Schlagwort-Archive: culture

The Parlotones – Band und Weinproduzent

Deutschland ist ihre zweite Heimat und deutsche Fans sind wie Südafrikaner

(Autorin/ Editor: Anne Schroeter)

Deutsche Interview-Zusammenfassung:

The Parlotones ist die international erfolgreichste Band, die Südafrika zurzeit zu bieten hat. Den endgültigen Durchbruch schafften sie in Europa zur WM 2010 mit der Beisteuerung des Titelliedes, der Live-Übertragungen der ARD (The Parlotones – Come Back As Heroes). Sie werden als Südafrikas Coldplay und Radiohead bezeichnet, überraschen jedoch auch mit Einzigartigkeiten. So haben sie zum Beispiel einen Rotwein (Giant Mistake) herausgebracht – weitere sind in Arbeit – und zur Amtseinführungszeremonie von Jacob Zuma (Präsident Südafrikas) gespielt. Obwohl die Euphorie der WM in Südafrika nachgelassen hat bzw. ganz verschwunden ist, spürt man die Nachwehen des Großereignisses deutlich. Endlich konnte man der Welt beweisen, dass man in der Lage ist solch ein Mega-Event zu organisieren. Mit diesem neu erlangten Selbstvertrauen und dem infrastrukturellen Fortschritt sei es nun möglich die gesellschaftlichen Probleme des Landes anzugehen.

Im September und Oktober tourten sie durch Europa und waren insbesondere von Deutschland begeistert. Denn hier spielen sie vor deutschen Fans, fühlen aber, als wären es Südafrikaner. Alle Konzerte waren ausverkauft und eine nächste Tour ist für April nächsten Jahres geplant. Dann werden sie wohl wieder die warme südafrikanische Sonne vermissen. Dafür aber auch unvergessliche Konzerte, vor hoffentlich immer größer werdenden Publikum spielen. Aber bevor sie abreisten, hat auch diese Band einen Zwischenstopp bei „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“ eingelegt.

© The Parlotones

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Hello and welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“! You said that your tour is going fine and that you are enjoying yourself. So I was wondering whether you are noticing any differences compared to the tours you did before in Germany and Europe. I mean, now everybody knows at least one song, which is “Come Back Home As Heroes”

Answer: Yes, sure. The audience has doubled, maybe even tripled. And the audience actually sings along to the songs. It has been amazing. It’s incredible and we hope to double it again next time.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are travelling on a bus together while being on tour. How is it, living on a bus for so long and with the same people?

Answer: It stinks! It is actually the same thing we have been doing for years and years. Just that the vehicle gets bigger. At first we started with a car, then a van. And it is more comfortable when someone else does the driving. We get along with the other band. Basically we play the show, hop in the bus and the next morning you wake up and you are in another town. So, all we really do in the bus is sleep.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: What do you miss when being far away from home for so long?

Answer: The sun! But we miss ordinary things like friends and family. There is no routine while being on tour, so we miss the comforts of home. And some people think that we have been away for years and years and buy Biltong, saying “I bet you have not eaten this in a long time”. But come on, we have only been away from home for two weeks, but thank you.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You are playing together for quite a long time now, so what has changed about playing together? Is there anything about your music that has changed, or about the relationships amongst each other?

Answer: Well, one thing that definitely changed is that we can actually play our instruments now. We could kind of play when we started, but it wasn’t really good. And the bond has gotten a lot stronger. When you spend so much time together, you can just become either enemies or friends. And we chose the friends route.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You played many shows all over the world. Is there any show that is special to you? A show that was different than any other show you played, so far. And why was that show so special?

Answer: The best show we have done is in Johannesburg, Coca-Cola Dome. A big, massive arena that not a South African band has ever headlined. And we went to headliners and pulled all those people on our own. It was a very proud moment. And not many people thought that we could pull it of, but we did. But generally every gig is special on its own. There is not really a show that stands out above the rest, we enjoy them all the same. This tour has been really cool, the crowd has been singing along and all the concerts have basically been sold out. Especially in Germany, because Germans come to the show, and not all South Africans. And we are pretty excited having pulled so many new German fans to our shows.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You also played at the inauguration ceremony. How did it feel, since it was a completely different audience?

Answer: In fact, most of them liked us, but there were parts of people going “Change, change, buuuh”. We were a rock band, playing in front of a predominantly African crowd. It was very strange. But it was cool. Heads off to the Government for actually calling up a diverse line-up, incorporating all cultures even though the audience didn’t get all of it. But it was a good gesture.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You released a wine, something that surprised me, because I went to a shop, asking for the official World Cup wine, and they said that they did not have that, but they had a Parlotones wine. And I was surprised, because it is not really what you expect from The Parlotones. So, why wine? Usually Musicians would decide to design their own clothes, or release a perfume.

Answer: We love wine. In an interview they asked us what would your dream-property be and we said to own a small wine estate in Cape Town and to release a boutique wine. A fan of the Band read this and asked, well would you like to create you own wine and we said we would love to. And you know it’s not just a sticker on the bottle of wine. We set it and blended it. So it was very hands on and what you drink is actually what we create. And we own a portion of the company, so it is not like an endorsement, but something we have ownership on.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: You played at the Opening of the World Cup. Do you think that the World Cup actually changed something about South Africa? Or did it just create happiness for four weeks and then everything went back to normal?

Answer:  The euphoria only lasted during the World Cup. But a lot of positive was taking out of it and will win, now that we know that we can achieve big things and that we can certainly tackle the problems that exist in our society. Good things remained, there is still progress, there is still spending on infrastructure, there is still development. And that is good for the Nation. The World Cup sped it up. And there is still a lot of investment that goes into the country.

ARD WM SONG 2010

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In an interview you once mentioned that you wanted Germany to be your second home. Why Germany and why a second home?

Answer: The people are warm. After South Africa, besides parts in England this was the first place where we were achieving success. And the crowd felt like we were playing to a home audience. Though the crowd was smaller, but the way people reacted. And we expected that if we step down to the audience everyone would be South African. And we were very pleased when they were actually Germans. And every time we have been here, we always had a good time.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Thank you and enjoy your last show tonight.

Website of The Parlotones:

http://www.theparlotones.net/

Interview: Film director Teboho Edkins

German-South African film director about his work and Southern Africa

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

Teboho Edkins, born in 1980 in the United States of America, grown up in Lesotho, Germany, South Africa as well as France, is film director and following the career of his renowned father Don Edkins, one of the most famous film producers of South Africa.

In Cape Town he studied Arts and he enhanced his course of studies with post graduations in France and Germany.  Teboho Edkins documentaries are characterized by sociolcritical bias, for which he has taken several awards. In addition, he took part  at umpteen film festivals, such as FID Marseille, Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), International Filmfestival Innsbruck, Vision du Reel Nyon, Tampere Short Film Festival or Berlinale.  Teboho Edkins is explaining to our South Africa web portal his job-related visions and documentaries on South Africa.

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2010sdafrika-editorial staff: We welcome on „SÜDAFRIKA – Land der Kontraste“, the German gateway to South Africa, the in Berlin living filmmaker Teboho Edkins. You concentrate in your work on documentaries with sociocritical messages on South African issues. In „Ask me I’m positive“, „True Love“, or „Looking Good“ you focused your productions on HIV. What are the reasons to debate this pandemic?

Anwer: The HIV pandemic, especially in Lesotho at the time when I made my first film, Ask me I’m positive, was a monster that could simply not be ignored, it was all prevalent but at the same time invisible –not understood. Just image- Lesotho in 2004 was a county where almost 30% of the population was infected with HIV, but only a handful of people were public about their status and three of these were the protagonists in the film. There was (and still is to an extent is) such confusion and prejudice about the disease that it was the only topic I felt I could make a film about.

What helped make the film possible was that it was part of a really exciting revolutionary series of 35 films titled, STEPS for the future, on HIV by Southern African filmmakers that had been launched in 2000.

In my other film True Love, I don’t really deal with the HIV pandemic as such, but it so happens that the character in Lesotho is HIV, so its not about him being HIV positive but rather about a person that happens to be HIV positive experiencing love and sex. (That he is HIV positive is the status quo, I am trying to show how beyond having the virus one lives a normal life- and I think this is really important to understand especially in the context of Southern Africa where so many people are infected).

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: In „Gangster Project 1, you are taking a new topic with regard to crime in South Africa. Are you changing your view on other social challenges?

Answer: Well I am not really a political activist, so I make films on topics that I find relevant and interesting, and that I want to explore filmically. After the HIV films for instance I made Gangster Project 1, a sort of deconstruction of a Gangster Rap video with real gangsters and then I also made Kinshasa 2.0  a short film about democracy and the internet using second life, a virtual world …

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Your new movie will be handling with crime in South Africa, too. What’s the exactly title of your newest production, when it will be come out in Germany and what it is about?

Answer: The working title of my latest film is Gangster Project . (its sort of picks up on the idea of Gangster Project 1). Briefly it is a feature length half-fiction half documentary Gangster film shot in Cape Town, South Africa.. The basic story is a young white person wanting to make a perfect gangster film, without really knowing what gangsters are, he meets various gangsters, finally casts what he believes are the perfect gangsters for his film, hangs out with them and pretty soon finds their life uninspiring and boring, the violence they commit petty and dirty so he starts to instigate acts of violence himself (all in the spirit of making his gangster film), and so paradoxically grows closer to them and understands them as people with real fears, too frightened to leave their house…

© Teboho Edkins (third one from left) with actors of his movie "Gangster Project"

We are still in the postproduction phase of this film, so it will only be properly finished, that at is colour graded, mixed etc end of November. We will then initially launch it onto the film festival circuit, including festivals in Germany and then perhaps a television station might buy it or it might show in a small cinema here and there for a short time…. its early days yet.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: How do you would like to describe the current crime situation in South Africa?

Answer: I am not an expert on crime in South Africa but the statistics all say its one of the most violent countries in the world, has one of the highest murder rates, rape rates etc.

I do understands though that the crime is very uneven (South Africa is famous as the land of contrasts no? ) meaning that you are much, much more likely to be killed or raped if you are poor and live in a township, so the crime has to be understood geo politically, within the political apartheid context of South Africa. Which is why in my film the white boy leaves his relatively safe neighbourhood to go where the violence is and is consumed by it…

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which experience has you already done with German partners in respect of film distribution. Your documentaries are targeting explicit South African problems, so the question arises if your arts getting a good feedback by German cinemas, broadcastings and spectators?

Answer: That is an interesting question. I studied at a post grad art institution in France and did a post grad film school in Berlin so even if I made films in Southern Africa I often did it through European Institutions and funding and I would like to think that if the film is good as a film, then the location is not as important as the way one goes about making the film and the filmmaking process make it interesting beyond its location.

So in fact my films have had most of their successes and distribution at European films festivals like Oberhausen Short film festival, Visions Du Reel, Leipzig, Berlinale, Marseille etc as well as European television stations like ARTE, YLE, TV2..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Will it be imaginable to produce one day movies from genre entertainment/ science fiction, such as your South African colleague Neill Blomkamp with District 9? These movies are very successful according to turnover, but their are losing in many cases the real message to the public. Do you agree with this opinion?

Answer: Its often true that the larger a budget a film has, the more it is controlled by the producers or the studios and leaves the director less and less control. And I don’t’ think I would ever want to make a film over which I don’t have control, even (or especially) if it’s a Slasher Zombie set in a nature reserve..

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Which are your next cinematic ideas and will you shoot a film with your father Don Edkins, who is counting to one of the most famous film producers from South Africa?

Answer: In fact I am currently working on my next idea, (which is partly why I am in South Africa as I write this), but would rather keep quite about if for the moment, its still very half baked. And yes working with my father Don Edkins, – he produced my first two documentary films, was really rewarding (even if it made my mother a bit irritated that is all we would talk about, and bring the stress to the dinner table) and I would love to work make more films with him.

2010sdafrika-editorial staff: Teboho Edkins, thank you very much for your time to this interview!

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This interview has been translated in German. For this one please click on following link:https://2010sdafrika.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/filmregisseur-teboho-edkins-im-interview/

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Teboho Edkins at „Berlinale Talent Campus“:

http://www.berlinale-talentcampus.de/campus/talent/teboho-edkins/profile

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2010sdafrika-Artikel published on artsouthafrica.com:

http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?news=203

Cape Town is not South Africa

Südafrikas Tourismussektor als Hoffnung einer vielfältigen Nation

(Autorin: Susanne Zeckler)

Südafrika ist ein Land der Kontraste, wie es dem Titel dieses Webportals bereits zu entnehmen ist. Nicht nur in sozialen Dingen unterscheidet sich die südafrikanische Bevölkerung drastisch voneinander, sondern auch von ihrer jeweiligen Kultur, vom regionalen Erlebnisangebot und vom Klima ihres Wohnsitzes. Während im Südosten eher eine tropische Umwelt vorzufinden ist, erhält man in der Zentralregion einen Einblick in ein trockenes Wüstenklima. Das Western Cape mit Kapstadt entfaltet hingegen ein mediterranes Feeling und modernes Stadtbild, sodass diese City vor allem bei deutschen Anreisenden sehr beliebt ist. „Cape Town is not South Africa„, äußerte sich mal eine südafrikanische Beamtin uns gegenüber auf die Frage, was an Kapstadt so besonders sei. Die Stadt hat eine Menge anzubieten, jedoch muss diese lebendige Destination in einem gesonderten Artikel untergebracht werden. Mit über 20 Nationalparks und vielfältigen Lodges im ganzen Lande, erweist sich Südafrika auch als Reisetipp für Safari-Fans.

© Victoria & Alfred Waterfront-Stadtgebiet von Kapstadt

Den Tourismussektor gab es schon vor dem ersten Weltkrieg und auch während der Apartheid. Doch als 1994 die Demokratisierung des Landes offiziell ihren Gang nahm, sprang der Tourismus sprunghaft an. Waren es 1994 nur 3,9 Millionen Personen an ausländischen Gästen, kletterte diese Zahl im letzten Jahr auf über 9,9 Millionen an. Vor allem US-Amerikaner und Europäer suchen das südlichste Land Afrikas auf, aber zunehmend auch Gäste aus Lateinamerika und Asien. Mit etwa einer Viertelmillion an deutschen Touristen, gehört diese Nationalität zu einer der größten Besuchergruppen. Die sehr gastfreundlichen Einreisebestimmungen für EU-Bürger, indem man bei der Ankunft am Airport eine dreimonatige Besuchsgenehmigung (visitor´s permit) erhält, stimulieren diesen Trend.

Der Tourismus ist nach wie vor eine der am schnellsten wachsenden Branchen des Landes, in welchem rund 7 Prozent der Erwerbstätigen des Landes (etwa 1,3 Millionen Bürger) unmittelbar und mittelbar beschäftigt sind. Der Tourismus steuert am BIP des Landes einen Anteil von rund 8 Prozent bei. Speziell zur Fußball-WM 2010 ist festzuhalten, dass rund eine halbe Million Besucher aus Übersee erwartet wurden, jedoch allerhöchtens nur 250.000 Gäste nach Südafrika kamen. Begründet wird das Verfehlen dieser Erwartungshaltung unter anderem mit den überteuerten Preisen für Flug sowie Unterkunft.

Insgesamt unterhält das Kapland, wie es gerne von deutschen Touristen bezeichnet wird, acht Welterbestätten, die alle nach dem Ende der Apartheid in die Liste der UNESCO aufgenommen wurden. 1999 wurde das Feuchtgebiet iSimangaliso-Wetland-Park, mit den größten Krokodil- und Flusspferdbeständen Südafrikas, zum Weltnaturerbe erklärt. Hingegen wurde die Gefängnisinsel Robben Island vor Kapstadt zum Weltkulturerbe, in welchem Nelson Mandela den Großteil seiner 27-jährigen Haftzeit abgesessen hatte. Ebenfalls 1999 erhielten die Fundstätten fossiler Hominiden (also Menschenaffen)  den Status des Weltkulturerbes, welche 2005 um weitere Fundorte ausgedehnt wurde. 2000 sind die Drakensberge bei Lesotho bisweilen einmalig in Südafrika zum Weltnatur- und zugleich Weltkulturerbe deklariert worden. 2003 folgte der  Mapungubwe-Hügel mit seinen archäologischen Fundstätten, 2004 das Naturschutzgebiet Cape Floral, 2005 der Meteoritenkrater Vredefort als größte Einschlagsstelle weltweit sowie 2007 die von Ureinwohnern der Nama bewohnte Landschaft Richtersveld bei Namibia.

© UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe Robben Island

Es wird einem schnell ersichtlich, dass Südafrika sehr vielfältig ist und genau aus diesem Grund zu einem der beliebtesten Reiseziele der Welt hinzugezählt werden kann. Paradoxerweise gehört diese Nation auch zu den kriminellsten Ländern auf dem Globus, wo Mord- und Vergewaltigungsrate die Lebensqualität der Südafrikaner erheblich einschränken. Immer mehr vor allem weiße Bürger kehren ihrer Heimat den Rücken zu und emigrieren nach Australien, Neuseeland oder in das Vereinigte Königreich. Dieses Phänomen, in Fachkreisen als „brain drain“ bezeichnet, wird mit traurigen Rekorden bei HIV/AIDS und ungleichen sozialen Lebenslagen ergänzt. Demnach kann Südafrika als das Land aufgefasst werden, in welchem das Paradies in gleicher Augenhöhe zum absoluten Elend auftritt.

Offizielle Tourismusseite „SouthAfrica.info“ zur Branche:

http://www.southafrica.info/overview/deutsch/tourismus.htm

UNESCO-Welterbestätten in Südafrika:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/worldwide/unesco-regions/africa/south-africa/

WELT ONLINE-Artikel zum Tourismussektor Südafrikas:

http://www.welt.de/reise/article8387933/Jetzt-peilt-Suedafrika-Tourismus-Rekorde-an.html

Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise des Auswärtigen Amtes zu Südafrika:

http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/de/Laenderinformationen/Suedafrika/Sicherheitshinweise.html#t4

Exklusive Interview with Zanele Muholi

Exklusive interview with the if possible most provoking artist of South Africa

(Editor: Ghassan Abid)

© Artist Zanele Muholi

In 1972, Zanele Muholi was born in township Umlazi/Durban. She is  skilled photograph as well activist for women´s rights  and homosexual  relationships. Her photography is presenting black women, especially their intimacy. In conservative South Africa meets this open exposure with the female body with much resistance. In March 2010 was planned, that the Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana, should open an exhibition of black female artists in Johannesburg, but as she had seen photos of Zanele Muholi, she denounced her art as „immoral, pornographic and against nation-building„. In consequence of this feelings she leaved angry this exhibition. However, Zanele Muholi, who is living in a lesbian relationship, is receiving by the international art scene much encouragement, respect and awards. Our South Africa web portal is pleased as much more to interview this „power woman“, who don´t to mince one´s words. Weiterlesen