Jo'burg music picks: March 2 2012

MeMeMe, the boutique shop co-owned by Mail & Guardian columnist Milisuthando Bongela, will take a break from capitalism this Saturday and do some good for kids.

The monthly charity gig themed Sound Garden is organised by 100 ABCers, a non-governmental organisation that raises money for four children’s organisations in Gauteng. Afro-fusion group Uju will perform an acoustic set and on the decks DJs Miz Buttons and Gaptooth Radio will take turns to entertain. Juice, hotdogs, beef and vegetable burgers will be on sale. Organisers invite the public to “bring a picnic blanket and if you have kids bring them too”.

54 6th Street, Parkhurst, on March 3, from 4pm to 9pm. R50 and a can of food, a toy, a children’s book or something similar will get you in.

? The Bohemian in Richmond, Johannesburg, is hosting a quartet of up-and-coming bands this Saturday. On the bill is Pretoria-based Fulka, a folktronica band that blends banjos and violins with the work of electronic music star Jacob Israel. Kite Rider is the new band launched by 5FM’s Jon Savage, (also known for his participation in the bands Cassette and Buckfever Underground). Shortstraw is a comedy rock band that has made a name for itself with humorous songs and Nakhane Toure is a new singer-songwriter on the Jo’burg scene with a mesmerising voice and great stage presence.

The Bohemian, 5 Park Road, Richmond, on March 3. The first band performs after 9pm. R40 gets you in. Website:

? Pretoria punk duo the Make-Overs have returned from an extended tour of Cape Town over the past few months and are performing their first Gauteng show in 2012. The band returns to home turf at Shivas Rock in Pretoria for one night only. The gig is a gearing up for the release of the band’s third album, Centipede Sing Along, set for release in April. The band’s last album was released a year and a half ago. Joining them on stage will be the Brown ­Spiders and the Idiots.

Shivas Rock, corner of Hillside and Rodericks roads, Lynnwood, Pretoria, on March 2, from 1

Matthew Krouse

Matthew Krouse

Matthew Krouse is the arts editor of the Mail & Guardian, a position he has held since 1999. He has edited two anthologies: Positions (Steidl, Jacana Media 2010) about artists engaging with politics in South Africa today, and The Invisible Ghetto (GMP, 1994) a compilation of creative writing about gender. His essays have appeared in collected works about arts and culture here and abroad. He has worked in the theatre for over a decade as an actor, writer and senior publicist at the Market Theatre. Read more from Matthew Krouse


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