WARNING: THE CONTENT IN THIS POST MAY UPSET SENSITIVE READERS.
An integral part of reaching a Utopian feminist society involves the participation of men, thus I thought it would be interesting to explore how men talk about women, especially in the music industry.
I asked a friend, Kayla Rose - a bisexual member of the LGBTQ+ community to assist me in writing about Pride Month and the amazing pride music it blessed us with in 2018. I felt that posts about the LGBTQ+ community would be best expressed by a member of the community itself since I only consider myself an ally. I hope you enjoy!
I entered the building while the restaurant next door bustled lively with millennials celebrating the start of the festive season. My name was crossed off the guest list. The grungy hallway and flights of stairs led me to the start of a spectacular evening filled with epic music.
I apologise for the low quality videos. My camera was in for repairs at the time and I had to use my phone to record everything.
‘So love me in the dark
And it won't tear us apart.’
You may recognise these lyrics as part of the catchy chorus of Love in the Dark by Kaien Cruz and Sketchy Bongo. The song's rhythmic beats get your hips moving and the music video is so aesthetically pleasing. But what really makes the song a hit is the talented vocals of Kaien.
Born and bred in Pietermaritzburg, Kaien Cruz played a lot of sports growing up - mainly soccer and hockey. She decided that she wanted to sing professionally at age seventeen. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions about her booming singing career and background.
Luke van Ster was mostly interested in drawing as a child and watching drawings come to life in cartoons. Now residing in Bellville, Cape Town - Luke, who goes by the stage name Denimadic, aspires to turn his hobbies of art and music into a full-time career. I caught up with this musician-in-the-making to learn a little more about him.