As I mentioned in a post last week, we’ve been looking forward to artist Umlilo’s launch party for his second EP, Aluta. Now, Skattie, if there is anything Umlilo can be counted on for, it’s an absolute visual feast and dramatic costumes, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed this past Monday night at The Assembly. The Facebook invite promised: Gifts, free shit, false eyelashes, Black Diamonds, White privilege, statues falling, bad weaves, noisy music, genderbenders, struggle heroes, ladies of the night, press on nails, Beyonce references, wardrobe malfunctions, shots, shots, shots of adrenaline, nostalgia, BBHM (Bitch Better Have My Money), snatch games, lipsyncing for your life and heteronormatives. I’m totally stealing that list for my next invite btw.
I’m no expert when it come to music (in fact, my beloved and yet hateful friends often accuse me of hating music), but I must recommend that you download his EP here and give it a listen. In my view, it makes for an experimental and eclectic combination of sounds, one that I think is headed somewhere really interesting and future. It’s certainly got me paying attention, and if you’re the kind of skattie who likes that new new, and who likes to be among the early crowd, I would advise you pay attention too. This was also Umlilo’s farewell party as he will be moving to showbiz city, Johannesburg, so all y’all Jozi skatties better watch out, fire come burn. Check the pics below for some of my favourite moments from the performance.
SERIOUSLY. THIS RED DRAMA HAPPENING HERE IS LIFE-GIVING!!!
AND THEN THERE WAS MANILA VON TEESE. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE SEEN A DRAG ARTIST WITH SO MUCH DAMN ENERGY. IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING!!! IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO SEE THIS BITCH LIVE, DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND GO. THIS WAS THE DEFINITION OF LIP-SYNCING FOR YOUR LIVE. HER PERFORMANCE GAVE ALL OF LIFE, ALL THE WAY FROM THE BIG-BANG THROUGH BILLIONS OF YEARS TO THIS VERY MOMENT. THERE IS SIMPLY NO WAY THAT MY IMAGES CAN EVEN BEGIN TO CAPTURE THE ENERGY SHE GAVE!