shine the Spotlight on Mix n Blend


If you want a totally objective review of Mix n Blend’s debut album ‘Look Mom No Hands’, I am saddened to remark that I cannot provide anything of the sort. Objective reviews can be scathing at the best of times, and at the worst of times they can leave an artist weeping like a newborn baby underneath a cold shower, eating locks of their own hair… or so I’ve heard. No-holds-barred local youth culture website Mahala has a reputation for shooting from the hip, and right now they are featuring their review of the Mix n Blend album on their landing page… I’m gonna go run me a shower, let me know what they wrote. 

Posted by bakaman on 12/30 at 08:13 AM
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Laugh It Off and African Dope get under the Covers


The Laugh It Off Annual is in it’s fourth year of bringing our nation to trembling fits of guffawing laughter, head-twitching chuckles, shoulder shrugs and outright disgust. Love them or hate them, they’re gonna be in your face whatever the case. Just ask Black Label.

For this, the fourth edition of this comic crusade, African Dope Publishing, under the guidance of the one and only Honey B, have included a Musical Interlude for your listening pleasure. If you buy the book, you’ll find the link murkily printed on the 74th bladsy of the book.

Or if you don’t care for good comedy, design and writing, then you can turn your nose up at such frivolous things as paying for products, sneeze at capitalism, and listen to or download each track from the African Dope Publishing website free of charge.

Posted by bakaman on 12/22 at 11:27 AM
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Mix n Blend Interview Teaser

Mix n Blend were recently interviewed by about the launch of their debut album ‘Look Mom No Hands’ and the skullduggery that they got up to on the African Dope Records ‘Wild West on the East Coast Tour’.

Click on this link to see the entire video on!!

Posted by bakaman on 12/11 at 10:48 AM
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Rezonance Festival 2009 - African Dope Techno Dubfest Arena

Tremble in your bootsies. African Dope is hosting the ‘Techno Dubfest Arena Stage’ at this year’s edition of the mind-bending, beat-laden oasis which is:  Rezonance New Year’s Festival 2009.

You’ll be treated to the likes of Roach, Mix n Blend (African Dope), Niskerone, Krushed & Sorted (Live AV), Markus Wormstorm, Jacob Israel, Kalahari Surfers, Enough Weapons, The Cutt (2X SA DMC Champion), Tornado’s, Lonesome Dave Ferguson and Forgotten Frequencies (D Form + Rozanno) to mention but a few.

Of course, we have some samplers for your free downloading pleasure riiiiiight here:

And here:

The full lineup is a list of your favourite savages from home and abroad. Wide-eyed and inconsiderate, these prehistoric trouble-makers won’t let you stop dancing, no matter how nicely you ask. They dabble in the arts of eerie things like Electro, Breaks, Drum&Bass, Glitch-Hop, Swing, Dub, Rockabilly, Dubstep, Techno, Fidget, and whichever other genre comes into existence between today and December 31st.

Do believe that this is the only party worth lighting a candle for on New Year’s, and come join African Dope at Rezonance 2009 at the Techno Dubfest Arena. Check the Facebook event page for the full shabang diddily bap wahp wahp!

Posted by bakaman on 12/10 at 09:51 AM
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Mix n Blend Launch a Swinging Success


On Friday the 4th of December, Mix n Blend unleashed the official launch of their debut album at Assembly in Cape Town.. And the earth trembled.

I’m certain that Mix n Blend remember a time when a party was just that.. a party. Those days when they would be ordering pizza instead of drawing faces on cardboard fish and sea-monkeys. Those summery Friday afternoons of reclining on the beach instead of precariously suspending cardboard waves from the ceiling beams. Those breezy summer evenings of pre-drinks with friends instead of extensive sound-checking and thumb-twiddling. Those days are dead. Though of course, all the hard work is worth it ten times over when the whole crowd doesn’t budge from the dancefloor throughout your live set.

A whirlwind of MC’s plundered on and off the stage while Mix n Blend treated the people of our fine city to an evening of hands in the air and wide-open jaws, performing and effecting songs from their album ‘Look Mom No Hands’ live on stage. A seamless collaboration of a range of talented Capetonians crooning, rapping and playing instruments live, Rayelle, Ross DaBone, EJ Von Lyrik, Bakaman, Lee Thomson, Mike Zietsman, Farrell Adams and Sindy (who became a mother today, congratulations Sindy!!) all whipped the crowd up into a frenzy while the Blenders handled the beats.

African Dope extends a thousand thank you’s to all the acts that took part in this musical bonanza, Filewile was nothing short of superb, Chamber Concept brought on the sweat (if I don’t say so myself), Niskerone was the unquenchable energy that he always is, and Hyphen was his typical class-act self. Check some pictures from the preparation to the party on Flickr, watch out for Mix n Blend all over the place this December, including the Nokia Comes with Music Party Bus, and always, ALWAYS, remember to be cool.

Yes. You. Be cool.

Posted by bakaman on 12/09 at 12:18 PM
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