Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Madonna: The countdown has begun!

Madonna's MDNA cover
The countdown has begun for the release of Madonna's 12th studio album, MDNA, which will be released on 26 March. The singer has also unveiled the colourful artwork for MDNA on her official website. She has also confirmed that an exclusive 18-track deluxe edition of MDNA will be available to pre-order from 3 February until 6 February. The 53-year-old recently described MDNA as "action-packed" and "high-energy". Madonna's first single from the CD, Give Me All Your Luvin, is to be released on 3 February, and Madonna will perform the song for the first time at the Super Bowl halftime show two days later. Music-news.com reports that Madonna will be performing with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. The rap stars have collaborated with the singer on her new track Give Me All Your Luvin', which they'll perform. "Madonna has been brutal in rehearsals. Although they've been having a laugh, they've been doing up to 12 hours in a New York studio,' a source told British newspaper The Sun. "She's saying they can sleep after the Super Bowl. She's involved in every aspect of the show, including Nicki and M.I.A's outfits. "Nicki has been telling pals it's the most gruelling thing she has ever done and wouldn't expect anything else, calling it an 'epic learning experience'."

Van Coke Kartel get their drag on...

Local rockers Van Coke Kartel have released a somewhat different, but highly entertaining music video for their second single, Dis ‘n Land, from their new CD, Wie's Bang.  The chorus of the song is a play on Carike Keuzenkamp’s hit with the same title.  The music video sees the guys dressed up as "tannies" who then come undone in true Van Coke Kartel-style. The video was viewed 6700 times in the first 24 hours of its release! The Beat asked the band's Wynand Myburgh to tell us more about this great video.

Van Coke Kartel in drag
How did you guys came up with the concept of the video? The final product was not the original idea, but due to budget constraints we had to come up with something fresh. The original idea features a one-eyed king, a rich guy, a murderer and many other characters. In the end, we went for the 'drag' version. We decided just to do a video where we performed the song, but all dressed in women's clothes! As viewers will see, at the beginning we're all decent 'tannies' just playing music, but as the video progress, things gets wild and we transform into our old Kartel style, still in women's clothes, and the video ends in real grunge style where we destroy our equipment! It was great fun.
How did it feel to dress in drag for the video?
It was so amusing and funny to see the band members transform into these 'tannies'. The only down side was the make-up and getting dressed, as it took long. Also, walking around and performing songs in high heeled shoes on a 17-hour shoot was a killer! I have to say that wearing women's clothes for a day is also not fun, as it's warm and stockings were itchy. But in the end of the day, it's all about the entertainment value, and looking at the hits the video had on Internet, we have made a successful video for fans!
* Go watch the video HERE!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Kurt Darren live in Cape Town

Kurt Darren
Kurt Darren’s the captain and his ship of platinum hits is about to launch on Sunday, 18 March at the GrandWest Grand Arena. Kurt needs little introduction and his legions of fans have ensured that as many as 36 of his songs have gone platinum.  He is also riding the crest of television popularity with appearances on KykNet’s Jukebox and through his weekly Radio Jacaranda show. To date, Kurt’s accolades include 14 solo albums.  His hit Meisie Meisie has been recorded by a German group called Klostertaler and over ten other hits have been translated for audiences in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.  These include Hemel op Tafelberg, Staan op, Alleen, As jy my wil he and Se net ja. A five piece orchestra and four talented dancers will join Kurt on stage during his platinum tour. The show starts at 14h30 and tickets are available from Computicket between R80 and R140.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Judith Sephuma - A Decade in (jazz) music

It's been a long and winding road for local jazz singer Judith Sephuma who celebrates a decade in music. For her it all began way back when she was an 13-year-old teenager who, after singing for the late Breda Fassie before a show in Polokwane, was invited to sing with Brenda at the show. "I was stunned," she told Sowetan Live. The Beat caught up with Judith to talk to her about her incredible journey in the music industry.
Judith Sephuma

Congratulations with 10 years in music, Judith! How do you feel about being a decade in the music industry? It's been 10 years since the release of A Cry A Smile and  A Dance, I have had the best time of my life in this industry and it's continuing to be that great still.
How are you planning on celebrating: a decade in music? I have been on the 10 year Legacy Tour and it's been wonderful being on the road with great musicians. My life is a celebration daily you know. I have so much to be proud of and I am grateful to God daily. My celebrations continue on 4 and 5 February with a special show at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, where I will record my first ever live DVD. I will be accompanied by a huge orchestra led by music maestro Themba Mkhize. The show will also feature Oliver Mtukudzi, her daughter, Tebelelo and jazz maestro Selaelo Selota. I am going to deliver a world-class act with a beautiful repertoire from her four albums. There was no way I could leave the orchestra out. Orchestras are my first love. I have been performing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra all these years.
Looking back on your career so far, what has been your personal stand out / favourite moment? Wow, that's difficult to say because I have great moments most of the time. The recent one is being part of the ANC centenary celebrations. I have had great shows at the Tate Theatre, Meropa Casino in Polokwane, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Maputo, Grahamstown, so many places I can mention.
Can you remember the first song you ever performed? Wow, I don't remember, it was possibly a song like Paradise Road or something, I don't remember.
Aren't you nervous when performing live? No, I am never nervous, instead I get excited, but I have moments, very few moments where I get nervous, it's good I guess.
A message to your fans? It's been wonderful years because of your support. Don't get tired of supporting me. Thank you!

Friday, 27 January 2012


Die hard U2 fans - listen up. The Irish rockers are set to release an EXTREMELY LIMITED live double CD. Titled U22, the 22 track double CD capture the U2360° Tour. The track listing for the CD was chosen by fans, and not the band. After listening to clips of 46 tracks played on the U2360° Tour,  fans selected the 22 they wanted to see on the new release. The results span nine albums and thirty years, overlook some very well-known songs... and include some surprises. 'This is really going to be a special CD.' said Adam, when u2.com caught up with him. 'I wasn't expecting some of these tunes, it's a really fresh collection and it's going to make very interesting listening.' U22, which won't be on sale in the shops or online, is now going into production. You can only get hold of the CD if you subscribe to U2.com. For track listing, go have a look HERE!

NEW TUNE! Chris Brown turns it up

Chris Brown is getting the party started early with his brand new single “Turn Up The Music,” being released to radio stations now!!! The track will be available at all digital music stores on Valentines Day, 14 February. Written and produced by The Underdogs, the energetic track will appear on Fortune (RCA); the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Brown’s critically acclaimed 2011 release F.A.M.E.   F.A.M.E has garnered 3 Grammy Awards nominations including Best R&B Album, and Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his hit single “Look At Me Now.” Brown is currently in the studio adding the finishing touches to Fortune. The official release date for Fortune will be announced soon.

Paul Van Dyk: Cape Town venue change!

This electrifying Summer Music Festival featuring Paul Van Dyk will no longer be held at D’Aria Wine Estate, but instead at a bigger venue only 12 minutes away, namely Cape Town Ostrich Farm – 20 minutes from the Bellville Velodrome. This new venue now offers an exclusive camping village, greater majestic views and surroundings as well as bigger and better attractions – while still including all the promised VIP treatment and benefits PLUS more. This event is bound to take the Cape by storm and shake enchanting Mother Nature with uplifting beats, rhythms and good vibes all around.

CD REVIEWS! Hot CDs for your collection

It's the weekend baby and what better way to party it up with some hot new music for your collection. The Beat sniffed around and found these four CDs that we highly reccomend for your music collection.

INXS - The Very Best
One of Australia’s greatest music exports INXS have sold more than 30 million records worldwide, played close to 5000 shows to tens of millions of fans in over 40 countries. Their catalogue of studio albums spill global hits from every pore. Throughout the 80s and 90s INXS were a consummate global rock band with a musical distillation of strength, sensitivity, unity and intelligence. ‘INXS The Very Best’ not only portrays a formidable back catalogue that helped define a generation, but is a mere taster of the catalogue from one of the greatest stadium bands of the past 30 years. This has been celebrated with countless awards throughout the bands career, from Brits to MTV awards. INXS’ sound remain timeless, as this collection so perfectly demonstrates.

Various Artists - 2012 Grammy Nominees  
With the Grammy Awards around the corner, this is a nifty collection of some of great artists nominated for this year. It's pop, rock, R&B all fused together. Some of the artist on this great disc include Adele, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Foster The People, The Black Keyes, Coldplay and Foo Fighters to mention a few. It's mainstream music that will appeal to the masses and is a must for your music collection, should you follow mainstream radio friendly music.

Maleh - Step Child 
After a brief stint as one of the most featured female vocalists on the local house music scene, Maleh has launched an explosive solo career. The talented singer has just released irresistible project simply called, Step Child. Maleh, who has collaborated with every type of DJ in South Africa, from The Infinity Boys to DJ Qness and DJ Kent, just inject a unique album that puts her in a different space. Fusing afro-soul, jazz and a bit of house sound, the songbird’s project can be described as mature and appealing to the international market. Brining something different from what she is known for, the project incorporates a lot of soulful melodies while also maintaining some dance elements that most people love. Whether you understand music language or not, this release is proof enough that music is indeed a universally spoken masterpiece. What Maleh is transcribing here should be a dedication to any music lover because her musical art has the ability to turn what is impossible, possible.

Kabomo - All Things Grey   
Finally! After a decade of working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, known as a creative schizophrenic for his many talents, Kabomo has taken the step to release what is undoubtedly the most anticipated collection of songs to date. With a sound like no other in the music scene, the multi-talented musician and producer has finally released his debut album All Things Grey. The new album carries well produced world sounds influenced by lifestyles, break beats of lyrical street hip hop and the hums of honest classy vintage soul. On the project, Kabomo features some of the best musicians in South Africa including, RJ Benjamin; HHP, Nothende, Max-Hoba, Dineo Moeketsi, Khuli Chana, Samthing Soweto of The Fridge and MXO. When one listens to this release, it is clear that Kabomo fully understands the genres he is pursuing. His commitment to breathing life to each song is evident in most of the songs. But the artist’s strong showcase is how he is able to touch the inner soul with his music – something difficult to find in an artist.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

2012 – The Year of Bittereinder

Rockers Bittereinder
There’s a feeling brewing amongst the Bittereinder boys: 2012 is the 012’s year. Not that 2011 was a bad or even an average year. Having won a SAMA for “Best Alternative Afrikaans Album” and being nominated for two TEMPO awards, it’s safe to say that the three Pretoria bred musicians showed 2011 a thing or two. It does however feel necessary to warn everyone in advance to call the ambulance, because this year’s beats are going to be sicker than ever before! At the moment Bittereinder is busy working on their follow up album after receiving rave reviews for their debut album ‘n Ware Verhaal. The much anticipated second offering will hit the shelves before the end of the year and one of the tracks, “Die Dinkdansmasjien” has already brought fans to their feet and up in the air at live shows. Peach, Jaco and Louis are planning to bring out all the stops and are already busy working with some of South Africa’s most prolific artists. The album will feature guest appearances from the likes of Toast Coetzer, Hunter Kennedy, HemelBesem and Andries Bezuidenhout, to name but a few and will ensure that Bittereinder break into new dimensions of sound and lyric. Make sure to catch Bittereinder on 5FM on Saturday, 4 February, for a live show and interview.