PLATFORM’s event series, PLATFORM Presents, kicked off in the beginning of April in Cape Town. It featured an…
PLATFORM’s event series, PLATFORM Presents, kicked off in the beginning of April in Cape Town. It featured an all-star South African line-up of Beatenberg, John Wizards, Zaki Ibrahim, Felix Laband and Thibo Tazz. Since that event, John Wizards and Thibo Tazz have played Glastonbury, Beatenberg’s The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg has risen right near the summit of the South African music charts, and Felix Laband has released his first crop of new music in years.
We pride ourselves on curating future-focussed, progressive and cutting-edge line-ups, so for our second event we, along with decided to bring down a talent who we’ve had our eyes on for a while now. Rinngo Ahceta, better known as Mndsgn, has been making waves in Los Angeles for a while now. Holding down regular spots at the famous Low End Theory, he has captivated audiences with his immersive live shows, playing sets indicative of someone with complete mastery of his craft. His monthly spot on BoilerRoom.tv, ‘Breakfast With Ringgo’, is a further indication of the kind of respect and esteem he is held in.
Last month, Mndsgn was signed to the legendary Stones Throw Records. For anyone not familiar with Stones Throw, it was founded by renowned DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf in 1996. The label has grown to become one of the leading names in underground hip hop circuits, and has released in the last ten years two genuinely classic and canonical LPs: J Dilla’s Donuts, and Madlib and Doom’s Madvilliany.
Mndsgn’s debut, Yawn Zen, was released last week. It is a subtly complex album that works on variations of a single theme: zen’d-out bliss. The album received a mostly favourable review from PLATFORM’s own Sean Magner which you can read here. Mndsgn also collaborated on a track with Danny Brown for the now-defunct hip hop blog Classic Drug References called ‘Sweeney Song‘.
It was, undoubtedly, his live shows that ultimately prompted us to bring down Mndsgn. The internet has been kind to talents like his, and it is none too easy to get lost in a time-warp of his various live performances (most of which are brought to us by the always-excellent Boiler Room). But bringing him to South Africa and allowing him to share the stage with South Africa’s finest talents was a logical next step for PLATFORM Presents.
Equally exciting is the fact that PLATFORM will be making its debut in Johannesburg. Mndsgn’s South African tour will kick off at the Neighbourgood’s Market in Braamfontein on Thursday the 25th and move to Fiction Night Club on Saturday the 27th. Tickets to both event will be limited, and details on how to purchase pre-sale tickets will be made available in the next few days.
The local line-ups are equally exciting, of course, and will be announced over the course of the next. Keep your eyes peeled to the PLATFORM website and to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds so you don’t miss a thing.
Click here for the Joburg event.
Click here for the Cape Town event.
Below, you can watch (one of) Mndsgn’s Boiler Room Los Angeles set(s), and the documentary for Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton.