Spring Fest 2010

In celebration of their 6th Birthday, Cafe Vacca Matta Suncoast launched Spring Fest 2010 in association with UberCool Events, Jose Cuervo and Schweppes. The event saw 14 hours of non-stop entertainment  with one of the biggest underground line-ups Durban has seen to date, featuring acts like Mix n Blend, Funafuji, Switch and Spitmunky. Chia Kougianos was there to bring you the exclusive…

The Spring Festival kicked off at midday and carried on til the early hours making sure the impressive line-up shocked the system out of the winter blues and back into gear for the new season ahead. First up saw Agent K perform followed by Durban’s Iain Ewok Robinson who has just recently celebrated the launch of his second book of Rhymes, Lyrics and Spoken Word Text published by Echoing Green Press. The actor, MC, muso and Freestyle battle and Slam champion has as much talent as titles and is at home on any stage. Cafe Vacca Matta saw him deliver a signature performance of quick-fire delivery before returning later on with his fellow spitmunks in a performance by Spitmunky. The electro hip-hop rap group hailing from Durban offered their signature mix of live beats, bass lines and explosive hip hop restoring a filthy beat to the dance floor once more.

Meet P.H.Fat, next up on the Spring Fest 2010 line-up. Rumoured to produce “Psychodelic-Bass-Rap that smacks hard enough to make you sweat mayonnaise” and it’s no surprise as their performance featured head-turning lyrics and beats so loud it made the floor tremble. The Cape Town maniacs are indeed a force to be reckoned with as Narch dishes out ground shaking electronic bass, while Mike Z and Disco deliver rhymes that shock and delight you.

Next up was Safiyya Bryce aka Funafuji. South Africa’s beat dropping belle whose making waves on the Cape Town music scene. She may be dropping it like one of the boys but she brought a feminine flare and female touch to the table making her the queen of Dubstep.

Another act that got our attention was Mix n Blend. These boys represent the new sound of Cape Town’s beats and breaks scene as they mix up a storm of trip-hop electro, drum and bass, breaks and swing. Their own production is much like their DJ sets and they now incorporate SA funk, soul and legend Farrell Adams into Mix n Blend as a vocalist.

The Spring Fest line-up also included the likes of DJ Switch. You may recognise Switch from his days on the set of Yo-Tv’s Wildroom as he made his first TV appearance back in 2004. He has since shared the stage with various local acts including Ready D, Fresh and Sbu and performs all over SA. Cafe Vacca Matta’s birthday bash saw him deliver his own signature mix of hip hop to get the crowd on their feet and even saw a member of The Socialite team challenged to a Step-Up-3-inspired dance off in the middle of the dance floor. Possible footage of said dance may be showcased on the video coverage due out next week, I’ll keep you posted…

The evening also saw the man behind Uber Cool Events who has brought acts to Durban that include Niskerone, Jack Parow and Fletcher, Georgios Kretsos aka DJ Nightvision. He took to the table and delivered a delightful set of drum and bass, dubstep and indie electro beats that kept the crowd (and even staff) dancing til the early hours.

After 14 hours of the filthiest beats the Durban music scene has to offer featuring some of SA’s hottest underground musos, it was time to call it a night and retire from the Mother Ship that is Cafe Vacca Matta. Who knows what their 7th birthday will bring but if this year’s Spring Fest was anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed.

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