Thursday, 17 April 2014

HOT! Rockers CrashCarBurn featuring rapper Kwesta release the music video for ‘Keep Walking’ - and this is a super hot song!

Joburg rockers CrashCarBurn and award winning rapper Kwesta have released the music video to their current single ‘Keep Walking’, which is making huge ripples across South African airwaves. CrashCarBurn’s drummer, Brendan Barnes, directed and produced the music video combining his cinematographic and musical skills and creativity to put together this small masterpiece. The video was cut and coloured at Mushroom Media in Johannesburg. Brendan shared some insights into the production.

Tell us a little more about the storyboard? ‘Keep Walking’ is a song about rising above your circumstance to make a better life for yourself. When conceptualising an idea for the video, I came across a boxer from the Eastern Cape who is now living and training at the Hillbrow Boxing Club. He has literally come from nothing and is using sport as his way to make a success of his life.

How do the visuals and the song's lyrics tie in? We shot at two locations for the video. The first location is the Hillbrow Boxing Club. It is incredibly run down with very few resources but the boxers who train there make the most of what they have. The second location was a massive warehouse in the Johannesburg city centre. We built a beautiful boxing ring for the performance sections of the video.

Was there any specific camera that the video was shot on? We shot on the Red Epic so that we could make use of some beautiful slow motion sequences.

CrashCarBurn is known for hits such as ‘Serenade’, ‘Twisted’ and ‘The Light” and has performed at the likes of My Coke Fest and Oppikoppi. Kwesta is currently up for Best Rap Album at the 2014 SAMA awards and recently scooped ‘Best Hip Hop’ album at the 2014 Metro Awards.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

CD! ABBA - ABBA Gold

1974 was a good year for music. A relatively unknown band from Sweden called ABBA smashed into the charts in 21 countries with their Eurovision winning song ‘Waterloo’. Who would have thought that  what was traditionally a ‘one hit wonder’ win would this year turn out a group that would become a global phenomenon? That they would go on to sell over 380 million albums worldwide? That this would be the band that Nelson Mandela would declare to be his favourite pop group? And who, today, would believe that was nearly 40 years ago? 2014 will be another great year for ABBA. Ongoing plans to mark the  40th anniversary of their Eurovision success include a series of reissues, releases and events that celebrate the monumental achievements of one of the most successful groups of all time. This album has been re-issued to include the original ABBA Gold, More ABBA Gold and an exclusive third CD with B-sides and Rarities.

AC/DC on the verge of splitting up?

With no official announcement as yet, rumours are rife that AC/CD are going split up. If indeed so, it will be a sad sad day in rock history. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the band is apparently "pulling the plug with unconfirmed reports that a key member is too ill to continue. That member is understood to be founding guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young, 61, who has long been a heavy smoker and has been ill for up to two years. Sources close to the band apparently confirmed that Young and his family had recently returned to live in Australia from Britain, suggesting his condition may have deteriorated. Conflicting stories about the band's future - none of which included any official comment - continued all day on Tuesday. Some reports said the band was booked to record a new album in Vancouver in May, while others said those plans had been put on hold. It also claimed, AC/DC's unofficial Australian representatives, Alberts, would make a statement on Wednesday." Eish, we wait with bated breath on the official news. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Johnny Clegg invests in the future of the youth with the newly launched Johnny Clegg Scholarship

Johnny Clegg
Johnny Clegg, one of South Africa’s most inspiring and celebrated artists, and the Henley Business School have entered into a collaboration to offer a scholarship in the business school’s recently launched MBA in the Music & Creative Industries. The Johnny Clegg Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who has demonstrated a commitment to the creative industries, a keen interest in professionalising the sector, and an understanding of the critical intersection of creativity and business savvy that results in a vibrant, successful commercial enterprise. The first of its kind, the MBA has been hailed as a timely initiative for the creative industries.  In an environment where creative' labour and output are often regarded as passion projects, and often not given due professional recognition, the MBA offers creative workers and arts practitioners a tailor-made business qualification that addresses  the unique scenario that the creative industries present. The scholarship recognizes the vital contribution that the creative industries make towards the future prosperity of Africa. “As an artist, I had to learn about the business side of music through trial-and-error. In many real respects, I was self-taught.” comments Johnny Clegg. “With over 30 years in the industry, what I’ve learnt is that information is power – and to date, very little has been offered by academia to address how our work in the arts is structured and plays out. I’m excited to be part of empowering artists through this scholarship, and working with Henley to share this opportunity with the right candidate.” The scholarship covers all the R220 000 tuition costs of the MBA programme. Representing the best of both worlds, the Music & Creative Industries MBA programme comprises Henley’s core MBA, with the music and creative industry sector section allocated additional time to contextualize and discuss industry-specific issues.  In keeping with Henley Business School’s commitment to offering a ‘family-and life-friendly MBA’, the principles of flexible learning apply to the Music & Creative Industries MBA, ensuring a study experience that in step with the realities of most candidates' lives as full-time businesspeople and professionals. To enter, interested candidates are to apply directly to the Henley Business School – application forms are available on the Henley website,  www.Henleysa.ac.za. Successful candidates will be selected based on Henley’s criteria, and the final decision made jointly by Johnny Clegg and the Henley Business School.

Who is touring South Africa next?

SUGGESTION: Could it be the Rolling Stones?
So there is a BIG announcement coming from BIG CONCERTS about a BIG stadium tour for South Africa: Big Concerts CEO Attie Van Wyk commented: ‘“In the month of May we are planning announcements for some BIG international shows and amongst these shows will be one of the biggest stadium shows to hit our shores”. Who do you think or would like to see? My list includes:
1. Rolling Stones
2. AC/DC
3. Depeche Mode
4. The Chemical Brothers
5. Prince
5. Madonna (yeah right...)
6. Daft Punk
7. Wonderland EDM festival
8. Imagine Dragons
9. Adele
10. Tiƫsto solo tour

 Who would you like to see? Send your suggestions HERE and it just might get published. Please supply your full names/surname and where you from.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse talks about the legacy of Nelson Mandela and how he influenced his music

The late Mr Nelson Mandela with Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse
You are playing a very special show on 20 April. Can you tell us more about it? Lilieslief performance is a special performance in honour of the men who took it upon themselves to form UMKHONTO WE SIZWE in order to challenge the oppresive military regime of the Nationalist party.It should be remembered that Nelson Mandela remarked that formation of MK was in reaction  to the violent response of the Nationalist party  government to passive resistance.

What does the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial means to you as a musician? The Rivonia speech on the dock by Nelson Mandela remains a reminder and is a watershed for transformation in South Africa,courage to fight against injustice that as musicians and performers we are guided by this principle of speaking truth to power despite the consequence

Talking about Mr Mandela, what do you think is the legacy that he left behind and how can musicians honour him through music? Never to forget what he stood for,his legacy must be preserved through songs that confront daily experiences of those less privileged.

How has Mr Mandela influenced your musical career and music in general? Through understanding the sacrifice, music all over the world assumed a more responsive approach to the struggle of the African people,I have been inspired by this approach

Can you give us a glimpse into what fans can expect of your show on 20 April? Come and experience the journey!!!!!

Besides your show on 20 April, what else has been keeping you busy? I am a restless soul whose life is an experimental journey with no end in sight,this performance and the Anthems of Democracy from the 24 -27 April  at the Johannesburg Theatre are but a testimony to this journey. I am also studying and also trying to start writing my book, no small task let me assure you .

If there is one of your songs that you can dedicate to the late Mr Mandela, which one would it be, and why? Shikisha. He had confided that when they were on Robben Island, It was one of the songs that kept them drawn to TV, the video interaction of the performers represented the kind of society they all have hope for.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

REMEMBERING! Kurt Cobain - 20 years later

Kurt Cobain
On 5 April 1994 an electrician made a gruesome discovery at the home of Kurt Cobain. The singer for the world's leading grunge group, Nirvana, was dead. It seemed at the time that he took his own life. It was reported at the time that there were a high concentration of heroin found in his body and that Kurt apparently committed suicide using a shotgun. That was then. Now, 20 years later, a documdrama, Soaked In Bleach, tells a different story. According to music-news.com, the film offers the definitive examination of the artist's death from a yet unseen perspective. Soaked In Bleach 'reveals the events behind Kurt Cobain's death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant,the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband (Kurt Cobain) only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by the police (reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr.Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff's detective, who did his own investigation and determined there was significant empirical and circumstantial evidence to conclude that foul play could very well have occurred.' It may still be 20 years later, but the voice of Kurt Cobain will live on forever. See a clip of the docudrama below.

He's back! Gareth Cliff's exciting new venture


I'm still moping around about potty mouthed in-your-face popular radio host Gareth Cliff leaving radio station, 5FM. I mean, the guy has been with 5FM for 10 bloody years, and in those years fans have become used (and loved, like I did) his controversial remarks. But wait my fellow Cliffie fans, the man will be back in broadcasting, but it won't be on radio or TV. It appears Gareth will make his return on WeChat. While there have recently been whispers that Cliff could be hosting a show on the instant messaging platform, his new site CliffCentral.com appears to confirm it. The site lets visitors know that they will be able to "Join Gareth Cliff - live from 1 May" and promises an "unscripted. uncensored. unradio" experience. Now boys and girls, THAT is getting me excited and be assured I'll be tuning in from 1 May.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

REVIEW! UB40 in Cape Town

It was an idyllic setting for a concert. The green grass of Val De Vie Polo Estate just outside of Paarl on a hot Friday (4 April) evening - nestled between the majestic mountains. Seemed like people were in a picnic mood all sprawled out over the grass. That was the fun part of the show..... A high 5 for the supporting acts who tried to get the crowd excited about UB40. For me it was only legendary Mango Groove who got that right. For UB40, well, yes. Not impressed. They tried their best, but it was not enough. The vocals were softer than the sound and the 1 big screen at the back of the stage didn't help to bring the band closer to the crowd. Pity there were no screens on both sides of the stage. The 3 original members of UB40, yes they tour as UB40, just didn't gave their best. I missed the vibe and the mojo. They seemed like they were thinking 'yes, just another gig'. At least they sang my favourite song, Rat In Mi Kitchen, but it was a poor attempt. Sorry guys, you just did not made the cut this time. Better luck next time.

Monday, 7 April 2014

BREAKING NEWS! Bob Geldof's daughter dead

Jeremy Scott - Front Row - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Peaches Geldof (25), second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates has died. Although details are sketchy, the BBC reports that police say they were called to an address near Wrotham, Kent following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman on Monday afternoon. The woman, aged 25, was later pronounced dead by South East Coast Ambulance Service. "At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden," said a statement from Kent Police. She was married to musician Thomas Cohen, with whom she had two sons, Astala, one, and Phaedra, who will turn one on 24 April.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Deadmau5 vs. Mickey Mouse

Both have big ears. Both have big eyes and both have big smiles. But the one is a Disney character and the other one a world renowned EDM producer and DJ and now it seems that Deadmau5 and Disney are currently playing a game of mouse and mouse — at least when it comes to both brands' signature rodent silhouettes. MTV.com reports that  Deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) has filed a trademark registration with the U.S. Trademark office, according to Billboard, seeking to put a lock on the image of his massive mouse head. Disney, the progenitors of yet another mouse, are apparently less than pleased. The entertainment empire has asked for, and been granted, 90 days to look into Deadmau5's claim and to file a notice of opposition.

HOT! Skrillex uses Johannesburg for his new video

Dance producer Skrillex used Johannesburg and Alexandra as the background for this new hot song, Ragga Bomb, taken from his first-ever full-length CD, Recess. Ragga Bomb is an old-school rave cluserfuck with vocals from the Ragga Twins, omnipresent reggae-style toasters during the early years of British rave music. The video was directed by SA’s own Terence Neale of Egg Films and shot in a post-apocalyptic Johannesburg and Alexandra. The video features rival, scavenger, street crews in a burning city where fierce dance groups are preparing for an upcoming showdown. The feuding gangs eventually meet for an epic light sabre battle cheerleaded by drum majorettes and glow-in-the-dark mouthed dancers.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Miley Cyrus mourning death of beloved Floyd

OK, I have to admit. I've always thought Miley Cyrus to be a bit of a wild one lately - her twerking and tongue wagging and Bangerz Tour, but it seems that she is human after all. Like myself, she is an animal lover and at the moment she is mourning the death of her pup Floyd. The 21-year-old singer is known to be attached to her pets and often uploads pictures on Instagram and Twitter of herself with her furry friends. Today she announced that her Alaskan Klee Kai pup Floyd, who she got in 2011, had died. "Today is the 2nd worst day of my life," she tweeted. "I don't wanna say it because I don't want it to be real... But my precious baby Floyd has passed away I am broken I know I don't mean it but I wish he would've taken me with him ?? this is unbearable. What am I gonna do without him? (sic)" Animal lover Miley is still a mom to dogs Bean, Happy and Mary Jane. It's not the first time the star has been left heartbroken after the passing of a pet. In 2012 her pooch Lila, a little Yorkie, died.

NEW! Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow release their sixth studio album. As with previous albums, the million selling The Seldom Seen Kid and platinum follow up build a rocket boys!, The Take Off and Landing of Everything was produced by the band’s keyboardist Craig Potter. The album has received acclaim from music critics, who praise the band for progressing their sound. Familiar themes return, the welcoming of old friends, the mourning of past loves and, as Guy would say ‘some of the big and little, positive and negative, life experiences that any group of men approaching forty can expect’.

NEW! Donald - Black & White

Black & White is the new offering by one of South Africa’s latest music stars, Donald, who breaks boundaries with a “first of its kind” release. This unique deluxe double disc package is made up of Disc 1 which enlists banging house tracks like “Crazy but amazing”, “Unpredictable”, a collaboration with Bucie on “Don’t let it burn” and another with the Kwaito super group Big Nuz on “Party for 2” . Disc 2 shows off his alluring silk-like voice on songs like “Spirit” which features American RnB sensation Kenny Latimore and gives the listener the sense that they peer into the soul of the immensely talented Donald. This, is “Black & White”.