#26: Odwa Zamane (FRM)
Happy New Year FRM Newsletter family! <3 Our editor ushers us into the new year with a fresh batch of recs including the 60s monthly 'Beatles Book', 'The O.C.' (2003 – 2007), and more!
Before we kick-off the year in typical FRM fashion, we just want to take the opportunity to welcome back everyone who has been supporting The FRM Newsletter. And for those of you who are new – welcome :)
Odwa Zamane is a Johannesburg-based writer & creative consultant – mainly focused on fashion, art, music, film, literature and its impact on local youth culture. He is the founder & editor of FRONT ROW MEDIA, as well as the curator of this newsletter.
We welcome him back to The FRM Newsletter to drop some editors recs & share what he’s been into recently!
🖤 brendahashtag’s 032c column ‘Brenda’s Business’
Brenda Weischer aka. ‘brendahashtag’ is a writer & consultant largely known for their work under ‘disruptive berlin’ and more recently, their own column for 032c titled ‘Brenda’s Business’. She simply posesses one of my favourite fashion minds; her fashion commentary is always informative & unfiltered – a true journalist at heart. I strongly recommend you check out her Twitter too for the real tea.
💽🎼 Amoeba What’s in my Bag? on YouTube
Veery cool YouTube show I’ve been following for the past few years. Super good way to expand your music tastes too – by checking out your favourite global artists and getting an inside peak into what kind of music they listen to. There have been a lot of great episodes but I’ll mention the Earl Sweatshirt & Samiyam episode for now. Very refreshing to know that Thebe is also a Todd Rundgren fan.
🎵📲 DESIGN AUDIO#10 (FRM New Years Playlist)
The latest DA Playlist includes songs from The Libertines, Wolffisdead, Hook & Nedarb, The Cranberries, and more.
👩🎤🎸 Remembering Vivienne Westwood
REST IN PERFECT PEACE DAME VIVIENNE WESTWOOD. From her work marrying punk sensibilities with sustainable principles and fundamentals, Vivienne Westwood had an incredible influence on the trajectory of punk-influenced fashion. Her early collaborations with iconic UK bands such as the Sex Pistols introduced modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
🇯🇵👾 Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) on Netflix
This show is a Japanese mecha anime, or even cyber-punk anime, first broadcasted in Tokyo (Japan) from October 1995 to March 1996. Evangelion is set in the fortified city of Tokyo-3 only fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm took place. The protagonist is a teenage boy by the name of Shinji Ikari who is tasked with saving humanity through piloting a giant bio-machine named ‘Evangelion’ or ‘Eva’.
🎸📖 The monthly Beatles Book (1960s)
Now this is an extremely rare find which I am super obsessed with. ‘The Beatles Book’ was The Beatles’ own monthly magazine featuring exclusive interviews, photographs and content like their newsletter, diaries of touring anecdotes, fan club letters and more! I’ve managed to get my hands on a few original copies dating back from year 1964 – 1967.
🔵🎬 Colette ‘Mon Amour’ documentary (2020)
Directed by Hugues Lawson-Body and co-produced by LA PAC, Eliane Lawson-Body and Highsnobiety, ‘Colette Mon Amour’ provides an inside look in the days leading up to the closing of the flagship Colette concept store in Paris, 1997. Colette was well-known and revered for its expert curation & astounding experiential retail experience.
🇯🇵🥾 Kiko Kostadinov x HYSTERIC GLAMOUR collaboration
One of my favourite streetwear slash high-end collaborations from 2022. I think its because of the infusion of the Tokyo punk influence from HG as well as the ingenious garment technology, materials and silhouettes from Kiko. Also loved the art direction for their the social media campaign roll out.
👩🎤🎬 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (1982) directed by Lou Adler
This film is about a trio of misfit teenage girls who start a fledgling punk band, ‘the Stains’, which becomes a media magnet due to the theatrical & controversial antics of their lead singer, Corinne Burns.
So I absolutely adored this series growing up during my adolescence. The plot follows the life of Ryan Atwood, a troubled-yet-gifted man from a broken home, who is adopted by a wealthy philanthropic family – the Cohens. He forms a strong bond with his adoptive brother, Seth, as they navigate the wealthy world of Newport Beach (California) as outsiders.