A choice more important than JZ vs Kgalema

2012-10-01 11:28

It’s the season of very hard choices. Big, critically important decisions need to be made.

No, it’s not JZ or Kgalema, Second Term or ABZ. Yes, it’s now time for the comrades to start making their minds up officially as to who’s gonna be boss come December.

I’m not a card-carrying kinda cat, so that’s their issue not mine.

My decision this week is way more important than whether the Commander in Chief does another five years or not.

This is fundamental stuff, an internal conflict that’s gone on since my ancestors crawled outta the swamp: live music versus football.

Do I hit the Durban International Blues Festival, on every evening Tuesday till Sunday, or do I glue myself to the big screen for the UEFA Champions League?

Politics and our future are fascinating and all that, but that’s what I do when the meter’s running, not on Harper time.

The Champions League is the business. Capital “F” Football. The best players in the planet playing in a season long knockout competition which Engerlish teams very seldom win.

Ok, last season Chelsea thieved their way to the title, but that’s what they do.

Equally, the blues festival will be killer. My blues addiction is older than my cigarette habit – which it’s thankfully outlived.

Blues is fundamental, gut-driven, booze, sex and drugs music. It doesn’t try to be clever or sophisticated. It is what it is.

There’s also that weird South African thing that only white people go to blues gigs and I’m addicted to contradictions.

The festival’s a goodie. It’s been going since 2005, with some really serious names in the blues world being brought to the city to play alongside South Africa’s best blues artists over the years.

The musicians spend the daylight hours running masterclasses and gig in the evening.

The line-up this year is banging: Chicago-born Jimmy D Lane, Albert Frost, Tim Wells, with the week ending up in a massive blues convention on Sunday evening.

One act I’m definitely not going to miss is the East Coast Basement Blues Band. My man Boggles, a reformed tyre salesman who can rip a restroom hand-drier off the wall with one hand, is their drummer.

They’ve been gagging to get onto the bill for years, so Boggles is amped.

I’ve witnessed him beat several drum kits to death over the years, so Tuesday’s gonna be a big night.
Bring it.

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