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Stereotypophobia

“It is all about critical questioning of what identity really is. Would you be the same person in another context? Does society have certain expectations on you based on traditional parameters like class, gender, color, sexual orientation, religious beliefs and so on? And how much do these expectations affect your so-called self? Every forward thinking person are aware of those things, its a gift which  also make you relate to other peoples struggles.”

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2FACED1 is a state of mind, 2FACED1.com is a display-window for this mindset and the network of 2FACED1 includes all of you progressive non-stereotypes with a double perspective on identity .

 

2FACED1.com:

Decida -  Founder, Creative Director, Director (Stockholm)
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Linn Marcusson - Writer, Style Assistant (Gypsie's Mega Trip) (Stockholm) 
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Pernilla Philip -  Design (Amsterdam)

 

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Interview: Laduma Ngxokolo’s Homespun Sweaters

Post date Sun 22 May 2011 10:31 PM
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Most designers draw inspiration from a specific audience or muse, but for his new line of mens knitwear, Laduma Ngxokolo focused on a group dear to his heart, the Xhosa tribe of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Having grown up within the community and gone through many of the traditional Xhosa initiation ceremonies himself, the 26-year-old Ngxokolo wanted to create a line that was contemporary but culturally and aesthetically appropriate. The result is a dynamic, vibrant group of knits that hold deep significance to the Xhosa people but appeal to non-locals as well. Just a month after winning top prize at the Society of Dyers and Colourists international competition in London, Ngxokolo started getting calls from buyers across Europe. And we’re pretty confident they’ll like him in the US, too.

In what ways does the clothing line specifically relate to traditional Xhosa initiation ceremonies? Where I live, hundreds of boys between the ages of 18 and 23 attend a Xhosa circumcision ritual called Ulwaluko. [For this] they go to the school for about a month, but before they go, they have to give away all of their old clothes to their younger brothers and sisters, and their parents have to buy them a range of new clothes. Part of that new clothing range includes high quality men’s knitwear. The only knitwear styles that are available to buy are brands like Pringle and Polo—you know, conventional brands. As a person who has undergone the ritual, I felt I needed to change this to make it more suitable by incorporating traditional Xhosa aesthetics into the knitwear.

I read that your source inspiration is based on beadwork patterning. Yes, traditional Xhosa beadwork. Around the time I was doing the research, a local museum had a collection of beadwork on view [to attract tourists] visiting for the World Cup. I was very fortunate that it was available for me at this time, and that I was able to have pictures taken.

How did you translate the beadwork into a flat knitted pattern? The structure of beadwork is technically geometric and that kind of form is perfect for machine knitting. I took some motifs from the actual Xhosa beadwork, and I also developed my own motif, which I interpreted from the beadwork. I then knitted the patterns from these motifs. That was the conceptual part, and then, technically, I used South African mohair and merino wool.

Why did you choose those fibers specifically? Because they are high-quality fibers, which are suitable for buyers who want their knitwear to last long. My designs have been likened to art pieces, so I think it would be wise for them to be sustainable for the next generation.

Do you do the dyeing yourself? I actually buy the yarns in a natural color, then I bring them to a local dyer. The colors that are available are not part of my color palette, so I have to get them dyed before I knit the range.

Do you plan to distribute the range more widely? I have started establishing distribution communication with international buyers from Paris, Amsterdam and London. It’s been about a month now I’ve been in business, so to get that kind of response has been fantastic.

How has the response been within the Xhosa community? They were fascinated to see the designs become so popular [abroad]. I’d been producing the knitwear for a local store, but I’ve had to put that on freeze. I still let locals who are interested place orders so that I am able to serve them first, you know? Because some of them have been waiting years to get such a collection. They are very proud.

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VIDEO: kIDD - KYSSET MED JAMEL

Post date Sun 22 May 2011 9:52 PM

 

damn Janet...just damn.

I remember this movie giving me all kinds of mixed emotions and feelings. Postmen Pac...sex in the postman truck, braids everywhere... Janet being haaard and ghetto. Premature ejaculation in the truck. Summmmmmmmmmmmmmer.

Gnucci and I have been bumping this below video pretty hard. It's by a kid called Kidd (see what i did there) from Copenhagen who is taking the Scandenavian village by storm with his charm, persona and crazy voice and styling. (If this was last week I could have used the word swag in the description, then Puffy fucked that up) .

Anyhow, supposedly Kidd used to be in a noise band. And supposedly Kidd used to be a performance artist, who would walk around town naked. None of that here though...maybe it's coming in theenxt few videos. Word is he's a great performer...okay, so checkit out!!!!

TRANSLATION: You are kissing m,y best friend Jamel..and at the same time kissing up on me...that ain't right or just

PS.

 

DOWNLOAD: DJ Spoko - Mugwanti Sgwejegweje (Schlachthofbronx Remix)

Post date Sun 22 May 2011 9:13 PM

DJ Spoko - Mugwanti Sgwejegweje (Schlachthofbronx Remix)

A CLASSIC...CANNONISING THE CLUBS AND BARS OF PITORI AND THE LOOSE WOMEN THAT FREQUENT THEM HARIHLAKANE KOSTRONG BASS!

I am kind of confused as to who really made this song...was it Mujava or Spoko...people are also saying Spoko (not me, stupid) made most of Township Funk. I am also suprised to hear that the same DJ Spoko is Nozinja's understudy/protege...in related news Nozinja (Shangaan electro don) is remixing my first Sub Pop single.

PS. A BIT LATE ON THIS ONE...IT ALL HAPPENED DURING MY 6MONTH BLOG HIATUS

Get familiar with South African producer DJ Spoko and his own brand of dance music he’s coined “Bacardi House.”  After taking SA by storm with his hit song, “Township Funk” with DJ Mujava, DJ Spoko drops another killer track with “Grave Mix.”  This one’s filled with heavy drums, Kwaito grooves, electro flair, synths, and non-stop symbols.  Check it out below.

DJ SPOKO // GRAVE MIX by SOUNDTRAVELS

Tracklist:
1. Home by Glasser (Township Mix)
2. Cheps Panyaza
3. More Pain
4. Tsa Tsa ftr Chappies
5. Track 08
6. Captain Jack Spoko is Back
7. Track 07
8. Why U Nketsa So
9. Seroepe Sa Nwanoo
10. Oreng Mo ftr DJ Mujava

DOWNLOAD: NUTTY NYS - KILLER (SABF EDIT)

Post date Sun 22 May 2011 7:05 PM

NUTTY NYS - KILLER (SABF EDIT)

'ORRRIGINAL BADBOY KILLLLLAH!'

SOUTH AFRICAN DEVIL HOUSE X PATOIS X THREATS = PAARTY

NUTTY NYS IS A PRODUCER THAT I ALWAYS CONSIDER TO BE QUITE A CHEESEY GUY, AND WITH THIS BANGER HE HAS PLEASANTLY SUPRISED ME (MUCH IN THE WAY KENT DID WITH 'VUNANZI' AFTER I SPENT A LONG TIME SEETHING AT HIS 'DEEP' LOVE SONGS...YUK!).

PS. NUTTY IS ALSO A JOKER...THIS TRACK IS FROM TEH SAME ALBUM AS 'KILLER'

DOWNLOAD: BLACK COFFEE - JUJU (SABF EDIT)

Post date Thu 19 May 2011 12:52 PM

More and more I have people begging for some South Afrian house flavour, well, I'mna stop being such a hog and give it up as and when I can.

BLACK COFFEE - JUJU (SABF EDIT) 

I will be giving away most of it in the form of edits I have been doing...then u can buy the tracks if you like. I will now be releasing mixes and edits under the name SABF. I have a bag of tracks that are quite tastey but are let down by slices of cheese and whailing, so I take the butchers knife and surgens scalpel and cut them up a bit tastier and better for the SUMMMMER...erm, the summer that is all year round. I hope you enjoy. Tell your friends that I got the goodies. 

ps. SA house rules...verified by the zimbo squad

 

SPOEK WENT TO US FOR SXSW AND CAME BACK

Post date Wed 18 May 2011 9:21 PM
A couple of months ago I went to America on tour with the biiiiig homey, Chllngr aka Steve Borth aka Stevezey aka Saxophone Messiah and we played about 12 pretty shitty paying but fun gigs in San Fransisco, LA, El Paso, Boise (the white supremacy capital of the US), Seattle, Portland, San Diego and about 4 at SXSW in Austin...most of the shows we played we did in conjunction with out LA homeys Rainbow Arabia. The tour was peaceful after that much traveling together you might expect some epic weirdness but all in all it was a good family affair.
Best memories...We opened for Puff Daddy at the Fader Fort (and didnt stop talking about him for the next couple days). We ate tons of tortillas, nachos, enchilladas and quesedillas...stayed with a Texas drug dealer(unbeknownst to us)... driving through Colorado mountain ranges...being in a partytruck with some 10 insane Oakland arthippies, including an asian gyal hat designer who was wearing one of her creations, a hat made up of 10 little hats spread all over her head...aftermath of Trash Talk  at Fader Fort...producing songs with Steve in the back of the car(songs that are makingf up my Spoek Mathambo debut on SubPop)...shooting the 'Drunk Like That' music video in Brooklyn with Cerebral Vortex which'll be out soon enough. 
The funniest/weirdest thing about SXSW:
ALL PICS BY MY MANAGER JULIE VERGEZ
Driving, driving, we supposedly cleared about 8000km...some fun, some crazy, a lot scarey with paranoid Steve checking local laws on open container et al on his iPhone. 

 

This is Stevezy aka Chllngr
Emeka of GCTC swagging the fuck out, before we hit the midnite pizzaria and saw some fixed gear bike dude fighting in the street...definately contender for one of teh funnest nights!! Seaeeeeeeatle
At emily's house, who can be seen throwing up dueces behind my head whiles her man is faaast asleep behind us...about an hour later he had to go, 'Emily...come on...you gotta get to sleep...COME ON'...we were having two much fun. They were both incredibly nice hosts!
You know what I was thinking...mexxxxxxxxxicanfood!!
Still at Emily's house
Still at Em's house...producing beats on the blowup!!
At the Sub Pop office...I just signed the deal and am gasssssssssed!!
'Ei, this is Stevezy...I think the track needs more flavour'
Saxophone Messiah...we definately brought a lot of flavour on this tour with that horn!!

Watched og so much Basketballer's Wives. cheeeeeses!
Hangin with the Rainbow Arabia familia
and now for a commercial break:

 

LAZER CAT IN RESPONSE TO 'DO' HATERS

Post date Wed 18 May 2011 7:37 PM

The young G-O-D, Lazercat received some disturbing hatermail for Gnucci Banana that she wants to share with you.  

THIS IS AN EMAIL THIS WEEK FROM NILS IN LINKOPPIN, WHICH READS:

Dear Lazercat son, I'm an old school hip-hop head, like keepin it real, representing the streets of Sweden you knw...BOMBING THE SYSTEM! I don't work, fuck work...well I sometimes work at Coop, but that's a nother thing. Basically, I'm that reeal raw shit. I have been a Looptroop fan since the begining of time and this week I cried of sadness and shame, mixed with a certain feeling of emptiness when saw the Do video. I saw your homegirl Gnucci Banana in that there . Shawty is a 10 and all that, but really why did she have to spoil our sacred temple of Looptroop memories with her goodvibes and awesome dancing? Killer Kazoo?! What the fuck is a KILLAHKAZOO?

LAZERCAT REPLIED:

MOVE OUT OF YOUR MOMS HOUSE, BUY SOME ACNE CREAM, GET SOME SUN, WORK HARDER AT COOP AND YOUR BOSS MIGHT MAKE YOU MANAGER OF THE FRUITS SECTION! DO IT DO IT DO IT!!

other bitcha ass comments from limpdick youtube users included:

 fuck the future FUCK the enviroment! consume rape and abuse the world!

and

That's it my friend, "professional dreamers" was a surprise but I liked it, then the "on repeat", now this...this is just bad in terms of music, the lyrics are about the same and even if the lyrics are good, witch I don't think so, the music doesn't has any soul on it, the old stuff from looptroop had that undeniable feeling of groove and genuine, this is just "other stuff" with your faces inside of the screen, doesn't fit, really...

I expected LTR to know themselves and continue true.

HAHAHAHAHHA

LAZERCAT SAYS ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!! NOW OFF TO SNACK ON SOME CATNIP

 

HATERTOTS: FUCK THE BEASTIE BOYS!!

Post date Wed 18 May 2011 7:16 PM

THEIR NEW ALBUM IS A JOKE OF CRUSTY, BADLY DONE OLD SCHOOL RAP REVIVALISM AND I AM PISSED AT ALL YOU TWATS THAT PRESSURED ME INTO LISTENING. IT IS TERRIBLE AND IF YOU ARE WILLING TO FORGIVE A ONCE IMAGINATIVE GROUP AT THEIR MOST MEDIOCRE THEN SO ARE YOU. THEY HAVE ALL TEH RESOURCES TO ONCE AGAIN BREAK NEW GROUND AS HERE WE STAND IN 2011 WITH SOME OF THE BEST PRODUCERS AND MUSICIANS EVER...AND WHAT DO THOSE GERIATRIC WANKERS DO?? REHASH WACK RAPS AND FLOWS OVER WACKER BEATS. 

I'VE LOVED THEM BEFORE...SO I'M SONNING THEM HERE OUT OF LOVE...TOUGH LOVE. SHAPE UP OR DIE ...AND I WON'T CRY AT THE FUNERAL. 

DEATH TO THE BEASTIE BOYS. 

THIS KIND OF LAZINESS IS THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF AN OTHERWISE GREAT LINEAGE(DON'T THINK I DIDNT SEE HOW WACK 5 BOUROUGHS WAS THOUGH...FUCKN HELL)

 

(GCTC X VOGUE) + (GCTC X DUTTY ARTZ) = EMEKA WINS

Post date Wed 18 May 2011 7:04 PM

 

BIG BROTHER EMEKA, AN IMAGINATIVE DESIGNER AND GRAPHIC ARTIST AND PROUD AFRICAN (THINK HE'S PART OF THAT WELL OF NAIJA CREATIVES THAT NEVER SEEMS TO RUN OUT) RUNS THE GOLD COAST TRADING COMPANY AND WAS RECENTLY GIVEN A SHOUT BY VOGUE ITALY. READ THE INTERVIEW AT THIS LINK: Emeka x VOGUE ITALY

IT WAS FUN HANGING OUT WITH HIM RECENTLY IN SEATTLE (AFTER FIRST MEETING HIM AND SHOOTING SOME PICS IN BROOKLYN LAST SEPTEMBER)...AND I'M STOKED THE BRAND IS GETTING SUCH DOPE MOVEMENT. 

AND NOW HE'S GONE AND DONE A COLLABO WITH SOME MORE OF AMERICA'S BRIGHTEST SONS, DJ/RUPTURE, MATT SHADETEK, TALIESEN, UPROOT ANDY'S CREW DUTTY ARTS. CHECK IT. You can check the whole look book herePurchase here.

 

WORD FROM DUTTY ARTZ CREW OVER AT WWW.DUTTYARTZ.COM:

*Emeka Alams is my favorite “street-wear” designer- except I don’t know any other crews putting out gorgeous leather moccasins and imbuing their work with street-fresh historiography that goes thousands of fathoms deeper than your average hood-repping fitted or all over print tee.  Gold Cost Trading is simply THAT SHIT.*

WHERE IS MY MIND: Protozoa Could Be Controlling Your Brain

Post date Wed 18 May 2011 2:32 AM

AS IF PAYING RENT ISN'T ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT.

NOW I HAVE TO DEAL WITH NOT ONLY HATER BITCHES AND CANCER AND BEING BROKE... BUT NOW I MUST FIGHT MALISCIOUS, BLOOD THIRSTY PROTOZOA...JEEEESH!!

Some protozoa infect the brain of their host, shaping its behavior in ways most suited to the pathogen, even if it leads to the suicide of the host. 


 

The ancient debate surrounding the existence of free will appears unresolvable, a metaphysical question that generates much heat yet little light. Common sense and volumes of psychological and neuroscientific research reveal, however, that we are less free than we think we are. Our genes, our upbringing and our environment influence our behaviors in ways that often escape conscious control. Understanding this influence, the advertisement industry spent approximately half a trillion dollars worldwide in 2010 to shape the buying decisions of consumers. And extreme dictatorships, such as that in North Korea, remain in power through the effective use of insidious and all-pervasive forms of propaganda. Yet nothing approaches the perfidy of the one-celled organism Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most widespread of all parasitic protozoa. It takes over the brain of its host and makes it do things, even actions that will cause it to die, in the service of this nasty hitchhiker. It sounds like a cheesy Hollywood horror flick, except that it is for real.

We know that illness in general can slow us down, incapacitate us and, in the worst case, kill us. Yet this organism is much more specific. Natural selection has given rise to pathogens that infiltrate the nervous system and change that system’s wiring to achieve its ultimate purpose, replication—like a computer virus that reprograms an infected machine.

Such is the case with T. gondii. It sexually reproduces only in the intestines of cats yet can maintain itself indefinitely in any warm-blooded animal. Infected cats shed millions of their oocysts in their feces. Taken up by all kinds of animals, including dogs, rodents and humans, they infect muscle and the brain to escape attacks by the host’s immune system. Hidden away, they remain dormant as cysts, surrounding themselves with a tough cell wall. Yet this quiet stage of infection, called toxoplasmosis, is deceptive. Violating all rules of good hospitality, these invaders make the host’s brain do things counterproductive to its own survival.

Toxoplasmosis has been most thoroughly studied in rats and mice. Both species have a deep-seated, innate fear of cats for obvious reasons. Spray a bit of cat urine into a corner, and the rodent will avoid this location, well, like the plague. In contrast, an infected animal loses its innate fear of cats. By some measures, it even appears to be mildly attracted to the smell of felines. This is an unfortunate turn of events for the rodent, because it is now more likely to be successfully hunted by a cat. On the other hand, this is a great deal for T. gondii. When the cat devours the sick critter and its contaminated brain, T. gondii moves into its final host, where it reproduces, completing its life cycle. Not quite what the romantics have in mind when they write about “the circle of life”!

The behavioral manipulation induced by T. gondii is quite specific. The infected rodent doesn’t look sick; its weight is normal; it moves about nor­mally, possibly a bit more fran­tically than other mice; it grooms itself; and it interacts routinely with its conspe­cifics. Think how different this case is from what happens in rabies, another nasty infection. The animal loses its instinctual shyness, aggressively attacking others (the proverbial mad dog), thereby spreading the rabies virus through its bite. But because T. gondii can reproduce only in felines, it wants its host to be eaten by cats, not by just any carnivore. And because cats hunt live prey and do not eat carrion, T. gondii must not immediately kill its temporary host.