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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

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Conrad van Breda and Jana Oosthuizen have been making music together in various states of consciousness for 6 years in and around Cape Town. Even after long periods of absence and drama worthy of several TV soaps, they seem to drift together after each break-up, post early 20’s hangover and periods of chronic domesticity to create that which binds them: music.

Jana’s voice is hot and smoky and filled with an early blues tinge best suited – one should think – for rock n’ roll. A voice that has been, on occasion, described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Laurika Rauch. Conrad – problematically – hates all acoustic instruments having given them up for the synthesizer after hearing Ladytron perform in a London club which name would give his age away. For most musicians this divide would be an unsurpassable source of conflict. But not for them…

Language was another non-issue says Jana: “Ons wou nooit in Afrikaans sing nie. Dit was toevallig. Want al is ons Afrikaans hou ons nie noodwendig van Afrikaanse musiek nie. Die bedryf is so eentonig soms. Ons het een van ons songs vertaal uit Engels vir ’n KykNet program en besluit dit werk uitstekend. So nou werk ons in beide tale. ’n Mens moet seker nie jou herkoms ignoreer nie?” 

How would one describe their music? Conrad explains: “We wanted to be a proper 80’s Synth Duo, and from that the sound evolved to something of a hybrid. But that’s a silly question. Go listen and decide for yourself, I mean come to a live show. Even if you don’t like the music we’ll dress up and we’ll have weird looking dancers!”

Their debut EP, "Ons S'n Is Beter" was released in October 2016 - all their influences and experiences rolled into a tight ball so you might think it all sounds fresh and utterly original.

Image - Chadè Diener, Bonita Diener

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