Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Music Monday - maybe I should move it to Tuesday...Josh Kaufman

We are running a bit behind with The Voice here in Africa, so I'm sure everyone but me knows who the final winner of this years' The Voice was, but I'm choosing not to spoil it for myself and actually just follow the show as it progresses, and this week's favourite performance for me was Josh Kaufman's "Stay with me"....
I really do hope that he makes it far, far into this competition....I love the range of his voice, the fact that he looks nothing like he sounds like, the passion that just oozes out of his singing....I could go on and on...but maybe you should just have a listen for yourself...enjoy!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Music Monday - The Fray

Ok, so I'm a day late, but in all fairness, it's Monday somewhere in the world right?
We just happened to be listening to some music last night on DMX Adult contemporary channel on DSTV and whilst chatting this song started playing and we couldn't help but tap our feet and bump our heads...I love it when a song just kinda surprise you and even though the song is already a couple of months old, this is the first time we heard it and the first time I even seen the name of the band....so here's THE FRAY - LOVE DON'T DIE - the end of the video is worth a giggle, and I'm not one to promote violence, but this video makes a bar-fight look like fun ;-)


Monday, June 16, 2014

Music Monday - Bria Kelly

It's season 6 of The Voice over here, which seems to be quite a couple of months behind the States, but nonetheless, so much talent! I've seen The Voice maybe once before, and only half an episode, but now I'm completely stuck on this show! So much better than having to sit through the deafening horrendousness that Idols can deliver....and since it was Father's Day yesterday I thought I'd give this weeks Music Monday to my husbands favourite on the show thus far: Bria Kelly!! I loved her powerful voice, her raspyness and her control, and so here's another song she did a cover for...I don't know how far she makes it on the show, but I do hope that regardless of winning the competition she makes it far as a musician! Go Bria!!

But first her audition of "Steamroller Blues" on The Voice:



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Elections are looming....

2014. Election year in South Africa, and an important one at that...After the booing of Jacob Zuma at Madiba's funeral I reckon the ANC has to realise that they are not popular with the nation, even with their followers. So many ridiculous things have been done and laughed at by our current president that most people can't bring themselves to even say "President Jacob Zuma". He's a clown distracting the masses from what is happening behind the scenes, the corruption and the stupidity abound.
It is time, we as a nation - Madiba's Rainbow Nation, full of colour and culture, stand up and stand together and stand fast to what is right and what is ours. Yes, many things have been done wrong by various governments in the past and our nation has always come out fighting against them - isn't it time we start fighting against the wrong that Jacob Zuma has done? A rapist and a fraudster is not fit to lead this country!! How can we expect to have a healthy, honest nation, a legacy of caring and forgiving people if we allow a person that is the opposite of everything we stand for to stay in leadership?

It's tough to decide who to vote for, yes - every politician seems to have something up their sleeve...some only points fingers to what others are doing wrong instead of voicing their own solutions to the current problems. It sometimes seem that the problems that has been created by the current leadership is so vast and insurmountable that any new leader would be afraid to commit themselves to a solution. Can they even fathom the amount of work that lies ahead in fixing the messes left behind Zuma...are they up for fighting to achieve justice on behalf of the woman he raped, on behalf of the government officials who's pensions got used for the e-tolls, for the taxpayer who's money has to pay for a "security fire pool" at his private residence...the list goes on. How can we, as a proud African nation just let this carry on? Do we really want to leave our children in the wake to deal with another situation like Zimbabwe? I am not a doomsday prophet but if we as South Africans just keep laughing at our current president and don't dethrone him then what's to stop him from just keeping on doing as he's been doing? He doesn't take any responsibility for anything he does - he just smiles and waves and the rest of the country is left wondering how on earth he can justify spending all our money?
I urge everyone who reads this post to vote. Not for Zuma or the ANC. No, vote for someone who is going to make a difference.  Vote for someone who is going to be brave enough to face the masses and take responsibility for their action, vote for someone who cares about the poorest of the poor and can use the richest of the rich to help the poor. Vote for someone who isn't afraid  to clean up the mess the ANC has made. Vote, because it matters - it matters today and it matters for the future of this country. We have such an awesome country, such an awesome nation. So diverse and yet so similar. We all love to laugh, and maybe that's why Zuma has been in power for too long...he makes us laugh. But it's time to stop laughing and start building. Build a future nation that our children can be a proud part of, not a shameful part of. All cultures and races in our country need to band together against being used and abused to reach selfish governmental goals.
It's time we stand up and say that we look to the future for our country and that's how we make decisions, not to our past.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Music Monday - Paloma Faith

What a wickedly weird music video....One of the reasons I love The Grahma Norton show is the musical addition in every episode. And in this epic episode The Graham Norton Show - S14E18 he has Paloma Faith do the honors....loved the funky beat and you can just see the eccentricity of this lady come through in her performance and her music. She's got such a big voice that while performing she seemed larger and taller and only once she sat down did I realize how petite she is! If watching the whole episode of TGNS is too much for you, check out this wickedly weird music video of the song she performed on the night:

I just can't rely on you - Paloma Faith






Monday, February 24, 2014

Honesty

I've always strongly believed in honesty being the best policy...even if it hurts, even if it is risky...maybe because it's risky. If you can't  be honest with your friends then who can you be honest with, right? The saddest thing though is that once you've been honest you suddenly realise the strength of any given relationship, and sometimes you overestimate the strength of a friendship and kind of ruin it with honesty....which is just sad that honesty should ruin a friendship rather than strengthening it right? Then you almost, but just almost, feel like apologizing for being honest....but then you realize that you'd rather build friendships on mutual respect earned through equal amounts of honesty. I'd rather have friendships worth fighting for, over and with than someone just merely being politely friendly with me - how am I suppose to trust someone like that to have my back? I've got my best friend with whom I've fought with about celebrity gossip to marriage to raising kids, and I've gone through months of not liking her and her not liking me because of some disagreement but we've always gotten back together and always will - because we understand that to build a friendship we need to be honest about the things that matter and sometimes that hurts, but that's why we're friends...to have each others back, to point out when we've done someone wrong and be there to help each other not be complete asses. Friends don't let friends be bitches! So, if I've ever argued with you or bitched at you over something you did or didn't do...it's most likely because I consider you a close enough friend. If you didn't fight back, well I guess I then overestimated our friendship. Offence is a killer...

Music monday: Filipa

Before I had kids I constantly listened to music...headphones or just blasting loudly through speakers, flat on my back just soaking it in...
Since becoming a mom 'soaking it in flat on your back' just doesn't happen, purely because for kids their mom lying flat on her back means just one thing: whoopy time!! Yes, instead of peacefully listening to some tunes I end up with a pile of kids on me...so I've kind of lost my constant search for new music, but I've decided that it's time to start searching again...and hence my resolution to do Music Mondays...so here we go: My first find for 2014:

Apparently Ryan Seacrest had a One Direction cover song competition. This is the winner. She's South African, she's only 18 and she has an amazing voice! And look at her playing to the camera! As one of the comments say: I hate you Filipa for making me listen to a One Direction song and making me like it!! Totally talented, totally awesome...definitely a girl worth keeping an ear out for!

Filipa - One Direction:Story of my life (cover)