Monday, 31 December 2012

CD REVIEW! Example - The Evolution Of Man

I have to confess, I was a bit taken by surprise when listening to Example's fourth studio album. It's not quite what we have expected, but, listening to the CD for a second time, it actually grew on me, and now I'm loving it! Honestly, if you liked Example's hit songs Kickstarts and Changed The Way You Kiss Me, then be prepared for something completely different. The Evolution Of Man is Example's rock star album. Yes, rock! Lyrically think Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and musically think Blur and Fields Of The Nephilim. Blur's Graham Coxon even throws in some sleek guitar riffs on Evolution of Man. The CD is a gloomy soul-searching as Example (born Elliot John Gleave) repent his sins of drug abuse, infidelity and more. Sounds a lot like Nirvana's Kurt Cobain to us . . . On the rap-metal but yet  brilliant opening track Come Taste the Rainbow, he claims to have Asperger's. I salute Example for taking the brave move from pop, dance tunes to rock. Let's hope the fans enjoy it as much as I did. A big evolution for Example indeed. Watch the video for Come Taste The Rainbow, HERE!

CD REVIEW! 101 Musical Moments Vol. 2

Still not sure what music to play while ringing in the New Year? Well, look no further! 101 Musical Moments Vol. 2 is the bomb! 5 decades! 5 discs! Spanning music from the past five decades and offering just about the most complete record of modern music as a fan could hope to own. The awesome compilation features amongst others Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, David Guetta, Prime Circle, Watershed, Blue, Michael Learns To Rock, UB40 - the list is endless. 101 songs for your musical pleasure. A great must-have for your collection.

Kanye West + Kim Kardashian = Kimye Jr

Kim and Kanye
Now how is this for some early 2013 good news! Musical maestro and rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are going to become parents in 2013. E! Online reported that Kim is pregnant with Kanye's baby - as E! dubbed the baby, 'Kimye Jr.' It was daddy-to-be Kanye who broke the news when he spilled the exciting news to a few hundred concertgoers. During his Atlantic City show on Sunday night, West decided to announce that Kim was expecting to all his fans. Kanye West says he "ain't crazy" And the congratulatory tweets have already begun for the future parents. "Congrats to Kim and Kanye. Happy for both of them... bit.ly/YE4Uzh," Russell Simmons tweeted, while the Kardashians all showed their joy for the newest member of the family. "Im a happy girl !!!!!!!!! Wowza! Oh BABY BABY BABY," Kris Jenner tweeted. Khloé Kardashian Odom wrote, "Keeping secrets is hard with so many family members! Especially when you are so freaking excited!!!!! LOVE is everything!!!!" Kourtney Kardashian also went to Twitter with, "Been wanting to shout from the rooftops with joy and now I can! Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!"

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

REVIEW! Jack Parow's RARE CD

Christmas Day 2012 and I find myself sitting with family in Struisbaai, South Africa, listening to Jack Parow's Eksie Ou Very Limited Edition CD. The special edition of Jack Parow's hit 2011 album, features 6 new tracks including 2 remixes, as well as a one of a kind drinking game for 2-8 players, real dice and a 12 page comic book! The aim of his drinking game is to get all players drunk - exactly what one would expect from Jack. Spaza rapper Rattex features on the new track ‘The Future’ and it's a banging joint that’s guaranteed to get clubs and festivals going wild. Our favourite new tracks Mery Xmas and P.A.R.T.Y are the best tunes from Jack we've heard in ages. Sad news is that only 5000 copies of this awesome CD were made available. If you can get your hands on one, go for it!

Friday, 21 December 2012

CD REVIEW! Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox

Sex, sex and more sex for Bruno Mars, please. On his second CD, Unorthodox Jukebox, the baby-faced singer unleashes his inner bad boy, losing his mind over girls. Rolling Stone magazine said it the best: "Bruno sings endlessly about sex – wild, wind-swept, Wagner­ian sex. The smuttiest song here, "Gorilla," has a backbeat that would make Mutt Lange quake in his boots and a lyric that R. Kelly would kill to have written: "You're bangin' on my chest/Bang, bang/Gorilla . . . you and me, making love like gorillas." Hot! we say as the CD is actually great pop music! He throws in some disco soul and dub reggae dipped in a sweaty beat. It’s not the kind of CD you would want to play for your folks or your grandparents, but it’s a great CD to listen to. We just Loved it!

Leona Lewis' bad end to 2012

Leona Lewis
Poor British singer Leona Lewis. The 'Bleeding Love' singer's latest attempt to conquer the charts failed big time. Digital Spy reports that the singer released 'Lovebird' as the second cut from her latest album Glassheart on 9 December, but the track didn't register on the UK's official singles chart. The 200th track on the chart during that week sold 600 copies, meaning Lewis's latest cut sold less than that, making it her lowest-selling single ever. "This is a bitter pill to swallow for Leona and there is no sugar-coating it," a source told The Mirror. "The single was strong and should have done better but, unfortunately, there was no real marketing force behind it." Don't worry Leona, there is always 2013...

CD REVIEW! Green Day - ¡Tré!

The third and final chapter of punk rocker's Green Day's 2012 trilogy CD outing could be best described as the 'hangover'CD.  The first CD, iUNO! begun the tale of a maaried man with mid life crisis and iDOS! told us about his self-indulgement, self-destructive wild party ways (sex, drugs and alcohol), so it's fitting to say ¡Tré! is the hangover CD. Although the band described ¡Tré! as a 'mixed bag'of goodies, it's actually the most consistent of the trilogy. It’s a mixed bag that doesn’t reach the lows of a forced, guest rap appearance, while containing some of the best songs the trilogy has to offer. With some old school country blues sound blended with 90s punk rock, this is a great end Green Day's 2012 CD run. PS - The band decided to make an old-school 'cassette' video for their track X-Kid, which is featured on ¡Tré! Watch it HERE!

REVIEW! Die Heuwels Fantasties - Alles Wat Mal Is

The first time I heard the single Beloofde Land from DHF's new CD, Alles Wat Mal Is, I was hooked. It's everything I expected from this great South African alt rock band, and much more. The CD is a perfect hybrid between the previous two albums, Die Heuwels Fantasties and Wilder as die Wiltuin. But Alles Mal Is also packs in that extra musical punch that was missing from the previous two CDs. Pierre Greeff and Hunter Kennedy wrote the lyrics and together with Fred den Hartog they wrote the music. Fred did all the programming during the production phase. Afterwards they recorded violins, accordion, saxophone and piano with some friends with Jurgen von Wechmar just outside Stellenbosch. Johnny de Ridder mixed the tracks and co-produced with Fred den Hartog. It’s a brilliant CD full of surprises for fans, and we can’t wait to see them touring with their new music.

Lady GaGa supports mental health awareness

Lady Gaga with her mom Cynthia (right) and Oprah Winfrey (middle)
Essentric pop singer extraordinaire Lady Gaga has collaborated with the National Council for Behavioural Health to promote mental health awareness, reports Digital Spy. The singer, who recently toured South Africa for the first time, is said to be gearing up for the launch of her 27-city 'Born Brave Bus Tour', which will travel throughout North America. The pop star has invited the National Council to set up booths at her shows where fans may speak with psychologists. GaGa's mother Cynthia Germanotta, president of the Born This Way Foundation, says of the plan: "Now more than ever, our kids need access to support within their communities, including mental health services. "By connecting youth to these local resources, we hope to plant the seeds that will help them deal with today's challenges and inspire them to continue exercising their strength and bravery well after the Born Brave Bus leaves town." The singer, who has promoted LGBTQ rights through her Born This Way charity, teamed up with UNICEF earlier this year to spread the message of her organisation.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

A trip down my musical Memory Lane

The scent and taste of food triggers certain memories over the holidays. And it’s exactly the same with music – certain songs trigger memories and moments, captured in  your memory like a polaroid photo. I’d like to share some of my musical memories. Some of you may remember the songs, some won’t give a hoot about my memories – and you don’t have to as my friend and celeb blogger Clayton Morar always says, “it’s for the nostalgia".

Depeche Mode – Stripped/Never Let Me Down Again
Way back in the mid-80s, British eletro pop wizards Depeche Mode were the face of doom and gloom with their bleak industrial sound music, their S&M leather look and their isolation from the mainsteam bubbly pop of the time. In 1986 they released their CD Black Celebration, which featured the song Stripped. A powerful song with a dark edge. I loved it! It was different and fitted perfectly with my thoughts of that time – being myself and not part of the mainstream. I was different. The video featured a bizarre, fantastical, gothic concept that to this day has me glued to the TV screen when I watch my Depeche Mode DVDs. In 1987 they released Music For The Masses and the single Never Let Me Down Again was in the same genre as Stripped. Powerful. Strong. Gripping. The live versions of these two songs from their 101 CD/DVD are the best ever! Watch Stripped. Watch Never Let Me Down Again.

Prince – The Cross
High school was a time when I explored music. I knew Prince’s music from the 80s, but in 1987 he released probably his best CD ever, Sign "O" the Times. While the double disc featured a string of hits, there was this little gem that became an underground fan favourite – The Cross. My late friend Liezl, who passed away in 2012, was a Prince fanatic and we use to discuss the CD in length at her house and we both agreed that The Cross was the best ever. It’s a slow riff song with a hypnotic beat that exploded into a rock gospel anthem of sorts. To this day, every time I hear that song I remember those warm lazy summer days in Bellville chatting to Liezl about Prince and listening to this song on repeat mode. Listen to The Cross, HERE.

Wendy & Lisa – Waterfall
You are probably thinking, “Who on Earth are Wendy & Lisa?”  The two ladies were former members of Prince’s Revolution band, and they also appeared in the Prince movie Purple Rain. Waterfall is an underappreciated hit by these to ladies, which released in 1987. A funky tune in which their husky voices take you along on their trip over the Waterfall. None of my friends were into this song, they didn’t even knew who these to ladies were! I liked it, partly because I was still clinging on the Prince And The Revolution sound of the 80s. Listen to the track HERE.

Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata
Mama Africa released this song in 1967. I was only born in 1971. Yes, I grew up under the Apartheid regime, but luckily my parents were spirited free-thinkers who taught me the value of life and taught me to respect every human being. They use to play this song our house. It was foreign to me, yet I loved it. Sitting in the living room with my mom and trying to learn the words. Later in high school, when I openly supported the then-banned ANC and got bullied for my thoughts, I always listened to Pata Pata to remind me I am African. Listen to the song, HERE

Pink Floyd – Learning To Fly
My cousin was the first one to suspect I was gay. I was then in my early teens. He had an open mind and huge in depth knowledge of music. He introduced me to Pink Floyd. Weekends we would sit and listen to music, and chat about the meaning of the lyrics. He always encouraged me to come out and “learn to fly” and that is why this Pink Floyd track is so close to my heart. We both loved this song. In my final year of high school he committed suicide. I never took his advice and only came out in my late 30s. At least I have now learnt to fly. Listen to the track HERE!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Killers' creepy new fantastic video

A creepy looking Winona Ryder in The Killers video
Las Vegas rockers The Killers have roped in legendary movie director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie) again to produce and film their latest music video, Here With Me. He also worked with the band on their Bones video in 2006. In the new video, actor Craig Roberts  becomes fascinated with a freak show mannequin that occasionally morphs into . . . Winona Ryder, complete with backstage autograph hounds!  The visuals reportedly were inspired by the 1935 film “Mad Love” to amplify the sentiment expressed by singer Brandon Flowers that “I don’t want your picture…. I want you here with me." Tim also offers a nod or two to suspense master Alfred Hitchcock. The freakiest part of the video is probably the end when Craig kidnaps the mannequin, sits her at a table for two, takes her hairpiece off to reveal a candle wick and set it alight, and he takes his place opposite her and take his hair off to also reveal a candle wick and sets it alight as well! And he looks just like Uncle Fester from Adams Family in that shot! Have a look at the video, HERE!

CD REVIEW! Ministry of Sound - The Annual 2013

Prepare your speakers and equip your ears – Ministry of Sound are about to unleash the biggest dance compilation of the year, ’The Annual 2013’! This wicked album features the biggest and best EDM (electronic dance music) and club tracks, and give dance fans a sneak peek in what's to come for 2013 - including new releases from Sander Van Doorn, Nicky Romero and Porter Robinson as well as brand new talent Zedd. The 3 disc set with a massive 60 banging tunes features amongst others Example, Kaskade, Skrillex, DJ Fresh with Dizzee Rascal and more. This is a great compilation and will be a sure hit with EDM fans.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Fokofpolisiekar - A decade of kick-ass rock

To celebrate their approaching 10th birthday, rockers Fokofpolisiekar have just released a double disc offering with a decade of Fokofpolisiekar Rock-‘n-Roll. The double album consists of FPK fans` personal favourite songs, as well as all FPK music videos, official and previously unreleased bootleg stuff. This is the ideal must have for those who have lost their original FPK CD copies, the younger brothers and sisters of the original followers who were still in the lower school grades when Fokof first broke the mould and those who are curious to see some unreleased video material of the band in their early days. The legendary 5-piece Rock outfit, originally from Bellville, made a massive impact on the local music scene since their first musical offering, As jy met vuur speel sal jy brand, in 2003. Since then Fokofpolisiekar has had a controversial, exciting and successful career to date.

No Nirvana reunion tour

People who thought that after the Hurricane Sandy concert where grunge rockers Nirvana reunited for the first time in years, that a mini tour will follow - bad news. Dave Grohl has denied that plans are underway for a Nirvana reunion tour. David recently collaborated with ex-Nirvana band mates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear as well as Sir Paul McCartney on the new song 'Cut Me Some Slack'. A spokesperson for Grohl has told Page Six that those reports are "nonsense" and stressed that there will be no Nirvana tour. Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love panned Nirvana's performance with McCartney last week, writing on Twitter that she was "not amused". 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' singer Cobain died in a suspected suicide in 1994. Grohl and Novoselic's track 'Cut Me Some Slack' is to feature on the soundtrack of new documentary Sound City, which will also feature Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks and Lee Ving.What the performance of Cut Me Some Slack, HERE!

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Rescu Summer Tour

The Rescu
This Summer, Cape Town rock trio The Rescu, will be supporting Prime Circle on their "Evidence" album launch tour. Starting in Durban and making their way along the coast, the 3-piece will be performing songs from their current self-titled debut album, including hit singles "I Did it For you" and "Beautiful Life", and the brand new unreleased single "Alright". When asked what the band is looking forward to most while touring with Prime Circle, front man and bassist, Mike Vaughan exclaims, "Firstly, few things come close to going on tour! We are going to pretty much drive across our beloved South Africa, arriving at venues where we get to showcase our stuff while supporting SA’s biggest rock outfit…what more can we say?" Since the release of their self-titled debut album in August 2011, The Rescue has embarked on an amazing musical journey which has seen them share the stage with International rock band, Switchfoot, during their recent South African tour in August 2012. Catch The Rescu live on stage with Prime Circle on the following dates: 16 December: LIVE-the venue, Durban; 17 December: Barnyard Theatre, Durban; 19 December: Numbers, East London; 20 December: Boardwalk Casino, Port Elizabeth; 21 December: V.I.P,  Plettenberg Bay; 22 December: Dunes, Cape Town (with Just Jinjer); 23 December: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town; 28 December: Flamingo’s, Langebaan; 29 December: Fancourt, George.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

New Depeche Mode CD out in March 2013

Depeche Mode
Finally the wait is over! Electro pioneers Depeche Mode are set to release their 13th studio album in March 2013. 'I am very happy with how the album turned out,' comments Depeche's founder Martin Gore. 'The music has a similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion and I think there are a few songs on the album that are among some of the very best we've done.' The band has announced that the new album will contain brand new tracks written by Gore and Dave Gahan. Dave reveals, 'The album has a very organic and direct feel to it. It's not a blues record, but it definitely has a soulful vibe. During the recording process we really tried to get the elements of performing and the live show into the album more.'

12-12-12 history! Nirvana reunite

Dave Grohl and Sir Paul McCartney
Now this will be something to watch! Music-news.com reports that Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he will 'jam' with the surviving members of Nirvana 12 Wednesday December. The Beatles musician is preparing to perform at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Paul, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who is now a member of the Foo Fighters, and bassist Krist Novoselic, will grace the stage together. This will be the first time Dave and Krist have played together in over 20 years following the death of Kurt Cobain. Paul is elated about the historic event. '[I phoned Dave and he invited me to come over and] jam with some mates,' Paul told British newspaper The Sun. 'I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time? 'And somebody whispered to me 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.' Paul, Dave and Krist will be sharing the stage with Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and The Rolling Stones. In South Africa, fans can watch the show on National Geographic Channel (DStv Channel 181) on  Thursday 13 December at 18:00 CAT and 14 December on Fox  (TopTV channel 180) at 20:15.

Straatligkinders - Voete Van Klei

Plaaslike rockers Straatligkinders het hul nuwe musiekvideo, Voete Van Klei, uitgereik. Dit kort op die hakke van hulle vorige vuurwarm snit, Duiwel Dans. Na vier jaar van onophoudelike toere regoor Suid-Afrika, het die groep in 2010 besluit om vir eers ʻn breek te neem sodat die lede ander musiek kanale kon gaan verken. Nou is hulle terug met ʻn vars nuwe klank en objektiewe benadering met betrekking tot hulle musiek. “Ons love wat ons doen as Straatligkinders en ons het nog baie in ons en nog baie om aan ons aanhangers te sê.” Elkeen in die groep het hul eie unieke skryfstyl ontdek, en is meer gefokus om hul liedjies te vervolmaak eerder as om dit net te skryf en op te neem. “Ons klink meer soos ʻn eenheid nou. Ons het ʻn klank gevind waaroor ons almal gelukkig en opgewonde is. Die rigting waarheen ons nou beweeg, voel natuurlik en ons probeer nie liedjies skryf om ander mense gelukkig te hou nie. Ons maak nou die musiek wat ons wil maak.”

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Skrillex to tour South Africa in 2013

Skrillex, born Sonny Moore, is on his way to South Africa for three freaked out electro music extravaganza shows. Although no venue details has yet been released, fans of him can catch him live in Cape Town on 28 February, 1 March on Durban and on 2 March in Johannesburg. Skrillexis known worldwide to music enthusiasts as Skrillex, is one of today’s most buzzing EDM artist. This perception was fortified by the announcement of his 5 Grammy Award nominations in late 2011, including contention for Artist of the Year 2011. The 23-year-old Electro, Dubstep, Glitch music producer won 3 Grammys. Tickets will go on sale at Computicket on 28 January. Skrillex, live in SA, brought to you by Electric and powered by 5fm.  Don’t miss out!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Beyoncé signs mega million deal with Pepsi

Beyoncé in the Pepsi promo ad
Beyoncé has signed a branding deal with Pepsi worth an estimated $50 million. Digital Spy reports the singer, who has starred in ads for the soft drink since 2002, teamed up with Pepsi once again to coincide with the Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show. Beyoncé, who will perform at the Pepsi-sponsored event, will act as a brand ambassador in the multi-year deal and feature in a new commercial due to debut during the Super Bowl on February 3. She'll also appear on limited-edition cans in March. Pepsi will also sponsor a variety of creative projects for Beyoncé, including live events and videos, and help promote her upcoming fifth studio album, which is due out next year. "Pepsi embraces creativity and understands that artists evolve," Beyoncé said in a statement via The New York Times. "As a businesswoman, this allows me to work with a lifestyle brand with no compromise and without sacrificing my creativity."

Lira to sing for President Barack Obama

Local diva Lira is set to perform at Us Present Barack Obama's inaugural ball in Washington DC. Lira, whose real name is Lerato Molapo, will bring her African magic to the event. The I’m A Believer singer’s manager and husband Robin Kohl confirmed that Lira had landed the prestigious gig, which he described as “massive”. He said: “There are several themed balls that take place for the inauguration. There is a new addition with an African theme that focuses on African artists. Lira was short listed for this and we are absolutely stoked to confirm that she will be performing.” Paddy Harper of City Press reported that Robin added: “We have been plugging away at the US market for three years now. We have an independent distributor and a publicist in LA. We have been there about three months of every year and people are now getting to know who she is.” He added: “This is an amazing opportunity. The ball will be televised by networks from all over the world. The exposure is massive. How many people can say that they have performed live for an African-American US president?  “We are ecstatic about this. We have really worked hard at breaking into the US market and now it seems to be paying off at last.”

12-12-12 concert event

Bon Jovi
FOX International Channels has joined a host of broadcasters and partnered with the producers of “12-12-12” - the recently announced concert at Madison Square Garden on 12 December 12, 2012, to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. FIC will broadcast the concert on two of its channels: National Geographic Channel (DStv Channel 181) on  13December at 18:00 CAT and 14 December on Fox  (TopTV channel 180) at 20:15. This will bring the show to a host of global audiences available to the broadcaster in the bid to help raise awareness of the plight of Hurricane Sandy victims. Globally, the show is set to go out to over one billion people. FOX International Channels, will be part of a group of broadcasters which consist of 34 US networks and television feeds worldwide, radio and online streaming. “12-12-12”, which is presented by Chase, will be distributed across networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Tickets to “12-12-12” went on sale on Monday. Iconic performers Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney will perform at the event.

Friday, 7 December 2012

CD REVIEW! Soundgarden - King Animal

It's rocking times as Seattle’s Soundgarden release 'King Animal', the band’s first new studio album in over 15 years. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with long time Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and recorded at Studio X in Seattle. 'King Animal' was mixed by Joe Barresi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer) in Pasadena, California. The writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single 'Been Away Too Long' finds Soundgarden back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. 'King Animal' can be explosive, as in 'Blood On The Valley Floor', nightmarish ('Worse Dreams') or wistful ('Halfway There'), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of 'Black Saturday' and the feral rocker 'Attrition', with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad - Kim Thayil's lyrics for 'Non-State Actor' are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell's bruised and introspective 'Bones of Birds' explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood. Soundgarden remain a truly ‘alternative’ band as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, steadfast in their roots with 15 years of growth behind them. 'King Animal' follows the musical evolution of one of the world's most ground breaking bands. As BBC put it, they are "a band beyond lazy labels and genre limits". This is a long awaited return for both the band and fans alike.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Hugh Masekela up for a Grammy Award

Hugh Masekela
Legendary Jazz-Icon Hugh Masekela has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the  “Best World Music Album” category for the album “Jabulani”. The critically acclaimed release “Jabulani” was recorded in Johannesburg in 2010, and features a selection of traditional African weddings songs that were re-interpreted by Masekela, and includes the hit single and video "Sossie" as well as the live favourite “Makoti”. It has been over 30 years since Masekela received his first Grammy® nomination for “Grazin’ In The Grass” in 1968. “Wow! This is most unexpected, - I’m baffled and humbled at the same time” says Masekela. The icon has released 43 albums since his career began in the mid - 50’s and has recorded and performed with some of the worlds most celebrated artists including the late great Miriam Makeba, Paul Simon, U2, Fela Kuti, The Crusaders (Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper), The Byrds, The Mahotella Queens, Herb Alpert, Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Manu Dibango to name a few. Masekela is nominated alongside Amadou & Miriam, Daniel Ho, Anoushka Shankar & Ravi Shankar for “Best World Music Album” category for the 2013 Grammy® Awards to be held 10 February 2013.

EXCLUSIVE! DJ Naaldekoker is the dude of music

DJ Naaldekoker
When we first heard of DJ Naaldekoker we were intrigued by this unusual name for a local musician, but then we heard his slamming tunes and we were blown away! So The Beat decided to pay the 26-year-old DJ Naaldekoker a visit to give us the scoop on his strange music name and find out more about his music, his take in Die Antwoord and what fans can expect of him in 2013.
Strange name Mr, how did that came about? Yeah, I know it sounds strange but it sticks and it’s unique. My real name is Jansen-Pierre Myburgh. I chose DJ Naaldekoker because I started as a scratch DJ, and scratch DJ's scratch records with needles hence "Naaldekoker" (Needle cooker) and it’s also Afrikaans for dragonfly. So there is some word play in there. And it stuck because it was different than the usual "cool" names out there like DJ crank or DJ cool or DJ bang, those are too obvious.
So, where were you born and grew up? I was born in Pretoria but I dont remember anything about that. My parents moved to Mosselbay when I was two years old and I grew up there until I was twelve. It was an awesome town for a young kid to grow up in. Me and my brother surfed allot and we were out and about allot. But I am  happy that we moved to Cape Town after that, there is allot more opportunities to do interesting things with your life here.
How did you start in the music scene? I got my first set of decks when i was 15. I got them because me and my slightly older brother started getting into Hiphop music. I fell in love with the scratching sound. The record that really hooked me was Dr Octogon by Cool Keith, the DJ that did the scratching for that record is DJ Qbert who is still the best scratch DJ in the world. Me and my bro then started a hiphop crew ourselves. He rapped and I DJ'd. We played at things like our high school battle of the bands etc. Ha ha ha! It was allot of fun. We did crazy things like making our way down to KKNK to play there. Offended oomies would throw us with beer cans. Crazy times I tell you.
What was the first song or mix you did? I always have been more focussed on scratching and live DJ'ing rather than studio production. So allot of the songs I have produced in earlier years are terrible. Over the last year  are started focussing ALLOT more on production. I would say the first one I am very happy to put out there is my remix of Kaptein.
Your song The Meltdown is a SLAMMING hot tune! How did it came about working with GoodLuck? Thanks! I have been touring all over the country all the time with Jack Parow and have come to learn pretty much all the professional artists and bands in SA. When I was done with the instrumental track for The Meltdown I felt that Juliet would be perfect for it. I sent it off to her and she liked it. She was a breeze to work with and complimented the track with her performance just as I had hoped.
You did an interesting take on Kaptein, how did that happen? The best way to get good results when doing a remix is to use the good elements that is already present in the track. The thing about Kaptein is that it is already a really good song and very catchy. Even when people try to make fun of it they still find themselves humming the melody and then have it stuck in their heads afterwards. Kaptein was very easy to work with because it was already good like that. I didnt even need the separates from Kurt's song, I just used the version everyone has and then played it to Kurt afterwards and he was happy with it.
When will you CD be released? Early 2013. Anything that’s. done on the international scene can be done in South Africa. I want my Album to compete with the big names in the international DJ scene, at least in quality. I will be featuring the cream of SA talent on my tracks and possibly some international features. It is going to be a PARTY album from start to finish.
Any surprises for fans? I have two music videos in the pipeline. For The Meltdown and  for Kaptein. Meredith Aylward will be directing the video for The Meltdown, she came up with a concept with a nice twist at the end of the video. A company called Markets online is doing the video for Kaptein and that will be more of a fun messing around video.
What music do you listen to? I listen to Muse, Red hot chili peppers, Gypsy kings, Nina Simone and many many more. I don't listen allot to the genres I produce. I like to listen to other genres and then apply that to EDM.
What sets you apart from other local muso's/DJs? I am younger, hungrier for success and willing to work harder.
What's your take on Die Antwoord? They are true professionals. They know what they are doing.
Strangest fan encounter ever?  They all are still pretty strange. I work very much behind the scenes for Jack Parow and have been doing so for nearly three years. So whenever someone I dont know approaches me or greets me I never know if it’’s someone I met before and have forgotten about or a fan. I don't consider myself famous at all.
Your motto for 2013? Go big or grow up!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

REVIEW! iTunes Store South Africa

Now tickle us pink. South African music lovers have received an early Christmas gift with the announcement of the opening of the iTunes South African store. Yes, SA's own iTunes store. For music fanatics like us, this was an opportunity to check it out and see how well it works. And we are amazed at the convenience of bying local and international music! For starters we bought a DJ Naaldekoker song for R6.99 and a Prince CD for R8.99! Cheap! The song selection is amazing and cheap (R6.99 - R8.99) and the CD collection impressive with CDs that are hard to get, like the more mainstream releases. CD prices vary between R69.99 - R89.99 while CDs in a shop is about R169.99. The quality of the music you buy is crystal clear CD quality. With the promise of adding movies and TV shows to the iTunes SA store from next year, things will truly change for entertainment fans.

Taxi Violence rocking in 2013!

Local rockers Taxi Violence is planning to turn up the volume and melt radios in 2013 with the release of their fourth full length album.  The band is moving towards an upbeat party rock sound which can be heard on their first single, Paint the Streets, doing the rounds on radio right now. “It is an up-tempo shuffle with the simple message of leaving your worries behind and having a good time” says Jason Ling about this single.

CD REVIEW! AC/DC - Live At River Plate

It‘s time to lock your parents and granny in the closet and turn this CD up to FULL VOLUME! Legendary boogie and blues rockers, AC/DC return with the third live album of the band’s storied career. “Live at River Plate” follows up on the 1978’s “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It” and 1992’s “Live”. The set list was recorded over three sold-out nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2009 for nearly 200,000 fans. The band originally released “Live at River Plate” in May 2011 as a DVD/Blu Ray. This represents the audio version. The two-disc set contains all 19 tracks from the DVD version. Still fans have nothing to complain about with this set list. Both eras of AC/DC are brilliantly covered in that classic romp and roll garage band magnificence that made them rock and roll icons. One would never guess that these guys are all weathered and worn grandfathers of the old school, for they take the stage with as much energy and passion as they did 40 years ago. This is a must have set for all AC/DC and classic rock fans. Awesome!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Justin Bieber SA tour dates

Big Concerts have officially confirmed the Justin Bieber tour dates for South Africa. Justin Bieber will be performing live for town stadium shows on Wednesday 8th May at Cape Town Stadium and Sunday 12th May at FNB Stadium Johannesburg. Tickets go on sale for the Johannesburg show (web, outlets and call centers) – Monday 10th December 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST). Price from R315 – R750. So Beliebers, tickets go on sale for the Cape Town show (web, outlets and call centers) – Tuesday 11th December 2012 (09:00 – local time SAST). Price from R315 -  R700. Tickets available online from www.bigconcerts.co.za, or Computicket.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Michael Bublé's White Christmas

Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé 
Crooner Michael Bublé will be releasing a new holiday single, ”White Christmas” which includes a special guest performance by Bing Crosby and will be available worldwide 10 December. The Canadian star who has long idolised Bing Crosby joined up with the late crooner for a very special performance courtesy of computer magic on his upcoming NBC TV Special “Michael Buble’ – Home for the Holidays” which is scheduled to air in South Africa on 15 December at 21:30 on SABC 3. Crosby’s performance took place 14 December 1971 as part of the “Bing Crosby & Sounds of Christmas TV Special. “I have worshipped Bing Crosby since I was 6 years old.  My family plays Bing’s  ‘White Christmas” all year around.  It’s really an honour to sing this beautiful song with him,” commented Bublé ’. Other guests on Bublé ’s upcoming NBC Special include Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Carly Rae Jepsen and Elmo. Michael is scheduled to release a new studio album  next year.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

REVIEW! Lady Gaga - Live in Johannesburg

Lady Gaga in action on stage
“I don’t speak South African, but I speak the language of music, and that’s how I will communicate with you tonight my little monsters.” Lady Gaga had the 65 000+ strong crowd under her spell when she spoke those words on Friday evening at the FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg on the first gig of her Born This Way Ball Tour of South Africa.  We’ve never seen Lady Gaga live before – this was her first time in South Africa and she promised to return after the overwhelming “outpour of love for me and my music”.  We sure hope she sticks to her promise because watching her show is like watching an Cirque du Soleil extravaganza – it’s spectacular! From Mamma Monster arriving on stage on a horse, the Gothic medieval castle replica on stage to all her costume changes. She went from alien to fashion doll to dominatrix to rock chick in the two hour concert. And yes, she pushes the boundaries with simulating oral sex performed on her, speaking her mind (“I don’t give a f**k what people say about me”), giving birth to herself on stage and to wearing the now much talked about meat dress and inviting drag queens onto the stage for a “Queen off to find the Queen of the ball”. We were captivated by the splendour of the stage and the sets, the pumping music (she sings ALL her hits!) and her hyper active back-up dancers. And Cape Town , be warned – Mamma Monster wants to party! She told the Johannesburg crowd, “I don’t give a damn if you’re working tomorrow. I want to party and so you have to drink, get drunk and puke on your best friend sitting next to you.” Nice! The best part of the show was undoubtedly the giving birth to herself scene as an intro to her mega hit Born This Way. The downside for us was not the concert at all, but the drunk as a skunk guy who stood next to us trying to convince us that he is Rihanna’s best friend and that he’s not “captivated by the show”. Yeah dude, go try your tricks on someone else, but not on us little monsters!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

CD/DVD REVIEW! Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

It took Led Zeppelin a long time to rock 'n roll - but when they rock, they blow you away! It took the death of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun for the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, plus John Bonham's son, Jason, to reconvene for a one-off tribute show at London's O2 in 2007. Five years on, there's finally a chance for the 20 million people who couldn't get tickets to hear and see what they missed: An evening of absolute awesomeness featuring the best of the best that the rockers have recorded. Our favourites were Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, and Kashmir. And an absolute yes to the first live outing for the song, For Your Life. This 2 CD & 1 DVD set is an absolute brilliant piece of work that is a must for all rock and Led Zep fans.

Van Coke Kartel ROCKING in 2013

Local rockers Van Coke Kartel is extremely amped for their brand new video, Chaos, featuring Jack Parow. This video is due for release early 2013.  Each member summed up his experience in a short sentence: Wynand Myburgh: “This will, without a doubt, be the best video yet!” Francois van Coke: “I think this might be the most exciting video yet. There will be tortoises, bugs, sunbeds and some slow mo stuff.” Jason Oosthuizen: “Breaking stuff and sun burning was great.” Jedd Kossew: “I like the rotating live shots.” The band also won a grant to make a music video for Buitenkant II as part of MK’s MVP initiative. This video is a take on the movie, Drive, starring Ryan Gosling.  They worked on this project with Groundglass, one of South Africa’s leading director-based film production companies. Check out the video, HERE!