Tuesday, 29 September 2015

South Africa’s newest international festival is here - Euphoria Music Festival launches in November 2015

Euphoria Music Festival is a 5-year young, US based electronic and dance music festival, held annually in Austin, Texas (www.euphoriafest.com), and in 2015 will expand to include 2 dates in South Africa. A sound and light spectacular combing cutting-edge visual elements and stage design, Euphoria Music Festival aims to create a unique combination of togetherness with nature, new friends and the best in electronic, deep house and indie South African music. Launching the South African shows, Huddle Park - Johannesburg on 1 November will host Euphonik, Kyle Watson, Chunda Munki, Felix Laband and  Matthew Mole. Felix Laband is an icon in the electronic music scene.  He creates light, emotional, minimalist soundscapes by combing several styles and samples from classical, jazz and old television recordings overlaid with instrumental performances by himself and other guest artists. Kyle Watson’s sets are smooth and balanced, and have evolved into a style of forward thinking house music that borrows from bass, techno, deep house, garage, jacking and tech house. His appreciation for every genre of music has given Kyle his unique and eclectic sound and it is because of this, he has secured himself a spot as one of South Africa’s most successful internationally acclaimed dance music producers. 3 weeks later, Pretoria will be set for a line up that includes DJ Fresh, Kyle Cassim, Euphonik, Pop Art, Vimo, Kyle Watson, Chunda Munki, Matthew Mole and Desmond & The Tutus.
DJ Fresh is one of the most iconic names in South African house music. Over 24 albums, successful radio career on 5fm, performances with Frankie Knickles, Armand van Helden, Paul van Dyke, Fat Boy Slim, Viny Da Vinci to name a few, the Big Dawg is a highlight of the day. Kyle Cassim, a name that is no stranger to nightclubs all over South Africa. After doing his five gig tour to the Netherlands last year, performing alongside legendary artists such as Franky Rizardo, Skitzofrenix and Jeff Doubleu, Kyle Cassim has been commanding dance floors all over South Africa, leaving every club and festival begging for more. Adding a unique twist to this year’s festival, the inclusion of pop and indie will ensure that fans of music are treated to an eclectic mix.  Headlining this, Johannesburg based, Desmond & The Tutus. Desmond & The Tutus have been scare-crowing across the world’s stages with their unique, some might call it niche, brand of kwela-indie-punk for just on ten years. But to call it niche would be entirely missing the point, the Tutus are more shape-shifters than niche, their sound slotting comfortably between Thandiswe Mazwai and Hugh Masekela, as it did at the Soweto Heritage Fest in 2013, or between surf rocker’s Beach Party and synth mavens Gateway Drugs. Their music is cheeky and infectious and jangly (but not too jangly) or it’s because they spin around the stage as if their limbs are coming off, yowling like Big Foot in the Canadian wilderness, or because they like to dress up at Halloween and are pretty serious about their costumes. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, yes they did that. Four Ali G’s. Check. The Parlotones. Check.

Rudimental - We The Generation

Rudimental's new album We The Generation releases worldwide on the 2nd of October. Never Let You Go, Bloodstream with Ed Sheeran and Rumour Mill are monster hits and I Will For Love is burning up the charts already. The band have also announced that Lay It All On Me featuring Ed Sheeran will be their next single! You can pre-order Rudimental's new album.

Jamie Lawson - Jamie Lawson

Jamie Lawson, the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran's Gingerbread Man Records has just released his debut single Wasn't Expecting That. Jamie drops his self-titled album on the 9th of October. “I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track Wasn’t Expecting That," Ed Sheeran said recently. "Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie.” You can pre-order Jamie's new album.

St Germain - St Germain

French house icon St Germain is making a comeback next month as he drops his brand new self-titled third studio album on the 9th of October. The new album will see the deep-house sounds that we have come to know and love from the producer with added elements of blues and jazz. The record is the producer's first since he released his 2000 album Tourist. The album is available for pre-order.

Jason Derulo To Perform At SATY Awards

Jason Derulo blew our minds with his incredible performance at the I Heart Joburg music festival last year and he heads back to Mzansi next month to perform at the prestigious ANN7 South African of the Year Awards in Johannesburg. The star, who will be performing at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg on the 17th of October will belt out his smash hits including tracks off his latest album Everything Is 4 which was released in June this year. His album is available on iTunes here.

Iron Maiden Back With A Bang!

Iron Maiden's eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls was released earlier this month just days before the band announced their upcoming South African tour. The release comes after the band decided to delay the record after Bruce Dickinson, the band's lead vocalist, was given the all-clear from a tumour. "We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it," Bruce said. The Book of Souls is available on iTunes here.

Jess Glynne Drops Debut Album

Heartbreak? We've all been there. So has Jess Glynne - and it's what has inspired much of her new album, I Cry When I Laugh. Jess describes the day that she signed her record contract as ‘the happiest and saddest day of my life.’ This was her biggest professional accomplishment to date but Jess was in pieces after coming out of a two-year relationship. On this album, Jess explores both her heartache and her triumph and has been described as an "emotional rollercoaster." ‘I needed to believe in it,’ she says. ‘I needed the record to tell a story. I needed it to feel like me.’ By looking inwards she hopes to reach out. ‘This album is about a girl who was a happy-go-lucky person, a bit of trouble, got her heart-broken and found her way through that not by being sad but by seeing hope and not letting it overtake her.’ I Cry When I Laugh is available on iTunes.


Johannesburg-based groove rock machine Deity’s Muse has released its latest single and video for “Satellites”, which is off the Indiegogo funded album, Convergence. Recorded at Loudmouth and Convergence Studios and produced, mixed and mastered by Dead Letter Circus’ Clint Vincent, “Satellites” explores different sonic territories that will write a new chapter in the band’s 14 year history. “‘Satellites’ is a game changer for us as a band. We had to rediscover ourselves as musicians with this song, tap into an energy we didn't know we had and come up with something that we are super proud to share with you,” says drummer, Sashan Pillay. “This song resonates with who we are right now. It shows our positivity and willingness to progress musically and as individuals. We've taken all that we have learnt over the years as a band and crammed that into this song. It's the truest reflection of us and we're damn proud of it.”


Cape Town, we have heard your cry! You wanted 2 days of #ULTRASA2016 - we delivered!In response to demand from the local fans of the third edition of ULTRA South Africa, event organisers confirm they will be adding an extra date to the Cape Town leg of the 2016 festival, and will also introduce camping for the first time. Now set to take place across a total of four days, ULTRA South Africa will be held at The West Coast Ostrich Ranch, Cape Town on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February, and at Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February, 2016. For loyal ULTRA South Africa fans that have already purchased Early Bird tickets for the Cape Town outing, they will be rewarded for that loyalty and can enjoy a double day pass for the same, previously single day, ticket! For those who haven’t yet bought tickets, the new Cape Town ticket prices are as follows (JHB prices remain the same):

GA 2-day Combo*

Advanced price: R1000

Full Price: R1250

VIP 2-day Combo*

Advanced Price: R1500

Full Price: R2000

*One ticket purchase grants access for the 2-day festival of choice (Cape Town or Johannesburg).

Please note: These prices are not inclusive of camping. Full camping details will follow in the coming weeks. VIP Table booking information will be open soon. Prices will be available on enquiry and available exclusively to those that have bought VIP tickets. If you have already purchased an Early Bird ticket and you are unhappy with the venue and date change, tickets can be refunded. Please email info@nutickets.co.za to arrange. Buy Now and Pay later: in partnership with Mobicred you can now pay of your tickets over a 12 month period. Go to mobicred.co.za/nutickets/ to apply for your account and for more information. Follow Ultra SA on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on artists, tickets and camping.

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Corrs Are Back With A New Album!

The Corrs are back and it’s like they’ve never been away. Ireland’s finest will release a brand new studio album on 27 November and kick off a UK tour January 19th at the Birmingham Genting Arena. This is their first major album release since ‘Borrowed Heaven’ in 2004 and the subsequent world tour. The Corrs – Andrea (lead vocals), Sharon (violin, vocals), Caroline (drums, piano, vocals), Jim (guitar, piano, vocals)- have sold over 30 million albums since their 1995 debut ‘Forgiven Not Forgotten’. The sound of the Corrs is unique, an enchanting mix of traditional Celtic music with a pop rock twist. Over the last ten years they have spent time with their families while Sharon and Andrea also pursued solo careers. For most of this year, they have been working in London on their forthcoming new album ‘White Light’.

BLOOD BROTHERS: People Gotta Know - Music video and single out now

The BLOOD BROTHERS, South Africa’s first rock ‘n roll super group, have taken up arms for the Vrede Foundation in the fight against cancer.  They banded together for the first time at Carnival City on the 18th of July and now they are bringing their killer 3 hour set to Cape Town next Wednesday, 23rd September, at Grant West Casino. Hunter Kennedy wrote the war cry, People Gotta Know, to get our local rock legends fired up and ready for round 2.
The Blood Brothers are:
Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar & Van Coke Kartel), George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence), Albert Frost (Blues Broers), Kobus de Kock Jnr. (Black Cat Bones), Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar), Rian Zietsman (Taxi Violence), Jason Hinch (ex Black Cat Bones, Boargazm), Isaac Klawansky (Shadowclub) and Loedi Van Renen (Taxi Violence)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Gerald Clark - The Man Behind the Golden Voice

Gerald Clark is an accomplished South African musician recognised for his extraordinary ability to tell a story with his music. He is one of SA’s top musicians – a singer and songwriter famous for his voice that can get down to the soul and honesty that consists within the blues. Ahead of the release of his new album “Afroboer & the Golden Goose” he got some of the country’s top blues artists including Dan Patlansky and Albert Frost to give you their take on this talented young musician. Below you can watch the mini documentary “Gerald Clark - The Man Behind the Golden Voice” please share the link where possible.

Josh Groban is back in SA in 2016

Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will be returning to South Africa in support of his number one album ‘Stages’ to perform in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in April 2016.  With over 25 million albums sold worldwide, the LA native first broke out in 2001 with his self titled debut album and has gone on to release 5 multi-platinum albums.  Groban has been nominated for more than a dozen awards, including an American Music Award, a World Music Award, a Juno Award, 2 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.   He has performed with some of the most celebrated artists in history, including Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.   In South Africa, he is one of the most successful international artists of the past 10 years, having sold over 750 000 albums. His latest album release ‘Stages’ peaked at number 1 for 3 weeks, on the South African music charts. A collection of some of the greatest musical theatre songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time”. Recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London’s Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra), Stages features songs from Les Misérables, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel; Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods; The Fantasticks, A Chorus Line ;Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera The Wizard of Oz and others. Josh Groban last performed in South Africa in 2011 with 5 sold out dates and fans are recommended to book their tickets as soon as they go on sale so they don’t miss out this time. Tickets from Computicket.

Tour Dates:
Johannesburg: 8th April 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome
Durban:  10th April 2016 at the ICC Durban Arena
Cape Town: 12th and 13th April 2016 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest

Friday, 11 September 2015

VAN COKE KARTEL Releases their cover EP - ENERGIE

VAN COKE KARTEL’s cover EP, ENERGIE, is out NOW on iTunes exclusively.  Pre-orders of the 12” vinyl is also open at www.permanentrecord.co.za as of now.  A free digital download of the entire EP is available upon purchase of the vinyl. The members of VAN COKE KARTEL spent most of 2015 on other projects. Francois and Jedd Kossew launched the FRANCOIS VAN COKE debut solo album.  Wynand Myburgh kept busy managing Jack Parow and Fokofpolisiekar’s affairs, while Dylan Hunt joined the band Southern Wild. The band wanted to do something together again and they wanted to do something different. They decided to record a cover EP by some of the greats, those who have influenced them along the way.  According to Jedd Kossew, it was important for them to stay true to themselves, their style of music, but also to stay true to the songs they decided to cover.Van Coke Kartel was eager to put their own spin on this pop song and they think it is now “Spaghetti Western-sounding”. But… “How do you choose 5 songs?” “It’s much easier for us to release good songs when they are already good songs” says Francois van Coke.


“Re-introducing an old song to a new audience.” Dylan Hunt
Covering this song is quite personal for Van Coke Kartel. Francois says that Johannes Kerkorrel and Koos Kombuis was the only Afrikaans music they listened to growing up and the only thing they felt they associated with. Wynand used to do sound for Kerkorrel at some of this shows back in the day.

“The Beatles are my favourite band of all time.” Jedd Kossew 
Francois and Jedd have been jamming this song in their solo acoustic set for some time now.  Help! is the first single from ENERGIE.  A fun fact is that Jedd sings a chorus for the first time in a Van Coke Kartel song.

I got you (I feel good)
“Who doesn’t want to sing ‘I feel good’?”  Francois Van Coke
Wynand says that they wanted to do a song which is fun, they can jam and people would know.

Got to give it up
“It’s something I want to share with people.  It’s one of my favourite songs.” Francois Van Coke
Francois also says that he loves everything about this song.  “Every note that’s played on it.  I love the original version.”

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Republiek van Zoid Afrika Volume 2 CD en DVD is hier!

Sedert die tweede reeks van Republiek van Zoid Afrika op die lug is, is Karen Zoid weekliks bo-aan die SA iTunes trefferlys. Tot op hede het sy nie minder nie as 10 nommer 1 posisies behaal – en dit met verskillende liedjies wat sy saam met haar gaskunstenaars aan die einde van die program uitvoer. Hierdie is `n ongeewenaarde prestasie. Goeie nuus is dat die Republiek van Zoid Afrika Vol 2 CD en DVD in September uitgereik word. Voorafbestellings vir die vollengte album kan nou op iTunes geplaas word. Die offisiële uitreikdatum op iTunes is 17 September. Die Cd en Dvd sal vanaf 20 September landwyd in winkels beskikbaar wees.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

EMPIRE! 2 New Songs from Season 2

Columbia Records, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) have officially debuted two new original songs from the highly anticipated Season 2 of EMPIRE today.  The upbeat party song “No Doubt About It,” features Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and award winning rapper Pitbull, who wrote the song with Grammy® Award winner Ne-Yo. “No Doubt About It” premiered across iHeartMedia RCHR radio stations nationwide and across iHeartRadio.com today. The talented Lyon brothers, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Yazz (Hakeem Lyon), reunite on the track “Ain’t About The Money.” Both songs are available on iTunes and Spotify. “No Doubt About It” and “Ain’t About The Money” serve as the first taste of music from Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1, which will be released later this year. The soundtrack will feature music from the record-breaking series’ new season, which is set to premiere on Thursday, 24 September. Season 2 will pick up three months after Lucious’ shocking arrest and incarceration at the end of last season. Knowing Lucious won’t be held much longer in prison, Cookie and her allies within the Lyon family make a desperate attempt to seize control of the company. But as the Lyons continue to battle each other, a bigger external threat emerges that could force them to unite.


The nominees are in and the race is on for the much-coveted 2015 MTV EMA Best African Act award. This year’s nominees are AKA (South Africa), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Davido (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) – but there’s still one spot left!  So MTV is giving music lovers across the nation the power to tweet and vote for the fifth ‘wildcard’ nominee in the category. Voting is open until Monday 14 September at 23:59 CAT so get tweeting! Fans can tweet and vote for one of the following artists to be the fifth Best African Act nominee using #MTVEMA and the artist’s hashtag:

Wizkid   -     #NominateWizkid
K.O.   - #NominateKO
Stonebwoy    -  #NominateStonebwoy
Cassper Nyovest  -  #NominateCassper
DJ Arafat    -  #NominateDJArafat

Wildcard winners and nominees in all 2015 MTV EMA categories will be announced on 15 September at 13:00 CA; voting will open on www.mtvema.com. Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMA. The 2015 MTV EMA will broadcast LIVE on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Follow @MTVEMA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, and join the conversation with #MTVEMA.

Hemelbesem joins Camphill Village Fest Line Up

Camphill Village Westcoast is happy to announce that Hemelbesem will be the MC at this year`s Camphill Village Music Festival. The line-up includes popular South African artists: Beatenberg, Just Jinjer, Ottoman Slap, Bootleggers and Swallowers of Time. Hemelbesem is an artist, poet, activist, actor, writer and author. He has been the leading Afrikaans hip-hop artist over the last 5 years and is also well known as a presenter for the weekly Afrikaans magazine TV program Pasella on SABC 2. Hemelbesem is also a key member of the ATKV Project team for their nationwide “Liedjieslypskool” projects. His editorials have been published in Die Burger and he has been the creative force in the kykNet documentary “Vat Die Rap”. Apart from being the MC, Hemelbesem will also perform at the Camphill Village Music Festival. The Festival will be an outdoor concert, with a variety of great food and wine stalls. Come and join us on the beautiful countryside festival grounds for a day of good vibes and fabulous music. The event will start at 13H00 and run until 19:00. Gates open at 11:00. James Sleigh, Managing Director at Camphill Village Westcoast says that they are excited to have Just Jinjer and Beatenberg as the headliners of this year`s Festival. Beatenberg is the fresh new face of pop music from South Africa. They won a total of 7 SAMAS in 2015 including Best Album. Just Jinjer also needs no introduction. They are South African Music Legends. Sleigh says that with names like these on the line up, Camphill Village Music Festival will hopefully grow to be a highlight on the Music Festival Calendar in the Western Cape. Add to that Ottoman Slap`s exotic flair, Bootleggers` musical mojo and Swallowers of Time`s blues-rock vibes, the Camphill Village Music Festival 2015 is set to be an unforgettable experience.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Chris De Burgh - The Hands Of Man Tour South Africa

Few artists can lay claim to international success spanning three decades, but Chris De Burgh has achieved precisely that. The legendary artist will be performing eight shows in South Africa in support of his new album, “The Hands of Man”. ‘Spanish Train and Other Stories’ was Chris’ first major hit in SA and the first single ‘Just Another Poor Boy’ from this album was No.1 for many weeks.  By the time he released ‘Man On The Line’ in 1981, Chris was a well-established global star and the single from this album ‘High On Emotion’ became a No.1 record right across the globe. 1986 saw the release of  ‘Into The Light,’ Chris’ most successful record up to that point, which sold in excess of 10million copies worldwide. It also featured the single ‘Lady In Red’, which was no.1 in 50 countries and is still one of the most played songs on the planet. By 1990 Chris’ popularity was such that he was the only international artist to personally receive an invitation from then-Chancellor Kohl to perform at the historic public celebrations marking the reunification of East and West Germany. Chris continually seeks new challenges for himself as a musician and in with his 1995 album, ‘Beautiful Dreams,’ he realised a lifelong ambition to have his music recorded in a classical style with a full thirty-two piece orchestra. While much has changed since his debut LP, certain things have retained their integrity, after album sales in excess of 50 million Chris de Burgh releases ‘The Hands of Man,’ his 20th studio album of original material. Recorded both at his home studio in Ireland and at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove facility in London, ‘The Hands of Man’ has once again been produced by Chris Porter and features contributions from the members of Chris’ touring band. As he always does, Chris has approached many of the new songs from the perspective of not only how they could be performed on stage but how the audience might react to them in the live arena.  Always a prolific and in-demand touring artist, Chris will have ample opportunity to judge his instincts against the reaction of audiences in South Africa when he tours the country in support of ‘The Hands Of Man’ during 2016. Tickets go on sale as of today from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

MUSIC EXCHANGE (#MEX15) 2015 - Everything you need to know

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, MUSIC EXCHANGE  (#MEX15) is South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment programme running in Cape Town between the 25 and 26 of September 2015 – and in tow are the world’s most respected names in the business. The conference is a high touch event whereby the speakers are present throughout the day and you can engage with them continually. Delegates are encouraged to bring product to exchange and network with speakers and delegates. Bryan Michael Cox is a Grammy award winning American songwriter and record producer. He has been responsible for over 175 million album sales and won the Grammy Award 9 times He has co-written and co-produced hit singles including Mary J. Blige's “Be Without You”. He’s has been professionally producing since 1998, receiving his first formal credit on 1999's Get Gone by the R&B Houston-based group Ideal. In September 2009, Bryan was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Concluding the first decade of the new millennium Bryan was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 10 producers of the decade. “Be Without You”, co-written and produced by Bryan Michael Cox and performed by Mary J Blige, was also cited as the number one R&B song of the decade. Add Brandon Bakshi, the Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations for Europe & Asia, based in the BMI’s London office, and MEX 15 is without doubt this year’s standout entertainment investment destination. While at BMI, Brandon has been responsible for the signing of Daft Punk, Pete Townshend, Queen, Sade, Afrojack, Deadmau5, One Direction, Shaggy, Avicci as well as Ellie Goulding. He has been a past speaker and moderator at the Winter Music Conference, Amsterdam Dance Event as well a Music Managers Forum. Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000.Tickets cost R100 per day, or R150 for the full two-day event.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Adele's new CD out in November, but no tour planned (as yet)

Adele fans, rejoice! The British singer is releasing her long awaited third album in November. That is the good news. The bad news is that she is not planning to tour with the CD. It is reported she said 'no' to an 80 million British pound offer to tour. It seems that Adele would rather stay at home with her partner Simon Konecki and their two-year-old son Angelo. However, promoters are hard at work to convince the super star to either do a stadium tour, or smaller venues. Of course Adele's other concern is her vocal chords. She underwent a  a career-saving throat operation in 2011 following a vocal cord haemorrhage. It seems she might be worried that if she put strain on those brilliant vocal chords of her, she might have a relapse.