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THE MW TEAM HIT HOME GROUND RUNNING

25 Aug

THE MW TEAM HIT HOME GROUND RUNNING

After a really successful stint at the Edinburgh festival the MW team are all safely back on home soil full of exciting ideas and inspiration gained from seeing great (and not so great) performances from every corner of the planet. So proud of South African talent…we more than hold our own globally and MW is proud to be part of the local and international entertainment scene. Onward and upward!

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EXTRAORDINARY SOUTH AFRICAN WORK THE EPICENE BUTCHER APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

2 Jun

EXTRAORDINARY WORK BORROWED FROM ANCIENT JAPAN APPEARING NOW AT KIPPIES

Appearing at Kippies in Newtown is a show that borrows from a 12th century old Japanese art of storytelling known as Kamishibai (directly translated as “paper story”) colourfully used to tell seven stories as far and wide as that of Nelson Mandela, to those with a bit of hentei, all in one show.
Co-written by Gwydin Beynon and Jemma Kahn, who also shares the stage with performer Klara van Wyk, known as the “Chalk Girl,” the three have captivated audiences from Japan to Amsterdam, recapturing this age old art now practiced by fewer than 100 Kamishibai performers in its native land, and thought to also be the predecessor of manga and anime.
Jemma Kahn studied Kamishibai under the veteran performer Roukda Genji, with whom she travelled and performed extensively throughout Japan. In The Epicene Butcher, Kahn performs seven eclectic Kamishibai stories that take on such divergent themes as heaven and hell, pornography, Gothic tragedy and the dream life of cats.
This theatrical oddity is on for one more week only at the Market Theatre, after the show’s runaway successes as The National Arts Festival and Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012 and Musho! International Theatre Festival 2013. The MW team love it! As fellow mavericks we recommend it to everyone who loves good art and brilliant performance. See it!

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Wendy Oldfield…better than ever

24 May

Wendy Oldfield...better than ever

Seeing Wendy Oldfield perform last night at Hotspot in Observatory Johannesburg was a rare treat. After being absent from the Jozi music scene for a while it was delightful to experience her again, more mature, more relaxed and frankly thrilling. Her song writing is blazing hot and she has settled into her own skin in a sexy, confident way that only an artist who has been around for a bit can achieve. Wendy’s lyrics and melodies come straight from the soul of someone who has grappled with the hard knocks and blissful sweetness that come from being alive for a certain length of time. I loved it. Inspirational.

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HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO…and Glitzy her gay piglet

21 May

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO...and Glitzy her gay piglet

The Mavericks are excited about TLCs new series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Launched amidst the hand wringing of the pundits and the Hollywood Reporter urging people not to watch “Hold fast against dehumanization and the incremental tearing down of social fabric” it raged. Blissfully not giving a damn, the relaxed, close knit family will be flinging themselves into mud puddles along with whooping and cheering from the neighbours. In an early episode, Honey Boo Boo, the wise 7 year old failed beauty queen, is given a male teacup piglet. She calls him Glitzy and paints his trotters purple. This obviously prompted a conversation about whether this was appropriate and whether all of this would affect his sexuality. Honey Boo Boo’s response is “Everyone’s a little gay…ain’t nothing wrong with being gay. You can’t stop my pig being gay.” The MW team agree we need more that kind of liberality in the world so bring on that liberal, blue collar, trashy reality TV…

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MAVERICK WAREHOUSE GETS VICIOUS

23 Apr

MAVERICK WAREHOUSE GETS VICIOUS

Normally a company that is affiliated to your own company is referred to as a “sister company”. In the case of Brown Eyed Boy the maverick and highly successful production house in London, the situation is slightly different. MW refer to BEB as their “brother company” mainly because the founder and CEO Gary Reich is brother to one of the Mavericks Kathy-Jo. “Vicious” starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacoby is a comedy about a gay couple who have lived together for 48 years. This brilliant Brown Eyed Boy series is about to go live on ITV.

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OH BABY………..

27 Mar

Oh baby....

By now I would have thought that everyone who knows us even slightly, is aware that Maverick Warehouse is developing artists in our incubation project and one of those acts is a close harmony group called aca-Thatu. When passion is ignited in the human heart it is almost always accompanied by its’ opposite and equally overwhelming emotion…frustration. In our determination to support this extraordinary act in its journey to success we feel like any other person or entity who has had teething trouble and other obstacles along the way. The rewards however far outweigh the challenges and the Maverick Warehouse team literally exploded with pride this week when aca-Thatu put the finishing touches on two beautiful original songs. Watch out for Ngiyakhumbula and Tender Love. Awesome.

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DAVID WEIN BASS PLAYER FOR LUCY AND THE HEX

12 Mar

DAVID WEIN BASS PLAYER FOR LUCY AND THE HEX

This young band is making people sit up and listen. With their own cool take on traditional punk and metal, this group of teenagers are impressing audiences all over Gauteng. Watch out for their next gig.

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Bothlale Boikanyo … Dynamic little star

22 Feb

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Bothlale Boikanyo … Dynamic little star ….

True to the comments of this young and confident poet, Botlhale Boikanyo who drove in from Imperial Reserve, Mafikeng is certainly a dynamic rising star.

Quiet and quite shy in person, it is as if a light comes on when she walks onto the stage. A lover of music, ballroom & latin dancing and the spoken word Bothlale certainly seems to have had a whirlwind experience in the last 18 months.

SA’s Got Talent 2012 winner performed her two poems “My first black President” and “Proudly South African” at the CNBC/ABN Productions Chairman’s Corner dinner. Bothlale really brought hope for the future and South Africans and role models into the room as she lit up the stage …

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aca-THATU

21 Feb

aca-THATU

Our favourite close harmony group … aca-THATU. These guys will make any event a hit …

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HELEN ZILLE AND aca-THATU HOLD HANDS

20 Feb

Saturday 16th saw the Honourable Helen Zille being inducted into the Foxwood House Walk of Fame. The gathered crowd of VIP’s, media and celebrities were superbly entertained by Maverick Warehouse’s talented close harmony singing group aca-Thatu.
The group proved that they can pull off as spectacular a performance outside in a courtyard as they can in any theatre and on any stage. Ms Zille thanked the group profusely for their lovely singing and they exchanged some friendly banter in Xhosa and Zulu. When the time came for Ms Zille to make her hand prints for posterity she called on two members of the group, Mbulaza Khumalo and Sibusiso Shozi to assist her in pushing her hands into the wet cement.
At the rose planting ceremony afterwards the extraordinary Helen asked for a photo to be taken of herself with aca-Thatu. She was truly bowled over by this up and coming musical outfit that are making waves on the South African entertainment scene.