M.I.A will be performing live in SA (Photo: Supplied)
This weekend we have Grammy winners galore. M.I.A. is in Jozi and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are in Pretoria.
Phumlani S Langa hooks you up with some excellent ways to spend your week.
Here are the best social activities in your city this weekend.
Lecrae – #ATWT Tour
Mary Fitzgerald Square
June 9, 17:00
R280 to R990 at quicket.co.za
This is for the hip-hop heads who are down for those church raps. Catch the Grammy Award-winning artist in Newtown for a dose.
M.I.A. in SA
Newtown Music Factory
June 8, 21:00
R295 to R345 at quicket.co.za
Catch the one and only M.I.A. live, in the flesh. She does have some cool tracks, but when she gets around to doing her smash hit, Paper Planes, let’s just say that will definitely be a moment. I’ll be there just for that.
Fire and Feast Meat Festival
June 8 to 10, 10:00
R100 at computicket.com
Fans of meat will not be able to contain themselves at the prospect of a meat festival. Everything you could possibly want to know from purchasing to preparing meat. Such a tantalising idea, isn’t it?
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
SA State Theatre
June 1 and 2, 20:00 and June 3, 15:00
R150 to R300 at computicket.com
We have quite a few Grammy winners in town this week. These guys are our very own and probably the blueprint for local artists excelling abroad. They are like a piece of national heritage. You have to see them at least once, no?
Songs and Rhythms
SA State Theatre
June 8, 20:00
R120 at computicket.com
This will be a night comprising an array of music genres, including jazz, traditional music, poetry and a bit of Afro-soul. It should be interesting, and it’s all in aid of promoting up-and-coming talent from the Tshwane municipal area.
In The Public Domain
Pretoria Art Museum
Every Tuesday to Sunday until June 24, 10:00 to 17:00
R5 - R22 at the door
Perhaps you’re feeling an exhibition? This one is a body of work by the lecturers at the University of Pretoria, whose aim is to shift boundaries between the private and the public, “so that communities within which both institutions reside are not alienated”.
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One Night With Ntsika Rise
June 9, 20:00
R120 at webtickets.co.za
Ntsikelelo Colossa, better known as Ntsika Rise, unveils a few very talented acts for your listening pleasure. Those who appreciate Afro-soul, traditional sound and dance music will not be disappointed. Hosted by Ntsiki Mazwai and featuring DJ Master Peace, audiences are in for a soulful night.
Blvck Queer – Vibrate Higher Social Festival
June 9 and 10, 12:00
R50 to R60 at sowetotheatre.com
A day dedicated to upliftment and empowerment. Enjoy a masterclass by a few media types and singer Fortune Shumba. You can also enjoy a few live performances and an art exhibition by Khayalethu Witbooi and Sindiso Nyoni.
Certain Dellusions – Listening Party
Soweto Food Art, 379 Bongiwe Street, Dlamini 2
June 3, 13:00
Free entrance. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information
Pull through for a listening session of one of the best rappers in Joburg. Impropoe is perhaps an underground artist, but his work is world class. His sophomore offering, Certain Dellusions, is an album worthy of being unpacked in conversation.
The Oyster Box
June 9, 10:00
R95 at webtickets.co.za
Do you love your natural hair? If your Afro is important to you, why not congregate with other like-minded people for an expo on all things curly, coiled and braided? And yes, weaves too.
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Kids’ School Holiday Camp
July 3 to 6
R1 500 at email@example.com. Call 084 084 7498 for more information
This is the perfect place for the kids to enjoy during the school holidays. They can play and learn at the same time, not to mention that you can have the little ones out of your hair for four days. They’ll love you for this, and you’ll love me.
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Wacky Wine Weekend
Robertson Wine Valley
June 3, 12:00
R200 at webtickets.co.za
More than 40 wine farms, boutique wineries and tourist establishments will showcase the valley’s award-winning wines over four whole days. If you haven’t already, catch the final day of tastings, pairings and a bunch of other handy tips and pointers from the experts.