Bombshelter Beast talks Mieliepop and more

Carina Kloppers

Bombshelter Beast boasts an impressive star-studded ensemble.Their uniquely profound sound that combines old school Kwaito and Ghoema with everything else proudly South African, will be featured at Mieliepop 2018. Perdeby spoke to the group about their experiences thus far and their expectations for the festival. 


Bombshelter Beast has a whopping 15 members, each with their own flare and esteem. How exactly did the idea to combine all these different sounds and style come to be?
Actually we're twelve people on stage, sometimes thirteen when our Opera Diva graces us with her presence. If you want to make a certain sound, with a lot of colour, then you need a lot of instruments, it’s like mathematics really! The music originally came out of a film soundtrack I wrote which called for a bit of a Balkan sound, which is pretty horn-heavy, then we added some Zulu raps on top and some badass beats. Hey presto!


What challenges did you face in creating a uniform sound?
None actually! We never wanted to create [a] uniform sound, and I think we succeeded! However, we did all just get new jumpsuits in mad colours and prints, that's the closest we've come to a uniform!


Was it originally difficult to find an audience for the genre-busting music collective you represent?
No, not at all. There are enough madcap people looking for something different in Jozi. The difficulty is finding a bigger audience, since the powers that be in the music industry are definitely not looking for something they've not heard before.


Bombshelter Beast has performed at some big events over the last couple of years, such as Oppikoppi 2016 and the 2017 National Arts Festival. Are these events everything they promise to be? And how does the crowd usually receive you?
Big festivals usually deliver, yes. People go there specifically to have a good time, so they do. Logistics is a whole other story but let's not talk about that.

The crowds sometimes start off with their mouths hanging open, and some have slightly confused expressions (depending on the amount of mind altering liquids/substances [that] have been engaged with) but they all end the same way, shaking it!

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Get to know Georgetown

Ricardo Teixeira

Perdeby met up with Georgetown ahead of Mieliepop.

Georgetown was formed in 2014, but how did you all get together and decide on making your beautiful music?
By stroke of luck, destiny, life, perseverance and the grapevine. We all met and developed a love for a genre of music we still struggle to categorize. 


With your debut album just having been launched, how does it feel to have a first product to deliver to your fans?
We released an EP in 2016 called Banana Jack, it was our first studio project and really nice, like a cup [of] tea. But when a band invests the time, soul and hardship to record a full album it’s a rewarding milestone you treasured for life. The Dog Show came out exactly as we envisioned. It feels great.


What was the inspiration for the album?
It’s inspired by dreams, fear, love and chaos. We like to call it a dog show


Having already performed quite a few shows in 2018, and having bookings all the way through to the end of April, what shows are you looking forward to?
We’ve got a lot of gigs lined up. Some of them are festivals, some are events, some are weddings, some are gonna be [***], some great. Looking forward to all of them, because it’s great to have gigs.

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Invizable heads to Mieliepop

Claudine Noppe

The Republic of Mieliepop festival is around the corner. Perdeby asked DJ Invizable some questions about Mieliepop before he heads to Lothair.


What makes playing a festival like Mieliepop different than other performances?
The opportunity to perform at such a prestigious festival with such an amazing list of fellow artists and at such an amazing location is an honour and a privilege. It is a responsibility to hold up South Africa’s multicultural identity with pride and professionalism.


What can fans expect from your Mieliepop performance?
To gooi mielies at full frequency with the acclaimed Dubmasta on the percussion and vocals. Our aim is to shake the hips and stomp the feet of the Mieliepoppers and to make a lasting impression on their ears and eyes.


Your new single, “iThongo Lam”, has been doing extremely well. What are you working on now?
There is a full album in the pipeline with two more singles which will be released during the course of 2018. The project is taking a diverse approach to content with a comic book and animation video currently in production.

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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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