Exploring every nook and alley of a city like New York brings me huge joy. However, when the adventure ahead is limited to only a couple of days (and by a weak rand) it helps to have some more personalised directions from the insiders. I called on trusted friends who’ve made the city their home. From restaurants and bars, to shops and galleries, here are their (and my) tried and tested favourites.
XANDER FERREIRA (aka Gazelle):
Celebrated for his flamboyant stage persona, this South African visual artist and musician is known for his fusion of contemporary electronic sounds and traditional African music. His new EP has just been released and he calls his new direction “a reverse version of Paul Simon’s Graceland”, fusing African sounds with a variety of American musical styles. He has teamed up with an impressive list of musical masters such as drummer Steve Williams (De La Soul, Sade, Digable Planets) and Paul Frazier on Bass (David Byrne, Chic, Chaka Kahn, Arrested Development, Digable Planets). The new sound is best summed up by Ferreira: “a fusion of traditional South African music, Afrofunk, 60’s Pop, Soul and Psychedelic Rock accompanied by an undertone of Electronic sound”.
1. Lucien, 14 1st Avenue: A French bistro that attracts the who’s who of our contemporary times but also makes the best lamb chops in town.