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Friday, 29 April 2016

SPECIAL! Prince: Behind The Symbol on M-Net (DStv)

On Thursday, 21 April  2016, the world learnt of the sad passing of musical legend Prince, who left behind a legacy well worth remembering. In honour of the pop icon, South African pay broadcast M-Net channel 101 on DStv (also simulcast on Mzansi Magic Music channel 321 ) will air an entertaining music special titled Prince: Behind The Symbol on Sunday, 1 May at 16:30. The part documentary/concert exclusive features the music legend’s extraordinary performance at the Los Angeles Forum in 2011. The special also covers interviews with celebrities George Lopez, Boris Kodjoe and Maya Rudolph among others, as well as quick inserts with serious fans of the iconic musician.

REVIEW! Deftones - Gore

In a year where rock music is again mainstream, rock is the new pop and every rock songs sounds the same, it's always a big relief when a CD comes your way that blows the rock music out of the water. Gore, the 8th studio album from American alternative metal band Deftones, puts a fresh dark twist on rock in music landscape that is filled with bland rock. The songs transcend through heavy and soft moments. There are distortions and hypnotic songs. All blend into one for a perfect offering. If you listen closely you can almost hear the sound they created on their 2006 CD, Saturday Night Wrist. For Gore, the standout tracks for me are Prayers/Triangles, Doomed User and Hearts/Wires. Brilliancy captured on one CD. A must for your collection.

TREFFER-CD! Jay & Lianie - Vir Liefde

Suid-Afrika se gewildste duetpaartjie, Jay du Plessis en Lianie May se splinternuwe album, Vir Liefde, is kookwater! Alhoewel beide suksesvolle solo-loopbane ook het, het “Bonnie en Clyde,” hul vorige duet CD, se dubbel platinumverkope beslis aangedui dat aanhangers mal is oor hul stemme saam. Nadat die twee kunstenaars se “Naweeklyfie” die Ghoema Toekenning in 2015 vir Beste Liedjie opgeraap het, het hulle besluit om aan ‘n opvolgalbum vir “Bonnie en Clyde” te begin werk. Met Johan Vorster en Ewald Coleske as hoofskrywers, asook Christoph Kotze, Johan Oberholzer en Rudi Claase aan die spits van sake, kan aanhangers maar gerus wees dat die nuwe CD weer ‘n groot treffer gaan wees. Die kenmerkende Jay en Lianie klank is nogsteeds daar, maar soos dit enige goeie musikant betaam, word horisonne ook verbreed en mag daar selfs een of twee aangename verrassings wees. Die eerste enkelsnit is “Vir Liefde” en die danstreffer is “Daar vat hy.”

Winter is coming...snuggle up to some great local music

With winter knocking on our doors and not sure how to beat the winter blues, why not check out these cool local bands in Cape Town!

Wed 4 May – May the Fourth be with you – International Star Wars Day. Star Wars ( with Justin Gomes)
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Justin Gomes is founder & Creative Director at Fox P2, one of SA’s most creatively awarded advertising agencies. He is also a massive Star Wars fan!To celebrate International Star Wars Day, he’ll be taking us through the talk he opened Design Indaba within 2012 – “Why Wookies Don’t Wear Pants”, chatting abut George Lucas’s creative process and how he changed Hollywood forever.

Thursday 5 May – Mathew Gold.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Mathew Gold burst onto the scene as the voice behind Goodluck’s hit single “Taking It Easy” in 2011. He has since had success with various number 1s such as and is currently recording his second album. In 2015 Mathew teamed up with BreakDLaw on the single, “When We Were Young” that charted across the country and his current single “Lay Down” is playing across the airwaves and slowly gaining momentum. Mathew’s album is set for release in June/July 2016 and he has worked with various top producers on the album such as Sketchy Bongo (“Back To The Beach”) and Tellaman who produces his latest single “Lay Down”.

Friday 6 May – Jenny and the Jameses
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19h00. Show from 20h30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

‘Jenny and the Jameses is a Celtic and traditional folk band formed in March 2015. The band comprises singer / songwriter Jennifer Eaves on lead vocals, guitar, piano and occasionally on the upright bass, James Hall on violin and vocals, and multi-instrumentalist James Harvey on accordion, harp, flutes and vocals (and quite frankly whatever else he feels like playing on the evening). After only two months of performing together, the band were sponsored studio time to record an album. Debut album “Untitled” was released in early September / October 2015 and since then the band have been on a whirlwind adventure in and around the Western Cape. Two sold out album launch shows at the Barleycorn music club, and Cafe Roux were followed by sold out shows all across the city as well as in small towns around the Cape.

Saturday 7 May – Burlesque night – Dining with Diva.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Join us for an evening draped in lavish sophistication with Diva Disastar – “S.A.’s Original Dame of Burlesque”, as she embarks on a culinary celebration of all things dazzling, delicious and decadent!* Whimsical and cheeky, Diva Disastar is bound to entice and entertain you with her effortlessly undulating curves and burly buffoonery. Headmistress of the Black Orchid’s Burlesque Academy and Founding Member of Black Orchid Burlesque, this Diva is one of the longest (and most profusely) performing burlesque artistes in SA. With a penchant for bawdy humour and timely comedic effect, this Classic Burlesque Artiste is a lady of many disguises!

Friday 13 May – Jack Mantis and Andre Geldenhuys.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

The last five years has seen the enigmatic front man of the Jack Mantis Band travel the world living out his various passions as musician, graffiti artist, adventurer and ultimately soul searcher. JMB (originally formed as a trio with Jimmy Curve and Ronan Skillen) quickly established itself as a household name within the Cape Town music scene in the 2000’s. They were the darlings of Café Dharma (Kloof Street) and later Zula Bar and featured at some of the country’s major festival line-ups. This the band accomplished without releasing an album in South Africa, which remains testament to the power that JMB’s live performance had even at the very start of their career. Live performance is the quintessence of music for Mantis, which is expressed in the various incarnations of the band’s stage show over the years.

Mantis has just joined forces with lead guitarist Andre Geldenhuys (formerly Machineri, core member of Fantasma with Spoek Mathambo). Born & raised in Kommetjie, Cape Town, Andre has worked with a host of top calibre artists including session work for the likes of Jeremy Loops, Petite Noir, Gazelle, Alice Phoebe Lou, Champions of the Sonarverse (DJ InviZAble) and Patrick McCay (2 Minute Puzzle). Andre is also no stranger to operating abroad. He has been based in France and Italy and has toured Europe with Spoek Mathambo, including a landmark performance at SONAR – a festival known for its pioneering cultural innovation. Andre shares the love for consciously evolving musical boundaries.

Saturday 14 May – Janice
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

Janice is a vivacious singer, songwriter born and raised in the Mother City, Cape Town. Like most successful artists she grew up singing in church and took lead roles in school performance groups, choirs and musicals. In 2008 at the age of 17yrs, she entered a well-known South African singing competition and made it to the Top 70. Janice did not make it to the final rounds – Feeling rejected and despondent she chose to no longer pursue her singing career. It was not until a few years later, when her childhood friend Jimmy Nevis asked her to join his band as a backing vocalist. In 3 years Janice has toured with Nevis and backed other artists such as Loyiso Bala and various International Gospel Acts.Janice: “Getting to sing again in front of thousands, hearing the crowds roar and working with such talented musicians/ artists made me realise how much I missed sharing my gift – my voice.”

Wed 18 May – FINTRY (The Amazing Blundells) + Reini Adelbert
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R120.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

FINTRY (The Amazing Blundells) a unique Sibling Band consisting of Caroline,(vocals, guitar) Julie (vocals, bass guitar) and Jonny Blundell, (vocals, guitar). Seasoned professionals, they grew up making music together as a family, led by their well- known father Keith Blundell. Over the years they have performed widely in folk and music festivals and venues, and also on TV and radio. They have performed individually and together in many different bands in different genres, primarily acoustic, with strong Celtic influences, and the blues. After a recent break, they have come together with renewed energy and a new acoustic focus. Expect a varied programme of original material, with great harmonies and guitar work.

Thursday 19 May – Native Young
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

With members stretching from Khayelitsha to Spain – Native Young is an indie 4 piece collective that hosts a menagerie of musical talent and eclectic taste. “This project is about returning to the grass roots of pop, it’s about the melodic core, raw African rhythm and simple storytelling” explains Yannick, “it’s this simplicity that has provided us with a vehicle for deeper cultural exploration both musically and spiritually.”

Friday 20 May – James Stewart
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R110.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

There are few acclaimed musicians, singers, songwriters, producers and astute business minds that have the luxury of labelling themselves ‘late developers’ when, in reality, they’ve already achieved more than most will in an entire band’s collective lifetime.In the case of Cape Town born-and-raised James Stewart, he not only fits the description to a T, he most likely helped trademark the mould. That’s just how considered the Franschhoek-based, Emmy-nominated, multi SAMA award winning, chart topping creative patently is.Labelling himself humbly and austerely a ‘musician’, James has spent the better part of his music career hell-bent on delivering seminal songs, most of which have enjoyed extended periods of times hugging the very tops of the South African and capturing hearts and minds around the world. Premillennial, The Usual created Number One hits and immortal classics the likes of “The Shape That I’m in” and “Like A Vision”. Signed to Street Level, James’ own label, BMG Records (now SONY) soon came snooping, and the partnership carved a place in our collective aural subconscious that continues to resonate today.

Saturday 21 May – Louise Day.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

“You don’t choose the Music, Music chooses you.” So says Louise Day, South African folk/pop singer and songwriter from Cape Town. Extremely talented and personable, Louise is a busy musician, juggling a recording and performance schedule that involves sharing the stage with some of South Africa’s top musicians as well as regular solo gigs. Her smooth and pure voice, unique blend of pop and folk music, compelling song writing and frequent collaborations with the big names of South African music make her a popular local player.

Wednesday 25 May – Albert Frost and Loki Rothman.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R120.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Albert Frost and Loki Rothman have joined forces to present their show “The Acoustic Guitar” where they will be showcasing different styles from blues, rock, gypsy jazz, classical and contemporary music. “Frost is one of the most versatile and talented guitarists in South Africa. Seeing him wield his myriad axes is a lesson in what is possible with a guitar. Loki jump-started his career when he ended up in top 6 on the first season of SA’s Got Talent. He has travelled the world as Jack Parow’s brilliant guitarist. (As seen at Cafe Roux) His percussive guitar style and unique sound has become his trademark feature. This collaboration show for Frost and Rothman is not to be missed.

Thursday 26 May – Bottomless Coffee Band.
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine

This dynamic Husband and Wife Multi-Instrumentalist duo puts up a show of a lifetime. Their genre can be summarised as “energetic, foot-stomping, toe-tapping, rocking-bluesy folk music”. Switching between 10 instruments (including custom made Foot Drums, U-bass, Tenor Ukelele, Acoustic & Electric guitars, Accordion, Harmonica,and more) they produce a very unique sound. Catchy melodies, inspiring harmonies, stories and music that will move the soul.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Remembering an icon...PRINCE


"Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." – Prince

It's a week after the death of one of my favourite musicians, Prince, and I still cannot get over it. Reason? The huge impact he made on my music choices and my outlook on life. Yes, it's safe to say he was like a musical mentor for me, from afar. I watched everything about him, read his interviews and watched his incredible passion with which he played his instruments, performed and sang. I was still in my pre-teen years. At primary school to be exact. I enjoyed the new-wave sounds of the 80s in which I grew up with and which formed me, but I was always against the system. I wanted to experience the other side which so many ignored. The other side of music; that side which you will only hear on occasion. That sound Prince gave me. I only heard When Doves Cry after its official release date. It was on the delayed broadcast in South Africa of the Grammy Awards where Prince & The Revolution performed the song. I was hooked. That different beat, the way he played guitar and that voice which was man and woman - a sound of a different human. And of course the way he portrayed himself. For me he was the one who I was waiting for. My saviour of music. Prince rocked against the establishment with his look and his sexually driven lyrics. And he rocked a guitar. I immediately set out to buy the album, vinyl, it was pre-CD days. In South Africa the album came with a poster of his Purple Highness. The one I bought was without the poster, so I went back several times to the music store demanding the poster. I think it was after the 20th visit that they gave me a poster of Prince on his When Doves Cry motorcycle. Hard to believe I still have that poster. As I got older, his lyrics became a Bible for my beliefs. I was still deep in the closet but listening to his music wanted me to jump out and embrace my true identity. "Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people,” he said. I tried to live by that. Sadly the establishment in South Africa at that time in the late 80s was against the LGBT community so I only came out in my late 30s. When Sign o' the Times was released, it rocked my world. I think there was only a small group of my school friends who totally digged the CD, me included. Starfish and Coffee, U Got The Look, Housequake, Hot Thing, Strange Relationship, the list is endless of the songs that I liked. Every release after that gave me more and more an insight on Prince. He really came back into my life a couple of years ago when a very good friend of mine passed away. She was my age and died from cancer. She was an ultimate Prince fan. We both used to sing When Doves Cry at parties. It was the song The Cross that still tears me up when I hear it as it makes me think of her. A brilliant song by all means. Even more brilliant than Purple Rain, if I can be so frank. So with the death of Prince, it was like the final saying goodbey to my friend, Liezl. My uber Prince fan. My When Doves Cry fan. I'm missing you both so much. Enjoy the Purple Rain.

"Music is music, ultimately. If it makes you feel good, cool." – PRINCE






 

ARTIST OF THE WEEK! Jack Garratt - Phase



British artist-producer Jack Garratt could not have wished for a better introduction. The sharp young newcomer started 2015 as highly touted as he now looks to be concluding it, and with the announcement of his self-written, self-performed, self-recorded, and largely self-produced debut album now readied, that heat looks set to reach fever pitch ahead of its February release. Drawing the dots between significant moments, and landmark events of this fledgling career would already become a headache - the young Buckinghamshire artist has achieved more than he has any right to, from bringing the house down at Radio 1's Future Festival back in January, selling out each and every UK and US show he's played to ever expansive rooms, through to being crowned BBC Introducing's Artist of the Year at their annual televised awards ceremony this December. The scrapbook is bursting and that's just volume one. Not bad for a guy who tends to do it all by himself. Maybe the humble 'bedroom producer' tag needs an update. Truth be told, Jack wasn't even sure music was a legitimate pursuit, and was already training to become a primary school music teacher when he dropped it all for those drums sticks, pads and keys. It's been a move none shrewder.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

HOT CD! Majozi - Fire


Majozi’s debut full length album Fire, radiates his sincere honesty and magnetic humility through every heartfelt chord and melody line on the 12 songs on the album. Working with Hugo Ludik on production, Majozi has crafted an uplifting album founded on organic, rootsy guitars, uplifting sing-along choruses and huge vocal production that brings the listener right into the stories that Majozi artfully crafts on this record. After the massive success of his 2 previous singles “Darling” and “Fire”, this CD is going to explode on the local music scene!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Johnny Clegg doing it for the kids in need

Johnny Clegg will perform a special unplugged concert at Lebone II College Ampitheatre in Phokeng (outside Rustenburg) on Saturday, 7 May, with all funds going to the school’s newly launched PHATSIMA Fund.
PHATSIMA (the Setswana word meaning ‘Shine’) came to fruition after a chance meeting between a leading South African businesswoman and one of the school’s pupils.

A then 17-year-old Tsholofelo Diale revealed to visiting guests how she had applied to the school without her parents’ knowledge as she knew they couldn’t afford the school’s fees. Once she had been accepted the industrious Diale, against all odds, went about successfully applying for bursaries and funding. One of the school’s top graduates, Diale – now 20 – is studying for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town on a full scholarship provided by the Royal Bafokeng Nation.

Says businesswoman Getty Gizaw: “There and then I was determined to do something so that children who are academically astute but financially impoverished would have the opportunity to access a top education.  Learning played such an important role in my life and I’ve always believed that, as business people with the opportunities we have, we must pay it forward.”

It was a sentiment endorsed wholeheartedly by Lebone II College headmaster David du Toit: “Ensuring that all children have the possibility of an outstanding education is a priority for our country and is in the forefront of thinking about the future for the Royal Bafokeng Nation. Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, our current king, has stated that the true wealth of a nation lies in its people, and as such has placed emphasis on education, with Lebone ll College as a central focus on providing outstanding learning opportunities in our community. This concert with one of our true South African music legends aims to make funds available for young people to apply to enter this school and to enjoy the gift of education.”

Gizaw approached music promoter Roddy Quin of REAL Concerts who also manages South African music icon Johnny Cleg and asked if they would take part in a concert to launch PHATSIMA and they were instantly on board. The goal is to raise R500 000 towards the scholarship fund to continue to make this world class education at Lebone ll College, a proudly Setswana school with deep roots in the African soil, available to students who qualify for such funding.

Clegg – who recently returned to South Africa after receiving the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II as recognition of his unique services to the arts‚ vulnerable people and children and to democracy in South Africa – will be joined on the amphitheatre stage by the Lebone II College Choir.

The Johnny Clegg Unplugged PHATSIMA concert takes place at Lebone II College Amphitheatre on Saturday, 7 May starting at 18:00. Tickets are R150 on the grass embankment; R250 in the Amphitheatre; R300 in the Golden Circle and R500 for VIP. Tickets are selling fast and all indications are that it will be a sell-out.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

DEVELOPING STORY! Prince found dead

It is the most tragic news ever. One of my all-time favourite singers, a musical icon and a pop culture legend, Prince was found dead in Paisley Park, reports Billboard.com. His publicist confirmed that the 57-year-old musician died at his Paisley Park home and studio. It is reported he was hospitalised last week for a bad case of the flu. The legendary singer released one of the most iconic albums of the century, Purple Rain, in 1984. over his career Prince has released 39 solo albums. I am devastated. The Purple Rain will flow for you Prince.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL! Ashlinn Gray New Single – Chex Ballet

Talented singers are plentiful. Thought provoking songwriters are rare. Fortunately for Ashlinn Gray, she is both.

Not only is she a passionate artist, but one that never gives up, risking it all to make her dreams come true. Her vocal prowess together with her deep seated lyrics, give you the listener something to think about. Chex Ballet will certainly leave you with more questions than answers, leaving room for interpretation. Ashlinn Gray has a distinct ability to communicate emotion through her songs, achieving a sound that’s both heartfelt and easy to listen to.

She is steadily making her way into the hearts of music fans across the globe. From up-tempo folk tunes to distinguished power ballads, along with her fun loving attitude and quirky idiosyncrasies, Ashlinn is able to really connect with her audience. Through fulfilling her purpose of being a leader through her music, she hopes to inspire and influence the younger generation of today.

Her new single Chex Ballet follows hits makers Battleships and Risking It All. This time she teamed up with producer Marius Brouwer, lending towards a more pop inspired tune, but easily distinguishable by her vocal aptitude.

She says, "Too often people treat others like disposable objects that don’t have worth, meanwhile everyone is worthy of love. It’s warning to be aware that it’s all fun and games till someone gets hurt. Hearts are breakable. Chex is check mate in chess, these games always end in check mate and it’s hidden by the movement of ballet. I think ballet is deceptively easy, just like the games. Therefore, everyone must escape the Chex Ballet before it is too late.”

HOT SONG! Jacques Terre'Blanche - Droomvrou

Sometimes you hear a song that just make you stop in your tracks and listen. And sometime that song is so hauntingly beautiful you get a warm feeling. Listening to former Idols (2003) contestant Jacques Terre'Blanche's rendition of Lucas Maree's Droomvrou is that kind of song. Stunning. Beautiful. Visually printed into your mind. After the death of his dad Ettiëne last year, Jacques decided to venture out in the Afrikaans music scene and recorded his dad's favourite song. Says Jacques, “This song is the very first song my father introduced me to as a little boy.  Being the hopeless romantic he was, I always knew he shared the sentiment of the deeper meaning of the lyric.”






HOT CD! The Lumineers - Cleopatra

With the help of producer Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers), The Lumineers ensconced themselves in Clubhouse, a recording studio high atop a hill in rural Rhinebeck, NY, not far from Woodstock. The Lumineers then set about trying to make musical sense of their three-year-plus rollercoaster ride. Their skill at setting a visual story to music comes through amidst the delicate, deceptively simple acoustic soundscapes. “We took the same approach this time as we did with the first album, recording demos in a small house we rented in the original Denver neighbourhood where we first moved,” explains Wesley, contributing the lyrical ideas while collaborating on the music with Jer, who tackled a variety of instruments, including guitar, the very prominent piano and trademark tribal drums. There is something timeless about this band that links their songs to 18th century pastorals, 19th century work songs, 20th century folk narratives and 21st century post-modern cinematic soundscapes. Success hasn’t spoiled The Lumineers; rather, it’s inspired them to follow their muses even further. 

HOT CD! 2 Chainz - COLLEGROVE

For weeks Atlanta’s multi-platinum and Grammy®-nominated, 2 Chainz, and New Orleans’ multi-platinum, 4-time Grammy®-winner Lil Wayne have been using social media to tease their fans about ColleGrove.  Buzz heated up when Felt Like Cappin, Chainz’s most recent mixtape (released in January), included the track “Back On the Bullshyt” featuring Lil Wayne and in February when ColleGrove took the stage at NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for their debut performance of the track “Rolls Royce Weather Every Day.” Then Kanye West revealed the album art shot by Jonathan Mannion on Twitter along with the release date.    Fans have been eagerly waiting for collaborative album like this to happen from the hip hop juggernauts since 2007, when Lil Wayne showed up as a feature on the street classic “Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle (Chainz’ original group).  The single hit #2 on the Billboard Rap chart, Top 5 R&B, and Top 15 on the Hot 100. Other collaborations over the years between 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne include the RIAA certified platinum tracks “Rich As Fuck” and Juicy J’s strip club anthem “Bandz a Make Her Dance.”  

Get your music fix! Gangs of Ballet, Chris Chameleon, Bed on Bricks

It's almost weekend (ok, it's ALMOST) and if you are living in Cape Town and need your weekly music fix, then check out these awesome gigs!

Gangs of Ballet
Thurs 14 and Fri 15 April – Gangs of Ballet
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R150.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Five times SAMA nominated, MTV MAMA Award winning band, Gangs of Ballet is Durban-based comprising of three musicians and friends. Each accomplished musicians in their own rights, the band’s members have combined their various individual tastes and styles to create a sound that is captivatingly fresh. Their music, which boasts a winning combination of their vibrant energy and a host of musically intriguing melodies, cannot be pinned down to any specific genre but rather experiments with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, electronic and dance. In any context, Gangs of Ballet’s audiences are encouraged to experience the band’s music in ways that are dually intuitive and physical as their music seeks to stimulate the musically-minded while also providing those merely seeking a good time with a good reason to dance.

Saturday 16 April – Jack Stone
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Soulful, gentle and smooth, yet bold and powerful with great character, that is how one describes the voice of South African born Singer-Songwriter and producer, Jack Stone.After receiving his first guitar at the tender age of 11 his passion for music only kept growing stronger and stronger, not merely for the love of listening but more so for the love of creating.Jack Stone is a self-taught Singer and Songwriter who plays various instruments including the guitar, piano and bass amongst others, while being a qualified Sound Engineer and producer. “Music is Life… the only universal language that speaks to all races, genders and religions without having to say a word” – Jack Stone.

The Wintyr
Wednesday 20 April – The Wintyr
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R100.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

The WINTYR is an alternative // folktronic trio making music in the cities ofCape Town & London. Consisting of songwriter and frontwoman Evelyn Hart, Tristan Carmicheal (synth, piano & guitars) and Brendyn Rossouw (percussion), the group was formed in studio as they came together to write material and produce tracks for Evelyn’s solo album. The collaboration resulted in a significant progression in sound and energy, characterised by ethereal vocals, soaring synths and warlike oriental-inspired percussion. Combined with a storyteller’s depth, The WINTYR’s music has been described as cinematic & emotive.

Chris Chameleon

Thursday 21 April – Chris Chameleon
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R145.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Chris Chameleon is working on a new English album which will be released this year with the same name as the show - Firmament.  Brand new songs and the stories behind them, seasoned with his subtle humour, honest renditions and physical comedy to seduce audiences into dreaming, wonder and laughter.

Friday 22 April – Bed on Bricks
Venue: Café Roux, The Farm Village, Noordhoek.
Address: 270 Chapman`s Peak Drive.
Tickets: R120.00
Time: Dinner from 19:00. Show from 20:30.
Bookings: go to www.caferouxsessions.co.za or book at www.webtickets.co.za
Contact for enquiries: info@caferoux.co.za / 021 789 2538
Proudly sponsored by: The Wolftrap Wine.

Bed on Bricks is a fiery funk-hop act with incendiary, hard-rocking live performances. They have 3 studio albums (Humanarium 2003, If you see Kay 2005, and Royal Honey 2008) and a live acoustic album, Takeaways, in 2006 and a “best of” 10 year anniversary album. Members are, Dave van der Linden (guitar), Mike Hardy (vocals), Tim Rankin (drums) and Schalk van der Merwe (bass). Bed on Bricks are into the sweetness of life at the Southern tip of Africa and playing their instruments for the love of it. And man do they love it!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

HOT CD! All Saints - Red Flag

After the touring the UK in 2014, All Saints resolved to do something they never thought they would again, and wrote, recorded and produced a new record. It was not made without massive prior consideration. “We didn’t force ourselves into this situation,” says Natalie, “and it couldn’t have happened at a better time in all of our lives. I just missed being with the girls. It makes us happy. Listen, if you can work with your favourite people, then why not? I have such a good time and I spend more time laughing and having fun than I do working.” “The album,” says Shaznay, “could have been made a lot quicker if we’d spent less time joking around while making it.” “Seriously,” says Shaznay, “I got on such a roll writing and recording with the Girls again, we’ve started getting material for the next album together already. This couldn’t feel any more right.” As they turned from their teens to their twenties, All Saints were the symbolic British girl-band gateway to the new millennium. They were an irrepressible, immediately identifiable gang that would mascot us through to the 21st century. With music touched by a panoply of sharply honed influences, from The Shirelles through 90s hip hop, disco, slouchy club electronica and touched all over with the proximity the women grew up to Notting Hill Carnival, they were the flip-side of the tween-pop sound of their peers. Now 19 years after their debut instruction, against several striking odds, All Saints know exactly where it’s at again.