Friday night I went to the Rose Planetarium for the Fader “One Step Beyond” series to see Spoek Mathambo and Rainbow Arabia perform. The planetarium creates a fantastic atmosphere for a dance party/concert. From the dim lighting, too the video projectors, to the space factoids that make for perfect ice breakers, it’s easy to let loose. The winding staircase also provides great aerial views of all the action down below. Even more exciting–you can opt to listen to Whoopi Goldberg’s voice narrate Journey to the Stars with a little buzz going.
So if you haven’t yet attended this monthly series, I once again strongly urge you to mark it on your calendar for next month.
|Rainbow Arabia play Fader’s “One Step Beyond” series|
Openers Rainbow Arabia got people dancing with their Arabic and African inspired beats. The Californian couple’s (they are married) world sound is fun and free-spirited and quickly catches your attention. Feel like you are walking through a Moroccan spice market in one song (I Know I See I Go) and then seduced by a belly dancer in another (Haunted Hall).
Vocalist Tiffany Preston thrashed around the stage, propelling her full energy into her microphone. With long hair that she left fallen in her face and jerky movements, she bore a likeness to Alison Mosshart of The Kills. They really roused the crowd, and got the energy high for the next act to take the stage: Spoek Mathambo
|Spoek Mathambo at Fader’s “One Step Beyond” series|
Dressed in all black, with a beanie and a pair of shades, Spoek Mathambo let his music do the talking. He looks like he means business, and you get down to it when he plays. If you like grime and house music than you’re gonna want in on Spoek Mathambo. Check out Peterpan and Mshini Wam.
Check out his video for War on Worlds here: “This is lovesick dubstep at it’s best, ghostly and syrupy through the koppies and quarries of Cape Town.”