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the grass is always greener on the welded side

VANS 10oz CANVAS AUTHENTIC

Posted: November 4, 2011 by weldedgrass in Fashion, Lifestyle, Sneakers
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Summer, summer, summer.. It is upon us and as South Africans we love the heat but a lot we got to look the part. Simple, gorgeous, styling, retro, low classic vans will be an excellent accessory. Check these, Vans presents the new 10 oz. Canvas Authentic Pack, in which their classic low top sneakers comes in three colours, featuring especially heavy canvas uppers.

For some quirkiness and that extra funk, they’ve fitted these sneaks with hiking boot laces.

Check out Highsnobiety to find out more.

the grass is always greener on the welded side

Cape Town rock band, Stonecollar, is doing their bit to create awareness about abuse against women with the release of an acoustic track, “Turn a Blind Eye”. All proceeds from the sale of the single, scheduled for release at the beginning of August to coincide with the start of Women’s Month, will go to People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA).

“Turn A Blind Eye” is the fourth track on Stonecollar’s debut album, “Trial By Fire”, which launched over two months ago to rave reviews both locally and internationally. The lyrics are about someone who is aware of wrong-doing but does not have the courage or inclination to do anything about it. ‘It’s a sentiment that resonates all too strongly with what goes on with domestic violence,’ says Nicol. ‘People know it’s happening but they just keep silent.’

Stonecollar recorded an acoustic version of the song for the Women’s Month campaign. The new arrangement features haunting melodies and guitar work, while still maintaining the rock and roll edge that fans have come to expect. The song will be available for purchase via download as of 1 August 2011. For more information visit the band’s website, www.stonecollar.co.za, from 1 August 2011. Each download is to be sold for R7 through RhythmMusicStore.com. To do their bit for the campaign, RhythmMusicStore.com has kindly lowered their commission on the sale of this single, further benefiting POWA.

In the hopes of even further promoting this initiative, Stonecollar produced a music video to accompany the release of this single. It will be available for viewing on the band’s official website from 1 August 2011.

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OK…I gotta be honest, I’ve never really been into Jordans, mostly because of the fact that, me being South African, they just haven’t been as prevalent in my country as they are in the States.

With the few that I have personally come across, I’ve always found that, from an aesthetic point of view, the silhouettes are just too bulky for my liking, although I do understand that a lot of the models are designed specifically with basketball in mind.

However, over the recent years, I’ve grown to really appreciate the brand and I understand it’s importance and significance in sneaker and basketball culture.

With that being said I came across these joints while perusing the Jordan website and I gotta say, these are just mad fresh.

The Jordan Prime 5’s retail for $115 and come in a variety of hot colour ways, my personal favourite being the black/varsity red ones (first pic).

With so many fresh styles to choose from, including a very cool apparel line as well, I think it would be safe to say that Team Jordan is definitely winning me over!

Check out the pics of the Jordan Prime 5’s below:

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Nelson Mandela is known for his political activism in his fight for both justice and freedom! I however would like to touch on the other fight in his life – his love for boxing. More so in his younger days, Madiba was quite well built and stocky in his younger days and I for one certainly would not wanted to have faced him in the ring! From reading an extract in his autobiography (Mandela, Long walk to Freedom) he never really enjoyed the violence of the sport but rather the science of it (how one can use one’s body to protect oneself).

He loved the training, and the exercise would be a way to relieve stress and tension. He felt physically and mentally lighter after a good workout and it was a way of escaping from the hardships he faced in the struggle! Madiba also enjoyed the fact that in order to beat your opponent you would have to use strategy in both attack and retreat!

Now I dont know about you, yes he is known as the political hero, the humanitarian and our national sports teams midas touch man but, for a man who enjoys the science of boxing more than the knockouts and the  preferred use of strategy in a fight………….. I think deep down our former president and pugilist is a serious gamer and nerd at heart!! 🙂

On this your birthday Mr Mandela – just want to give a big shout out to you for the BIG part you played in ensuring that myself, fellow EHEHEHEHians and South Africans now live in a free and democratic South Africa!!

CREDITS:

Image online, courtesy Bailey’s African History Archive.

Info obtained from passage in: Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela’s autobiography, page 193.

You can bite on both!

In honour of Star Wars Day, I have found these posters. The first bath showing the new Trilogy (episodes 1-3), were designed by a guy named,
Zenithuk. He was inspired another dude, Olly Moss, who created the second batch of posters, the original trilogy (episodes 4-6).

Olly Moss’ creations were a part of the reason why I wanted to be part of this blog, to show the world, and South Africa, the awesome cool stuff nerds can come up with. And to show you guys on this awesome prestigious day is a highlight of my EHEHEHEH career.

Welcome nerds to the awesomeness!

the grass is greener on the welded side

I was fortunate enough to attend the 12th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival this past weekend. Known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, it’s been rated the 4th best jazz festival in the world by many critics and it certainly lived up to its billing. 5 stages, over 40 artists, as well as crowds in excess of 35000 people were at the Cape Town International Convention Center on 25th and 26th of March.

Friday Night

As I walked in towards the Kippies stage, I recognised one of my favourite SA jazz tracks, ‘Harolds Bossa’ by the late Hotep Galeta covered wonderfully by the Cape Town Tribute Band which consisted of some South Africa’s finest jazz musicians. Errol Dyers also featured on guitar. Brilliant.

The band payed homage to South Africa’s  fallen jazz legends (Hotep Galeta, Tony Schilder and Winston Mankuku to name but a few…) People were getting down. It was a great opener to the festival and I don’t think anyone wasn’t smiling.

Next up was Ivan Mazuse, a saxophonist/flautist from Mozambique on the Manenberg stage. Afro-Latin jazz fusion is the name of the game here. I had never heard him before but it was sounding hot. He had two female backup vocalists as well as a chick supporting him on tenor sax. A very interesting combo was the vocalists scatting the melodies along with Ivan’s sax, it made for a very cool sounding melody line. His pianist did an amazing electro synth solo which gave the otherwise organic sound a nice twist.

American Dave Koz was next, and he brought his full 5 piece band as well. He is known as one of the finest exponents of smooth jazz (which sometimes is zzzzzz). But this guy was really entertaining. I expected him to just stand there and play the songs but from the opening song I could tell this was gonna be special. He started playing Nkosi Sikeleli iAfrika, and the crowd went nuts and started singing along. He even sang a couple songs (which is new). They played music from his latest album ‘Hello Tomorrow’ and its surprisingly funky. Maybe it’s because his guitarist was ripping it up that night.  A very cool surprise was when Dave called out BeBe Winans to perform ‘The Dance’. This is probably Dave’s most well known song in SA and the crowd was singing it back to BeBe. Amazing.

Next up was Wayne Shorter , arguably one of the world’s greatest living jazz composers. His quartet featured bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade, and pianist Danilo Perez. When you get a standing ovation before you even start playing then you got some skills.  Their set was unlike anything I’ve ever heard in my life. Improvisation to the nth degree. I reckon this is one of the best jazz quartets in the world right now and I just sat there open-mouthed at the brilliance of these musicians. They played with virtually no boundaries, whenever a new idea popped up they went with it. History played out on that Rosie’s stage and I was fortunate enough to experience it.

Christian Scott, a New Orleans-born Grammy nominated trumpet player was up next. This guy won the Edison Award (The jazz equivalent of a Grammy) and he’s still in his 20s. His quintet consisted of Lawrence Fields (piano), Matt Stevens (guitar), Kris Funn (bass) and Jamire Williams (drums). These guys play some of the freshest, most unique music I’ve heard in a while. Poly-rhythms and dissonant chords combined with Scott’s breathy technique makes for a unique listening experience. And the music is not all jazz chords and nice arrangements either. They played a song called Danziger Bridge Massacre which was inspired by the massacre of the same name that occurred just after Hurricane Katrina. Google it and then listen to the song, you’ll see what I mean. The set was brilliant, the guitarist playing a pretty amazing solo on ‘Litany Against Fear’ with the drummer providing some intense rhythms all round.

Tortured Soul, from the USA, were probably the biggest hit of the night. They play house music, live. I don’t think they knew how much South Africans luuuurv house music. The three piece (Bass, drums, and keys with the drummer on vocals) kept it tight with well-timed syncopations and the typical house ‘break’ which was used to great delight of the crowd. The smooth vocals of the drummer also kept it nice and soulful.

A great first night to an amazing festival. Part 2 coming soon!

Tech it or leave it 😛

The second batch of artists performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival was announced on Tuesday.

Here they are:

Don Laka (SA)

Bebe Winans (USA)

Chieli Minucci and Special EFX(USA)

Sekunjalo Edujazz Band (SA)

Citie (Botswana)

Jazzanova (Germany)

Orlando Venhereque(Mozambique/SA)

Chuck Loeb and special guest Carmen Cuesta (USA/Spain)

Feya Faku (SA)

Tribute to Oscar Peterson featuring Jon van Poll, James Scholfield and Hein van de Geyn (USA)

Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis present “Almost like Jazz” feat Victor Masondo & Lee-Roy Sauls(SA)

Guitafrika (SA/Niger/Mauritius)

Conversations with Victor Masondo, Prince Lengoaso, Kevin Gibson, Mark Fransman and Donveno Prins (SA)

Cindy Blackman “Another Lifetime” – Tony Williams Tribute Quartet (USA)

Stereotype Records presents Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen & Mathew Moolman (SA)

Tumi and the Volume (SA)

Tortured Soul (USA)

Naima Mclean (SA)

Big names in the line-up include German nu-jazz outfit Jazzanova as well as BeBe Winans and ‘Bra’ Hugh Masekela. There is a nice mix of local and international artists, which is always nice to see

This is no doubt going to be one amazing festival…

 

Tech it or leave it 😛

Embattled former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy was again fined almost £200 000 (R2.4 million) by his relegation threatened club West Ham for failing to meet fitness targets.

McCarthy was deemed too large for a Premier League player, especially for a club fighting relegation, and was ordered to work on his fitness. Failure to meet his target would result in hefty financial penalties.

The former SA national team player did meet his target but was left out of the 25-man West Ham squad for the second half of the season.

Hammers boss Avram Grant believes the weight loss has slowed the striker. “He reached the targets but I think that affected his movement,” said Grant.

“He’s a very good player and one of the best finishers in training that I have ever seen, and I have had some good players. But now we need players with movement and the advantage of being quick, and we have others.”

McCarthy was challenged at the beginning of the season to lose 2.2lb in weight for five or six weeks or face a fine of one week’s wages each time he failed.

He reached his target of 13st 5lb by October after ballooning to more than 15st at one stage and his body fat went down from 24.2 percent at the end of last season to 16 per cent by mid-August. A professional athlete is expected to carry from five to 12 percent.

Meanwhile, his agent Rob Moore, told the Daily Mirror that McCarthy wanted to play and did not want to just sit around and collect his cheque. McCarthy earns £38 000 a week and appears to have been fined five times in his long-term weight battle.

”Avram has a job to do and the team are in a difficult position, so you can’t blame him for making decisions he believes in, but Benni has had hardly any game time and it’s inevitable he would get a bit disheartened.”

Just FYI, below details on on how to covert pounds to Kilograms, and their relation to the British “Stone”
Kilograms conversion:
One kilogram is equivalent to 1,000 grams or 2.2 pounds; the mass of a liter of water.

Stones conversion:
A British measurement of mass that equals fourteen pounds!

Fat Benni :(

Fat Benni 😦

The Apple iPad is finally available for purchase within South Africa…

Imports and shady deals have been the method of choice in the meantime and the aggressive pricing strategy might just go down well with the average consumer, but not Samsung(bye bye Galaxy Tab)

Bringing an iPad into SA was an expensive affair with the cheapest rate a shade over R6000, but now Apple resellers say that one can get a 64GB 3G + WiFi iPad  for less than a 16GB Galaxy Pad (about R8000). This is unlike Apple as most Apple products remain at premium prices, but it is a sign that iPad may be here (but not here, in America Grrr) sooner rather than later. Arms and legs will no longer have to be sacrificed to acquire this beautiful tablet (maybe a finger lol).