Monday, 26 June 2017

Karly V captures the vulnerability of the human heart in debut single Sometimes

With a knack for getting the party started, Karly V, who has been performing live on the South African circuit for over 7 years and, secretly songwriting in the comfort of her home, has finally decided to release some original music. Her breathtaking debut single Sometimes makes its national debut today, and indicates a promising start in a burgeoning career for the artist at large.

Growing up in a musical family, a career in the arts was inevitable for the Afrikaans speaking Karly. Placed in front of the piano before she could even walk, the songstress has been entertaining audiences from an early age and began songwriting when she was just 12 years old.

Asked why it’s taken her so long to release her original music, Karly explains, “Throughout the years I did a lot of recordings. A lot. I even recorded a proper album that was never released because of unfortunate circumstances. I guess one becomes discouraged after a few disappointments, but I've finally summoned up the courage to do this thing full on.”

With all her experiences culminated in this single, Sometimes is Karly’s finest work to date.

That being said, Sometimes was conceptualised when the singer was still in High School, steadily evolving into what it is today. The song shares the wavering relationship experienced with ones own emotions.

“Most people feel a bit stuck in their emotions and guilt sometimes, not knowing how to express or fix certain things,” she says. “This song is about that conflict and the process I go through to work through the feelings.”
Karly hopes that her music can do for others what music has done for her, her main aim being just to have her songs heard on radio.

She explains, “Music is one of the most powerful things. It can elate you, sooth you, and, most importantly, make you feel like you're not alone in the way you feel or think. I still have many songs to release and a lot of things to say. I also love performing live and I want to perform for massive crowds. That's the dream.”

Sincere in her approach, it is her honesty that makes her songwriting unique. Her songs speak of  tolerance, acceptance and freedom in a world plagued by injustice, flaunting universal appeal. For one who has suffered her own trials and tribulations, Karly doesn’t pretend to be something she is not, stating: “There is no separation between me as a musician and other facets of my life.”

This is only the beginning of a budding career for the singer songwriter, a blank canvas on the verge of becoming a masterpiece.

Listen to the track here: https://soundcloud.com/karlyvmusic/sometimes

More about Karly V:

A daring yet cautious soul, Karly V is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma and the key is music. Your quintessential singer songwriter, it is through song that she becomes entirely vulnerable and her potential is fully realised.

Real name Karlien van der Walt, the South African born and bred musician has been playing keys from an early age, a habit she picked up from her older sister. Despite her sister’s influence, 10 years her senior, Karly pretty much fuelled her own passion for music, insisting on lessons and instruments from a fearlessly supportive family, and for good reason. Karly exhibited a natural talent for the arts.

She was that person, the one asked to entertain guests at family functions, singing in the school choir or readily amusing her friends with personal renditions of popular songs. She started her first band while still in high school. Drawing from her garage band days, Karly has since developed a fully-fledged professional career in music, entertaining crowds across the country. She has a knack for getting the party started and after 7 years of performing live, the entertainer has decided the time is right to release her solo debut single, Sometimes.

Moving full steam ahead, Karly hopes to touch people at a deeper level, inspiring audiences the world over. With a yearning  to travel and experience as much as she possibly can, her aim is personally connect with large audiences.

Disco Izrael post-PHFAT and back from the dead with a debut release

Kill Disco is the first single off Disco Izrael’s new album, Spellz.

Disco quit his job in advertising to become a full-time rapper. He started a record company called Megacorp and has been recording his debut rap album Spellz.

How did the track Kill Disco come about?

"Narch sent me the beat and I said, fuck yeah, let's make a song. We called it Kill Disco because it was meant to be the last Disco Izrael song ever," says Disco.

As for the lyrics, those followed naturally. "There's no rapper like Disco," says Narch. "His execution is on point; his lyrics are next level. I've worked with him for many years and this is by far his best work yet. We have chemistry, so making Kill Disco was simple. I just told him here's the beat, do what you do best."

The only way to find out what Spellz sounds like is to stay tuned to the Disco Izrael Instagram (@discoizrael) and Megacorp YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/2sFQKoG).

Disco will be releasing a single track off the album, starting with Kill Disco, each day for thirteen days straight.

Once the initial release period is over, the full Spellz album will be available for download on all major music streaming sites including Soundcloud, Google Play, Spotify, iTunes and Tidal to name a few.

Disco Izrael and the rest of 2017

Disco and his management team Apollo Artists are currently planning the Spellz album launch tour, which will kick off in late July and run into August. The Spellz tour will include gigs at some of the best loved venues across the country.

The Naked and Famous and more at Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies proudly announces the full 2017 line-up!  Main features of this year’s festival include Flume (DJ set), Two Door Cinema Club, Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous, Joey Bada$$, Cassper Nyovest, Snakehips, Sam Paganini, Patrick Topping, Riky Rick, Fokofpolisiekar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Ray Phiri and Beatenberg.

As a music and lifestyle festival, Rocking the Daisies sets itself apart through its ability to year-on-year offer finely curated line-ups that cater for the broad, diverse audience that the festival attracts.  The carefully selected blend of international talent, South Africa’s best and tomorrow’s stars, provides a perfect focal point for an event continually hailed as the leader in its field.  Every year 25,000 festival fans make their annual pilgrimage to Darling in the Western Cape to attend Africa’s biggest festival of its kind.  The four-day fest is now in its twelfth year and delivers on its promise of being a multi-genre mix of music, groundbreaking production design and creative spaces.

After years of high demand, 25-year-old Grammy-winning Australian producer Flume (Harley Streten) is finally set to headline Rocking the Daisies, bringing his highly visual set and globally renowned, experimental, future bass sound to the South African stage. He’s just won Best Dance/Electronic Album for ‘Skin’ at the 2017 Grammy Awards, which follows eight ARIA Award-wins in his native Australia, including Album of the Year. ‘Skin’ includes the 2x Platinum-certified song “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai and the Platinum-certified single ‘Say It’ featuring Tove Lo.  Since his 2012 breakout with the release of his self-titled debut, Flume continues to receive feverish support from fans and critics alike, becoming one of the first artists to top 200 million Soundcloud streams and one of the world’s most popular on Spotify.

Two Door Cinema Club join the star-filled line up with their infectious alt-pop sound. Singer Alex Trimble, guitarist Sam Halliday and bassist Kevin Baird formed the band in 2008 and have released three highly acclaimed albums; Platinum-certified ‘Tourist History’, ‘Beacon’ and their latest offering, the Bowie and Prince inspired ‘Gameshow’, which is by far their most enthralling and danceable record. Headlining festivals across the globe, Two Door Cinema Club has solidified themselves as a global force and their set promises to be an exhilarating experience for all Daisies fans.

Few words reflect the impact that Black Coffee has had on South African music. He now returns to Rocking the Daisies as one of the world’s most relevant and in-demand artists.  With thrilling performances at festivals such as Coachella and Ultra Miami, a summer residency in Ibiza and what appears as an endless list of accolades, including a series of Platinum Certified tracks and a wealth of Metro FM Awards, SAMA’s and Channel O awards, Black Coffee’s superstar profile is unchallenged.  In 2016 he collected the award for the Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards ; the first South African to do and he recently collaborated with Drake on the song "Get It Together" which was released in March 2017.

Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, The Naked and Famous is a must-see act at Daisies. Their soaring songs stacked with anthemic hooks will make your weekend. Their third and latest album ‘Simple Forms’ was released in late 2016 and the group has been busy touring extensively since, including a US tour as support for Blink 182. Their release ‘Young Blood’ has been featured in numerous films and speaks as an anthem to an entire generation.

American, independent hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ comes from Brooklyn, New York. With his rugged style, Joey Bada$$ is placed among hip-hop’s elite and is a staple in the industry for maintaining an authentic, unique and versatile sound. His music is raw and original with his debut studio album, ‘B4.da.$$’ selling 56,000 units in its opening week making it the #1 rap and #1 independent album in the country. When not touring the US and playing overseas festivals, Joey creates original music for soundtracks, such as ‘Southpaw’. Joey is currently gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’ featuring J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q and Styles P, which is set for immanent release on 4 July 2017.

South African producer and rapper Cassper Nyovest is one of the country’s highest profile hip hop entertainers.  With 18 awards under his belt and Platinum certified track ‘Refiloe’, Cassper is affectionately referred to as ‘Mr. Fill Up’ by locals, for filling The Dome with 20,000 fans in 2015 and for 2016’s filling of Orlando Stadium; a 40,000 capacity venue in a game changing moment for the hip hop genre in South Africa. Joining the Daisies line-up for the first time, his chart-topping hits fused with his magnetic charisma never fail to guarantee an incredible live show.
London based production duo Snakehips (Oliver Lee and James Carter) are hot on the Daisies fans’ wish list!  Best known for their 2015 single ‘All My Friends’, they made their name with Hype Machine chart-topping remixes for Banks, The Weeknd, Bondax and Wild Belle, which between them have notched up more than 30 million plays on Soundcloud and YouTube. Having performed at major festivals in the UK and abroad, Daisies fans can expect a set that’s both retro and modern, driven as much by melody as by hip hop beats and shimmering synth, with tracks such as ‘Days With You’ being as dreamily laid back as dance-floor friendly. With two #1’s on the local chart, their signature sound is a sensual, up-to-date take on old school R&B and hip hop, don’t miss them!

Italian DJ and producer Sam Paganini’s unique musical journey has achieved great success both on the underground circuit as well as on the mainstream channels. Beside his studio work and production time, Sam’s DJ appearances are among the most requested by promoters worldwide.  His sets are characterized by powerful grooves and have been described as ‘Sexy Groovy Dark Techno’, which speaks volumes, literally, on what to expect from his performances.  Since 1996, a landmark year for him thanks to the worldwide success of his track ‘Zoe’, Sam’s stylistic experimentations have gone from strength to strength with tracks like 2014’s ‘Rave’ becoming an instant classic that stayed on the N°1 Beatport Techno spot for more than two months, and for more than a year and a half in its overall chart, gaining more than eight million clicks on Youtube, becoming the most clicked Techno track ever.

Award winning DJ Patrick Topping has burst onto the global scene and cemented his place in the of the top-tier of dance music. Part the new wave of electronic music producers coming from the north of England, he is a pioneering force for a generation of upcoming artists, reflected in recently being voted 11th in Resident Advisor’s Top100 DJ's of 2016 and picked as 15th by Mixmag.  As well as his ability to conjure up dancefloor bombs, this prodigious talent has also made his name as a prolific producer, with a long list of stellar releases.  Since his debut release in 2013, he has secured seven different Beatport #1s and has also remixed artists such as Matador, Booka Shade and Steve Lawler, with his remix of Raumastik’s ‘Dem A Pree’ becoming one of the biggest tracks of 2016.

Leading the charge from the infamous hills of Bellville Rock City, Fokofpolisiekar needs little introduction. Infamous for their powerful live shows, these local legends have always done things differently, from using a crowdfunding platform to release an album, to creating the clean, crisp malt ‘Fokof’ lager.  Expect a total jol from their set!

South African producer and rapper Riky Rick’s first performance at Daisies is, without a doubt, going to be one of the festival highlights!  He’s a game changer; he’s raw, he’s inspiring, he’s a culture king. Influenced by early kwaito and hip hop, Riky has managed to carve a lane for himself as one of SA’s most electrifying performers and rap artists. His eclectic style has found the perfect synergy between South African township life and international appeal.  His latest album ‘Family Values’ was certified Platinum and was in the Top 20 African Albums of 2015. He has won numerous awards for his music, most notably the MTV Africa Award for best music video, a Loerie Award for his short film Exodus and two SA Hip Awards.

Die Heuwels Fantasties have had the music industry at their feet right from the start. As one of the most successful Afrikaans alternative pop rock acts in the country, they are considered the music pioneers of their generation and have won every notable award in SA. Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Greeff and Frederick den Hartog make up the band, with Sheldon Yoko recently joining them as drummer. Since their inception in 2008, their energetic live performances have gathered large and diverse crowds, gripping fans at festivals such as Aardklop, Innibos, OppiKoppi and KKNK.  They’ve also shared the stage with local and international acts, including opening for Kings of Leon in 2012. Their first three albums, ‘Die Heuwels Fantasties’, ‘Wilder as die Wildtuin’ and ‘Alles wat Mal is’, all reached Gold status within a short period of time.

Iconic South African jazz legend Ray Phiri will also be playing Daisies for the first time. He became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s and when they disbanded, Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived Gold and Platinum-selling albums. In the 1980’s Paul Simon asked Ray to join his Graceland project which was so successful that they collaborated again on Simon's ‘Rhythm of the Saints’ album, which saw him perform on stages such as Central Park and Madison Square Garden as well as appearing on top television shows in the United States. In 2012 Paul Simon organised a Graceland anniversary tour which Ray also participated in.  Phiri has received many awards in recognition for his contribution in the music industry, one of these is the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver awarded to him by the South African president. This was to honour his sterling contribution to the South African music industry and the successful use of arts as an instrument of social transformation.

Since the release of their debut album, ‘The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg’, this Cape Town-based band has upended entrenched notions of what constitutes South African music. Beatenberg’s sublimely crafted pop is rooted in indigenous styles but also draws an intoxicating mix of influences (reggae, jazz, classical, kwaito, house) that have helped turn the three-piece into chart toppers and multiple award-winners at home. Steered by songwriter Matthew Field’s literate lyrics and underpinned by the highly-accomplished playing of Field (guitar), Ross Dorkin (bass) and Robin Brink (bass), Beatenberg is poised for an international breakthrough, starting with a collaboration with Mumford & Sons on their Johannesburg EP and an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland.

This year’s line-up is an endless list of incredible talent and includes names like Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sibot x Toyota, Shortstraw, Felix Laband, Alice Phoebe Lou, DJ Dimplez, PHFat, The Kiffness, YoungtaCPT, DJ Lag, Shekhinah, Speedsta, Floyd Lavine, Rubber Duc, Kid Fonque, Timo ODV, Diamond Thug, Frank Casino, Haezer, Kenzhero, Grimehouse, Niskerone, Strange Loving, DJ Azhul, Sho Madjozi, Tune Raider, Lucy Kruger, Josh Kempen, Vato Kayde, The Sweet Resistance, Rumswinger, Hi, I’m K-$, Mvelo, Bruce Loko, Shane Eagle, Rudeboyz, Leeu, Brother, Lady M, JNN KPN, Dogstarr, Siphe Tebeka B2B Dark Light, Dunn Kidda, Rebel Clef, Linda Meyer, Soulcraft, Patty Monroe, Vuyo Renene, Leighton Moody B2B Cassiem Latief, Rob Toca B2B Ashton, Pierre-Estienne B2B Julz Sanchez, Abby Nurock, White Nite, Pascoe, Brett Aitken B2B Dane Stirrat, Miss CJ B2B Douglas Olsson, VJ Jonno, Uncool Luke, CTRL Room, Nick Grater, Chad Da Don, Dirty Skittlez, Aux Gawd, Chrizz Beatz, GinaJeanz, D_Know, Paradise Citizens, Dan Tempo, Dwson, Lazersharkk ft Miki San Tzu, Paul Waxon, Tommy Gun B2B Mudblud, Daddy Warbucks and Sebastian Dark, and many, many more...

Steyn Entertainment, the team behind the event, has shaken things up this year by injecting new energy into the festival format and refreshing the offering. Daisies is not just about the music, it has something for everyone and promises to be a deeply immersive experience. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Louise Carver Releases “Keep Your Eyes On Me” As The Next Single From Her Album “Hanging In The Void”

“Hanging In The Void” is an album filled with raw emotion and on writing “Keep Your Eyes On Me”, Louise Carver comments “When I wrote this song, I wanted to convey a sense of urgency, like time is running out if we don't fix these problems. It's a plea for the relationship not to end and a willingness to fight for it, even though you can feel it slipping away. Mark Beling and I wanted to create natural highs and lows in the music showing all the emotions a person goes through when they are trying to keep their relationship alive. The acoustic guitar and drums naturally drive the song, yet still keep it intimate and personal.”

“Hanging In The Void” is Louise Carver’s most heartfelt and emotionally stirring album. First single “Lift Off” launches the album with a powerful message of hope and belief, new single “Keep Your Eyes On Me” pulls on the heart strings with its emotional delivery and stand out tracks “Remedy”, “Time Stood Still”, “Your Love Is Like” and “All the Lessons” all tell a story of a tough personal journey that lead to creating one of the best records of 2016.

Carver has had multiple radio hits with singles such as “Empty Fantasy”, “It Don’t Matter” and “Warrior feat. Zulu Boy” and “Hanging In The Void” is set to deliver many more radio and fan favourite singles. The album was recorded with one of SA’s finest producers Mark Beling and is arguably Carver’s best work.

‘Hanging In The Void’ is available for digital download and in music stores nationwide.

Listen to “Louise Carver – Keep Your Eyes On Me”: https://soundcloud.com/the-louise-carver/keep-your-eyes-on-me-4

We Are Charlie Drop The Music Video For Their Brand New Single ‘Starting To Stop’

We Are Charlie just keep the hits coming and ‘Starting To Stop’ is the latest offering from the Pretoria trio! The band release the music video and single recently.

Watch the music video for ‘Starting To Stop’ here: https://youtu.be/p9oq1u_3SfU

Following the hits ‘Let’s Stare At The Sun’ and ‘Red Norton’, the latest offering ‘Starting to Stop’ is the band’s most powerful Indie Rock single release to date! “The name came to us after a few too many drinks and a soppy conversation about growing up with a few screws loose. We were unjustifiably proud of ourselves for “starting to stop” with our bad habits. There is a girl in this one but she is and will never be real because the boy in the story can’t materialise anything worth his own weight in making bad decisions. A figment of his own imagination then? We are hopeful that this will move a few bodies on the dance floor. Thanks again from the Charlie boys.”

‘Starting To Stop’ is out now on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/starting-to-stop-single/id1237200009

Chris Chameleon releases two albums in two languages in less than a year

Chris Chameleon is one of the most well-known faces and voices in the SA Music Industry. He is a singer/songwriter/TV and film actor, and performer extraordinaire. Multiple SAMA and Huisgenoot Tempo award-winner, he is one of the few talents who has been successful in both the English and Afrikaans music industries. His two album releases in less than a year proves just that: ‘Firmament’ was released in September 2016 and has been nominated for a SAMA Award 2017 in the Best Alternative Album Category. Chameleon`s new Afrikaans album, ‘Jy en Ek en Ek en Jy’ his first since 2009, was released in May 2017.

Chameleon says that while his Afrikaans work has kept him very busy in recent years, there is still much coming forth from in his English mind. “I feel like a different person in each of the 4 languages I speak fluently and it has the strange consequence that I subsequently express myself in dissimilar ways in each of these languages.”

In asking Chris Chameleon how he managed to release two albums in less than a year, he answers: “It was possible to release two albums, one English and one Afrikaans, in the space of a single year because the one took very a long time and the other a very short time. Work on ‘Jy en Ek en Ek en Jy’ started in 2012. The words happened very quickly back then, but it wouldn’t be until 2016, after the release and recording of ‘Firmament’, that the melodies started taking shape, and that happened rather quickly too. ‘Firmament’, on the other hand, was written and composed in a very short space of time. Some of the songs were written in a half an hour of inspired frenzy. I guess that’s what happens when you have been holding stuff in for too long, it just comes pouring out. As for the release dates, I never really plan these things, when I’m done, I put it out. Otherwise you start questioning yourself and go back fixing the past, obsessing about it, while the future and present pass you by unnoticed. Maybe that’s why we have eyes in the front of our heads; because we are meant to move forward.”

Chameleon explains that the main drive of the theme of the English album and why it is titled Firmament, is that he has reached a phase in his life where he feels less bothered by what people think of him. He says: “It is strange, because I am in the ‘vanity industry’ and one should care. On the one hand it leaves you with the responsibility to not let yourself go. It is easy to neglect your appearance and lose your grasp of protocol when you stop caring what people think. So, I find the need to maintain some element of vigilance in that regard.”

Listen to the catchy single “Can`t Stop Me Loving You” here: https://soundcloud.com/chrischameleon/firmament-06-cant-stop-me-loving-you

Video: ‘Hurt’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U8SIOZm5YM

This long-awaited Afrikaans album ‘Jy en Ek en Ek en Jy’ was inspired by Chris Chameleon's personal experiences with the search for and experience of love. Chameleon says that the album is a work of emotional disclosure. He speaks in the album about God, his beloved and matters of the heart.  "The album was not made on demand or because it was time or because I had enough songs for a new album. I gave myself full, unrestricted freedom of music and lyrics. I did not disguise my feelings with artistic conjuring or ribbons and bows. The texts were often written in free verse or naked prose, while still finding their form in the regularity of song. This was a process that took a lot of honesty from me. I am humbled by the mystery of love and was inspired to write an album that extended beyond the understanding of my mind.”

Listen to Chameleon`s new Afrikaans single “Die Intimiteit van ons Greep” here:


Video: ‘Die Intimiteit van ons Greep’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEqVB0dcWGo

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

VAN COKE KARTEL Calls it a Night - The Final Tour

After a brutal decade of rock ‘n roll, 5 full length albums, various drummer line-up changes, numerous prestigious awards, international tours to places like Taiwan and Europe, opening for monster international acts like Metallica, Van Coke Kartel has decided that it is time to call it quits.

‘’Van Coke Kartel has been a crazy ride.  It was the main focus for Francois van Coke and myself for many years. A lot of work went into the project and we definitely learned a lot from it. It is sad to think that it is all coming to an end, but I’m excited to take the circus on the road for one last time!’’ Wynand Myburgh

The band has not played a live show in 16 months.  Rather than just fade away, they will be going out with a bang on their final tour in July 2017.

For the finale, the Kartel will be re-uniting with ex-drummer Jason Oosthuizen to complete the line-up that they were known for the longest in their 10 year existence.

‘’The band had many different drummer over the years. A total of 5 to be be exact. We felt that the time that Jason was with us, it was our ‘golden years’. In that period we were extremely active and on an all-time high. It just felt natural to end the project with him on drums.’’ Jedd Kossew

When Fokofpolisiekar went on a hiatus in 2007, Francois van Coke and Wynand Myburgh took this opportunity to start Van Coke Kartel.  Jedd Kossew later became a full time member and this addition catapulted Van Coke Kartel’s live performances into another dimension.

‘’When Wynand and I started the project in 2007, we had never been in a band where we were the main song writers. It took a lot of hard work to create those first records. I think we got our confidence from the fact that we knew that when we hit the stage, we will make up for whatever we lacked in the songwriting. When Jedd joined he took us to a new level and he immediately contributed a lot to the writing process. He still does so today with my solo stuff.’’ Francois van Coke

Van Coke Kartel’s energetic, no-nonsense rock ‘n roll show is celebrated as a high-energy spectacular.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see them live for the last time ever.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Kahn & Karen Zoid - We Could Be Divine Tour

Off the back of the release of their debut number 1 charting collaboration 'We Could Be Divine', Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid have announced an exclusive run of performances across the country.

After forging a friendship together on The Voice SA, the combination of their creative spaces eventually culminated in their hit single charting across radio stations throughout South Africa. 'Organic and effortless' is how Kahn describes their song writing process.

Performing together in full concert was the natural next step for them. Off the back of the massive response received for 'We Could Be Divine', the duo will be bringing their concert to Cape Town, Grahamstown, Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg.

Brought to you by M-NET and set to be one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2017, these SAMA-winning singer songwriters will be performing their hit duet alongside current bodies of work both past and present. Having two South African music icons share the stage and perform each other's hits will undoubtedly be a concert that is guaranteed to enthral the audience like no other.

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MIDNIGHT OIL Live In South Africa For One Show Only!

Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil today announced their first show in South Africa in over two decades. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called “The Overflow Tank” which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.

The Johannesburg show is included as part of the SOLD OUT “The Great Circle 2017” World Tour, featuring the group in its classic lineup. The world tour kicked off in mid-April and Midnight Oil will be performing over 30 gigs around the world reaching Johannesburg on Saturday the 29th of July. During the world tour they will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies.

These will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the last 15 years. It will also be the group’s most extensive world tour since their classic late 80’s/early 90’s albums like “Diesel & Dust”, “Blue Sky Mining” and “Earth & Sun & Moon” sold over 10 million copies around the globe.

All info on the Johannesburg concert is listed below. Extensive anti-scalping measures are being taken around this tour so fans are also formally advised to only buy tickets from the official ticket agencies listed on the band’s website to avoid possible fraud and needless overpayment via so called “reselling” sites.

The band have also announced the impending release of a remastered CD box set called “The Full Tank” featuring all of their existing albums and EP’s plus a mammoth new 4 CD/8 DVD trove called “The Overflow Tank” which will include over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material. Both of these box sets will be housed in replica miniature water tanks like the one featured onstage at so many ‘Oils’ gigs. The band also unveiled their first ever complete Vinyl collection which will feature 11 remastered LP’s and two 12” EP’s all cut at Abbey Rd Studios in London. The three box sets will be released around the start of the tour but full track-listings and pre-orders are available now via www.midnightoil.com.

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of music knows the basics of Midnight Oil’s story and how these musical innovators and social justice brought us anthems like “Beds are Burning”, “The Dead Heart”, “Blue Sky Mine”, “Forgotten Years” and “Say Your Prayers” plus a string of other hits. Their music makes you feel. Their lyrics make you think. And the combined impact live onstage is nothing less than a call to action.

In a dangerously warming world of Trump, Hanson, Petry and Le Pen the voice of Midnight Oil clearly takes on renewed relevance; they have always been a band that both reflects and shapes “the temper of the times”. Clarion calls like “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees” may have been intended for earlier eras but they resonate more than ever in these days of ‘alternative facts’.

In keeping with the band’s longstanding commitments, their carbon footprint during “The Great Circle” World Tour will, of course, be fully offset and sustainability initiatives will be undertaken at all shows. Midnight Oil will also continue their collaborations with local and international environmental organizations including Greenpeace, supporting their campaigns on crucial issues like dangerous climate change and the imminent threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

At one level “The Great Circle 2017” simply reflects the geographic reality that the tour will loop around the world and circle Australia. At another level the name clearly implies the planet itself but it has a further meaning too. Sailors, and airmen use “the great circle” to navigate the globe because on a sphere the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. How appropriate for a group who has always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been linear.

Midnight Oil is more than just a rock’n’roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken.

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