|Pet Shop Boys|
Monday, 10 March 2014
|Anton en sy hond, Skye|
Friday, 28 February 2014
|Fokofpolisiekar (Credit: Alice Inggs)|
Thursday, 27 February 2014
|Eminem live on stage in Cape Town, South Africa, on 26 February 2014|
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
In light of a campaign to discredit the legitimacy of UB40’s SA tour based on it being made up of three of the original members and not all of them, the band has released a formal statement to set the record straight once and for all: “Following the statement by our ex-colleagues and co-musicians in UB40, we would like to reply with a clarification of the situation. Ali Campbell and Astro Wilson are the two long time vocalists who sang on all the previous UB40 albums and UB40 hits, (prior to the Country and Western album that the remaining members saw fit to record a matter of months ago). Campbell and Astro ARE the voices of UB40 – they created the sound on record and on stage. Anyone going to a concert by the remaining five will be treated to merely a karaoke version of how the band did indeed sound, with a replacement singer who has never recorded a previous UB40 album and is no part of the UB40 history. There is only one vocal sound for UB40 and only two genuine vocalists and it is us. We have a legal right to use the name UB40 and we intend to do so. The only deception being committed here is by them, purporting to be a band that recorded the albums and songs that our loyal fans have bought over many years. We sing reggae, songs we recorded as UB40, plus new material. UB40 is who we are and the fans can judge for themselves.” Seed Experiences is bringing the band to South Africa in April 2014. They’ll play on Friday 4 April 2014 at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl and on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. It is well known that the famous frontman and voice of UB40, lead singer Ali Campbell left the band in 2008 along with Micky Virtue. Additional band member, Astro (Terence Wilson), left in 2013. In January 2014 these three members from the original band announced that they had reunited to perform live and to record new music under the name of UB40 and in the spirit of the original music. This is the tour that is coming to South Africa and is officially billed as UB40 as per the contract with their leading and reputable global booking agent The Agency Group Ltd. The other band in the UK is made up of the other remaining member and still performs under the name of UB40. This band performs without the legendary voice of Ali Campbell, Astro or Micky Virtue. The name dispute between the bands will be left to the artists to settle directly and does not affect the SA Tour going ahead as planned. Fans can expect to hear the old classics like Red Red Wine, Kingston Town and Rat In Mi Kitchen. Considering the fact that Seed Experiences released the UB40 featuring Ali Campbell tour over a month ago, it is unfortunate that another South African event promoter who had apparently (and unbeknownst to Seed Experiences) wanted to bring the other UB40 to SA has tried to discredit the tour without contacting Seed Experiences first. If they, or any other promoter wish to bring out UB40 without their famous lead singer then of course they’re more than welcome to do so. Seed would also like to reiterate that they have been transparent from the outset that this tour comprises three of the band’s original members; as is evident in all marketing and campaign visuals, leaving no room for public confusion.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
The Arrow Of Parow is super stoked to be one of the supporting acts for rapper Eminem's first tour of South Africa. The Beat had a "dop" (drink) with Jack Parow while he was still trying to pinch himself that he is actually gonna open for Eminem, and he also talked to us about his latest killer double CD, 'Nag Van Die Lang Pette'.
Awesome release Jack! Why did you decide on doing a double CD? With the state of album sales and obviously the economy I wanted to give everyone something that really was worth spending money on. I think I hopefully did that.
The electro CD is just brilliant! Why going electro with CD 1? Like all things in life I'm zero to 100 from the get go and only think about the consequences afterwards,so that's why you listen to the electric side first and then when you're hungover you listen to the acoustic and try and puzzle all the shit you caused together.
Dans Met My ft Klipwerk Orkes is one of my favourite tracks. Never new boeremusiek and electro could go so well together. How did you manage to get the Klipwerf Orkes involved with the CD and what did they make of the final production of the song? I actually originally did it for a show called jam sandwich that Deon Maas set up, and it came out so lekker and they are such amazing and cool musicians that I decided it has to be on my album so that everyone that knows me can hear it. They loved the final product, so I'm happy!
I found the radio raps hilarious and so you. Who is the voice behind the radio raps and who wrote the verses for those radio raps? It's a friend of mine, he is nextlevel, check him out,he is all over the internet and jou ma se agterplaas. He wrote it all himself, or actually probably just winged it, he makes me cry.
CD 2 is more chilled than CD 1. Did you find it harder to record the acoustic versions of the songs, or was it a natural flow for you? It was actually a pretty easy vibe because I was lucky enough to be working with amazing musicians such as Loki Rothman and Justin de Nobrega...so it really was just a shit load of fun
You are one of the supporting acts for Eminem. Shot! When did you find out about this? About two weeks ago. So sudden!
Your thoughts on opening for Eminem? SO AMPED!! I would have just loved to watch him,so opening for him is fokken better
Are you a fan of Eminem? Of course, lyrically and flow wise there is no one that comes close,so can’t help but be a fan
What's the chances of you and Eminem collaborating on a song? haha...hopefully REALLY HIGH
What is your favourite Eminem track? My favourite is still "As The World Turns"
What can fans expect to hear when you support Eminem on his SA tour? We are working hard on our new set...so be ready...it’s gonna be crazy!!
WIN! The Beat and Suukie Music are giving 3 readers the chance to win a 'Nag Van Die Lang Pette CD'. Just answer the following question and send your answer with you contact details (name, surname, address) to THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. In the subject line, writer JACK PAROW. The winners names will be picked randomly. The decision is final. CLOSING DATE: 3 March 2014. Winners will be notified via email. Good luck to all the Jack Parow fans! Question: What is the name of “ boermusiek” band that Jack recorded with?
Thursday, 20 February 2014
I would like to believe that I'm a bit of a romantic. You know, listening to some old time love classics from Frank Sinatra and so forth, and now I'm listening to Tina Turner's Love Songs. Yes, I'm soppy. I just love the grandma of pop! Her music brings back memories of days gone by and hearing that old classic tunes just gives me the chills (in a good way). Throughout Tina Turner’s extraordinary career, the multi-Grammy winning artist often sings about love, exploring both its joys and heartaches with her powerful voice on such unforgettable songs as the international smash “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” For the first time, a collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s greatest love songs. The album spans more than three decades and includes 18 tracks selected mainly from Turner’s impressive string of gold and platinum solo records. Much of the CD retraces Tina’s emotional comeback, which began in 1983 with Private Dancer, an album that’s sold more than five million copies. This new collection includes three songs from that record, a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the Top 10 title track, and “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” which stayed atop the charts for three weeks and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012. Several selections from her other records released in the 1980s are also included here with “Two People” from Break Every Rule (1986) and “The Best” from Foreign Affair (1989). Turner continued to electrify audiences in the 1990s with “Way Of The World,” a new song featured on her greatest hits collection Simply the Best (1991) and “I Don’t Wanna Fight” from the soundtrack to her 1993 biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It. To close out the decade, she released two more solo records – Wildest Dreams (1996) and Twenty Four Seven (1999). Both albums are represented on this collection by fantastic songs like “When The Heartache Is Over” and her cover of John Waite’s “Missing You”.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Sporadies Nomadies (Sporadically Nomadic) is a series of intimate theatre shows where acoustic renditions of Die Heuwels Fantasties, Fokofpolisiekar, Lukraaketaar and Van Coke Kartel songs will be performed. Francois van Coke, Hunter Kennedy and Pierre Greeff will perform the songs chronologically, with stories about life on the road and the deeper meanings of the songs in between. Hunter says that “as we got older and started performing at more theatres and Barnyards, we wanted to see if we could put something together that caters specifically to those types of venues.” Jedd Kossew from Van Coke Kartel and Richard Onraet from Black Handed Kites will accompany the guys. The first series kicks off at Die Boer in Durbanville on 11, 12, and 13 March. The whole family is welcome.
|Filipa (Credit: Richard Cook)|
Thursday, 13 February 2014
|Bono from U2|
There is no rest for the Queen of Pop (or is it the Gran Of Pop?), Madonna. Queen or Gran, who cares, Madonna is a ball of music energy that keeps transforming her musical style and keep us interested in her music and guessing what the next CD will sound like. Well, Madge has confirmed that she is already working on her next CD. This will be a follow-up to her 2012 CD, MDNA. She told The Canadian Press, "Yes, plans are in the works already, but don't ask me with who, it's a secret. Top Secret." When asked if she would consider working with someone like Drake, she replied, "If he'll have me." Who do you think Madonna should work with next?