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Subtitled: Freshlyground in Swaziland.

Freshlyground are probably the biggest band in South Africa at the moment - they even managed to share the stage with Shakira at the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony.

Not always my favourite band, they are still an outstanding live show. This shot is of Julio, their lead guitarist.

On the controversy front - they got in to a little bit of trouble playing in Swaziland: some of the progressive elements in the country are calling for a cultural boycott until such time as there are clear movements towards a full democracy (at present I am living in the world's last surviving absolute monarchy). As always, these things are a tricky choice - I was a definite supporter of the sporting and cultural boycott when I lived in South Africa at the fag-end of apartheid; but the venue House on Fire raises huge funds for various charities in Swaziland, and has a number of Fairtrade businesses running from their premises.

technical details - very little post-processing: a little bit of sharpening of the reduced image, but the stage lighting adds the non-natural colouring. As always, shot without a flash.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 0 N: 513] (2626)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-11-11
  • Categories: Event
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-11-21 5:03
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