Thursday, 30 June 2016

Francois van Coke going to be a dad!

Exciting news! Solo artist and lead singer of the Afrikaans rock group, Fokofpolisiekar, Francois van Coke and his wife Lauren have wonderful news to share:

“Lauren and I are very excited to become the parents of a baby girl!  She is coming in November and we can’t wait!” says Francois.

Except for this announcement, Francois and Lauren have decided not to grant any further interviews about the pregnancy.

Francois is however always open to talking about his music projects which include his upcoming second solo album and Fokofpolisiekar’s #swanesang10 tour and vinyl release.

LOOK OUT FOR THIS! DJ Khaled - Major Key

Multiplatinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer DJ Khaled unveils the cover art and July 29th release date for his highly anticipated ninth full-length album, MAJOR KEY. The CD is available to pre-order now on iTunes. The pre-order grants instant grat downloads of DJ Khaled’s first two singles from MAJOR KEY - "For Free" feat. Drake and "I Got the Keys" feat. Jay-Z & Future. DJ Khaled exclusively premiered the music video for “I Got The Keys” during the BET Awards Post-Show. The song itself bridges eras of hip-hop, uniting three true innovators. Taking Khaled’s vision, Jay-Z’s legendary wordplay, and Future’s otherworldly knack for a transcendent hook, it’s a musical dynamo of downright epic proportions. The music video, directed by Daniel Kaufman, boasts cameos from some of the biggest names in rap music and pop culture, including T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, and A$AP Ferg as well as Future and Jay-Z in a rare and much sought-after music video appearance. All of hip-hops finest look their finest, sporting dapper suits and exuding charisma and charm. With this cast, narrative, and visuals, it’s practically ready for the box office and stands poised to leave an indelible impact on music history. It's been a monumental week for DJ Khaled. It kicked off with an epic appearance and album cover reveal last Thursday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and culminated in a classic BET Awards appearance and "I Got the Keys" video premiere. The year clearly already belongs to Khaled.  He teamed up with Zane Lowe and Beats 1 to debut the album’s first single "For Free" and it's been a radio staple ever since. Khaled is currently starring in two Apple Music commercials; one alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell and "another one" alongside the brilliant Ray Liotta. Khaled also graces the current Cover of The Source. Khaled is going to have his most major moment yet with MAJOR KEY.

Jägermeister Presents Up The Creek 2017

Ticket sales for one of the most loved summer festivals in the Western Cape, Jägermeister presents Up The Creek 2017 (26 - 29 January 2017), are now open. Although we are currently all wrapped up in scarves and coats, a little dreaming of superb live acts in the summer sun, carefree in a beautiful river, with good friends and lilos of all shapes and sizes, is just the thing to warm us up. Something amazing to look forward to! Over the past 26 years, Up The Creek has grown into the ‘finest little festival’ on the banks of the Breede River. Music lovers, partygoers and contenders for the ‘Anything That Floats’ competition come together for a weekend of partying and dancing to incredible music. The river stage is unique to Up The Creek: it is literally built on the edge of the river bank so that everyone can enjoy the music while splashing in the water and floating on lilos. Just imagine the fun and good vibes and then book your ticket to make this weekend come true.

Line up announcements will begin in September. We have been keeping a close eye on the live music scene during the past year to make sure we bring you only the best and most vibrant music that SA currently has to offer. Tickets are R970 at http://www.upthecreek.co.za/tickets/ Tickets are for whole weekend access only (arrive any day Thurs – Sun). The intimacy of the festival that has made Up The Creek so popular is due to the fact that there are only 2700 tickets available. We recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. We will not be releasing any more tickets. No under 18`s.

LEGEND! Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney

This is the only comprehensive career collection released of Paul McCartney's solo works (outside of the The Beatles) from his 45 year solo career. The collection was personally curated by Paul McCartney and many tracks have been remastered for this collection. 'Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to. Maybe to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home, or at a party with friends. So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse play lists from various periods of my long and winding career. The word career is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job. It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I've been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others. But on my next long car journey this will be the soundtrack for the ride, and a great ride it has been coming up with these songs. So jump in your hot rod or relax in your hot bath and give these ditties a spin and remember that if half of the pleasure we had in putting this collection together communicates itself to you, we ll all be riding high!' - Paul McCartney

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

WATCH THIS! Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors Live

Smoke + Mirrors Live celebrates Grammy® Award winners Imagine Dragons decibel-busting, spectacular live show. Capturing one incredible night in Toronto, it sees the band rapturously received by a crowd of 15,000 screaming fans. The band’s phenomenal performance features their multi-platinum hits including Radioactive, I Bet My Life, Shots, Gold and Demons, as well as fan favourites from their first two records and the never before played live, Thief.

HOT CD! Nick Jonas - Last Year Was Complicated

A polished break-up album from one of pop’s leading men, Last Year Was Complicated reflects Nick Jonas’ transition into adulthood. But he's careful not to overstate the album's purpose. It's sexy without being scandalous (“I’ll never get over not getting under you,” he winks on the R&B-leaning “Under You,”) and meditative but not mopey (he toyed with naming the album after the heart breaking ballad "Unhinged" before going with something a little less woeful). And with help from Max Martin (Taylor Swift, The Weeknd), his signature, smart pop sound remains perfectly intact, even if Jonas himself is on the mend. Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor Nick Jonas is best known as one-third of the hugely popular Disney Channel sibling pop/rock act the Jonas Brothers. After 2010, Nick has focused primarily on his own career, releasing solo material, appearing in musicals, and acting in film and television. A performer since the age of seven (the age at which he joined the Broadway cast of Annie Get Your Gun), Nicholas made his songwriting debut in 2002, when a holiday tune he'd co-written with his father found its way onto a Broadway Christmas album. A contract with Columbia Records followed two years later.

MUST LISTEN! Elvis Blue - Optics

Elvis Blue has established himself as one of the most prominent artists of the past 5 years since winning Idols in 2010. Not one to rest on his laurels after his debut album went Platinum and won him his first SAMA, Elvis Blue’s subsequent 3 albums each went either Gold or Platinum and all have won SAMA awards. Currently riding on the high from his most recent SAMA win, Elvis’s new album Optics is his first English album in 3 years and judging by fans’ initial reaction to the first single “The Tide”, is bound to be another trophy in Elvis’s impressive collection.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Prime Circle rocking the world

After a grueling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase their Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In. Gauteng fans will be rocked with two picnic style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 13 August and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on 14 August 2016.

SANBI and Hilltop Live in association with TUKS FM Presents: Prime Circle - To the Roots. A two stop Botanical Gardens tour showing the band have not forgotten where they came from. These two shows are set to welcome back Prime Circle to South Africa and ushers in the outdoor shows that come with the changing of the Seasons. Multi award-winning band, Prime Circle continuously proves that after 15 years in the game, they are as relevant in the world of rock, as they have ever been.

The release of the 18-track Let the Night In – Deluxe Edition sees a further progression of the band’s ever-evolving rock sound, which has ventured into bold new places since Prime Circle was formed 15 years ago.

Prime Circle toured Europe during May and June, playing at the Rock im Revier festival in Dortmund and at Rockavaria festival in Munich, Germany whereafter they went on to play Rock in Vienna in Austria to rave reviews. Aside from appearing on the bill at these massive alternative rock/metal festivals, the band also performed in Hannover, Dresden, Leipzig, Flensburg, Hamburg, Freiburg, Saarbrücken and Mannheim during this period.

Upon their return to South Africa, Prime Circle are set to play at OppiKoppi 22: For the lovely young taken to THE UNSEA. These will be their first performances back on home soil/dust. The “Back to the Roots” Botanical gardens shows will then be their first family friendly shows.

HOT CD! Jesse Clegg - Things Unseen

Jesse Clegg recently released his new CD ‘Things Unseen,’ and it's a hot one! It is the first locally recorded album since his first album, ‘When I Wake Up.’ The album was produced by Denholm Harding in Potchefstroom at Light Stain Studios and in Johannesburg at B Sharp Studios; it was mixed by Denholm and Ewald Van Rensburg.

Jesse Clegg started writing the songs whilst in New York in 2013 and finished all the writing back home in South Africa in his own studio in Johannesburg. Jesse explains how the album was recorded, “It was a fantastic and challenging experience, I wanted to move away from guitar as my primary writing instrument and incorporate new elements. Many of the songs were written with piano and electro soundscapes and rhythms. Technology played a big part in the making of the productions, using the studio as a tool to arrange the music around the emotional quality of the songs.”

‘Things Unseen,’ features 10 original tracks, with ‘Use Me’ and ‘Souvenir’ being the first two singles released last year. His latest single, ‘Breathing’ ft. Shekhinah was released on Saturday, 14 May on 947 & KFM’s #CokeTop40SA chart show to an amazing response, which saw the song play listed immediately.

Jesse has a widespread influence in his music, but this album showcases just how multi-talented he is. “I've always been musically curious in my writing and this album explores a diverse range of song styles and genres, there are influences of urban house, contemporary electro, indie rock and folk music,” says Jesse on where exactly his influences came from for this album. According to Jesse Clegg, the album title reflects the personal and introspective themes of the songs.

“Things Unseen are the hidden messages behind what is observable; those moments in life when a truth is revealed to us - either about ourselves or about the world around us. The feeling of being on a great search to find the meaning of love, loss, friendship, alienation, joy and ultimately our place in the world. Those are things unseen, unobservable, only felt.” – Jesse Clegg

Jesse Clegg is Mr Success

‘Breathing’ is the brand new single by singer-songwriter, Jesse Clegg which features talented songstress, Shekhinah.
The latest offering is the latest single off of his upcoming album, ‘Things Unseen,’ set to be released this June. Jesse is fresh off of a massive North American tour, which saw him play 35 shows and drove 17 000 miles.

‘Breathing’ was recorded in Light Stain Studios in Potchefstroom and B Sharp Studios in Johannesburg, and it was produced by SAMA nominated Denholm Harding.

When asked about the concept behind the song, Jesse Clegg had this to say, “I wanted it to feel like an emotional song but still upbeat and full of energy. I wrote ‘Breathing,’ with a female collaborator in mind, and when I heard Shekhinah's music, I knew that she had an amazing voice and a great vibe. It was awesome recording it with her and she brought a lot of emotion to the song. It is about two people who have to help each other to find a way out of a dark situation. A collaboration on the track made sense and she immediately got what the song was about and brought her own unique intensity to it.”

‘Breathing’ by Jesse Clegg ft. Shekhinah is available for download on iTunes. You can see Jesse at Café Roux in Noordhoek on 7 and 8 July.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

NOT TO MISS! Blink 182 - California

It's one of the most exciting comebacks of 2016! After dropping 'Neighbourhoods' back in 2011, Blink 182 are back with a bang! The band drop their seventh record, California, early next month. This album is also the band's first with new vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba who replaced Tom DeLonge. The album's lead single 'Bored To Death' was released last month and gives listeners a taste on the material they can expect this time around. "The topics are universal. There is a lot of angst that could be teen angst or it could be angst of everyday life. I still have the same emotions I had 20 years ago," Mark Hoppus said on the album.

HONNE - Warm On A Cold Night

British electronic act, HONNE, have done big things with the their current single 'Someone That Loves You'. The track is fast-becoming one of the most popular electronic tracks of 2016. Izzy Bizu joins the act on vocals and the chemistry is electrifying. Although the band has released a few EPs over the years, they will finally be dropping their debut studio album 'Warm On A Cold Night' next month. There is definitely something special about this band and we're really proud to be releasing the album. Pre-order it on iTunes here and get five tracks instantly.

The Peppers Are Back With A Bang!

Believe it or not but the Red Hot Chili Peppers dropped their 11th studio album 'the GETAWAY' this month. The band revealed that they had been working on a collection of songs which were put on hold after Flea broke his arm. Once recovered, their long-time producer Danger Mouse asked if they were keen to collaborate on another album and the rest is history. The lead single 'Dark Necessities' has been met with many positive reviews and, naturally, many fans around the world are excited to hear what they have worked on this time around. 'the GETAWAY is out now so get your copy on iTunes!

BET To Honour Akon With The Bet “Global Good” Award

BET (DStv channel 129) unveiled hip-hop superstar and global humanitarian Akon as the recipient of the 2016 Global Good Award at the “BET Awards”. The second annual Global Good Award is presented as a part of the “BET Awards” and honours individuals championing endeavours which positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world. A Grammy- and BET Award-nominated, two-time multi-platinum musical artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon holds a place in industry history as one of music's most influential voices and is this year’s 2016 Global Good Award honouree.

Born in America to Senegalese parents, Akon developed a love for Senegal and deep desire to help the nation’s youth. In 2007, he launched the Konfidence Foundation, dedicated to providing Senegalese youth with educational resources and access to health services. In 2014, Akon co-founded “Akon Lighting Africa", which currently brings solar-powered electricity to the homes of over 600 million people in more than 11 countries in rural Africa. He also helped launch the Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali, where engineers will be taught how to develop solar power, and has expanded his impact beyond Africa by teaming up with government officials in several Latin American countries, including Brazil, to bring electricity to needy homes.

The Global Good Award will be presented by Eva Marcille and Jidenna as a part of the “BET Awards.”

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the “BET Awards” will include performances by Usher, Future, Bryson Tiller, Alicia Keys and Maxwell with special performances in honour of the late pop icon Prince by Sheila E., Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, The Roots and more. The star power continues as Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, DJ Khaled and many others will take the stage as presenters during the 16th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event.

The BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Locnville's new album 'Taste The Weekend - HOT!

Twin brothers Andrew and Brian Chaplin (Locnville) are making more musical memories, this time on a global scale with their latest body of work, ‘Taste The Weekend’. Inspired by the sounds of future dancehall and indeed the deep house scene of South Africa, Locnville, alongside such passionate SA talent as Hendrik Joerges and Sketchy Bongo, and proven International hit-makers Esjay Jones (Selena Gomez) & Trey Vittetoe (Miley Cyrus & Selena Gomez) and Narinder Singh (Timbaland), have produced an honest, bold coming of age statement – a cinematic, edgy and mostly upbeat affair with hook-filled new material which will drag fans, new and old, on the next leg of their journey which started in 2009 with ‘Sun In My Pocket’. Of ‘Taste The Weekend’ Andrew says ‘this record is the perfect amalgamation of all the sounds that you’ve come to expect from us, with of course a bit of experimentation in there too. We focused on making a uniquely African sound with an international flavor, which I think really comes across in this. It’s been almost a year in the making between South Africa and the States, and I am very proud to put our name to this.’ The lead track on the album, ‘Grapevine’, is a slice of rolling electro-hop that glitches and twists, underneath their signature matter-of-fact rhyming.  This is quickly followed by ‘Better’ the twins musical nod to the progressive hip-hop of Rae Sremmurd & Chance The Rapper, which gives us a glimpse of the brothers’ growth beyond the suburbs of their youth. Second single ‘Cold Shoulder’ co-produced with SA’s Sketchy Bongo bounces its way into your head and goes round and round for days, as a great pop single should.  The title track, which underneath guest vocliast Roxy’s sultry refrain, hides a dark edge evoking the feelings of a Sunday morning come to soon.  The sun comes out for ‘Just Like Me’, which bubbles and scrapes before revealing itself as the self-effacing cousin of ‘Cold Shoulder’. There’s no time for sleep or chilling, as we go back to the club with ‘All For You’, ‘Santa Monica Drive’ and ’25’.  The phased vocals and electro-dub of ‘Golden Trinkets’ closes the loop. Hit repeat. Through musical and social experimentation, this multi-platinum selling, award-winning electronic pop duo have expanded upon their musical legacy as they stare introspectively into their future.

HOT new band Boketto is making waves in the local music landscape

New on the South African musical scene, Boketto is a 5-piece band formed by singer-songwriter Callum Kuhl and guitarist David Arnot who met in high school in Johannesburg. In December 2015, after moving to Cape Town they recorded an album titled 'About You', a hybrid jazz, blues rock, folk, improvisation and groove-based album. Single ‘All I Want’ was released nationwide to radio in June and it's blasting up charts. It’s a song about love as a vice and an addiction. It’s a positive and negative look on a universal subject, bound together by a moody Jazz sonic landscape. Lead Singer / Songwriter Callum's vocals and acoustic guitar form the foundation for many of the songs alongside Dave's melodic and improvisational approach to lead guitar. Featuring the effortless but ferocious rhythmical drive of legendary South African jazz/rock drummer Kevin Gibson and the percussive prowess of Ronan Skillen on Tabla, Udu and percussion, Boketto lends from and combines sounds and genres across the spectrum, from esoteric to pop, from traditional to modern. Inspired by bands the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Radiohead, Alt-J, Carlo Mombelli, Atoms for Peace and more, this is a debut album far more mature than the age of the members creating it. The name Boketto is derived from the Japanese word meaning ‘The act of gazing vacantly into the distance, without thinking’. Callum notes – “I chose the name because the word itself has no direct English translation, the shortest way we can express it is ten words long, yet there’s this one idea in another language that captures it more perfectly in just one word. I believe music operates similarly - music has the potential to capture an expression of emotion better than five hours of talking. The artwork, a joint creation by Callum and his girlfriend Yuma is inspired by Yuma’s Mandala artwork. The experience of music comes from its ability to create the spectrum between beauty, symmetry, and what might seem like random choices and chaos. Callum adds – “The image of the cats creating a yin and yang surrounded by crashing waves is a reference to our beloved cat Alphonse who was knocked over by a car and killed. The cats are natural, beautiful and perfect, but they are being washed away by waves, a chaotic natural force that can take things from you without a moment’s notice. The cats are also a reference to our favourite writer; the Japanese author Haruki Murakami”. The album is titled ‘About You’ because, as Callum notes – “a lot of the lyrics have non-specific metaphors in them. While they mean a lot to me, I hope the feeling people get from the album is one that affirms their search for themselves”. Stand out tracks on ‘About You’ include the Led Zeppelin inspired ‘River Truth’, a song Callum wrote after attending his first Opikoppi and deciding he wanted to write a song he could perform there. As Callum recalls – “We were in traffic for 8 hours on the way home from Opikoppi with one Robert Plant CD and I heard the song ‘Mighty Rearranger’ dozens of times, it’s style influenced the sound quite a bit”. Another special track is ‘Yuma’ a song about love and the hope of its return even in times of separation. “I wrote this song as gift to my girlfriend on our 3rd anniversary, and the lyrics, ‘I’ll hold you in my arms, just come the new year’ were written when I thought she would probably be moving back. She didn’t, although we’re still together now and both in Cape Town so I’d say it’s a hopeful song”. ‘Changes’, an equally important song is about major life changes, amidst previous comfort zones. Callum notes, “When I got to university, everything about life started changing rapidly. I wrote this song to mark a kind of shift in my perspective to the idea that change in life is constant”. With an impressive line-up of experienced musicians and ground breaking music, the future looks very bright for Boketto.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Winner of M-Net’s The Voice SA Richard Stirton releases his debut single!

The Voice SA winner Richard Stirton released his debut single ‘What Tears Me The Most’ and it has already reached the Number 1 spot on the South African iTunes charts! Richard has been on a rollercoaster ride since winning The Voice SA on M-Net on 22 May having already earned his first major accolade of an iTunes #1 with his rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ from the hit show. Of this incredible journey Richard said, “These have been the most surreal last few months and I cannot believe I finally have the opportunity to start releasing original music. I am feeling very blessed and I hope that everybody enjoys the music I have to share.” He recently recorded his first original single, What Tears Me The Most, over a number of days in Johannesburg in early June. This heart-warming single was penned by Brit Awarding winning artist James Bay and is perfectly suited to Richard’s organic, authentic voice and magnetic sincerity. Talking of his single, Richard says “I hope that people are able to connect with the song on a number of levels, but especially a lyrical connection, because at the end of the day music is all about the message.” Richard is currently working on material for a full length album set for release in early August.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR: Another 10 Year Celebration is in order

It is ten years since FOKOFPOLISIEKAR released Swanesang, their last full length album up to date, and true to form they have plans to celebrate this.

2006 was the year that FOKOFPOLISIEKAR released the Brand Suid-Afrika EP, was caught amid a ravaging media storm, recorded Swanesang at B Sharp Studios in Boksburg.  Their drummer, Jaco Snakehead Venter jumped out of the band’s tour van and broke his arm.  Justin Kruger had to temporarily replace him.  It was 100% rock 'n roll chaos. Die Bende released Swanesang, and felt driven to the point where they had to call a hiatus or call it quits.

The culturally and historically significant imprint they were making was the furthest thing from their minds as they were individually trying to figure out their way forward. "2003 – 2006 was a crazy roller-coaster ride. None of us were ready for how intense the ride was going to be. The touring and endless parties started taking its toll. We had to make a decision. Now, 10 years later, I can confess that we made the right one. The 8 months break we took in 2007 was the best move we as a band could have made,’’ says Wynand Myburgh, manager and bassist of Fokofpolisiekar.

It is ten years later and the Fokofpolisiekar influence has spread to the inception of popular and award winning bands, aKING, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Van Coke Kartel and Francois van Coke’s successful solo career.  The band continues to be celebrated in books, documentaries, movies and more. Most importantly they remain intimately connected. Not just as a band, but also in business: Wynand Myburgh manages Francois van Coke’s solo career.  Hunter Kennedy is part label owner at Supra Familias which released Francois’ debut solo album.  Johnny de Ridder is regularly involved with producing songs for the Die Heuwels Fantasties and Francois Van Coke.  Jaco Snakehead Venter has established himself as a band photographer and is the Fokof Lager brand manager.

The spirit of Fokof thrives as they continue to deliver the best live experience and reinforce their legacy by releasing crowd pleasers such as Fokof Lager on tap and vinyl editions of their musical releases. 2016 sees the official release of the Swanesang vinyl in July, a banging tour, fun competitions, and hopefully solving the mystery of how Johnny de Ridder doesn’t appear to age.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Jack Parow is recording with Jitsvinger this week - Dis Bef*k

Jack Parow is back in studio this week to record a remix of Dis Bef*k.  This song comes from the acoustic side of his double album, Nag van die Lang Pette.  Jitsvinger collaborates with Parow on the remake of this song that he wrote about his daughter.

“I’m happy to finally be working with Jitsvinger.  I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.  His first album, Skeletsleutel, is one of my favourite Afrikaans albums of all time.  We’ve been talking about a collaboration for a long time, so it’s really very cool to be doing it now.  I think this is the first colab of many, because he’s an amazing MC and one of my favourite Afrikaans MC’s ever,” he says.

The Dis Bef*k Remix will be released at the end of August.

Music videos to the max

On Saturday evening, JACK PAROW bagged his first South African Music Award for his gevaarlike #zefspionage music video with Freshlyground, Army of One.

“It's going to look so lekker between my three action cricket medallions and my Celebrity Wheelchair Tennis Challenge trophy,” jokes Parow about this milestone in his career since his breakthrough 7 years ago with his smash hit Cooler as Ekke.

Army of One can be found on Jack Parow’s EP, From Parow with Love, which comprises, for the greater part, of collaborations with European acts.  Parow already released music videos with his Dutch collaborators for Kattenkwaad (with De Kraaien) and Thunderbolts & Lightning featuring Simon from De Likt, from this EP.

In May, the Belguim group, Ertebrekers, released their music video with Parow for Party Too Much. 

Thursday, 2 June 2016

TAXI VIOLENCE: Stuck in a Rut

To mark their 10 year anniversary 2014, the legendary rock band Taxi Violence released their fifth album, Tenfold.  This lauded album garnered a 2015 SAMA nomination in the ‘Best Rock Album’ category.  Since the album’s launch they have released music videos for Beaten by the Gun and Lazy Day. Now the guys are back with an enthralling and dreamlike music video for Stuck in a Rut. This breath taking music video paints the angst of when you are tired of the norm, but fear change. The band says that the song is about “that feeling of not being able to get out of the deep groove you’ve worn into daily life. You are surrounded by people every day, yet you feel helpless and isolated. You are stuck in a rut. It’s time for a change.”

RED HOT CD! Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony's 7/27 is here! The album has already hit #1 in 53 countries, including in South Africa! Since the release of their debut, Reflection, last year, the girl group's rise has been meteoric: 2016 has been marked with plenty of high-profile performances from 5H, not to mention teases of the new record with the smash single Work from Home which reached number one on the Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart. Earlier this month, Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony opened up about the group's unlikely career path and working with Ty Dolla $ign on the wildly successful “Work from Home.” She noted that notions of success can often be tricky in the music business. “You’re never guaranteed success, especially in the music industry. It’s pretty unpredictable—just like anything in life. And sometimes, you need to take a different approach, as a creative artist.” The title 7/27 has significant meaning to the group. On the 27 of July 2012, the five girls (Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jaureguiand) officially became Fifth Harmony, a life changing moment for all five girls. Releasing the album today a week earlier than scheduled was an important choice. "The number 27, as you guys have already probably figured out, is quite important to us. It means a lot of different things," "And so to keep cohesive with the theme of 27, we have decided to push it one week to the 27th. One week will be nothing." Along with the fans, music critics adore Fifth Harmony and have interesting things to say about their talent with many critics hailing the group as the renaissance of American girl pop.

Get ready to be blown away - BLUE MAN GROUP Announce SA Tour

A couple of years ago I was in Las Vegas for work and was lucky enough to get a ticket to a Blue Man Group concert. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from these guys, but let me tell you, I was up an dancing the whole night as the show is one amazing adventure. It's a must see. And now they are coming to South Africa! BLUE MAN GROUP the wildly popular, award-winning global phenomenon will be visiting South Africa for the first time as part of a new World Tour from February – March 2017.  The acclaimed stage show, best known and recognised for its trio of bald and blue performers, will be coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2017.

BLUE MAN GROUP is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.  To date, over 35 million people in more than 15 countries have seen one of the various BLUE MAN GROUP productions.

The new World Tour showcases classic Blue Man favourites along with brand new content as they continually update and refresh their shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

Co-founder Chris Wink says, “When we first began creating performances centred on this innocent, curious character called Blue Man, we never dreamt where he would lead us.  We are so honoured to be able to share our show with the people of South Africa and beyond.  We believe the Blue Man’s universal message of joyful exuberance and euphoric celebration resonates within all of us.”

CEO of Big Concerts, Justin Van Wyk said “BLUE MAN GROUP is hugely popular around the world – first time audiences often leave the theatre so exhilarated by the show that it has one of the highest return businesses of any theatrical event.  We know it will be the talk of Johannesburg and Cape Town when audiences finally get to experience this innovative, playful and colourful spectacle.”

General Manager – Glenn Joseph commented “We are very excited about welcoming the Blue Man Group to the Teatro, Montecasino. I was blown away by this extraordinary production in Las Vegas a few years ago - the entertainment value is priceless. I know our theatre goers will love this sensory experience.

BLUE MAN GROUP creates experiences that defy categorisation, taking the audience on a journey that is funny, intelligent and visually stunning. All this culminates in the trademark Blue Man Group finale - a blissful party atmosphere.

BLUE MAN GROUP is accompanied by a live band whose tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.

BLUE MAN GROUP was founded by three close friends Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton in New York in 1991. Since the group’s inception it has grown to include permanent shows in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Boston, Chicago and Berlin, as well as a North American Tour and a World Tour.  Beyond the stage show, BLUE MAN GROUP has toured the globe with the ‘Megastar World Tour’ rock concert parody, produced multiple albums, including the Grammy-nominated Audio, and the recently released THREE. They will publish their first ever book, Blue Man World, in October 2016.

Van Wyk adds, “With no spoken language BLUE MAN GROUP is perfect for all ages, languages and cultures.  It gives everyone the freedom to reconnect with their inner child, to re-experience mischievousness, sheer joy and to see what fun three guys can have with 30 litres of paint and 120 marshmallows in the space of an hour and a half!”