Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Alternatief Is Groot - A Selection of the Very Best Local Alternative Music

Alternative music is best known as the genre that won’t be told what to do.  From this freedom flows original sounds, authentic words from the heart and a fire that can’t be contained by a mainstream mould.  The songs may or may not achieve commercial success, but the unique music creates a lifelong love affair with its listeners.

To pay homage to this genre, Coleské Artists handpicked and presented an exceptional collection of classic and current South African alternative music on one massive double album – Alternatief is Groot (Alternative is Big).   

The 38 handpicked songs on Alternatief is Groot, evoke a range of moods and memories. Take a nostalgic road trip back in time to the legendary tunes by Johannes Kerkorrel (Hillbrow) and Koos Kombuis (Johnny is nie dood nie) that started it all and inspired current chart topping artists and bands like Die Heuwels Fantasties (Sy) and Francois Van Coke and Karen Zoid (Toe vind ek jou).

Take a load off with some classics like Wonderboom’s Africa, Eyeshadow by Valiant Swart or Against All Odds by AKING.  If you had a bad day, belt out the epic anthem Ek Skyn(Heilig) by Fokofpolisiekar or Beaten by the Gun by Taxi Violence.

To get you in a party mood put on Pretoria Girls by Desmond and the Tutus, Come with me now by Kongos or Jack Parow and Gazelle’s Hosh Tokolosh.  If it’s ballads you need, Groen Trui by Jan Blohm and Blue Eyes by Springbok Nude Girls will soothe your soul. 

The playlist goes from strength to strength with likes of Matthew Mole, Nkhane Toure, Mi Casa & Euphonik, Bittereinder, Bouwer Bosch, Van Coke Kartel, eVoid, Loki Rothman & Pierre Greeff, Laudo Liebenberg, Twee, THIEVE, Sugardrive, Jax Panik, Nagligte, Gazelle, Straagligkinders, Albert Frost, Just Jinger, Ryno Velvet Band, Lukraaketaar, Klopjag and Die Tuindwergies.

Alternative music embodies many sub-genres and you can find most of them here…

UB40 Tour: Grassy Spark confirmed as opening band

Big Concerts has confirmed that ska/reggae band Grassy Spark will be opening for UB40 when they tour South Africa in November 2016 with their ‘Red Red Wine Tour’.

Grassy Spark are a 7 piece Ska-blend outfit from Cape Town who have just released their debut album ‘Portal’ along with their brand new single ‘Here I Am’. The album was mixed by Vicente Espi at Songololo Studios and mastered by Pablo San Martin both of whom graduated from Berklee Collage of Music in their respective fields. The album also features a number of local artists including Jeremy Loops, Khaos Cotterell, Bonj Mpanza and Rudeboboboss.  Having played every major music festival in South Africa to date Grassy Spark are known for their incredible live show.

Britain’s biggest reggae band of all time will be performing classic hits and gems from their many critically acclaimed albums, including ‘Red, Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Can’t help falling in Love’

Since reforming in 2013, the trio of Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have remained at the top of their game, with highlights including their ongoing World tour, a sellout UK arena tour headlining London’s o2 arena, a huge sell out USA tour and critical acclaim for their new material in 2014’s ‘Silhouette’ album.

Tour Information:
Cape Town
Saturday 5 November – SOLD OUT
Sunday 6 November – NEW DATE ADDED
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Ticket Price:  R625 – R745
Tickets on sale now from www.bigconcerts.co.za

Thursday 10 November
Durban Botanic Garden
Ticket Price:  R480
Tickets on sale now from www.bigconcerts.co.za

Saturday 12 November
Ticketpro Dome
Ticket Price: R450 – R790
Tickets on sale now from www.bigconcerts.co.za

Friday, 19 August 2016

HOT NEWS! GoodLuck Release "Find Me In The Forest"

Following after their chart topping single “Thinking About You”, GoodLuck, one of South Africa’s most popular electronic music groups release their brand new single “Find Me In The Forest” Today! “Find Me In The Forest” is the third single off GoodLuck’s brand new album, expected out this October! 
We've pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zone with this latest song and I guess you could say that Find me in The Forest is one of the edgiest tracks we have ever released as a band. We are super proud of Ben's cutting-edge production and it seems to have a slightly nostalgic almost South American feel to the song. It was co-mixed by a very talented Dutch artist called Jaz Von D who we have struck up an amazing relationship with over the past few months. Lyrically “Find Me In The Forest”  was inspired by all our travels abroad and getting a sense that you are floating from city to city feeling very disconnected from home. I think we came to realise that 'home' will always be wherever we are feeling happy... If it’s in a forest, in a city with family, with friends or near the ocean... Where you'll find my heart, you'll find my home. – GoodLuck

GoodLuck’s music is an irresistible blend of electronic pop with subtle influences of jazz, creating a sound that is uniquely their own, performing to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK over the past 3 years.

 Their high-octane performances have earned them a credible place amongst other artists in the live-electronic genre. GoodLuck have shared stages with Groove Armada, Bassment Jaxx, The Petshop Boys, Bakermat, Goldfish and Paul Oakenfold to name a few. GoodLuck have performed at sold out concerts in Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

Michael Bublé to release new album ‘Nobody But Me’

Michael Buble’s new album Nobody But Me Is scheduled to be released on 21 October. Nobody But Me is the multi-Grammy, multi-platinum award winning singer’s first album in three years and is his 9th studio album.  It follows the critically acclaimed To Be Loved album which was his fourth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts.

The exciting new collection of original pop tunes and beautiful standards highlight Buble’s talent as a profound interpreter of the American songbook as well as his gifted songwriting and producing style. Nobody But Me is available for pre order on http://smarturl.it/NBM.site.

Nobody But Me was recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver and includes three new Buble’ penned originals along with breathtaking reinventions of classics including “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “The Very Thought of You”, Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” and the Johnny Mercer classic “I Wanna Be Around”.  Guest artists on the album are Mehgan Trainor and Black Thought (of The Roots).  The new album is co-produced by Buble along with Johan Carlsson for MXM Productions, Alan Chang, Jason “Spicy G” Goldman, The Monsters and Strangerz.  The first single, the title track “Nobody But Me” is available now.  The deluxe version of “Nobody But Me” includes three additional tracks.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever had this much fun working on an album.  It was especially thrilling to collaborate with my band who understands that I want to sound better than I’ve ever sounded. I’m also very proud of the new songs. Having the opportunity to co-produce was a joy for me personally,” says Michael.

His talent will also be seen in cinemas this fall when Michael Buble’ “Tour Stop 148” is shown in theatres as a onetime event on Tuesday evening 27 September (no SA date confirmed yet). The film includes not only dynamic performances by Buble’ from his sold out “To Be Loved Tour” but a close-up view of the behind-the-scenes team that surrounded the singer along with their stories and sacrifices as the show moved from city to city. The “To Be Loved Tour” completed 173 shows in 39 countries and was seen by over two million fans.

IV4 releases ‘River Blues’ single - self-titled debut EP out now

IV4 drop their first single ‘River Blues’ to radio this week following the release of their self-titled debut EP on Friday 29 July.

The Pretoria-based 4-piece band have the music industry buzzing after winning the 2015 Converse Get Out Of The Garage competition. One of SA’s fastest rising Alternative Rock Bands, the band are excited to release their new music!

What is ‘River Blues’ about? Front man Van Wyk Brand comments “It's about taking control over your own life. Being free, taking risks, making mistakes and being crazy. Because in the end you never want to regret anything about your life. Making the best of everything.”

Earlier in 2016 IV4 spent about 3 months in studio at Open Room Productions in Johannesburg recording their EP. The band relished at the opportunity of working with renowned SAMA winning producer, Darryl Torr. Torr also worked on the Soweto Gospel Choir album which won them the Grammy Award for ‘Best Traditional World Music Album’ in 2007.

‘Let it Out’, one of the singles from the EP, was recorded in February 2016 at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York, with producer Jason Finkel. The recording was part of their Converse Get Out The Garage prize.

“It was a surreal experience. Having the opportunity to work with a producer who's worked with world class artists was nothing to take lightly. We learnt a lot about ourselves as a band. He drew from us more than we thought we were capable of. Our vision as a band expanded after that experience - all of a sudden it was not just about Pretoria anymore, not just South Africa. Suddenly a vision of writing and making music on a global scale was not just a dream anymore - it was a necessity. Making a difference on a global scale,” says Van Wyk Brand.

Along with the release of the EP and the single ‘River Blues’ to radio, the band has also dropped the music video for the song ‘Solar Eclipse’ (also taken from the EP) online.

How did the band get their name? Van Wyk explains: “IV4 really stood out to us in the moment of its inception. It came after a battle with many different ‘cool band names’. It originated from a really cool image we stumbled upon of the Roman numeral IV - the 4 of us were together at the time. We thought to translate the 'sophisticated' "IV" to the more 'layman' 4, before thinking to have them side by side. As a result, we ended up with a term that had a musical inference to it, relating to the time signature in music 4/4 and with 4 guys in a band - which stuck. Ultimately, the name is easy to say, easy to remember.”

IV4 have made their mark in the SA live scene supporting the likes of Prime Circle, Gangs of Ballet, Desmond & The Tutus, Crash Car Burn, Rubber Duc, PH Fat to name but a few.

Newcomer Irinami astounds with perfectly poised debut music video

A fresh new face on the Cape Town music scene, self-taught songwriter and producer Irinami just launched the music video to her debut single, 'Hold Tight', which dropped in March and is already enjoying airtime on national radio station 5FM.

Future dance floor classics
Irinami’s singular sound is a combination of raw, ethereal beats and evocative storytelling that results in what is set to become future dance floor classics. Born Irina Buzdugan in Bucharest, Romania, this enigmatic artist was raised in Durban, South Africa, and draws inspiration from genres as divergent as 90s hip hop, RnB and jazz, and artists like Etta James, Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse.

A long & winding road
Irinami has always been a musician at heart and started producing her own music at the tender age of 16. She first took to the stage as the frontwoman for 'Asleep in Transit', a band she started during her tenure as law student at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, which experimented with Indie-Pop and gained a great deal of traction at both local and national festivals. Two years down the line, the time had come for Irinami to spread her wings and she moved to Cape Town to pursue a solo career and carve out a niche for her inimitable sound.

Bright innocence that fuels the dream
Says Irinami: "When I wrote 'Hold Tight' I had just turned 21 and was under the impression that I had everything figured out. Little did I know that I had a lot left to learn and endure on the road to becoming the person I am today; that I would change degrees, move cities, fall in and out of love, get lost, get found and go through both hell and bliss along the way. For me this track represents that initial bright, innocent confidence that may be rooted in naivety to a certain extent, but ultimately becomes the fuel that propels us towards our dreams."

‘Hold Tight’ was directed by the highly acclaimed Kyle Lewis and filmed by Karl Schmidt from Greenhaus Films. The video was created on a tight budget and the result of many hours of tireless work from a passionate team whose members are each at the top of their particular game.
* Watch this highly anticipated debut music video here.