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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Steve Hofmeyr gee ons ’n kykie in sy psige en sy nuwe musiek

Jare gelede was daar ’n knaap in die TV-reeks Agter Elke Man met die naam Bruce Beyers (Steve Hofmeyr). Hy was die skorriemorrie in die reeks. Met sy blonde hare en kitaarspel het hy baie vroue se harte laat vermurwe. Hy’t selfs diep in die hart van Antie Stienie (wyle veteraanaktrise Dulsie van Den Bergh) gekruip – die sigaretrokende tannie in die reeks wat in die onderdorp gewoon het. Sedertdien het daar baie water in die see geloop en Steve het ’n huishoudelike naam geword met sy musiek. Die sanger het ’n groot liefde vir die Boland en is baie gewild hier en trek altyd vol sale wanneer hy hier optree.  Op 22 September word Steve se nuwe CD, Toeka 3, uitgereik. Ons het met hom gesels oor sy nuwe CD, sy liefde vir Afrikaans en die sing van Die Stem.  

Toeka 3 word vandeesmaand uitgereik. Wat kan aanhangers verwag? Liedjies wat my as jong man persoonlik geraak het. Soos Pierre de Charmoy, wat my aangeraai het om ernstig ’n loopbaan in musiek te oorweeg. Hy het destyds vir ons troepies op die grens kom sing. Toe weet ek dis die beroep vir my. Dan is daar liedjies soos One Last Kiss (saam met Clive Bruce), My enigste een (saam met Herbie, want Spence is toe al lank oorlede), Kom terug (saam met André Schwartz) en Daar’s ’n plek (saam met Coenie de Villiers). Vir die Stormers is daar die bonussnit Ons bloed bly blou en my nuwe ene, Sit dit aan (’n liefdeslied om die tema van vliegtuie wat deesdae so neerstort). Het ek Die Stem genoem? Ook daar. Altesame so 20 liedjies. 

Jou laaste CD, 25 se bestes, is in 2012 uitgereik. Hoekom so lank wag voor die nuwe een? Ja. Ek probeer die siklus breek van ’n CD per jaar. Dis nie meer nodig nie. Daardie stamina los ek vir die jongeres. Die breek het my die tyd gegee om die wêreld (letterlik) plat te toer. Ons het Pampoen en Agter elke man gesing vanaf Vancouver, deur Klerksdorp tot in Christchurch.  

Jy’t onlangs in Amerika vakansie gehou. Wat verbaas jou die meeste van die Amerikaners? Amerikaners en Australiërs kry die beskawingding reg omdat hulle al so lank besig is daarmee. Dis moontlik effens steriel vanuit ons oogpunt, maar daar is dit nog ’n voorreg om belasting te betaal, want dit kom terug na jou. Natuurlik is Amerikaners nie besigheid nie. Ek sing spesifiek vir Suid-Afrikaners en Afrikaners daar. My konsert verander nie en ek sien hoe die Boere, terwyl ek sing, vir hul Yankee-eggenotes moet vertaal!  

Wat dink jy is die grootste wantasting wat buitelanders van Suid-Afrika het? Ek is meesal verbaas hoe min ons op hul radar konfigureer. Wit Afrikaners is vir Amerikaners ’n duistere begrip. Maar as jy praat van ekspats, is dit verblydend om te sien hulle het ons nie vergeet of afgeskryf nie. Hulle sal selfs terugkom as iemand hulle kan belowe dat daar ’n vreedsame, regverdige toekoms op hul kinders wag. Dit kan ek hulle nie belowe nie. Daarom verstaan ek emigrasie. 

Amerikaners is baie patrioties. Dink jy ons Suid-Afrikaners is? Ons is uiters patrioties. Die bywoning van konserte moet een bewys wees. Ek het ’n organiese opinie van patriotisme en erfenis. Ek glo nie dit kan afgedwing word nie. Mens moet jou taal, kultuur en selfs godsdiens geniet omdat jy WIL, nie omdat jy MOET nie. 

Steve Hofmeyr in Agter Elke Man
Wat is jou boodskap aan dié wat jou gekritiseer het oor die sing van Die Stem by die Inniebos-musiekfees? Ons moet die banvloek op ons kultuurgoedere (wat nie haat en geweld bevorder nie) lig. Mandela self was verantwoordelik vir die grepie daarvan in ons huidige volkslied. Dis ’n gebed soos Nkosi Sikelel’iafrika en niemand vra om die huidige volkslied te vervang nie. Ons vra net om nie kultureel voorgeskryf of gemarginaliseer te word nie. Dit is eintlik baie eenvoudig. Ek sing dit elke aand. Nog nie een enkele aand het die gehoor, oud en jonk, nié opgestaan, hul hand op die hart gesit en fier en trots die woorde saamgesing nie.  

Ons politici sing Kill The Boer, Kill The Farmer en Umshini Wami, maar as iemand waag om Die Stem te sing ontketen dit ’n hele bekgeveg. As jy nie Die Stem sing nie, of ander keer wat dit doen, is jy die soort sissie vir wie demokrasie NIE bedoel is nie. Die grondwet maak dit duidelik dat lirieke wat geweld en haatspraak aanhits, nie wettig is nie. Dit sluit daardie twee tragiese verskonings vir tradisionele liedere uit. Uiteindelik is Die Stem, soos Nkosi, ’n lieflike gebed, maar een spesifiek vir hierdie land geskryf. Dit was ook ’n gedig vir meer as twee dekades voordat dit ’n lied geword het.  

Kom dit nie neer op vryheid van spraak nie? Lyk my die liberale wat die hardste geveg het vir daardie vryheid het vergeet om ons te waarsku dat sekere mense meer vry is as ander. Mens sou dink dis vandag bykans onmoontlik om liedere te verban soos in die vorige regime. Die Stem is nooit verban nie. Ons het maar net geval vir die opvatting alles wat ons doen en is, is sleg. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The Curious Incident (UK) releases new single “Money” and announces SA Tour in November/December

Four lads from four different country making up one band. Now that is a KILLER! The Curious Incident (UK) is the Alternative Pop embodiment of that roller coaster feeling in your belly! A band of multinationals wearing their hearts on their sleeves; their music has a little RHCP, a little Sting, a little Winehouse, a little Bruno Mars and a lot more thrown in depending on the weather. They have supported some of their heroes including The Zombies and have been lucky enough to play in the UK, Switzerland and Canada. The band had their first SA tour in 2012. Good news for SA fans is that The Curious Incident will be back here in November/December to introduce their new EP: “Penny Lonesome”. Their wickedly tongue in cheek single - “Money” - will be going out to SA radio in the next few days. The EP will consist of 4 news songs, as well as some bonus tracks: Money: Tongue-in-cheek teasing of the lyrics of some of the band`s favourite modern artists Aloe Blacc and Sam Smith; The Hunt: An eclectic and somewhat unexpected style mash with a positive blow-out chorus best suited to a Caribbean jump around; Diane: A Tale of youthful love in a school-time crush that's bloomed into an Elvis-approved marriage; Please Don't Say: Perfect for telling that special someone (lover, friend, politician) to shut the hell up. The band consist of:

Cavey Roberts @caveyroberts
(vocals & guitar) - representing South Africa and The Netherlands

Mirko Piconese @mirkopiconese
(lead guitar) - representing Italy

Dan Bowery @dmbowery
(bass) - representing England

Diaz Meidiawan @curiousdiaz13
(drums) - representing Indonesia

When not writing and playing Cavey is a Jack The Ripper tour guide and sober bar crawl host; Diaz makes sure that the Indonesian Airforce has planes to fly; Dan equally provokes and prevents riots near Oval Cricket ground and Mirko mashes up Flight of the Bumble Bee with Iron Maiden on classical guitar. See them live on 25 November at Aandklas in Stellenbosch; 29 November at Mystic Boer in Bloemfontein; 5 December at Arcade Empire in Pretoria w/ Lark; 6 December at Rumours in Johannesburg w/ Lark; and on 13 December in Cape Town (venue still to be confirmed).
Meanwhile, listen to their song Money here: https://soundcloud.com/the-curious-incident/money

And the richest musical star in the world is....


The results have been announced. Dr Dre has topped Forbes' 2014 hip-hop rich list with pre-tax earnings of $620 million. Digital Spy reports that the rapper, who sold off his Beats brand to Apple earlier this year, is worth "more than the rest of the Top 25 combined. Jay Z and Diddy are tied in 2nd place on the 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list with earnings of $60 million between June 2013 and June 2014." It's further reported that Drake is the 4th highest paid hip-hop artists with "earnings of $33 million over the last 12 months. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis complete this year's top 5 with combined earnings of $32 million."

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

New Madonna song is 'wicked'

Madge is back in the studio working on her new album and according to reports one of the songs sounds 'wicked'. Digital Spy reports that British singer-songwriter MNEK has been in the studio with Madge working on a track. "I almost get quite scared talking about it," MNEK told Digital Spy at the MOBO Awards launch. "It's happened, obviously. I did meet Madonna and I did work with her. "It was great and amazing. The song sounds wicked - I'm really proud of it. Diplo's dope, Madonna's dope, her people are great and that side of things is working out great." Geez, seems that there is no stopping Madge when it comes to new music! I'm truly excited to hear her new music. Here's holding thumbs that she will finally tour South Africa as well.

FESTIVAL! Up the Creek 2015 - first acts announced

Creekers, we know that you are rambunctiously excited to know which bands will be playing at Jagermeister presents Up the Creek 2015. Bring out the whifflers to clear the path; come closer; hear hear! Round up your friends who suffer from Deipnophobia because their mother-in-laws wear Winklepickers; wake the fudgelling folk and phone your nearest and dearest friends; your annual weekend of sheer joyful abandon at the Breede River awaits! The good news is that none of our stages will be overlapping, so you will not be subject to spaghettification – that is, “the process by which you would be stretched and ripped apart by such gravitational forces.” Shame on those quomodocunquizing clusterfists that put up callithumpian parades to discombobulate the audience. What a waste! Do it properly we say! With no further ado then dear folk, herewith the first band confirmations of our fabulous 2015 line up: Zebra & Giraffe, Shortstraw, aKING, Bye Beneco, Al Bairre, The Black Cat Bones, Taxi Violence, Red Huxley, Manouche, December Streets, Hot Water, Piet Botha, Grassy Spark, Kite Rider, The Kiffness and Diamond Thug.  We know. Habromania right? That is why we will give you a breather before we announce more bands  in October!

BREAKING NEWS! New music partnership to boost music business

Renowned as an industry leader and innovator, Seed Experiences is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with non-profit musical charity Bridges for Music. Seed Experiences has committed to partnering with Bridges for Music for the next twelve months across all Seed events as it looks to solidify the relationship between the two companies. To kick-start this, Seed Experiences plans to raise substantial funds through various means – one being the launch of its “Charity Complimentary Contributions Initiative”. The initiative means all complimentary tickets will now be charged at a percentage of the actual ticket price across various ticket types and all of these funds will go straight to Bridges for Music. This will begin with Seed’s upcoming annual properties Rocking the Daisies and Vodacom In The City. Initially, the funds will assist Bridges for Music to build a music school in Langa Township in the Western Cape. The school will add further weight to an already robust educational program that includes a scholarship program with SAE Institute, which has seen 12 young artists attend short courses – and the launch of an annual one-year Higher Certificate in Sound Production scholarship in partnership with the Black Coffee Foundation. To date the bulk of the fundraising has been driven by the internationally renowned Resident Advisor platform, and has seen support from many high-profile artists across the planet helping raise over 70,000 euros so far. “As a responsible promoter it is impossible to ignore the importance of developing the future potential of the South African music scene,” says Brian Little, Seed Experiences. Managing Director. “Partnering with Seed Experiences is an exciting next step in our evolution and it is encouraging to see such a well-established and respected promoter making a real tangible commitment to making a difference to disadvantaged communities through music,” says Trenton Birch, Bridges for Music Africa Director. Brian adds: “We are very excited about this initiative. While we will be rolling out further fund-raising initiatives that will include donations, sponsor campaigns and workshops, what this does is educate the wider music community and involve them in the process of upliftment and education through music. The people who generally receive comps to our music events are fans and people who can afford to pay the full ticket price. So paying a small amount, knowing that it is contributing to this great cause, which is directly related to music and growing the industry in South Africa, should be met with enthusiasm.” A complimentary ticket for Vodacom In The City will be R100; the normal ticket price is R450. Seed Experiences will be implementing this fundraising initiative across all upcoming events and are looking forward to the substantial amount of funding that will be raised through this over the next 12 months. After this time, all figures raised for Bridges for Music will be released to the public as part of a case study. Seed Experiences is the award-winning agency behind annual festivals Rocking the Daisies and Vodacom in the City, Sonar Cape Town, The Lumineers SA Tour and many more. Bridges for Music is a non-profit organisation that gathers key players in the music industry as well as music fans to raise global awareness about local issues through music in developing countries, leaving a positive impact and legacy in disadvantaged communities. The organisation is also committed to providing life-changing experiences for disadvantaged artists by giving them the opportunity to develop their careers in the music industry. To date it has sent artists to Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Tomorrowland (Belgium) and Glastonbury (UK) and has global Ambassadors including Richie Hawtin, Skrillex and Luciano, and a growing list of international festival partnerships.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Actor Samuel L Jackson is taking on Simon Cowell for #1 spot forChristmas charts

This is going to be an interesting Christmas for music. Actor Samuel L Jackson is taking on Simon Cowell for the number 1 spot on the Christmas music charts. Music-news reports that the 65-year-old actor, best known for roles in such movies as Pulp Fiction, wants to organise a track that will raise money for testicular and prostate cancer charity One For The Boys. The UK charts are often dominated by the winner of the British X Factor during the festive period, but Samuel thinks he's in with a chance of outdoing Simon Cowell and his talent show. "I have been in Simon Cowell's presence and he can find talented people," he reasoned to British newspaper The Sun. 'He has had Christmas number ones with X Factor acts but there were a couple of times the show was beaten.' The actor is likely to pick a cover and is keen to rope in help from some talented friends. He's close to British rapper Tinie Tempah and could also get Paloma Faith on board, as she has connections to the charity.

Monday, 22 September 2014

BREAKING NEWS! New Pink Floyd album out in November

This is the best music news this year! Legendary British rockers Pink Floyd will release their new album, The Endless River. It will be the band's first new material in 20 years! The Telegraph reports: "The record – titled The Endless River – will be a double album consisting of 18 new tracks. The recordings feature original members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright, who died in 2008. Fourth member Roger Waters left the group in 1985 and isn't involved with this release. Fans can look forward to hearing fresh material assembled from their sessions of 14th studio album The Division Bell, which was released in 1994. In an announcement made on September 22, Gilmour promised that the band have "added in new parts, rerecorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st-century Pink Floyd album". Amen!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Why 1984 was my favourite year in music

As a 13-ear-old boy back in 1984 my parents were a bit worried about me. Firstly I sucked at playing rugby, I weren't interested in girl and that I spend all my pocket money on buying 7 singles, 12" singles and vinyl records (yes, that was still years before CDs were released in South Africa. Besides being labelled the 'odd one out' in school, my little universe were populated my Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Ella Mental, Juluka and many more. Those were the most exciting times in my musical upbringing. Here I'm sharing some of my favourite songs from 1984.

Juluka - Kilimanjaro



Depeche Mode - People Are People


Madonna - Into The Groove


Michael Jackson - Thriller



Prince -Let's Go Crazy

DEVELOPING STORY! t.A.T.u singer Lena Katina responds to anti-gay remark


In the latest update on the alleged anti-gay remarks made by t.A.T.u singer Yulia Volkova, her ex-bandmate Lena Katina released a statement on her Facebook page regarding the whole controversy. Digital Spy reported, that Lena said the following: "Hey, all! I am seeing some comments lately regarding my position about LGBT and my religion. I can say one thing: God is teaching us to live in love, to be tolerant and not to judge other people!  "And I do so! Love is love and it is a wonderful feeling! I think everybody should be free to love who they love and be with who they want to spend their life with! Xoxo."

Saturday, 20 September 2014

LOL! Liam Neeson covers Nicki Minaj's Anaconda

Now this is just hilarious! Music-news.com reports that world famous actor Liam Neeson has covered superstar rapper Nicki Minaj's track 'Anaconda', exclusively for Capital. Capital thought Liam might like to see what he looked like starring in his very own music video! Take a look at Liam doing 'Anaconda' here (http://www.capitalfm.com/music-news/liam-neeson-nicki-minaj-anaconda/).

Friday, 19 September 2014

HOT! Queen and Michael Jackson song finally out

There were rumours and there were more rumours. Now finally it is out: the legendary Queen song with Michael Jackson, titled There Must Be More To Life That This, has finally been made available. Digital Spy reports the track was originally recorded between 1982 and 1983 by the artists, but ultimately only Freddie Mercury's solo version appeared on his debut album Mr Bad Guy in 1985. The duet form of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' also briefly featured in The Great Pretender, a BBC documentary about the life of Freddie Mercury which aired back in 2012.A demo of the collaboration has been floating around online for a few years now, but this new final version has been produced by William Orbit. The new version of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This is the first cut to be previewed from upcoming album Queen Forever, which is scheduled to be released on November 10.

WHAT THE FUCK?! 't.A.T.u singer wouldn't love a gay son'

OH MY GOD! Let me say it again. OH MY GOD! Back in the day Russian duo t.A.T.u made headlines as a so-called 'lesbian' group. Of course they later denied being gay.  The two singers, Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova, made headlines when they kissed each other in the their music video 'All The Things She Said'. Now apparently, Yulia Volkova said in a Russian radio interview that she "won't accept a gay son". Digital Spy reports that during an interview on Russian TV, the presenter asked her: "Will you condemn your son, if he is gay?" According to a translation provided on YouTube video description, she replied: "Yes, I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man. "God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of... I won't accept a gay son." She added that her views only relate to a gay son, and not a gay daughter, as she thinks lesbian couples look "much nicer". "I think for men it's a bad freedom," she said. "In our time, there is a very large number of frivolous girls (and a man can be with a large number of these girls). This is freedom for men. "And a man has no right to be a f*g. Two girls together - not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing." She continued: "But I want to say that I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a f*g. "I have many gay friends. I believe that being gay is all still better than murderers, thieves or drug addicts. If you choose out of all this, being gay is a little better than the rest."

SHOCKING! Cher sued for alleged discrimination

Oh my, seems like Cher is in a bit of a pickle. Billboard.com reports that three of her backup dancers have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. This comes after the three claim they were wrongfully fired from her current tour and the singer engaged in racial discrimination. According to reports,  the lawsuit alleges Cher remarked that there were too many dark-skinned dancers on her tour and instructed her choreographer to hire a white dancer over a qualified black performer. The lawsuit states the dancers were fired from Cher's "Dressed to Kill" tour after informing managers that another dancer assaulted an unidentified woman in a hotel room while on tour. Two of the plaintiffs, who are black, say their race was a motivating factor in their dismissal. The third dancer cites age discrimination as a factor in her firing," reports Billboard.com. Liz Rosenberg, Cher's publicist,  denies the allegations and says there is no truth to them.

REVIEW! Robert Plant - Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar

I thank my dad for introducing me to the music of Led Zeppelin. As a young boy, when I started to went crazy about music, they offered the sound that was not played here in South Africa at that time over the radio. They were amazing and Robert Plant's vocals were gripping. Since the band's breakup in 1980, Robert went on to release solo albums, with Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar being his 10th album, and it's beautiful. Almost like lover songs to the English country side. Over the years Robert has experimented with various sounds: eclectic as jazz, folk, bluegrass, African traditional music, electronica and even trip-hop. Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar blends all of these influences perfectly together. The CD is definitely worth listening to. or better, adding to you CD collection.

REVIEW! Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

I saw them live once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away in South Africa. They were good. Actually awesome! Then, I kind of lost interest in the band with their music. It became a bit bland. But honestly this is the best album of the Counting Crows since Recovering Satellites. On Somewhere Under Wonderland they still are channelling the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, REM and the Band. Their new, and 7th CD, is packed with plenty of striking melodies, and an arrangement that shows off the Crows at their loosest and most vibrant. It's best to say that the CD contains some of the band’s most ambitious and thought-provoking songs. As Consequence of Sound said, "A colourful and emotionally rich palette of sounds that combines past recording styles."

REMASTERED! Bon Jovi - New Jersey

For three decades, the iconic, world renowned Bon Jovi has steadfastly earned and maintained a stellar reputation as ambassadors of rock ‘n’ roll, performing for more than 37.5 million fans, selling more than 130 million albums and racking up 96 No. 1 chart debuts around the globe. On the heels of yet another record-breaking year in 2013, which included their fifth No. 1 record and the No. 1 worldwide tour, Bon Jovi announces plans for an extensive 30th Anniversary catalog campaign with Island/UMe. The initiative will launch with the release of the seminal album New Jersey in a remastered 2-CD Deluxe Edition. More 30th Anniversary commemorative titles, including newly-compiled collections of studio and live recordings, will also be released this year. Released in September 1988, New Jersey spent four straight weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and spawned five Top 10 singles (“Bad Medicine;” “Born To Be My Baby;” “I’ll Be There For You;” “Living In Sin;” and “Lay Your Hands On Me,” two of which hit No. 1 (“Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You”) – the only rock album ever with that many Top 10 hits. The album is multi-platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

HOT! Common - Nobody's Smiling

Chicago rapper, actor Common has fulfilled a life-long goal with the announcement of his signing to No ID’s Artium /Def Jam Recordings.“Kingdom” featuring Vince Staples out now, Common’s lead track from his upcoming tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling, set for July 22nd release. The marks a creative reunion between Common and his long-time friend and collaborator No I.D., EVP / Co-Head of A&R, Def Jam Recordings, who came of age in the ’90s as producer of Common’s first three albums (on then-indie Relativity). The 2014 release of NOBODY’S SMILING, executive produced by No I.D., commemorates the 20th anniversary of Common’s breakthrough album Resurrection (1994), with his signature tracks, “Resurrection” and “I Used To Love H.E.R.”  NOBODY’S SMILING is Common’s first new album since 2011’s The Dreamer/The Believer. “Common and I have a long history of making great music together,” said No I.D.  “His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family.  It's particularly significant that he's coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It's a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop.” Since his motion picture debut in 2006 (Smokin’ Aces), Common has carved out an impressive career in more than a dozen films, including such major box office successes as American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Date Night (2010), and more.  Common is also the lead co-star on AMC’s post-Civil War western action series Hell On Wheels, returning for a fourth season this year.