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Monday, 31 August 2015

British rock band Mumford & Sons touring South Africa in 2016

As arguably the most requested live artists in the world today, British rock band Mumford & Sons will arrive in South Africa in early 2016, bringing with them one of the most untouchable live shows on the planet today. Having headlined an incredible thirteen festivals across Europe and America throughout the Summer, the band will arrive in South Africa for three live performances, and will undoubtedly be the undisputed highlight of our country’s cultural calendar. Armed with three globally acclaimed albums, Mumford & Sons will arrive in Cape Town in late January to play the Grand Parade for their debut South African live show, ahead of dates in Durban and Pretoria. Having brought Cape Town’s own Beatenburg over to the Highlands of Scotland to perform at one of their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Festivals back in July, Mumford & Sons follow up their action-packed Summer in South Africa, and tickets promise to be gold-dust!

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - winners

So the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards was aired in South Africa in the wee hours of Monday morning (03:00 AM) live, and I was surprised to see who won what. This year was a mixed bag of goodies and I can't help thinking that there is just something mixing. Can't quite put my fingers on. However, a big shout out to my ‘girl’ Taylor Swift for winning the big ones. Hey Taylor, I’m still trying to learn all the words to Shake It Off! Below are some of the big winners. Congrats guys!

Best Rock Video
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"

Best Pop Video
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Best Male Video
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"

Best Female Video
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

Video of the Year
Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"

Best Video With a world message
Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend, "One Man Can Change the World"

Artist to Watch
Fetty Wap

Mi Casa to release their new CD Home Sweet Home in Cape Town on 4 September with other launch date tours across the country


Mi Casa, one of South Africa’s most talented and popular groups, will be launching their new album, Home Sweet Home, in Cape Town at the Grand West Arena on Friday 4 September. Home Sweet Home is their 3rd highly anticipated studio album and is packed with songs guaranteed to be smash hits. Watch out for ‘Hallo Baby’, ‘Chokolat’ and ‘We on the night". Cassper Nyovest, Big Nuz & DJ Tira, and the leading East African group Sauti Sol will all make featured guest appearances on the show. The Home Sweet Home Album Launch promises  a world class stage production and Mi Casa will be presenting never been heard before material recorded overseas during their whirlwind tour that took them to London, Italy, Portugal, Canada. Home Sweet Home album launches are set to be events of note and not to be missed by all ardent Mi Casa fans.  Home Sweet Home will be launched in Cape Town at Grand West Casino (4 September 2015) , followed by  Bloemfontein Windmill Casino (18 September 2015); Port Elizabeth at Boardwalk Casino  (4 October 2015);, Durban at Sibaya Casino (31 October 2015)  and in  Johannesburg at Carnival City (1 December 2015). All powered by Cornnetto.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Smokie planning 2 sets for their South African tour in October

The band have announced that they plan to perform a two set show whilst in South Africa this October. The first set will be an acoustic set that has never been performed in SA. The acoustic set has been a favourite of Smokie fans around Europe and the UK in recent years but is often not played due to logistics, not this time around!

Friday, 28 August 2015

MTV VMAs - Nicki Minaj To Open The Show

Rapper, singer, global icon and cultural provocateur Nicki Minaj today announced that she will perform to open the 2015 "MTV Video Music Awards," airing on MTV (DStv channel &130) on Monday 31 August  at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT.  Slyly poking fun at the latest gossip headlines, Minaj made the revelation to her 32 million followers on Instagram by posting an image of an adorable, tiny, gestating…MTV Moonman. The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT and 21:00 CAT.  The primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base on Monday 31 August at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main show). Having just concluded her global, sold-out tour, The Pinkprint Tour, Minaj returns to a VMA stage that she can rightfully call home.  Minaj made her VMA debut in the 2010 "MTV Video Music Awards" pre-show, t ook to the main stage in 2012 to join Alicia Keys on "Girl on Fire", and bounced through a performance of her mega-hit "Anaconda" in 2014. The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. In addition, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots are confirmed to perform. Presenters will be announced at a later date. In addition, MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards”.  As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music. Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show. The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV's global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world. The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” are sponsored by Smirnoff.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

NELLY Releases New Single "The Fix" feat. Jeremih

Grammy® award winning and multi-platinum selling artist Nelly returns with the release of his new single “The Fix” featuring platinum R&B artist Jeremih. “The Fix” includes a taste of Marvin Gaye’s 1982 classic hit song, “Sexual Healing,” and production from multi-platinum producers DJ Mustard and Mike Free. The single released to radio earlier this week and is now available for download and streaming across all digital service providers. A recent episode of season two of Nelly’s hit reality show ‘Nellyville’ captured Nelly and Jeremih in the studio recording the track. “The Fix” follows Nelly’s feature on Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” The multi-genre superstar brought the 2013 crossover-pop smash to new heights selling over 7 million singles and garnering over 100 million streams.

The Voice's Blaze Johnson in SA This October

As final preparations for The International ARTS Talent Showcase is underway, organisers have confirmed the talented Blaze Johnson as the official opening act for the showcase, alongside usual suspect Nate Butler, A&R of America’s Got Talent. The Columbus singer was uprooted from the Bahamas at the age of eight when his parents moved to the United States to provide a better life for their son. Blaze played football in high school and was offered a scholarship, but he turned it down to pursue music. His mom told him that he was blessed with a special gift and needed to share it with the world. He auditioned for The Voice with The Fray’s "How to Save a Life,” which prompted Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine to turn around. Blaze was coached by Adam throughout the series before losing his knockout round match to Deanna Johnson. Blaze was originally discovered at The ARTS Convention in Orlando, Florida. He also starred in popular films When the Game Stands Tall and Underdogs. His skills include singing, piano, guitar, painting, drawing, football, track, and wrestling.

More about Nate Butler
Nate Butler is an American songwriter, music producer, vocal producer, and recording artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a part of 45 million records sold worldwide. Butler has worked with multi-platinum artists such as Luther Vandross, Victoria Beckham, Backstreet Boys and more. He helped launch the careers of many artists, such as the American Idols and others such as, S Club 7, Blue and Sugababes. He has racked up credits on blockbuster films such as Barbershop, Four Brothers, Dr.Dolittle 2, Save the Last Dance, and the Nickelodeon hit Jimmy Neutron.

Showcase Details

The International Arts Talent showcase takes place at The Grand Ballroom at Silverstar Casino.
Tickets are R550 per person and include the formal event and a three course meal.
For tickets, e-mail Admissions Director Elouise at itsartsafrica@gmail.com
Singers and actors perform on 2 October and models and dancers on 3 October.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

MTV Kanye West To Receive The "Video Vaguard Award" at 2015 VMAs

Credit: MTV
MTV (DStv channel 130) is set to award Kanye West with the VMA’s highest honour, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,” for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture The award will be presented during the live broadcast of the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT. MTV also revealed that Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will be performing at the awards, alongside previously announced performer The Weeknd. The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT. Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for “Jesus Walks,” to the mind-bending animation of “Heartless,” to the arresting imagery of “Bound 2”, he’s pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video. West is also known for some of the most visually stunning VMA performances to date including, 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves”, “Otis” with JAY Z in 2011, the innovative, theatrical staging and visuals of “Runaway” in 2010, his performance debut with auto-tune on “Love Lockdown” in 2008, the hugely-influential, Daft Punk-sampling “Stronger” and “Good Life” with T-Pain in 2007, the mega-hit “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005, and his VMA debut performance with a medley of “Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wire” featuring Chaka Khan in 2004. West joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and BEYONCÉ. The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date. MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.

Nick Soul continues to shine - this time in music!

Celebrated actor, singer and master of ceremonies, Nicholas Nkuna a.k.a Nick Soul has hooked up with award-winning music producer Kris J for his debut album project. Family, fans and friends of Nick Soul are in for a treat as one of the songs, “Colours” will be revealed during his 27th birthday celebration taking place this Sunday 30 August at the legendary Hard Rock CafĂ© in Sandton, Johannesburg.  Denise Zimba, the controversial Vuzu presenter, will be hosting the event. “I can’t wait to release my debut album, it’s inspired by my life journey with all its blessings, heartache, fun and so on; things that are common to all of us” commented Nick Soul. In 2012, Nick Soul was catapulted onto the world stage at the tender age of 23 when he was cast as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King, United Kingdom and Ireland tour. He was also the youngest (at age 22) to ever play ‘Phantom’ in Phantom of the Opera (Monte Casino Teatro, Johannesburg 2011-2012). Kris J has been on the South African Music scene for close to a decade and has worked with big names in the industry such as Euphonik, Oskido, Vusi Nova, DJ Cindo, Big Nuz, Donald and many more. “It’s expected for producers to give positive comments about the artists they work with but I must say Nick Soul is exceptional as he brings a unique style into the ever-changing music industry; I believe his style will resonate throughout Africa and beyond” shared Kris J. Other artists to Kris J’s resume include Stone Bwoy from Ghana, Victor Pedro from Nigeria, Buffalo Soldier from Zimbabwe and Big Nelo from Angola. From hustling in the in streets of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga to gracing world famous stages, Nick Soul is one of the freshest faces in Mzansi and is also well-known for his role as 'Sakhile' in SABC1's hit series Skeem Saam.

It's True! Iron Maiden heading to South Africa! (+ Slipknot and AC/DC rumoured to be here as well)

Rockers of South Africa, unite! Legendary rocker band Iron Maiden is heading to South Africa in 2016 as part of their The Book of Souls tour, which is also the title of their brand new album set for release on 4 September. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson will captain and pilot a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet to play six of the seven continents. South Africa, China and El Salvador is the countries the band will play for the first time. Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what Maiden fans can expect from The Book Of Souls World Tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks’ time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the Fan Club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.
* So rumours has been rife that AC/DC and Slipknot is coming to South Africa next year, and now it seems there are truth in these rumours! I will keep you posted. Seems like 2016 is going be one fucking rocking year in South Africa!

Friday, 21 August 2015

HOT! Dr. Dre - Compton

Hours before releasing his critically acclaimed third studio album Compton, a sixteen track effort that’s musically “ornate and grand-scaled”,as noted by the New York Times, and which is inspired by the sounds and sights of his iconic hometown, Dr. Dre announced plans to fund a new performing arts center in his old neighborhood. "I've been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn't quite figure out what it was," he told the Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in an interview conducted late last week. The idea’s genesis came from Compton Mayor Aja Brown; "she was already in the process of working on it,” Dre told Lowe, "so I said, 'Boom, this is what we should do!’” Compton, a body of work lauded by the Irish Times as “magnificent”, with “track after track rocking back and forth with a vibrant, invigorated and pointed momentum,” is rich with imagery and ideology about life in the infamous southern Los Angeles neighborhood. It has been heralded –via Rolling Stone, who remarks Compton “contains some of his most ambitious, idea-stuffed production ever,” the Guardian, who names Dre’s “gift for rejuvenation remarkable,” and Grantland who calls it “the first undeniably earth-shifting and socially abstract eyes-wide-open moment in a solo career” – as offering a unique new view of the city’s evolution over the last several decades, since Dr. Dre and N.W.A. put Compton on the cultural map with the 1988 release of their classic record, Straight Outta Compton.

HOT! Various Artists - Southpaw


Southpaw (OST) rocks! But no wonder, with Eminem as Executive Producer of the album, which includes two tracks from the multi-platinum rapper: the first single, “Phenomenal,” and “Kings Never Die,” featuring Gwen Stefani. Eminem also appears on two songs from his side project with Royce Da 5'9", Bad Meets Evil. In addition, the soundtrack includes music from 50 Cent, The Weekend, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, Slaughterhouse and more. In addition, the soundtrack includes two arrangements from the late James Horner, the Academy Award-winning composer (Titanic, Avatar) who scored the film and tragically passed away earlier this week.  The complete track-listing for the soundtrack is below. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield), is the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world (played by Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal). Hope seemingly has it all, with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle.  When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits bottom, and turns to an unlikely savior at a local gym, Tick Willis (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

ZONKE's back with new CD, Work of Heart

SA’s most celebrated female artist, Zonke Dikana - revealed her new album artwork for the first time on Instagram and Twitter yesterday announcing the surprise pre-order of Work of Heart on Apple Music today, ahead of her US trip. The multi-award winning R&B / Soul superstar is at a tipping point in her career with Work of Heart representing more than a culmination of Zonke’s recent experiences but a catalyst anticipating  the far-reaching ripple effects of its magnificence, artistry and relevance. A unique musical force – Zonke’s talents differentiate her not only as a vocalist but as composer and producer too, for her own work and that of other’s - defining her as the sole female hit-maker on the continent. Following her own journey of success with remarkably high standards of quality in everything she creates, Work of Heart is no exception in raising the benchmark for SA music across the continent. Zonke’s strength and resilience through life’s turbulent waves has allowed her to emerge into an even better, stronger, a more talented, more spectacular version of herself.   Work of Heart gives us a glimpse of that greatness channelled through music. “I write from the heart – I write for my fans – I write about what matters to me and I know someone out there is finding something in there for them,” says Zonke.

TRESOR Announces Debut Album 'VII'

DRC born singer-songwriter TRESOR has announced the upcoming release of his debut studio album VII, due out on 18 September through Sony Music Entertainment Africa (RCA Records)/Vth Season Audio. The album is available for pre-order on all digital service providers. VII features the hit singles “Mount Everest” featuring AKA (currently still charting on the airplay Top 100, with the video for the Freddy Verano remix on over 175 000 views online), as well as the current radio focus single “Never Let Me Go”, which climbed into the airplay Top 30 this week at #27. The album also includes additional collaborations with The Soil, Khuli Chana and Beatenberg.


JORDIN SPARKS Releases Third Studio Album, 'Right Here Right Now'

Sony Music Recording Artist Jordin Sparks has released her brand new studio album, Right Here Right Now, available on all digital service providers today. The Grammy®- Nominated singer/songwriter’s third-studio album can be purchased online. Right Here Right Now offers a broad spectrum of music ranging from power ballads, pop tempos, club infused mixes and a narrow focus around the essence of 90’s R&B. The 14-track standard album includes features from major recording artists B.o.B, J-Doe, 2 Chainz, Shaggy and Elijah Blake. The album’s lead single “Right Here Right Now” was officially released on last month. Since release, the official video has amassed over 1.2 million views, with strong TV rotation across channels in South Africa as well.


#HogHoggidyHog Special 20th Birthday Episode



It’s been nearly 3 months after the news of George Bacon’s passing shook Hogs’ friends, fans and the music industry. Last Saturday, on August the 15th the remaining Hog Hoggidy Hog members and special friends took to the stage to celebrate the legacy of George Bacon and 20 glorious years of #PorkRock. The SA Artist Spotlight team joined them at The Assembly (where they also performed their last show with George earlier this year) for a very special interview just before they kicked off their tribute celebration with The Rudimentals, 7th Son and Half Price with special appearances by Francois van Coke, George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence), Pete Grey (Half Price), John Shaban (The Shabeen), Nic Gaud (7th Son), T-Boss (The Rudimentals), Yanick Bathfield and Josh Riley (Grassy Spark), as well as Dominique Otto and Alex Muller (Peachy Keen), Grumble JVR (Alive at Midnight) and Theo Crous (Springbok Nude Girls). In this special episode Lee Lips, Sean Snout, Amos Keeto, Ross Dabone and Sean DV open up about the life of the Hogs without George and the experience in this chapter of their journey. They also express their gratitude to friends, fans and the industry for the overwhelming support and love they have received over the past couple of months.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

JACK PAROW'S memoir and tour with Dirt Nasty

Jack Parow at the Zwarte Cross Festival in The Netherlands
JACK PAROW REPRESENTED on his European tour performing at the Zwarte Cross Festival in The Netherlands and making thousands more new fans at Solar Festival (Netherlands) and Afro C festival in Belgium. Zwarte Cross was one of the best attended Netherlands festivals this season with an attendence of about 197 000 people over the festival period. “It was mind blowing!  For me as a South African musician to pull crowds of that size to my stage in another country was absolutely just crazy and humbling and just so many different feelings all in one,” says Parow about his success in Europe. This Spring he will remind local crowds about the power of a Parow performance.  Jack is flying down his American chommie, Dirt Nasty, so they can make mischief together on stages around the country on their F*k F*kkity F*k tour. But wait, there is more... Jack Parow’s memoir as told to Theunis Engelbrecht, Die ou met die snor by die bar (The guy with the moustache at the bar) will be out and on sale on this tour and don’t forget about his fancy Limited edition Debut Platinum Edition Vinyl which will also be on sale along with other lekker Parowphernalia goodies.

More about Die ou met die snor by die bar - (The guy with the moustache at the bar)
The book is about all the wild, crazy adventures that Jack has been on, as well as his childhood and younger days and how he set out to become the rap sensation that he is today. The story starts at his life behind the "boerewors-curtain" in Bellville and makes a couple of turns in Parow, The Netherlands, London, Los Angeles and Moscow. The stories behind his hits are disclosed as well as some of his lyrics which will appear in print for the very first time seeing as these don't feature in any of the CD-booklets. The book also contains some never-before-seen photos.

Author: Theunis Engelbreght
Release Date: 2 September, country-wide on 7 September
Published by: Penguin Random House South Africa

Tour dates:

1 September 2015
Line-up:  Jack Parow and Dirt Nasty
Venue: Aandklas
Address: 43A Bird Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 883 3545
Performance time: 23h00
Ticket price: R60 p/p
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596038660645334/


2 September 2015
Line-up: Jack Parow and Dirt Nasty
Venue: Assembly
Address: 61 Harrington Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 465 7286
Performance time: 23h00
Ticket price: Early bird: R50 p/p (only 100 available)
Pre-sold tickets: R60 p/p (only 200 available)
Tickets at the door: R80 p/p
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/882881095131133/

3 September 2015
Line-up:  Jack Parow and Dirt Nasty
Venue: Mystic Boer
Address: James Moroka Street, Potchefstroom
Contact: Eloise
Performance time: 23h00
Ticket price: R50 p/p
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/902950853122748/

4 September 2015
Line-up:  Jack Parow and Dirt Nasty
Venue: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
Address: 256 The Highway Street, Equestria
Contact: Rudolf 082 449 5144
Performance time: 22h00
Ticket price: R80 p/p
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/878204585593440/

5 September 2015
Line-up:  Jack Parow and Dirt Nasty
Venue: Rumours Lounge
Address: Shop 20 Palm Court, Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park
Contact: Fred - 079 825 7995
Performance time: 23h00
Ticket price: R80 p/p
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/902950853122748/

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR Skyn Heilig Weiss Bier Launch Tour


FOKOFPOLISIEKAR will release the last in their popular series of four craft beers, Skyn Heilig Weiss Bier, at the end of August.  Join Die Bende at Aandklas – Stellenbosch on the 26th, RAD in Centurion on the 28th or Aandklas in Pretoria on the 29th and come to taste what all the fuss is about.

DETAILS:

Date: 26 August 2015
Venue: Aandklas, Stellenbosch
Address: 43A Bird Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: Marcus 021 883 3545
Performance time: 22h00
Ticket price: R60
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1624362237820575/

Date:  28 August
Venue: RAD
Address: Southlake Centre, c/o Lenchen North & South Street, Centurion
Contact: Henkie - 073 156 7250
Doors open: 19h00
Performance time: 23h00
Ticket price: R80 - http://bit.ly/1BLwui4
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/285274478309616/

Date: 29 August
Venue: Aandklas Pretoria
Address: 494 Hilda Street
Contact: Rudi - 012 362 3712
Time: 22h00
Tickets: R60
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1452010455104596/