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Monday, 10 April 2017

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR makes history again

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR launched a crowdfunding campaign on 22 March 2017 via Thundafund to raise money for their first full length album in 11 years.  Their dream goal was to raise R500 000.  This amount was set to cover the album production and printing costs, music videos, marketing expenses and various crowdfunding and other expenses.

The band’s fans reacted with fire and two records were quickly shattered.  According to Thundafund, they raised the most money within 48 hours and also managed to raise the most funds for a music album in South Africa to date. Within only 9 days, Fokofpolisiekar exceeded their dream goal of R500 000 and this amount is still ticking over as fans continue to pledge for an album they clearly would do anything for to get made. 

We were all ecstatic on Friday afternoon when we struck R500 000. The campaign kicked off with a bang and the funds just kept coming in. It was quite surreal at times. We are extremely grateful to our fans for their support. We are now more amped than ever to write a killer album,’’ says Francois van Coke.

And the pledges are still rolling in…

On Tuesday morning, 4 April, Fokofpolisiekar received over R570 000 in pledges and there are still 47 days left for people to back the project.

The Fokofpolisiekar band members know that in the current state of the music industry it is very difficult to sell music and for that reason they had many other rewards available as part of this crowdfunding campaign.

State of affairs

“We know that album sales are on an all-time low and that’s one of the reasons why we decided to go the crowdfunding route. To recoup the costs of an album these days is almost impossible, especially for a band that does not produce mainstream music,’’ says Jaco S. Venter.

It is very interesting to note that of the R570 000 raised, only 446 units of the upcoming album have been pre-sold.  That amounts to only R61 580 of the R570 000 that has been raised by album pre-sales.

“It is crazy that album sales make up such a small portion of the money that we have raised. But, don’t get me wrong, we did not expect it to be any different. It just confirms the state of the industry and that we have gone the correct route. Imagine we spent R500 000 on this project and had to recoup that via album sales. We would have been screwed,” says Wynand Myburgh.

‘’We are extremely grateful to our loyal fans and the intense love they have shown towards the band. We did not expect to have raised this much in such a short time. Whether it was through selling T-shirts or signed posters, it was done and we are grateful. Now, let’s go for gold,’’ says Johnny de Ridder.

Fokofpolisiekar sets a new target

This fact leads the band to a new target for the crowdfunding campaign.  They will attempt to sell more units of the upcoming album in the next 47 days.  Fokofpolisiekar would love to reach Gold status with the pre-sales of 15 000 units from their Thundafund page. In their 14 year career they have never had a gold record and in South Africa not that many artists achieve this, especially on the day first day of release.

They encourage everyone to take the step and back them by pre-ordering either the digital MP3 album for only R80, the physical CD for only R100 or the vinyl (a limited number is available at R350).

Fokofpolisiekar makes a pledge to their fans

Fokofpolisiekar also wants to make a pledge to their fans. If they reach R700 000, they will play a free show in Cape Town (on a first come first serve basis) and if they reach R800 000 they will play a free show in Gauteng (also on a first come first serve basis).

PAROW FEST – Jack’s Own Festival in The Netherlands

JACK PAROW’s own Parow Brandy has given him the vigour and inspiration to start writing his fourth full length album!  So get ready to be excited for this release in September 2017. Johnny de Ridder from Fokofpolisiekar will be the main producer and the current working title is Africa for Beginners.

Top Notch, a record label from The Netherlands, was also elated by this news and offered Jack Parow a licensing deal to release his album there. To celebrate this joyous occasion Jack will have his own festival, aka PAROW FEST, to launch his new album in the Netherlands… dik fancy.  The festival will be held at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht on 4 November. 

Guy Buttery and Kaki King live in South Africa

South African born and raised guitar virtuoso Guy Buttery, teams up with legendary American guitarist and composer Kaki King for a tour that will take South African audiences and guitar enthusiasts by storm. This run of concerts will feature King and Buttery performing side by side for a singular performance in Johannesburg with another in Cape Town. The two met while Buttery was on tour in the USA and hit it off instantly. After shooting a video of one of their improvised jam sessions at King’s home studio in New York City, the talk of a tour together was immediately on the cards.

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years, the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours. In addition to her own solo work, Kaki sometimes performs accompanied by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, premiering a classical piece commissioned by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

“Guy Buttery is something of a National treasure”, says South Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognized guitar player, Guy enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. His international role has surpassed merely performing concerts to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity. Guy’s distinct unification of South African guitar music is the musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place he calls home. Buttery has worked with an incredible myriad of artists including Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, VusiMahlasela, multiple Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman, Salif Keita, Preston Reed, The Violent Femmes, Jon Gomm and countless others.

Expect high dynamics, delicate African inflections combined with inner city groove in a unique fusion by two of the greatest minds in progressive guitar playing today.

Concert details

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Rivonia Barnyard Theatre, Sandton, Johannesburg. 8pm. Tickets: R295pp

Friday, 14 April 2017
Lush Festival,  Linwood Farm (R711) Clarens, Free State. 3pm. Tickets available at – www.lushfestival.com/tickets

Sunday, 16  April 2017
The Slave Church, 40 Long Street, Cape Town. 8pm. Tickets: R250pp – www.breakout.nutickets.co.za/kakiking

Monday, 17  April 2017
Parklife Festival, Green Point Stadium Fields, Cape Town. Tickets available at – www.parklifefestival.co.za/cape/tickets

Diplo Heads To Johannesburg For One Night Only!

Dance music fans are in for an incredible party as worldwide electronic music heavyweight Diplo heads to Johannesburg on the 23rd of April for ‘One Night with Diplo’, a single evening concert experience taking place at the iconic Fox Junction event venue and The Goodluck Bar.

Diplo has crafted an impressive career as a musician/DJ/producer. The Grammy-winning producer has proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence. 2016 saw Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MØ debut at #1 on the iTunes songs chart in 58 countries worldwide and reach #1 on the U.S. pop radio chart. The song continues to top charts worldwide, with more than 861 million streams to date. Diplo also contributed two songs, “Hold Up” and “All Night,” to Beyoncé’s #1 album Lemonade and received three Grammy nominations in 2016 for Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording (for Where Are Ü Now with Skrillex and Justin Bieber), and Best Dance/Electronic Album (for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü).

The collaboration with DJ Snake, “Lean On” featuring MØ became the most successful independently released song of all time after peaking at #1 on the Top 40 chart and being certified platinum by the RIAA. “Lean On” became the most streamed song on Spotify of all time with more than 850 million streams, and only nine months after its release, the corresponding music video for “Lean On” became one of only a handful of videos to reach 1 billion views on YouTube, and is in the Top 10 most watched videos of all time. The double platinum single “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Justin Bieber from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, has enjoyed similar success and won the group an MTV European Music Award as well as an American Music Award for Collaboration of the Year.

Watch the video for ‘Diplo - Revolution (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai)’ - https://youtu.be/nv76KvFV748

One Night with Diplo is set to be an unforgettable event as Diplo is joined by a selection of South Africa’s top electronic acts hosted across two stages – The Fox Junction Main Stage and The Goodluck Bar Stage – each setup with a massive lighting and production rig delivering an explosive visual and sonic experience.

Local rock legends Prime Circle team up with RADA Unearthed

With six studio albums under their belt, Prime Circle aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The local rock legends have achieved more than most. Longevity aside, the band have attained multi-platinum-selling status in South Africa, they have performed the world over - recently returned from a sold-out show in London.
The success has certainly been thrilling, but victory is not the only thing these natural-born music makers are chasing. Wanting to give back a little, Prime Circle have teamed up with non-profit company RADA (an acronym for rape, alcohol, drug and abuse), and their CSI music project RADA Unearthed.

Late last year, RADA Unearthed launched a compilation album featuring a bevy of South African talent, including Prime Circle. The album’s main focus is to give up-and-coming musicians a platform to showcase their talent. Since the local rockers are certainly not in need of additional exposure, their contribution served a different purpose: to create and boost awareness of RADA and RADA Unearthed.

Formed in December 2000 in Witbank, Mpumalanga, Prime Circle are a forced to be reckoned with, giving of their very little spare time to raise awareness around RADA Unearthed and more predominantly RADA itself.
Ross says, “The world is fraught with undeniable hurt and the work RADA do is invaluable. J-P and I have known each other for some time now and getting involved with his non-profit company was an easy choice. We wanted to give back to the community, not only the music community, but the community as a whole, creating a sense of hope and inspiration for future generations.

“Keep Marching On is a song about facing the obstacles that life throws our way. Finding light in the dark that surrounds us, especially in the current climate our country faces. It’s time to be brave, to give of our best and keep marching on.”


More about RADA:

Based on statistics, South Africa is seen as the world’s rape capital. In February 2013, J-P Nobrega was sitting in traffic on his way to work. It was an ordinary day, the same old queue of cars steadily pacing the highway. Listening to his daily dose of the Breakfast Show with Darren Simpson on what was then known as 94.7 Highveld Stereo, J-P noticed something unusual, something was different today.

Every few minutes - four to be exact - a beep would echo over the air, interrupting their daily broadcast. He soon learnt that the beep symbolised every time someone was raped in the country, a rape campaign which was being broadcast in conjunction with LEAD SA. It was a hard hitting realisation. For many it was frightening, but would remain just a momentary realisation.

For J-P, it was the planting of a very important seed that would grow and be nurtured into something far greater. He had had enough. Switching off the radio, J-P went to bed that night with a black cloud hanging over his head. He knew something had to be done. After much deliberation and research - which led to the discovery of issues far broader than the uncontrollable rise in rape statistics - he decided to leave his cushy job as an accountant, sold all of his valuable possessions and started RADA, a non-profit company, together with Jacqueline Gilbert the Managing Director of RADA. J-P now eats and breathes RADA alongside his personal tax practice.

RADA adopts a holistic approach to renewal – using proactive education programmes to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes which shall lead to improved self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making, including reactive healing processes in caring for people who face adversity.

For more information, visit www.rada.co.za
 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Francois Van Coke – Hierdie is die Lewe is a Hit!


It is no wonder that Francois van Coke and his band, Die Gevaar, were onto something very special when they produced his second solo album, Hierdie is die Lewe.  It has a timeless quality and is one of those albums that will stay a favourite in many a music library for years and years to come.
Hierdie is die Lewe was released on 2 February 2017 and has been reaping numerous accolades from fans and media ever since. The album kicked off at the number 1 spot on iTunes, stayed at that position for a week and was on the Top 10 for 5 weeks.
Hierdie is die Lewe album entered the SA Top 20 chart after the first week of its release and stayed there for 5 weeks.  This chart is based on national physical CD sales.  The album was in the top two positions on Pretoria FM’s Afrikaans Top 10 for three weeks in a row.  This chart is based on Musica’s national physical CD sales.
The current single, Dit raak beter has been played on 34 stations in South Africa since its release on 2nd February and is currently charting on several stations, including Jacaranda FM’s SA Top 20 and International Top 20.  The music video has been viewed over 65 000 times on YouTube.
The first single of the album, Mensdom, was released in November last year and reached number 1 spots on 3 radio stations.  The video for this single was at the number 1 spot on kykNET's Top 20 for 3 weeks in a row.
Die wêreld is mal (The World is Crazy) is coming soon…
According to online sales and the fans’ feedback Die wêreld is mal is the most popular track on the album.  It will be Francois’ next single and music video from the album and is due for release on 11 April 2017.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KAHN MORBEE & KAREN ZOID RELEASE FIRST COLAB "WE COULD BE DIVINE"

One big name on a hit single is great, but when you bring two superstar voices together you get something special. When people talk Kahn Morbee or Karen Zoid, the first thing that comes to mind is successful musicians that have been providing fans with memorable music for close on two decades. But something that many people may never have envisaged has happened - these two icons of South African music have teamed up to create their first collaboration masterpiece with the release of 'We Could Be Divine'.

Written backstage on-set of The Voice SA between rehearsals and recorded in the now iconic Bellville Studios under the creative guidance of Theo Crous, Kahn and Karen have created a track that they feel embellishes beauty in a world of chaos that they hope many people can associate with.

"Teaming up with Karen has been an awesome experience and the song creation was entirely organic and effortless, - she's become a great friend and the process of working together will be a memory I cherish forever" says Kahn. "Working on the Voice SA together allowed us to morph in to each other's creative spaces - and between rehearsals and everything else, we worked on different ideas and in the end we came with something that we are both looking forward to sharing with the world"

Karen is one of South Africa’s premier female rock artists, coach on The Voice SA and currently hosts her own talk show Republiek van Zoid Afrika on KykNet.

Kahn rose to fame as the front man of legendary South African band The Parlotones and launched his solo career in 2015 with the release of his first single, “The Candle" from his debut album 'Salt'. Kahn currently sits alongside Karen, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Lira as a coach on The Voice SA.

Tima Reece Releases “Gone” As The Second Single From Her Album “9”

Tima Reece's dulcet vocal performance on her new single "Gone" anchors her futurist pop confections. Her latest offering off #TheAlbum9 remains a hypnotic presence, where her voice and charisma along with infectious mellow synths, lead this radio friendly summer jam toward triumphant blending of 80's and 90's references.

“Gone” is officially released to radio this week - Listen to "Gone" here: https://soundcloud.com/timareece/2-gone

“This song is about toxic relationships and the finality of ridding yourself of these people. When I'm with you, I lose my mind but when I'm not with you, I find myself!” and Tima Reece’s powerful lyrics shine through in the single.

On writing the song, Tima Reece explains “I was so inspired by the incredible production that Kurt Herman & Llewellyn George had come up with, that it literally took me 20 minutes to write all the melodies and lyrics – in my study. After singing the rough idea to Kurt, he freaked out and made me record it the next day. It really was birthed that quickly!”

“Gone” is the follow-up to her national charting hit single “9” - watch the music video here:  https://youtu.be/WJyO-wMujYk

Tima literally exploded onto the SA Music Scene at a young age, having been discovered at 15 in the television series Shell Road to Fame. Her first hit single Crazy ‘Bout You was released at just 16 years of age, garnering her a SAMA Best Dance Single Nomination in 2001. The industry and public alike sat up and took notice! A new star was born.

She was quickly snapped up by a New York based recording company and at 18, she was on a plane and starting her international recording career. Whilst based in New York Tima had the unforgettable experience of writing with many influential names in the industry, such as Calvin Gaines, Mark Wilson, Mike Mason, and Marc Dorsey – people who have written and produced albums for stars such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Shortly after Tima’s return to South Africa from the United States, her album was released, with its well-deserved success earning her a SAMA Award nomination in the Best R&B Category in 2004.

Hits such as You Should Know and My Body’s Crying further established her as a popular R&B artist and these hits still enjoy high rotation on local radio stations more than a decade later….

Tima’s first single “9” shows off her silky vocals while a cameo of ProVerb on the trap ballad “Nguwe” brings about the crème of rap innovators. The sultry songstress uses dark and sensual beats that explore a multitude of genres that will appeal to mass audiences.

Tima has always enjoyed a close affinity with her fans even during this 9-year hiatus and the excitement from them with the expectations of this new release is palpable. She looks forward to being on a stage performing for them, soon. For her, it’s one of the best experiences in the world!

The album “9” is now available for download on these platforms - http://smarturl.it/TimaReece9

Lost&Found Collaborate With Guitarist Jedd Kossew For Their Grittiest Rock Single To Date – The End of the Bar

Lost&Found drops a dirty rock track to radio this week with the release of ‘The End Of The Bar’ featuring top SA guitarist Jedd Kossew.

Lost&Found duo, Glen Hodgson and Jason Oosthuizen, launched the single and video to a private ‘invite only’ group of guests at The Good Luck Bar – giving them a Rock & Roll night to remember! Guests were the first to hear the single and watch the music video for ‘The End Of The Bar’.

All lovers of Rock & Roll, watch the music video here for ‘The End Of The Bar’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7A1p0sZ_tA  

The single is the first track from Lost&Found’s forthcoming EP, also entitled ‘The End Of The Bar’.

Jason Oosthuizen explains what the song is about: ‘It's about struggling with "Substance" abuse and how when you in that frame of mind nobody can really see your passion as they just label you as a "jol gat" but once you go to a bar there will always be someone willing to drown that internal pain with booze and drugs to make it all feel ok again.’

Jedd Kossew’s dirty guitar riff gives ‘The End Of The Bar’ it’s gritty rock sound. Oosthuizen had the idea to add Jedd to the song, saying ‘With the nature of our new sound, i thought having a "Facemelter" solo could just add to our vibe.I called jedd and the next day he was there taking two takes to get the exact solo we all wanted.I spent five years with Jedd in Van Coke Kartel so we have a great history and we know what we want when we in the same room musically.’

‘Lost&Found - The End Of The Bar feat Jedd Kossew’ is out through Gallo Record Company and available across all major digital platforms - http://smarturl.it/TheEndOfTheBar

Lost&Found also embark on ‘The End Of The Bar’ tour in May – all info here: https://www.facebook.com/wearelostandfound

Lost & Found ‘The End Of The Bar’ Tour:

5 May, Friday – Winston Pub, Durban
6 May, Saturday – The Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
7 May, Sunday – Shenanigans, George
9 May, Tuesday – Aandklas, Stellenbosch
10 May, Wednesday - Cafe Roux, Cape Town
12 May, Friday – Berties Mooring, Gordons Bay
13 May, Saturday – Langebaan Town Hall
18 May, Thursday – Die Boer, Durbanville
20 May, Saturday – The House of Machines, Cape Town
28 May, Sunday – Kyalami SA Bike Week Fest, Johannesburg

Apple Gule Releases His Brand New Single ‘Fan Girl’

Apple Gule releases his brand new single ‘Fan Girl’ and announces the release of his forthcoming debut album SWAZiKiD.

‘Fan Girl’ is the first single from Apple Gule’s forthcoming debut album ‘SWAZiKiD’ due for digital release on Friday the 21st of April and physical CD release on Monday the 24th of April through Gallo Record Company.

Listen to ‘Fan Girl’ here – https://soundcloud.com/applegule/fan-girl

The ‘In Your Life’ and ‘Wave G’bye’ hit maker has had a quick rise in the music scene following a string of hits in 2016, including a collaboration with Mapped Out Squad on the 2nd Season of the TV series Coke Studio. 2017 saw a sweet start to the year as the STRANGE LOVING REMIX of ‘In Your Life’ was released WORLDWIDE on 27 January through German label Katermukke Records. The response from international DJ’s has been incredible for the remix and even legendary BBC RADIO 1 DJ Pete Tong gave it a 5/5 rating saying “this is incredible ...”.

Apple explains how ‘Fan Girl’ came about. “This the follow up to my previous single ‘Wave G'Bye’ where that was a breakup song and I was exploring my emotions in a vulnerable place. In ‘Fan Girl’ I speak about a story where I have again found someone but I am not ready to commit to her as much as she wants to commit to me. In this specific situation she is only after me because of the starting of my success in my music career. So in essence, I am rejecting her and I just want her to be there to enjoy the music and my company but not ready to start another relationship.

He continues, saying “’Fan Girl’ is my song to a woman who wants to ride a wave and I don't think she deserves to be let in just yet.”

The Song was recorded by Ningi Poro and mixed & mastered by Gregory Nottingham and Robin Kohl at Jazzworx Studios.

‘Fan Girl’ is available for Digital download now or as an instant download when you pre-order ‘SWAZiKiD’ – https://itun.es/za/w7XAib

SEVVEN pens inspirational song about love and unity for RADA Unearthed

Following the success of his debut single Forget Who We Are, which charted on radio stations across the country, local musician SEVVEN teamed up with RADA Unearthed to release Fight For Love, a power ballad that will bring you to your knees.

The song follows the release of an array of successful titles from the non-profit, whose purpose is to give artists a platform to showcase their talent and spread a message of hope through music. Fight For Love is the perfect fit.

SEVVEN was initially brought on board to produce songs for the RADA Unearthed compilation, working alongside a bevvy of talented artists. When J-P Nobrega - founder of RADA – heard SEVVEN’s original material, he was immediately added to the line-up of acts set to feature on the album.

SEVVEN says, “Fight For Love was already written at the time, and it was a perfect fit, but it wasn't produced yet. I almost missed the album deadline, but managed just in time.”

RADA Unearthed was born from a desire to change the world through music. Because music is so integral to human life, J-P is of the opinion that it has the power to change lives. RADA Unearthed is a division of RADA. The project contributes to the arts and strives to assist all artists from all genres of music.

“RADA is a way to help make a difference, and anyone can get involved,” SEVVEN says. “It's not just a cool logo to have on your website, or something to make you feel better about yourself. It's real people helping other people make positive change when they need it.”

When asked about the meaning behind the song, he says, “I think we are afraid of what we don't know. Sometimes we hold onto ideas that aren't the best ones, just because we are afraid to change our thinking. This song, is about being brave, and fighting for that one thing that will always be the higher choice, which is LOVE.”

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-907321870-649209287/sevven-fight-for-love

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lady Antebellum to tour South Africa for the first time


Well it's about time! Lady Antebellum will be touring South Africa for the very first time in 2017 performing in Cape Town on 13th October 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest followed by Johannesburg on 15th October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome.

Presented by Channel 24 and kykNET. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Lady Antebellum formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hilary Scott (lead vocals), Charles Kelley (lead, background vocals and guitar) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin). With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, seven-time grammy award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned six platinum singles, nine chart topping hits, countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row.
Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). The albums have produced sixteen singles of which nine have reached number one. Their longest-lasting number one single is “Need You Now”, which spent five weeks at that position in 2009.
Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-platinum trio together, Lady Antebellum returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good,” while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album heart break as well as s 2017 world tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday 3 March 2017 at 09:00 from Big Concerts. Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48 hour pre-sale on Wednesday 1 March  2017 February and Thursday 2 March 2017. More info at www.discovery.co.za

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

MARK HAZE Shakes Things Up With His NEW Single ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’

Mark Haze is proudly releasing his second single, ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’ and it’s a track filled with funk, rhythm and soul similar to songs you’ve heard before only from the great pop-legends like Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’ was exclusively premiered on Goodhope FM’s DJ Seano’s show last week. This single hopes to even surpass the success of Mark’s previous single ‘Better Than This’, which has been received with overwhelming positive response and picked up by major stations like 5FM and Jacaranda, among others.

Mark’s wish for those listening to his new single, is to feel inspired to get up, get out there and give it your all and says, “the track is really about giving it all you got with everything you do in life. Make it count, you know? No matter how much people try to force you into boxes and moulds, at the end of the day you gotta claim what’s yours and shake what you were born with - the drive and will to be successful. So get up and go, go, go! ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’ has been made with loads of funk and soul - it’s a song that also gives it all and shakes it all.”

‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’ is available from iTunes here: http://hyperurl.co/a9eest 

Plans for a new music video for ‘Shake What Your Mama Gave You’ are underway and a playful, fun theme will be the basis of this video production. The music video will be released in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out.

DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES Releases their Debut Album on Vinyl

In March 2009, DIE HEUWELS FANTASTIES released their self-titled debut album and shifted boundaries in die South African music landscape with their fresh sound and beautiful lyrics.  This critically acclaimed album produced treasures like Klein Tambotieboom, Leja, Sonrotse, Pille vir Kersfees and Jack Parow’s debut song, Die Vraagstuk.  Singles from this album coveted numerous number 1 positions on radio stations. 

Awards for the album include a SAMA award for Best Alternative album (Afrikaans), MK Awards for Group (Sonrotse) and MFM 92.6 Campus Hit (Pille vir Kersfees), a Huisgenoot Tempo award for Gewildste Kopskuif Album (Most popular Head Shift album), a Rapport VAMT for Best Group Album, was MFM 92.6’s #1 Top 10 South African album of 2009 and one of the songs was on Beeld’s Top 25 songs of 2009.

Die Heuwels Fantasties are now releasing a limited edition vinyl of this album.  Only 500 copies were printed and are available from their online shop – www.suprashop.co.za.

Friday, 10 February 2017

The Blue Man Group EXCLUSIVE interview part 2

We recently had the opportunity to speak to Blue Man Group member Meridian. Here is what he had to say about the make-up and why they touring South Africa for the first time.

How many Blue Men are their actually in the group? I understand there are more than 3 and they rotate per shows.
We are a cast of 4 on the world tour. Each of the six other Blue Man shows, New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Berlin has its own cast of between 4 and 6 Blue Men. It's a diverse and unique group of people!! We move around between shows over time so we get the chance to work with lots of different versions of the character which makes things really fun!

I saw you guys back in Las Vegas in a couple of years ago and wondered why don't you tour South Africa, and here you are. What convinced you to tour South Africa?
We want to share our wonderful show with as many different people in as many places as we can! Blue Man Group is curious about the world around it just like the character is curious about the people around him. We thrive on interaction and the wider we reach out, the richer the inspiration we share in.

How did you guys create the Blue Man group?
To connect. To inspire. To celebrate. To have a great time!!

For people who don't know, what's the concept behind the Blue Man group?
Blue Man Group is about exploring and experiencing the joy of connection and celebration. The three blue guys take the audience on a journey to the best parts of themselves and then we all celebrate that together!!

I’ve always wondered, how long does it take to put the make-up on? And what's the process of getting you ready for stage and outfits?
Our preparations begin about two hours before curtain. We get together with the band and technicians and at through music together and gel our connection with each other. If we can be tight within our group, we can then extend that connection and create it in the audience. The make-up process happens in the final hour before the show starts. We continue our process of play so we can bring that to the stage.

How long does it take to remove the make-up and other blue stuff and costumes after a show?
That's a bit more individual. Some guys are quite skillful at it and can be out in a half hour or so. I'm a bit slower and take an hour sometimes!! Our post show ritual involves a daily review of how we all felt the show went. The band joins us and we discuss what went great, what could've been better (if anything); we celebrate any unexpected moments that resulted in a fun bit of improvisation or spontaneous interaction. There is a special atmosphere of collaboration that takes place starting before the show and continuing until the last moments when we say good night!