It was on this Thursday seven days before, January 5th 2017 at roughly 17h40min (South Africa), that Sizwe was fatally stabbed in Pinetown, Durban. Crime is out of control in our country!
The loss of our Grandparents, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, our friends and loved ones. Through selfish and barbaric acts of violence. Enough!
Themba is the name of Sizwe’s son. Themba means “Hope” in Zulu. Themba is also a tribute song to Themba and all the crime victims and their families and friends. Thank you to Sarah Funnell, a friend of Sizwe’s who had a copy of his memoirs and kindly sent me a copy.
On Monday 9th January I sat quietly during the morning. It had been a roller coaster weekend of emotions. The tears flowed...
The Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills now reads “Hollyweed” and LA residents sure do have a lot to say about this new development. Definitely one way to celebrate the new year! Angelenos woke up this morning ready to start the new year, they were surprised to find one of the landmarks of their city vandalized, but they were also surprised by what the vandalism was.
The general attitude towards the prank was that it was hilarious and people love it (and want to keep it).
If you know that 420 is the number of the American violation code for the use & possession of the cannabis plant, you may get a sweet smell of what Happy Four Twenty are about. However, don’t expect stoner rock from these guys. They have more of an indie dream pop style to them. Bands like Luna and House of Love come to mind when listening to this track.
Fronted by a gravelly voiced Kent O’Shea, the band produced one album, the title track of which is this great laid back pop rock tune that is built around an infectious guitar riff. The song climbed to the top of the South African Rock Digest chart in June 2003 and was voted the 16th best track of that year by the staff of the Digest.
Where to find it:
Awakening – Happy Four Twenty, Ricoshay Music iTunes
South African holy rollers, HappyFourTwenty are enthusiastic supporters of Hemp awareness. The founder of the group Patrick ‘Kent’ O’Shea says that he renamed his band at the time (A.P.E) after overhearing a guy from California describe the meaning and supposed origin of the common phrase happy four twenty. ‘It was the perfect name for my band’ says O’Shea.