A pig of a week

2013-12-03 16:15

Saturday night. Deadline’s come and gone. Long bloody last. It’s been a pig of a week. A stankmonster. Too many 5am crawls out of bed. Too many evenings waist-deep in court documents. Too many dodgy punters. Scumbags.

The Gunners got three points against Marseille. Apart from that, the week was septic. Thursday night there was a glimmer of hope. The boss lady had taken some of the pressure off.

JahNoDead’s in town so it’s a bit of an occasion. We convene at Green Mango. I’m wrestling with some of Roger’s finest Angry Duck. JahNoDead’s on the seafood version. Rhoaida’s working on a seafood curry and Nazim is up to his elbows in prawns.

The Ghenginator, ever the contrarian, goes with the Crispy Duck. He’s that kinda cat. The food’s bangin’. It’s a groovy evening. Even the view of the Avondale Centre parking lot isn’t that bad.

Friday’s reality – another day in court, courtesy of Jay Singh and the scumbags in the city who grease the wheels for him – is a universe away.

Then my bubble bursts. I get word that some muppet has leaked to the Mail & Guardian Thuli’s Nkandla report. My Angry Duck suddenly tastes like cardboard. I’m screwed. The light at the end of the tunnel is the Gautrain.

As soon as we’re done, I’m on the phone. My first call is to one of the few comrades who’ll still be seen in public with me. The comrade reckons it’s a set-up.

His theory: Mzekezeke’s behind the leak. He reckons the Commander in Chief gave Mdluli a call. Got the Crime Intelligence forgers busy with a mock-up of Thuli’s report.

Leaked it to the M&G. Tainted the process and the report. This comrade is something of a conspiracy theorist. He’s a former TM1 man who survived Polokwane. And Mangaung. The next 48 hours is more of the same.

Back to Saturday night. I’m whipped. All I want to do is scream. Or dive through a plate glass window. Instead, I hook up with Ghengis, JahNoDead and Thor. We hit the KZNSA Gallery.

There’s a special gig on. Herbie Tosaeli’s playing with Kesevan Naidoo, Marc Fransman and Mdu Mtshali. The perfect antidote for the week that wouldn’t end. Along with the contents of Thor’s hip flask and a serious run at the NSA bar.

The band is evil. They’re in town as part of Herbie’s African Time tour. They’re totally unrehearsed. Herbie had sent Kesevan the music a couple of weeks ago. Then Marc and Mdu got roped in.

Their first rehearsal was set for Saturday afternoon. Herbie missed his plane. And the 7pm soundcheck. They go on stage having never played as a collective before. And murder it.

They take a break. It’s a one-set gig. Management’s looking a bit nervous. KZNSA’s a polite kinda place. Not too much madness. Turns out they’re right to be twitchy. Herbie and company are having none of this.

They’re just warming up. Getting their groove right. The cat trying to pack up the drums gets a talking to and they’re back on stage. Three songs of mad, atonal, screeching, wailing, thumping, genius.


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