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Woman Crush: JungFreud

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I first laid eyes on this breath of fresh sub-culture air at Oppikoppi, in August this year.

After watching her effervescent performance alongside P.H Fat on their crack track (my new term for addictive beats) “Lights Out”, I simply had to get more of this SA local with a soulful voice and wicked rhymes.

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With a sound and (deep) lyrics as soothingly philosophical as her stage name, it’s no wonder I got roped into her cheeky verses and throwback-esque musical stylings. She also sites some of my favourite African talent as her sources of inspiration, making my connection to her music all the more obvi.

She’s definitely her own brand of cool and the sort of effortless local talent that makes my heart beat all kinds of excitement. I pretty much pushed play on her Soundcloud and haven’t looked back since. Nor removed my headphones.

Nonku Phiri aka JungFreud is the kind of artist Redbull wants to fvck with, and the kind of girl C-HEADS magazine wants to profile. She’s also South African music royalty, with her pops being acclaimed jazz muso, Ray Phiri.

I can’t get enough of her music, her voice, her style – so check her out, mayn.

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Feeling Lucky?

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I had the privilege of being invited to the Lucky Brand relaunch of their Denim Donation Drive.

I got to choose a pair of jeans in exchange for any pair of old denims and let me tell you, it was a very hard choice, rivalling the decision whether to cut a fringe or not, or what to order at my favourite restaurant. 

Normally jeans shopping is an absolute nightmare for me – I generally stay very far away from this traumatic experience. I have a smallish waist, big butt and short legs – jeans weren’t made for this booty without some serious tailoring. Yet, for the first time in the history of ever, every single pair I tried on was perfectly fitted, super luxe and comfy as hell. Now all of a sudden, the nightmare was choosing my favourite out of all the beautiful fits and washes.

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In between wine sipping and grooving to the DJ, I finally settled on these ripped dark wash skinnies AKA The Charlie Skinny (Right). It was a close call between the light wash high-rise skinnies on the left!

If you want to get your hands on your own pair, all you have to do is bring in a pair of your old, lightly worn jeans (any brand!) and get 50% off a brand new pair of stunning denims.  

All denims collected will be donated to the SOS Children’s Villages. They run a project in Port Elizabeth whereby repurposed denims are sold for profit by women in the community, who are then able to support themselves through this awesome initiative.

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I was helped by a strapping young lad named Reese who selected my perfect size after taking one look at me, despite my usual protests for a larger one. Brother had skillz. 

Support a good cause and get some rad new jeans pant – what’s not to love?

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Transkeing

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Happy month of extended weekends and wasted work hours looking forward to them! It seems the rest of the country spent the long weekend exploring, catching up with friends and celebrating 420. Well, we did all of that and more at a little slice of paradise I like to call, Shark’s Point.

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A group of us headed to the Eastern Cape in the early hours of Friday morning and after 9 hours of driving, plenty of dirt roads and questionable padkos later we arrived at our destination — self catering chalets conveniently situated somewhere in between Heaven and Utopia.

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Thanks to the super planning/spreadsheeting/food-buying and meal-planning skills of our team lead, DJ Fuego Heat, we ate like kings in between the sundowners, camp fires, mesmerising sunsets, sunrise swims and evenings of stargazing. Two of my favourite meals included freshly bought local crayfish (ten rand a pop!) and braaied bananas stuffed with chocolate. Yes, you heard meh. 

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We dossed in rustic cabins in amongst spiders and goats and spent our days snorkelling in rock pools, hiking up hilltops, sucking at bat-and-ball games and getting our tan on. The boys insisted on surfing despite the fact that:

A. We were on one of the world’s sharkiest coastlines with a fatal attack occurring at Port Saint John’s, three weeks ago.

B. The place itself was called Shark’s Point.

C. We saw an actual shark, in the water, where they were surfing.

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We were however also blessed with occasional schools of dolphins and fantastic weather. On the very last night we all sat on the hillside during a power outage and watched the lightning over the ocean before a beautiful thunderstorm broke out over the valley. This place was pretty much the best parts of a Drakensberg and beach holiday, rolled into one setting.

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This post isn’t actually a #humblebrag, but rather encouraging you all to get out there and explore this country! If rallying up a group of mates, roughing it up in nature and meeting the friendliest locals in all the land sounds like your idea of a good time, then check out www.sharkspoint.co.za for your next long weekend.

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Red Huxley in the 031

When I first heard Red Huxley, I got that same feeling I get when I listen to Hendrix or The Black Keys. The feeling where I just want to do something recklessly rock ‘n roll like jump in my car, light up a smoke, fall in love with a stranger or drive into the night without paying my library fines.

I got even more excited to find out that these boys hailed from the Mother City. Their sound is rather unique to the SA music scene, making these soulful rock ‘n rollers a pleasure to hear at local gigs.

The band is made up of Dylan Jones on guitar, Matthew Pullen on bass and Murray Stephenson on drums and these boys have been melting faces as well as hearts since 2010.

Naturally, I was in my eli when I heard that these kids would be shaking up my home town for the very first time. This would also be the only chance I’ve had since Splashy Fen this year, to see these guys live in action. This is a band and they make me dance, ok?! 

I caught up with Red Huxley, to ask them a few questions, so that us Durbanites, know what to expect this weekend.

Red Huxley Is …

A rock band from Cape Town, who have just released their debut album recorded with Eagles of Death Metals’ guitarist, Dave Catching, in his studio in Joshua Tree, California.

We’re amped to play Durban because

We are yet to play a show there. We had one of our best jams at Splashy Fen at the beginning of this year, just a taste of what KZN has to offer. 

We’ve heard Durban women are…

Crazy and that they love stampeding rock gigs straight from the beach in their bikinis. 

The craziest band member is

All of us actually, because we tend to go mental depending on the time of year and the amount of Jagermeister there is in the atmosphere.

Our music sounds like

Loud jamming rock music mixed with chilled bluesy soul with a drop of old school rock and roll.

 Don’t come to our gig without…

Your party pants on. 

Our biggest secret is that…

We’re planning to make our way into the eardrums of everyone in the world!

The worst music artist out right now is…

Anyone that is chasing dolla and surfing trends instead of being awesome!

You can catch these talented rockstahs at The Winston this Friday or at Live on Saturday night.

You can also get the lowdown on Red Huxley here. 

A few fashionable humans spotted at MTV’s Fashion By The Sea.

Check out www.fashionnanny.co.za for the full story,coming soon!

Moyo,Durban ‘13