” and of course some of the best international fashion at affordable prices.
It felt more to us like a rock concert, rather than a fashion store launch but we loved every bit of it. Check out some of the images below & video above to see exactly what we mean!
Till next time.
images by Nick Parker
video by Rash Ferguson
This past Friday we attended one of the coolest store launches we’ve seen in awhile. corner store officially opened it’s doors showcasing three top local brands, namely Sol Sol, Young and Lazy and 2BOP.
With a stream of the trendiest cats lining up in anticipation, you couldn’t help but sense the hunger to cop some of the freshest apparel around. And yes, that’s exactly what they (and we) did! People busted in as soon as the doors swung open and like shark week on National Geographic, we witnessed a fashion frenzy like no other. Needless to say, we took part as well, but not before capturing what we could on film. As far as locally produced apparel goes, these guys are definitely raising the game, so be sure to swing by the store at 103 Sir Lowry rd, Woodstock and go support local fashion.
On 18 January 2015, the famous Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, held at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, experienced the musical talent of both MATTHEW MOLE + TAILOR. With a SOLD OUT show of 5000 concert goers, the atmosphere was indeed electric, and the weather was perfect! Tailor kicked things off with her powerful vocals soaring through the awe-filled crowd, drawing people to the front of the stage, dancing and singing along to her songs. As per usual she put 500% of herself into her performance and always leaves the stage with fans wanting more, especially when Matthew Mole decides to join her on percussion for the last song in her set.
The main act for the evening was none other Matthew Mole! Honestly, need we say more.. Between hitting #1 on iTunes with his debut album “The Home We Built” and performing in both London and New York and winning a South African Music award for Best Pop album, it’s easy to see why he’s one of South Africa’s top artists. Most of the time we were battling to even hear his voice because of literally, thousands of fans singing every word to pretty much every song #goodproblems. His personally coined musical genre “electronic folk” always gets the people going, with catchy well written choruses mixed with thought – provoking and feel-good lyrics, It’s pretty much impossible to leave a Matthew Mole concert without feeling great about life, love and with a sense of hope.
Needless to say, we loved every moment and of course, let’s not forget about all the amazing concert goers we got to take pics of!… yes, that’s you!
We love you! & we’ll see you again soon.
The 1Africa crew.
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On the 4th of December 2014, we got to experience the amazing sweet sweet sounds of none other than The Lumineers live in Cape Town. The Lumineers are a folk rock band, based in Denver, Colorado. The two founding members and songwriters of the Lumineers are Wesley Schultz (lead vocals, guitar) and Jeremiah Fraites (drums, percussion). Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in New Jersey in 2005. Neyla Pekarek (cello, vocals) joined the band in 2010. Stelth Ulvang (piano), and Ben Wahamaki (bass), joined the band as full-time members in 2012. The band’s self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, eventually peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2013. As of December 2013, their debut album has been certified Platinum in the US and Ireland, with Gold certifications in the UK, Australia and Canada.
Their performance at Cape Town’s finest venue, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, was the perfect setting for a 5000 people strong sold out concert.
The opening act was none other than South African-based band Majozi, who couldn’t have done a better job opening the show and warming the crowd up for The Lumineers. It was great music all round but the real reason behind 1Africa being at the show was, of course, THE PEOPLE. We got to hang out, take tons of pics and make people smile (what we do best)! So “go find yourself” and feel free to browse around the site and get to know “us” a little better as well.
Petite Noir just released a new Video for his single, “Chess” off the forthcoming debut EP The King Of Anxiety. Directed by Cieron Magat, he captures a some-what playful yet unbelievably cool feel, perfectly suited for the mood of the song. Yannick Iluga (Petite Noir) also shows his versatility a vocalist mixed with his ability to adapt to any styled character. Artistically, this captures so many different influences, but we all know Africa is proud to call this artist, one of our own.
On the 23 April 2014 we got to experience the English singer and musician, JOHN NEWMAN Live in Cape Town, South Africa. He is best known for the track “Love Me Again” which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013 as well as being a featured artist on Rudimental‘s 2012 singles “Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In“, which peaked at number one and number fourteen on the chart. The opening act was none other than South African based band ISO, which were incredible as usual, but the real reason behind 1Africa being was THE PEOPLE, we got to hang out, take tons of pics, make people smile (what we do best)! so “go find yourself” and feel free to browse around the site and get to know “us” a little better as well.
We catch up with local folk artist from Durban, South Africa, Nhlanhla Majozi, and chat to him about his recently released ep, entitled Marvelous light, as well as his music video for the song “The River“.
R: So you just released your brand new EP “Marvelous Light”, why did you decide on making “The River” the first single to be released.
M: Well my friend (Warren Meyer), who owns Doppler studios, where I recorded, thought it would be a cool song as first single. I think generally for the upbeat vibe. Got a second opinion from Brad Klynsmith from Gangs of ballet, he agreed with us so that was that.
R: Tell us a little more about the song.
M: The song was inspired from a scene in O Brother where art thou. (Awesome movie) The main characters follow a group of people singing a gospel song down to a river where they eventually get baptised.
I liked the Southern kinda feel behind the song and the concept of writing a song with a river involved in it. Eventually months later I came up with a tune and this idea of telling two seperate stories of people who seemingly had no hope, but they both found they’re hope Down by the River
R: The video was shot and edited really well, who directed and conceptualised it?
M: TIm Hay (owner of Hellmot Productions) Directed my video. He is so awesome, and I’m super grateful for the awesome job he did. We sat down together and came up with some basic ideas based on the lyrics of the song. He took those ideas to the next level and brought them to life. The best thing is he lives down the road. So that made my life easier.
R: Are you planning on shooting another video for any of the other songs?, if so, which one?
M: Not sure about the next video yet. I’ve got a few ideas, but you’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens.
R: Your songs seem to hold nothing back when it comes to declaring your faith, was that intentional? What is the thought behind the message you want to communicate?
M: I just want to make good songs that everyone can enjoy, and feel uplifted from. I’m passionate about Jesus and I think that comes out in my song writing because its who I am and what I know. I hope that my songs are good enough for everyone to enjoy. Regardless of where you are in life, but I hope at the same time they let people know, that there is hope and an open invitation to a greater story. Everyone is invited, and you can come as you are.
R: Are you planning any tours around the country, where can we catch you live?
M: Ya! Planning on hitting Cape Town and Joburg a few times this year, and of course my awesome hometown, Durban. I don’t have any confirmed dates yet, but check out majozi.co.za for those dates when they come.
R: Thanks for the interview, any final words?
M: I am just an ordinary guy, who has been given extraordinary oppurtunites. I’m overwhelmed with all the support I’ve got so far and my friends and church (Linc Church) have been so awesome in supporting me. This journey has been amazing. Thank you to everyone!! Love you guys so much, and Rash, you are my hero and an all round super legend. Thank you!
We recently got to cover the Bastille LIVE in SA concert at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town. We met tons of amazing people & enjoyed the sweet indie sounds of BASTILLE!! – check out some of the pics below & GO FIND YOURSELF!
As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, we take a moment to honour, as well as remember some of the iconic statements he made during his much-celebrated life of purpose for the greater good of mankind. We salute you and pray for your family at this time, Madiba.
So we got to take tons of pics of super cool people, watched a bunch of sweet bands and danced the night away at Synergy Live 2013 in Cape Town over the weekend. See if you can FIND YOURSELF and feel free to download the image and spice up your Facebook profiles! Also remember, sharing is caring! So share this album with your friends who partied with you on the weekend and maybe drop us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you.