Thursday, 30 June 2011

Great Winter Warmer Shows

Die Heuwels Fantasties. Pic by Liam Lynch, courtesy of Red Bull
Zebra and Giraffe Sunday 10 July: Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden JHB
Zebra & Giraffe has enjoyed nothing short of a whirlwind journey of success. Their debut album Collected Memories produced top ten singles and achieved numerous number 1’s on the biggest National and College radio stations around South Africa. In 2009 Zebra and Giraffe won a SAMA award for Best Rock album and an MTV African music award for Best Alternative, beating Coldplay and Green Day to this top honour. Zebra & Giraffe return with their much anticipated 2nd album titled The Insider, which is the bands finest work to date. 

Prime Circle will be performing at both the Botanical Garden venues: Sunday 17 July: Pretoria National Botanical Gardens & Sunday 24 July: Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, JHB
The Rock kings of SA, Prime Circle was formed in 2000, in Witbank, Mpumalanga.  Their debut album Hello Crazy World released in 2007 reached platinum status and to date remains the highest selling Rock album in SA. Prime Circle won an MK award for Best International Breakthrough act and recently scooped an award for Best Rock album titled Jekyll and Hyde, at this year’s SAMA awards. Prime Circle has played alongside Metallica, Simple Plan and performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert. Prime Circle is committed to giving their fans the best music experience of their lives. 

Die Heuwels Fantasties Sun 31 July: Pretoria National Botanical Gardens
The Pop group Die Heuwels Fantasties was formed in 2008 along with their own record label named Supra Familias. The four male band includes; Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Greeff, Fred den Hartog and Philip Erasmus.
The year 2010 was a rewarding year for Die Heuwels Fantasties as their self titled album achieved gold status, they toured the Netherlands, Belgium and UK with Jack Parrow; and they were honoured with the privilege of performing at the Union Buildings on Freedom day.  The hit singles Oorlewing 101 and Vinger Alleen reached number 1 on the major campus radio stations. Die Heuwels Fantasties won a SAMA award for Best Afrikaans Alternative album.  Die Heuwels Fantasties fans are blown away by their electrifying performances. 

Tickets for all concerts are  available: http://www.ticketbreak.co.za/
Ticketbreak: R80.00
Pre-sale at gardens: R90.00
On day sales at gardens and ticketbreak: R100.00
Children under 13 are for free.

CD/DVD REVIEW: The Prodigy - Live World's On Fire (Sheer Music)

The first time I ever saw electronic punks The Prodigy live was way back in 19-voertsek in the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town. They were the main act of the evening and were supported by the likes of the Kalahari Surfers (who got booed off stage) and Faithless (then still starting out). When The Prodigy finaly came on stage, all hell broke loose. It was heavy bass beats, lights and Liam, Keith, and Maxim giving us the biggest time of our lives - ever! Fast forward to 24 June 2010 where 65 000 (crazy) people crammed into The National Bowl at Milton Keynes to see the electronic punks perform some of their best hits and some new ones. The band sure knows how to excite the crowd, consistently asking if the throng is ready for what’s to follow; and those in attendance respond positively, willing to take whatever is thrown at them.The band’s Warriors Dance Festival is now captured on DVD & CD for us poor plebs, that could not be at the show, to relive the brilliant noise and dance tunes of The Prodigy. You're ears will hurt after watching this, but it's bloody brilliant!

New Rammstein!

If Rammstein isn’t the biggest industrial metal band around today, then they’re certainly one of the most notorious. When fable has you banished from an entire country, you’ve safely reached legendary status. To celebrate 16 years of fiery awesomeness, the German heavyweights are releasing a brand new best-of collection. Made in Germany 1995-2011 is a CD/DVD retrospective consisting of 20 classics from their six-deep catalog plus one brand new track. The DVD part of the package will feature each of their roughly 24 music videos bundled together for the first time. You know, videos like this one. Or, this. At this point, not much else is known about the record save that it should drop in conjunction with their upcoming European tour of the same name.

The lo down on Selena Gomez & The Scene


Just one year after Disney Channel graduate (and Justin Bieber's main gal) Selena Gomez released her second album, "A Year Without Rain," Selena got the band, The Scene, back together for album number three, "When the Sun Goes Down."
"I'm really proud of it," Gomez told Billboard.com of the album. "I definitely think this is a different kind of album for me." "When the Sun Goes Down" features a diverse array of themes, most of which speak to the burgeoning maturity of its now 18-year-old creator. "I think it ages me up a little bit," she says. The singer sat down with Billboard.com to walk fans through every track on "When the Sun Goes Down." 

1. "Love You Like a Love Song"
"[This] will be my second single. It's one of those tracks that's addictive because it's kind of repetitive in the best way. It's one of those songs that you can't get out of your head. It was written by Tim [James] and Antonina [Armato] of Rock Mafia and they're so sweet."

2. "Bang, Bang, Bang"
"It's a really fun, cheeky song. It's kind of an insult/compliment song about someone that used to be in your life and now someone who is in your life who's  amazing. It's a sweet song and I feel like a lot of girls can related to it especially."

3. "Who Says"
"It's probably my favorite I've ever recorded. I think it's really meaningful and it's kind of a big anthem. It went platinum so it's my second song ever that's platinum. I was really excited, I was in the car when I found out promoting the third album. It gave me a big boost."

4. "We Own the Night"
"It made the album because of my mom. Then I became crazy obsessed with it because it's a beautiful song. It was really fun to sing. I love Pixie Lott. I think she's incredible and talented. She co-wrote the song with Toby Gad."

5. "Hit the Lights"
"I feel like everyone can relate to that song. It's kind of one of those songs about living in the moment while keeping it a big huge summer dance track."

6. "Whiplash"
"I love the lyrics saying you're completely in love with someone and you're going to crash into them and get whiplash. The funny thing about that is that I actually did get into an accident two days before I recorded that song. I didn't get whiplash, it wasn't a bad accident but it was really funny."

7. "When the Sun Goes Down"
"It's really special to my bass player, Joey, who wrote it. And I got to rewrite the bridge of it as well. It felt like we got to do that as a band."

8. "My Dilemma"
"'My Dilemma' is my Kelly Clarkson kind of pop rock. You have to have a break up song. You have to have one of those songs about a boy that drives you crazy. It's really just one of those songs that I can sing over and over and over again."

9. "That's More Like It"
"[This] is a little bit of a cheeky '50s kind of theme; back then you always kind of assumed that the woman would cook for you and the guys would go work. The song kind of flips that and says 'you can massage my feet, you can take care of me, you can cook me dinner.' I think girls will enjoy singing that though I apologize to all of the boys who will be hearing that song."

10. "Outlaw"
"In the bridge it says I'm from the Lone Star state which makes me very happy because I'm very proud of where I came from. But it's actually kind of spooky and really pretty. That's the only way I can describe it. It's a very fun, weird track."

11. "Middle of Nowhere"
"I didn't write that one but it's gorgeous and I feel like everybody can relate to it. Then you add all the fun pop beats and synths behind the song and it just really makes you want to move."

12. "Dices"
"'Dices' is 'Who Says' in Spanish. We actually recorded that because I recorded 'A Year Without Rain' in Spanish and it did really well and I love being able to connect with that side of me. I'm not fluent in Spanish so it's nice to sing it and makes my family proud."

(COURTESY OF BILLBOARD.COM)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tweet Of The Day (Twiet van die dag)

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Great oggend in Monaco!!Ons is uitgerus sien uit na n besige dag!

Kylie Minogue adds extra day + Win an EXCLUSIVE Kylie hamper!

Pop Icon, Kylie Minogue has just announced that she will be extending the South African leg of her “Aphrodite Live” 2011 World Tour with one more performance in Johannesburg. Due to popular demand, she will be performing an extra show at the Sun City Superbowl in Johannesburg on the 10th of July 2011. 
Kylie commented “I have been looking for an opportunity to perform in South Africa for a very long time so I am really delighted that I can now confirm I will be visiting Johannesburg and Cape Town in July this year. I’ve been having a wonderful time touring Aphrodite and I’m absolutely thrilled I will be able to bring ‘Aphrodite Live’ to South Africa.
The Aphrodite Live 2011 Tour was essentially 76 days around the world for Kylie, and her globetrotting will come to an end in South Africa, in the Mother City on July 14th.
Over the course of her extraordinary 20-plus-year-career, Kylie Minogue has been a global force in pop music and is one of the world’s most successful female artists with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide, 50 hit singles including the dance-chart-toppers “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” “Love At First Sight,” “Slow,” and the Grammy-Award winning “Come Into My World.”  She has received countless awards and accolades including an OBE from the Queen, 9 sold-out world tours including her current Aphrodite tour which will have travelled to 27 countries throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, Asia and now coming to South Africa. Kylie has released eleven studio albums, three live CDs, eight live concert DVD’s, plus her Greatest Hits, Ultimate Kylie double album and several remix albums. Kylie has her own successful bed linen line “Kylie Minogue at Home” and has released 8 fragrances from her ‘Kylie Minogue House of Parfums’.
Aphrodite was released in July 2010 and became Kylie’s fifth #1 album in the UK, hitting the top spot a full 22 years to the week since her debut album Kylie entered the chart.  The album also made Kylie the first solo artist in the history of the UK charts to have a #1 album in four different decades.  Around the globe Aphrodite debuted in the top 10 in thirteen different countries. South Africa currently has a highly contagious case of Kylie-fever and afflicted fans now have one last chance to get a healing dose of the “Princess of Pop” live at the Sun City Superbowl on the 10th of July.

 WIN! The Beat and TotalExposure are giving two lucky readers the chance to win an EXCLUSIVE Kylie CD hamper, consisting of Kylie: The Hits & Kylie: The Album box set. It's easy to enter. Just tell us where Kylie's tour will end? Email your answer and contact details to vreemdeling@hotmail.com - get emailing now!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

TOUR: Piet Botha

Piet Botha has just released a new Afrikaans album called "Spookpsalms", his first new song collection in 8 years. The album contains 11 brand new compositions and is truly a unique piece of work. The music is different from Piet Botha’s previous Afrikaans albums. Traditional instrumentation is the order of the day and the album is packed with acoustic guitars, piano, harmonica, accordion, saxophone and organ. Although Piet has been working on a few songs, the album steered in a whole new direction when the TV program, “Wie lê waar” was filmed for kykNET.  Piet, as presenter, and a camera crew travelled around the country to film the series from September to December 2010. Due to the historical slant of the program, some new elements entered into the songwriting process.  The result is a traditional, timeless feel, with Piet singing his stories with the help of the ever so talented “Spookorkes.” Piet succeeds in addressing weighty matters in a simplistic manner; even the humor that arises is satirical and leaves you laughing in retrospect.
This special collection of soulful songs is a must have for all Piet Botha fans and catch him live at the following venues in Cape & surrounds from 2 – 13 July:
2 July: Plaasteater- Hazendal, Bottelary Pad, Kuilsrivier, 21:00, R60 p/p, 073 869 0291 of 079 476 3946
6 July: Die Bordienghuis- h/v Burger & Malherbestr, Wellington, 20:00, R85 p/p, 082 812 1112
8 July: Berties Mooring- The Boardwalk, Harbour Island, Gordonsbaai, 21:00, Free entry, 021 856 3343
9 July: Die Boer- Chenoweth Straat 6, Durbanville, 20:00, R80 p/p, 021 979-1911
10 July: Barts Tavern- Cnr Beach Rd & Main Rd, Strand, 15:00, Free entry, Walk-ins
13 July: Gatta Patat, Cape Diamond Hotel, Cape Town, 20:30, R100 p/p, 021 461 2519

Lucas Maree se liedjies

Monday, 27 June 2011

Freshlyground off to the USA


Freshlyground by Seppi Hochfellner
Hooray for Freshlyground! The jewel of local music has embarked on a 17-date tour of America and Canada where they will perform their unique fusion of rock, jazz and Afro-pop. One of their biggest shows is scheduled to take place in New York, where they will perform alongside jazz legend Hugh Masekela and Ugandan vocalist Somi. They will also appear at the Montreal Jazzfest alongside heavyweights such as Prince, Angelique Kidjo and Ben Harper. Other cities on their tour include Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle and Boston.

Freshlyground 2011 U.S. & Canada Tour
• June 24 - Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
• June 25 - Festival of Arts & Ideas,
• June 26 - Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY
• June 27 - Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
• June 28 - esplanade angle Clark et Sainte-Catherine - Montreal Jazzfest, Montreal, Québec
• June 29 - Scène Rio Tinto Alcan - Montreal Jazzfest, Montreal, Québec
• June 30 - Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago, IL (free show)
• July 2 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
• July 5 - World Cafe Live!, Philadelphia, PA
• July 8 - Festival D'ete - Loto-Quebec Stage, Quebec City, Québec
• July 9 - Higher Ground - Showcase Lounge, Burlington, VT
• July 10 - Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena, CA (free show)
• July 13 - The Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
• July 14 - Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
• July 15 & 16 - Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, BC
• July 17 - Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA

Hip-hop TV with Jozi

Local hip-hop act Jozi is getting their own reality TV show, The Moving City. Jozi member Da Les told Sowetanlive "As part of the reality show we visit various villages in a bid to find an authentic traditional sound. We also create a song that reflects the sound of the area, which will be included in a compilation. The reality show will be a 13-part series that will be aired towards the end of the year. Though we have not signed any broadcast deal we know that it will be on the air. We are tracing the roots of the motherland's sound." He also added that in the second series of the reality show, they plan to go to countires such as Ghana and Nigeria. The group has worked with a number of local and international groups. Recently they performed with Brick 'n' Lace and international producer Rawknait.

Metal band gets a softer side


South African Metal-core band Chromium has released a new version of their song My Perfection, featuring SA's Afrikaans rock sensation Babette Labuschagne. It is completely left field of what the band usually do, but having 3 studio albums under their belt as well as having branched out to a new acoustic route to perform in clubs that would usually shy away from the band, it was time to experiment a little and try reach new fans and friends, by showing them that Chromium has beautiful "quieter" side.

Chris Chameleon Live

“Six years after the release of my first Afrikaans album, “Ek Herhaal Jou” – a composition of Ingrid Jonker’s poems, I am still inspired and fascinated by her verse forms. I still experience the same emotional intensity that I felt the first time that I read and fully understood her work.” Chris Chameleon
In 2005, Chris Chameleon intrigued the Afrikaans music community with his first, and now-iconic, Afrikaans album – “Ek Herhaal Jou”.  Chris is back with an album that easily builds on the creative energy that Ingrid Jonker’s lyrics instilled in him. “As Jy Weer Skryf” is an eclectic musical masterpiece.  The compositions are upbeat and heartfelt and there are also songs that fearlessly visit the darker side of Jonker’s work. A rock and children’s song also add to the variety on the album.
“As Jy Weer Skryf” is an in-depth exemplar of Chris’ evolution as an artist over the past six years. The combination of Chris’ unique vocal capabilities with complex instrumentation gives way to a much richer sound. “As Jy Weer Skryf” was recorded in March 2011 at Belville Studios under the guidance of award-winning music producer, Theo Crous.
Even though there are a variety of musical styles on the album, Chris’ distinctive singing manner places his own unmistakable stamp on every song. The flowing nature of his pure falsetto voice is occasionally used (he also does all the backing vocals) and reminds the listener of Chris`s exceptional vocal ability that few others can imitate.
Songs like Kabouterliefde, Tokkelos and Ek Het Gedink are perfect examples of Chris’ highly original approach to Jonker’s popular poems. This album is simply a must for all Chris’ countless fans, devotees of Ingrid Jonker’s poetry and all lovers of quality Afrikaans music.
Chris Chameleon will be performing at the Botanical Gardens in Pretoria this coming Sunday.

Tickets for all concerts are  available: www.ticketbreak.co.za

Ticketbreak: R80.00
Pre-sale at gardens: R90.00
On day sales at gardens and ticketbreak: R100.00
Children under 13 are for free.

Gates open: 12h00
Main act: 15h00
Gates close: 18h00

Facilities Available:
Restaurant and Tea Garden available on site.
Alcohol not sold and only available in Restaurant.
Kids Zone available 13h30 – 16h30

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

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Good morning Tweetworld. Flying to Dublin, Ireland this morning.

CD REVIEW: KB - Run Free: The Evolution (GALLO)


Keabetswe Motsilanyane, famously known as KB, takes the listener on a journey of musical discovery on her 6th album. KB, who soap fans will know from Rhythm City, delivers a fusion of Afro-Pop, R&B, Latino, House and Jazz music that can only be described as brilliant. The 14-track album, which includes a remix of the song Let It Go, is an absolute gem. KB introduces new sounds and to do this, she worked with young and talented (Kalawa) producer – DJ Navy and co-composer Nqobi. Although the Kalawa team predominantly do House music, the final product is a must for the ears. KB also worked with friend and fellow artist, an artist who prefers the hip-hop scene, Tuks. He is featured on the first single off Run Free: The Evolution titled My Way. Songs to look out for on the album are Run Free, Deeper in Love, Let it Go, Rise up and Kwalilwa.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Micheal Bolton live in SA

World acclaimed pop star and balladeer Michael Bolton will perform at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Brakpan on 8 and 9 August 2011. As part of a 115-city world tour straddling several continents, Bolton will perform in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban.  The famed singer credits his fans as being “the best in the world” and plans to wow local audiences with much loved classics such as 'How Can We Be Lovers', 'Said I Loved You.. But I Lied' and 'How Am I Supposed to Live Without You' and many more. With multiple awards and over 53 million international albums and singles under his belt, the singer- songwriter makes appearances on film and television, and in musicals.  He is also an active and committed promoter of human rights, particularly those of women and children. Tickets are available from Computicket at between R280 and R500.  The show starts at 20:00 and doors open at 19:00.

Hot CDs for your collection

Various Artists - Fast and Furious 5 Rio Heist OST   
Fast 5 is a high-energy compilation with more variety than the other soundtracks from the Fast and the Furious franchise.
There are only two rap tracks purely in English on this album, but both deliver. The album intro, "How We Roll" features Busta Rhymes, J-Doe, Reek da Villain and Don Omar on the hook. The most interesting inclusion in the soundtrack is Furiously Dangerous, a Ludacris cut with up-and-coming songstress Claret Jai singing the hook. The track also features Slaughterhouse, the rap super group consisting of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5'9". If you're a Budden fan, you'll definitely love the 16 bars that Joey Jumpoff delivers. This soundtrack marks the third album that composer Brian Tyler has contributed to in the Fast franchise. Tyler produced three instrumental tracks for the score, which range from cinematic to industrial rock. Don Omar like Brian Tyler, this is the third Fast film soundtrack that he appears on. His track Danza Kuduro was an obvious choice for the soundtrack, as it was an infectious hit single back in August of 2010 when it first dropped. What is impressive most about this album was the inclusion of the Portuguese-language urban tracks from Brazil. There are five Brazilian cuts in total, all with terrific beats, ranging from rap to Brazilian Funk. Including the 2003 track "Carlito Marrón" by Bahia artist Carlinhos Brown.

LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking
"We're definitely not a band that's shy. We love to hear ourselves talk. We want to be seen as much as possible. We want to be so big that we can't even walk down the street." Mark the words of Redfoo, the programming brain behind electro-hip hop duo LMFAO, who, along with his cohort (and nephew) Sky Blu, have already initiated a full-scale assault on the clubs. In the last year alone, three self-produced and self-distributed LMFAO tracks — "I'm In Miami Bitch," "Lil' Hipster Girl" and "Yes" — have become as ubiquitous on the dance floor as any hit by the likes of Rihanna or T.I., while remixes of Fergie's "Clumsy," Kanye West's "Love Lockdown" and Katy Perry's "Hot 'N' Cold," have lent instant credibility to two guys who've turned clowning around into an art form and a business. It's all part of an elaborate plan for world domination. No, really. For Foo and Sky, as they refer to each other, what started as a natural collaboration (uncle and nephew, who happen to be close in age, tinkering with drum machines and recording software) with a mix tape thrown in as an afterthought, has evolved into a multi-platform musical movement. With one key mission: live tonight like there's no tomorrow. Foo and Sky call it Party Rock, and it's the name of their debut album, label (via the will.i.am Music Group and Interscope Records), clothing line and general outlook on any given day. "It's always better to have a party in your life," explains Foo. "Fun and laughter, the girls, dancing, celebrating… We want to feel the same way walking down the sidewalk as we do on stage." Which explains an awful lot about their street attire. The guys, who are devout PETA members, favor pimp jackets, oversized glasses (minus the actual glass), faux fur embellishments and the occasional leopard spandex skin tight pants (girls sizes only). If it's not vintage, then it’s their own Party Rock brand, which Foo and Sky wear exclusively. And their stylish strut seems to be working. "We get way more women now," says Sky. Looking just over the horizon, the path is promising, to say the least. The guys have already been recruited by Lady GaGa and Chris Cornell for single remixes, and are fielding requests from a host of major artists in the pop and hip hop worlds. And with their full-length debut scheduled for release this spring, expect the buzz to hit a feverish pitch in the coming months. "Party Rock is the kind of record a band would make on their third album," Foo deadpans. "It's gonna be our Thriller — it's meant to take you away, to escape to this world of fun, dance, sex, craziness, do-what-you-want attitude. It's our lives."

Madeleine Peyroux - Standing On The Rooftop
Madeleine Peyroux is in the midst of her journey. “I wanted to explore some new sounds,” says Peyroux, best known for her stunning, gold-certified 2004 album, “Careless Love.” “That would be the most exciting thing that I could think of as a musician. I’ve been recording my voice and my guitar together long enough to know this was not the limit.” Peyroux, who was named Best International Jazz Artist at the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards, has lost none of her compelling ability to reinvent a lyric and give it soul-shaking meaning through her intricately nuanced vocal shadings. But she’s broadened her musical palette here, embracing an organic, American roots sound. “Standing On the Rooftop,” her fifth solo album following 2009’s “Bare Bones”, encompasses a wide spectrum from the lulling, gentle “Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love” (adapted from the W.H. Auden poem of the same name) and the stunning, spare “Super Hero” to the clever, whimsical “Don’t Pick a Fight With a Poet.” Peyroux wrote solo as well as with a number of collaborators, including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman. The two met when he approached Peyroux at a jazz festival in Nice. “He was at the festival to see B.B. King,” she recalls. “He said ‘I’m a fan of yours. I have all the records.’ And I was actually quite stunned.”

The Pusher pushing the limits

There are a lot of cocky bands out there. However, few are able to actually back it up when push comes to shove. But once in a while a band appears that really delivers. Swedish sensation The Pusher are among the chosen ones. They are a force of nature; impossible to stop.
Pontus Karlsson (drums), Jakke Erixson (vocals, bass), Karl-Ola Solem (guitar, girls), and John Hårleman (keyboards) grew up in different parts of Sweden and paid their dues with different bands and artists. However each member’s individual history loses all significance when The Pusher enter the stage.
The members came together four years ago and spent an entire summer hanging out at a Stockholm studio. Eating fast food, drinking cheap beer, and making music. They soon discovered that they had a unique chemistry, musically as well as personally.
”You can see it in someone’s eyes if they’re on the same page. If they have the drive and urge to take it all the way”, says Jakke. ”The synergy was there, the talent was there – and the determination. Needless to say the rest has been hard work, writing, re-writing, arranging and producing. And sometimes going back to find a different angle, or take something that’s near-perfect to the next level. Which is just as fun and rewarding. We just won’t rest until each song has reached its full potential”. Judging from their debut single, Blinded By The Dark, the attitude has paid off: it went straight to number one on Swedish iTunes.
The Pusher consists of four very different characters with a common goal:
Some might call Pontus distracted. He’s not. It´s just hard to focus when all he hears is rhythm and melodies. He started playing drums at the age of four and soon evolved into an inventive, tasteful drummer who only plays what’s right for the song. Knowing what he’s capable of, he’s just as happy to provide a steady groove, so the others can shine. Pontus has good ear for melody. As opposed to most drummers, he hears everything that goes on, and often provides fruitful suggestions for the other instruments.
John was classically trained by a harsh Russian piano teacher. He admits that used to cry after some of the lessons, but now he’s thankful for the self-disciplin it gave him. His timeless knowledge of music is complemented by his love for modern sounds and electronic devices.
If the others get into emotional discussions about the music, John is always able to look at things from an objective point of view, and suggest a solution that everyone can go along with. He’s the spaceman, and has the airs of a calculating, emotionless genius, but appearances are deceptive: you can spend a whole day with John without telling anything but bad jokes. John’s family has a direct relation to the late Swedish king Gustaf Vasa. His blood is blue and he arrives on horse.
Karl-Ola has what the other members decribe as ”the best guitar sound in northern Europe”. Whatever the others play, his guitars add another dimension to the songs. As a person, he’s very considerate. And, he loves girls. Well, everybody in the band does, but this is different. I guess you have to experience it first hand to rally understand. If you criticize The Beatles, he will fight you.
The other members of The Pusher lovingly refer to him as being insane, ”but then we’re all a bunch of idiots”. On stage, he is a man possessed. One could write a thesis on his moves and facial expressions – he just never stands still. The universe talks to him, and he listens.
In a band of four leaders, Jakke remains the unquestionable front man. Jakke has charisma and warmth. At the same time, he has the steely eyes of a man on a mission, and you get the feeling that you wouldn’t want to stand in his way.
As a singer he’s a natural. As a bass player Jakke has created his own unique style and when he locks in with Pontus, they create a groove that has the perfect mix of relentless drive and cool swagger. Jakke describes his past as ”a mess”. Let’s just say that he’s glad that it’s history. He constantly puts together words and music in his head. There just isn’t room for any other music than hits and his head would probably explode if he didn’t have the outlet that the world is about to know as The Pusher.
On tour, The Pusher are just as single-minded as in the studio, but there’s also more room for craziness, eccentricity and pranks. Let’s just say that there guys love to have fun, even if it means having to wake up staring at some suspiciously expensive hotel bills, and leaving a trail of broken hearts.
For The Pusher, it doesn’t matter if the audience consists of fans or sceptics. They just won’t rest until they’ve won everybody over. ”I honestly don’t think about who’s in the audience, I just do what I do until the job is done”, says Karl-Ola. "Our gigs are well-planned. But it does seem necessary to get together half an hour before a gig”, Pontus adds. ”It’s probably good to be a little nervous, so that the first beat on the snare drum is special and you feel the magic”.
”Everybody has his own ritual before a gig”, says Jakke. ”And then, just 10 minutes before we take the stage, we tend to jump around or whatever it takes to get us fired up. It’s very much like preparing for a sports game. In fact, once we played rugby before we went on, just to get the adrenaline going”, John remembers.
A song can take 15 minutes to write, but then the band can spend a year to refine the arrangement and production together with internationally acclaimed producer Oscar Holter, who’s like the fifth member of the band in the studio. The band usually records the foundation of the song in one single take, to capture the raw energy of a live performance, and then no effort or expense is spared in the quest to make it a magical record. It could be a pop song, a ballad, a rock anthem, a taste of electronica, a pulsating groove track – or all of the above. The songs have one thing in common, though: when you close your eyes you can’t help but having visions of sold out arenas and number ones with a bullet.
”We don’t think in terms of making the album breathe and stuff like that – we want to make every single song sound like a potential hit, regardless of musical style” say Jakke. They all have different musical tastes, but – from Prince and The Prodigy to The Beatles, and Black Sabbath, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Katy Perry – their favourite music has one thing in common:– it’s topped the charts throughout the world. The Pusher claim to have no real friends apart from each other, and a few hand-picked professionals close to the band: their manager, their co- producer, and a key people at the record company. A potential girlfriend has to adapt to the needs of the band, just like its members do.
”It doesn’t even feel like a sacrifice. That choice was made years ago. You can’t make a lame, half-assed attempt if you really wanna live the dream”. And while they continue creating the best music that the four of them can possibly make, they certainly won’t have any problems enjoying the success that it will bring.
In the end it’s all about the music. That’s where it started, and it remains their main motivation. They only talk about money and success because it seems inevitable. Guess they’ll just have to learn to live with it.
Listen to their song Blinded By The Dark here.

Going for gold

The Script’s self titled Debut album has surpassed the Gold mark in South Africa! Their sophomore album Science & Faith is also well on track to achieve Gold status. The Script have just touched down in South Africa ‘for the first time’, where they are about to kick off their sold out tour. Congratulations!

Michelle Shocked in SA

Well-known singer and songwriter Michelle Shocked is set to perform at the Fugard Theatre in August  with long-time touring partner, bassist Schalk Joubert of Cape Town. The two of them have toured together for the last five years in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. They will be also be joined by other top SA-born musicians including drummer Kevin Gibson and the multitalented Melissa van der Spuy on keyboards and vocals. Michelle describes herself as “I’m the most sophisticated hillbilly you’ll ever meet.” When Michelle Shocked says this about herself, it’s hard not to crack up. ‘Hillbilly,’ after all, is no compliment. And frankly, it’s tough to reconcile that reflex image of a backwoods, overalls-and-a-smile hillbilly with this focused, erudite singer-songwriter. If such a creature exists, however, Shocked is its picture, sans Billy-Bob teeth. Come to think of it, she was born in or at least near the backwoods of East Texas — and get this — to a carny father and a fresh-faced high-school mother after being conceived, if memory serves, “in the backseat of my Uncle Huby’s Chevy at the prom.” Her upbringing was more well-rounded. In her early childhood, Shocked logged thousands of miles as a military brat, living in Massachusetts, Germany and Maryland, before returning to Texas. She lived there until her early twenties, experiencing the stark contrast — and copious benefits — of having a fundamentalist Mormon mother, Army lifer stepfather, and hippie teacher-slash-“ultimate autodidact” father. Eager to further expand her horizons, Shocked eventually decamped for San Francisco and, ultimately, the peripatetic life of a touring musician. Fittingly, there’s a phantom Texas taproot and that self-styled wanderlust in her music. Much like the work of her East Texas peers Willie Nelson, Victoria Williams and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Shocked’s songs hold fast to a definite core, but owe no stylistic allegiance — just like their itinerant, mercurial, utilitarian creators. Shocked identifies strongly with her musical compatriots, and not just because they’re from her neck of the woods.
“My family was welfare class,” says Shocked, “and that makes you really, really, white trash. [These artists] helped remove class bias because they have all been given honorary middle-class value because of what they’ve achieved in their music.” Michelle received international exposure with her debut album The Texas Campfire Tapes and her 1988 album Short Sharp Shocked. In 1996, she released a studio version of an underground release, Kind Hearted Woman (black cover) on the short-lived Private Music label. Starting in 2002 with the release of Deep Natural, Michelle established her own label, Mighty Sound. In 2005 she released a trilogy of albums called Threesome. In 2007 she released the album ToHeavenURide and her latest album was released in 2009, titled Soul of My Soul.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Elvis Blue in da house!


It has been said that no one covers Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah like Rufus Wainwright. That was of course until Elvis Blue came along. His soulful rendition of the Cohen standard elicits a wave of emotion from even the most stoic listener. But, what the world has begun to realise is that Elvis Blue resonates with a creative force that transcends any cover version – no matter how great the song is.
“It’s just one of those songs that has real depth to it,” Elvis, whose real name is Jan Hoogendyk, tells The Beat. “It just grabs you when you listen to it the first time.”
One simply has to listen to the hauntingly beautiful Things My Father Said or Lighthouse or Save Me, or any of his original compositions for that matter, to realise that you are in the company of greatness. Balance this divine gift with great humility, a kind heart and the work ethic of Henry Ford and you begin to understand the soul within this artist.
The gifted musician’s journey started when he was a young boy, singing in school choirs, and busking in the streets of Joburg and Scotland. His one and only goal was to make and perform music. After a stint overseas as a street musician, Elvis returned to South Africa where he decided to study contemporary music.
“People probably don’t know this, but as a teen, I worked in the Spur. I didn’t do to great there, but management decided to keep me on but not as a waiter, but rather as Chico the Clown,” he says laughing. “The was quite a bit of a problem because what girl wants to date a guy who works as a clown in a restaurant!”
After appearing in numerous bands Elvis started a project where he sang under the name MONO. He released three albums under this time. When MONO’s record deal came to an end, Elvis decided that he would move to George where he would become a music teacher, write his own music, and live a quiet life.
After spending some time in George, Elvis was approached by a record company who wanted him to record an Afrikaans album. “The first album I did was under the name Jan Hoogendyk, my real name, and the album did really well. It won an ATKV Lier Toekening award. His second Afrikaans album, Ontskemer also under the name Jan Hoogendyk, was nominated for a 2010 SAMA Award.
While living in George he met the friend whose name he would adopt in 2008.  “My wife works at an organisation that is a hospice and children’s home and I met this little boy there when I used to go and play my guitar for them. He really wanted to be a keyboard player, and his name was Elvis Blaauw”, he says. When he passed away in 2009, as a tribute to this amazing young man, Jan Hoogendyk adopted his name and Elvis Blue was born.
In 2010, Elvis Blue won the title of Mnet Idol for that year – sharing half the profit with runner up Lloyd Cele.
Elvis Blue released the album that would change his life as a musician and consolidate all his years of hard work. This album was simply titled Elvis Blue. On the album’s release in November 2010, it shot up the radio and sales charts and reached Gold status. The first two singles Things My Father said and Lighthouse were massive hits, and with the third single, Save Me, is currently on playlists across the country. 
“Of all the songs on the CD, Save Me is one of my favourites. It’s just something that feels good when I sing the lyrics and perform the song.” His CD just went gold and he is overjoyed but the feat. “I mean, people have such a large selection of CDs to choose from when they go to buy CDs, and for my CD to be gold, oh man, it’s great.”
Since the release of his album, Elvis has set himself apart as an exceptional performer of live music, using some of the best local musicians to round out his band on stage, insisting on delivering music with depth to audiences across the country. Elvis is also a dedicated husband and father besides being a world class musician and a household name in South Arica.
The success Elvis Blue over the past few years enabled himself to invest in something very near and dear to his heart – The Elvis Blue Music Academy. The Academy was started by Elvis to teach underprivileged children the joy of music. The organisation provides instruments and instruction in a safe, warm environment. “Music has the ability to heal,” Elvis says. “This venture is living proof of that.” The Elvis Blue Music Academy operates in the Western Cape, George and is rolling out in Alexandra in Gauteng in the near future.
Elvis’ success is due to years of hard work, passion and commitment, and even though the path has been long and sometimes never ending, the real journey has only begun now.  
There is a lingering feeling of awe when you meet this humble artist. True talent begets respect and admiration. And that’s exactly why Elvis Blue has our country at his feet.

Full Gig Guide of Elvis’ Performances in the Western Cape:

Event: Elvis Blue Live in Hermanus – 10 July
Venue: Gecko Bar, Site 24A New Harbour, Hermanus
Ticket Prices: R 60
Doors open at 18:30

Event: Elvis Blue Live in Worcester – 11 July
Venue: The Damas Theatre, Worcester
Ticket Prices: Visit www.damas.co.za for ticket prices and starting times.

Event: Elvis Blue Live in Durbanville – 12 July
Venue: Die Boer Teater, Chenoweth Street 6, Durbanville
Ticket Prices: R 120
For more information call Elsa at 021 979 1911

Event: Elvis Blue Live in Tulbach – 13 July
Venue: The Saronsberg Theatre in Tulbach
Ticket Prices: R 120
For more information call Cliff at 023 230 1782


Event: Elvis Blue Live in Paarl – 14 July
Venue: Ou Meul Teater, Meul Street, Paarl
Ticket Prices: For more information and starting times, call Vicky on 083 564 0056

Event: Elvis Blue Live at the George Cheese Festival – 31 July
Venue: The George Cheese Festival, Mead, George
Ticket Prices: R56 per adults, R30 for children under 13.
Gates open early till late

CD REVIEW: Depeche Mode - Remixes 2: 81-11 (EMI)

This is a tough one. Really tough one. THE BEAT loves Depeche Mode. So it's hard to find anything wrong to say of these electro pioneers of the 80s, but their latest offering leaves a bit of a bland taste in the mouth. As the title suggest, the 3 CD pack is a collection of remixes, mostly of songs released the last couple of years. The problem is that way back in the 80s, Depeche Mode 12" remixes was great. But these days, it's a bit of a boring thing. Remixes 2: 81-11 delivers (and sorry to say it) boring, unimaginative remixes of songs that actually works as 7" singles and not remixes. Röyksopp's version of the DM classic Puppets is the only great song on here. You really have to listen to this CD carefully to enjoy it. What a pity.

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

heinzwinckler Heinz Winckler
NUWE ALBUM SAL VOLGENDE VRYDAG 1 JULIE NA WINKELS TOE GAAN! Kyk uit vir Heinz Winckler 24/7/365!

DJ Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
Bold’s sexy Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who plays seductress Steffy Forrester, is just not a hot soap actress, but also an aspiring and very accomplished DJ! At the recent 38th Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas, which THE BEAT attended, she showed off her DJ skills at The Bold and Beautiful after party, wich was held at the exclusive and very posh Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. She told us," I just love House music and I regret not having the time to do it when I visited South Africa in February, but hopefully soon I'll be back to entertain you guys with my music. Also be on the lookout for some real music from me in the near future. I can't say a lot, but I am singing as well and I think the music is gonna rock!" She told us that she loves the music of Danger Mouse and Deadmau5.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

CD-RESENSIE: Snotkop - Ek Laaik Van Jol (Select Musiek)

Snotkop (gebore Francois Henning) is bekend vir op-en-wakker paartie-musiek en op sy nuuste uitreiking, Ek Laai van Jol,  maak hy weereens so. Die CD is regtig een moewiese JOL! Hier is 15 kraakvars-treffers wat jou voete gou sal laat jeuk op die dansbaan. Uitstaan treffers sluit in Party Heelnag, lipgloss Lippe, Asemrowend en Tyd om Te Lewe. Ons gunsteling lis Dis 'n Land wat 'n koorgedeelte bevat van Carike Keuzenkam se bekende liedjie. Dis 'n Land. Aanhangers van Snotkop sal glad nie teleurgesteld wees nie! Maak seker jy kry dié CD nou! Well done Francois Henning!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Toekennings vir Jay

Baie geluk aan JAY wat genomineer vir 3 Huisgenoot Tempo Toekennings. Die nominasies is vir 1) Pop Album (TEM9 C), 2) Gewildste Manlike Kunstenaar (TEM14 B) en 3) Gewildste Liedjie - Melanie (TEM16 C). Kry jou nuutste uitgawe van Huisgenoot vandag op die rakke en begin stem!!! Dis in julle hande wie wen... Kom ons maak hierdie een een om te onthou!!! As jy solank wil stem SMS die kode in hakkies by elke toekenning saam met jou naam en van na 32113. Elke SMS kos R1. Kompetisie sluit op 11 Julie om 12:00. Jy staan die kans om groot pryse te wen!

VADERSDAG: Jay & Willem Botha gesels

Jay
Op Sondag 19 Junie vier Suid-Afrika Vadersdag. The Beat het by twee van ons top plaaslike kunstenaars, Jay en Willem Botha, gaan aanklop en met hulle gesels oor Vadersdag en wat hulle planne is vanjaar.

JAY

Wat is die een Vadersdag as kind wat jy nie sommer gou sal vergeet nie? Ek onthou nie Vadersdag as kind nie, maar so paar jaar terug op Vadersdag het ek weer die kans gekry om die eerste keer in baie jare met my Pa te kon gesels en weer 'n hernuwing in ons Pa en seun band te begin. Dit sal ek nooit vergeet nie.

Het jy al enige geskenke self vir jou pa gemaak? Ek en my Pa voel dieselfde oor geskenke...dis beter om mekaar net te kan sien.

Hoe oud is jou seuns nou? Samuel 2 word en Aidan word 5.

Wat beteken Vadersdag vir jou? Die dag herinner my aan hoe gelukkig ek is om twee mooi seuns te he en dat dit 'n groot voorreg en n groot verantwoordelikheid is. Ek mis ook gewoonlik op die dag my Pa baie.

Willem Botha
WILLEM BOTHA

Willem, hoe is Vadersdag in julle huis altyd gevier? Ons was altyd baie rustig op Vadersdag. Omdat my pa so min by die huis was, was die belangrikste dat ons as familie saam kon wees en net n viering van liefde vir mekaar.

Wat gee jy gewoonlik vir jou pa op Vadersdag? My pa is n regte handy man en hou daarvan om iets met sy hande te doen. So enige aparaat waarmee hy kan werk is n treat vir hom.

Wat is die een onvergeetlikse Vadersdag wat jy al saam met jou pa deurgebring het? Ek, my broer en my pa het proffesioneel perde uithourit gery so ons is mal oor perdry. Ons het een jaar met die perde berg toe gery. My ma het met die bakkie agterna gekom. Ons het daar lekker gebraai, geswem en gekuier. Ek sal dit nooit vergeet nie.

Hoe gaan jy Vadersdag vanjaar vier? Ek is besig met Tree Aan, Die Musical by die Staatsteater en aangesien ek nie Kaap toe kan vlieg nie, gaan my ouers die vertoning kom kyk so ons sal darem as familie saam kan wees.

Wat beteken Vadersdag vir jou as kind van jou pa? Ek het so baie liefde, waardering en respek vir my pa. Ek kyk op na hom en leer elke dag meer en meer by hom. Maar dis ongelooflik om te sien hoe baie waardering, liefde en omgee hy vir my en my broer het. Dis baie spesiaal vir hom om saam met ons as familie te kan wees. Vadersdag is vir my elke dag wat ek saam hom kan wees. Nie net daardie een dag nie.

Wat is jou pa? Theuns Botha, Kaapstad. DA Leier van die Weskaap. Minister van Gesondheid - Weskaap

Friday, 10 June 2011

Agter die skerms

doen vandag 'n voorblad foto sessie vir Intiem tydskrif... op 'n plaas... in Pretoria ... buite... in koel klere... dink aan ons...

Bobby van Jaarsveld in die Kaap

bobbyvjaarsveld Bobby van Jaarsveld
Ons show vanaand in die grootte kerk in kaapstad, kom maak i draai!!!

Die hare waai vir Willem Botha

Willem Botha Fanblad
Hier is die 1ste van 2 video's wat geneem is terwyl al my hare afgeskeer word vir TREE AAN! Die Grensoorlog Musiekspel

Gospel Skouspel 2011

Kaartjieverkope het reeds oopgemaak by vir hierdie jaar se 2011! 2 Vertonings op Sat 10 Sept! Boek nou!

Tot siens Kurt Darren

Die Prins van Afrikaanse Pop Kurt Darren het na meer as 3 jaar besluit om sy verbintenis met die die musiekversoekprogram Jukobox op kykNET te beëindig. Sedert Jukebox op 6 April 2008 die eerste keer die lig gesien het, het kykers van oor die hele wêreld gewoond geraak aan Kurt op die kleinskerm en aan sy unieke sjarme en persoonlikheid. Kurt en Jukebox het gehore oor die land ook vermaak met die Jukebox en Vriende-buitelugkonserte. Kurt het besluit dat daar ‘n nuwe fase in sy loopbaan is, en dat hy vir eers gaan fokus op musiek, wat steeds die naaste aan sy hart lê.  Hy het ook besluit om meer ekslusief en vernuwend teenoor sy werk te wees.  Hy is ook nog besig om sy film Ek Lief Jou te bemark, en ondersoek verskeie ander projekte. Pieter Koen sal die leisels by Kurt oorneem. Pieter is ‘n ou bekende op kykNET, as veldaanbieder op Kwela, aanbieder van Kwela Funnies, en natuurlik ‘n bekende gesig op Jukebox. Oor sy nuwe uitdaging se Pieter die volgende:  “Ek sien saam met die kykers met groot opgewonderheid uit na my betrokkenheid by Jukebox en wens vir Kurt net die mooiste en beste toe…mag die Jukebox klanke opnuut van die huis tot huis op Sondae weerklink.” Sondag 12 Junie om 20:30 sal Kurt se laaste program van Jukebox wees waar hy die leisels sal oorgee aan Pieter.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

LIVE: Elvis Blue

When Elvis Blue performs live, he ‘puts the colour back into your world……’
Elvis Blue is a musician with a dream; a man with a melodic goal; and a talented performer with an overwhelming desire to make music that matters. This is evident in the lyrics of his first single, Things My Father Said - “If you have a dream you better hold on for dear life”. In the spirit of this, Elvis Blue will be hosting an intimate ‘live’ performance with his band at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday 25 June.
The intuitive musician released his debut album, simply titled Elvis Blue, through Universal Records in December 2010. The album went gold within 29 days of its release, proving that meaningful music, such as this, has its place in the South African market. Since the album’s release, the singles Things My Father Said and Lighthouse have been played on radio stations  across the country, allowing it to reach a wide cultural cross-section of fans, which has turned the album into a mammoth hit. The latest single, Save Me, is currently on playlists across the country and gaining airplay quickly.
Elvis Blue is a songwriter; a musician (he plays guitar and piano) and an adult contemporary artist that provides a different side to him in his live shows – he often engages top local musicians to play live with him, insisting on a more intimate and personal experience of his music and lyrics.     
“If I am an influence in any way to my audience, I hope that it allows people to look at me and see someone who truly enjoys and loves music. Whether you make it or not, it’s who I am, and that’s what it’s about at the end of the day. If you have that gift to make music, it’s a wonderful privilege and you should cherish it,” he says.
Committed to offering audiences a meaningful experience of his music, Elvis Blue will be hosting an intimate show at The Lyric Theatre on the 25th of June at 20:30.
Tickets cost R75 and bookings can be made through The Globe Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 or through Computicket or visit www.goldreefcity.co.za for more information.

CD REVIEW: Teargas - Dark or Blue


Local hip-hop super group Teargas blows us away with their third CD, Dark or Blue. They are by far one of hip-hop's finest groups and deliver a CD that is packed a blend of kasi style and hip-hop swag. Their work with DJ Tiro on the track Part 101 is awesome, especially as it features vocals by Jamali's Liesl. Brilliant!

Rock On Kasabian

The most eagerly anticipated release of the year comes from Kasabian when they unleash their eleven track opus ‘Velociraptor!’ on 19 September. The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’, the new album was recorded in Leicester and mixed in San Francisco.  Written and produced by Sergio Pizzorno, ‘Velociraptor!’ is a major leap forward from Britain’s biggest band. As a taster of what’s to come, ‘Switchblade Smiles’ is streamed from today at kasabian.co.uk. NME had a sneak preview and called it “a rumbling, black cloud of techno intensity, probably the heaviest tune they’ve ever done, and might well be their best”.

Hot CDs

With the winter in full swing, here are some hot CDs that will keep you warm or make you dance till you are hot!

Various - The 17th Annual South African Music Awards (EMI)
Ok, so this year's event might have sucked big time, but in the end of the day, it's all about the music. And when it's good quality local music, then The Beat is really banged up! The CD release of the event is a double disc filled with musical goodies, that you won't "sommer" get anywere else on a compilation. It's kwaito, afro-pop, electro, rock, sakkie-sakkie, hip-hop and more all rolled onto the two discs. Artists include Liquideep, Black Coffee, Prime Circle, Goldfish, Freshlyground, Gerhard Steyn, Kurt Darren, Ray Dylan and Romanz, to name a few. WIN! The Beat and EMI are giving 5 lucky readers the chance to win the SAMA CD. Just email your name, surname, and name one artists from the CD to vreemdeling@hotmail.com - closing date is 24 June. So hurry up! Only 5 CDs up for grabs.




Various - Club Traxxx Vol. 6 (Electromode)
Clubtraxxx has established itself as one of South Africa’s premier dance compilation brands. The 30-track double CD consists of the absolute latest dance hits that are burning up dancefloors in clubs locally and internationally, as well as exclusive club mixes of the biggest Top 40 hits worldwide, making this the perfect album for any club or mainstream dance enthusiast.



Various - 100% Top 20 Vol. 1 (Electromode)
The 100% brand that has established itself as the premier double CD compilation of the most current pop hits is now even better with 1 CD containg all the hits at a great price! The entire look and feel of the albums have been re-vamped with a dynamic new artwork makeover, clearly communicating exactly what you can expect to find on the album. 2011’s second 100% release features the absolute latest songs that are charting on Pop-Radio worldwide with crystal clear productions.




Kaskade - Dynasty (Just Music)
Ryan Raddon a.k.a. Kaskade has earned his spot in the energetic and flamboyant world of house music, and rightfully so. His steady rise in popularity can easily be attributed to the quality and production polish that he applies to everything he touches. While Dynasty is not your traditional Kaskade album (in that it is a bit more glitzy and less distinctive than his past, more subdued and chilled efforts), it does resemble his recent work with deadmau5. Dynasty presents a collection of lush house tracks that are infused with vocal-laden melodies and addictive interludes, showcasing Kaskade’s shift in a new direction with more acoustic elements while maintaining his trademark sounds. This album does not lack for thrills and generates plenty of buzz on its own.

Best musical tweets

Pink
Ever wondered what your favourite music star is tweeting about? Have a look here:

@pink : We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl, Willow Sage Hart. She's gorgeous, just like her daddy. #beyondblessed

@SheilaEdrummer: I will not be performing with prince anymore. i thank u 4 ur support. blessings 2 u all.

@rihanna: The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US

@NICKIMINAJ: Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011! ItsPinkFridayHoe

@ladygaga : Spent the last days scribbling in strange calligraphy, "thank you," over+over again on the walls. Wish I could hug all my fans at once. I♥U.

@diplo: if you unfollowed me i feel bad for you cause your gonna miss my metldown this week.

@ceelogreen: Yo are there any cowgirls in nashville who need to get uh....branded?

@katyperry: #youknowurstraightedgewhen you're singing "SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS," while drinking wellness shots #healthy

@britneyspears: First day rehearsing on the Femme Fatale stage. So electric! This is going to be the best show of my career. -Britney

@justinbieber : got my friend @seankingston in my prayers tonight. a true friend and big bro. please keep him in your prayers tonight as well.

Locnville attacked

It seems that local heart throb electro hop duo had a run in with the law. The group (@Locnville) tweeted this morning, " attacked by police; Brian maced, their friend's nose broken. More police brutality instead of fighting crime." On their FB page, twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin also posted, "Locnville was just assaulted by the SAPS!!!!! Brian was maced and our best friend punched in the face by the face by the fucking police!!!!! Can you believe it????? What happened to South Africa????" It's still uncertain what happened, but as soon as The Beat has more info, we will follow up. Good news, is that Locnville fans look forward to the group's new CD, Running to Midnight, from July.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

CD Launch

Ashtray Electric is launching their new CD, Measured in Falls, this Saturday (11 June) at The Assembly in Cape Tow. The show kicks of at 21:00!

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

bobbyvjaarsveld Bobby van Jaarsveld
Ok next....nou leer ons sushi maak by woodlands mall....

Coldplay's great new tune

Finally, after waiting for soooo long, The Beat is super excited about Coldplay's new single Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall taken from their fifth CD. Chris Martin told Rolling Stone that Coldplay's upcoming album is influenced by old-school New York graffiti, and in a recent photo the bandmates are dressed in neon chillwear like they just walked off the set of Breakin' 3: A Brit-Pop Odyssey. Popcrush.com described the song as an uplifting, room-filling Brit pop song laced with the band’s rock ‘n’ roll edge. Have a listen to the song here.

Heinz se werkswinkels

Talentvolle sanger en akteur Heinz Winckler bied twee werkswinkels aan in Junie.

1. CENTURION HW Workshop 18 June at Lemon Jack Studios. There are still a few places left- book now and for more info email heinzwincklerworkshop@gmail.com

2. KAAP HW Werkswinkel v Aspirant Sangers is hier! 25 Junie, Stellenbosch- boek jou plek en kry meer inligting NOU: heinzwincklerworkshop@gmail.com. @hwworkshop

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Watershed Live

If you have nothing to do on Sunday 12 June, why not check out SA's leading acoustic rock and pop group Watershed at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Johannesburg. The group has a string of platinum and gold albums and awards to its name. In 2003 they won the Best Pop Album SAMA for their debut album Wrapped in a Stone. A decade after their first release album, Watershed had taken a giant leap in 2010 by performing at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas, Canadian Music Week, amongst numerous other festivals in Europe. To date they have racked up more international releases for their studio albums and unveiling a hits compilation that honours their rich history of music production and their established name in the music industry. Tickets available: www.ticketbreak.co.za

Rock On with Seether

With the South African release due on 7 June, the United States has continued  to embrace South Africa’s biggest rock export.   The album, “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray”, debuted at Number 2 on the Billboard Top 200 charts,  Seether’s highest ever chart position and an increase of almost 10% on week one sales over their last release, “Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces”.Meanwhile, the albums debut single, “Country Song”, is dominating USA radio holding down three Number One positions and climbing all other charts.  The song continues to be the most added song on both Active Rock radio and Modern Rock radio.

RIP DJ SOLARIZE

'n Klein mannetjie met baie talent - dis hoe 'n mens die 26-jarige Leon Botha, of te wel DJ Solarize, kan beskryf. Leon, wat naamgemaak het in die zef-groep Die Antwoord se treffer musiekvideo Enter The Ninja, si die afgelope naeek aan 'n seldsame genetiese siekte oorlede. Leon het progerie, ook bekend as vroegbejaardheid, gely wat dit laat lyk asof lyers vroegtydig oud word. Dit was op vierjarige ouderdom by hom gediagnoseer. Tot sy dood Sondag was hy een van die wêreld se oudste lyers van die siekte. Die meeste lyers sterf teen 13-jarige ouderdom. Het hy een dag na sy 26ste verjaarsdag gesterf.