Friday, 21 November 2014

4 hot tunes for the weekend you need to hear

One Direction – “Night Changes”
Happy album release week to One Direction! The biggest group in the world debuted their brand new album FOUR today on iTunes at #1 across the globe, including in South Africa! As “Steal My Girl” sits in the Top 10 airplay in SA, the guys from London have premiered their brand new single from the album, called “Night Changes”. A spellbinding ballad that easily stands tall with the best of their catalogue to date, “Night Changes” is set to continue their global domination as we head to the closing stages of 2014. 

Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

Introducing OMI! “Cheerleader” is a bubbling hit currently building in the Nordics with traction growing daily. The single is Gold in Sweden (hitting #1 on their singles chart), with major radio adds following suit in the European territory shortly after. This is one to watch and one to get on board with ahead of the masses – WATCH THIS SPACE!

Becky G – “Can’t Stop Dancin’”
Having had one of the biggest hits of the year with “Shower” (which peaked in the Top 20 on Billboard in the US and charted across the globe), Becky G returns with her brand new island infused pop track “Can’t Stop Dancin’”. Produced by Dr. Luke, “Can’t Stop Dancin’” solidifies Becky G’s pop princess status and looks to impact December (summer) playlists across the country shortly!

Mr. Probz – “Waves” (Remix) Ft T.I & Chris Brown
Chris Brown & T.I fans were in for a treat last week with the spot release of a remix of the smash hit “Waves” from Mr. Probz featuring their vocals! The song – which still has relevance and solid traction across radio all these months after release – has amassed great critical response in the days since release and this new remix is a must-have for your beach playlist.

HOT! Kiss - Love Gun [Deluxe Edition]

The band’s sixth studio recording, Love Gun was the first album to feature lead vocal performances from all four original band members, and the last studio album with the original KISS line-up. Love Gun has since gone on to sell more than four million copies worldwide. The 2CD edition includes the complete original album re-mastered on the first disc, featuring such classics as the title track “Plaster Caster”, the song inspired by Cynthia Plaster Caster, the groupie famous for taking casts of rock star genitalia; “Shock Me”, written about Ace Frehley suffering an electric shock during a concert in Lakeland, Florida; “Christine Sixteen”, and “Then She Kissed Me”, the band’s cheeky, gender-switching cover of the Crystals’ 1963 hit penned by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. The second disc is made up of rare, previously unreleased Love Gun demos of “Plaster Caster”, “Then She Kissed Me”, “Tomorrow and Tonight” and “Much Too Soon”.  Also, the first four lines of the demo “I Know Who You Are” eventually evolved and became the song “Living In Sin”. A glimpse into Paul Stanley’s creative process is demonstrated in “Love Gun (Teaching Demo)” with Stanley talking through the various chords of the song after writing the song with the next version – “Love Gun (Demo)” – being the complete demo performance.  “Reputation”, the only previously released demo, was originally included on this year’s KISS 40 compilation.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

HOT! Kid Rock back with new CD First Kiss in February 2015

Kid Rock announces that his new album "First Kiss" will be released on 23 February. The album, his first on Warner Bros. Records, was produced by Kid Rock (with the exception of two songs which were co-produced by Dann Huff) and was recorded at his studio in Michigan. Following the success of 2012's "Rebel Soul" and the accompanying "$20 Best Night Ever Tour," Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio.  The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. Plans for an even more ambitious Summer 2015 tour with his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will be announced shortly.  "First Kiss" signals the continued evolution of one of music's most versatile performers, but we're not going to tell you what it sounds like - we just couldn't do it justice and we're confident the music will speak for itself.  If you do the math though, every record Kid Rock has released through WMG has gone platinum or multi-platinum (with the exception of Live Trucker and Rebel Soul which are both certified Gold), so it's safe to bet the legions of fans Kid Rock has cultivated over his 25 year career are going to enjoy this one too. Expect the first single to be released at the top of the year with multi-format airplay, a music video, and the rest of the shit show that goes with releasing an album.

Friday, 14 November 2014

HOT! One Direction releases new CD, FOUR

The planet's biggest pop band One Direction continue to rule the world's charts with the 17 November release of their brand new album, ‘FOUR’. The album has already hit No.1 on pre-order charts in an astonishing 67 countries (including South Africa), and is the follow up to last year’s ‘Midnight Memories’, the world’s best-selling album of 2013. ‘FOUR’ includes the new worldwide smash hit single ‘Steal My Girl’, which stars Danny DeVito in its hilarious music video ( The single is currently simultaneously in the Top 10 on the South African airplay charts as well as in the Top 10 most downloaded singles in the country for this week. Musically, 'FOUR' expands One Direction's sound to become their most complete album yet. Opening with the crashing stadium piano chords of 'Steal My Girl', the album takes in the likes of the stirring 'Ready To Run' and the unabashed retro pop of 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go.' Slowing the pace for 'Night Changes' (the official second single from the project), the band have once again crafted a spellbinding ballad that easily stands tall with the best of their catalogue to date. As the band become more involved and their song writing becomes more personal with each record, ‘FOUR’ is set to be their best received album yet. Contributing to 12 of the album’s 16 songs, Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn reflect on the incredible journey they’ve made, growing up in public whilst forging friendships on the road.
* One Direction is touring South Africa for the 1st time next year. Catch the boys live on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Cape Town fans can see the band on Wednesay 1 April 2015.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Vinny’s House gets summer sizzling on Mzansi Magic Music

Vinny Da Vinci

Are you looking for the perfect soundtrack to warm up your festive season? Then tune into Mzansi Magic Music on DStv Channel 321 every Saturday for a blast of sizzling hot music from the legendary Vinny Da Vinci. Vinny’s House kicks off on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 19:00 – and puts one of South Africa’s most loved DJs and producers in the heart of homes across the country as they celebrate the best season of the year! With parties and get-togethers being the order-of-the-day, Vinny will be offering up a head-spinning music mix each Saturday that’s perfectly brewed for summertime. The iconic mixmaster won’t be alone in bringing the party into South African homes: each week Vinny’s House will feature a special guest star to keep the beats rolling. Among those destined to step into Vinny’s House are DJ Ganyani, Tim White, Ralf Gum, Julian Gomez, Christos and Mbuso – in short, the who’s who of Mzansi House music, both legends and newcomers! “Vinny’s House is the first of its kind on Mzansi Magic Music. This show is guaranteed to attract house heads, focusing on the technical art of DJing with one of the masters at work. We intend to take viewers on an exciting ride where they will have access to exclusive Deep House song selections,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net. Vinny himself needs no introduction to devoted House music fans. He is considered one of the most established figures on the South African dance music scene and has galvanised deep club culture over two decades. His influence has not just been as a DJ – although he’s revered by fans and peers for his ability on the ones and twos, a skill that was honed in the 90s. Vinny is also one of the original music entrepreneurs. Through his partnership in the House Afrika empire, Vinny has overseen many top-selling compilations, including the ‘House Afrika: Deep House Sounds’ and ‘Africanism’ series, all of which he compiled and mixed. As a producer he’s broken ground with the DJs At Work project alongside longtime friend, DJ Christos. Together they have released five critically acclaimed, platinum-selling studio albums and a slew of top-notch deejay mixes. "Vinny’s house has been a long timing coming and I know SA is ready for it. Big up to Mzansi Magic Music for having the vision to launch it, and to all my longstanding DJ friends and House Afrika family for supporting me. Viewers are in for a real treat,” says Vinny Da Vinci. Vinny continues to specialise in his signature deep house style, breaking new music and educating his audience. He has deejayed with several of his international peers visiting South Africa - including “Little Louie” Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer, Charles Webster and Jazzy Jeff – and now he’s getting ready to DJ for Mzansi Magic Music viewers. Summer will never be the same again!

Olly Murs is back with his brand new album 'Never Been Better'

Olly Murs, one of pop music’s biggest and most enduring stars, releases his eagerly anticipated 4th album ‘Never Been Better’ on 24 November. Driven by the funk guitar swagger of first single ‘Wrapped Up’ (featuring Travie McCoy), this is the sound of an artist at the very top of his game. With three multi-platinum albums, four number 1 singles and countless sold out arena tours under his belt, Olly Murs steps back in the ring and comes out swinging on his most impressive album yet. Highlights are many and include the classic soul of ‘Let Me In’ written by Olly and Paul Weller, the addictive pop of ‘Up’ featuring Demi Lovato, the straight ahead romance of ‘Beautiful To Me’ and the Ryan Tedder gem ’Seasons’. Most of the songs are Olly Murs co-writes. “I know I say it every time I make a new album but it’s true, your experience grows, your outlook changes,” Olly admits. ‘Never Been Better’ features the best vocals Olly has ever recorded while his song writing sparkles. There’s a real sense of growth throughout these grooves, of an artist reaching out and grasping new and broader horizons with both hands. “With every album, you take more risks,” Olly says. “I’m 30 now and I was 26 when I did the first album. It’s been two years since ‘Right Place Right Time’ – though it doesn’t feel like it. So this is me, two years on, and I think the new record reflects that. I think this album is my ‘I mean it’ album. It’s time to come out of my shell and get a bit more serious.”

HOT! Synergy 2014 Final Line Up Includes Congorocks & Felix Cartal

Packed into three days Theewaterskloof, less than an hour outside of The Mother City, welcomes back the annual pilgrimage and much-loved institution that is SYNERGY LIVE 2014! Friday 28, through Sunday 30 November 2014 is when 13 international headliners, a colossal line-up of SA bands, live acts, comedians and electronic artists descend, delight and dissolve into all things festive. In the midst of its open-air hub of rising stars and seasoned headliners, SYNERGY LIVE 2014 is set to pop, and go down as your best weekend ever! But what exactly separates this life-affirming entertainment extravaganza from everything else out there? Variety, quality and quintessential originality – all of which punters are known to travel far and globally wide to confirm.

As with any respected major festival, anywhere on the planet, the Main Stage is what excites the imagination long before the three-day weekend reveal unwinds. SYNERGY LIVE 2014 knows and swears by theirs, if only because it’s not merely a stage, it’s the festival self-proclaimed home made up of an extraordinary audio visual production and showcasing a world-class line up of bands, acts and artists. The big names will blow you away, but look out for future superheroes earning their stripes. It’s a full widescreen HD experience that forms the on-going soundtrack to a spectacular weekend in the sun and between the stars.  SYNERGY LIVE 2014’s Main Stage wishes to count as the one playing the right tunes at the right time. All you have to do is turn up!

Add the Red Bull Studio Live experience to  what’s patently apparent, even before the beats bleed out, is every style of music will get a look and listen in at SYNERGY LIVE 2014. With Red Bull commissioned and conscripted to deliver the finest Electronica, made up of drum and bass, dubstep, deep and tech house, blended into a background filled with techno and trance and what’s assured is you’ll be reaching for an ice-cold can between their impressive beats per minute delivery. Featuring International Headliners - Congorock, Felix Cartal, S.P.Y, Egbert & Secret Cinema. Diversity is the guaranteed constant, on tap, at SYNERGY LIVE 2014, and in order to reinforce that ideology the electronic music fraternity will happily acknowledge and support the Sirius Sunday Electronic Music Experience. The nine-hour electronic music party, from the likes of international acts Captain Hook, right through Atmos and Mindwave, each will drop the punchiest bass lines and most hypnotic rhythms turning the world on right now.

Add the ERA Beach Club, with mandatory sarongs, cocktails and a collection of deep house and techno, and what’s sure to ensue is a party of epic proportion. Dished up by Cape Town’s CBD of dance, ERA, together with their whole crew and fiery foursome of international cameo acts – Stimming, Ron Costa, Lake People and DJ Anna – ERA Beach Club looks set to be the perfect go-between stages, The Market Place, The Traders Square and your tent or boutique-styled outdoor glamper’s investment in Heartbreak Motel luxury. For less than two bars you and your significant other can bed down, shower up and sleep soundly in a tent already pitched before you arrive. Fresh linen and 24-hour security makes perfect sense if you’re looking for a pampered party solution. Remember though, accommodation and festival tickets are sold separately.

And for laughs? Look no further than The Comedy Club, the laughter zone. With its non-stop daily stand-up makes for a welcome respite between sets from some of the biggest names in music today. Between sets explore the various activation areas peppered all around SYNERGY LIVE 2014. There’ll be lounges, bars, promo girls, drinks and competitions to enter and win, that will feed and leave you repleat – ready for more high-grade entertainment. Bring a bank card, rather than wads of cash as there’ll be ATMs on site too.  The My Music Matrix Team make a welcome return to SYNERGY LIVE 2014 too, bringing with them all the essential oils and ingredients to satisfy your retail therapy wants. From T-shirts to CDs, and everything in-between, you’ll get to wear your memories, quite literally on your sleeve, long after you’ve made the trek home from one of the most beautifully placed man-made entertainment experiences ever.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Laurinda Hofmeyr toor met woorde in die hartjie van die Paarl

'n Kaggelvuur knetter in die sitkamer van die bekende liedjieskrywer en toonsetter Laurinda Hofmeyr se huis hier teen die hang van Paarlberg. Ek sit en verkyk myself aan die ou portrette wat die mure versier.

Teen ‘n muur staan ‘n groot bruin klavier. Dit is by die einste klavier waar Laurinda haar musiek-toorkunsies doen met van die land se bekendste digters, asook lewe gee aan haar eie stories en verhale wat sy deur middel van musiek vertel. “Ek is lief vir die klavier omdat’n mens ‘n hele orkes se musiek daarop kan speel. Met ‘n kitaar en viool is ‘n mens effe beperk.” Sy en haar man, Jantjie, woon al sedert 1995 in die Paarl. “Voor dit was ons vir ‘n jaar en ‘n half oorsee en voor dit was ons ‘n jaar in Pietersburg, pas nadat ons getrou het.”

Die twee se spore loop eintlik verder terug. Sy was in ‘n plaasskool in die Oos-Vrystaat en het in standerd 5 by die Laerskool Lynnwood ingeval toe haar ouers Pretoria toe getrek het. “Toe ek by my nuwe laerskool begin, het ek al die manlike onderwysers Oom genoem,” vertel sy met ‘n lekker lag uit die maag.

Op ‘n dag het sy ‘n gedig in die klas opgesê en die juffrou was so beïndruk, sy het die kleine Laurinda na elke klas geneem om die gedig op te sê, “en dit is waar Jantjie my die eerste keer gesien het – die ‘weird meisie’ wat hierdie lang gedig opgesê het”.  Sy en Jantjie was saam in die Hoërskool Menlopark en eers in standard 8 het hulle mekaar leer ken. “Ek het in standerd 9 besluit om hom nader te hark (lag) en so het ons aan en af uitgegaan tot ons getrou het.”

Die paartjie het in 1995 in die Paarl beland nadat Jantjie ‘n werk by Paarl Hospitaal gekry het en hulle hier wortel geskiet. “Ek geniet die Paarl vreeslik baie,” vertel sy opgewonde. “Die dorp is groot, maar het sy eie karakter, ‘n amperse plattelandse karakter wat ek geniet.” Die Paarl is die hoeksteen van Afrikaans en dié taal lê haar na aan die hart. “Ek is ongelukkig nie eintlik baie goed tweetalig nie. Ek is Afrikaans. Dis die taal wat kleur en tekstuur vir my het, wat nodig is as mens woorde met musiek wil trou.”

Haar liefde vir musiek kom van haar ouers af. “My pa het viool gespeel en my ma klavier en ek onthou nog goed dat ek as kind saans wakker geword en gelê en luister het hoe hulle twee saam musiek maak. Dit was so romanties.”

En dit is waar haar liefde vir musiek begin het. Op hoërskool het sy musiek as vak geneem en het die grade BMusEd. en BMusHons aan die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal. Sy het liedjies vir onder andere Laurika Rauch geskryf, en dit was hierdie toonsettings van gedigte soos Ek Het ‘n Huisie By Die See, Kabouterliefde en vele meer wat Suid-Afrikaners van haar laat kennis neem het.

In 2004 is sy gevra om by ‘n dinee waar oud-president Nelson Mandela vereer is, die Afrikaanse vertaling van ‘n pryslied Vaarwel aan Madiba, geskryf deur oud-President Thabo Mbeki (en in Afrikaans vertaal deur Koos Oosthuizen en Antjie Krog), te toonset en uit te voer.

“In die stadium was ek swanger en tydens my voorbereiding het dit gevoel asof my brein by die venster uitgewaai het. Jantjie was my steunpilaar en het my oorreed om dit te voltooi omdat ek nie gedink het dit gaan werk nie. Die aand van die optrede kan ek met eerlikheid sê was ‘n waas,” (ek kan nie veel onthou nie, ek weet net dit was nie goed genoeg nie, of so het ek gedink.”) Vroeër vanjaar is sy weer gevra om die pryslied te doen “en ek moes dit feitlik heeltemal oor doen omdat ek nie die vorige weergawe kon onthou nie! ”Hierdie keer is sy tevrede met die produk wat baie op Die Burger se webtuiste geluister is. Dis ook op Mandela se verjaardag op RSG gespeel.

Vir die toekoms wil sy steeds betrokke wees by haar dogtertjie, Joanie (8)  en ook meer betrokke raak by die gemeenskap,  “Ek glo vas dat daar nog ‘n te groot gaping tussen ryk en arm is, en die een manier om samehorigheid te bou, is om gemeenskappe nader aan mekaar te bring en musiek kan dit regkry.”

Vir Francois Van Coke is dit alles oor rock ‘n roll

As joernalis in 2003 was dit nogal ‘n tameletjie hoe om die naam van die Afrikaanse rock-groep Fokofpolisiekar in publikasies te gebruik. Baie titels was eng en het verkies om F****polisiekar te gebruik, maar helaas is die regte besluit geneem om die groep se naam te gebruik soos dit alom bekendstaan. In ‘n geselsie met die groep se stigterslid en hoofsanger, Francois Van Coke, het hy ook uitgewys dat die groep se volle naam is Fokkofpolisiekar, en word op geen ander manier gespel nie.

Hoe het jy in die musiekwêreld beland? Ek het na skool Sound Engineering geswot omdat ek eintlik musiek wou speel. Toe ek en die ander ouens (Hunter Kennedy, Wynand Myburgh, Jaco Snakehead Venter en Johnny de Ridder) Fokofpolisiekar begin het, het ek besef ek mag dalk musiek kan speel vir ‘n lewe.

Jy was op Bellville Hoër in ‘n band en het ook in die Battle of the Bands gespeel. Ons band se naam was Hydrint en ek is uit die band geskop na ons eerste show by ‘n Battle of the Bands. Ek dink daar was ‘n ou wat beter as ek kon sing. Ek was ook in ‘n Christen-groep, AS180. Ons het opgebreek want ons sanger het Engeland toe getrek toe ons skool klaargemaak het.

Jy het glo jou van verander toe Fokkofpolisiekar naam begin maak het. Hoekom? My regte van is Badenhorst. Na die eerste artikel oor Fokofpolisiekar in Die Burger het baie mense uit die gemeente na die Pastorie gebel toe om te hoor wat met die dominee se seun aangaan. My pa is ‘n dominee. My ma het toe vir my gevra om ‘n ander van te gebruik as dit by band related goed kom. Ek het toe in ‘n interview gesê my naam is nou Francois van Coke en dit het gestick.

Enige kans vir ‘n nuwe Fokkofpolisiekar-CD? Ons probeer nou al ‘n sedert 2009 ‘n nuwe album maak. Ons sal dit nog regkry en ons het al hier en daar geskyf. Maar op die oomblik is almal besig met ander projekte en bands en ons sukkel om bymekaar te kom en tunes te skryf.

Jy is nou 'n getroude man, so hoe balanseer jy toer en musiek met getroude lewe? Ek is baie by die huis weg en dit is nie maklik nie, maar my vrou Lauren verstaan wat ek doen en ons probeer altyd kwaliteit tyd spandeer as ons ‘n kans het. Ons is 19 Januarie 2012 getroud. Op toer mis ek nie net my vrou nie, maar ook my Britsebulhond, Ringo.

Jy is tans besig met 'n debuut solo CD. Korrek. Ek dink dit is tyd om een uit te bring. Dit gaan rock-musiek wees, maar nie harde rock nie. Daar is al so 13 songs geskryf en ek sal alles goed en gebruik om die beste album moontlik te maak. Alles wat nodig is.

Musiek ‘ piracy’ is deesdae gewild. Hoe het dit al julle ouens geraak? Ons het nog nooit baie albums verkoop nie, so ek dink dit raak mense wat baie albums in die verlede verkoop het meer as vir ons. Daar is baie min waarde in opgeneemde musiek op die oomblik, so ons probeer om songs te skryf wat mense sal aanraak en ook goeie live shows gee.
Wat weet mense nie van jou nie? Ek nie kan lieg nie.