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Debuts And Experiments


So we’re throwing a party at The Assembly this Saturday and you’re all invited! Free, gratis and mahala. Check it out!

Mahala has always been about finding interesting new music (and dissing it once it becomes popular). New bands suffer though; no one really wants to take a chance, audience and venue alike, on spending money on these strange unknown quantities, which means often bands die before they get heard. So we had a little chat with The Assembly and, together with them, are going to be putting on a semi regular event designed to deal with all of that crap. Curated by myself, Roger Young, the event will host new bands, side projects, experimental diversions, and established artists testing new material. The entrance will be free and for Mahala. It’s like a no pressure zone, for both bands and audience. Except for the fact that there will be representatives from Red Bull Studios hanging about in case anyone is worth giving a recording shot to, and that I will be reviewing the event (no live judging, soz).

It wouldn’t be a truly experimental space without some sort of left field proposition, so here it is; if you’re in a band or an electronic act or some kind of strange performance hybrid, and you want to play this Saturday night to a pliable and open audience email us here (roger@mahala.co.za) and we’ll put the first band to contact us on the bill.

Check out the Debuts and Experiments Facebook Event.

The line up, so far, for Saturday is

Manqoba, Oxblood, MacGuyver Knife and Exorsistahs.

Listen to Manqoba here.

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