Thursday, 31 March 2016

Ronan Keating coming back to South Africa

Former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating will be bringing his TIME OF MY LIFE tour to South Africa in August 2016 performing in an intimate/up-close setting. Ronan Keating has achieved 40 million album sales with Boyzone, 22 million sales of his nine studio albums and 14 Solo Number One singles including ‘When You Say Nothing At All’, ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ and ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’.  He has performed in 50 countries and has won an Ivor Novello for writing ‘Pictures Of You’

Ronan has had great success from his acclaimed leading-man run in London’s West End musical ‘Once’ and 5 years as judge on X Factor Australia. It was recently announced that he will be joining the coaching panel on The Voice Australia and has also started artist managing after discovering and developing arena-filling Kodaline.

On his latest album ‘Time Of My Life’ Ronan commented ‘making this album has been very rewarding. It was like therapy’. The songs are instantly affecting of celebration and emotion, of love and loss, but more importantly, unblinking honesty’. For the album he worked with seasoned producers Steve Lipson (Hans Zummer, Pharrell Williams) and Peter Vettese (Annie Lennox, Simple Minds).

Ronan Keating will be performing a range of hits including his 14 solo number one singles as well as his new material from ‘Time of My Life’. Fans will get to experience the performance in an intimate configuration.

Cape Town: 17 August 2016: Grand Arena, GrandWest
Johannesburg: 18/19/20/21 August at Teatro at Montecasino

Thursday, 24 March 2016

CD! Gwen Stefani - This Is What the Truth Feels Like

Honestly, when I popped the This Is What the Truth Feels Like CD into the player on Wednesday, I was hoping to hear something in the line of Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004). Ok, maybe that was a bit much to expect, but hey, a guy can only hope. What I heard was something, uh, ok(ish). Not bad for Gwen Stefani, but also not brilliant (#Love. Angel. Music. Baby.). Yes, the lyrics talks about her divorce and yes the lyrics flirt with her new love of her life and yes, you can bob your head to the songs, but I'm missing something. It's like the CD is there, but the core is not. It's like Heaven without God or Hell without Lucifer (ok, the last one might be a bit harsh comparison). I'll always have a soft spot for Gwen - my mom of Ska (#No Doubt). Song Send Me A Picture is a bit different, dare to say experimental from the rest of the CD, and it works. Then there is Red Flags and Asking 4 It (featuring Fetty Wap). Good songs, just without a soul. No courage detected here. It's not that I don't like the CD, it just won’t be on repeated play in my car. #Pity.

HOT CD! Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made

You sometimes you hear a song that only reaches deep into your soul after a while? A song that grips you, makes you understand and brings a smile to your face but also an understanding of things. It was with the 2012 CD Heist that it happened to me. I was watching Ellen DeGeneres and this band, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, came on and sanh Same Love. I was hooked. I could not get the haunting chorus and the fast and furious rhymes out of my head. It was a beautiful song. It spoke to me. Not only because I am also a gay man, but also what the song means to the hip-hop and rap industry where being gay is sometimes frown upon. I started to keep a tab on the guys and when This Unruly Mess I've Made was released, honestly, it blew me away. Boom! Downtown  (featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz) and Dance Off (featuring Idris Elba and Anderson.Paak) gripped me by the balls. What two freakin' funky songs! The dudes does a mix of genres and they blend it perfectly together to create something so unique it can only be described as the perfect sound for a perfect album. Hauntingly beautiful song Kevin have a harsh reality check on overdosing on prescription drugs. That is why I like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, they put real life events into their songs. Sing & rap about stuff that is real. Not sugar-coated, but real. In your face. Other hit picks would be White Privilege II, Need To Know and Bolo Tie. 

CD! Michael W. Smith - Sovereign

Michael W. Smith, one of the Christian music industry's most enduring and well-loved artists, releases his first album, SOVEREIGN, with new label partner, Sparrow Records. The multi-platinum artist and 3-time Grammy award winner returns with his fourth album of worship and first since 2008's A NEW HALLELUJAH. In a career that boasts album sales of over 15 million, Smith's previous worship projects alone have sold well over 3 million albums which is a testament to the connection that these albums make and the trust that Smith has earned over the years in giving voice to the hearts of millions of fans around the globe.

THIEVE's second album 'Extra Ordinary' is here!

THIEVE is back with probably the best thing that can happen to your ears all year!  Their highly anticipated sophomore album, EXTRA ORDINARY is out on iTunes now! THIEVE are: Andrew Davenport (AKING), Fred Den Hartog (Die Heuwels Fantasties) and new addition, Sheldon Yoko (also drummer for Die Heuwels Fantasties). THIEVE loves collecting influences and taking little bits from different sounds – that’s where their name comes from. This album was years in the making.  The different sounds and themes on Extra Ordinary represent the different stages in THIEVE’s growth individually and as a unit up to this point. The sound of the album can best be described as “an eclectic representation of a wide variety of influences.”  They also call it Gutter Pop.

Republiek van Zoid Afrika goes big

The Republiek van Zoid Afrika Volume 3 CD and DVD are now available in stores nationwide. The CD can also be downloaded from iTunes.

Every episode of Republiek van Zoid Afrika (kykNET) ends with a performance by Zoid, together with her musical guest. Viewers can download the song from iTunes immediately. The current season (3) has already reached 5 no 1 positions on iTunes, following the 10 no 1 positions for RZA Season 2. Both CD`s (1 and 2) have reached gold status in sales and RZA Vol 2 has been on the SA Top 10 iTunes album list since September 2015. Musical guests with who Zoid has collaborated in the series so far include among others Claire Johnston, Vicky Sampson, Emo Adams, Carika Keuzenkamp, Leslie Javan, Koos Kombuis and Juanita du Plessis. All of these tracks are featured on the Volume 3 CD and DVD.

The current series ends on Thursday, April 7th and kykNET has announced a fourth series for July 2016.

The news that Republiek van Zoid Afrika won a SAFTA 2016 for best Talk Show has made Zoid and her team very happy. Zoid says: “We are absolutely delighted! To win a SAFTA is the greatest recognition on a national level in Film and Television. It really is an honor for us. My RZA team put so much love and effort into the production of each episode. But the biggest thanks go to the actual president of Zoid Afrika, our fearless director and producer, Carien Loubser. She is the smartest woman I know and the beloved captain of our circus -ship. I am very proud of everyone involved and I am grateful for the privilege to work with such a fantastic team.”

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Seal Live In South Africa

Seal has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and released a total of nine studio albums in his career so far. His inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 club smash “Killer” and another Top 10 hit “Crazy” arrived shortly thereafter as Seal went on to achieve global acclaim with his debut. 

With global smash hits including: ‘Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. Seal has won many music awards throughout his career including three Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he has received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musicially and Lyrically, in consecutive years for “Killer” and “Crazy”.

In 2012, Seal was one of the four vocal coaches in the first season of the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice and coached the series winner Karise Eden. Seal returned to The Voice in season two where he became the winning coach once again with winner Harrison Craig.

On his latest album release ‘7’ Seal commented, “ it concerns the most sung about, most talked about and most documented emotion – love”. He reunited with long-time collaborator producer Trevor Horn. This continued partnership began with his debut platinum certified release ‘Seal’ (1991) and continued with the quadruple-platinum ‘Seal II’ (1994), the gold selling “Human Being” (1998) and “Seal IV” (2003).

Seal will be performing in South Africa in June 2016 for three nights only in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Sunday 12th June 2016: Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg
Tuesday 14th June 2016: ICC Durban Arena   
Thursday 16th June 2016: Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

“Welcome to the Show”- Adam Lambert

Multi-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert will release his brand new single “Welcome to the Show” on Friday 18 March on iTunes.  The track was recorded recently in NYC on a day off from his ‘The Original High’ Tour. Shares Adam:  “I wanted to surprise my fans with a new, uplifting anthem for the spring. I asked Max Martin for help and he paired me up with two great writers and producers; Ali Payami, who worked with me on 'Ghost Town,' and Swedish star Laleh who is also a featured vocalist on the track. I feel this song will give people strength to be exactly who they are." Adam had a hugely successful 2015 when his latest album, THE ORIGINAL HIGH, debuted in the US top 3, UK top 10 and the top 3 worldwide. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year as well with his brand new single, his worldwide solo tour, headlining festivals with Queen, a new track with Steve Aoki, and playing Eddie in the 2 hour Fox television event for ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’

That’s How We Roll with Jack Parow

JACK PAROW and his daredevil friend, Hardus Van Deventer, have set off on their Harley Davidson bikes to shoot a 9 episode motorcycle adventure across South Africa’s breathtaking landscape. Hardus challenged his old friend to the motorcycle tour of his life and the Jack Parow management agreed to give the rapper some time off if he is willing to play shows in all 9 provinces during the 30 day expedition.  The challenge was accepted! The pair will visit legendary sites and places along the way, while also exploring our country’s motorcycle culture and see how Parow fits in and adapts.  Jack and Hardus will take the viewer to local pubs, locations, chat to inspirational and interesting characters and face some adrenaline driven challenges along the way. This old friendship promises to provide great entertainment but also holds the risk of some potential drama and fireworks. Dis Hoe Ons Rol (That’s How We Roll) is produced for kykNET (DSTV channel 114) and will premiere July this year.

The Parlotones Announce Full South African Orchestrated Tour 2016

After a successful 2015 which saw The Parlotones complete 3 successful tours of South Africa as well as a tour of Europe, The Parlotones are pleased to announce their first instalment of 2016, ‘The Parlotones Orchestrated.’ This will see the band take their hits to venues across the country together with a chamber ensemble which has been arranged and will be conducted by composer and acclaimed musician, Brendan Jury.

By incorporating the chamber ensemble, The Parlotones hope to display contemporary yet classical versions of their extensive discography whilst still treating fans to everything they have grown to love about the Parlotones in a welcoming and energetic offering.

‘The Parlotones Orchestrated’ takes place in 6 cities across South Africa – Full Tour schedule:

3 April 2016 - Old Mutual Music at The Lake – Durban -  Tickets at www.webtickets.co.za
6 April 2016 - Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre – Welkom - Tickets at www.ticketpro.co.za
8 April 2016 - Feathermarket Hall - Port Elizabeth - Tickets at www.ticketpro.co.za
15 April 2016 - Artscape Opera House - Cape Town - Tickets at www.computicket.co.za
22 April 2016 - The Teatro at Montecasin -  Johannesburg - Tickets at www.ticketpro.co.za
29 April 2016 - Emnotweni Casino – Nelspruit - Tickets at www.ticketpro.co.za

Friday, 11 March 2016

Megadeth - Dystopia

Dystopia weaves together Dave Mustaine’s intricate and unique song writing style, trademark leads and lightning riffs with harmonious precision, paying homage to MEGADETH’s influential roots while continuing to break new and heavy ground. MEGADETH burst onto the thirty years ago, virtually inventing a genre with their debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! (recently recognized by VH1 as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time). sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 11 Grammy® nominations, scoring five consecutive platinum albums—including 1992’s two-million-selling Countdown to Extinction.

Cassper Nyovest to open for Nicki Minaj on SA tour

Record-breaking South African hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest will join American rap heavyweight Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint Tour that is set to enthrall Johannesburg 17, 18 and Durban on 20 March 2016, promoters AIREY SCOTT have confirmed.

On the first date of Minaj’s hotly awaited South African tour, 17 March, the Mafikeng-born Motswako rapper will return to the same stage where he made history last October: he was the first local act to sell out the 20 000-capacity Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg as part of his successful #FiilUpTheDome campaign.

Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, will also perform with Minaj at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on 20 March.
Since bursting onto the local music scene in 2013, Nyovest has racked up two hit albums, Tsholofelo and Refiloe, spawning hits such as Le Mpitse, Doc Shebeleza, Tsibip, Ghetto, Mama I Made It, Phumakim and Gusheshe – which fans can expect to hear during his appearances on Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour.

He has won national music accolades at the Metro FM, Channel O and South African Hip-Hop Awards, as well as the SAMA for Best Newcomer, and was named MTV Base’s Hottest MC of 2015. The rapper has also been nominated for a number of international awards, including the BET Awards and the MTV European Music Awards.
To date, Nyovest has worked with illustrious names such as Anatii, DJ Drama, Riky Rick, Major League, American rappers The Game and Talib Kweli.

The wildly popular local artist with his signature hairstyle, dance moves and rap delivery joins Grammy Award-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj, who continues to break records and influence global pop culture.
Her critically lauded third album, The Pinkprint, topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her status as rap's reigning queen. She has garnered 10 Grammy nominations to date, in addition to a raft of American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues including London’s O2 Arena and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She has stamped her mark on American Idol as a judge and, as an actress, has appeared in films such as Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman and the forthcoming release, Barbershop 3.
South African fans can look forward to the flamboyant rap queen performing a selection of hits from her three albums, including her latest offering.

Tickets for the Nicki Minaj Pinkprint Tour can be purchased from www.ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices starting at R490.

Woodstock Live, Sunday 20 March 2016 - Music For The Soul

The Kaggen Music and Film Trust is planning a series of diverse, multi-faceted events in Cape Town in 2016. Woodstock Live is about establishing an environment of creative expression and engagement through spontaneous and meaningful cultural conversations and innovative ideas to promote artistic integrity and fearlessness. Various socially-focused music events consisting of a series of multi genre park festivals, a tea party for the elderly and a music festival for children will be staged at Trafalgar Park, District 6, Woodstock, throughout the year. The Woodstock Live brand is inviting Cape Town communities and neighbourhoods to connect with each other through these events.

The line-up includes the following popular South African artists, who all in their own way, have fascinating stories to tell in terms of their musical journeys:

GoodLuck is one of South Africa`s most successful live electronic bands. Their music is an irresistible blend of electronica, pop and subtle influences of jazz. GoodLuck pushes boundaries with their unconventional approach to music and created a sound that is thoroughly their own. They have been taking this sound to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK over the past three years and have had major radio success with various strong singles up to date. They have shared stages with Groove Armada, Bassment Jaxx, The Petshop Boys, Goldfish and Paul Oakenfold to name a few.  They have also performed at sold out concerts in Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

As one of the biggest DJ`s in South Africa, Das Kapital regularly headlines both festivals and club nights across the country, bringing a party vibe allied with his excellent technical skills. His is known for the brilliance of his DJ sets and an ability to read a crowd, to whom he transmits the infectious energy of his performances. This forceful pioneer in electro knows no musical limits, exploring the endless ways in which sounds can be combined - bringing brand new experiences of musical bliss with each set.  “This ambitious tastemaker increasingly has his eye on the international market and wants to help South African musicians realise their potential.” – Destiny Magazine Top 40 South Africans November 2015

Tresor brings a new pop sound, moulded in Africa, for the world to enjoy. Born in Congo, he moved to SA to pursue his music career. The journey started with him being a car guard in Durban. Seven years later he is now signed to Sony and also has a global deal with Ultra Music. Tresor has collaborated with Beatenberg and The Kiffness and performed alongside Eddie Grant, Freshlyground, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Just Jinjer and Johnny Clegg to name a few. His debut album “VII” was released in September 2015.

In an age of the over-hype and mass manufacture of sounds, Mix n Blend brings a fresh groove of sonic originality. Hailing from the sound-soacked streets of Cape Town and needing no introduction, the double SAMA nominated duo has been giving electro boogie lovers a reason to throw their hands in the air and dance like no one is watching since 2001. They deliver an array of musical experiences, from easy skanking reggae rhythms to hip hop, fierce funk and tearing drum n bass beats. One thing is for sure – each track is designed to ensure maximum dance floor enjoyement and participation.

Los Tacos is a 10 piece, up - tempo Latino Fusion band which sings and raps exclusively in Spanish. Brewing together the edgier parts of hip hop, psych-rock and ska, Los Tacos have an electrifying sound that is all about the fiesta! The frontman Jeronimo de Los Rios, is a Colombian born and raised artist. Their music is a mix of originals and South American covers - fun, sexy, Latino grooves keep everyone dancing all night. With a mix of Colombian and Capetonian blood, the Latin American Fiesta is here!

Master of staging creative Guerrilla performances through the guise of the most acclaimed Commander to ever lead the Royal Corps, the renowned advisor DJ InviZAble is a mythical being who travelled from a distant highland tribe and has been on guard at the front line of the freedom group known as Gazelle. Now the advisor has taken to the podium with a revolutionary DJ performance to protect the Real World against dark forces. Relying on his trusty AX synth and the latest in audio hardware weaponry to defeat Anarchy, he combines laser sharp keytar solos with explosive dance moves. DJ InviZAble does not fight the forces of Anarchy alone. Teaming up with his most trusted Comrade, The Computer General, there is no dance floor left undefended.

South African singer/songwriter Manny Walters may describe his sound as 'electric rhythm & blues/garage soul.’ Influenced by greats such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Tracy Chapman and Sly Stone, Walters delivers his socially conscious and intelligently poised lyricism with the kind of passionate, soulful intensity that is as timeless in its ambition as it is inspirational in its contemporary appeal. Having just released his debut EP with bassist Robert Scott and drummer Asher Gamedze, Walters is the kind of emerging artist who will readily find favor with those who desire music that appeals to the conscience just as easily as it satisfies the soul.

Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions is an Afro/Indie pop-rock band from Cape Town. With their single “Easy Love” recently making the 5fm New Music Nation playlist, this dynamic trio are not wasting time in finding their spot in the local music scene. Co-founded by Ben Dey (vocals) and Ongoma Mona (guitar) in 2015, they are joined by the percussionist, Alex Birns. Their fusion of local and international sounds creeps into your bones and makes you want to move – an experience that not only fills your heart and mind, but brings an energy that is so addictive it fills every fibre of your being.

The Liminals draw inspiration from a melting pot of styles and flavours and combine their dynamic stage presence and eclectic tunes to create an effortlessly memorable performance. Comprising of the wildly energetic front man Aviwe Sikile, Dylan Fine on lead guitar, Angus Hardcastle on bass and Mitchell Davies on drums, the band is widely known for their signature sound – a fusion of funk, indie-rock, jazz, blues, various african styles and even ska.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

ARTIST TO WATCH OUT FOR! Lukas Graham - Lukas Graham

Danish pop act, Lukas Graham, shot to the top of the charts of countries all around the world with their smash hit single '7 Years'. The track has been a huge hit here in South Africa and the group are preparing the release of their new album. The song has become a huge radio hit thanks to its catchy hooks and emotional storytelling. "It's an album that encompasses a lot of emotions about family and friends, and the whole the community vibe," Lukas said on the upcoming album. "I think the album gets around a lot of different subjects." Pre-order the album here and get '7 Years' and 'Mama Said' instantly.

HOT RELEASE! Deftones - Gore

Hard rockers, Deftones, are back with a bang! The band has been locked away in studio recording their upcoming eighth studio album 'Gore' and it finally drops this April! The band released the album's lead single 'Prayers/Triangles' this month and it has cemented the band as one of the greatest metal acts in music today. "The songs have a lot of different moods." Deftones frontman Chino Moreno said on the upcoming album. He also revealed that this isn't a "happy record," but also "not a completely angry record". The album drops on the 8th of April, but is available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Artist Of The Month: Birdy

It's been close to three years since Birdy released her last album 'Fire Within'. In March, however, the English musician is dropping her highly anticipated third studio album 'Beautiful Lies'. The album's lead single 'Keeping Your Head Up' has taken radio stations around the world by storm and the album is expected to do the same. “This is my coming of age record. I’ve learned so much in the last few years and have been able to use the many experiences – good and bad – as inspiration when writing this album," Birdy says. "This is the album that I’ve been able to steer most confidently and proudly, from the writing to the production to the artwork. A lot of the album is about finding light in the dark and overcoming the times when we feel completely lost.” 'Beautiful Lies' drops on the 25 March.

NICKI MINAJ - EXTRA DATE added to JHB (18 March)

Local fans just can’t get enough of the first lady of hip-hop

Due to unprecedented public demand for Nicki Minaj tickets, the promoters of the American rap sensation’s upcoming South African tour have announced an extra Johannesburg date.

Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour will now invade Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome on 17 and 18 March 2016, with Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium hosting the flamboyant Anaconda hitmaker on 20 March 2016 and Cape Town’s Grand West Arena wrapping up the tour in style on 22 March 2016.

Tickets for the new and existing concert dates are currently on sale at www.ticketpros.co.za and Edgars stores.

Says David Airey, of tour promoter Airey Scott Entertainment: “We have been blown away by South Africans’ response to Nicki Minaj’s upcoming tour, proving that she is unquestionably one of the world’s hottest live entertainment acts at the moment. Tickets have literally been flying and we are thrilled that we could persuade her management to add an extra concert to accommodate the massive demand for tickets.”

Grammy-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj is touring in support of her critically acclaimed third album, The Pinkprint, which topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In what has been described internationally as an “epic” concert experience, complete with a series of jaw-dropping outfits, she will be performing a selection of hits from her three albums, and South Africans can look forward to a spectacular show that pulls out all the stops.