It’s the second year that Johannesburg has been host to the International games and Media Art Festival, known as A Maze festival. The festival is being run in association with the Goethe Institute as it’s a celebration of music, media, and games. A MAZE opened last night with a rooftop party at iLounge before moving to Kitcheners to end the night on high.
Before the opening party we were invited to the opening of the “music+x” gallery at Museum Africa. The gallery was made up of various genres of German based music, ranging from Pop to Indie to Rock to Techno and even Hip Hop. Every genre had its own station, with a number of photos and memorabilia from artists who best represents the genre, giving you a crash course in the history of German music. Each station had its own screen as well as a number of headphones, which hung from a metal skeleton frame, allowing you to slip it on and instantly listen to the video clip that’s playing.
With a DJ present the gallery was quite upbeat with a crowd energetic and excited by what was presented around us. For any music lover the music gallery at the Museum Africa is a must, as you will soon discover that certain sounds in music are the same all over the world regardless of culture and language. There’s uniformity in music as the sounds you hear from Germany will not be so different than what you used to in Africa.
While certain stars like Tokio Hotel will certainly catch your attention, in terms of looks, the music they produce is not quite what you would imagine by looking at them. And yet they one of the Biggest acts in Germany! Befriending some German Nationals at the event, they gave me some interesting insight into German music and Tokio Hotel, stating that they really are the German “Justin Beibers”. However, to their credit Tokio Hotel has been around a lot longer then Bieber, and from as early as 14 they were writing their own songs and music arrangements.
The A Maze festival has many other interesting events, talks and workshops available for you to attend, everything from game development, to sound and computer design and even talks on their failure and success. The festival is really an all-encompassing intriguing event for future game developers, art fanatics, music lovers and people who think different.
The Festival takes place in various venues in and around Braamfontein, so be sure to check out for more information. With the event in full swing, there are still a number of talks and workshops you can attend tomorrow for free! So make sure you do!
The closing party takes place at 8pm tomorrow evening at JoziHub and at only R40 entrance its something that you do not want to miss!