I'm usually OK with my being all the way in the Western Cape. It's all I've known for the longest time; the environment is great and the people are wonderful. My whole family is also down here. I hardly ever have Johannesburg envy but this weekend has me wishing I was up in the bright city lights with all the cool people.
First of all, September is Arts Alive month, which means that Johannesburg is going to be a hub of arts and music. Beautiful people who get what I love will be in every nook of that town. This weekend alone I'll miss Miss Lira and Thandiswa Mazwai live at Zoo Lake for Jazz on the lake.
If you don't know what the event is here goes: Jazz on the Lake is a free entry one-day concerts that happens as part of Arts Alive on the first weekend of September at the Johannesburg Zoo Lake. There's good music and picnic vibes all day. Thandiswa Mazwai is flying in especially -- from her Eastern holiday with her daughter -- for the event then flying back out to play London.
My best friend has been going out of her way to convince me that there's always next year, that there'll be other performances at which to experience Thandiswa and Lira. She speaks sense, I had to grant her that. What about the other two music events though? What about those?
What abut Talib Kweli? How many years will I have to wait for him to return to Johannesburg again? To this country? His gig is tomorrow at the Newtown OST and I'll have to content myself with tweets from the event.
Then there's Motif Records (Tumi, The Volume, Zaki Ibrahim, Reason etc) who will be setting Soweto on fire this Sunday when they perform at the Thesis Social Jam. My life without all this beautiful music means I get to keep up with my work and graduate in time. That's my silver lining.
If you're in Johannesburg, enjoy yourself!
Cheers to the weekend!