Wednesday, 28 August 2013
For those who watched the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards would have seen a glimpse of the new Daft Punk music video, Lose Yourself To Dance. It's catchy, just like their massive hit, Get Lucky. The snippet we saw reminded us of something Michael Jackson would have done with his Don't Stop Till You Get Enough video. Lose Yourself To Dance is a dico funk song featuring Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams. The band said the song was the result of a desire to create dance music with live drummers with Daft Punk member Thomas Bangalter saying that they wishes to redefine dance music as "something lighter or something more primal." Well, we LOVE the catchy laid back funky tune. Pharrell Williams previously stated that the song "makes me feel like walking down the street in the middle of the night in London and it's 1984, 1985. I don't hear '70s in that at all." If you have missed the clip, see it below.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Rocker Arno Carstens will tour the South African Coast with his eclectic alternative rock brand during the month of September 2013, at venues in the Western & Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal as part of the annual Arno Carstens Unplugged series that will include popular tracks from Arno's solo career, including Another Universe, Hole Heart, Dreamer, Emergency, Two Dogs and Battlescars Gallactica as well as those from his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls: Blue Eyes, Genie and Little. "This Unplugged Series is a great way for me to perform my songs in a stripped down and intimate environment, and allows us to really connect with the audience. I'll be performing with Gus Warden on Percussion and David Watkyns on Keys & Trumpet and we'll take the audience on a journey that encompasses genres ranging from intimate musical sensitivity right through to a searing landscape of sound." says Carstens. As the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums (5 as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as half of the Electronica project, Bhelltower and 4 as a solo artist). He has had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM. He has toured extensively in SA, UK, Europe and USA, headlined every major South African festival and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling. Arno has released 4 solo albums, Another Universe (2003), The Hello Goodbye Boys (2005), Wonderful Wild (2010) and Atari Gala (2012).
|Sean 'Diddy' Combs|
Monday, 26 August 2013
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Thursday, 22 August 2013
- a 10 tracks DVD which is a collection of her three previous studio albums and features songs such as A Mother's love song, You make me happy, Ngiyak'khumbula and Sana lwam. “The show,” she told Port Elizabeth Express, “is about my journey, my growth, my joys and my sorrows.” She is one of those people you cannot leave without. Many love to hate her, but it is her positive energy, outspoken personality and music that keeps people going back to her for more. She is without a doubt the modern day African Renaissance Woman. This independent singer and songwriter proudly financed the entire project of recording the DVD, as she wants to emphasize the importance of ownership to upcoming musicians. Unathi who is a Rhodes University Journalism and Drama graduate and also a graduate in Media Studies from University of Utrecht International, moved to the city of gold (Johannesburg) in 2001 to start her career. She was a presenter for Castle Loud and then moved onto the YFM platform. Currently she co-hosts one of the biggest breakfast shows in the county on Metro FM with the renowned media personality Glen Lewis. Together they have taken Metro FM's breakfast show to greater heights. Unathi has not only graced the local stages and platforms such as Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. Performing for the United Nations delegates she evoked such strong emotions that the legendary producer Quincy Jones gave her a standing ovation and even joined her on stage to sing her praises. She has shared the stage with international greats such as John Legend and Youssou N'dour.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Welcome back to SA! How long are you lads here for? Hello! It's great to be back, although it's only briefly. We're here for a month and heading back to LA at the end of September.
Why are you back? We are finishing up some bits and pieces for the album that we can't do via the internet. There is also going to be an album launch, and Jo'burg day. And of course we need to see our families and friends again!
You’ve been in LA for some time now. For those who don’t know, why did you move to LA? We have come a long way in South Africa and don't think we can grow much more as a band by staying here. We have explored Germany and the UK and have had some success there, but we feel America is the place to be if you want to crack it worldwide. We chose LA because it feels similar to Jo'burg, and also most of the people we're working with live in LA. We spent most of our time on the road though, we're constantly touring.
What do you guys miss the most about South Africa when in LA? Mostly our families, and the familiarity and comfort of home.
How has the reaction been from American fans about your music? Very good! We've been gaining more fans every time we play, and are building up a loyal fan base. We've been getting radio play and are getting some music into TV shows and movies as well, so things are off to a good start.
What would you say is the biggest difference performing to an overseas crowd that performing to a home grown crowd? Well obviously the size of the crowd is a little different, but other than that it's basically the same. People dance, sing along and clap, it's pretty much the same atmosphere anywhere you go in the world. South Africans do tend to know a lot more of the songs and words, so they sing along a lot more.
Tell us a bit more about the new CD? It's gonna be cool! We've recorded quite a few songs, but can only put 10 to 12 on the album, so unfortunately some will be left off. But we feel there is a lot of "classic Parlotones sound" mixed in with a little more slightly "different" stuff. We like it all, and think people are gonna enjoy it as well.
Any interesting places and things you guys have seen or done while in LA? Yeah lots! We've been hiking in the Hollywood hills, been out to various clubs to watch bands, we've been to comedy clubs and theatre performances, and even a big church (where we performed an unplugged version of one of our new songs.) We met Mick Jagger one night, and Scott Weiland (from Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver) was at one of our shows at The Viper Room. We've even been surfing!
Why would say South Africa is still the best country to live in? It just is! It's hard to explain, but I guess home is where the heart is, and our hearts belong in South Africa.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Cape Town based rock band, Goodnight Wembley have released their debut album BANG!, entering the iTunes album chart at #8. In celebration of their new release, the band has also taken over online streaming site, Deezer, with their top music suggestions. Earlier this month, Goodnight Wembley played a main-stage slot at Oppikoppi giving fans a taste of what to expect from BANG!. The five-piece band, comprised of members from Taxi Violence, 7th Son and Dead Lucky, only launched as a working band in mid-2012, but quickly won over South African crowds with their larger-than-life rock sound and stage presence. The 11-track album BANG! was recorded on drummer Jean Labuschagne’s farm in Stellenbosch in November 2012. Brendyn 'Rusti' Rossouw of Heritage Sound was at the production controls, with mixing done by Neal Snyman. Away from all the distractions of the city, Wembley were able to focus on making the project world class and spent an entire month living, writing and recording on the farm, leaving only for the occasional show. A documentary detailing the studio process on the farm will go out to fans later this year. The Mother City musicians were able to pull together their own grunge, rock and pop culture references creating a sound that manages to appear both fresh and nostalgic, curious and catchy, innovative yet familiar. The album also includes an exciting collaboration with Francois van Coke (VCK/Fokofpolisiekar) and members of Dead Lucky.
Sunday, 18 August 2013
|Mother Monster, Lady Gaga|
Friday, 16 August 2013
|Mother Monster, Lady Gaga|
The Multi-award winning Tlou Cleopas Monyepao popularly known as DJ Cleo is back with his 9th double disk entitled Eskhaleni 9/ Es'Khaleni Soul and he is the executive producer of the album. He is still doing what he does best giving his followers and fans ‘good music’. There is no doubt that this 34-year-old musician is a trend-setter. When it comes to dance music, he leads and the rest follow. Imagine being called a veteran at his age...He is a producer, song writer and singer just to mention a few. DJ Cleo is a master when it comes to his craft. And what sets him apart besides the talent he has is the respect he has for his fans. This time DJ Cleo went for the kill judging from the heavyweights and veterans he features in both discs. Discs 1 feature at least 13 tracks while disc 2 has 15 tracks, and believe me, once you start playing both discs you will not want to put them down. The offering has powerful tracks such as Zooma featuring DJ Mlungu, Mbizo Rocker featuring legendary Phuzekhemisi, No Ish featuring Club 808 co-presenter Thando Thabethe, Skorokoro featuring legendary Condry Ziqubu and Inspector Mkhaba and We are the bad boys featuring AKA and Jahseed. This Ekurhuleni born has managed to make the title ‘Es’khaleni’ some sort of religion and it has worked for him as he now has the 9th edition of it. He has helped discover and hone some of the music talent in the country, and with his unique skills and business mind, DJ Cleo is a role model to many. This king of music downloads owns his own record label Will of Steel Productions and he has worked with popular names like Brickz, Pitch Black Afro, Mzekezeke, Mandoza, Donald Moatshe, The late Brown Dash and he also worked on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi, and the list goes on. Eskhaleni 9/ Es'Khaleni Soul is a must have in your collection and the tracks are a ‘must’ download.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil announced today that Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour™ will be coming to South Africa in March 2014 for an exclusive, once in a lifetime, series of shows at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome. The show is a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael Jackson's creative world, and is aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production uses Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. The show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. Written and directed by Jamie King, the show includes 49 international dancers, musicians and acrobats and is the largest touring arena production in the world. Since its world premiere in Montreal in October 2011, the enormously successful arena production has thrilled audiences across North America, Europe and Asia and was listed by Pollstar as one of the top selling arena tours worldwide for the first half of 2013. Presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net. Tickets range from R340 – R850 and available from www.bigconcerts.co.za or Computicket.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
It is always fun when there is a 'pop battle' between fans of two singer. At the moment it's fans of Mother Monster, Lady Gaga versus fans of Katy Perry. And all the hoo-ha? Both multi-million-selling artists have released new singles, Perry with ‘Roar’, and Gaga with ‘Applause’, and now we have overly invested teenagers screaming at each other via the medium of Twitter. One fan wrote, "we can understand why Katy is #1 on itunes, this is real music unlike floppause," while another commented on Lady Gaga, "this sounds like if Poker Face and Alejandro haved a baby!!!! I LOVE IT. FINALLY THAT GAGA OF THE FAME MONSTER AND THE FAME IS BACK!!!!!!♥ love this song! The Irishtimes.com gave an early verdict in the hotly contested 'pop battle', by saying, "Gaga’s new track is detached and cold, Perry’s is emotional and air-punching. Both are as cynical as the other, of course, but which is better? Hands down, Perry’s." They continue, "Gaga opens the song blustering and shouting, like a misguided opera interlude in a Eurovision performance that sees the audience stare around uncomfortably while a robust woman dressed in leather shakes her first at the arena. Meanwhile, Perry’s anthem is the soundtrack to daydreams about rescuing people from hostage situations while still looking hot / winning Wimbledon even though your knee gave way in the final set but you STRUGGLED ON." Celebuzz reported, The last time Lady Gaga released a lead-off single ("Born This Way"), everyone got mad because it sounded a lot like Madonna's "Express Yourself" (allegedly). This one doesn't sound anything like Madonna (which is good, considering what she's been putting out lately, but it also doesn't sound much like anything at all, really." For Katy, they said, "Oh, a simple pop-friendly beat! Awesome. But, agh, these lyrics. "I'm floating like a butterfly / Stinging like a bee, I earn my stripes." Some are saying the song is actually just a rip-off version of Sara Bareillis' "Brave" (which, now that I know what that is, sounds fair); I say it sounds more like a good chunk of the songs Katy Perry has produced over the last few years. Which is disappointing for two reasons: 1.) it's a little lazy; and 2.) that means "Roar" is probably going to be #1 on the charts for the next 10 weeks." So what do you think? Are either of these songs legitimately good? Let us know your thoughts...
|Mother Monster, Lady Gaga|
Monday, 12 August 2013
Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriter, actor and author, Ashanti can now be seen on the hit television drama Army Wives (Premiers weekly Wednesdays 20.30 on M-Net Series Showcase, DStv Channel 113). The show, now screening its 7th season, has introduced three new wives to the line-up with the highly acclaimed music diva sensation Ashanti playing the role of Latasha Montclair. Montclair is a fun loving mother of 3 that keeps her fellow Army Wives close to her heart and her family closer.Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 503,000 copies in its first week of release throughout the U.S. in April 2002.
|Macklemore & Ryan Lewis|
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Local soprano Vera-Marie is a lady with both her feet planted firmly on the ground. The Beat visited her to find out her thoughts on National Women's Day on Friday 9 August, what it means to her and what she will be doing this day.
|The beautiful South African soprano, Vera-Marie|
What does Women’s Day mean for you? For me it's a day to appreciate and honour women from EVERY walk of life who are the essence of our lives.
How will you be spending the day? I'll be in Piet Retief in preparation for the evenings concert with my fellow soprano singer Pretty Yende in celebration of this wonderful day. Pretty and the conductor Kutlwano Masote decided together on the singers to be involved. I was grateful and honoured to receive this phone call from Maestro Masote!
Where does your interest in opera music come from? I was mostly exposed to Musical Theatre, our family often visited the State Theatre to view productions like, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Camelot etc. since then I knew I definitely love the theatre. Opera was mostly introduced through my Grandmother who also loved singing opera and my singing teacher of that time Tippi de Kok.
What are your favourite operas? It's very difficult to choose for every character and opera speaks to the soul, but I must admit that I do favour the more dramatic roles and operas like Carmen, Samson et Dalila, don Carlos etc.
We understand you were the under study for Katherine Jenkins when she visited our shores. WOW! Tell us more about that? Yes, it was for a variety concert consisting of several performers. I was asked to prepare her solos and be on stand-by for that specific concert should anything go wrong.
When not singing, how do you relax? I spend time with my family. We love the outdoors, we often play some golf (that really takes my mind off everything).
What is the one thing people don’t know about. I love going for a jog....i would love to do the Comrades Marathon .....one day.
What advice would you give to women to equip them with women rights? I would advise anyone to watch the movie 'As it is in Heaven' and follow the lyrics of Gabriella's song. It has a wonderful message. My favourite part "I have never lost who I was, I have only left it sleeping"
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Parow and some friends were staying at the Vaalkop dam 60 km South East of Northam where the popular Oppikoppi BewilderBeast music festival is taking place this weekend. Parow and a friend took a catamaran out on a joy ride on the dam at about 1:30 am on Wednesday morning. After repeated requests over loud hailers Parow and his friend finally returned to shore. Both co-operated and came quietly, but repeatedly tried to explain to the authorities that they had simply “borrowed” the boat. Parow and his friend are currently being detained for public disorder and disturbing the peace. Jack Parow was scheduled to perform at the Oppikoppi festival on Sunday, and is currently unavailable for comment.
Cookie Monster from Sesame Street wants cookies, but he's apparently on a new diet where he must wait for an unspecified amount of time before he can indulge himself. So what does he do with his idle time? He covers Icona Pop's summer anthem I Love It except his version is all about, you guessed it, cookies!