The Blues

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I came back to Cape Town and thought everything would just fall back into place. Losing someone is major. The emotions are unbelievably complicated and heavy. Didn’t feel much like posting here or doing anything else. BUT…. I’m back!! Sorta. Not 100% yet but ready to keep things moving.

Oh it is getting COLD in Cape Town. My apartment is cold even in Summer so you can imagine what kind of madness I’m experiencing right now.

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Nancy always cheers me up :)

Album Review (Nadia Neophytou – New York)

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And we continue with the reviews… This time it’s a review from Miss Ntertainment herself all the way from New York. I’m expecting a review from Scotland and Tasmania soon. Yay Summer 196!

Black Porcelain’s debut album Invincible Summer is a mix of all the things that make a woman – tears, laughter, confidence, doubt, and so much more. Carol Mashigo has taken advantage of the times we live in, taking her music career into her own hands. She recorded the album herself, is sending it out across the world and isn’t taking no from radio stations for an answer. Her tenacity can be experienced in her music too. Opening track ‘Today is the Day’ is a melodic intro into the kind of woman and singer Black Porcelain is. Yes, her voice may be sweet but to the man who wronged her, ‘you’re no good, so it’s time to ship out.’ Her vocals may be honey-like, but the message is clear: there’s no beating about the bush, no matter how good it looks. And so it is for the rest of the album. As Black Porcelain makes her way through a variety of genres – smooth jazz, a bit of Afo-soul, pop – she lets you know exactly how she’s feeling. And that through it all, there’s a time for everything: ‘Aching Head’ let’s you know it’s not going to happen tonight, while ‘Hot Pink’ is a call to just give it all up to the beat, no matter how you’re feeling. 
‘Johnny’ is a stand-out track – surely one to move even the hardest of hurt hearts. Kudos to Black Porcelain – long may she sing!
- Nadia Neophytou – (New York)
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Nadia is an entertainment journalist who has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars. I am completely envious of her. Check out her interviews etc over at Miss Ntertainment.
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Album is available via iTunes, at The African Music Store and you can buy it HERE for me to send to you via post. Whatever works for you :)

Album Review (Anouschka Slager – Haarlem)

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I do apologise for the silence. I had to deal with some things that could not be avoided. But I’m back with a brand new review from summer 196. Quick recap: Summer 196 is my crazy idea to get at least one review from all the countries in the world this year. So far, so good. Check out the other reviews HERE.

The first time I met Black Porcelain (Carol Mashigo) we where working on a project called Golden Arrow Magazine circa 2009. I could quickly tell this lady means business and her album Invincible Summer takes you on a journey filled with Afro Nu-Jazz, soul melodies and lets not forget that healthy helping of no nonsense lyrics.

What Black Porcelain managed to include are all of her self-motivated influences, which gave the album depth and a bird’s eye view into the past three years of her life. Due to this true-life aspect most of the songs where melancholy of timbre but after reading the CD sleeve it put things quickly into perspective. 

“Slip” featuring Richard the Third was a brave metamorphosis and one she pulled of successfully. This is my favorite track and shortlisted on my iTunes Library.

Miss B P continues to voice the things we wish to say. Much love. A

-Anouschka Slager (Haarlem, the Netherlands)

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Anouschka is originally from Cape Town but is now living and studying in the Netherlands. She is an awesome musician and lover of the music industry. One of these good days she is going to join Team Black Porcelain for reals ;)

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You can buy the album via PayPal and it will be delivered to you or can get it on iTunes. More info HERE.

3 more sleeps

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3 more sleeps

3 more sleeps till my little bro is in Cape Town. 3 more sleeps! I can’t wait to see him. He’s here for the Jazz Festival but I convinced him to stay longer. Yay!!!!!!

I cannot wait to misbehave in Cape Town. He always brings out the ‘best’ in me. He he he he. This pic was taken while I was at home. We had gone to dinner with the parents & took this in the car. I don’t know why my mouth is open. I wasn’t even talking. SMH

Photo Solution

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Photo Solution

I have a lot of photos that I want to put in frames but can never find the right frame. This bottle solution is perfect! I’ll put them on my bookshelf.

Image via The Classy Issue (click on it to go there)

On the radiooooooo!!!!

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This morning, mid meditation, I received a call from a friend who was screaming incoherently. I was able to make out ‘Metro fm’ and ‘your song’. This morning my song Aching Head was played on Metro fm. This is a big deal for me because my dad worked for the radio station for many years and it is one of the biggest national commercial radio stations in South Africa. I am so happy :)

Don’t forget that you can get the album delivered to you or you can buy it via iTunes.

March Book (Brother Enemy)

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March Book (Brother Enemy)

I buy my nieces and nephews books often. I’m a boring aunt who doesn’t buy toys but I give good books. Imagine my surprise when I got home and my nephew said he brought me a book. It was a library book that he enjoyed and wanted to share with me. I was so proud. So effing proud of my boy.

The book is set during the 2nd world war. Andreas, who has lived in Germany all his life, finds out that his father is half Jewish. This changes everything for a young person who once wanted to join Hitler Youth. While Andreas has to leave the country, for safety reasons, his ‘perfect’ half brother stays in Germany.

I enjoyed reading this book. So proud of my little man.

Silence, Home & Stuff

I’ve been quiet because I went home for a bit. I needed the quiet time with people that I love.

  • Discovered that I am a fan of Come Dine With Me (not so crazy about the SA version though)
  • Stayed up late with my little brother, talking, listening to music & laughing
  • Stayed up late with my mom drinking wine, getting some great advice and laughing
  • Had lots of ‘aha’ moments (thanks Oprah)
  • Didn’t miss my loud, obnoxious neighbours
  • Sold many albums & delivered them personally (except one: it was raining and I was already sick so I asked little bro to jump out of car and deliver it)
  • Drove my dad’s car (A LOT)
  • Broke out in a gross rash
  • Ate so much bad food
  • Made food for everyone (breakfast, dinner and lunch)
  • Read a book that my nephew got out of the school library for me to read. I buy him books all the time, he wanted to return the favour.
  • Went out with little bro and his friends and was a responsible designated driver.
  • Didn’t get to see as many people as I wanted to
  • Rubbed my mom’s back and feet
  • Bonded with dad over books I got him
  • Helped nephew with homework
  • Let my niece be a sulky teenager
  • Yelled at my niece for being a rude teenager
  • Went to see my big bro’s house
  • Helped big bro with some of his work ideas.
  • Had G&Ts with little bro
  • Taught dad how to make breakfast smoothies
  • Learned how to use my parent’s super complicated oven (first had to change the language from German to English first)
  • Didn’t exercise at all. Not. Even. Once.
  • Parents took us out to celebrate me being home & little brother being some sort of a genius.
  • Made my mom have a piece of sushi and dad tasted squid.
  • Got bossed around by 7 year old niece who wanted to watch Beauty & the Beast a million times
  • Lost a family member
  • My heart felt like it had cracked. I am heartbroken about the loss.
  • Took the bus back to Cape Town (long story). It’s 18 hours on the road
  • Didn’t hate taking the bus
  • Came back to my empty flat and here we are….

Something tells me it is time to get back to yoga and training. My time at home was basically me overdosing on love and food.

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