Friday, 24 October 2014

The X Factor South Africa Live show songs on iTunes

Great news for The X Factor South Africa fans is that iTunes will be making all of the songs performed by contestants during the live gala shows on SABC 1 available for download, starting this week. This ground breaking initiative for X Factor SA marks the first of its kind in South Africa, where recordings of the songs performed during the LIVE gala shows will be made available for distribution through iTunes during the live broadcast. SABC TV head of Publicity, Zandile Nkonyeni says, “We believe in supporting talented artists and cultivating South African musicians. SABC 1 is proud that this format, The X Factor South Africa, is growing and reaching outlets like iTunes. It is another step in which the SABC and the show have taken to bring another first to our viewers. After auditioning thousands of hopefuls around the country and narrowing down the field to the nine top solo singers and groups, The X Factor SA, broadcast on SABC1 on Saturdays at 17:30, has now hit warp speed as the live shows bring an extra dimension of competitiveness and excitement to the singing competition. South African television audiences will begin casting their votes for their favourite acts, who will hear their fate during the live results shows on Saturdays at 19:30 on SABC1. This nerve-wracking process of elimination will culminate in the crowning of the first ever X Factor SA winner on Saturday 13 December 2014. “iTunes and The X Factor have worked closely together in other international markets in the past, and we are excited about extending the same benefit to South Africans,” said Paul Thackwray, Marketing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, which is sponsoring a recording contract for the winner. Between now and December, the finalists will be performing in the region of 60 songs during the live televised shows. Starting on Saturday 25 October 2014, all of these tracks will be available for download on iTunes, starting from the evening on which each number is performed. The songs will be available for the duration of the competition. Simply visit the South African iTunes store, where all the songs will be available in a dedicated X Factor South Africa section. Fans can also check out The X Factor SA website, Facebook page or Twitter account to find out how to support SA’s latest stars-in-waiting by downloading their powerhouse performances. The cost per track is R5.99.

CD! Burgerd + Zita - Burgerd + Zita

Burgerd and Zita is a brand new and fresh approach to the Afrikaans duet market. Both of them being blessed with charmingly good looks, beautiful voices and just a general love of life. Being married also helps to capture the energy that really gives this album a creative edge. Both these artists will keep their solo careers active, as most of their live performances are for them individually, but the duet album will definitely take preference for the next 12 months, as the response on the album has just been amazingly overwhelming.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

HOT CD! U2 - Songs Of Innocence

Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

SIZZELING & COLOURFUL! Pretoria Neon Run with 5MF featuring the hottest local music with Shortstraw and Beatenberg

The city of Pretoria is set to come alive on Saturday the 15 of November, when South Africa’s most electric night-run, the Pretoria Neon Run, powered by 5FM hits your streets. This neon-extravaganza takes place at Supersport Park and will see participants run, walk, cycle or skate a 5km route at night covered in neon accessories and body paint. Join thousands of energetic runners, joggers, cyclists, skateboarders and walkers all decked out in neon paraphernalia and manoeuvre through an exciting route of glow stations before celebrating at the post-race party with a dazzling laser light show and a line-up of some of South Africa’s top DJs and musicians. Gates open at 15:00 with music throughout the event. 5FM DJs Roger Goode, Poppy and Rob Forbes are guaranteed to get your pulse racing and the party started and if you’re into live performances, then you’re in for a treat with two local chart-toppers, Shortstraw and Beatenberg performing on the night as well. Get pumped up with indie rock band Shortstraw- who are well known for getting the crowd dancing and enjoy catchy tunes by Beatenberg- the fresh new face of pop music in SA! Although the race only starts at 18h30, you’re encouraged to get there early so that you don’t miss a minute of the exciting line-up. A beer tent and food stalls are available. The cost is R230 per person, under 11s pay R90 while if four people or more book the price is R190 a person. Ticket prices include all entertainment as well as a glow stick and head band. Tickets available at

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

INDUSTRY NEWS! Newest pop culture music streaming app launched in SA in partnership with Deezer & Vodacom

South African mobile provide Vodacom is stepping with the demand for music via mobile increases by partnering with Deezer. The new app enables music lovers across the country to enjoy their favourite hits from their favourite music artists. The Deezer editorial team consists of 50 editors worldwide that cover all genres and cultural affinities and brings users the best selection and discovery opportunities. A unique element of the app is Flow that allows users to listen a randomly selected song before purchasing the full album. Users will also have the opportunity to stream live and listen to both local and international radio stations, easily create playlists suitable to their music preferences and discover new and exciting artists before anyone else. Deezer is available for all Android, Apple and Windows Vodacom subscribers.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

REVIEW! Prince – Art Official Age

His Purple Highness is back with something better than expected. I was a huge fan of Prince in the 1980s, but found his CDs of the 1990s and 2000s a bit bland. Not exciting me or just something I'll listen to for a few seconds before skipping to the next track on my mix CD. However, with Art Official Age, Prince's 33th CD, he is sort of coming back to his roots. It's timelessness funky best with guitar funk, pulsing EDM beats and a booty bass. I was surprised I actually enjoyed the CD. It was a pretty good solid release which ignited my interest in the enigma that is Prince. Some of my favourite tracks on this CD includes “Clouds”, “Gold Standard”,  “Breakdown” and “Breakfast Can Wait”.

CD! Jamie Cullum - Interlude

Award winning broadcaster, song-writer and celebrated musician Jamie Cullum announces releases ‘Interlude’, the jazz album (featuring Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter) through Island Records.  Lead single, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter, Gregory Porter is now at radio. Jamie Cullum's musical taste is eclectic to say the least. His live reputation is well deserved and his sold out concerts pluck from the widest musical spectrum, from heartbreaking ballads through to live sampling and beat boxing. His recordings have been equally diverse, and most recently Jamie can be heard guesting on albums by Labrinth, Rizzle Kicks, Birdy and alternative hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030. This is a man confident in his own musical skin. But let's not forget, Jamie is the UK’s bestselling jazz artist, ever. His radio show is the most listened to jazz broadcast in all of Europe and on ‘Interlude’ it is into his love of jazz he dives. This new album is a collection of twelve tracks, cribbed (mostly) from the earliest days of jazz, recorded simply in one room, with incredible musicians, like it used to be. In his own words, from a tour bus between summer festivals, Jamie says, “When I finished my last album, Momentum, I’d started to get into the habit of immediately starting work on something new. I was renegotiating my record deal and not sure of what was going to happen next. My jazz show for BBC Radio 2 in the meantime was three years old and through that I’d been meeting some amazing people. I was well acquainted with the British jazz scene but only through the show did I get the chance to sit in a room to chat specifics with some of the leading lights of this vibrant community.”

CD! Hozier - Hozier

Finding a ‘sure thing’ in the music industry remains as difficult a task as it has ever been. Beyond the raw talent, it is fair to say a huge slice of luck remains ever necessary. However, taking a sizeable punt on fast-rising Irish musician Hozier would appear to be of limited risk. Having already accrued a healthy home fanbase off the back of the Irish only release of the incredible single Take Me To Church in late 2013. It’s the timeless but contemporary sound of his rich, raw vocal and the bluesy, soulful songwriting that manages to sound both intimate and vast in equal measure. Sedated is a similarly important sounding statement of intent. It strides with purpose, all darkly emotive vocals, piano flourishes and the suggestion of a big band that swells and soars. You’d be hard-pushed to compare him with anybody but the greats of yesteryear.

CD! Rebecca - Ama VIP

The Queen of gospel is back and this time she is taking no hostages. Rebecca has flourished in the genre and his, her 35th album is testament to that. With an amazing starting line-up of Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe, Long term producer and friend Sizwe Zakho and even the Metro Fm Dj, Thami Ngubeni. “Sivikele” the first single from the album is already gaining popularity on radio stations country wide. In the true spirit of divinity Rebecca decided to collaborate with the winners of the ‘Clash of the choirs’ season 2, Team Robbie on most of the songs on the album.

REVIEW! Prince & 3rdEyeGirl - Plectrumelectrum

It seems like Prince is partying like it's 1999. 3rdEyeGirl's Plectrumelectrum with Prince is a funky guitar driven affair. It's packed with whiffs of Jimi Hendrix, Ernie Isley, Eddie Hazel and many more. The 3rdEyeGirl rhythm section of Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford Welton and Ida Nielsen provides a solid foundation, and shares some lead vocals on Plectrumelectrum. It's still a Prince production, a Prince CD with the Prince trademark sound. I truly enjoyed this more than Prince's new CD, Art Official Age.

CD! CH2 - Soos In Die Ou Dae

CH2 has proven themselves to be one of the most talented guitar teams ever to be part of the South African music scene. With guitar music being a firm favourite among the South African music consumers, this album will definitely hit a chord as it offers the consumer with a great nostalgic journey of some of the best known and most loved Afrikaans songs ever produced. Putting their own flair to the songs, and recording every sound with the ir guitars (Yes every sound including drums done with the guitars) With 2 vocal tracks performed by none other than Rina Hugo and Steve Hofmeyr, this will definitely a hit album.

CD! Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman [Deluxe/20th Anniversary Edition]

To celebrate this twentieth anniversary, the record has been meticulously remastered at Abbey Road for a deluxe reissue by Underworld's Rick Smith. Revisiting the original MIDI files, Rick uncovered a wealth of  previously unreleased material and rare alternate mixes that sit alongside the  record’s original companion singles and remixes and offer a fascinating insight  into the creation of the record. The resultant release is the definitive version of  one of those rare records that truly deserves to be described as a classic. Available on a multitude of physical and digital formats, outlined below.

CD! Nianell - Just Be

Nianell is a double platinum, platinum and gold selling superstar. Nia started her career with 3 very successful English albums, 1 double platinum and 2 platinum, then slowly started making a mark for herself very successfully in the Afrikaans album market. With song placements overseas, her being a well renowned inspirational writer with an international book deal, she has just returned to her routes with an English album titled “Just be” This album brings to light the artists amazing song writing abilities, as well as one of the best female voices to ever come out of South Africa. This is truly an amazing album, with inspiration, positive energy and a voice that will blow the public away. This will be a Top 20 title from Bow until the end of Christmas, and in 20 years’ time, this will be one of the Gems produced locally, and will still keep on selling.

Space Ibiza 25h anniversary hits Johannesburg

The world’s biggest names in electronic dance music will descend on Johannesburg when Space Ibiza celebrates its worldwide 25 Anniversary Tour at an explosive day-night music event on 29 November 2014 at The Riversands Incubation Hub. Headlined by global powerhouse Chuckie and dance sensation Borgore, the 13-strong line-up brings an unprecedented mix of talent to South Africa, with sounds ranging from Dirty Dutch, progressive tech and drum and bass to dubstep, deep house and deep tech. These guys will unleash hours of non-stop beats and pulsing sounds across both dance floors. Party it up at the Deep Tech dance floor and move over to the Progressive Tech main floor as it switches to tech house and finally electro. The eclectic range of music and entertainment will ensure the crowd is kept bouncing and jumping from day to night. This will all go down at The Riversands Incubation Hub in Midrand. Due to massive demand from Joburg electronic music fans, G&G Productions has had to move the Joburg leg of the tour to a bigger venue to accommodate more people. The Riversands Incubation Hub is a brand new venue and Space Ibiza will be the first large-scale music event to be held there. An amphitheater has been constructed that is designed specifically to cater acoustically to music shows of this size. This new venue will mean G&G has the opportunity to create the ultimate Space Ibiza experience that has become known around the world. Joburg is one of 25 cities that will host Space Ibiza as part of its “25 Years, 25 Cities” anniversary tour, where it will make history by visiting 25 cities around the world including Moscow, Jakarta, Dubai and many more. Johannesburg – don’t miss this chance to be part of Space Ibiza history. Secure your tickets to the Space Ibiza 25 Year Anniversary Tour now.

CD! Bryan Adams - Tracks Of My Years

Multi-platinum recording-artist Bryan Adams has announced the release of his new covers album, “Tracks Of My Years”, a diverse collection of time honoured classics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The eleven-track album will be released October 3rd through Polydor Records and features a wide range of influential musical styles, from Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music", Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" to The Beatles' "Any Time At All". The album will also include a brand new track entitled, “She Knows Me” co-written with Adams’ long-term writing partner Jim Vallance. The Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Bryan’s classic hits including “Heaven”, “Summer of ‘69” and “Run To You”. "Making the selection of the songs for the album took a long time" noted Bryan. "We recorded all kinds of songs until the songs sort of presented themselves, or sounded different enough from the originals. We did about 3 months of recording, spread out over the course of 2 years. Radio was king when I was a teenager," Adams reflected, "you'd hear McCartney's "Admiral Halsey" straight into "Kiss and Say Goodbye" by the Manhattans. Radio didn't discriminate back then".