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Albert Frost en ‘n moerse lekker sunset in Bantry Bay

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Net so meer as ‘n maand gelede toe ons Iron Maiden in die Kaap loop kokkenodge het,  het ons ook tyd gekry om met so paar van ons jommies in tannie Zille se kontrei uit te hang. Albert Frost was een van hierdie brasse en op ‘n stadium het daar ‘n lighbulb bo ons koppe verskyn: ons het skielik onthou dat ons fokken zefgatte larney vriende ook het. Spesifiek hierdie een goose in Bantry Bay in hierdie heavy huis met ‘n 180 degree uninterrupted sea view. Die plek was is so fancy dat ons nie eers buite op een van die twee balkonne wou poep nie.
bantry bay albert frost sea view“Fok, maar dit sal mos nou vir jou ‘n piele backdrop wees as jy kitaar daar kan tokkel met die Atlantic in die agtergrond en die son wat sak?”, het ek vir Albert getune. Ons het vinnig ons man op die grond met die kamera en die oog, The Image Engineer op die foun gekry en hom getune dat ons hom gaan kom oplaai by Chopper se huis. Van daar af was dit ‘n gejaag teen die tyd, want die son was besig om te sak en ons timing moes perfek wees. Ons het basically net een kans en twee takes gehad, want as die son so oor die see begin wegsak is hy gone in minder as 10 minute.

Enjoy een van Albert Frost se early tunes, Caroline. Jy kan al sy musiek op sy site bestel.
Hy jol ook volgende Donderdag saam met Dan Patlanski by Innbios en natuurlik, soos altyd, by Oppikoppi. Hierdie sal sy 22ste Augustus show by Koppi wees.

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    Ingrid Jonker – moontlik die beste local tribute album hierdie dekade

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    Ek is geen kenner van digkuns nie.  My generasie het dit leer ken op skool en vir my was dit net nog ‘n instrument wat die sisteem gebruik het om ons te beheer. Veral die meer tradisionele Afrikaanse digkuns. Ek kan nie onthou dat my onderwysers beklemtoon het hoe belangrik die sestigers rêrig was nie. En selfs as hulle het, het ek ‘n fok gevoel. My Guns and Roses t-shirt was aan my lyf terwyl Kurt Cobain sy longe uitsgekreeu op die draadloos en ek soos ‘n papegaai in my kamer moes sit en leer hoe die establishment, woord-vir-woord, vir my wil voorskryf wat Ingrid Jonker se gedigte vir HULLE beteken. Die enigste Afrikaanse kuns wat ek goed verstaan het daai tyd was Johannes Kerkorrel, Anton Goosen, Koos Kombuis en Valiant Swart se musiek, onder andere. Want hulle middelvingers was lekker hoog bo hulle koppe sodat almal dit mooi kon sien. (Ek kan nie onthou dat die onnies op skool my wys gemaak dat Ingrid Jonker ook dieselfde gedoen het nie. Nou weet ek dit). So ja, ek het Bitterbessie Dagbreek en Begin Somer as voorgeskrewe poësie gehad. En dalk Korreltjie Sand ook. Kan nie meer so mooi onthou nie, maar dit was net nog ‘n klomp gedigte vir my. Ons wou net party soos rock stars en onsself uit die kak uit cram voor toetse. Selfs op varsity toe ek Afrikaans 200 as vak gehad het, het haar poësie my nie betower nie.  Back then het die grunge beweging my so a-polities en nihilisties afgestomp dat Ingrid Jonker se Die Kind nie eens my aandag getrek het nie. Dit was al twee jaar na Madiba die gedig in die Parliment gelees het. Die tydperk na 1994 (en na die euphoria verander het na practicality en reality) was daar amper ‘n tydperk toe baie van ons nie meer politiese musiek geluister het nie en fokol wou wou weet van politiek oor die algemeen. Ek kan nie eers onthou watter gedigte ons moes analiseer op varsity nie. Ek neem net aan die Kind was een van hulle.

    Die puriste kak seker nou al in hulle broeke. Well, that’s how it happened. Wait there’s more. Die eerste keer toe ek Ingrid Jonker genuine verstaan het was dieselfde jaar dat ek in ‘n rystoel moes gaan neerplak. Half forced, half voluntarily in my geval. 2005. Two-thousand-and-thrive. Toe die kospotte van Azania nog oorgeloop het. Dis ook dieselfde jaar waarin Chris Chameleon Ek Herhaal jou release het. En dit was veertig jaar na Ingrid Jonker die planeet verlaat het nê. Ek het eers daai hoërskoolgevoel gekry toe ek dit vir die eerste keer hoor. So half untrusting teenoor Chris Chameleon. “Wat wil hy nou nie meer Boo! nie of wat?,” het ek gewonder. But as it turns out, kon hy haar digkuns vir my verduidelik in ‘n taal wat ek 100% kon verstaan. Met musiek. En ek was op ‘n plek in my lewe waar ek reg was om haar woorde in te neem en te verteer. Dit was groundbreaking stuff daai tyd. My gunsteling? Ontvlugting, natuurlik. Ek het dit oor en oor geluister. Die hele album, of course. Al daai gedigte wat getoonset was  het eventually deel geword van my psige asof ek dit nog altyd verstaan het. Dit was een van die dinge wat gehelp het as tye kak raak. Ek kon in Chris Chameleon se musiek en Ingrid Jonker se melankoliese woordsee swem van tyd tot tyd en weer uit die golwe loop – en dan aangaan met my lewe. Dis baie hartseer vir my dat sy dit nie self kon doen nie. Dit het my lank gevat om te besef wat sy vir ons almal nagelaat het. ‘n Lewende skatkis van woorde en idees. Sy praat nog al die tyd met dié wat wil luister. Dis nou al meer as ‘n half-eeu later…
    ingrid jonker sleeveTerug by vandag en ek is steeds nie ‘n kenner van Ingrid Jonker se poësie nie. Maar ek kan at least sê ek connect met daai klein deel van haar siel wat sy aan ons almal openbaar het gedurende haar kort tydjie hier. Toe ek die Ingrid Jonker Tribute: Die Kind is Nog Jonger die eerste keer deurgeluister het, het ek weer daai hoërskoolgevoel gekry, maar hierdie keer het dit my nie te lank geneem om die musiek saam met die woorde te hoor en te voel nie.  Obviously kan ek nie hierdie compilation oor dieselfde kam skeer as gewone langspeelplate wat ek week na week review nie. Dis snapshots in tyd van verskillende artists se interpretasies van haar digkuns – en een of twee tribute songs – om haar lewe en werk te celebrate. Dis ‘n monument, actually. En daar is moerbaie kunstenaars en genres wat van hulleself gegee het op hierdie album. International musos, veterane, established SA kunstenaars, pryswenners en ‘n paar mense wat ek nog nooit van gehoor het nie. Peter Pearlson se mastering is, soos altyd, wêreldklas.
    ingrid jonker sleeve 2Ek het besluit om net ‘n paar songs te kies en dan my opinie te gee. Maar fokkit, dit was moeilik om te kies. Daar is genuine iets vir almal se musieksmaak op hierdie offering. Pop, Rock, Acoustic, Blues, Folk, Ambient, Avant Garde, Electronic, Alternative, Metal, Punk ensovoorts. Wat de fok is Avant Garde? Klink soos ‘n deodorant. Ha! Dis soos om 36 kersgeskenkies oop te maak een na die ander. Sommiges maak my net meer opgewonde as ander. Ek het selfs die weird trippie Cape Town tunes geniet. Maybe is dit Avant Garde? “Like hey bru, how’z the mountain and waves, hey?”
    Ingrid Jonker se dogter, Simone en haar man Ernesto het seker gemaak niemand kan beperkte genre-keuse as kritiek opper nie. En ek dink dit was wys. As een van die doelwitte was om ‘n fontein in die lewe te bring om nog meer mense se dors te les, reken ek die span het geslaag daarin. Hulle moet nou net aan die fontein gaan drink.

    Ok here we go! Kom ons begin by die heavy shit wat my rystoel se bande amper laat ontplof het…
    ingrid jonker plaatDie Naaimasjiene se interpretasie van Mamma is sulke android viool industrial tunes met Randy Rambo se befokte brrrrrei-stem wat die pas aangee. Dig daai bra se stem stukkend. Francois Breytenbach Blom (Voice of Destruction, K.O.B.U.S.) het Ingrid Jonker se voorlesing van die Die Kind so tussen deur die metal riffs verweef. Dit vat die befoktheid van die hele tribute net nog ‘n stap verder. Klink soos Ministry wat wegjaag van die veiligheidspolisie met ‘n Ingrid Jonker audio book wat op die draadloos speel. Maar Terminatryx… jirre Terminatryx – die fokken donker kinders van die nag darem. Hulle version van Ontvlugting is next level. Jy kan al die teenstrydige sienings deur kenners lees om uit te vind presies wat Ingrid Jonker bedoel het toe sy Ontvlugting geskryf het maar dit beteken fokol. Jy moet die woorde jou eie maak en dit self voel. Termynatrix se version voel net legit. Dis terrifying en dit capture wanhoop met ongelooflike intensiteit. Baie meer powerful as wat Chris Chameleon dit vertolk het in 2005. Hierdie is nie ‘n toestand waarin ek sommer sou wou “swem” nie en ek vermoed baie nader aan wat Ingrid Jonker se gemoed was toe sy die gedig neergepen het. Uitstekend.

    Anton Goosen se Hemel Vol Blou Akkers (‘n upbeat verwerking van ‘Plant vir my ‘n boom André’) is ‘n liefdeslied in true Liedjieboer-styl. Moderne catchy folk rock. Solid, bra Anton! Nog ‘n tune waaroor ek mal is, is Falling Mirror se vertolking van 25 December 1960. Onthou julle Johnny calls the chemist, but the chemist doesn’t come? Classic band daai. 25 December 1960 klink soos ‘n kruis tussen Jim Morrison se American Prayer en Jeff Wayne se War of the Worlds. Dit werk fokken goed. Jim Neversink (van the Famous Curtain Trick faam)? Nog nooit van die bra gehoor nie maar ek like sy fokken weird dralende avant garde stem en daai eerie slide guitar. Klink soos die soutie version van Pixies op bad acid met Ingrid Jonker se voorlesing wat die enigste lig uit die trip gone horribly wrong is. Die ligpunt aan die einde van die donker tonnel. Sien, ek leer vinnig. Dis nou genuine Avant garde.

    ingrid_simone1Ernestine Deane se vertolking van Die Kind is somber en verby beautiful. Soos dit moet wees. So befokte African Ani di Franco vertolking, in my mind. Dis perfek gepas dat ‘n suksesvolle kleurling Suid-Afrikaner in 2016 dit met soveel oorgawe in Afrikaans sing. Nog ‘n lekker middelvinger vir die spirit van die crazy Apartheidskaalkopkonte. Ek gaan nog een laaste positiewe tune kies. Jirre nee, ek sal die hele aand aanhou skryf en Griffin gaan my pere afsny want hy moet dié nog edit ook. Daar is ‘n kakhuis vol awesome tunes op die album. Nee fok, ek is nou klaar, gaan luister dit fokken self.

    Ok-ok, nog net so een positiewe enetjie: Rambling Bones se vertolking van Summer (For Simone) is net die regte homegrown Joburg tune om my review mee af te sluit. Die musiek klink of hulle in die Kaap bly. Somerglimlagte all around. Ek picture Simone as ‘n klein dogtertjie besig om sandkastele te bou en rond te hol op die seesand.

    Hierdie double album is benchmark shit en verdien vyf horings. Vir Ingrid, vir die moerse effort en vir almal wat dit ‘n sukses gemaak het. Julle kan trots wees. Well done! O ja, en die cover art is deur Vernon Swart gedoen en die Ingrid Jonker portrait aan die agterkant deur Jonel Scholtz. Dit sal ook die vinyl junkies blymaak dat die batch vinyl in die land aangekom het.
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      Magdalena Frackowiak – Woensdag se warm bokkie

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      Hierdie kakwarm bokkie, Magdalena Frackowiak is in Gdańsk, Poland gebore. Gdańsk! Gdańsk! Gdańsk! Ek wil fokken-fokken Gdańsk! Haar career het min of meer met Ralph Lauren afgeskop terug in 2008 en sy’t oor die planke geloop vir al die groot name. Heeltemal te veel om te noem. Sy het ook terug in 2011 in die Pirelli Calendar verskyn waar Karl Lagerfeld die kiekies geneem het.
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        “Luckily I’ve never had sharks bite me to the point where I’m bleeding” – Watkykjy interviews Andy Casagrande

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        Andy Casgrande is an award winning wildlife film maker with more than thirty documentaries completed in the last 9 years. If you’ve seen any documentaries involving sharks on TV, chances are pretty good that Andy was the guy behind the camera. He has filmed all over the world, but seeing that South Africa is his favourite spot on earth to dive and film, we though we’d phone him up in New York and have a chat. Also, sharks are fucking awesome. Actual sharks. Not the rugby team. That spot belongs to the Lions.

        Obviously Andy does’t speak Afrikaans, so don’t tune us kak for posting in English on Watkykjy once in a while. Gaan fokken eet ‘n broodjie of iets.


        What is your typical shooting schedule like?
        Depending on the species, we either get up before the sun and we’re back at dock after the sun goes down, but it all depends on the behavior we’re looking for. For instance, we just did a big Air Jaws special focused on night hunting – great white sharks hunting at night time. So instead of getting up before the sunrise and coming back at the end of the day, we would basically get up in the middle of the night or as the sun was going down, go out to the seal colonies in the evenings and then film the white sharks hunting with new low light technology. Basically under the cover of darkness with only the moonlight or sometimes no light and they were still successfully able to hunt. So, it really depends on the species and the behavior but we pretty much try to spend as much time as possible with the animals to capture the best content.

        Can you tell me more about the technology that is involved and some of the groundbreaking stuff you guys are using?
        A lot of it is now available on the market. There’s the Sony A7S2 which shoots 4K and has an extremely sensitive sensor, so you can essentially shoot in total darkness but still be able to see the behavior of something you couldn’t see with the naked eye, you could see through these cameras. That was our main camera. We used it both topside and under the water which was very cool. You crank the ISO up to 40-50 thousand and still not see any grain so the low light camera technologies have really become a pretty big component this year on Shark Week.
        andy caagrande watkykj yinterview 4How did you get into shark cinematography?
        The first time I saw a shark was on television. I was about 7 years old and from that moment on I was very inspired by sharks and fascinated with them. So from a very young age I was just addicted and obsessed with sharks. I went to college and studied marine biology and photo journalism and eventually moved to Cape Town to work with a research team in Gansbaai, which is quite a famous great white hot spot. That’s where I sort of learned about sharks and started working with film crews and media, so it really all stems from a fascination with sharks from a very young age.
        Production still from the television series BAHAMA BLUE © 2014 Parallax FIlm Productions Inc.Could you take us back to the single most memorable moment during filming?
        We recently went to Cape Town to film white sharks hunting at night time. We had a number of days where the sharks weren’t hunting and we started to get frustrated because we were there to film white sharks hunting in the darkness and we weren’t even really seeing them during the day time. So we started to get very concerned that we wouldn’t get the night time hunting behavior that we needed and almost a month went by without us getting any really good usable footage except for one predatory event. We went back for a second time to try again and then this time within a matter of a week we got something like 20 night time hunting behaviors from the breaching sharks to the lunging, chasing the seals. So I guess that was a very cool moment to almost fail and be like ‘Oh no, we’re not actually going to be able to capture this behavior’ and then persisting and going back and being successful beyond what we expected. I think that’s just a testament to wildlife film making. It’s never really that easy – wildlife and weather are two very unpredictable things, especially in South Africa, so I was very lucky to actually get some amazing night time hunting behaviors basically at the 11th hour.
        andy caagrande watkykj yinterview 2It seems like there has been a rise in shark attacks, so it could be more people going into the water? In some incidents cold water species like the great white are the culprits in some warm water territories. Why do you think this is?
        Well in general, you mention South Africa and a potential rise in shark attacks. I’m sure you’re aware of, obviously, that Western Australia has a very marked increase in shark attacks over the past couple years, even two weeks ago two people were killed. One surfer, one scuba diver and it’s really hard to say, a lot of people sort of want to point fingers at the cage diving operation, the industry based in Cape Town, but a perfect example is that Western Australia has completely no cage diving or shark baiting or anything where you’re bringing the predator in for ecotourism purposes. At the same time their incident rates are the highest in the world and no one knows why white sharks are primarily ther (when it comes to shark attacks in the surf zone) and the number one suspect is that they are hunting and they’re looking for seals and dolphins and other prey items that live there. It’s just unfortunate that humans and sharks are still struggling to find a way to coexist and I think, you mentioned at the beginning of the question, there are a lot more people using the water, a lot more media out there to report shark attacks. It’s a reality, sharks are predators that live in the ocean and for people to venture into the ocean to surf or swim or scuba dive, most of them are well aware of the risks involved, although it’s very low, it is a possibility. I worked on a show this year called Jungle Sharks, which was actually about bull sharks and crocodiles and one of the interesting things about that was, crocodiles, I’m sure you know, kill exponentially more people than sharks do, but sharks always get much more of the lion’s share of media coverage. It’s a pretty scary thing to have animals in the ocean that can and are capable of eating you but to me it’s exciting. We’re no longer at the top of the food chain when we enter the ocean, so obviously it’s unfortunate for those who lose their lives and friends, but again I don’t think it’s the sharks being malicious, I just think it’s part of their biology
        andy caagrande watkykj yinterview 6Sometimes they mistake us for prey?
        Yeah, sometimes they make mistakes. They think a surfer is a seal, sometimes it’s just a hungry shark. It’s like if you tried to run a marathon through the Serengeti you’d have to expect that hyenas, lions, leopards will potentially eat you because you are roughly the same shape and size of the prey they consume.

        South Africa and shark cage diving – are we doing it the right way? is there anything that can be improved?
        I think there are over 13 permanent cage diving operators in South Africa and South Africa was the first country in the world, as you know, to protect the white sharks worldwide, well in their country, but the first country in the entire world to actually protect great white sharks which is very cool, so I actually think they have a pretty good protocol for shark cage diving because there are so many of them, they are very competitive. When you have competition, obviously, they are always looking at each other, how their operating and being run. Are they doing good? Are they bad? Are they mistreating the sharks? I think a lot of that, you know, when they first started out cage diving, they could do whatever they wanted, but now they are so strictly regulated, I think they are doing a good job with respecting the sharks, operating respectfully of the animals and the tourists that come to see the sharks . So, I think they are actually doing a pretty good job.

        So South Africa sort of set the bar, would you say?
        I would say so, I think the Australians would want to say that they’re the first to cage dive but I know both South Africa and Australia have a long history of shark cage diving and both of them run very good operations.

        What is the toughest species to film apart from sharks and what is the rarest shark you’ve ever filmed?
        I filmed orcas quite a bit and orcas are very intelligent animals and often if they don’t want to be filmed it’s very hard to get close to them. But I’ve had some good success with orcas in Bull’s Bay and also in New Zealand. Tey are incredible predators because they eat great white sharks for breakfast potentially, they are the two apex predators.
        A004_C038_0423M4The most rare shark?
        I’m still not 100% sure but I was in Hawaii filming at night time and we were actually trying to film a cookie cutter shark and we just saw a quick shadow and when we reviewed the footage it was the same sort of size class of a cookie cutter. To be honest I can’t guarantee that we’ve filmed it, but the cookie cutter shark is a very rare shark that I’ve always wanted to film and I’ve maybe filmed it, it’s hard to tell. Also, the goblin shark is quite a cool looking shark. That’s one I would love to film but I haven’t had the opportunity yet. I’ll definitely have that on my radar for the next couple of years.

        What’s the deepest you’ve ever gone and how did you achieve it?
        The deepest I’ve ever scuba dived was 270 feet and the deepest I’ve been in a submarine was about 500 feet. One was in Tahiti, where I was scuba diving, and the other was on Guadalupe Island, Mexico, where it’s a famous hot spot for great white sharks. That was quite cool being in a submarine with the great whites. They were very curious with the submarine, some of them were bumping into it and we just wanted to make sure it was strong enough for them to do that, which it was. Sharks are fascinating because they all have unique personalities. They’re almost like people, where some people are not very nice, some people are very shy, or nervous or some people sleep in too much and they seem like they’re lazy or whatever – sharks also seem to have these unique personalities where some of them are aggressive, some are shy, some them just don’t seem to care about anything you do.

        Have you ever been attacked by a shark?
        No, I’ve never been attacked by a shark. I’ve had a few sharks try to bite my scuba diving fins and they’ll come up and bite the camera. It’s more of an investigation where they’re curious to see ‘Oh what does this rubber fin taste like?’ or ‘what does this metal camera taste like?’ Luckily I’ve never had sharks bite me to the point where I’m bleeding. My diving equipment, my fins or my camera seems to be victims of curiosity. Sometimes there are aggressive sharks and you can – when they pass you and got around the camera they might try to bite your arm or your leg. When you encounter an aggressive shark you usually try to maintain eye contact. Try to not swim away. Don’t panic because generally a move can allow a shark to react to you. If you’re swimming away it will instinctively try to chase you. So, in general if it’s an aggressive shark you try to keep it as relaxed as you can and slowly get out of the water. If you have a safety diver he can watch your back while you’re getting out and vice versa, but luckily I’ve never been attacked by a shark.

        What is the biggest myth about sharks?
        That they are evil monsters. The reality is they have to go out and hunt and stalk and kill their prey essentially every day in order to survive, whereas we can go to Starbucks or wherever you want to get your breakfast or your tea or your dinner or your lunch. We can go buy it but for a shark it’s a tough life. They actually need to go out and kill a living animal which is risky because they could be injured during the process and lose one of their eyes or have their gills injured by a seal. Seals are very vigilant. The bottom line is, although sharks look pretty scary and have to kill things, it’s not that they’re doing it because they’re malicious animals – they’re just predators trying to survive and that’s their life. It’s easy to look at them and say ‘Oh these things are evil, they’re trying to eat everything and kill us’ but the reality is I don’t think sharks pay humans much attention. Occasionally they mistake us in the water for something they want to eat, but for the most part I think they just want to be left alone. Obviously a lot of them like to be on television and be famous for Shark Week but I think they are just pretty misunderstood.

        Why do we need to protect sharks?
        The world has realized any animal in the ocean plays a role in the ecosystem. Everything is interconnected and if we removed the top predators from the ocean it would throw the ocean into turmoil – the seal population would explode, the fish populations would increase. No one really knows for sure, but we do know sharks play a critical role where they actively hunt and kill weak prey items and they even thin out strong groups – they allow evolution to occur by letting them know they need to be on their game to survive. Sharks basically clean up the ecosystem – they will target the sick and the young and the weak but they essential eat whatever they can catch. If we remove them it would be like removing humans from planet earth. They are essentially the marine apex predators. It would be interesting if there were some sort of computer modelling or some kind of weird formula that we could plug into a computer and show us what would actually happen to the oceans if sharks weren’t there…
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