Tuesday, 29 April 2014
It's sad day for the world of hip-hop music with the untimely death of legendary hip-hop DJ E-Z Rock at the age of 46. No details have been announced on how the hip-hip artist, born Rodney Bryce, died, although the site AllHipHop News has stated that he had been ill and died of a "massive stroke". The news was announced on Twitter by Biz Markie ("R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED.." and confirmed to Rolling Stone by MC Rob Base. DJ E-Z Rock was best known for his dance floor destroying 1988 hit “It Takes Two,” with longtime partner MC Rob Base, who he’d known since fourth grade. The hyped hit, which was produced by new jack swing legend Teddy Riley, featured a sample of Lyn Collin’s 1972 James Brown-produced song “Think (About It).” See the video below for the song It’s Takes Two.
Monday, 28 April 2014
This is Swazi Dlamini’s 2nd album from the full circle series, the first being “Soul of me”. “The Gospel Truth” marks 10 years since Swazi Dlamini released her first album, a real milestone for any artist. A true songbird who is respected by her peers, proves why she has earned their respect with her delicate and tasteful interpretations of bible verses which are converted into fully fledged worship songs, this album is a true blessing. This child of God praises the heavens in such a meaningful way that any and all who embark on the journey which is “The Gospel Truth” will feel the divinity of our lord and saviour, Jesus Christ.
Lights, camera, action! Count no less than 60 tracks, across three jam-packed discs of Now That's What I Call Movies, and you’ve got a soundtrack bigger, more powerful and more complete than anything Hollywood could ever script. Movie fans and music lovers alike will covet this album, if only because the scores and exclusive recordings here, by some of the world’s biggest names, have never made it onto a single set that’s entirely endorsed by the biggest compilation brand on the planet, Now! Artists included in this jam-packed CD include U2, Maroon 5, All Saints, Dido, Robbie Williams and many more.
"I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids, or illness... You have to really not run away from that stuff. Life throws these colourful challenges at you… what we decided to do on Ghost Stories was to really be honest about it and say, this is what's been happening." - Chris Martin (in Digital Spy)
Songs for rockers Coldplay's 6th album, Ghost Stories, were apparently inspired by the split between lead singer Chris Martin and his (ex) wife, Gwyneth Paltrow. The two called it quits in March after being married for 10 years. Digital Spy and The Guardian reports that Chris was asked by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe if the "breakdown" of his and Gwyneth 's marriage influenced his song writing for the new album. "I wouldn't use the word breakdown, this was more a realisation about trying to grow up basically. Like I said, if you can't open yourself up, you can't appreciate the wonder inside. So you can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way." Chris further explained: "What changed for me was - I don't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure. Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarising group because we do a certain thing very well. So what Ghost Stories means to me is like, you've got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point. I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way… I think everyone in their life goes through challenges, whether it's love or money, kids, or illness... You have to really not run away from that stuff. Life throws these colourful challenges at you… what we decided to do on Ghost Stories was to really be honest about it and say, this is what's been happening." The full interview is airing tonight on BBC Radio 1.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
First Love is the title of the new Jennifer Lopez single that is taken from as-yet-untitled new eigth studio CD. Billboard.com reports that Jennifer said that "If you listen to my albums, they were always about love. I've always sung about love. It was always love in a certain way: A fairytale type of way; I was hoping, praying, and wishing for that. After this experience, and these past couple of years, I realized love is completely different than I thought it was. I still believe in it more than ever. I'm still singing about it on every track, but I want it in the right way. I believe there's a certain way that it should be." According to JustJared, the uptempo track includes the lyrics "I wish you were my first love/ 'Cos if you were my first/Baby there wouldn't have been no second, third or fourth love".
Friday, 25 April 2014
|Katy as Goldie The Dancer, showing off her "gold nuggets"|
|Jack Parow & Valiant Swart|
|Van Coke Kartel rocking as elderly men in an old age home|
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Jason Derulo, Jessie J and Fallout Boy the first 3 of 6 international acts announced for the I Heart Joburg Music Festival
OH MY HAT! Jason Derulo, Jessie J and Fallout Boy are some of the hot acts that will perform at the inaugural, annual I Heart Joburg Music Festival. But that's not the end of it. Three more international acts will be announced soon! The 1st local band to be announced is Crash Car Burn. The I Heart Joburg Music Festival will be an event unlike any other with a killer line-up, amazing experiential areas and some history making moments that you want to be a part of. Dstv and 5fm are the proud media sponsors for this event. The event takes place on Saturday 6 September 2014 at Ellis Park and tickets are available from Computicket from 30 April, Ticket prices range between R500 – R1000.
Jeremy Loops opens up about his debut CD, Trading Change that shot to #1 on iTunes SA and what his favourite track on the CD is
|Jeremy Loops and some of his band mates|
Congrats with the CD going to #1 on iTunes SA! That is awesome. What’s your thoughts on this? I’m partly relieved, but also really overwhelmed. I think, with people waiting this long for the album, there was a certain level of expectation, and getting number one is a sign that we’ve come close to meeting that. Still, no. 1 is cool.
When did you find out about this and what was your first thought? My dad emailed me at 2am on launch day. I found out at 06h30. I literally burst out laughing from relief.
Your favourite track on the CD is….I love them all, but Trip Fox is very special to me at present as, more than anything else, it really captures the core intent of the album, and where in my life I’m at currently. It was also the last song I wrote for the album, and I really needed to deliver on it.
How long did it take to record the CD? Two years, roughly. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to translate the way I do the songs live, into workable album songs. I had no prior experience of being in studio, so over the two years I spent lots of time going in and out of different studio’s, recording songs here and there, and just generally trying to get better at working in studio under time constraints.
What obstacles did you face recording the CD? Time, money, and experience. We knew we wanted to make an album that could stand on a shelf next to anything else and be considered comparable, both in terms of quality and content. I think meeting Bryan Wilson in London to help us produce it changed everything.
You guys are touring soon the UK, Canada and the US. What can people expect at the shows? Tons of energy, and lots of new music. Our set is going through quite an overhaul, and we’re excited to show the world what we’ve been working on.
What advice could you give to aspiring musos? Play and practice your songs. Nothing matters more than the songs.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Week after week Glee star Lea Michele (who plays Rachel Berry) had me glued to the screen with her impeccable voice, her raw emotions and the quality of her vocal talents. Then she made the jump from TV star to singing star with her debut CD, Louder. Unfortunately, and this is a big unfortunate, I don't get the chills or the variety of her vocal talent that I hoped for. Instead, the CD is a bit one sided all focussed on the troubles of relationships - and she does it repeatedly on Louder. The CD is a bit of a mixed bag with nothing that grips me. Yes, it's a solid effort but does not have that wow factor that I expected. Sorry Lea, maybe next time you'll have me eating out of the palm of your hands with your next effort.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
HOT! Rockers CrashCarBurn featuring rapper Kwesta release the music video for ‘Keep Walking’ - and this is a super hot song!
Joburg rockers CrashCarBurn and award winning rapper Kwesta have released the music video to their current single ‘Keep Walking’, which is making huge ripples across South African airwaves. CrashCarBurn’s drummer, Brendan Barnes, directed and produced the music video combining his cinematographic and musical skills and creativity to put together this small masterpiece. The video was cut and coloured at Mushroom Media in Johannesburg. Brendan shared some insights into the production.
Tell us a little more about the storyboard? ‘Keep Walking’ is a song about rising above your circumstance to make a better life for yourself. When conceptualising an idea for the video, I came across a boxer from the Eastern Cape who is now living and training at the Hillbrow Boxing Club. He has literally come from nothing and is using sport as his way to make a success of his life.
How do the visuals and the song's lyrics tie in? We shot at two locations for the video. The first location is the Hillbrow Boxing Club. It is incredibly run down with very few resources but the boxers who train there make the most of what they have. The second location was a massive warehouse in the Johannesburg city centre. We built a beautiful boxing ring for the performance sections of the video.
Was there any specific camera that the video was shot on? We shot on the Red Epic so that we could make use of some beautiful slow motion sequences.
CrashCarBurn is known for hits such as ‘Serenade’, ‘Twisted’ and ‘The Light” and has performed at the likes of My Coke Fest and Oppikoppi. Kwesta is currently up for Best Rap Album at the 2014 SAMA awards and recently scooped ‘Best Hip Hop’ album at the 2014 Metro Awards.