This weekend sees the first ever solo venture northwards of Cape Town’s ex-creative collective, now music management agency, naas. This comes following a series of intimate affairs in a variety of back yards in Cape Town featuring almost exclusively naas acts and friends, such as Card On Spokes, Sir Vincent, Maramza, Thor Rixon, DJ Lag, Andy Islands, Mungo, and more.
Having been up to Jozi as part of the promoters team for the first ‘Platform Presents’ show in Jozi in 2014, and as part of the Puma Happy Holiday tour further back in 2013, naas heads to Kitcheners in Braamfontein this Saturday night, for Kitchen Turnip.
The event promises to be a thrilling throwdown, venturing through Joburg’s leading edge beat scene with Micr.Pluto and Hlasko, as well as soulful, vocal-heavy solo electronica from Nonku Phiri. Joining the Joburgers is musical chameleon and resident eclectophile Thor Rixon and the impenetrable enigma Maramza in a set featuring gritty pop vocalist of Moonchild. Rounding out the night is Joburg’s secretive import, Wildebeats, who is sure to bring the fire.
Last year, naas restructured to become exclusively focused on music and even recently uncoupled from any involvement or interest in Platform’s operations (naas was the founding shareholder in Platform) to run a lean music management agency. After a few successes and hard work in the face of a challenging music industry, naas has emerged as a committed booking agency run principally by Tourmaline Berg, with help from Matt Rightford (aka Albany Lore) and Thor Rixon where it’s needed.
This weekend’s event promises to be the first in many forays up the escarpment in 2016 and beyond and a sign of the increasingly cemented presence of naas’ artists and events in the musical landscape of the two cities.