Getting Busy outside of psytrance
Who is getting busy doing what this winter?
We speak about the ‘family’ a lot within the local and international psy trance scene, and in Cape Town our family is large because our scene here is strong and has been for an over 20 years.
Just by meeting different types of people and getting to know one another through connecting on the dance floor and meeting again outside the parties, thus creating friendships, relationships and businesses or anything really, and from there we can support one another within this community.
One thing I love about living in South Africa and especially in Cape Town is the amount of small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, from small restaurants, boutiques, hair dressers, coffee shops, clubs and all kinds of small businesses. I think, in my humble opinion, it’s because we have so much diversity and freedom in this country to be creative that it creates a platform to take a leap of faith and start a business. In a nutshell we like getting busy!
Recently I had dinner at the new Hidden Leaf restaurant in Woodstock. It is owned by good friends Bianca Bezuidenhout and Warren Booysen and if anybody knows what it’s like getting busy, these two certainly do!
Not only are they the force behind the Organik Festivals in Cape Town [Love project & Gaian Dream], they have also recently opened this cute little spot called the Hidden Leaf. It’s the perfect place to hang with friends and eat the yummiest food created from the heart.
They like to call it your ‘home away from home’ since they serve up wholesome, organic comfort food. The environment is super relaxed and the killer view of the sunset over the city is an added bonus.
I warn you, one can seriously over indulge at the Hidden Leaf. Bianca is well known among her friends for her amazing food; I for one have always been well fed in her kitchen when I visit, so I’m super proud of her to have taken her love for feeding those around her to the next level by opening the doors of Hidden Leaf to all of us. It’s going to be a hot spot for lunch meetings and dinner gatherings; I love the theme and energy of the place and I see only good things to come in the future.
The menu is always rotating so every time there will be something new to experience as well as great specials. I suggest you collect your friends and make a booking, it’s ideal for a pre club night dinner and pre drinks kinda vibe but to be honest, anytime from Tuesday ‘till Sunday, you will be rewarded with good nosh. Plus you’re likely to run into one of your favourite psy DJs there too.
Girls… watch out for the Red Velvet Brownies, the temptation is strong.
Bianca and Warren are not the only trancies getting busy though.
The Gaiatribe emporium is the newest space to open down in Observatory. I would call it a kind of co-operative type of set up, where different crafters and garment designers are able to sell their goods. They house some unique pieces and hand crafted designs by many of our psy family members so if you are looking for clothing and accessories that fit the bohemian and tribal style, this shop is perfect, as well as supporting local crafters.
The brains behind this collective are Kyro Marston, Alicia Judith Bosshof, Nelle Fick and Jodi Jade Smith. You can find designers like Printed Truth, Hikuricreations, Yeti Leather Hand Crafted Boots, Birds OF A Feather, Mystik Tribe, Sovereign Clothing, Sundara and many more.
Another crew that are always getting busy are the Marley Coffee crew. They are next to Gaiatribe and Zion; actually the whole block is a creative hub for our family of alternative people. Marley Coffee shop has a front and back chill area, really great coffee and munchies to go with it and they can be seen at the festivals with their pop-up coffee corner, always serving the best cappuccinos when you need it.
The Bay Harbour Market is home to a few of us local crafters – Food Pirate – created by Rico Haring is one of the newest members to the market. You got to go try out his signature home crafted rum, ranging in different flavours, and pair it up with their delicious Caribbean style cuisine. This is really creative sexy food. I didn’t actually taste the rum, but it smelled amazing – I’m pretty sure it will make you feel like a pirate!
There are many more trancies getting busy in the mother city and every time I discover a new venture by one of our family I feel proud of this amazing scene we have and the people in it.
Here’s a list of getting busy trance folk to seek out and support…
What I’m listening to:
Mental Broadcast latest release – it is available on Beatport
WITH TUNE RAIDER