Africa’s largest sneaker trading event, Sneaker Exchange (SXC) is back in Joburg and will be taking place at Constitution Hill tomorrow. The event, which began in Cape Town four years ago and now welcomes close on 3,000 attendees per event in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will feature Riky Rick, Anatii, Youngsta, Palmtree Paradise, Major League, Capital, JJ Fresh, Lord Veezus and Dunn Kidda. When I spoke with SXC founder, Zaid Osman he explained how him and his co-founder always look to artists who are part of the sneaker culture to perform there: “When we do look at line-ups we often get people approaching us, then at the same time it’s also people we believe fit the bill. We do look at switching it up from time to time but it’s really just people we believe are authentic to growing the whole sneaker culture.” The event will also see Amsterdam-based clothing label Daily Paper, and multidisciplinary artist and sneaker customiser Dada Khanyisa appear as special guests.
Bokani Dyer was born on the 21st of January, 1986 in Gaborone, Botswana. An auspicious setting in retrospect, where many exiled musicians and artists from South Africa, including Bokani’s father, musician Steve Dyer, were living in exile.Venue: The Orbit – Jazz Club and Bistro, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.
Date: 05 May 2017
Ballantine’s Beat of Africa launch event with Black Motion
Earlier this year, Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky and SAMA-winning, platinum-selling duo Black Motion asked people from across the country to submit the sounds, rhythms and beats that represent their life and experience of South Africa, with the goal of co-creating one incomparable album: the Ballantine’s Beat of Africa.
Months of searching, collecting and curating will culminate this Saturday 6 May 2017 when Ballantine’s and brand ambassadors Black Motion officially launch the Beat of Africa album at Turbine Hall in Johannesburg.