Two’s company, three’s a crowd? Nonsense! Two’s Simon and Garfunkel, three’s Japan and I. The first time I was introduced to this awesome band, so to speak, was when I wandered into the tent where they were performing during the 2007 Splashy Fen Festival. Kitted in what I like to call “festival chic” (wellies, sporadic smears of mud and no make-up), the novelty of pitching my own tent and enduring cold Drakensberg nights was starting to wear off. I needed a pick-me-up. They were performing their punk rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” in a daring ensemble of tutus. Spirits instantly lifted! Japan and I, to this day, put on one of most energetic, feel-good performances I’ve seen to date. Exuding confidence and fun, they’re upbeat and don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. If you’re an avid listener of radios Tuks fm, UJ fm and Radio 2000 you’ve probably heard some of the material off their debut album, Will Take Over the World. Japan and I have also received much media coverage in the way of being featured on SABC 3’s ‘Noted’ and MK89 programmes such as ‘Jip’, ‘Kurb’, ‘Amp’, ‘Studio 1’ and ‘Go Rock’. The ladies list some of their career highlights as performing at Woodstock 8 and 9, Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi, Lucky Fish and Oppi Aarde, opening for Swiss band, SKAladdin, Slovenian Ska band Red Five Point Star and American band Mad Caddies, touring locally with Fuzigish, New Academics and The Hellphones and taking home the L.A Music Award for singer/songwriter of the year.
I caught up with Angela, Dee Dee and Mandy to find out what’s been happening in the colourful world of Japan and I lately. Click here
to read the interview.
Roxy’s Top Three events for this week
UNsigned Heritage Day Party
Bands scheduled to play include Voodoo Child, Fourteen 40 and My Main Band
Date: Wednesday, 23rd September 2009 from 19h00
Venue:Cool Runnings, Fourways
For more information visit www.unsigned.co.za
Wet & Wild
Dubbed as one of the biggest parties and festivals the Vaal River has ever seen, the day’s events will include a Wet & Wild Pro Wakeboard Session Powered by Ski Supreme boats featuring 15 of SA’s best riders. The event carries on into the evening with South Africa’s finest DJ’s on all four dance floors including 5fm’s DJ Fresh and Erica Elle as well as Ryan Dent and Roger D’Lux to name but a few.
Date: Saturday, 26th September 2009 from 12h00
Venue: River Palace, Vanderbijlpark
Cost: From R80 – R250 presale, from R100 at the door after 14h00
Visit www.spicedevents.co.za for more information.
Rocking the Gardens
Even living in Joburg, you must’ve heard about the legend that is the “green” Rocking the Daisies festival. This Cape Town original is coming to Johannesburg in the way of Rocking the Gardens this October. The one day event forms part of the Old Mutual Encounters Series at the lovely Emmarentia Dam. Listen to some awesome tunes by artists like Just Jinjer, Ashtray Electric, 340ml, aKING, Tidal Waves, Freshly Ground, Gang of Instrumentals and Bed on Bricks. Expect gourmet food and awesome vendors. This is definitely one fine way to spend a summer’s day!
Date: Saturday, 3rd October 2009 from 12h00
Venue: Emmarentia Dam
Cost: R100 pre-sale or R130 at the door
Visit www.rockingthegardens.com for more.
H20 Ticket giveaway
H20 has become the number 1 dance event in South Africa, and this year’s party will be the biggest yet with over 100 DJ’s spinning tunes. Music lovers can look forward to the addition of a psy-trance floor.
5FM DJ’s Fresh, Euphonik, Erica Elle, Mlu and Roger Goode will be playing alongside international DJ’s Tony Cha Cha and Oscar G(Funky Green Dogs).
Be sure to read next week’s Entertainment column as we will be running a competition in which you can win one of five pairs of tickets. Click here to read more about H2O.