2Lani the Warrior ahead of Mieliepop




2Lani the Warrior has been on the South African music scene since 1997. This year the 2Lani will head to the Republic of Mieliepop to entice the crowds with his trademark ‘sweet’ house style and unique mixing style.

How do you keep the crowd engaged when playing a show?

By observing, listening and sensing.  I observe the movement of the crowd, I listen to their reaction when I play certain tracks and I sense the atmosphere and environment that we are all in.  I then use this to guide me in the direction that I should be going.  I always try to make each of my performances become an educational journey where new sounds are experienced. 

What is your favorite thing about playing at a festival like Mieliepop?

Festivals like Mielipop focus on the discovery of new music and sounds, which is what I try to share with my followers.  I also enjoy the atmosphere and playing in nature - it makes the experience more free.

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Five minutes with Julia Robert

Claudine Noppe

The Republic of Mieliepop festival is around the corner and the Cape Town based band Julia Robert is ready to head to Lothair for the serene four day festival. Perdeby spent five minutes with the band to ask them the important questions, about Mieliepop, their future plans and of course Julia Roberts, because you cannot interview a band named Julia Robert without bringing up the Pretty Women star.


What are you most looking forward to at Mieliepop?
Taking long hot showers (it’s been months) going on tour with our besties and of course, introducing the beautiful people of the north to Julia!


You have played at a myriad of venues, which has been your favorite?
It’d have to be where we played our first ever show. It was a Halloween party at a friend’s house on top of a hill. The crowd almost broke the floor in the living room during the performance, it was wild. On that night everyone fell in love with everyone, and it was as close to perfect as anything should get.

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How to become a citizen of the Republic of Mieliepop

Savannah Plaskitt

If you plan on becoming a proud citizen of the Republic of Mieliepop later this month here are a few things you need to know so that the only reshuffles in your life are the dancing kind. Below are step by step instructions on how to set up your cabinet and survive the motions of no confidence in the Republic of Mieliepop.

Step one: acquire your proof of residence. Unless you are booking into the Maizey Stray tent hotel you will need to bring your own tent. Your parents were right when they told you it’s best to eat your vegetables first. Drunken tent assembly is not recommended for those who do not wish to spend the night curled up on the grass. For the best camping experience be sure to also bring a sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, and other sleeping essentials.

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Five minutes with Femi Koya before Mieliepop

Ricardo Teixeira

Perdeby caught up with African Jazz musician Femi Koya before he heads to the Republic of Mieliepop Festival.


How do you raise human rights awareness through your music?
When my Afrobeat makes you shake your head and you tap your feet to my horns arrangements, your mind is receptive to the lyrics, the words and their power of projection. I guess making songs that plea to human rights to be respected is how I raise human right awareness.


What are you currently working on?
Currently, I have just finished my new album ”Village Afro­beat” due to be released on 16 April, looking forward to my national tour of the Village Afrobeat album to Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, and Gauteng. Mieliepop festival will be the first to experience the album.

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Entertainment Bites 12 March 2018

Tumi Morake quits Jacaranda FM

On 9 March, Tumi Morake had her last official day on air. She co-hosted, with great success, the station’s breakfast show with Martin Bester for almost a year. Her perfor­mance career is taking off in a new and exciting direction as she plans to co-write a movie with her husband, Mpho Osei-Tutu, continue her TV presenting and further pursue stand-up comedy. Although she says the decision was difficult, it was necessary as her radio career requires too much time and energy to fit into these new plans.

Praise for SA’s The Colour Purple

Since opening a couple of weeks ago, the South African take on the famed Broadway musical, The Colour Purple, has received nothing but praise. American composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray are some of the people that cannot stop raving about our local version, calling it “fantastic”. The composers have been longing for their musical to be staged in South Africa for quite some time, and they’re ecstatic about the result of applying South Africa’s vocal style and flare to their work.

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