May Book 1 (Philida)

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May Book (Philida)

Marcee raved about A Dry White Season by Andre Brink so when we were at the book store and I saw Philida I thought I would give it a try.

I’m not sorry that I bought this book. It’s the story about Philida, a slave, and the journey to becoming free. Free from her ‘owners’ and the secrets that threaten to cripple her. I also enjoyed some of the history in the book. I live in Cape Town, so that made the book even more interesting for me.

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.

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.

Album Review (Eric Johnson – Memphis)

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We took a bit of a break from reviews, while trying to figure out what the next single is. Have you listened to both choices and decided yet? Anyway… Summer 196 is me asking weird and wonderful people around the world to review the album. So far, we’ve had a review from Cape Town, Maputo and Geneva.Up next is Eric Johnson from Memphis :)

Black Porcelain has released her truly independent self finance album.  We first wrote about her in 2011 when she released a remix of Butterflies. Then in 2012 when she released the video of “Today Is the Day”. To this day I still love this song.  Which listening to “Invincible Summer”, I was very happy to hear it as the first track.  Kind of a feeling of being at home, and put me in comfortable place with this new material.

As I said the first song is “Today is the Day”.  It’s a very deceptive song. It’s the most upbeat positive “Get the Hell Out” song I have every heard.  The simple yet effective piano keeps the song very light and positive.  Most other singers in the genre would and have made this subject more dark than it should be.  That’s why for me it’s very refreshing to get her take on this type of song.  Also the horns arrangement on the song is excellent.

The next two tracks “Aching Head” and “Hot Pink” continue the strong start of the album.  With “Aching Head”, the bass guitar plays big part in establishing the tempo of the song.  Which could be taken as a drinkers anthem. lol.  In the song “Hot Pink”, her voice really stands out and takes over the song.  In doing so, you realize something.  That the first three songs are not similar at all, and Black Porcelain’s voice handles each distinctly and masterfully.  You don’t notice her voice strain, or reach areas where she is uncomfortable.

The album continues with song after song that describes her on her Journey.  Each song is a glimpse into that journey and her life, which makes this album very personal and meaningful.  This album has many reasons why I love independent artists.  I feel that each fan, album purchase and “like” helps that artist accomplish their dreams, which is repaid by more music for the fans.

– Eric Johnson (Memphis, TN, USA)

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Eric is a music lover and blogger who live is Memphis and loves to travel. Did I mention that he LOVES music. I’m not joking. Check out his blog Soulified if you don’t believe me.

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Jan Book 2 (Serial Killers)

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Jan Book 2 (Serial Killers)

Last year I read a similar book called ‘Born to be Killers’. I got both books at a book sale and it doesn’t say who the author is. The writing is not amazing, in fact I spotted many typos and bad grammar.

Besides that. it was fascinating to read about serial killers. It doesn’t just cover ‘modern’ serial killers. It covers (old) kings and queens that were serial killers too. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, you’ll like this book.

Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

This book was both beautiful and challenging. I cannot explain how completely focused I was while reading it. William Faulkner is a genius and now I want to read another one of his books. He just has a such a way with words.

I was supposed to read this book while I was on holiday in December but I haven’t taken a holiday as yet (don’t ask). It was a lovely way to start a year of reading :)

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