Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Hot soundtrack! Transformers: Dark of the Moon

On 13 June the hotly anticipated soundtrack to Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be released, and as expected, it's a hard rock release.
The Transformers: Dark of the Moon album features music from Linkin Park, including the first single Iridescent,, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Art of Dying, Theory Of A Deadman, Black Veil Brides, Skillet, and Mastodon (who contribute a cover of ZZ Top’s Just Got Paid), as well as new music from Paramore and Goo Goo Dolls debuting exclusively on the album.
Contributing the song Iridescent (which also appears on Linkin Park’s 2010 album A Thousand Suns) to Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Linkin Park’s third time working with Transformers director Michael Bay. The first Transformers film featured the band’s smash hit single What I’ve Done, which rocketed to No. 1 on both Billboard’s Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, while the second film featured the specially written New Divide, which topped the Rock, Modern, and Mainstream radio charts simultaneously. 
Fueled By Ramen recording artists Paramore will also be releasing Monster, debuting exclusively on the album and marking Paramore's first new single since The Only Exception off their acclaimed third album brand new eyes. "We're back for the attack! And we are so excited to be a part of the Transformers album," says frontwoman Hayley Williams, "Tell your friends... Paramore is still a band."  
John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls adds: “It's always awesome to be part of a project of this scale.” Their TF3 exclusive debut track, “All That You Are,” is also their first new music since the release of their current Warner Bros. Records album, Something For The Rest Of Us. Goo Goo Dolls have been touring the world non-stop for the past several months and will perform “All That You Are” live on Good Morning America on July 22nd. Go to www.googoodolls.com for further info.
Linkin Park - “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
 Paramore - “Monster”
My Chemical Romance - “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday - "Faith (When I Let You Down)"
Staind - “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying - “Get Thru This”
Goo Goo Dolls - “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman - “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides - “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet - “Alive & Awake” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”

Another scoop for Prime Circle

HOT HOT HOT NEWS! Local rockers Prime Circle, who recently won the SAMA for Best Rock Album, has yet amassed yet another honour – the band will be sharing the stage with Billboard chart topping act, 3 Doors Down as part of their European tour.
The band is currently on tour in Europe where their enigmatic stage performances led to them being invited to perform with the American rock band. Prime Circle will be carrying the flag for South African rock bands and performing with the US rockers in Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart on the 7th, 8th and 10th of June.
Ross Learmonth, lead singer of Prime Circle said, “It’s been a great year for the band; first the SAMA win and now the chance to share the stage with an international rock band of this calibre. We respect this band’s music immensely – we are honoured.” Both bands will be joined on stage by Alter Bridge, the American rock band responsible for the hit album, One Day Remains. So, these gigs have turned out to be a double honour for Prime Circle and our local rockers seem to be enjoying their time in Europe immensely.

Robin Levetan goes solo

Cape Town singer-songwriter Robin Levetan, founder member of Bright Blue, has released his first solo CD of original songs. The album will launch with a live performance at Marimba in Cape Town on Thursday 16 June at 18h00. Talented and accomplished in several fields, Levetan’s passion for music has been life-long. His play “Skyf” was performed at both The Market and Baxter Theatres. As vocalist and founding member of celebrated South African crossover band Bright Blue, he made a substantial writing contribution to the songs on their debut album before leaving the band to pursue other interests. Over one thousand fans were present for the band’s reunion at the End Conscription Campaign’s 25th anniversary celebration in October 2009. The live collaboration inspired an intensive bout of song-writing and recording which gave birth to the beautifully crafted new album titled A Far Country. Levetan co-produced A Far Country with Roger Bashew, drawing on the versatile instrumental and vocal talents of Willem Möller, Paul Tizzard, Selwyn Schneider, Tonia Selley and Buddy Wells. Ex-Bright Blue comrades Ian Cohen, Tom Fox and Dan Heymann, and Freshly Ground keyboardist Seredeal “Shaggy” Scheepers also appeared as a guest on the album which was mixed by Keith Farquharson and mastered in New York by internationally-renowned engineer Chris Athens. The CD can be previewed and purchased online at www.robinlevetan.com or www.rhythmmusicstore.com. The launch will kick off with a short set of songs written and performed by Tonia Selley.

VADERSDAG: Armand Hofmeyr en pa Steve

Armand en Steve by Zambesi Musiekfees: PHSB Photography
Met Vadersdag om die draai, gaan Steve Hofmeyr en sy seun Armand Hofmeyr 'n paar vertonings doen in Junie.
10 June - Phalaborwa meer gegewens sal volg.
11 June - Tzaneen - Lethaba Rotary fonds insameling vir die Abraham
Kriel Kinderhuis. Saal B Skougronde Tzaneen. Kaartjies beskikbaar by Lerien 015 307 4440 of Cheryl - 082 926 2265. Kaartjies kostes R250, bring 'n piekniek mandjie met eet goed vir 'n lekker kuier.
16, 17, 18, 19 June - Barnyard Vereeniging, h/v Generaal Hertzog en Club straat. Kaartjie R145 Vertonings begin 20:00 deure maak 18:00 oop. Kontak 016 454 8388 of besoek www.barnyardvereeniging.co.za vir meer besonderhede.
24 Junie - Welkom, Ernest Oppenheimer Teater (meer gegewens sal volg)
30 Junie - Voortrekker Monument, Amphiteater. Saal kaartjies en navrae - Janet Angelo 012 755 8181 19:00 R100 volwassenes R80 kinders, gratis vir voorskool kinders.

UPDATE: Sean Kingston

Hip-hop star Sean Kingston is still in critical condition, but stabilized, after a jet skiing accident Sunday in Miami Beach. According to gossipcop.com Sean crashed his craft into a bridge connecting Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway. Although a rep for the hip-hop star has yet to confirm the extent of his injuries, the singer was reportedly throwing up blood, yet responsive when other jet-skiers noticed him in the water and lent assistance. The singer’s rep noted later that “Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU. Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.” The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Crash, boom bang

Hip-Hop star Sean Kingston is reportedly in critical condition after a jet skiing accident  in Miami Beach. Gossipcop.com reports that a rep for Sean has confirmed the accident, although the extent of Kingston’s injuries is not yet known. The hip-hop star is said to have crashed the craft into the bridge connecting Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway. He was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he’s reportedly being treated in the trauma ward.

Viva Teargas!

Local hip-hop group Teargas has been nominated for the Best International Act – African – in the Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards, alongside heavyweights Fally Ipupa (Congo), 2Face (Nigeria), D’Banj (Nigeria), Angelique Kidjo (Benin) and D-Black (Ghana). Standing tall, this South African threesome continues to keep their country’s hopes for good music alive. The nomination comes on the back of two SAMA nominations for Best Urban DVD and Best Music Video for 2011. The band are also currently on a nation-wide tour with Liquideep and HHP and there is no doubt that their presence in Urban music scene will be long-lived. The BET awards are scheduled to happen in Los Angeles on June 26 and will be hosted by American actor and comedian Kevin Hart.

Izak se nuwe rol

Izak in Survivor SA Santa Carolina
Die sexy hartebreker Izak Davel gaan later vanjaar sepia-kykers se voete onder hulle uitslaan met sy rol as Delarey van Jaarsveld in die kykNET-sepie, Villa Rosa. Die sanger en akteur wil nog nie te veel sê oor sy nuwe rol nie, maar het onthul dat Delarey ‘n sorglose jong man is wat op ‘n eiland woon en dan by die gastehuis in Villa Rosa opdaag nadat sy ma oorlede is. M-Net kykers sal Izak natuurlik onthou as die sexy Scab in Egoli. “Ek het vir twee-en-‘n half jaar Scab vertolk en as groentjie voor die kameras baie by die regissuers en my mede-akteurs geleer,” vertel Izak.

Winter Warmers - New CD Releases

Lenny Kravitz - Black and White America
As we hit the winter in South Africa, The Beat compiled a list of new CDs, out in the next month or so, that will keep the winter blues away, and keep you warm and snugly.

1. Lenny Kravitz - Black and White America
American Woman singer Lenny Kravitz is back with his ninth studio CD, Black and White America. The CD will be preceded with the release of his new single, Stand, which will hit airwaves 6 June. Marking his first release of new material in three years, Black and White America is a rich rock and funk-infused collection filled with Lenny’s signature guitar riffs, compelling melodies and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that has been his trademark over the course of his 20-year career.  In addition to the album, Lenny Kravitz, who most recently appeared in the Oscar nominated film Precious, has announced that he has been cast in the role of Cinna in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel, The Hunger Games.

2. Simphiwe Dana - An Evening with Simphiwe Dana

Simphiwe Dana - Live
Never in the history of South African music industry had a debut artist captured the hearts and minds of those who love and cherish music and the arts in the same way that Simphiwe Dana has done since back in 2004. The release of her debut album, ‘Zandisile’, with its hair-raising and thumping ethno-soulful sounds of ‘Ndiredi’ (the hit single) gave pronouncement to the fact that Simphiwe Dana was indeed born to sing and perform. By the time she released her second album ‘The One Love Movement On Bantu Biko Street’, Simphiwe had begun shaking the political establishment with her uncensored statements and songs and had taken a center stage as a socio-political commentator on the plight of the poor and the dispossessed. Her 3 albums, including her latest offering Kulture Noir, have deservedly scooped-up over 10 awards and 6 nominations locally and abroad and her music is now part of the curriculum at prestigious universities such as Oxford University in England and other academic institutions. Her true artistic excellence, articulately expressed through her song-writing, has opened-up doors to a musical world that only a few world acclaimed South African musicians have managed to keep open, but Simphiwe in such a short space of time managed to do just that. It is with above accomplishment by this artist that Simphiwe Dana staged a one-night-only special concert ‘An Evening with Simphiwe Dana’ with a 27-piece orchestra.  The concert was a refreshing encounter with the most accomplished and finest female talent this country has ever had.  Simphiwe Dana presented her craft in an up close and personal live rendition of her most accomplished repertoire with a big band, accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Miagi Youth Orchestra backed by finest musicians and backing vocalists, and guest artists Madosini and Mthwakazi. Besides the opportunity for first rate entertainment, where one can experience the artists in an up close and personal setting, An Evening With Simphiwe Dana the evening was also unique opportunity to meet the artist in her relaxed manner, and it allowed her to take the audience through a personal music journey in a sort of semi autobiographical monologue probed. You will be amazed, very amazed.

3. Various - For Colored Girls (Soundtrack)
Soundtrack to For Colored Girls
For Colored Girls sees an all female line up ranging from newcomers Janelle Monàe, Estelle and Laura Izibor to Grammy Award-nominee Leona Lewis, as well as the legendary Gladys Knight. The soundtrack, which features 13 brand new, unreleased songs, also includes the stand out tracks, “What More Can They Do” by Laura Izibor and “Four Women,” a cover of the Nina Simone original of the same title, which features Nina herself, her daughter Simone, Laura Izibor, and Ledisi. The collection also features music from Estelle, Janelle Monàe, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lalah Hathaway, Zaki Ibrahim, and Anika Noni Rose. This is truly a great collection of songs that will inspire women across the globe.

4. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of alt rockers Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the band’s catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the band has never sounded more excited to experiment with textures, words, sounds and even the process of recording itself. Unlike the studio process for 2008's Grammy-nominated Narrow Stairs – an album the band recorded to tape in real time, with minimal overdubs and studio trickery – Codes and Keys turned into what guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Chris Walla has taken to calling a “construction project.” 
The band focused on capturing the best take of their parts – at times separately, at other times in pairs – and built songs by layering these performances (and other musical ideas) on top of each other. “We've deconstructed little pieces of songs before like this,” Walla says. “[But] we've never pulled the thread out of the whole sweater and then made a new sweater out of it. Not like this.”

5. Jacques Viviers - Lewensdroom
'n Vierjarige seuntjie wat sing en dans en tegelykertyd daarvan droom om eendag die kalklig te steel... Dit is Jacques Viviers, 'n dinamiese popsanger wat nou – jare later – einste droom bewaarheid met sy debuutalbum, Lewensdroom. Die volwasse Viviers is 'n bondel verskeidenheid wat gemaklik deur enigiets van pop en ligte rock tot R&B en hiphop kan gly. Hy sing ook ewe gemaklik in beide Engels en Afrikaans. “Ek is 'n gebore kunstenaar wat daarvan hou om te vermaak deur sang, dans en toneelspel. My familie is almal geseën met sang, dans en musikale talent en dit was nog altyd iets waarvoor ek baie lief was." Viviers is die neef van die geliefde en gewilde radio-omroeper en rugby-kommentator wyle Gerhard Viviers (oftewel Spiekeries). Sy sangloopbaan het reeds as lid van die NKP Seunskoor begin. Hy het ook later saam met die Duitse Mannekoor opgetree. Lewensdroom met sy twaalf kraakvars snitte skop af met Skadu’s en word gevolg deur twee van Viviers se gunstelinge – Baby Disco en Meisie jy’s die een. Dit word gevolg deur die gevoelvolle ballade, Vat my saam, wat skitter in sy eenvoud. Op dié snit met sy roerende klavierbegeleiding stel Viviers waarlikwaar sy stemomvang ten toon. Van die oorspronklikste oomblikke op Lewensdroom is die liedjie Kry wat jy verdien, wat 'n unieke R&B-geur het. Liefhebbers van dié musiekstyl sal dit dadelik as een van hul gunstelinge uitsonder. Tesame met Ek mis jou is dit liefdesliedjies wat ver bo die resepmatige uitstyg. “R&B is baie na aan popmusiek en omdat ek as kunstenaar daarvan hou om regtig voluit te sing, het R&B my toegang gegee tot goeie en unieke stemkwaliteite,” sê die sanger wat al in verhoogproduksies soos Heart Beat en die balletopvoering Paquita te sien was. In laasgenoemde het hy die hoofrol van die Koning vertolk en is met luide applous begroet. Die verhoog is geensins 'n nuwe terrein vir Viviers nie. Hy het reeds as 'n energieke danser sy merk gemaak en is bekend vir sy voetvaardigheid in dansstyle soos disco, funk, high energy, hip-hop, Latin American en jazz. Viviers sing ook Engels op sy solo-debuut. Die hartroerende liedjie Louelle is die enigste Engelse snit tussen die ander elf liedjies op die album. Met Lewensdroom vestig Jacques Viviers hom as 'n kunstenaar wat van kop tot toon sy passie en drome uitleef, noot vir noot!

6. Snotkop – (Titel moet nog bevestig word)
Francois Henning, beter bekend as Snotkop, is terug in die ateljee en besig om sy volgende album op te neem. Die album, wat nog nie 'n naam het nie, sal vanaf einde Junie beskikbaar wees. Dit is die eerste Snotkop-CD wat onder meer deur Select sal vervaardig word en volgens Francois gaan dit tipiese Snotkop-musiek bevat met ekstra ritmes. Francois, The Beat wag in spanning om die eerste lekseltjie van jou nuwe CD te kry! Ons weet dit gaan sommer kookwater wees!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Proverb rocks!

So The Beat bumped into local hip-hop star and SA Idols presenter Proverb at the Survivor SA: Maldives finale on Thursday 26 May in Johannesburg. We poked him a bit on the new season of Idols SA starting on M-Net Sunday 5 June. “It’s gonna be awesome” the singer gushed. “People will be blown away.” He also commented on American Idols, which just ended when Scotty McCreery was crowned as winner. “I didn’t think it was the best choice,” he said. “For me the whole show dipped after Casey Abrams got voted out. That music was awesome! Real passion there and really talented.”

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Pappa & Seun

Sanger Heinz Winckler het rede om breed te glimlag! Sy seuntjie Lian het  Maandag sy 1ste verjaarsdag gevier. Heinz het op sy Facebook dié foto gelaai Maandag met Lian se verjaarsdag, met die onderskrif "Foto nou geneem by Lifestyle- lekker dag saam met ons seuntjie!" Oulik! Geluk Lian.


Gaan loer 'n bietjie na Karlien van Jaarsveld se musiekvideo, Jakkals Trou Met Wolf se Vrou, hier
Dis gaan 'n reuse sukses wees. Mooi gedoen Karlien!

Tweet of the day . . . (Twiet van die dag . . .)

WillemBotha Willem Botha
Kom ontmoet my en ander bekendes vanaand by Centurion Mall waar ons almal Roepman gaan kyk!

Izak Davel - Vreesloos

Izak Davel is oral: in die hoofrol van 'n fliek, 'n hartebreker in 'n sepeie en 'n verleier op CD! Alles wat hy aanpak, doen hy vreesloos.
"Vrees is 'n mensgemaakte ding," vertel die aantreklike sanger. "Jy kan voluit leef en die lewe geesdriftig aanpak sonder om bang te wees. Ek is nie!." Daarom noem hy sy nuwe CD bloot Vreesloos. Die album gaan oor die dinge wat ek ek ken en ervaar. Ek kan nie oor goed sing waarvoor ek nie sterk voel of nie meek kan vereenselwig nie. Ek ken die liefde die beste"
As jy emosie soek wat die hartsnare roer en energie wil hê wat jou litte verlei, is Izak Davel se CD Vreesloos vir jou!

Steve se planne

Sanger Steve Hofmeyr sal immigreer, maar net as daar een ding gebeur. Die sanger het vroegoggend via sy twitter-blad laat hoor, "Presies waneer ek sal immigreer. Waneer Marmite & Milo in SA verban word." Moenie worry nie Steve, dink jy gaan nog lank hier in sonnige SA wees!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Funny tweet...


Gaga madness

Lady Gaga in her Judas music video
Lady Gaga is ready to conquer the world with her latest CD, Born This Way (which The Beat reviewed). Billboard.com posted a brilliant track-by-track breakdown of her CD, here. For those who can't open it, read it below (courtesy of billboard.com).

Lady Gaga 'Born This Way': Track-By-Track Review

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album is her first as an international superstar -- and in her mind, as queen leader to a needy coven of "little monsters," outsiders who for one reason or another don't fit into the mainstream.

It's a rough position for any millionaire pop star to be in, but Gaga's fans, and the artist herself, don't seem sensitive to the contradiction. And "Born This Way," unlike her more fluffy, see-what-sticks debut "The Fame," bears leftfield marks under its pop costume: Heavy use of religious metaphor and repeated mentions of Jesus by name; a hybrid of throwback Euro dance sounds with sweeping rock goddess melodies, a la Bonnie Tyler and Lita Ford; and queer-friendly self-affirmation anthems that range from celebratory to predatory.

Together, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But to maintain her authenticity as a subversive hero, it really couldn't. "Born This Way" is proof that, for better or worse, Gaga is guided by her own compass. Sometimes it leads her to radio-perfect pop hits ("Hair"). Sometimes it goes weird ("Bloody Mary"). But regardless, this is an artist following her bliss - or in Gaga's case, her mission.

Which tracks on "Born This Way" are Gaga's latest musical triumphs? Here's our Twitter-length track-by-track review of each song.

1. "Marry the Night" - The nuptials might be Gothic, but the track is unapologetic disco-powered pop that could have been a production number on "Fame."

2."Born This Way" - You know it, you love it. Gaga's "I Am What I Am" manifesto is the album's first of many freak-power pulpit-bangers.

3. "Government Hooker" - Opera vocalizing, minimal techno bleeps, a JFK reference, and conflicting definitions of self as seductive product.

4. "Judas" - Calm down folks, it's just a bad boy metaphor, not religious commentary. A model unification of Gaga's philosophical heresy and sonic poppery.

5. "Americano" - Gaga channels Judy Garland with maracas. Could be about gay marriage, immigration, or trying to repeat "Alejandro's" chart coup.

6. "Hair" - As in metal? "Glee"-destined 80s power ballad (with a sax solo!) puts the liberation message through a personal style filter.

7. "Scheiße" - Apparently she's speaking gibberish that sounds German but isn't, kind of like this dated take on club techno. But what a chorus.

8. "Bloody Mary" - Trance-y dirge name-checks Jesus and features a monk chorus chanting "Gaga." Plucked strings up the cathedral creep factor.

9. "Bad Kids" - Slacker anthem literally opens with the line "I'm a loser, baby," but the Beck-isms stop there. More Moroder-70s than plucky-90s.

10. "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)" - As bizarrely epic as the title. Can't help but picture Gaga as Rainbow Brite riding toward Burning Man.

11. "Heavy Metal Lover" - Relatively forgettable leather & lust, apart from line one: "I want your whiskey mouth all over my blonde south."

12. "Electric Chapel" - It's a nice day for a technicolor wedding. A fat guitar riff leads Gaga down the aisle with her "holy fool" following.

13. "You and I" - Hello Middle America! This is a Mutt Lange country ballad that makes no contextual sense but that is definitely not the point.

14. "The Edge of Glory" - Menthol-cooled club anthem sounds a lot like Cher's "Song for the Lonely" meets Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now."

New sleepers for Arno Carstens (Tweet tweet)

Arno Carstens

Tweet of the day . . . (Twiet van die dag . . .)

CrashCarBurn CrashCarBurn
Cape Town!! Are you ready for Mercury Live on Thursday and Klein Libertas on Friday ?!

CD REVIEW: Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Universal Music)

The reigning Queen of Pop doesn't know when to hold back - and it's a damn good thing! Her latest studio offering, Born This Way sounds like a more grown-up version of her debut CD, The Fame. Where The Fame dealt with themes of being rich and famous, dancing, falling in love, and all that kind of stuff, Born This Way touches on more serious stuff like religion, not being accepted and crushed love affairs. Serious stuff!! With that said, Born This Way is pure dance. Songs that got THE BEAT excited include Government Hooker, Fashion of His Love, Judas and Hair. Interestingly, the song You and I have elements of Queen's mega hit We Will Rock You and Queen guitarist, Brian May, even appears in the song. Born This Way is not a lyrical best offer, but if you enjoy Gaga's music, you'll LOVE this one.
* The CD will be released in SA on Friday 27 May. It was released in America on Monday 23 May.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Bobby van Jaarsveld en sy brakke

Sanger Bobby van Jaarsveld en sy sussie vertel vir Celeb Se Kind-kykers, op Woensdagaand 25 Mei om 21:00 op kykNET, van hulle viervoetige honde familie. In 'n kits-voorsmake wat The Beat gesien het, sê Bobby, "haar naam is Isabella, maar omdat haar magie so baie werk, is sy Isa-drol". Oulik Bobby! Ons sal beslis inskakel.

Tweet of the day . . . (Twiet van die dag . . .)

JustMusicSA Just Music
Adele holds off Kate Bush on UK albums chart http://fb.me/122Ha33z0

CD REVIEW: Mckenzie - Poetic Genesis

The beginning of 2011 marked the beginning of Mckenzie’s solo career with the release of his much anticipated CD, Poetic Genesis. Mckenzie’s career as one of the best singer song writers in South Africa is living proof in the new album. Popularly known for singing some of the most famous songs by Rhythmic Elements, the familiarity of his voice welcomes fans to his album. With the help of producer Zakhele Mabena, Poetic Genesis was rehearsed and recorded live using a band called The Originz. The 13 track album consists of Mid tempo songs which are mostly performed in Tswana and Sotho which is his trade mark. The neo – soul album with jazz samples has a nice African touch to it. Fans will surely appreciate his sound.

Jason Hartman going big!

2009 Idols winner Jason Hartman will be performing on the Monaco Grand Prix Racetrack this Friday, 27 May 2011. Hartman, who soared to success with chart-topping hits such including Break The Silence and On The Run, will be performing two shows with his 5-piece band to thousands of people after Friday’s race
“I am very excited to be performing to an international audience. Radio Monaco has already play listed On The Run and it is receiving great reviews and I have a 2 hour guest appearance on the station on the Thursday before my shows,” said Hartman, whose debut album On The Run has been a resounding success becoming a top selling album in 2010. Jason will be doing a number of performances in Monaco during the course of the month.
Jason, who has been performing for the last 15 years with his brother and father, has opened for Kelly Clarkson and has completed a number of successful tours since his victory in South Africa’s most watched reality television show. 2011 sees Hartman debut in his first feature film A Million Colours, which will be released at the Toronto Film Festival later this year.

Facebook SAMA Post

Jay Band (JAY)
SAMA's felt like an ANC rally! With comments like "If it was up to me your song should win song of the year." Phat Joe (presenting) talking to Julius Malema in the audience and repeated "Amandla" and "Viva ANC!" chants and black musicians with "black panther" gloves on stage fists in the air. Seriously can we keep our music industry free of politics please!!? Our music is meant to unite NOT to create more animosity!

Kaptein Jack Parow!

Rapper Jack Parow is hard aan die werk aan sy nuwe CD. The Beat het met hom gesels oor brannas, die nuwe Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides-fliek en sy nuwe blyplek.

Hoe sterk drink jy jou brannas en coke? 1 vinger, 2 vingers, 3 vingers, met baie ys en coke net vir kleur?
Yes ja, drie vingers my bra, all the way, met n coke en ys net sodat ek biekie water ook kan in kry. 'n Branna sonder ys is drinkbaar, ma net nie dieselfde nie.
Watter tipe brannas drink jy ?
Enige brannas...ek like van n ricky louw obviously, ma ja, klippies, wellies of n berg loep net so lekke!
Ons het op skool altyd papsak (vaaljapie-wyn) met kits Coolaid-koeldrank gemeng as ons dit gedrink het, net om die smaak effte te verbeter. Het jy ook sulke goed aangevang? Vertel ons bietjie?
Off course yes...ons het gin met pynappel verjaarsdagmcoeldrank gedrink...ma meeste van die tyd crackling, lekke late harvest wit wyn vir R10 n bottel...jy weet mos, kak sleg, ma kak lekke!
Het jy al begin werk aan jou nuwe CD?
Yes,hy gan rol my bra so kyk uit, fkn gevaarlik.
Enige kans om ons te vertel wanneer jy beoog om dit uit te reik en hoe die CD gaan verskil/ooreenstem met jou vorige weghol-treffer CD?
Yes ja,augustus/september se kant...ma dis dik secret...want dis nextlevel en shit...so hou hom undercover...juanita en nicholas en daai armand dude probeer heeltyd my vibe steel
Enige verrassings op die CD waarna mense kan uitkyk?
Ek sien jou naamgenood, Jack Sparrow, se nuwe  “movie” Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides word binnekort uitgereik? Gaan jy dit kyk?
Yes ja,ek like mos van n pirate, hoor daai ander sexy goose is nie meer daar in nie en ook nie daai elf dude van lord of the rings nie, ma ja, hulle is anyway boring,hulle drink te min rum
As jy ‘n seerower was soos Jack Sparrow en ‘n fliek kon maak met jou in die hoofrol, wat sou jy die titel gegee het en kortliks waaroor sou dit gegaan het?
Pirates van die caravan park: in dangerous rides...basically presies soos pirates of the caribbean ma dat dit afspeel op skeepe, speel dit af in escorts en sierra's
Suid-Afrika het onlangs Moedersdag gevier, wat het jy vir jou ma gegee?
Chocklits en so gamboy vibe...my ma like van games...en chocklits
Waar bly jy op die oomblik? Nog by jou ma of het jy al jou eie plek gekry?
Ek het finally my eie plek...innie tampon towers innie kaap...ek love dit...dis soos om by n atkv vakansie oord te bly...daar n swembad en squash courts en tennis baan en allerhand lekke dinge en die vibe is dik 70's
Wie is jou gunsteling Afrikaanse musiekster?
Juanita du Plessis
Roxette is op die oomblik in die land. Is jy ‘n fan van hulle musiek? Enige CD’s van hulle?
Nee, kind of, ek het al daai lay a whisper on my pillow een so paar keur gevluit en joyride
Daar is nou ‘n hele rits bekende groepe/musieksterre wat in SA kom toer die volgende paar maande. Enige een wat jy sal graag wil sien?
Ek weetie wie kom nie,sorry
Laastens, ‘n boodskap vir jou fans?
Dankie dat julle so heavy nextlevel kief is en altyd vir my opstaan as al die losers my kak tune. Like julle soos n vetkind van koek like

Friday, 20 May 2011

Queen Gaga

Lady Gaga is ruling the world - that's official. The pop singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, kicked talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey off the #1 spot for this year's Forbes celebrity power list. Lady Gaga, whose new CD Born This Way will be released on Monday 23 May, moved up from last year's #4 spot to claim the top spot. Forbes rated the Paparazzi singer #1, estimating her earnings in the past year as $90 million, but also stating that her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers helped her. “Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power. She can use Twitter and Facebook to work the “little monsters” into a frenzy that leads to record sales and media attention. She’s the best example of how celebrities will need to manage their careers in the coming years,” Forbes editor Dorothy Pomerantz said. Winfrey, who next week ends “The Oprah Winfrey Show” syndicated TV chat show after 25 years, dropped one place from last year to No. 2 earning an estimated $290 million. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 17, was the youngest to make the list and debuted at No. 3, earning $53 million from concerts and sales from his concert movie and documentary “Never Say Never.” Coming in at No. 4 was U2, earning $195 million and Elton John, who earned $100 million.

Tweet of the day . . . (Twiet van die dag . . .)

djhomicide DJ HOMICIDE - by DJMilkshake
The band Bon Jovi makes more than Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry combined, says Forbes

Taxi Violence - Stripped Down

Taxi Violence by Deborah Rossouw
May will see the release of Taxi Violence’s first unplugged album, or at least, the closest thing to ‘unplugged’ as Taxi Violence will ever get, Long Way From Home.All the tracks on the album are reworked versions of songs from Untie Yourself and The Turn, except for three new tracks. The tracks were re-arranged and stripped-down to fit into a more acoustic, unplugged format.
The Taxi Violence low-down on the album:
Devil 'n Pistol – “We wanted to capture the feel that we got in that video on vinyl. That raw-dodgy-hotel-bar feel, where random musicians pull together and play some songs. This version is arranged in that way, giving it a more organic sound.”
Venus Fly Trap – “This one is so completely different from the original, it’s not even in the same key. This is a song with huge drums, slide guitar and a wicked harmonica played by Lonesome Dave Ferguson. It just keeps rolling on, this one.”
It Must Be (working title) – “One of the new tracks. It was especially written for our acoustic set. Your typical blues song with a Taxi twist. Originally, it was about an unsuccessful gambling binge in Vegas, but George has written new and more thought provoking lyrics for it.”
Waking Up – “An oldie that we've stripped down to the bare minimum.  Only voices, guitar and a cello. That's it.”
Heads or Tails – “This will most probably be the first single from the album. It’s hard to compare this version with the original…it’s got a different melody, different guitar parts, different beat…only the lyrics are the same. So it’s 75% modern, 25% vintage.”
Between The Heavens And The Deep Blue Sea (working title) – “A brand new one written by Jason Ling. He actually plays acoustic guitars on this track. It's also quite a strong single with a cool Robert Plant vibe to it.”
Long Way From Home – “Another brand new one and pinned as the second single. This will probably also be the title track to the album, as we've planned our entire marketing campaign around the main character in the music video. Be on the lookout for Mr Furry Head.”
Untie Yourself – “Completely stripped down to voices, piano and a cello. This song will only be recognisable by the lyrics.  A beautiful vocal-driven piece of music. Ling practiced his piano pieces for about two weeks in the studio. We started calling him The Chinese Tchaikovsky. The running joke is that it's George's ode to "Angels" by Robbie Williams.”
The Turn – “This song was actually turned acoustic by accident ...the pun is intended. We just messed around and it started to take shape into quite a Western movie soundtrack piece. The end is epic.”
Unholy – “Another much-loved oldie that showcases the class of Lonesome Dave Ferguson. This track has a cool country flavour.”
No More No Less – “One of the more difficult ones to record. We had an idea of what we wanted it to sound like, but no idea how we were going to do it. I think it took the longest to finish. Rusti, our producer, helped me add some awesome percussive elements reminiscent to a small orchestra.”

New Depeche Mode!

Ok, we at The Beat are HUGE HUGE fans of the 80s electro/rock band Depeche Mode. And like all other Modies or Devotees (as fans of the band are referred to), we are just super stoked about the group's new remix album, Remixes 2: 81-11, being released on 6 June. The album is the band's second remix collection, following the 2004 Remixes 81–04. It spans the band’s entire career and includes new arrangements by former Depeche Mode members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder. The band's official website announced two different CD formats of the album, including single and triple-disc versions, as well as Downloads and as a 6 x 12" vinyl LP box-set, to be released on March 22, 2011. The album will be preceded by the single "Personal Jesus 2011", with the leading remix of "Personal Jesus" by the production team Stargate. We are just so super excited! Go team Mode! Go watch the video here

Ashtray Electric going skin deep

Local rockers Ashtray Electric used their own DNA for the cover of their new CD, Measured in Fall, which will be released in June. The album cover shot features actual DNA strands of the band members. Each band member had the inside of their cheeks swabbed with an ear bud. The epithelial (skin cell) tissue extracted from each member was lysed (breaking down of the cell wall) to expose the entire genetic genome into the lysed material. The DNA was then purified from all other cellular bodies and amplified using PCR technology. Each sample of DNA was then cut using a cocktail of enzymes and run in separate lanes on a Electrophoresis Gell giving rise to the 4 smears witnessed on the image. The broken band in the 5th lane is a simple molecular weight marker.
The band's new album will be launched with a nationwide tour in June/July, kicking off at The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town on Saturday 11 June.
Ashtray Electric has simply been doing their own thing. Winner of MK`s Best Newcomer Award 2009 and voted to have the potential to be SA`s next musical export, Ashtray Electric have been leaving their gutsy footprints at venues and festivals nationwide. Their music is laced with engaging melodies and packed with galloping riffs and attitude. Add to that their signature sleazy-slow motion sexiness and you`ll find this unique package of four musicians that have skilfully made their mark.
Ashtray Electric first unapologetically gallivanted onto the SA Music Scene three years ago. Their debut album “Bonjour” received rave reviews from fans and media alike. Music journalist Atiyyah Khan commented: “Ashtray Electric is in fashion. They most certainly ignite something electric on stage.” 
Measured in Falls introduces Ashtray Electric`s new musical progression. It is not merely a collection of songs; it is an album in the full sense of the word. The new tracks are warm, luscious, and extraordinary. The album contains 11 brand new tracks, as well as their popular single “Release” (with Gazelle) as a bonus track. “Release” enjoyed high rotation on 5fm and national campus radio stations and the video reached no 1 on MK.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Tweet of the day . . . (Twiet van die dag . . .)

bobbyvjaarsveld Bobby van Jaarsveld - Ek en Charlene op die stel van Villa Rosa! Ek love die vrou!!!!!!! Kyk gou die pic!

Sad news

World renowned singer/songwriter Joe ‘Kolie’ Mogotsi is dead. Joe passed away in hospital in the early hours of this morning, following a short illness. He was 87 years old. ‘Kolie’, as he was affectionately known to his colleagues and friends in the music industry, was a prolific composer and lead singer of the globally renowned The Manhattan Brothers. 
The Manhattan Brothers, formed in the early 30s, and was one of the most influential groups in the history of South Africa’s music. The Manhattan Brothers consisted of four vocalists: Joe Mogotsi, Rufus Khoza, Ronnie Sehume and Nathan ‘Dambuza’ Mdledle.  The only surviving member of the band, currently based in the UK, Rufus Khoza, said this morning of Mogotsi’s passing “Man, I cannot believe this. So now, I’m the only one left”.
Some of South Africa’s greatest musicians that have performed or recorded with the group over the years include Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Mackay Davashe, Kippie Moeketsi and Jonas Gwangwa.
“We are saddened by the sudden passing of Uncle Joe, our country has lost one of it’s musical giants and he will be solemnly missed” said Arnold Mabunda of Gallo Music Group, a company that has had a long standing relationship with Joe Mogotsi and The Manhattan Brothers.

Beyoncé is back!

Holy Moly, are we excited! Beyoncé Knowles, or just Beyoncé as she's known to million of music fans around the globe, will release her fourth studio CD, aptly titled 4, on Tuesday 28 June. The album was recorded over a year between the spring of 2010 and the spring of 2011, while Beyoncé took time away from the spotlight. She engaged in what she describes as simple things, including listening to every kind of music she truly enjoys. Her mixed musical gumbo will be displayed on the upcoming album. The title signifies not only the artist’s fourth solo offering and the day of her birth but it is also a personal gift to her fans. For over one year now her fans around the world took to their social media pages urging her to name the album for her special number. The intensely anticipated video for the album’s lead single, “Run The World (Girls),” made its premiere on American Idol tonight. The online debut of the full-length video immediately followed at www.beyonceonline.com. Filmed in Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert over three days in April, the Francis Lawrence-directed video boasts a cast of over 200 dancers, a menagerie of exotic animals and Beyoncé as the leader of a stunning army of women.

Celtic Thunder

Be prepared to be amazed! Celtic Thunder's 4th album and DVD, "It's Entertainment" is out on South African shores now!! Created and produced by Celtic Woman creator Sharon Browne, "its Entertainment" is an exciting show that brings together Celtic Thunder's affinity for a great popular song and their outstanding live performances.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Toronto, Celtic Thunder - its Entertainment delivers a spectacular show and stage set. Celtic Thunder's five soloists, George Donaldson, Ryan Kelly, Paul Byrom, Keith Harkin and Damian McGinty are back – kitted in tuxedos, top hats and tails, reflecting the romance and nostalgia of times gone by, with a mix of old classics such as "Standing on the corner" and newer classics like Michael Buble's "Home" and U2's hit "Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For".
The audience can enjoy Damian shyly serenading his first love, Paul strutting down the lane with top hat and cane, marveling as bad Ryan finds his dancing feet as "Leroy Brown", or grooving as Keith pays homage to his surfer roots in a colourful Beach Boys medley. Neil, Ryan and Keith deliver a superb version of Leonard Cohen's timeless gem "Hallelujah" and George, as always, calm and steady, brings it all back home with The Proclaimers' hit "My Life With You". Its Entertainment is a unique combination of big band swing with modern classic pop; a spectacular musical review that spans six decades of musical styles and diverse array artists.

Kylie Minogue fever!

With the much anticipated tour of Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite World Tour 2011, EMI is releasing a beautiful 5 CD box set on July 18th 2011. The track listing for the release is as follows:
Disc 1
Light Years
1.  Spinning Around  
2.  On A Night Like This
3.  So Now Goodbye
4.  Disco Down  
5.  Loveboat  
6.  Koocachoo  
7.  Your Disco Needs You  
8.  Please Stay  
9.  Bittersweet Goodbye  
10. Butterfly  
11. Under The Influence Of Love  
12. I'm So High  
13. Kids  
14. Light Years 

Disc 2
1. More More More  
2. Love At First Sight  
3. Can't Get You Out Of My Head  
4. Fever  
5. Give It To Me  
6. Fragile  
7. Come Into My World
8. In Your Eyes  
9. Dancefloor  
10. Love Affair  
11. Your Love  
12. Burning Up  

Disc 3
Body Language
1. Slow  
2. Still Standing  
3. Secret (Take You Home)  
4. Promises  
5. Sweet Music  
6. Red Blooded Woman  
7. Chocolate  
8. Obsession  
9. I Feel For You  
10. Someday  
11. Loving Days  
12. After Dark  

Disc 4
1. 2 Hearts  
2. Like A Drug  
3. In My Arms  
4. Speakerphone  
5. Sensitized  
6. Heart Beat Rock  
7. The One  
8. No More Rain  
9. All I See  
10. Stars  
11. Wow  
12. Nu-di-ty  
13. Cosmic  

Disc 5
1. All The Lovers  
2. Get Outta My Way  
3. Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)  
4. Closer  
5. Everything Is Beautiful  
6. Aphrodite  
7. Illusion  
8. Better Than Today  
9. Too Much  
10. Cupid Boy  
11. Looking For An Angel  
12. Can't Beat The Feeling

MTN SAMA - Vote now!


Arno Carstens
Voting of another kind is also feverishly underway this week with the music industry’s much anticipated flagship awards ceremony only a few sleeps away, the rush to vote for the ultimate MTN SAMA 17 Record of the Year is also on. The 17th annual MTN South African Music Awards take place this weekend on the 20th and 21st of May 2011 at Montecasino, leaving little time for music lovers to choose the most Ayoba record of them all.
“The MTN Record of the Year category can only be decided by the public and we call on every music fan to show their passion for local music by voting for their favourite artist whom they think had the biggest record,” says Hazel Chimhandamba, MTN SA Manager: Music & Lifestyle Sponsorships. “We currently have 20 nominations in the category and based on the number of votes per artist, an independent audit firm has been appointed to oversee the shortlisting down to five on Thursday 19 April. So we encourage music fans to ensure that their favourite artists make the shortlist ahead of the Top 5 shortlist deadline on Thursday afternoon at 17:00.”
MTN has just concluded national roadshows to promote the MTN SAMA Record of the Year in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The roadshows were supported by performances by some of the MTN SAMA nominees, including Zakes Bantwini, Liquideep and Professor, amongst various other local artists. MTN gave away loads of prizes, including airtime and hampers. A major part of the roadshows was to show how to cast their votes and how to access fantastic MTN SAMA 17 downloads such as songs or wallpapers and stand a chance to win a VIP experience to attend MTN SAMA 17.
“This is the only award where the power rests with the music-loving public of South Africa to decide where the MTN SAMA statuette will go to,” concludes Chimhandamba. It is easy to vote for your favourite artist. Simply SMS the code of your favourite artist to 083 123 7262 to give the award to the most deserving artist according to you:
(Code) A - Alone -  Liquideep
B - Breathing - Prime Circle
C - Bum Bum - Zakes Bantwini
D - Dreamer - Arno Carstens
E - Fire Is Low - Freshly Ground
F - Get Busy Living - Goldfish
G - Hobie Beach - Kinky Robot
H - Imoto - Professor
I - Let’s get this party jumping - Jozi
J - Lovesick - The Arrows
K - Love You Better (w/ Rue-Groove) - Crazy White Boy
L - Mama (w/ Ringo) - Black Coffee
M - Ngisemthanda (w/ Joocy, DJ Tira & Dr Duda) - DJ CNDO
N - Potoko (w/ Juice Matute) - DJ Mahoota
O - Show Dem (w/ HHP) - JR
P - Turn Up The Volume - Auriol Hays
Q - Twisted - Crash Car Burn
R - Warrior - Louise Carver
S - Woza - Jaziel Brothers
T - Wrong For You - Loyiso

Tree aan!

Willem Botha
Willem Botha Fanblad - More al my facebook friends. Eks op ma nog nie wakker. Op pad jhb toe. Dis my 1ste dag van rehearsals vir Tree Aan, Die Musical. Kan nie glo eks so nervous nie. Sien uit na die nuwe uidaging! Hoop dis n lekker week vir almal!!

Die "Flooze" is terug . . .

Sorina Erasmus (aka Flooze)
Die baie bekende en gewilde 7de Laan biker-chick Flooze (aktrise Sorina Erasmus) is terug met 'n nuwe CD, Ek Watch Jou!! Die CD behoort teen Augustus op die rakke te wees en volgens Sorina "gaan daar 'n mengelmoes van treffers wees. Soos die Flooze sê, 'Tjomma, ek watch jou big time, maar hierdie keer gaan jy vir my watch!'".

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The sounds of Rocco

Where were you when you heard “My Heart Will Go On” (from ‘Titanic’) for the first time? Can you remember the theme tune from the TV series ‘Murder She Wrote‘? And of course you know “You Raise Me Up”, as sung by Josh Groban – but have you heard it with bagpipes? Did you also cry when you saw the movie ‘Forrest Gump’?
South Africa’s most flamboyant and adventurous pianist has cooked up a fresh brew of fun and nostalgia that few will be able to resist. From the show-stopping belters, to some cheesy retro and a bit of high drama, all of the songs he’s collected are bound to have you recalling emotions, laughs and moments.
“Memory” from ‘Cats’, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” from Evita, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Mis - who hasn’t throatily sung these songs in the shower? And why not indulge in the guilty pleasures of an eight-minute ABBA Medley? Then there’s also the chocolate-box luxury of laid-back tunes such as “Ballade for Adeline”, “Sleepy Shores” and “The Music Box Dancer”…
In this brand new show, Rocco plays the songs off his latest CD whilst telling the background stories that moved him to record the tunes. His musical memories stretch right the way back to his boyhood in the good-ol’ Free State, and he intends to take his audience with him on the journey!
Beautiful, beautiful – head to toe and inside out! In a world where we are constantly stressed and fearful, sometimes all we need is beautiful, beautiful piano music!

Making Waves

Awehness Original People, hows da feelin?
Since our return from America, Tidal Waves have performed at some great shows in and around Gauteng. Big Up and Maximum Respect to everyone for the great homecoming, it was so much fun and we really appreciate your support!
This month has seen the Waves perform in Pretoria and Potchefstroom so far. Now the time has come now to take Original Music back to the Mother City and elsewhere besides. Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Bloemfontein, listen up! We would like to present to you (yes, especially for you) the “Tides are Coming Tour!”
Starting on 19 May, Tidal Waves will be sharing the stage with some great bands such as Fire thru the Window, Rastamie & the Warriors, The Rivertones, Karen Zoid, Tony Cox and Hot Water! The last time we visited this side of the world was during the December holidays and we have seriously missed you! So spread the word and come catch up with us at one of the great gigs below, it really has been too long – don’t you agree?
Tidal Waves have also been announced to perform at three super exciting festivals at the end of the month: Jungle Fest (Cullinan), Blackout Fest (Johannesburg) and Bush Fire Festival (Swaziland). Make sure you check it out and get your ticket before it’s too late!