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april 2011

Ashley Fiolek / Jean-Marc Johannes / Andrew Neethling / Daniel Ricciardo / Mark Webber / Jay-Z

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Secret queSt oF etHioPiaS atHleteS

MUSIC Clubs travel food gear

the LegeNd
Sarel van der merwe older but not nicer {Ask the Mini guy}

+ Stunning gallery the hUMAN PLANet How we live From Pole to Pole



life class
Somewhere, right now, on this big, blue planet we call home, a fellow human being is doing something utterly remarkable yet something that by their standards is routine, humdrum, run of the mill. Just as you, dear reader, might hop onto a train and join thousands of others on a daily commute to the workplace, thinking nothing of it, so will one of Malaysias Bajau people, who live in a community of precarious water huts poking out of the coral sea between the Philippines and Borneo, have got up this morning, stretched, stepped out of the front door and dived straight into the sea to catch a fish or three for breakfast. Meantime, deep in the forests of Yandombe, in the Central African Republic, a BaAka pygmy might have sung a verse of praise to the jungle gods that have provided shelter, warmth, food and water. Further north, in the almost perma-frozen Arctic, families on Greenland will have allowed themselves to start thinking of the return of sunny days after the longest, darkest winter, with barely three daily hours of sunlight from October to February. Thats before setting off for a spot of whale-watching. As youll be reminded by the centrepiece of this issue, our Human Planet photo-reportage, life is seven billion different things to seven billion different people yet each individual experience of this same thing is as real as the next, just as each feels as normal from the inside as it might appear alien to an outsider. Your editorial team

Photographer Timothy Allen spent 18 months accompanying the team who filmed the Human Planet documentary. The result is an amazing collection of images. See his work starting on page 30




welcome to the world of red Bull

16 HERE IS THE NEWS Including Awolnations megalithic music 19 SAREL vAN DER MERWE A Mini masterclass from the pilot whos still quick enough to show the pups whos boss 20 MANNy MARRoquIN Mix booth magic from the man with the sharpest hearing this side of Big Ears 21 WHERES youR HEAD AT: JAy-Z From NYC unknown to the worlds hippest hopper. Gotta fry your brain, right? 22 KIT BAG Wooden rims served cyclings greatest champ well; now carbon makes em dated 24 JAMIE WooN Keeping it in the family with his ma on debut album backing vocals 26 WINNING FoRMuLA Wearing a wingsuit, a BASE-jumper can fly like, ahem, a squirrel 28 LuCKy NuMBERS As The Space Shuttle shuffles off, The Bulletin asks: Whats out there?


Inside your all-action Red Bulletin this month



30 HuMAN PLANET It takes all sorts The story of mankinds extraordinary population of planet Earth 46 ASHLEy FIoLEK Too fast for her motocross rivals even if she cant hear them coming 54 DIE ANTWooRD Where did they come from? We have the answer on SAs hottest rappers 62 WEBBER AND RICCIARDo Both Aussies, both super-quick F1 drivers, but can either sing Waltzing Matilda? 66 THE AMAZoN GRAND PRIX Meantime, deep in Brazils rainforest, this is what motorsport looks like 74 RuNNING FoR THEIR LIvES In Ethiopia, running is more than a pastime: its a chance to escape





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84 RED BuLL X-FIGHTERS TuRNS 10 How to get the most from the biggest FMX-fest youre likely to see 86 GET THE GEAR The unique challenge of Red Bull Crashed Ice calls for some pretty specialised kit 88 PRo TIPS Three hundred chin-ups before breakfast? Now thats a workout, kayaker-stylee 89 THE STRoKES Guitarist Nick Valensi spills on album #4 90 CuCINA MAXIMuS With this months dish, upon the humble tails of oxen, was built the Roman Empire. Plus this months Hangar-7 chef 92 WoRLDS BEST CLuBS Dancefloor thrills with luxury frills at Dublins most talked-about venue 93 TAKE 5: JAMIE xx The ambient mood-master on the five discs that inspired a career in music 94 THE LIST Because we know you cant do everything, this is our guide to the global essentials in sport and music 96 SAvE THE DATE Out and about this month? Ink these into your diary right now. Go on! every month 06 KAINRATHS CALENDAR 08 PICTuRES oF THE MoNTH 98 MINDS EyE



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moscow, russia

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Credits photography: Jrgen skarwan


mount beauty, austraLia

Red cROss

Not your average skate park quarter-pipe, is it? When Red Bull Dirt Pipe contest director Mike Daly said the event was all about doing things a little bigger, he wasnt kidding. He picked a spot in the Australian mountains, deep in the bush, and designed a series of slopes and curves that had the assembled BMX glitterati as awestruck as they were excited. I think the best way to describe it, says British BMX Dirt rider Kye Forte, is that its like a snowpark-style half-pipe, but with plenty of street park-style hits built into it. And its fast! Pre-event rain threatened to turn this sublimely sculpted series of runs into a mudbath, but fearsome Aussie rays managed to pack the surface hard in time for competition. Video highlights at


photography: rutgerpauw.Com/red Bull Content pool

anaheim, caLifornia, usa

think pink

Anyone fancy telling Supercross teen sensation Kyle Regal that pink is for girls? His competitors dont, for they recognise in Puerto Rican Regal a talent that has been honed in the school of hard knocks. Regal, 19, has spent the past two years motorhoming around the US Supercross circuit, carving out a reputation as one of the sports future stars. Supercross is American-style motocross: indoors and highly technical, placing great demands on riders handling skills. This is Californias Angel Stadium, which this time was not a happy hunting ground for Regal, who finished 12th, while his San Manuel Yamaha team-mate James Stewart won outright. But you can be sure its just a temporary setback, as Regal likes things tough: My trainer is an ex US Marine and hes kinda gnarly, he says. But I need a tough person to get me in the right direction. More pics at


photography: matt pavelek/red Bull Content pool

yosemite vaLLey, caLifornia , usa

i eye capitan

Bugs on a tree? No, its a men on a rock face more specifically, two rather brave climbers tackling the renowned south-west face of the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Were we able to zoom out from this pic, the daunting, sheer nature of El Capitan would be more obvious: its a 3,000ft hunk of Cretaceous granite, rising almost vertically out of the Yosemite Valley basin. And therein lies the challenge for keen rock-scalers: a lot of mountains are much taller and other ranges attract more violent atmospheric conditions, but there are few lumps of rock that really put the climb into climbing quite like El Capi (as the mountain brethren know it). Now search for more daredevil climbers at


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photography: paul niCklen/national geographiC/getty images



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You and your crew

Would you like to sail one of the worlds most exciting racing boats with a crew of leading professionals? On April 30, a charity dinner in Hochfgen, Austria, will raise funds for the Wings For Life spinal cord research foundation. For the price of a dinner ticket, you can share five courses with WFL ambassadors such as F1 champ Sebastian Vettel. At the after-dinner auction you can bid for the chance to be the fifth man on the Red Bull Extreme sailing boat next time it races, under skipper Roman Hagara. See below for the crew list for that fantastic voyage. Reservations:

ROMAn HAGARA Skipper The man at the wheel making the decisions is a double Olympic gold-medal winner and one of Europes leading sailors.

HAnS-PEtER StEinAcHER tactician Hagaras right-hand man for over a decade, including the Olympic wins. Has one eye on the weather even when asleep.

cRAiG MOnk Bowman Two-time winner of the Americas Cup, his duties as bowman include hoisting/lowering sails and watching for other boats.

WiLL HOWdEn trimmer Responsible for the rigging, and the control of the sails therewith. Howden is a veteran of the Extreme 40 racing circuit.

YOU! Fifth Man Saying thisisawesomethisisawesome over and over in your head, you are moveable ballast. It is one of the great days of your life.

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Phoenix Golfer Alexis Thompson gets the other

kind of driving tips from NASCARs Brian Vickers. Garth Milan


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the little Questions Kasey Kahne

Adam Malysz Just retired, the Polish ski jumping legend picks his hardest opponents

From the beginning, all the way to the end

Aaron Bruno, frontman of Awolnation, explains the origins of the first and last tracks on his bands debut album Megalithic Symphony even as a little kid i went to punk and hardcore concerts. theres this band, Sick of it all from Awolnations album, new york, a classic Megalithic Symphony, hardcore band, is out now and they walked out to What A Wonderful World by louis armstrong. People would go crazy. from that moment i knew, if i ever made music, i wanted an intro. other bands might use something like the Star Wars theme, but i wanted to make my own, something epic. Knights of Shame of all the music ive ever been a part of, this song is probably my favourite. it was a huge goal to make a 12-minute song that actually keeps your attention. all the parts keep coming and coming: in the beginning there is this barbershoplike theme, then it turns into more of a euro dance track, like Justice, and then theres a hip-hop section, too. it totally encapsulates what the album title means to me: its a megalithic symphony.

Thus far in NASCAR 2011, the Red Bull Racing driver has a top-10 finish and a Daytona 500 wall prang Do past crashes prey on your mind in a race? i dont think about them. Poles and wins help build the confidence.

more in the off-season, and focus on the racing as the year goes on. Is it true NASCAR cars cant be changed much? i know the feeling i need at each race track, and the crew makes little changes to allow that to happen. How do you cope with searing raceday heat? food and water help the situation. you have to be mentally ready for it too.

PhotograPhy: Sabine Knig (1), MarK teo/red bull PhotofileS (4), getty iMageS (1), luKaS nazdraczew/red bull content Pool (1), iMago (3), getty iMageS/red bull content Pool (2)

Martin Schmitt Our battles were legendary. For a time in the World Cup, it was basically him versus me.

What about when you see a crash in a race? My first thought is that i dont want to get hit. How do you stay fit? a lot of cardio. i work out

Simon Ammann The Harry Potter of skijumping, he pipped me to Olympic gold not once, but twice.

Gregor Schlierenzauer A legend. Equally as good on the normal hill as he is on the large. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had a big say in the design of the new Red Bull Racing driver kit, including the raceday cap, available online now for 29.95 (R300) plus shipping.

Belfast Putting the fastinto the Northern Irish

capital during a demo: F1 legend David Coulthard. corey Rich

Kingston Im taking my wife to BMX event Red Bull

Conquer The Spot. Jamaica? No, it was her choice. Agustin Muoz

Florianpolis Off the coast of Brazil , the Red Bull Music Armada sets sail. Boarding party, anyone? Marcelo Maragni

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Ledge in his own LifeTime

A life on the edge of whatever surface can be tricked off
Jean-marc Johannes is small and frail. he doesnt look like a top skateboarder, or the lead guitarist in a deathcore band, yet he is both of those things. recently, Johannes skating skills have received the most attention (not that his work in his band, the Plague, is any less stellar). since winning a contest aged 12, the Capetonian has been a fixture on the sa skating scene, with a highly technical style and openminded approach to new tricks. Case in point: his half-cab-nose-slideswitch-to-back-tail-shuv-it-out, a trick thats tough to say, never mind pull off. i invented this one by accident while skating with some buddies, says Johannes. i was doing tricks on a ledge when i tried a nose slide with too much speed and tried to shove my board away and bail. somehow, the board stayed with me and i managed a sketchy landing. my friends were like, hey, what the hell was that! i realised id done something new, and practised it until it was solid. in simple terms, the move involves approaching a ledge, such as a concrete slab bench in a public space where security guards regularly chase away skaters, hopping up onto the ledge, doing a whole lot of really difficult stuff and then hopping off. its inventor would agree totally. if i start overanalysing my tricks, its a mess, says Johannes. i just have to let it flow.
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Seat of beauty
Words: steve smith. PhotograPhy: KolesKy/NiKoN/red Bull CoNteNt Pool (2), hillCrest aids CeNtre trust/mattheW WillmaN (1)

The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa was chosen at Cape Towns recent Design Indaba. Among the 10 finalists were Porky Hefers giant toy monster Crate Fan, Laduma Ngxokolos Mohair textiles, and architect Peter Richs Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, but the winner was the Dreams For Africa chair (above) made by 160 women from the Valley of 1,000 Hills in KZN. People are invited to sit in the chair and share their dreams, says Mike Purdham of Design Indaba.

Tactical strike
At the recent SA Downhill Champs, held for the first time at the Contermanskloof course near Durbanville in the Western Cape, Andrew Neethling (above), kept his powder dry during the qualifiers and the early part of the final. Coming in under the radar, Needles, as hes known overseas, blitzed the second half of the course to post a winning time of 2m 14.92s. It was challenging: fast and rocky at the top, and dry and blown out at the bottom, he says.

Jean-Marc Johannes

Plymouth For this all-terrain boarder, poletapping while can-hopping is all in a days work. James Everitt

Rakitna Ice hockey players in Slovenia pull off moves far smoother than their frozen lake rink. Jelen Matej

Albany On the New Zealand leg of the Nitro

Circus tour, Travis Pastrana has a bit of a lie-down. Stewart Wilson

A Mini MAsterclAss

sarel van der merwe

Name Sarel Daniel van der Merwe Born December 5, 1946 Port Elizabeth Pressure His first-ever lap at Le Mans was in 1984, trying to qualify a Porsche 956 hed never driven before. At night The rocket In the late 1980s he drove a Lola Corvette in the American IMSA series. In qualifying trim it produced a massive 1,250bhp. The tyres would only last one fast lap

Even at the age of 64, this SA motorsport legend still has the fire. Attempt to pass the big red Galaxie V8 at your own peril
sometimes the david wins, but mostly its the goliath. and when the goliath is a 7.5-litre Ford galaxie 500 and the davids a 1.0-litre mini Cooper, its pretty much always the goliath. especially if sarel van der merwes behind the wheel of the galaxie, and the Cooper gets shirty. you could see what the Cooper was thinking. it was the final lap of a historic saloon car race at Cape towns Killarney circuit and the brakes on van der merwes big red beast were clearly fading. hed gone from first to third and in a near-fatal fit of optimism, Cooper man decided to dive up the inside. van der merwe sharply shut the door and the mini bounced off, teetered on two wheels for a few seconds, before all four tyres thankfully made contact with asphalt. the Cooper, and a very wide-eyed driver, crossed the finish line several seconds behind van der merwe. idiot. he tried to take me on the inside straight, said van der merwe, leaning against the galaxie later in the pits. But its going to take more than a bladdy mini to move this block of flats. and that pretty much sums up the south african motor racing legend. he might be nudging 65 these days, but supervan has lost none of the fire that has marked him as not only the best race driver this country has ever produced, but also one of the most uncompromising. he has the kind of feel for a motor car thats allowed him to pilot machines like the legendary Ford escort Bda and audi quattro rally cars, big banger v8-modified

Tough competitor: Sarel van der Merwe takes on the field in his classic Ford Galaxie at Killarny in Cape Town

saloons in NasCar, and sports prototypes like the mighty Porsche 956 at le mans. his resultant Cv is helluva impressive: 11 sa rally championships (nine in a row), winner of the daytona 24 hours, second at the le mans 24 hours, and several sa saloon car championships. its a reputation hes justifiably proud of and one hes looking to keep intact. i can get away with racing in the historic series because a car like the galaxie is powerful and a monster to drive. if i can put on a show, and maybe even win a couple, that will only enhance my legacy. in actual fact, van der merwe still has the chops to do more than just entertain spectators in the big red Ford. when the vw Citi golfs production run finally came to an end in 2009, the manufacturer honoured this bestselling car with two race meetings one at Kyalami and one at Killarney. a grid of standard Citi golfs was packed with drivers whod been associated with vw and audi through the years. this included the likes of giniel de villiers, terry moss and Chris aberdein. guess who won one of the races? Ja well, that was fun, says van der merwe in his typically dry demeanour. maybe ive lost a little outright pace, but experience makes up for it. there in the Killarney pits, he looks down at the rear wing of the galaxie. theres a little dent in the unmistakable shape of a mini Cooper. the Clint eastwood of sa motorsport, van der merwe smiles and lights a cigarette.

If I can put on a show in the historic series, and maybe even win a few, that will only enhance my legacy

words: steve smith. PhotograPhy: KolesKy/NiKoN/lexar

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studio sessions

Manny Marroquin
Name Manny Marroquin Age 39 Born Guatemala City, Guatemala Current projects Forget You, Cee-Lo Green; Grenade, Bruno Mars; the upcoming Ting Tings album

One of the worlds most successful record mixers tells Tom Hall that when it comes to being top of your game, sometimes less can mean more
hes a multiple grammy award-winning musician who calls rihanna, alicia keys and kanye West his contemporaries. but youd be forgiven for never having heard of guatemalan-born Los angeles resident manny marroquin. and despite an undeniable talent, thats the way hed like to keep it. because according to this backroom beat wizard, when it comes to delivering magic in the mixing booth, its not about who you see, but what you feel. Youve worked on some huge records, but some people might not be aware of what a mixing engineer actually does. Can you talk us through it? of course. someone will start with a song idea and take it to a producer who will help them make it into an exciting record. but once everything has been recorded, you still need someone who can manipulate the sound for maximum emotion. thats where i come in. For example? Well, say a producer will be like, this should feel like a really warm 70s disco joint. thats whats inside his head but he may not have the tools or expertise to take it there. i use a system called Pro tools to help me produce that feeling through KANYE WEST KANYE WEST sound filters and effects. but with

When you can pick out a detail that puts a smile on an artists face, thats the greatest feeling



The albums that won Marroquin Grammys: John Legend, Get Lifted; Alicia Keys, The Diary of Alicia Keys; Kanye West, The College Dropout; Mary Mary, Thankful




PhotograPhy: theo Jemison (1), (1), corbis (1), getty images (3)

the end result, people should not be hearing the song and be thinking, Wow, what a great mix. i should be invisible. So name some songs that we might not know it was you adding the magic to? there are so many. i worked on kanye Wests Stronger there were 11 guys who tried to mix it, but the way i managed to level out the daft Punk sample so it didnt get in the way of kanyes vocal meant that my mix became the finished result. When an artist thinks they know a song inside out but you can still pick out a detail that puts a huge smile on their face, thats the greatest feeling in the world. Do you think more accessible computer technology is making hard-earned experience less of a requirement now? music is about new sounds and creative emotions, so the good side is that kids can do anything they want in their bedrooms. but economically, whats happening is the middle-class of everyday studio engineer is slowly disappearing because up-andcoming acts have less need for them. so i feel beyond blessed to be able to work on the high-level projects that i do, because its becoming a smaller field. Youre obviously in demand. Are your ears insured? oh man. Like J-Los ass? yeah i could be walking by a construction site and an explosion goes off and i suddenly find myself with blood streaming out of my ears, but no, i havent considered that. but i do get them tested pretty regularly.

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wheres your head at?

If he didnt exist then HBO would invent him: the kid from the New York corner who made it there and, after swapping a life of crime for a life of rhyme, made it everywhere. This is the life and times of S Carter
Fro Grow Fo Flow


DAwn oF the shAwn

December 4, a track on Jay-Zs The Black Album (2003), opens with Gloria Carter saying that her son, Shawn, was born on December 4 (she doesnt mention the year; it was 1969). Shawn, Gloria goes on to say, Was a very shy child growing up, but, aged about 10, he saw a local boy freestyle rapping at the centre of a circle of kids in Brooklyn, New York. And that, as they say, was that.

Tennis legend Bjrn Bor g wouldnt shave during a winning streak, hence all those hai ry grins next to the Wimbledon trop hy. Jay-Z has similar traditions whe n hes recording an album: he doe snt get his hair cut and always wea rs a Jesus piece necklace formerly owned by his great pal and inspirat ion, the rapper Biggie Smalls.

rhyme s with tip-to p trooper cAr

Obsessed with rapping, little Shawn and his older friend Jaz become regulars in local rap battles. Hes known as Jazzy, which over time became Jay-Z. In later life, Jay-Z has said he doesnt write down his lyrics, but back then he was filling notebooks and binders with ideas, and, he says, even, Writing rhymes on the back of brown paper bags.

whAt more cAn i sAy?

Published last year, Decoded is a splendidly designed book in which the artist also known as Jiggaman and Hova unpicks his lyrics and gives an insight into his life and times. But an earlier memoir, The Black Book, remains unpublished following its subjects ruling that it was too revealing. Lets see WikiLeaks dig that one out.

Jay-Zs moneymaking is discussed as often, if not more so, than his music these days. Forbes magazine puts his fortune at US$450m, and rising. Two of his smar ter moves include selling the Rocawear clothing label for US$204m while remaining in overall control, and securing ownership of the master tapes of his early albums. Its not such a Hard Knock Life any more.

im A Bus ine ss, mAn!

KinG DeposeD
Despite the distractions of boardroom and bottom line, Jay-Z continues to do good things on record. His 11th solo album, The Blueprint 3, went straight to number one in the US in September 2009. A collaboration album each with Linkin Park and R-Kelly also topped the charts. With 11 number ones, he is one ahead of Elvis and eight behind The Beatles.

Words: Paul Wilson. illustration: lie-ins and tigers

Along with the skills that would eventually see him become a recording artist, a teenage Jay-Z also developed an aptitude for hustling: selling crack, and the life that goes with it. Aged 12, he shot his crack-addict brother in the shoulder. When he was 16, he worked 60 hours straight on the streets with a kid who owed him money. Another time, he was shot at, but all three bullets missed: Jay-Z unplugged.

AmericAn GAn Gster

empire stAte oF union

Every king of hip-hop needs a queen. After first meeting in 2002, the year they duetted on O3 Bonnie & Clyde, Shawn Corey Carter married Beyonc Giselle Knowles in NYC in April 2008. As well as making a lovely pair they really do, dont they? they kick ass in the highest-earning-celebrity couple surveys.

es There have been many riva lries between hip-hop artists: some in song, some in each others faces; som e friendly, others decidedly not so. And yet its two current biggest names, Kanye We st and Jay-Z, are currently touting a collab orative album, Watch The Throne. U2 and Coldplay wouldnt do a whole album togeth er, would they?
The A-Z of Jay-Z:

Behi nD Fren emy lin


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Kit evolution

Its all about speed with racing bike wheels. And the quest to be quickest has brought carbon to replace wood, with a spoke or two dropped along the way

Lifes a beech Bianchi/cerchio clement, 1950

This is the rear wheel ridden by the great Fausto Coppi Il Campionissimo [Champion of Champions] in 1950. The rim is made from glue-laminated beech wood and retains its perfect roundness thanks to 40 three-cross spokes keeping things tight

between hub and perimeter (even tough mountain-bike wheels only have a maximum of 36 spokes these days). Hub clearance could be adjusted via a cone, but a skilled mechanic was needed for smooth rolling. The four-speed Paris-Roubaix shift system

by Campagnolo now highly prized by collectors was operated with a deft hand on the gear lever. It gave a marked competitive advantage. If you werent Coppi, you could only dream of four functioning gears in 1950.

words: werner jessner. photography: kurt keinrath

Well spoke

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Light fantastic lightweight Standard clincher, 2011

Around 16 hours of handiwork go into creating this carbon wheel, now used by professionals the world over. Riders can choose between 16 or 20 carbon spokes on the front wheel; then 20 or 24 on the rear, depending on how they will be raced and the riders weight. The 53mm-section carbon wheel-rim is a compromise between aerodynamics and performance. The hubs rotate with low wear and low friction around moulded industrial ball-bearings, while a swap of cogs makes the wheel compatible with transmission components from SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo, with a choice of 10 or 11-speed gear blocks A Lightweight front . and rear pair of these beauties weighs just 1,100g less than Coppis rear wheel alone.


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Future Soul Man

Jamie Woon
The hotly tipped Londoner lets loose on his debut album, family affairs in the studio and old school chum Amy Winehouse
Name Jamie Woon Born New Malden, Greater London Family As well as releasing a string of solo albums, Jamie Woons mother, Mae McKenna, has also recorded backing vocals for everyone from Michael Jackson to Kylie Minogue and Bjrk

If your mother has sung backing vocals for Bjrk and Michael Jackson, a school mate has eight-figure album sales and the BBC listed you fourth in its influential Sound of 2011 poll (former list-toppers: 50 Cent, Adele and Mika), then you have three good omens for a career in pop. That said, Jamie Woon is in no rush. The 28-year-old spent three years tweaking his debut album, Mirrorwriting. It is an elegant interplay between Woons soft voice, subtle RnB beats and synths like Boys II Men and dubstep prodigy Burial in a jam session. But as Woon tells us at the London Red Bull Studio, its an album in which the Brit has sought to find the perfect sound for his lyrics. After your 2007 gospel-style debut single, Wayfaring Stranger, people were probably expecting an acoustic album from you. But its turned out really electronic... Ive always enjoyed messing around with technology. Listening to DJ Shadow got me into sample-based music when I was a teenager. Then one day I just sat down at my laptop and came up with a track; my friends loved it and encouraged me to keep going. I set myself a challenge. Would I be able to find a modern sound that would suit my songs and lyrics? And? The recurrent theme of the album seems to be about reducing the overall sound A commitment to tranquillity. Absolutely. Im a nervy person sometimes. The only idea I had going into making

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Dark side of the Woon: Jamie Woon loops soulful samples and dubstep beats into his atmospheric live sets

the album was that I wanted it to be quite a calming record, also for my own nerves. Its a personal, inward-looking album. Thats why its called Mirrorwriting. One name often mentioned in the same breath as yours is Amy Winehouse. We both went to the BRIT School, an artistic secondary school in South London. We occasionally used to hang out together. Later on, we met at a concert we were both performing at in New York. It was when things were just taking off for her, the day before she first appeared on David Letterman. It was amazing to see someone you went to school with just before her big breakthrough. So I went up to her and said hello: it was cool, she remembered me. [Laughs.] Your mother, Mae McKenna, is also a musician. Did you spend your youth in the recording studio? I did. If she couldnt organise a babysitter, shed take me to the control room. Going to Nashville with her when I was 15 was a big thing for me. Id just started playing guitar and bluegrass musicians were in the studio playing fantastic music and having fun. I think that was the moment I decided to be a musician. And then you invited her to the studio for your first album. Did you get on well on a professional level too? Of course! She really likes what Im doing, and its great shes done backing vocals on Night Air, my single. We joked about it, though. She was like, Theres no way you could have afforded me! [Laughs.]

Bluegrass musicians were in the studio playing fantastic music and having fun. I think that was the moment I decided to be a musician

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Winning Formula

Glide Rules

Wingsuit flying BASE-jumping wearing specially webbed kit is what Icarus would have wanted. But how does it work?
Flight Commander We like to say that we fly, rather than fall, using gravity as our engine, says Jon devore, wingsuit flyer and manager of the red Bull air force. a normal skydive might give you a minute of freefall. its overwhelming; you can really lose yourself in that minute, because what youre experiencing is pure freedom, but with the wingsuit on you can really extend the experience. natural body flight might be the purer form of sky diving, but its not nearly so efficient as when we wear the wingsuit. With the wing, what we do becomes almost an entirely different sport. it allows you to dramatically slow your rate of fall and gives you time to truly comprehend whats going on around you.
Words: Matt Youson, Professor thoMas schrefl. PhotograPhY: natalia rozova/red Bull content Pool. illustration: MandY fischer

SCientiFiC oFFiCer Base-jumping with a wingsuit comes close to realising mans dream of flying like a bird, says Professor thomas schrefl, professor of communications & simulation engineering at st Plten university of applied sciences. after jumping off the cliff, the gravity pulls the flyer down. Moving forward at high speed, his fall rate is much slower than that of a regular skydiver. head first, chest down, a skydiver without a wingsuit will reach a terminal velocity of about 200kph. a wingsuit is much like an airfoil: with sufficient forward velocity a lift force is created. this lift force reduces the fall rate to 64kph. in order to glide, the wingsuit flyer has to gain sufficient forward speed. firstly, the air resistance, or drag, has to be as small as possible. Keeping the head and arms in line with the body reduces the cross-sectional area and minimises drag; tilting forward also increases the speed. More air passes over the wings and a lift force increases. By changing the descent angle, the flyer can change his air velocity and thus control the lift force. a wingsuit flyer may reach a velocity of more than 160kph. When flying with a constant velocity v, the net force acting on the body is zero (otherwise the flyer would accelerate). three forces act on the body: the weight, W = mg, the lift force, L = 0.5CLAv, and the drag force, D = 0.5CDAv. here m is the total mass, is the density of air, A is the wing area, c L is the lift coefficent and c D is the drag coefficient. the lift force is proportional to the velocity squared. With a descent angle , the condition of zero net forces gives: L = W cos and D = W sin. now we are able to compute the distance travelled starting from a given height, h: d = h/tan or d = h L/D. the ratio L/D is also known as glide ratio. Wingsuit flyers reach a glide ratio of 2.5, meaning that they travel 2.5m forward for every metre they lose in altitude.
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Taking flight: Wearing a wingsuit enables a BASE-jumper to get close to mans dream of flying like a bird


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With the final Space Shuttle flights just weeks away, we look to the heavens and ask: what on Earth goes on off-Earth these days?


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Weather permitting, on April 19, one of the most complicated machines will be launched for the penultimate time. On mission STS-134 of NASAs Space Shuttle programme, a six-man crew on the Endeavour shuttle will perform four space walks, four payload experiments, and deliver equipment to the International Space Station (ISS). Then, on June 28, Space Shuttle Atlantis will undertake a round trip to the ISS: the 135th and final Shuttle flight, 30 years and two months after the Colombia Shuttle undertook the first. NASA is working on a replacement craft, Orion.

How long is it going to take us to get to Mars? Some say it will take several months for a manned mission to reach the Red Planet. Others who favour the embryonic VASMIR (Variable Scientific Impulse Rocket) propulsion system, which may one day propel spacecraft at 54kps kilometres per second, that is say man could reach Mars in about six weeks. In February this year, volunteers in the Mars500 project, a simulated Mars return voyage at a Moscow research centre, stepped onto the planet surface after 256 days in their spaceship. Have these people never seen Capricorn One?



Words: Paul Wilson. PhotograPhy: getty images (2), rex Features (2), corbis (1), the Kobal collection (1)

According to statistics published in the latest edition of Orbital Debris Quarterly News the only magazine youll ever need about stuff in space there are 15,899 objects greater than or equal to 5cm in diameter in orbit, categorised as either payloads (satellites, etc), rockets or debris. Smaller things cant be tracked; estimates for all orbital fragments soar past half a million. This includes bits of the Death Star and the stuff General Zod and the other two baddies break out from in Superman II.

The Mercury Seven, NASAs original bunch of astronauts, will go down in history as having The Right Stuff. Now anyone can go into space as long as they have the right bank balance. Since 2001, seven people have spent time on the ISS, having paid Space Adventures a reported US$20m each for training, a berth on a Soyuz spacecraft and some freeze-dried meals. Virgin Galactic says 400 people have already paid US$200,000 for places on its suborbital spaceship. Test flights are progressing nicely.

Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalevs interests are listed as, swimming, skiing, bicycle riding, aerobatic flying and a range of amateur radio operations, particularly from space. He has been able to indulge the last of those hobbies more than anyone else, because over the course of his six space missions he has spent more time in space than any other human being. When he returned to Earth for final time on October 10, 2005, he had logged 803 days, nine hours and 39 minutes in space, including 41 hours of spacewalking.

Mankind is reaching further into space with the Voyager 1 probe, still travelling and undertaking scientific analysis more than 33 years and 16 billion kilometres after launching on September 5, 1977. It is also carrying a gold-plated disc the size of a 12-inch record, containing 116 photos, 90 minutes of music and greetings in 55 languages for alien life forms. Zarg how charming of the humans to send us this! I know, Rixmmus, but I cant believe they still use LPs.


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From Pole to Pole mankind has populated Earths every square inch. With this series of stunning images, we reflect on how Planet Earth has become the Human Planet


Human Planet is already available as a DVD collection from for R270. Its described by the BBC, without a shred of hyperbole, as an epic eight-part blockbuster that follows in the footsteps of landmark series Life and Planet Earth

Bajau village Sabah, Malaysia Semporna is a small town in a remote corner of the province of Sabah in northeastern Malaysia. The town is on the mainland, but most of the Bajau people live on stilt villages in the bay in part of the coral sea between Sulawesi, the Philippines and Borneo. If you truly want to understand the Bajau, and what the sea means to them, you only have to watch their children playing. These water babies cavort in the ocean like young seals, splash about, dive and swim and their fishing skills must, surely, be the historical product of otter genes. The Bajau have been at one with the water for generations and the sea answers almost all their needs; their sole requirement from nearby terra firma is fresh water to drink. Not for nothing have the Bajau been nicknamed reef gypsies; until not so long ago, they considered even the fragile houses they now inhabit to be too much of an earthly obstacle to a truly free life.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010



Altai Mountains, Mongolia Caught in magnificent, elemental isolation, Sailau Jadik and his son Berik contemplate, for a fleeting moment, life in one of the remotest places on Earth, the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia. Few other locations can be so challenging to their inhabitants: a harsh climate on a barren plateau with few trees and ill-suited to agriculture. When the Kazakhs who live here go hunting, they do so with their trained golden eagles. It takes years to tutor these magnificent birds of prey to slay marmots, foxes and hares for their masters. But hunting isnt only vital for survival in the Altai Mountains; adolescent boys must also prove their manhood by training the birds. Boys such as Berik, who jokingly named his eagle Balapan, or duckling. When Balapan snatched his first fox, he was fed its liver, as is Kazakh custom. Beriks reward was less visceral: only his fathers praise on becoming a man.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010



photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010

Yandombe, Central African Republic Tropical rain forests cover just two per cent of the Earths surface, yet half of all known species thrive here mankind included. Here more than anywhere, where friend and foe are hard to tell apart, you need smarts to survive. But the BaAka pygmies add a spiritual dimension to their jungle-savvy. For them, the rain forest is the ultimate divine being, which gives them everything they need for daily life. They sing praise to its gifts of fruit and animals to eat; of plants and barks for medicine; of leaves to make the roofs of their huts; of wood to make their fires. Many BaAka have long since left behind the nomadic lifestyle, to become more sedentary, small-scale farmers and traders. But most keep their traditions alive. The BaAka may, one day, choose to leave the jungle, but the jungle never leaves the BaAka.






Lake Antogo, Mali Youd be hard-pressed to recognise this scene for what it is: an annual festival of fish that can occur only once during the year, as tradition dictates. On this special day usually in May during the six-month-long winter drought, the Dogon tribe of southern Mali live out a particular time-honoured ritual: men are allowed to fish in the sacred Lake Antogo. The lake in question is in reality more of a large pond and when its being surrounded by several hundred fishermen waiting to pounce, it looks even smaller, set as it is amid a barren desert landscape. On a signal a gunshot the Dogon men storm into the water. Fish are caught with bare hands and rough-weave baskets; many hold on to their catch with their teeth. In this maelstrom of arms, legs and bodies, the fish dont have a chance. After just half an hour, a second gunshot brings proceedings to a close. The catch is gathered and divided by the village elders.
photography: Jasper montana


Ilulissat, Greenland In October and February there are three hours of sunlight a day in Greenland, but for most of the Islands inhabitants, it feels as if the sun disappears at the end of the summer and doesnt return until the start of summer the following year. The animal and plant kingdoms have adapted to this challenge over millions of years and Greenland, the worlds largest island, boasts some suitably epic wildlife: the polar bear, the musk ox, the white-tailed eagle, the narwhal and the walrus are all common and prized by hunters. Whales visit Greenlands waters in abundance humpback, minke, bowhead and blue. Mankind has adjusted to this sometimes alien environment by watching nature closely. Only by assimilating Arctic rhythms and accepting the dark and cold for what they are is it possible to survive this long northern night.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010



The Mekong River, Laos During monsoon season, 20 times more water than usual flows down the Mekong. For fishermen such as Sam Niang, that means more fish but its a whole lot harder to catch them. Undeterred, Niang builds himself a ropebridge near the Kohne rapids to reach his special fishing perch although this isnt a bridge many of us would be comfortable to cross with such a raging torrent below. Its just two hemp ropes across the river and it makes for a wobbly daily commute. Viewed from a distance, the ropes disappear in the Mekongs muddy spume, so Sam appears to be walking not just on water, but above it. Skilled though he is at this unique high-wire act, Sams always aware of the danger he skirts especially when returning home carrying a heavy basket laden with fish. I have to be careful, otherwise Im dead. And whod look after my children, then? he asks.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010



The Omo Valley, Ethiopia Its been the vital question since the dawn of time: whos the strongest? Whos the best? The Surma, a pastoral people who live in the savannah of south-western Ethiopia, let Donga decide. In this man-on-man often village-on-village combat, two rivals pummel each other with a stick about 3m in length. The aim is to disarm your opponent, and in so doing to win glory, a head of cattle or the favour of a woman. Some fighters protect their heads with helmet-like caps woven out of thick strips of twine. Others are naked but for a codpiece and body-paint that they hope will make them invincible. In spite of all the force with which the men lash out at each other as they try to hit each other with the flexible sticks, a complex set of rules forbids unsportsmanlike conduct. The wounds the fighters eventually bear are relatively small, but they are borne with pride.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010




Mombasa, Kenya The many teeming metropolises across the Earth demonstrate in the most explicit way the extremes to which humankind has been pushed, faced with environmental degradation, overpopulation and diminishing natural resources. When millions are forced to live in a confined space, under-resourced, under-sanitised, the weakest, such as this young boy stranded blink-and-youd-misshim on a Mombasa rubbish dump, are hardest hit. Yet they represent (assuredly not through choice) a return to mankinds most primal instincts as hunter-gatherers; the arrival of a loaded rubbish truck brings forth the dumpdwellers of Mombasa to rummage for anything that might help them survive, just as many thousands of years ago tribes would have found a use for every part of a slain animal. This is their hope for a future.
photography: timothy allen, BBC 2010





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Words: Ann Donahue Photography: Brady Fontenot

Ashley Fiolek has overcome broken bones and total deafness to succeed in the traditionally male sport of motocross. Up next, another championship if only she can stop the boys from texting and wild boars messing up her track


Ashley Fiolek can often be found training in her parents back garden

ost of us spend our lives moving in a horizontal plane: walking from house to car, driving from home to work, maybe pedalling a bit on the bike after a days work at the office. But two-time womens motocross champion and double X Games Super X gold medallist Ashley Fiolek prefers life on the vertical. Give her a 250cc motorbike and shell climb on and set about finding the biggest dirt hill around to fling herself up and over. Give her a unicycle and she immediately wheels off and starts stunting with confident bunny hops. Give her a bowling ball and just before she hucks it down the lane, she finishes her approach with a quick, bouncy skip. Fiolek turns and smiles at the crowd thats assembled to watch her bowl at Floridas Anastasia Lanes in St Augustine, USA. Deaf since birth, she attended the nearby Florida School for The Deaf &

The Blind and is something of a local celebrity. Thats the secret! she signs. Jumping! Admittedly, Fioleks bowling technique sends her cell phone skittering out of her pocket into one gutter and the ball into the opposite one. Her goal on the day is to break a score of 100 an aim-low target that makes her mother, Roni, a former league bowler, sigh disconsolately. But catching air is where the 20-year-old is most comfortable. There are other rivals besides gravity that Fiolek must vanquish en route to attempting to regain her title when the motocross season starts in May. First and foremost, theres six-time womens motocross champ Jessica Patterson, who took the title back from Fiolek during the 2010 season. But a day spent with Fiolek as she trains reveals an array of foes: ghosts, robots and lovelorn boys. Also, at night the wild boars come.


i want to be the first woman to qualify for the mens national race. my fans are telling me i can do it


iolek is in the bedroom of her house in St Augustine its her first home of her own. She completed the purchase the same day as winning X Games gold last summer, and shes showing how the ghost communicates with her. Standing in front of a lavender-coloured wall in her bedroom, she signs that she will be in bed when the door to the adjacent bathroom will suddenly slam closed. We keep telling her its the vent, says Roni Fiolek. But shes named the ghost Fred. Fred, by all accounts, seems to be a benevolent spirit. And he could also be wreaking havoc with the electricity, as today the flashing light that tells Fiolek when someone rings her doorbell is on the fritz. But she still seems quite content in her new home. She has a training room upstairs with cardio equipment and free weights: her schedule is to mimic what she does on race day by getting up at 7.30am, making breakfast, reading for a while her current choice is Apolo Ohnos Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday and then working out. I started a new training programme this year, she says. I increased my strength and my cardio, and Im working with my dad again as my coach. I didnt work with him for a couple years its hard because hes my dad and its difficult to separate that. But hes the only guy I can really understand. Jim Fiolek was an amateur motocrosser who introduced his daughter to the sport when she was three, on a Yamaha with training wheels. She was racing competitively by age seven, with Jim teaching her when to change up or down gears by judging the feel of them rumbling. (Her participation worried other parents, who feared Ashley wouldnt hear their children approach to pass and she would crash into them. As it turned out, her competitors didnt find themselves in a position to pass her very often.) Riding by sensation is a technique she still uses, and when Fiolek was asked to coast in neutral for a recent commercial shoot, she confessed that its the hardest thing for her to do on a bike. After a 2010 season where Fiolek finished second in the WMX series to Patterson and struggled with her motivation as she attempted to catch up with Patterson, now shes renewed her focus on the rivalry. Me and Jessica, we both work really hard, says Fiolek. I want my title back. She wants to keep it. But I think Im ready this year. For her part, Patterson is just as eager to resume her rivalry with Fiolek. Not winning races isnt much fun, she says. I think thats why we both keep pushing each other to that next level. Its a competition that helps the womens side of the sport, which has suffered in exposure due to erratic TV coverage in recent years. The greatest

all the boys she talks to were mad at her, saying, why doesnt she text me? and shes like, im busy i have a job


a quick route to stardom is being at the top in your field and looking like a bad-ass, mud-covered dakota fanning
challenge which is a challenge for most womens sports is getting media coverage of the racing and more of the racers, says Miki Keller, founder of the Womens Motocross Association and X Games Womens Super X Director. A TV package for the WMX Nationals would help the athletes get more support deeper in the field. In February, Fiolek extended her contract with the American Honda Racing factory team for two years, giving her a bit of breathing space. Last year I was so stressed about, What if I lost? What would happen? she says. And I think this year it kind of helps me because it gives me more confidence to know that Im signed. Enough confidence, perhaps, to strive for a big goal: Fiolek has her eye on qualifying for a mens motocross national race in the 250cc class. I want to be the first woman to do that, she says. My fans are telling me I can do it. Besides her spot on the factory Honda team, there is another worry off Fioleks mind. In December of last year the metal plate was removed from the collarbone she broke in the final event of the 2009 season. If it got cold then it would start to hurt, she says. Its weird, I could feel the screws kind of moving around. (At this point, Roni Fiolek interrupts her translation of Ashleys signing to say out loud and aghast: You didnt tell me that!) If you touched it, or if people grabbed me there, the screws would be kind of popping out, and because Im so thin I could feel it and it bothered me, she explains. But it feels good now. Theres no more metal in me. Im not a robot any more. ith Fioleks back-to-back wins in the X Games, her popularity has gone up. Besides Red Bull and Honda, her sponsors include Rockwell, which designed a hot pink watch for Fiolek, and moto fashion brand Smooth Industries made motocross-style Fiolek pyjamas. Shes made the transition from teen athlete to businesswoman, and as her profile increases, so does interest in her personal life after all, a quick route to stardom is being at the top in your field and looking like a bad-ass, mud-covered Dakota Fanning. She coyly alludes to dating fellow Red Bull athlete, BMX rider Daniel Dhers, in her autobiography, Kicking Up Dirt, and shes a frequent target of yenta-esque manoeuvres by the mothers of other extreme athletes. Fiolek isnt giving anything away though: I keep getting phone numbers, but theres nobody serious, she laughs. Roni Fiolek laughs as her daughter describes playing the field. Last week was bad because she


worked from 7am to 6pm every day, so we were in bed by 9pm, says Roni. All the boys she talks to were mad at her, saying, Why doesnt she text me? and shes like, Im busy I have a job. Ashley interrupts her mom, giggles and gives off-the-cuff advice to would-be Romeos: If you dont like me, just move on. I dont need you. Even with her newfound independence, Fiolek still relies on her family. Her parents home is less than a mile away, and every day she drives her pimped-out black Ford F-150 truck with hot pink detailing down the street to ride the motocross track theyve built in the backyard. She rides for a couple of hours in the afternoon the closest neighbours drive Harleys, so theyre OK with the noise as long as Fiolek finishes by 5pm and then eats dinner. When Fiolek pulls up in front of her parents home for an afternoon riding session, her father, Jim, comes outside. Fioleks seven-year-old brother, Kicker, is laid up inside with a fever and Jim wants to keep her away from the germ zone. She tells her father about the mornings photo shoot and the tour she gave of her house. Did she tell you about the ghost? asks Jim. Its just the air vent, he explains, before giving an update on the condition of the track before Fiolek starts riding. The wild boars were back last night, he says, giving the sign for pig right hand under the chin and a vigorous waggling of the fingers. There are prints all over the place in the back. Sure enough, theres tell-tale evidence on the sandy portions of the course, with deep tracks, patches of up-rooted mushrooms and large chunks of bark missing from trees where the boars rubbed themselves. Given the size of one of the set of prints, Jim estimates that one of the boars may weigh upwards of several hundred pounds. For her part, Fiolek is less concerned with the boars than by the fact that the muddy track may hamper her practice session. She puts in a few tentative test laps to find out where there is standing water she needs to avoid. When she gains her confidence, she guns it through the whoops the bumpy part of the track and over a jump that sends her soaring in front of a cluster of pines. She repeats the circuit 15, 20, 30 times and makes goofball hand gestures to her friends and family each time she hits the apex of the jump. It may be the first time a display of finger guns receives an honest laugh from an audience.

ack at the bowling alley, Fiolek is close tantalisingly close to breaking 100. Her form gets a little more traditional; even with the hop at the end of her motion she focuses more on her back swing and is experimenting with adding some spin to the ball. In one glorious turn, it all comes together: she glides down the alley, pops up, and gives the ball just enough of a heave to send it dead centre down the middle of the lane. The pins clatter as she achieves her first strike of the session. BOOYAH! Fiolek yells and, of course, she then leaps into the air to celebrate.

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Die AntwoorD: the Bigger Question

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Die Antwoord is fronted by Waddy Jones and Yo-Landi Vi$$er. Jones inhabits his Ninja persona with such dedication that he refuses to allow anyone to refer to him as anything else


ControversiAl eleCtroniC/ hip-hop group Die AntwoorD went virAl AnD took south AfriCAn musiC gloBAl. true or fAlse? A little Bit of Both, ACtuAlly. Before, During AnD After their rise to fAme, other south AfriCAn Artists were mAking A noise, Both At home AnD ABroAD
words: Bruno morphet



own at the front of a Die antwoord show, its like youre waiting for someone to throw the first punch. the sense of foreboding is laced with adrenalin as the groups front man, Ninja, stands sullen and silent, scowling at the crowd assembled in a Cape town warehouse. Front woman yo-landi Vi$$er squeaks out the intro to Enter The Ninja, DJ hi-tek drops the bass, and Ninja comes alive: fists out, teeth bared, whipping up a riot. his performance is relentless, impossible to ignore. some poor guy takes his eye off the stage for a moment, and suddenly Ninja is nose to nose with him, barking orders through the mic, telling him that he should leave if he cant handle it. Ninja will get into peoples faces if he has to. the event is the launch of Die antwoords single, Evil Boy. Both song and accompanying video were produced by american electro maestro Diplo. It is october 2010, just nine months after the group went nova, thanks to the video for Enter The Ninja finding its way onto the hugely popular BoingBoing blog, and after that, pretty much everywhere else on the internet. the resulting wave of interest led to a world tour and a deal with the Interscope record label, home of Lady gaga and eminem. It also directed the worlds attention onto the wider south african music scene. and where many of those observers see overnight success, there is in reality something inevitable about all this. For a long time, south africa was a cultural dumping ground. In the aftermath of the boycott of the apartheid state, the countrys artists and creatives suffered from a deeply entrenched inferiority complex brought on by 30 years of geographical and cultural isolation. In music, local bands were

Die AntwoorD
STYLE: Known as zef-hop, its like Vanilla Ice, only much scarier. This is heavy rave hip-hop with a lot of swearing. carEEr: Known for his propensity to tear things down soon after building them up, Watkin Tudor Jones has stuck with Die Antwoord and achieved massive incendiary success. LiSTEn To: Die Antwoord unleashed their belligerence last year with debut album, $O$. WEB:
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Die interview
Nothing is conventional about Die Antwoord. Conducted via email at his request, here is Ninja, in his own words
Why do you think there is such a big buzz about South African electronic music now? Probably because of Die Antwoord or something. Me and Yo-landi also got a buzz after we smoked a zol and went for a ride in a SAP helicopter last week. It was during dis secret project we doing wif Neill Fokken Blomkamp, the D9 director. I got D9 tattooed inside my lower lip. Are there any South African musicians right now that youd like to work with in the future? Ja I would work with Scallywag, Isaac Mutant, Jaak Paarl, Knoffel and Jack Parow again. I also shmaak Jitz Vinger. Have you got a favourite Die Antwoord gig? All our gigs are da same. We come, we see, we skop fokken gat. How did your recent collaboration with American DJ and producer Diplo come about? Diplo sent us a beat and asked us if we wanted to rap on it. It sounded like a Kwaito beat, even though Diplo cant even spell Kwaito or his own name. We thought da beat was real nasty, plus it mystikally fitted wif dis rap we was working on called Evil Boy. So everyfing worked out spif. Who did you think was cool early on when you were starting to make your first raps? N.W.A, Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice, MC Hammer, and Da Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In your book, you mention the many other rap groups you formed while you were smoking weed. Why so many? Were you bored? I get bored when things are kak. If things are ace of bass, I never get bored. Is it true that you have kicked some people in the face at your gigs? No. Ive never kicked someone in da face at a gig. I only kneed some dronk Scottish poes in da face in Glasgow after he threw a full beer can at DJ Hi-Teks face and cut his eye open. DJ Hi-Tek punched the poes in the face also, and knocked him da fuk out. The Scottish people party fokken rof. We love dem, except dat one poes. Yo-landi was the one who kicked some French poes in the face during a live show, after he kept trying to grab her while she was rapping. She also hit him fokken hard on da head wif a Sure SM57 microphone which is a very tuff mic. But Yo-landi uses a AKG mic now cos she says it suits her voice better.

" DA BEAT wAs rEAl NAsTY, iT FiTTED wiTH wHAT wE wAs wOrKiNG ON"

not supported with any great enthusiasm and international acts only toured here as a last resort. after liberation in 1994, south african musicians were given, slowly but surely, the opportunities available to their overseas peers. after that international bands and DJs started visiting more often, the internet and social networking bridged the geographical gap, and homegrown artists and audiences became more confident in their own product. a burgeoning electronic scene sprang up in south africas major cities, with artists and producers collaborating more freely. some even went on to achieve success overseas. the announcement of south africa as the host of the FIFa World Cup, however, directed global attention beyond our borders more than ever before. suddenly, journalists arrived in numbers to document the road to 2010 and artists found their music travelling much further than before. When District 9, the sci-fi movie set in a township outside of Johannesburg, took Us$200m at the worldwide box office in 2009, it was clear that south african culture was ready, willing and able to make more big noise on the world stage. enter the Ninja. Die antwoord (which translates to the answer in afrikaans) is the latest in a long series of collaborative projects in which Ninja, aka Waddy Jones, has had a hand. this latest endeavour has been the 36-year-olds most carefully orchestrated and successful, yet it is only one of many sonic catalysts that ignited the explosion of south african electronic music. (Die antwoord stand poised to move beyond music with a film project currently being planned with Neil Blomkamp, the director of District 9.) Its important to know that the seeds for this sudden success have been germinating for years among a nexus of homegrown talent, drawn together through collaborations, and propelled by a relentless drive for success that has seen the group leave behind allegiances and identities like so much obsolete studio equipment. Inspired by the DJ sets of south african hip-hop pioneer ready D, simon ringrose, aka sibot, started spinning in small clubs in Cape town in the late 1990s, and quickly became one of the citys leading scratch DJs. a meeting with Waddy Jones in a Johannesburg club led to the formation of Max Normal, an electronic/hip-hop four-piece. the marketing savvy of Jones, then going under the stage name of Max Normal, and the bands reputation for solid live

mArkus wormstorm

spoek mAthAmBo
STYLE: Mathambos progressive sound has been labelled everything from African-electro to new wave and rap. carEEr: A self-styled Afro futurist, he gained prominence fronting SA electro-rap outfits Sweat X and Playdoe. LiSTEn To: His heavy Mshini Wam album features a Kwaito-style cover of Joy Divisions Control. WEB:

STYLE: A classically trained hip-hop and techno-influenced musician, producer and DJ known for his atmospheric soundscapes. carEEr: Has collaborated with Waddy Jones and Felix Laband. Was also involved with Real Estate Agents, Sweat X and Blackheart Gang. LiSTEn To: Check out his Not I, But A Friend mix, a download from Wormstorms website. WEB:

photography: MorNe VaN ZyL (2), NICo krijNo (1)

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performance earned them spots at major festivals in south africa and abroad, but just as interest in Max Normal peaked, Jones disbanded the group. he and sibot, however, stayed in touch and upon meeting producer Markus Wormstorm, started working on their Constructus Corporation project. the creative nucleus of Jones, sibot, Wormstorm and fellow producer Felix Laband, produced The Ziggurat, an ambitious concept album for the pioneering african Dope label, that came with an 88-page graphic novel. the scope of the project, and its escalating costs, proved to be the undoing of the

band. Jones retreated into solo work, while Wormstorm and sibot formed scratch n synth duo real estate agents, becoming the darlings of Cape towns underground club scene thanks largely to their irreverent performances in elaborate costumes. While touring south africa with the real estate agents, Wormstorm began a collaboration with Johannesburg rapper spoek Mathambo, a contributor on Jones 2005 album, The Fantastic Kill. Wormstorm and Mathambo formed sweat X in 2006, whose fusion of proto-rave, ghetto tech and local patois gained the attention of international booking agents, which resulted in gigs at clubs such as Fabric in London on several tours of europe. theres no doubt I got involved in sweat X for the fame rather than as an artistic pursuit, but I am proud of what we achieved in that time, says Wormstorm. he is currently involved in the Blackheart gang, a collective of animators and illustrators whose 2006 film, The Tale Of How, won a succession of international awards. Mathambo is a creative force all of his own, but he also typifies the evolution of south african electronic music. attending the same school as sibot in Johannesburg, he was drawn into the scene at an early age. Dropping out of medical school to study advanced marketing was a logical step for someone looking to promote himself, and soon after, in 2006, when Mathambo was 22, sweat X was formed. Not content with just the one collaboration, he teamed up with his school friend sibot to form playdoe, who, like sweat X, played festivals as part of european tours. playdoe was a killer combo of Mathambos electrifying stage presence and sibots deft scratching. they were signed to French label Jarring effects in 2009. playdoe brought me my biggest success to date, says sibot. But at that stage, south african electro was also getting a lot of attention through stuff like DJ Mujava [Mujavas electronica track Township Funk was released on legendary Uk label Warp, home of aphex twin]. his Township record virtually spawned an entire sub-genre in the Uk. By 2010, Mathambo had gone solo and signed to the prestigious BBe label in London. he put together a full live band, and named his album, Mshini Wam, which translates to my machine gun, in reference to president Jacob Zumas much-loved political anthem. I wanted to move away from the whole one guy on a mic, one guy on a laptop aesthetic that Id toured with playdoe

STYLE: Difficult to pin down. Somewhere between electronic, hip-hop and Kwaitech. carEEr: Max Normal, Constructus Corporation, The Real Estate Agents and Playdoe are all on Sibots CV. Has worked a lot with Waddy Jones and Markus Wormstorm. LiSTEn To: Sibots Super Evil Me mix on MySpace is a perfect example of his deeply eclectic sound. WEB:



Culoe De song
STYLE: Modern, deep Afro house blending African voice choirs and interpretations of Zulu Maskandi rhythms. carEEr: Found success after being selected for the 2009 Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona. De Song was inspired by the African house spun by DJs Black Coffee and DJ Kabila. LiSTEn To: His first album, We Baba, is a hypnotic, lush affair. WEB:

Culoe De song

photography: MorNe VaN ZyL


and sweat X, says Mathambo. I wanted to create a big party atmosphere on stage like p-Funk had. george Clinton and those guys had literally 20 guys on stage, you cant help but party with them. Mathambo recently returned from a tour of the United states and europe, during which he was offered a deal by legendary seattle label subpop, one-time home of Nirvana. even though Die antwoord singled him and Wormstorm out in their 2009 diss track, Fish Paste, Mathambo regards Die antwoords success as well-earned, but distinct from his own: their success hasnt affected me much, he says. But they were the first to break that difficult Us market. eloise Jones, aka eJ von Lyrik, feels slightly differently. I think Die antwoord makes great business sense, she says. But with that kind of power comes responsibility. Jones grew up in the Cape Flats community, from whose slang and cultural identity Waddy Jones (no relation) borrowed extensively in the process of creating Die antwoord. as a member of female rap group godessa, eJ achieved recognition through the Rogue State Of Mind series of albums, as well as playing large european festivals such as pukkelpop in Belgium. Now solo, she has two albums under her belt and toured germany and France last year with her band. she also disagrees with the violent, hyper-sexualised zef manifesto of Die antwoord. Coming from the gang-infested streets of Mitchells plain in Cape town, its easy to see why. I dont see why a woman needs to flash her ass at the audience to get results, she says. I think Die antwoords content is questionable, but I can appreciate the planning thats got them to where they are. hip-hop and electronic artists arent the only south africans making their mark internationally. Largely unsung on taste-making blogs is the countrys deep house sound, made by producers such as Black Coffee and Culoe De song, both alumni of the red Bull Music academy. Coffees production career took off after securing a place at the 2003 academy in Cape town, while De songs big break came in 2008 when he attended the session in Barcelona. the latters lush sound captured the attention


eJ von lyrik

eJ von lyrik
STYLE: Influenced by funk, rock and roots reggae, von Lyrics message-orientated lyrics are concerned with social progression. carEEr: First gained notable success with all-female hip-hop crew Godessa in 2000. As a solo artist, she performs with her band The Champions. LiSTEn To: Showed her true lyrical brilliance on second solo album, The Human Condition. WEB:

of german label Innervisions, who released his tune, The Bright Forest in 2009. this led to a string of bookings on the european club circuit, where he remains in high demand. the internet and social networking changed everything for us, says De song, who is wise for his 21 years. producers and DJs who you previously never had access to could suddenly be reached, and collaborations were made easier. selling music online became simpler and more producers could get their sound out to a wider audience than ever before. Im always amazed when I travel to Italy, for instance, and my music is well known. Die antwoords year zero approach to their music has made it somewhat difficult to revisit the network of collaborative projects that form their history. Waddy Jones will not answer questions about anything before Die antwoord, nor will he allow any of the material to be re-released. he inhabits the Ninja persona with such conviction that not even his friends and family are permitted to refer to him by any other name. yet those he has collaborated with on the path to international recognition have made their own imprints on the worlds music market, and continue to achieve success in their own right, both because of, and in spite of, the unprecedented focus on Die antwoord. south africa has been forced to play catch-up with the rest of the world in terms of cultural exports, but the pace with which its current roster of noted artists have succeeded shows that boundaries to competing on the world stage exist only in terms of desire and ambition if you want it, you can get it. as interest in south african music increases outside the country, so does the support for them from inside, making possible a second wave of producers and artists. hip-hop acts such as sedge Warbler and p.h. Fat play to capacity crowds at clubs in Cape town and Johannesburg, while sa festivals no longer rely on big international names to draw crowds. as the local electronic and hip-hop music scene reaches a critical mass, its clear that not only is the product stronger, but that best is yet to come.
South Africas music industry can be found online at



the whizzes of oz
Words: Matt Youson Photography: Alan Mahon Australias best racing drivers walk into the room and take up position on the couch. As always, the race overalls look highly incongruous away from a racing circuit. Its Australia Day, albeit Australia Day in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, complete with slate-grey skies, drizzle and a raw 3C. Nevertheless, too good an opportunity to miss, so Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo are in front of the cameras today. Both are doing their stereotypes proud. Ricciardo, 21, continues to wear the Cheshire Cat grin thats been ever-present during 2010. The duties of Red Bulls reserve driver havent given him much to do except attend briefings and soak up the experience over the course of last season, but hes given the appearance of loving every minute. For the new Formula One season he will move down the pitlane to be test and reserve driver for Red Bulls junior team, Toro Rosso. Webber, a veteran of 34 years, is more circumspect. Polite and relaxed, but never for one minute giving the impression that he wouldnt rather be at home watching the cricket, or pounding around on one of his bikes. Hes happy to do the interview and pose under the lights if thats the price for having the best job in the world. Ricciardo just finds the whole thing very amusing. Admittedly, hed probably be having more fun back home in Perth. I checked my friends Facebook pages this morning, he says. Theyre in limos, going to beach parties and stuff. With hindsight I think Id rather not know. Its not something we really celebrate over here, adds Webber. Though I might have a cheeky lemonade tonight. Theyre relaxed sharing the space, something thats not always the case with drivers. The accident of a matching passport doesnt fully explain it and it would be overly dramatic to suggest there exists a common bond between men born thousands of miles apart in different decades, but there is a synchronicity to their careers and backgrounds. Like most motorsport tragics, they both trace their infatuation with single-seaters back to

Mark Webber is the third Australian to win an F1 grand prix; Daniel Ricciardo is a hot tip to become the fourth

the excitement of sitting watching all the F1 races in the small hours before dawn. It was a religion in my house, says Webber. We never missed a grand prix or the Indianapolis 500, though Dad would snore his way through most races. I struggled a bit when the adverts, came on, but I usually managed to stay awake. I thought it was sensational. The first race I watched was Nigel Mansell crashing the Lotus up the hill in the rain at Monaco in 1984. I remember thinking, How the hell can he do that? Id have been eight or nine and I absolutely loved it. Id record it, so I could watch it again with a bowl of ice cream when I got home from school. I used to bore my mates, dragging them with me to watch it. Theyd rather be outside, and most of the time I would too, but motorsport was just my thing. Its like Marmite isnt it? You either love it or you hate it. I loved it. I still think its funny that Ive met some of those drivers. Mansell was writing me letters pretty much every race last year, which was amazing. Back then I was a fan of Alain Prost. At that age you pick up on what your Dad likes. Mine liked Prost, so I liked Prost too. I only became a big


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fan of Ayrton Senna after he passed away. I suppose thats natural, in a way. You only realise what people stood for when theyre gone. Now, having worked with some of the people who worked with Senna, and having looked back at the things he did and the way he handled himself, you realise what an individual he was. Ill never forget the night he was killed. I went to bed thinking it was just another crash, and then Mum came to wake me up in the morning and said he died. I thought, Nah, hes fine. It didnt sink in. Then I watched the news, and the newsreaders, who didnt usually talk about Formula One, were saying he didnt make it. I was crying before school. I wasnt even five when it happened, adds Daniel. But I had the same experience; Mum told me on Monday morning. I think it had such a big effect because my Dad was a huge fan of his. But most of those early memories of watching the races were fantastic. I didnt have an alarm clock, but I was pretty good at waking up just before the race started, running into my parents bedroom and bouncing around until they put the TV on. The days I didnt make it Id record it, then Id spend all day in school with my fingers in my ears to make sure no one told me the result. Id watch every sport if the lawn bowls was on Id be on the sofa fascinated by it but F1 was special. rom the sofa many are called, but few are chosen; even fewer of those come from Australia. Politically and financially its harder for us to make it to the highest level in motorsport, says Webber. Obviously Jack Brabham [Australias knight-of-the-realm triple world champ, of the 50s and 60s] opened a few doors, and made it easier for the likes of Alan Jones [1980 world champion] to come through, but we definitely struggle. It isnt like tennis or cricket; it isnt the huge sport for us like it is elsewhere, and there arent the [single-seater] opportunities at home, so you have to leave. Motorsport is expensive, but motorsport on the other side of the world is even more so. Financially, and to a certain extent emotionally, thats tough. There are sponsors out there, but back when I was coming through, all the tobacco money went to South Americans, because you arent going to sell many fags in Australia. Its the same with the car manufacturers: if it was me against a German for a drive then forget it. Webber did it the hard way, moving to England and scrambling through Formula

from A lAnd down under

Daniel Ricciardo moved to Europe at the tender age of 17. Initially he lived in Italy (despite speaking barely a word of the language). He won the Formula Renault West European Cup in 2008 and moved to England and the British F3 Championship for 2009. Driving for Carlin Motorsport, Daniel took the title at his first attempt and was rewarded with a three-day F1 test for Red Bull Racing, during which he consistently topped the timesheets. For 2010 he moved up to the World Series by Renault (WSR) and took the championship to the wire before narrowly missing out at the final round. He bounced back soon after with another timesheet-topping test for Red Bull Racing. In 2011 Daniel will combine another year in WSR with Friday driving duties for Scuderia Toro Rosso. But before all that, we give him much sterner Australia Day-style challenge. RB: Daniel, do you know all the verses of Waltzing Matilda? DR: No I dont, unfortunately. RB: OK, not a problem. Could you maybe identify some of the things mentioned in the song. DR: Ill give it a go RB: Whats a Jumbuck? DR: A what? A Jumbuck? Sorry I have no idea. RB: OK, moving on, how about a Squatter? DR: This is really bad isnt it? A kangaroo, maybe? RB: Not usually. And finally, can you describe a Coolabah Tree? DR: Is that one near water or something like that? RB: Good enough. Well done, Daniel. Happy Australia Day.

Ford and Formula 3, existing on talent when money was scarce and always knowing if he didnt win races, hed be going home. Daniels experience under the wing of Red Bull sponsorship has been somewhat more cosseted, though he argues the mentality is really no different, because theres always the pressure of having Dr Marko [Dr Helmut Marko, head of the Red Bull Junior programme] breathing down your neck. And even before I had Red Bull sponsorship, it would be my dad, or sponsors from home trying to push me along, says Ricciardo. Ultimately it doesnt matter, though. It isnt important whos watching you because you want to win for yourself. The pleasure of driving and doing a good job was enough to keep me going. Leaving home at 17 and travelling halfway around the world, its not easy like Mark said, youre homesick at first, but when youve been here a few months and youre doing something you love, you forget about the things you miss.

A nAturAl replAcement

Despite going to Toro Rosso for 2011, theres a lot of talk about Ricciardo ultimately replacing Webber. Raising this subject is delicate, but Webber is a rare F1 driver in that he will meet the big questions head on. The flip-side of that is a tendency to throw the toys from the pram if he thinks the question is impolite or just dumb, and few things are more likely to rile drivers of a certain age than talk of retirement. Today, though, Mark is sanguine on the prospect of passing the torch. He stresses he isnt going to ride off into the sunset any time soon, but like any pro, he avoids using the word retirement. To name it is to call it forth. I think its pretty obvious people would draw that conclusion, says Webber. Ive probably been close to it a few times, but in the last couple of years the fire has been well and truly relit. And so long as my desire, my results and my motivation are good, Ill continue. I love to see the work the guys do in the factory and being the one to take that out on track. I dont take it for granted, I love competing and I enjoy the responsibility and being accountable to the team for a good performance. Race weekends are very enjoyable. Testing isnt as exciting as it used to be, but I cant wait to drive the new car. While I still feel like this then who knows how long itll be before I decide to begin a new chapter. Having said that, Ive been the only Australian racing over the last decade, so when a youngster comes along


theres going to be comparisons and a convenience to the theory that Daniel will slot in when I leave. Maybe thats how it will happen, or maybe there will be an overlap of two or three years. Maybe hell be racing later on this year and well be on the grid at the same time in 2011. At the end of the day it doesnt really matter what people think. I dont mind the speculation I think its only normal.

toro rosso

Rather than replacing the man who won four F1 races in 2010, of more immediate concern to Ricciardo is getting to grips with the Toro Rosso STR06. Moving down the pitlane to be test and reserve driver for Red Bulls junior team is a case of one step backwards to take two steps forward: a smaller team, but the golden opportunity to drive a car in the practice sessions at each grand prix. In another quirk of fate he will emerge from the garage with the same team that gave Mark a debut: Minardi then and Toro Rosso now. Its still a little Italian outfit with a lot of heart and a place where Webber reckons Ricciardo can learn a lot in a short period of time. Its a sensational opportunity for him, but he really deserves it, says Webber. Obviously theres the track time, but hell also have his eyes opened just by seeing how that team operates. Working with us [at Red Bull Racing] last year he saw a lot of how a winning team works, and now hes going to get another perspective. Its absolutely the best of all worlds. All the practice sessions on bona fide grand prix circuits will be worth their weight in gold for Ricciardo. F1

simulators are excellent, but theres no substitute for time on the Tarmac. The downside, if it can be called that, is that he will be driving someone elses car. I dont think being careful because its Sbastien [Buemi]s or Jaime [Alguersuari]s car will be in my head too much. I think Toro Rosso will want me to rag the shit out of it! At least hopefully thats what theyll want me to do. Im not sure what Im going to feel when I roll out for the first time at a grand prix. I know it hasnt hit me yet, but it will. The fact its just a Friday practice is irrelevant, its going to feel very real to me because Ill be on track with all the guys Ive watched race for the last 15 years. Thats going to be surreal, but as Mark says, itll be good preparation for the future. The third driver rules have been in and out for a few years and have operated under various constraints during that time. The one constant has been the race drivers unvarying opinion of the exercise: they hate giving up their car and they hate it even more when the guy with his hands on their kit is young, eager and lightning fast. If Ricciardo is quick and his stellar testing pace suggests that very strongly theres going to be pressure for

him to move up sooner rather than later. Team Principal Franz Tost, a man who recognises a win-win situation when he sees one, says: Itll certainly keep them [Alguersuari and Buemi] on their toes. Thats the understatement of the year. But Ricciardo is a little more reserved. I dont see the need for there to be any tension, he says. As far as Im concerned my job is to do the first practice and to drive to the best of my ability. Its a polished answer; one might say a carefully rehearsed answer. But he needs to work on his honesty face. If youre telling a whopper its best to not be laughing when doing it. Webber, of course, is the king of the deadpan, though at the moment hes grinning. With nine seasons of F1 behind him, he knows a thing or two about the warfare bubbling under the surface of every garage.

theres a convenience to the theory that daniel will slot in when i leave

ord comes through that Englands cricket team have beaten Australia in the One Day Series at the Adelaide Oval. As an Aussie in an environment dominated by Poms, Webber takes a lot of stick when Australia lose, and he isnt averse to giving it back when they win. But some say 10 years living in England has knocked off the edges, leading to some bloggers saying hes gone soft becoming anglicised in more ways than just talking about Marmite rather than Vegemite. Never. Im still right behind any and every Australian team, no matter what the sport and Ive been lucky enough to meet a lot of amazing Australian sports men and women, says Webber. But you pick up a few things along the way, and what Ive learned in the last 10 years is that just because were Australian doesnt mean were always going to win. Other teams work hard, they apply themselves and they love to kick our arses. They do that because were good at cricket, were good at rugby, were good swimmers. I fly the flag for Australia and Im very proud of what we achieve as a sporting nation. But maybe these days Im more balanced in my opinions. Were a sporting country, adds Ricciardo. Its in out nature to want to win. Obviously motor racing isnt a big team sport, which means it doesnt have the mass recognition at home, but the same rules still apply we want to go out there and kick arse. In attitude at least, its very difficult to tell these two drivers apart.

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In the Brazilian rainforest, the annual Jerico race is as big as it gets. Its Formula One for motorised donkeys, or a mudbath Wacky Races
Words: Cassio Cortes Photography: Marcelo Maragni

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From left: Melquisedeque de Lara celebrating his win in the mud with friends; Dirceu Jos Bogorni with red eyes after his second heat; Jos Alex accelerates his Jerico at the steepest curve of the course



or Gods sake, be careful at turn two, the banked corner. race director renato the Paraguayan ribeiro is outlining the perils ahead to the 23 men gathered at the drivers briefing for the 2010 Jerico event. Go off track there and ya gonna kill a coupla people in the crowd for sure, he cautions. the 23 competitors, most aged less than 25, a few significantly overweight, all of them well-tanned, nod in earnest. the 10th annual National race of Motorized Jericos is about to start. this is a good thing, because the crowd packing the Jericodrome is getting restless. the start of the event has been delayed to accommodate the arrival of Senator Cassol, the local kingpin politician here in the remote Brazilian state of rondnia. the Senator is flying from the National Congress in Brasila directly to the tiny city of Alto Paraso to attend the race. But what is a Jerico and why is Alto Paraso, a sparsely populated place thats located on the southern fringes of the Amazon rainforest, the self-proclaimed capital of them? Jerico-maker Silvio Stedile, or Silvinho do Jerico as hes known locally, explains: When the town was first built in the late 80s, roads were so bad that no regular truck would last the pieces of bodywork just fell off. So people had to come up with a car that could take that kind of beating. What resulted were wooden chassis riding on old Jeep suspensions and powered by the stationary diesel engines used to generate electricity for the local timber farms and tin mines. Jerico in Portuguese means donkey, so the correct name for these pieces of mechanised inventiveness is Jerico Motorizado literally, a motorised donkey: the perfect workhorse for the hostile Amazonian environment. Boys being boys, it didnt take long for one local farmer to start wondering whether his diesel donkey might be faster than the one built by his miner neighbour. races low-key and ad hoc were the swift result, and a decade on, to celebrate Alto Parasos 10th anniversary, a 560m muddy circuit, which has since been lengthened, was built on the outskirts of the city, and the National race was born. it was such a hit that it became known across the north of Brazil as the Formula One of the Amazon, and around 40,000 people (more than twice the population of the area around Alto Paraso) flock to the Jericodrome year after year to watch their heroes in action. Being a Formula One star is usually synonymous with fame and fortune. in the F1 of the Amazon, however, fortune comes in the shape of the first-place prize, a brand-new Honda 125cc motorcycle (actually two, as the National race is divided in two categories, for one-piston and two-piston engines). And fame to Silvinho do Jerico, it came in the form of being elected president of the Alto Paraso City Council. Silvinhos fan following, however, is eclipsed by that of brothers Melquisedeque and Cefas de Lara,

dubbed by the local press as the Schumachers of Alto Paraso, which is a bit unfair, considering theyre both defending champions [unlike ralf and Michael Schumacher, only one of whom ever won the F1 world title]. Melqui is two-piston champ; Cefas, king of the one-piston class. the latters main rival happens to be Silvinho, who won in 2006 and 07 before being dethroned by Cefas victories in 08, 09 and 10. the brothers almost-unpronounceable names have biblical origins, which probably explains why theres evangelical music blasting from the speakers in their shop as the two make the final adjustments to their Jericos on the day before the race. the era of taking your day-to-day Jerico to compete is long over, Melqui reveals. to win now, you need a purpose-built racing Jerico. Melqui and Cefas tend to their machines year-round to appear in just two or three events annually, of which the National race is the biggest. A look at Melquis machine reveals its pure-bred origins: the engine is placed in the


Clockwise from top: Norival Silva during the first heat of the race; brothers Melquisedeque (left) and Cefas de Lara at their Jerico Factory; the street parade the day before the official race; Silvio Stediles Jerico factory before the race; Silvio in his factory



centre of the longitudinal axis, but off-centre to the right of the transversal one, this ensures a perfect weight distribution on all four wheels as the driver sits on the left. And like all Jericos, Melquis is Frankensteinlike in its assembly. the chassis frame of an old Volkswagen Kombi aids rigidity underneath, while the front suspension comes from a VW Golf. the brakes are from a Fiat Uno, and the rear suspension is Kombi too. the traction system is a work of fine art: engine power is routed by a Jeep gearbox to a centre differential built by Melqui, from which two driveshafts, also Melqui-built, direct power to a Golf transaxle in the front and a chopped Kombi differential in the rear. deep inside the rainforest, the oldest of the Lara brothers is using the same principle as the torsen centre differential that was the technical slam-dunk of the of the legendary Audi quattro rally car of the 80s. Power comes in the form of a Yanmar generator, which is listed by the factory as a 27hp unit. But its impossible to win the race with less than 50hp, reckons Melqui. We manage to get there mostly with stronger valve springs, lighter pistons and richer fuel injection. even with all the tuning, the engine still makes that pop-pop-pop, low-rev diesel sound, just like a small fishing boat. But its now a lot faster: ive reached over 85kph on the highway with my Jerico, which means Melquis can easily top 95kph on a paved road, says Cefas.

and humid, the only way for a sane person to cope is to engage in heavy drinking. Luckily, street vendors toting bottles of Johnnie Walker abound. A shot costs the equivalent of just two dollars for a simple reason: the scotch is actually Juanito Caminante, the local slang for counterfeit Johnnie. the red Bull meanwhile is legit, but its label is written in Spanish, not Portuguese, so its been brought in from Bolivia. Just as a brutal headache begins to engulf this reporters brain, Silvinho appears in a longcargo Jerico boasting all 14 girls who competed for the Queen of the race accolade. Headache be damned, his invitation to jump on and join the party on the cargo bed cannot be turned down, and from that advantageous vantage point i notice a long scar under his left ear. toppled a Jerico while practising two years ago: 16 stitches and a lot of pain. the parade passes through downtown before ending at the Jericodrome. Next to the circuit, a mud pit the size of a football field hosts action

hen the clock hits 3pm, Cefas politely asks us to leave so they can close up shop and get ready for the Parade of Jericos. Which may be, even more than the race itself, the biggest reason why half of rondnia is coming to Alto Paraso this weekend. Around 4pm, the main downtown street begins to clog up with a crowd, all in party mood, and the battle of the soundwalls starts. A soundwall is a pickup truck with loudspeakers bigger than itself, from which various types of music are blasting out at ear-bleeding volume. that variety of music is unfortunate as 25-or-so soundwalls are spread over a stretch of avenue maybe only 300m long, and all are competing for the attention of the ladies. Meantime, hundreds of small motorcycles rev high as their riders also vie for the attentions of the opposite sex, thus making the Parade of Jericos the most noise-polluted event on planet earth. With the afternoon air knife-cut hot

Ive reached over 85kph on the highway with my Jerico, which means Melquis can easily top 95kph on a paved road



Clockwise from top: Driver Juliano Moreira has his eyes cleaned by a team-mate; Melquisedeque de Lara during the final heat. He won the two-piston category; street parade action; even spectators end up covered in mud

that can broadly be defined as Amazon-rednecksplaying-daredevil-meets-USA-like-demolition-derby. Sliding your car across the mud pit in the most radical way is the goal, and big pickup trucks share space with urban compacts, which run backwards the only way to powerslide a front-wheel-dive car. People surfing on the beds of the sliding pickups is as common as trucks hitting each other. Nobody minds the fender-benders, though: timber, cattle and soy prices are all high in the international market, so everybody seems to have enough money in rondnia. Sobriety, meanwhile, is a less-valued commodity at least among those venturing into the mud pit. Well, you have to understand that for us, this is our carnival, 17-year-old Luzia Garbini, the Queen of the 2011 race, explains by way of justification, appearing slightly embarrassed by her subjects wild behaviour. As night-time approaches and with the party continuing downtown, the Jericodrome starts to



You could touch another driver and nudge him out of the line, but now the officials are very strict about contact
quieten down. Going to bed is the only option to cure the whisky-induced hangover in time for the big race the following morning. n Sunday, the racing Jericos arrive in the paddock a muddy corral at 11am. A quad race heats up the crowd. While the drivers wait for the Paraguayans safety briefing, fans shout for autographs, with the signature of lumberjack Alex Oliveira being the most coveted. Alexs machine sports a camouflaged paintjob and has taken him to four consecutive two-piston wins before Melqui dethroned him in 2010. Fast but erratic, this Gilles Villeneuve of the Amazon likes to trash-talk: Melqui only won last year because i rolled over, he says. the steering wheel on Alexs Jerico, as on most others, has a bicycle handle grip welded to the rim. to be fast in a Jerico, you need to shift gears very fast and very often, he explains. With the handle i can steer using just my left hand and keep my right hand on the shift knob all the time. its past 2pm and the thermometers have climbed above 40C when Senator Cassols chopper finally arrives, and its showtime! Heres how it works: four Jericos start lined up side-by-side for a four-lap heat. the top two qualify for the next round, until there are just four left for the big final. A helmet and a seatbelt are the only safety equipment required. the one-piston class runs the first heat. in the No 9 Jerico (sponsored by Senator Cassol himself), Norival Silva takes the lead on the first lap. No 8 then rolls over and is stuck in a dangerous spot on turn five; it takes three laps for a flagman to show up to wave a yellow flag to signal the danger. the random draw has put Melqui and Alex on the same heat for the first two-piston qualifier a Clash of titans, as the announcer shouts on the PA system. they place 1-2 with ease, while No 11 is sidelined by an engine fire. Back to one-piston, Cefas wins his qualifier, while Silvinho is defeated by his former mechanic Macedo, but goes on to the semi-finals in second place. Another mechanic at Silvinhos shop, reginaldo, is leading the second two-piston heat when a broken steering column sends him careening into a mud bank. He takes off his helmet, kneels down and cries unashamedly. in between heats, drivers work feverishly back in the paddock to fix their damaged vehicles. Support crews throw clean water on their eyes most drivers dont use goggles (too dirty too fast) and they end each heat with bright red eyes. On to the first one-piston semi-final, pitching Silvinho and Cefas head-to-head. Silvinho jumps

Clockwise from top: Melquisedeque de Lara crosses the finish line to win the race; after the final race, spectators jump into the muddy water; Silvio Stedile makes a turn in front of Cefas de Lara, during the final heat of the one-piston category


into the lead at the start, but Cefas machine is clearly faster. But as it turns out, after the first couple of heats it becomes very difficult to pass another Jerico. Only the racing line remains flat; everything else begins to look like arable land. Plus, the inside line on the two slowest corners is flooded, so dive-bombing on the hairpins is a no-go. it used to be that you could touch another driver and nudge him out of the line, but now the officials are very strict about contact, complains Cefas, who has to settle for second, but still makes it to the final. in the second two-piston semi, Alex and Melqui meet again. Melqui takes the early lead, while Alex misses a gear and drops to third. the four-time champs Jerico is much faster than ismaels in second place, but lacks the power to overcome the puddles of water outside the racing line. trying to create a passing area where there isnt one, Alex goes off-track and is stuck in the mud. Another dNF in the career of Amazon Gilles. time for the one-piston final. Marcelo Bogornis No 4 makes the best start, leaving Silvinho and Cefas to go head-to-head on the first corner for second place. the way they almost touch wheels evokes Michael Schumacher squeezing rubens Barrichello to the pitwall in last years Hungarian Grand Prix, and although theres no contact, the no-holds-barred battle takes them off the racing line and into the giant puddle at the first turn. its enough to give Marcelo an insurmountable lead. For the first time in seven attempts, he wins the National race, despite his throttle pedal breaking on the second lap. Which is impressive indeed, as it means Marcelo has to take his left hand off the steering wheel and cross it across his chest on every one of the dozens of times has to change gear on the final two laps. With Alex absent, the two-piston final should be a Sunday drive for Melqui, and it looks like thatll be the case when he takes the lead, heading into the first corner. But on the tricky turn two, the unthinkable happens: the champ goes into a spin. the dumbfounded Ohhh! that comes from the grandstands sounds like a roger Federer double fault in a Wimbledon tiebreaker. Melqui drops to last as dirceu Bogorni Marcelos brother jumps into his place, only to retire with a broken gearbox on the second lap. On lap three, Melqui pushes Juliano out of the way and moves to second behind ismael. Seeing the champ closing in on the final lap is just too much for young ismael, who misses his turn-in point on turn five and sinks into another giant puddle. the crowd goes insane as Melqui flashes by to win his second Honda bike in as many years. And so the Carnival resumes. Winners, losers, the local politicians, this out-of-town reporter: everybody either jumps or is thrown into the mud lake inside turn five. the sun is gone and the wind on our wet, muddy clothes feels chilly. No worries, though: theres enough Johnnie Walker to keep us all warm until dawn.
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To be an Ethiopian longdistance runner is to be more than an aspiring or often world-class athlete. It is to run for the very soul of your country and to uphold its proud traditions while striding for a brighter future
Words: Tobias Haberl Photography: Olaf Unverzart

Rise early in Addis Ababa and youll find hordes of Ethiopian running hopefuls pounding the citys streets

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Meskel Square, Addis Ababa




haile gebrselassie

Approaching 40 and still hopeful of a sub two-hour marathon time

I know A loT of young AThlETEs who wIll noT REAch ThE Top, buT Id nEvER AdvIsE ThEm To gIvE up

ouve got to get up early in the morning if you want to understand Ethiopia. If you want to experience the will and elegance of its people, you need to be out and about by sunrise, preferably wrapped up warm. Its cold in Addis Ababa between four and five in the morning; the city is 2,400m above sea level. The streets are grey and empty. A muezzin makes the call to prayer. Every now and then a taxi rattles past. A couple of street lamps are on, but Ethiopia cant afford to light its streets properly at night. But the people glow. One after another they appear out of the dark. Yellow, red and green specks. A sea of luminous colours. T-shirts, jerseys, tracksuit bottoms. Its only when they come up close that you can see their determined eyes. Some leave a T-shirt to change into by one of the cedar trees. Some simply start running. Some are barefoot. Like animals, silent and tireless, they run through the city. They run towards Meskel Square, past the Hilton Hotel and the Prime Ministers office. They run north on the city highway. They run for an hour or two at a time, mile after mile, morning after morning, until the sun comes up and the blue taxis reclaim the dusty roads. In Europe and the US, people jog or toil on treadmills or drag themselves around a park; they sweat, they stay fit, feel good about their bodies and then get a coffee to go before firing up their computer at the office. When people are doing sport in New York or Berlin, they seem free and easy. The rest of the time theyre stressed and concentrating. In Addis Ababa its the other way around. Running here is serious. The rest is all play, idleness, boredom. Thousands of young men and women run every morning in Addis. Then they go home and chill out before running again in the evening. Their country is one of the poorest on Earth. Almost half the people are unemployed. The average Ethiopian dies before the age of 50. So running in

Ethiopia is more than just a distraction and more than just a sport. Its a sort of unpaid job, but also an opportunity. People are actually trying to run away from their destiny. And they know its possible. Haile Gebrselassie showed them how, which is why they worship him. Haile Gebrselassie arrives back at 10am. He has been training in Sululta, the eucalyptus forest in the north of the city. Its the ideal setting, with soft, mossy ground and fresh mountain air. His Mercedes is parked down on the street while he sits in a cream leather armchair on the eighth floor of his office block. The building belongs to him. He owns another a few hundred metres away. Hes still in his black tracksuit and running shoes. He is slight: 1.64m tall and weighs 56kg. His face is wrinkled. If he was wearing a suit, hed look like a boy at a religious ceremony who hadnt got enough sleep. On a shelf behind his desk there are books about management and corporate governance. Every day of his life is divided into three parts: training in the morning, daytime in the office and then training in the evening. I used to sleep between training sessions, he explains. But I cant do that any more. His property company, Haile & Alem International, employs 400 people. Gebrselassie has become quite the man of the world. He asks if anyone would like something to drink. He goes to his desk. Makes a quick phone call, and two minutes later a secretary serves us freshly squeezed mango juice. Gebrselassie is one of the worlds most successful athletes. He dominated the 5,000 and 10,000m for years, winning Olympic gold twice and four world championships, setting 27 world records in the process. These days he runs marathons, as he no longer has the strength for shorter distances. An Ethiopian magazine has just run a story about him at home. Gebrselassie

Ethiopias capital is shrouded in smog after sunrise

and his family live in a villa with a pool. He employs two cooks, two housekeepers and two bodyguards. He collects art and antiques. In April of this year hell turn 38. In Ethiopia hes a sort of Franz Beckenbauer for running. The perfect role model: a farmers son from Bekoji who first became an athlete and then a businessman. Many Ethiopians think he could become the next president. Me? President? he laughs. Id like to do a bit more running first, he says. Gebrselassie still holds the world record for the marathon at 2:03.59, set in 2008 in Berlin, beating his previous world record of 2:04.26, which was set at the same marathon one year earlier. Even though he too gets a year older once every 12 months like us lesser mortals, he still seems to think that a time of under two hours is possible. He couldnt finish last years New York marathon because of injury and then announced that his running career was over. But a week later he retracted

the statement. And now Gebrselassie will be on the starters line-up for the 2011 Tokyo Marathon. Yet Gebrselassie chiefly talks and thinks about things beyond sport, beyond the finishing line now. In that way too hes like Beckenbauer, who eventually swapped the dressing room for VIP seats and helicopters. Gebrselassie knows that he has a responsibility. He knows that its easier to solve problems when they are addressed by someone people know. Sport and politics are overlapping more and more, and people like Gebrselassie, who can think in a diplomatic way, are becoming more and more important. Ethiopia really only has two ways of attracting international attention: when millions of people starve as they did when a catastrophic drought hit in 1984 and when its athletes bring home medals. Athletes like Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Sileshi Sihine, Tsegaye Kebede, Gete Wami and Aselefech

Mergia give their fellow countrymen a raison dtre. Its as if their medals are a bridge into the worlds consciousness. It shows young Ethiopians the importance of a will of iron and how vital it is to keep on running, even when your feet hurt and you want to cry, such as in 2005, when Kenenisa Bekele broke his own 10,000m world record just weeks after his 17-year-old girlfriend died from heart failure while out training with him. But there is a second Haile Gebrselassie in this city. He is 18 years old. He looks at you shyly. Like the Olympic champion, he too has a small moustache. When someone asks him his name he says, Im called Haile, Haile Gebrselassie, just like the champion, and his voice brims with pride. He and his father and five siblings live in a tin shack in the north-west of the city near the Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. The streets here are winding and there are rocks and potholes all over the place. Its a hurly-burly of donkeys

EvEn whEn hAIllE Is RunnIng now, hE sTIll holds hIs RIghT ARm As If hEs cARRyIng hIs school bAg

wami bir atu, 92, the first legend of ethiopian running

Abebe bikilas name was written into the history books after he became the first black African to win an olympic gold medal in 1960, but at the time biratu was Ethiopias hero with national records at 5,000m and 10,000m


With just one all-weather track in Ethiopia, athletes are forced to train wherever they can

and oxen, beggars, street children and cripples who drag themselves through the dusty streets with tattered plastic sandals on their hands. He is just one of thousands of hopeful athletes who proudly speak of their best times whenever they meet a white man. They can scent a useful contact, as a white man means sponsors, money and a future. Haile trains in Addis twice daily and usually only has his first meal of injera Ethiopian flat bread in the evening. His speciality is the 3,000m steeplechase. His personal best is 8:52; the world record, which was set in 2004, is 7:53. Haile trains alone, without guidance, without hurdles. The only place with hurdles is the stadium, but only members of the national squad can train there. A couple of times hes managed to sneak past the guards into the stadium at night, but it was so dark that he kept falling over and one time he injured his leg. Now hes training on the roads and in the forest again. There are hyenas in the forest, but theyre more afraid of him than he is of them. Hell often walk for miles to get to the place

where he wants to train. He knows how important it is to train at altitude. There is only one all-weather track in Ethiopia. Thats one track for 82 million people. One track for the worlds most successful long-distance running nation. A woman crushes garlic in a wooden pestle by a hole in the adobe wall. Shes his aunt, Haile explains; his mother died a couple of years ago. Theres no shower inside, just a bowl for water. Theres no kitchen either, just a couple of sacks with grain and somewhere to sit. All in all, its 30m 2 for six people. A wooden ladder leads to a small bedroom. Haile has to bend down not to hit his head. He shares a bed with his four brothers. Next to the bed on a wooden ledge lies everything he owns: a pair of trousers, three T-shirts, a pair of sandals, a pair of New Balance running shoes and three books. The most important of them is an English to Amharic dictionary. He studies it when hes in bed. He also tries to teach his younger brothers some words from it. Haile has still never left Addis, has still never seen a film, has still never

kissed a girl. I only want to have a girlfriend when Ive achieved something, he explains. Until then, I want to concentrate on running. He knows the life story of his namesake and idol, the man who whizzes around between his villa and his two office blocks on the other side of the city. Gebrselassies life motivates him and drives him on, but also daunts him. It could be dangerous to emulate such a life. But for now there are the hopes and the enthusiasm and the incredible willpower that seems to be an innate characteristic in everyone here. I run fast; I improve; I am eager to win. Those are the phrases young Haile repeats over and over. Theyre the phrases everyone here says. And the phrases are true enough, except that most of these people will never stand on a podium and hear their national anthem play. Yet they all believe so firmly in their dream that they dont even entertain the possibility that it might not happen. They try to get into one of the clubs or to draw attention to themselves at regional championships. They dont go to school

I only wAnT To hAvE A gIRlfRIEnd whEn IvE AchIEvEd somEThIng

or to work. They dont even look for work. They run, they pray, they sleep. Many people come to Addis from the mountains. They leave their families behind in the village and promise that theyll come back rich and famous. Their parents sit at home and also pray, sending letters to the capital, enclosing a bit of millet, tea or grain. At some point between the ages of 20 and 25, most realise that they havent got what it takes. Their times are good, but not good enough. None of the agents have appeared, and neither has the money. So what happens then? Youve got to give them free rein, Gebrselassie the champion explains. I know a lot of young athletes who will not reach the top, but Id never advise them to give up. Give up? You cant give up in sport. They should learn how to help themselves, too. They shouldnt just run. They should also work or study. I practise what I preach. My children wont be successful runners, says Gebrselassie. They dont walk one metre. They even get driven to school. Anyone who wants to become a great runner needs to be obsessed with the sport, he advises. As a boy, he would run the 10km from Bekoji to Asela to get to school exactly the distance at which he was later unbeatable for years. Even when hes running now, he still holds his right arm as if hes carrying his school bag. Young Haile knows that he needs something to fall back on. He goes to

This 18-year-old is determined to follow in the footsteps of his legendary namesake

haile gebrselassie



EThIopIAns AlwAys wAnT To wIn. ThEy donT wAnT To gET bEAT. ITs bEcAusE of ouR hIsToRy
evening classes daily. Once he finishes hell be qualified to teach sport. The school costs 60 a month. His relatives throw in some money and somehow they always manage to scrape enough together. And why does he torture himself every morning? Why does he often leave the house without breakfast to run 13 miles? He answers without hesitation: Firstly, because I want to be famous. Secondly, because I want to earn a lot of money. Thirdly, because I want to help my family with money. Theres one thing hes sure of: if you cant help your own family, you cant help your country. This is why he is trying to get into one of 30 clubs. He did get into one, having been approached and accepted after a cross-country race, but the club was a bad one and didnt pay him a salary. The club members had to chip in themselves to pay for a trainer. Haile left the club. If he was to join another, it would be the Police Club or the Mugher Sports Club, which pay their athletes between 30 and 60 a month. The best athletes then form part of the national squad 300 in all and are the only people who get to train in the Abebe Bikila Stadium. Haile would do anything, and is doing all he can, to become one of them one day. He often makes his way to the stadium to try to catch a glimpse of one of his heroes in among the young kids cleaning businessmens shoes. Much of Ethiopian runners success can be traced back to one man: Dr Woldemeskel Kostre, who has long supervised the training of the national team. Hes now over 60 but looks a lot older. Actually, hes sort of ageless. He was involved in a serious car accident in 1999 and has walked with the aid of a stick ever since. A running coach who has to drag himself around the track and limps up the stadium steps, Kostre has an artificial hip. He moves a bit like a tortoise. After the 2008 Beijing Olympics he accepted an offer to go to work in Qatar, but for a number of years before that he had trained the best long-distance runners in the world

dr woldemeskel kostre

The inspirational coach behind many of Ethiopias most successful long-distance runners on cast-iron principles. Every Ethiopian champion was taught by him. His authoritarian teaching method is based on two words: discipline and respect. Two words he constantly repeats and which he drums into his runners from the first second he meets them. Athletes and soldiers need discipline and respect, he says. Respect for their fellow man, respect for the coach, respect for the country, respect for the government. Too much democracy only spoils the athletes, he explains. Democracy begets idleness. The runners would do as he said because they knew that he knew what was best for them. In 2007, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted him the worlds best coach. He has this explanation for where the strength of will that marks out his countrymen comes from: Ethiopians always want to win, he explains. They dont want to get beat. Its because of our history. Ethiopia is the only country in Africa to have driven out its colonial masters in this case the Italians. They dealt the Italians two devastating defeats without many weapons. The same miracle occurs on the running track. Ethiopians dont race each other. They run for their country and for its good reputation. Gebrselassie doesnt race Kenenisa Bekele. They run against the clock, against temptation, against the comfort zone. It doesnt matter how much money theyve earned, the next time they want to be quicker, and the time after that they want to be quicker again. Theres one man and one story that everyone in Ethiopia knows: Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win Olympic Gold, a feat he achieved in the marathon at the 1960 games in Rome. Having only been added to the Ethiopian Olympic team as a last-minute replacement for the injured Wami Biratu, Bikila ended up with a pair of running shoes that didnt fit properly. So a few hours before the start he decided to run barefoot, which is how he had always trained. Bikila went on to cross the finish line barefoot in a new world record time of 2:15.16. He is now a legend, an idol to both the young and the older Haile Gebrselassie. He is an idol for millions of Ethiopians who toil and suffer and who cover dozens of miles every day, hungry, thirsty, in tattered shoes and all for no medals, no reward and never hearing anyone say to them: Well done. Im proud of you.
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Flippin amazing: NZs Levi Sherwood flies high at Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid last year. This years visit to the Spanish capital marks the series 10th anniversary. Turn the page for tour dates

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A colourful, action-packed show and a deafening atmosphere at Madrids Plaza de Toros de las Ventas

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Those Red Bull X-Fighters have been wowing crowds for a decade. The big anniversary party takes place in Madrid this summer, so we thought wed give you some ideas to make your stay in the Spanish capital that bit better

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The Red Bull X-Fighters competition at the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas in Madrid has been a highlight on the sporting calendar since 2002. More than 23,000 bike-crazy fans some armed with chainsaws and white handkerchiefs guarantee a frenetic atmosphere at Spains largest bullfighting arena. The crazy freestyle motocross event turns 10 this year, making it an extra-special season, and this Madrid leg of the tour promises to be a unique occasion, as Spanish daredevil Dany Torres, last years winner Robbie Maddison and eight other bikers lock horns with reigning champion Nate Adams in a display of their breathtaking flights through the night sky. But step away from the arena and youll find the city has plenty of other attractions.

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The Plaza de Toros de las Ventas arena is right next to Ventas metro station on lines two and five. A single ticket costs 1 (R10). Its only 30 minutes in a taxi from Madrids Barajas Airport in the north-east of the city to the arena and the journey isnt expensive, but the traffic is terrible in rush hour. If you havent got much luggage, you could take a motorbike taxi to avoid the queues.

Regardless of where you sit in the 23,000-capacity arena, your view will be unimpeded thanks to the steeply set stands. The best place to sit is right in the middle so that youre swallowed up in the atmosphere. The Madrid fans are very enthusiastic and crazy about bikes. Some bring chainsaws (without blades) to the stadium which makes for quite a racket. Ear plugs are essential!

Last years winner Robbie Maddison in action And then celebrating If you want to stay right next to the arena, check yourself into the modern, four-star Rafael Hotel Ventas. Its big talking point is a wonderful art collection. Then theres the swanky four-star Zenit Abeba. Its about 600m west of the Plaza de Toros in the pretty district of Salamanca. Prices for a double room including breakfast start at about 80 (R796) for the room.

If you want more action, you could take your (hired) bike for a spin at the Jarama Circuit (30km north of Madrid) or a little further north at El Molar Motocross Circuit, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

In recent years, the event has always been held over two days. But this year it will take place on one day July 15. You can buy tickets online at and as well as at El Corte Ingls department stores throughout Spain. If you cant get your hands on a ticket, you can still follow all the action on Red Bull Web TV.

If you really want to get involved in what is probably the most colourful stop on the tour, you should dress up as a superhero or bullfighter. But dont put on too many clothes the temperature in Madrid in July can reach a sweltering 40C.

One tradition thats been borrowed from bullfighting is spectators waving white handkerchiefs. Thats how the public express their admiration for a torero, so it seems fitting that the crowd does the same for a fancy bike trick. The handkerchiefs, which are distributed free for the Red Bull X-Fighters competition, are a sought-after collectors item. Make sure you grab one on the day.

You might meet one of the riders at Los Timbales, on Calle Alcal 227. This tapas bar is right next to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas and has real torero flair. You should definitely try their speciality of Rabo de Toro thats oxtail to you and me.

If youve got time to hire a motorbike for a day, you should definitely ride along the open mountain roads from El Escorial to Avila. One of the places bikers like to stop for a snack is at the Bar Cruz Verde. Get your wheels from one of these hire services:

ngel Nieto is a 13-time motorcycle road-racing World Champion, so its little wonder hes a hero in his homeland. If you want to know more about the life of a man who racked up 90 grand prix victories, then head over to the Museo ngel Nieto. It can be found at: Avenida del Planetario 4. Opening hours in July: 9:30am to 3pm and 5:30pm to 8pm weekdays; 10:30am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


PhoTogRAPhy: PReDRAg VuckoVic/ReD Bull coNTeNT Pool (2), JRg MiTTeR/ReD Bull coNTeNT Pool (1). illuSTRATioN: ANDReAS PoSSelT


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TSG downhill helmet; Scott goggles Safer, better-looking and much more comfortable than an ice hockey helmet, plus downhill goggles with transparent lenses. Special Ice Cross Downhill helmets will soon be on the shelves.

CCM elbow pads Its only natural to come into contact with the boards in our sport. Top-quality ice hockey pads are a must-have item.

Salming gloves These lightweight ice hockey gloves dont just keep your hands warm; theyre protective, too, in case you fall over. Crashed Ice socks My favourite pair of socks are from Red Bull Crashed Ice Lausanne in 2009.

Red Bull Crashed Ice bag Airlines frequently try to charge me R3,000 excess baggage fees for the bag, and its always a pain to get it down to R600.

get the gear

Pro kit

Ice-cool all-rounder
claudio caluori The

Swiss mountain bike downhiller and World Cup team boss is a Red Bull Crashed Ice expert, impromptu cameraman and TV pundit. This is his equipment for testing tracks at the fiercely contested downhill races

Graf Ultra G-70 ice hockey boots Top Swiss skates. The blades are interchangeable for different tracks and temperatures.


Biberli A Swiss pastry with an almond filling for something to eat on the road. The best thing to go with it? An ice cold Well, what did you expect?

CCM pants Heavily padded, good-quality ice hockey pants are a big must.

CCM shoulder pads A loan from the world of ice hockey. Pads are being developed that will also give spine protection.

Knee and shin pads Another ice hockey loan. As we dont have to block flying pucks, they can be a bit thinner in our sport.
PhoTogRaPhy: jRgen SkaRWan

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MONDAY MORNING 300 chin-ups, wearing a 16kg rucksack for the last 100
10 sets of bench presses

TUEsDAY MORNING 12 sets for the back and stomach muscles using weights AFTERNOON Paddle 10 2 min at 100 per cent; 1 min at average speed. Then 20 sec at 100 per cent, and 10 sec taking it easy: repeat until end of 8km course

wEDNEsDAY MORNING 300 chin-ups, wearing a 16kg rucksack for the last 100
10 sets of bench presses Friend Challenge To bring a bit of variety, a friend and I think up funny challenges, such as who can do 1,000 press-ups the quickest AFTERNOON Paddle on flat water; 5 to 10 min warm-up, 5 min at 90 per cent, 1 min taking it easy, 5 min at 100 per cent, 1 min taking it easy, 4 2 min at 100 per cent, 20 sec taking it easy, 10 20 sec at 100 per cent, 10 sec taking it easy

ThURsDAY MORNING 12 sets for the back and stomach muscles using weights
AFTERNOON Paddle 10 2 min at 100 per cent, 1 min at average speed. Then 20 sec at 100 per cent, and 10 sec taking it easy: repeat until end of 8km course

FRIDAY MORNING 20 5 sets of chinups (five per set, ending up as high above the bar as possible). 100 chin-ups in total
10 sets of bench presses AFTERNOON Paddle the whole river at different intervals: 5 min at 100 per cent, 2 min taking it easy

sATURDAY ALL DAY Crosstraining For a charity race for the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, I had to do a kayak race, then a mountain bike race that went from 2,400m to 3,000m, and after that a 10km run with 900m of elevation gain, then we had to do a road bike race up the Vail Pass. This sort of torture helps you push your limits. Plus its for a good cause

sUNDAY ALL DAY Sunday is normally a laid-back day when I do what I feel like. But if my friends and I are in the mood, things can get out of hand. One time, someone bet us we wouldnt be able to do 150km on our racing bikes. We got home after 250km and a couple of serious mountains. That sort of thing keeps you motivated

AFTERNOON Paddle (8km, level of difficulty: 5); keep pulse rate lower than in the morning
Uphill sprint 3 450 steps

work out
Train like The pros

success secreTs from

Christian Schiester Extreme runner

race. But try not to be put off; think in terms of solutions, not problems. I ended up finishing that race third after being in 44th at one point. 5. Learn from things You learn something from every experience. Whether its the visual impressions, the culture or the pain, they all help you develop.

Fast & hard

Tao Berman The

extreme kayaker on his intensive competition training

1. Think short-term Think from checkpoint to checkpoint, milestone to milestone: 250km is too big to get your head around. Partial successes motivate you and will urge you on. 2. No pain no gain You cant fight pain. Accept it and learn to deal with it. I once ran on with an open flesh wound in a 200km jungle race in the Amazon; it made me much stronger mentally. Long-term damage: none.

3. Do your homework You can only be physically and mentally prepared to take it to the limit if you have an idea about what to expect. You cant just blindly stumble into things. 4. stay flexible Things dont always turn out how you expect, of that you can be sure. I was lost for hours during my first desert

If your job involves making your way down 10m waterfalls, its not a bad idea if your body can handle a few hits. It wouldnt work if I didnt have a strong body, Berman, 31, explains. His training consists of gym in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon. And its important to be flexible. I get bored quickly if I do long endurance training exercises, so I dont run much, he says. Thats why I keep my training as short and as intense as possible, up to the point where Im ready to puke. When people tell me they dont have the time to train, I say: Do what I do. You can get all the positive effects of training in 25 minutes.

PHoTogrAPHY: CHrIsTIAn PonDellA/reD Bull ConTenT Pool (1), IAn CoBle/reD Bull ConTenT Pool (1), Jrgen skArWAn/reD Bull ConTenT Pool (2)

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I was often all alone in the studio


The new album Angles rivals their classic debut but, guitarist Nick Valensi tells Piers Martin, recording it wasnt an entirely harmonious affair

out now
EssEntial listEning

When New York indie titans The Strokes shot to fame in 2001, they made rock n roll look easy. Millions of record sales and numerous solo projects later, the five-piece are back with Angles. This adventurous fourth album finds the band embracing different styles while staying true to their garage-rock sound. Although Nick Valensi reveals a fractured approach meant it was a long time in the making.

Why spend so long recording just 10 songs? We started in January 2010. We were in a big, expensive studio [Avatar Studios in New York] for two and a half months. We spent a lot of money and recorded an album, but we kind of scrapped it and started over by ourselves. In future Id like to make albums faster. I think that having a band thats in the same room together would facilitate that. What do you mean? The process of making this record was more fragmented. Once the songs were written, our singer Julian [Casablancas] never showed up to the studio when we were recording. He was on tour doing his solo stuff a lot of the time. There were days when I would go into the studio by myself and

lay down guitar solos, then someone would come in and want to change something. Nevertheless, youve moved out of your comfort zone: the song, Games, features synthesisers and a drum machine. I think I was most comfortable working within the limitations of two guitars, bass, drums and vocal. There are some new sonic elements, which maybe I was resistant to at first. I can stress out about how were going to do stuff live. Are we going to get a keyboard player? I dont know if I want to be in that band. So do your influences extend beyond Iggy Pop and The Velvet Underground and these days? Joy Division was a sonic reference, as well as a lot of 80s stuff we love The Cars. Daft Punk was referenced too: not in terms of song writing, but more the sound of things.
Angles is out now on Rough Trade. More info at
The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi


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The Worlds besT chefs

Best food forward

Daniel Humm After

our guest at Hangar-7

cooking up a storm in Switzerland and San Francisco, this top chef now works and runs in New York City

At 14 I had to choose between cooking and becoming a professional mountain biker, says Daniel Humm. He chose cooking and, after training, Humm began working for the best chefs in his native Switzerland. Grard Rabaey had a big influence on me, says Humm, who worked with him at the triple Michelinstarred Le Pont De Brent. Every day I spent with him was like a competition. Hes a perfectionist. From Rabaey he moved on to Nik Gygax. It was with Gygax that Humm cooked his way to a first Michelin star of his own at the Gasthaus zum Gupf in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. He was 24. All of a sudden all eyes were on me, he says. Two years later he was invited to chef at Campton Place in San Francisco. Until that point, Id spent all my working life in Switzerland. It was my chance to see the world. Then his French cuisine won over critics and drew attention from the east coast. When I was offered a job in New York, I said yes straight away. The people, the energy and the city fascinate Humm. But he still needs sport for some balance: I run the New York Marathon every year; that makes me happy. And he doesnt just jog it either. Last year he ran it in a rather rapide 2hrs 51mins.
St Pierre [John Dory] with lemon sauce, grapefruit and young soya beans

My PHilosoPHy
Contact Interaction with his diners is particularly important to Humm. The guests eat one course at a table in the kitchen, he says. They can keep a close eye on us from there. Minimal Words cant describe a dish all that well, says Humm. So we only write the main ingredients on our menus. That gives us a little more freedom in the way we prepare the dish and a diner can also remove an ingredient if he or she wishes. Inspiration Five years ago, a critic gave us three-and-a-half stars out of four, saying that all we were missing for the perfect four was a little bit more Miles Davis, he says. She was referring to Davis coolness, spontaneity and ability to think ahead. A large Miles portrait has hung in the kitchen ever since.

My restaurant
Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue New York, 10010 USA What I really love about the restaurant is its tall windows, says Humm. Youre right in the heart of Manhattan with a good view of the Flatiron Building, but at the same time youre surrounded by all the nature of Madison Square Park. I consider myself very privileged to work here.

Hangar-7s guest chefs

Every month, a guest chef comes to the Ikarus Restaurant in Hangar-7, at Salzburg airport, and teams up with the permanent in-house kitchen staff to create two menus. The guest chef for April 2011 is 34-year-old Swiss Daniel Humm, whos head chef at the Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York City. You can find more information about Humms menus and forthcoming guest chefs at the Ikarus restaurant at For bookings and enquiries send an email to or call +43 662 2197-77.



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TasTes of The World

national disHes to make at Home

Roman oxtail stew

italy The rich, meaty dish with a sweet surprise is food fit for gladiators. Buon appetito!

tHe reCiPe
Serves four 1.5kg oxtail, cut into pieces at the joints Salt, pepper Flour Olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely cubed 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 500ml white wine 400g Italian canned tomatoes, roughly chopped 70g pancetta (Italian bacon) 3 sticks of celery 3tbsp small raisins 3tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted 15g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa content) Nutmeg 3tbsp chopped celery leaves

Coda alla vaccinara or Roman oxtail stew is considered by many to be The Eternal Citys signature dish, loved for its beefy flavours set off by chocolate. In Imperial Rome, cows were butchered according to a strict and rigorous social pecking order: nobles got the best quarter; clergy the next best; the bourgeoisie got the third-best part with the last quarter for soldiers. That still left the tail, however the so-called quinto quarto or fifth quarter. The butchers in Regola, the seventh rione [district] on the banks of the Tiber, had no complaints: offal, head and tail were all money in the bank and they devised a panoply of cuts and dishes for the poor from these leftovers. Coda alla vaccinara oxtail butchers style became the most famous. Why so? As any abattoir worker will tell you, the best meat is close to the bone.

Preheat the oven to 150C. Season the oxtail with salt and pepper, dust with flour and brown gently in olive oil in a large baking tray. Remove the oxtail and add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook through and deglaze with white wine and tinned tomatoes. Cube the pancetta, brown in a pan without any fat and add to the baking tray. Put the oxtail back in the sauce, cover and braise in the oven for 2 hours. Meanwhile, slice the sticks of celery into 5mm pieces and blanch in salted water so that they remain crispy. Remove the baking tray from the oven and stir in the celery, raisins and pine nuts. Cover and leave to braise for another 30 minutes. Then grate the chocolate into the sauce and season with a pinch of ground nutmeg and more salt and pepper to taste. Finally, simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes and sprinkle with celery leaves just before serving. Eat with polenta or crusty white bread.

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Natural born lady killer

Cee lo green Despite fears over his response, we quizzed the Grammy Award winnner

PArty the world over

Night cube-ing
The WrighT Venue, Dublin

The last few weeks in Cee Lo Greens life have been more exciting than many other popstars whole careers. In a feathered Muppets outfit the US soul singer teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow on stage at the Grammy Awards Show, where he won not just a golden gramophone, but also the audiences sympathy. Soon after, he scooped the prize for Best International Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, and just recently he entered the Red Bull Soundclash ring in Las Vegas to meet fellow musicians The Ting Tings in a creative battle. It was a brilliant show, witnessed by 6,000 spring breakers, and both acts finished with a collaborative rendition of Cee Los hit Forget You. And thats not all. His new tune Bright Lights, Bigger City, from his album The Lady Killer, is just about to be released and his European tour kicks off in early April. The Red Bulletin broke into his schedule to ask him to think fast and give his off-the-cuff responses to our nosy questions. 1) Your spring break song? Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. 2) Your wild vacation? Freaknik [spring break in Atlanta; now defunct]. 3) Your unusual music choice? Nothings unusual. 4) Your karaoke song? Perfect Day by Lou Reed. 5) Your 9-to-5? Goodie Mobs new album.

Its got the thrill of dancefloor mixed with the intimacy of a luxury members bar, but the clubs owners explain theres even more to it
When we started the club in July 2009 our idea was to create a combination of the best nightclubs from around the world. Taking inspiration from the likes of XS, Pacha and Tao. This form of nightlife experience has never been seen before in Ireland. From outside the club looks like a gigantic flashing Rubiks Cube, incorporating a multicoloured light show. If we were to compare our interior to a movie it would be Studio 54 meets Moulin Rouge. We usually get going from the minute the music kicks in. Its a mystical world of glamour, theatrics and fun. We consider the club packed if there are 2,800 people partying the night away.

If we had to define our regulars, they would be sexy, glamorous, fun-loving and FABOOSH, and with just as much love for music as us. The craziest night was Weve had many. Our most recent ultimate night was when Usher came to party with us. He arrived on Friday and didnt leave until Sunday. Or when Rihanna ended her European Tour at the club. We should also mention our bathrooms because the mens LED urinals flash to the beat of the music, the ladies find themselves looking into heart-shaped mirrors, and the sinks are held up by mannequin legs. The best night spot nearby to buy something to soak up the alcohol is Pizzadog. Whether youre a pizza or a hotdog lover, theyre the best in Ireland.
The Wright Venue South Quarter, Airside Retail Park, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland Tel: +353 1 8900099

Cee Lo Green

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Portishead Dummy I heard this for the first time in the late 90s when I was about 10. It was the first piece of electronic music that blew my mind. I had a couple of mates at secondary school who were into the same stuff, so wed go to the electronic nights where DJs played this kind of experimental hip-hop. But Dummy inspired me to start making music myself. The whole record sounds like one piece, but every track is also individually amazing.

The Streets Original Pirate Material One of my favourite albums of all time. It has this sound of London in it, and its a very nostalgic thing for me because it came out about the same time that I started going to pubs. Of course I could relate to the lyrics a lot, too. My favourite tune is Turn the Page, the first track, and I love to end my DJ sets with Weak Become Heroes. Just recently Ive heard a couple of tracks from Mike Skinners upcoming album. Its OK, but still not half as good as this early masterpiece.

Take Five
The music ThaT influenced The sTars

Portishead inspired me to start making music myself

wordS: fLorIan obKIrcHer. PHoToGraPHy: JaMIe-JaMeS MedIna

Crystal Waters Gypsy Woman This is my favourite dance track from the 90s. Its the chord progression that I love, its melancholy but people dance to it. Recently Ive been playing more house tunes in my DJ sets, and I love to drop Gypsy Woman. I think its the progression in dance music, thats the big thing for me going to clubs to hear new music and how its moving forward.

Jamie xx The

London beat maker kicked off a solo career this year with a reworking of one of his favourite albums by soul legend Gil Scott-Heron. He explains why that record is so special and talks about four others that inspired him

Its been quite a year for London-based indie trio The xx. Their eponymous debut album waltzed up the UK charts and received the vaunted Mercury Prize, while numerous artists including Gorillaz and Shakira covered their gentle, melancholic pop gems. The bands beat juggler, Jamie xx, managed to escape from media hype by locking himself up in the studio to fine-tune his solo project, Were New Here a reworking of Gil Scott-Herons 2010 soul standard comeback album Im New Here recently released to critical acclaim. Jamie, 22, recreated Scott-Herons original with wobbly bass sounds, bouncy dubstep beats and shimmery synths and the result is an album that sends the listener back to the future. However, Scott-Heron is just one of his influences.

Rjd2 Deadringer Its the first sample-based record I got into, I love the creative way Rjd2 boiled bits from soul and funk. Sometimes I dig through my record crates lots of them have parts I want to sample some day. I was impressed by Deadringer as I had no idea how they did it. I wanted to find to out more and that led me to the Akai MPC. Its now one of my main instruments.

Gil Scott-Heron Im New Here Ive been a huge fan of his music since my childhood, as my parents are big soul fans. But I admire the fact that this recent album wasnt a political one like most of Gils others: it shows a more personal side of him. As for the production, it complemented Gils vocals so perfectly. I stripped away most of Richard Russells music from his production of the original album. I felt it was a fresh start, I wanted it completely different to what Richard was doing. And it seems I did well Gil loves it.

Jamie xx and Gil ScottHeron: Were New Here (XL Recordings). Listen to Jamie xx on the turntables at redbullmusicacademy


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Vettel and Webbers one-two finish in Malaysia

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NASCAR SpRiNt Cup SeRieS uSA (1) Texas MoTor speedway, ForT worTh, 09.04.11 Last years championship runner-up denny hamlin cant wait to get to Texas. Last year the 30-year-old came out on top in both races on the 1.5-mile quad-oval. FiM MotoCRoSS WoRld ChAMpioNShip bulgARiA (2) sevLievo, 10.04.11 This seasons favourite is current champion, antonio Cairoli. The italian is out for a third title, but there will be competition from his German KTM team-mate Maximilian Nagl, who won last years Bulgarian race. WRC RAlly joRdAN (3) dead sea, aMMaN 1416.04.11 This is Jordans third appearance in the world rally Championship. sbastien Loeb is the latest in a long line of Jordanian rally kings, taking the 2010 crown on the dirt roads but can he continue his reign in 2011? FoRMulA oNe gRANd pRix MAlAySiA (4) sepaNG iNTerNaTioNaL CirCuiT, 10.04.11 Last years race was all about red Bull racing: pole position, fastest lap, and a one-two finish for sebastian vettel and Mark webber respectively. as ever the question in Malaysia: when will it rain? FoRMulA ReNAult 3.5 SpAiN (5) aLCaiz, 1617.04.11 having finished just two points behind last years winner, australian daniel ricciardo is eagerly anticipating another chance to take the coveted crown, starting with the season opener at Motorland aragn. Red bull RookieS Cup poRtugAl (6) esToriL, 30.04-01.05.11 The youngsters are already familiar with the 4.36km estoril circuit from pre-season testing in March. after the season-opener at the Jerez track in spain, the talent moves on to a further two races in portugal.

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Red bull CliFF-diviNg WoRld SeRieS MexiCo (7) iK KiL, yuCaTN, 10.04.11 The magical location of sacred Blue Cenote is just 3km away from the Mayan ruins of Chichn itz. here the worlds best cliff divers jump from almost 27m into the pool below. oNeill ColdWAteR ClASSiC SCotlANd (8) Thurso, 1319.04.11 This contest is all about extreme surfing. Last year, only the most daring took to the waves clad in thick wetsuits to contend with chilly water temperatures and heavy snowfall. ASp WoRld touR AuStRAliA (9) BeLLs BeaCh, viCToria, 1925.04.11 sally Fitzgibbons is yet to register a win on the asp womens world Tour, and with the support of her home crowd, Bells Beach would be the ideal place to change that. extReMe SAiliNg SeRieS ChiNA (10) QiNGdao, 1517.04.11 The seasons second port of call sees the red Bull extreme sailing team at the 2008 olympic sailing venue. The season began with a very promising third place in oman.

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this month theres a whiff of petrol in the air as the motorsport season gets under way. heres our guide to the events not to Be missed


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CoAChellA MuSiC FeStivAl uSA (18) eMpire poLo FieLd, iNdio, CaLiForNia 1517.04.11 Coachella is americas most important outdoor pop event, but its not childs play, even for hardened festival fans. during the day, temperatures in the Californian desert can reach 38C; at night its bitterly cold. But that doesnt bother the 25,000 fans as long as theyve got a line-up with stars like arcade Fire, Kanye west, The strokes and interpol. eleCtRoN FeStivAl SWitzeRlANd (19) GeNeva, 2124.04.11 For three days, the electron Festival turns the whole of Geneva into one big digital playground. There are interactive installations all over the city, exhibitions and conferences at the Museum of Modern art and electronic gigs at a range of venues, including the red Bull Music academy stage. RokoleCtiv RoMANiA (20) The arK & MNaC, BuCharesT, 2325.04.2011 with transgender activist and conceptual artist Terre Thaemlitz answering questions from the audience, and Nabazmob planning to perform an opera for 100 smart rabbits, its quite clear that the rokolectiv Festival isnt your usual muddy-field affair. Though its partly staged in a museum, it wont just be populated by people in horn-rimmed spectacles: Motor City drum ensemble, omar-s and Legowelt will be sure to light up the dancefloor with some house sounds. l.e.v. SpAiN (21) various veNues, GiJN, 2930.04.11 with the likes of Mount Kimbie, James Blake, aufgang, scuba, shackleton all starring, the L.e.v. Festival brings together an eclectic line-up of young guns for an electronic marathon. and to top it all off, bosses at the experimental raster-Noton label are hosting a red Bull Music academy workshop. Red bull bC oNe CypheR boliviA (22) La paz, 30.04.11 The worlds best B-Boys are set to come together for the next red Bull BC one competition this autumn in st petersburg. But before that can happen a host of local up-and-coming breakers need to show what theyve got now in national qualifying heats, with the aim being to impress champion jury member Lilou. Now its time to call in at the Bolivian capital.


The B-Boy heroes will call into the Caucasus

Red bull FuNk-Se touR bRAzil (11) various CiTies, 0124.04.11 The akai MpC [Music production Centre] is a compact groove machine with something like holy cow status in Brazil. it was on this gizmo that local producers came up with rios distinctive electro-rap baile funk sound. on the red Bull Funk-se Tour, the best MpC artists go head-to-head with the craziest beats their machines can muster. SNoWboMbiNg AuStRiA (12) MayrhoFeN, 0409.04.11 For one week only the austrian valley of zillertal turns into a music Mecca, as thousands of young Brits come to spend their spring break at the snowbombing Festival in Mayrhofen. But theres none of the traditional aprs-ski music here these holidaymakers will be getting down to The prodigy, Ms. dynamite and ramadanman.

uNSouNd FeStivAl uSA (13) New yorK, 0610.04.11 polands best festival is going on a junket, crossing the atlantic for the second time to bring some weird electronic music to New york. Germanys acid dandy atom, British bass-futurist Lone and Bulgarias new house guru KiNK will all be on the plane. Red bull thRe3Style uSA (14) piTTsBurGh 08.04, MiNNeapoLis 16.04, ChiCaGo 22.04, BrooKLyN 22.04, To play three music genres in 15 minutes is the challenge the local dJs face at red Bull Thre3style. The styles they go for dont matter, as long as they manage to meld them together elegantly. The dJs are judged on their choice of songs, skills, creativity and most importantly how well they rock the house. bReAk oN StAge SpAiN (15) La CasiLLa, BiLBao, 09.04.11 head-spins, power-moves, top-rocks: this dance contest sees international crews including de Klan from rome, La smala from Bordeaux and the Jinjo Crew from seoul turn into human spinning tops. Red bull bC oNe All StARS AzeRbAijAN (16) BaKu, 1415.04.11 geoRgiA TBiLisi, 1618.04.11 ARMeNiA yerevaN 1820.04.011 Champion Frenchman Lilou and his six dancing colleagues are to the B-Boy world what the Justice League is to the world of comics. They are light-footed superheroes, each of whom has special powers. This time around, the red Bull BC one all stars make their way to the Caucasus armed with a host of new tricks to show the locals. tiMbRe: RoCk & RootS SiNgApoRe (17) MariNa proMeNade, 1516.04.11 The Timbre Festival in singapore has a line-up as sumptuous as a four-tier wedding cake. Multiple Grammy award-winner John Legend joins British rising star imogen heap and hip-hop poet Michael Franti, all topped off beautifully by the inimitable Bob dylan.

PhotograPhy: red BUll racing, getty images, camilo rozo/red BUll content Pool, hrUr ellert lafsson


British dubstep duo Mount Kimbie

Sally Fitzgibbons hopes for a home win in Oz


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April 2011

Save The Date

dont be Stuck for Something to do thiS month. chooSe from our Selection of inSpirational eventS

Screaming trees
The forests and gravel roads of the lowveld will once again play host to one of South Africas great rallying events, the Sasol Rally. Simply known as The Sasol, it has long been the most popular of local rallies, attracting more than 12,000 spectators each year to the stages around Komatipoort. This year, The Sasol also forms part of the African Rally Championship. heading up the challenge in the premier S2000 class is the VW Motorsport team and their four-driver roster of Enzo Kuun, hergen Fekken, Jan habig and the new boy, SAs Dakar hero, giniel de Villiers.

Ironman athletes tackle 3.8km in open water

Enzo Kuun

Until 21 April April 10

Iron wills
The hugely popular Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa once again takes place in and around Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth. It begins with a 3.8km ocean swim (thats 152 lengths of a 25m pool) followed by a 180km bike ride and a run of 42.2km: standard marathon distance. Several of the worlds leading triathletes will take to this years starting line, including SA favourite Raynard Tissink (right), winner of the 2010 race. Spectators envisioning a one-timeonly view of the action should note that competitors pass through the start and finish area at Hobie Beach no fewer than 10 times.

Inspired by the philosophy of community art project Write On Africa to inspire ourselves to inspire each other to inspire change the I Art SA Community Mural Project has a simple premise: to promote and celebrate local artists, mural art, and the culture of the communities living on the other side of the murals. Eight young SA artists, including Black Koki, Dathini Mzayiya, Faith 47 and Boamistura, have been invited to create murals over three days in Cape Town. The process will be

documented with video and still photography; the films and photos will then be exhibited at the A World Of Art gallery, Woodstock Industrial Centre, 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock. Money raised from the sale of prints will be used for a Write On Africa project to paint a local school.



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hings are sedate in Chandigarh, in the foothills of the Shivalik Hills, the most southerly of the Himalayas. Indias first planned city, it has wide open roads, traffic that travels at an amble rather than a shamble and a gentle flow to life that seems a million miles away from new Delhi. As I write this, there are two members of the Punjab Police stationed just outside my room on the fifth floor of the Taj Hotel in Chandigarh. There are two others patrolling the floor, around 100 in total in the whole of the hotel. The hectic pace of modern India may seem a million miles away in new Delhi, but the Cricket World Cup is in town, the South African team are staying in the same hotel as me, and in India there is little more valuable than a cricket player. The Indian budget was announced on February 28, the day South Africa jetted into Chandigarh and, among the sound of numbers being crunched, protest marches being organised and belts being tightened, emerged the belief that the growth of India as a modern economic superpower has been paralleled by the career of one Sachin Tendulkar. In 1991, when Manmohan Singh, now prime minister, in his then job as the countrys finance minister, announced a new industrial policy that allowed the economy to open up, Tendulkar was just starting out as a superstar. A fledging economy prepared itself to explode and make its mark on the world, while a young cricketer set out on the path to set records that no one may ever beat. If Manmohan Singh broke the shackles of the nations economy in 1991, the same happened on the cricket field through the bulky bat of a 5ft 5in batsman with a squeaky voice and the most vicious on-drive ever, wrote Manas Gupta in The Times of India. Tendulkar, with his middle-class upbringing in suburban Mumbais Sahitya Sahawas, went where no man had gone before. As our economy began its majestic

Mutual Ascension
The meteoric rise of Indias economy is mirrored in a certain cricketer, says Kevin McCallum
rise, the nation saw hope in this genius from Indian crickets capital. Finally, India had a player who could take the game to the opposition. Prior to the youngster, great Indian players like Sunil Gavaskar could shore up Indian defences, but here now was a young gun eyeing victory. Suddenly, after years playing second fiddle, India were ready to hit back both in business and on the cricket pitch. And hit back they did. Tendulkar will live on as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time, a man who has dominated and defined his sport the way Muhammad Ali did boxing, the way Pel did football, Wayne Gretzky did in ice hockey, Michael Schumacher did in Formula One and Michael Jordan in basketball. Jordans effect on the US economy, while not quite shadowing a massive growth period on the scale of Indias, has been immense. In 1998, Fortune magazine estimated he had had a $10bn impact on the US economy. The sports first true superstar, whose name

Minds Eye

Kevin McCallum is an award-winning sports journalist and acclaimed columnist for the Independent newspaper group

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and fame became big enough to break free from the insular beast that is US sport and spread across the globe, he took basketball to where it is now. Fortune estimated Jordan was worth $5.2bn to nike, with whom he ran the Air Jordan range of sports gear. Other companies endorsed by him raised his impact another $408m. With $3.1bn in nbA-licensed merchandise, salaries for players rocketed from six-figures to $2.6m in the five years since Jordan started playing. TV ratings rose, so did attendances at matches. but Jordan could not understand the hype. Jordan told Fortune: I never really envisioned myself having any kind of major impact on people. even now, when I see kids wearing my shoes, its kind of wild. Sometimes I still feel shocked. Tendulkar never expected to be so omnipresent that he cannot go out in public without a guard. A retired South African cricketer related a story to me in which Tendulkar said he would wake up to drive his Ferrari in the wee hours of morning as that was the only time he would feel he wouldnt cause a riot. Through the years, as Indias economy gained momentum, the economy of the Tendulkar household didnt do too badly either. Sachins pathbreaking multi-crore deal with WorldTel made him crickets first millionaire. not that he let it affect his game. He stayed in the zone, the monk with the Ferrari, wrote The Times. now, 20 years after the reforms that transformed our sleeping economy into a crouching tiger, and ages after an enthusiastic boy convinced his skipper to let him open the innings, we are one of two fastest growing big economies in the world, while that teen with the squeaky voice has become a legend. Still, when he goes out to bat, India holds its breath.


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