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The Field Report #7: So many additions, so little budget…

Festival season, like an impending wave of low pressure threatening to burst our river banks, is upon us. And to get our taste buds tingling, organisers have been chomping at the bit to let you know of their exclusive headline acts ready to define our summers. These days, the great

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NOFAYs 2013: Michael Lewin – Editor

Welcome to The NOFAYs 2013: The Notion Office’s Favourite (note: not ‘Best’) Albums of the Year, our take on the now-ubiquitous end-of-year list.

We don’t normally partake in the monotonous routine of compiling EOY lists, made with the intent of bragging about a b-side that no one has ever heard

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BOTW Playlist: John Wizards

If you’ve spent as much time dancing deliriously to John Wizards‘ self-titled debut album this week as we have – and if you haven’t then why not? – you’ll likely have envisioned that the man behind the music, Cape Town’s John Withers, must have some extraordinary listening habits. Well,

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BOTW Review: John Wizards – John Wizards

John Wizards is a pretty good name for a person, but it’s an even better one for a band. Though it’s made up of South African producer/songwriter John Withers, Rwandan vocalist Emmanuel Nzaramba and a rotating cast of guest musicians, adopting a singular title for the group makes total sense …

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BOTW Interview: John Wizards

25-year-old John Withers is the man behind one of the most vital, original and stirring records we’ve heard all year. With his band, John Wizards, the Cape Town native has produced a body of work on their self-titled debut album that veers between lush electronica, sunshine-laced tropicalia and buoyant

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BOTW Video: John Wizards – ‘Lusaka by Night’ (Live)

There’s an interesting contrast at the centre of John Wizards‘ self-titled debut album, available now on Planet Mu. For what’s an immensely human record, rich in vibrant emotion and warm, welcoming instrumentation, it can be damn difficult to imagine the people producing the wondrous monsoon of sounds …

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Introducing our BOTW: John Wizards

Sometimes a record comes along that completely blows your socks off. It can be for any number of reasons: it could be that it’s a stylistic curveball that catches you completely off-guard, it could have a great story behind it that feels truly unique, or it could be that the …

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