Thursday, 23 March 2017

Francois Van Coke – Hierdie is die Lewe is a Hit!

It is no wonder that Francois van Coke and his band, Die Gevaar, were onto something very special when they produced his second solo album, Hierdie is die Lewe.  It has a timeless quality and is one of those albums that will stay a favourite in many a music library for years and years to come.
Hierdie is die Lewe was released on 2 February 2017 and has been reaping numerous accolades from fans and media ever since. The album kicked off at the number 1 spot on iTunes, stayed at that position for a week and was on the Top 10 for 5 weeks.
Hierdie is die Lewe album entered the SA Top 20 chart after the first week of its release and stayed there for 5 weeks.  This chart is based on national physical CD sales.  The album was in the top two positions on Pretoria FM’s Afrikaans Top 10 for three weeks in a row.  This chart is based on Musica’s national physical CD sales.
The current single, Dit raak beter has been played on 34 stations in South Africa since its release on 2nd February and is currently charting on several stations, including Jacaranda FM’s SA Top 20 and International Top 20.  The music video has been viewed over 65 000 times on YouTube.
The first single of the album, Mensdom, was released in November last year and reached number 1 spots on 3 radio stations.  The video for this single was at the number 1 spot on kykNET's Top 20 for 3 weeks in a row.
Die wêreld is mal (The World is Crazy) is coming soon…
According to online sales and the fans’ feedback Die wêreld is mal is the most popular track on the album.  It will be Francois’ next single and music video from the album and is due for release on 11 April 2017.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


One big name on a hit single is great, but when you bring two superstar voices together you get something special. When people talk Kahn Morbee or Karen Zoid, the first thing that comes to mind is successful musicians that have been providing fans with memorable music for close on two decades. But something that many people may never have envisaged has happened - these two icons of South African music have teamed up to create their first collaboration masterpiece with the release of 'We Could Be Divine'.

Written backstage on-set of The Voice SA between rehearsals and recorded in the now iconic Bellville Studios under the creative guidance of Theo Crous, Kahn and Karen have created a track that they feel embellishes beauty in a world of chaos that they hope many people can associate with.

"Teaming up with Karen has been an awesome experience and the song creation was entirely organic and effortless, - she's become a great friend and the process of working together will be a memory I cherish forever" says Kahn. "Working on the Voice SA together allowed us to morph in to each other's creative spaces - and between rehearsals and everything else, we worked on different ideas and in the end we came with something that we are both looking forward to sharing with the world"

Karen is one of South Africa’s premier female rock artists, coach on The Voice SA and currently hosts her own talk show Republiek van Zoid Afrika on KykNet.

Kahn rose to fame as the front man of legendary South African band The Parlotones and launched his solo career in 2015 with the release of his first single, “The Candle" from his debut album 'Salt'. Kahn currently sits alongside Karen, Bobby van Jaarsveld and Lira as a coach on The Voice SA.

Tima Reece Releases “Gone” As The Second Single From Her Album “9”

Tima Reece's dulcet vocal performance on her new single "Gone" anchors her futurist pop confections. Her latest offering off #TheAlbum9 remains a hypnotic presence, where her voice and charisma along with infectious mellow synths, lead this radio friendly summer jam toward triumphant blending of 80's and 90's references.

“Gone” is officially released to radio this week - Listen to "Gone" here: https://soundcloud.com/timareece/2-gone

“This song is about toxic relationships and the finality of ridding yourself of these people. When I'm with you, I lose my mind but when I'm not with you, I find myself!” and Tima Reece’s powerful lyrics shine through in the single.

On writing the song, Tima Reece explains “I was so inspired by the incredible production that Kurt Herman & Llewellyn George had come up with, that it literally took me 20 minutes to write all the melodies and lyrics – in my study. After singing the rough idea to Kurt, he freaked out and made me record it the next day. It really was birthed that quickly!”

“Gone” is the follow-up to her national charting hit single “9” - watch the music video here:  https://youtu.be/WJyO-wMujYk

Tima literally exploded onto the SA Music Scene at a young age, having been discovered at 15 in the television series Shell Road to Fame. Her first hit single Crazy ‘Bout You was released at just 16 years of age, garnering her a SAMA Best Dance Single Nomination in 2001. The industry and public alike sat up and took notice! A new star was born.

She was quickly snapped up by a New York based recording company and at 18, she was on a plane and starting her international recording career. Whilst based in New York Tima had the unforgettable experience of writing with many influential names in the industry, such as Calvin Gaines, Mark Wilson, Mike Mason, and Marc Dorsey – people who have written and produced albums for stars such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Shortly after Tima’s return to South Africa from the United States, her album was released, with its well-deserved success earning her a SAMA Award nomination in the Best R&B Category in 2004.

Hits such as You Should Know and My Body’s Crying further established her as a popular R&B artist and these hits still enjoy high rotation on local radio stations more than a decade later….

Tima’s first single “9” shows off her silky vocals while a cameo of ProVerb on the trap ballad “Nguwe” brings about the crème of rap innovators. The sultry songstress uses dark and sensual beats that explore a multitude of genres that will appeal to mass audiences.

Tima has always enjoyed a close affinity with her fans even during this 9-year hiatus and the excitement from them with the expectations of this new release is palpable. She looks forward to being on a stage performing for them, soon. For her, it’s one of the best experiences in the world!

The album “9” is now available for download on these platforms - http://smarturl.it/TimaReece9

Lost&Found Collaborate With Guitarist Jedd Kossew For Their Grittiest Rock Single To Date – The End of the Bar

Lost&Found drops a dirty rock track to radio this week with the release of ‘The End Of The Bar’ featuring top SA guitarist Jedd Kossew.

Lost&Found duo, Glen Hodgson and Jason Oosthuizen, launched the single and video to a private ‘invite only’ group of guests at The Good Luck Bar – giving them a Rock & Roll night to remember! Guests were the first to hear the single and watch the music video for ‘The End Of The Bar’.

All lovers of Rock & Roll, watch the music video here for ‘The End Of The Bar’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7A1p0sZ_tA  

The single is the first track from Lost&Found’s forthcoming EP, also entitled ‘The End Of The Bar’.

Jason Oosthuizen explains what the song is about: ‘It's about struggling with "Substance" abuse and how when you in that frame of mind nobody can really see your passion as they just label you as a "jol gat" but once you go to a bar there will always be someone willing to drown that internal pain with booze and drugs to make it all feel ok again.’

Jedd Kossew’s dirty guitar riff gives ‘The End Of The Bar’ it’s gritty rock sound. Oosthuizen had the idea to add Jedd to the song, saying ‘With the nature of our new sound, i thought having a "Facemelter" solo could just add to our vibe.I called jedd and the next day he was there taking two takes to get the exact solo we all wanted.I spent five years with Jedd in Van Coke Kartel so we have a great history and we know what we want when we in the same room musically.’

‘Lost&Found - The End Of The Bar feat Jedd Kossew’ is out through Gallo Record Company and available across all major digital platforms - http://smarturl.it/TheEndOfTheBar

Lost&Found also embark on ‘The End Of The Bar’ tour in May – all info here: https://www.facebook.com/wearelostandfound

Lost & Found ‘The End Of The Bar’ Tour:

5 May, Friday – Winston Pub, Durban
6 May, Saturday – The Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
7 May, Sunday – Shenanigans, George
9 May, Tuesday – Aandklas, Stellenbosch
10 May, Wednesday - Cafe Roux, Cape Town
12 May, Friday – Berties Mooring, Gordons Bay
13 May, Saturday – Langebaan Town Hall
18 May, Thursday – Die Boer, Durbanville
20 May, Saturday – The House of Machines, Cape Town
28 May, Sunday – Kyalami SA Bike Week Fest, Johannesburg

Apple Gule Releases His Brand New Single ‘Fan Girl’

Apple Gule releases his brand new single ‘Fan Girl’ and announces the release of his forthcoming debut album SWAZiKiD.

‘Fan Girl’ is the first single from Apple Gule’s forthcoming debut album ‘SWAZiKiD’ due for digital release on Friday the 21st of April and physical CD release on Monday the 24th of April through Gallo Record Company.

Listen to ‘Fan Girl’ here – https://soundcloud.com/applegule/fan-girl

The ‘In Your Life’ and ‘Wave G’bye’ hit maker has had a quick rise in the music scene following a string of hits in 2016, including a collaboration with Mapped Out Squad on the 2nd Season of the TV series Coke Studio. 2017 saw a sweet start to the year as the STRANGE LOVING REMIX of ‘In Your Life’ was released WORLDWIDE on 27 January through German label Katermukke Records. The response from international DJ’s has been incredible for the remix and even legendary BBC RADIO 1 DJ Pete Tong gave it a 5/5 rating saying “this is incredible ...”.

Apple explains how ‘Fan Girl’ came about. “This the follow up to my previous single ‘Wave G'Bye’ where that was a breakup song and I was exploring my emotions in a vulnerable place. In ‘Fan Girl’ I speak about a story where I have again found someone but I am not ready to commit to her as much as she wants to commit to me. In this specific situation she is only after me because of the starting of my success in my music career. So in essence, I am rejecting her and I just want her to be there to enjoy the music and my company but not ready to start another relationship.

He continues, saying “’Fan Girl’ is my song to a woman who wants to ride a wave and I don't think she deserves to be let in just yet.”

The Song was recorded by Ningi Poro and mixed & mastered by Gregory Nottingham and Robin Kohl at Jazzworx Studios.

‘Fan Girl’ is available for Digital download now or as an instant download when you pre-order ‘SWAZiKiD’ – https://itun.es/za/w7XAib

SEVVEN pens inspirational song about love and unity for RADA Unearthed

Following the success of his debut single Forget Who We Are, which charted on radio stations across the country, local musician SEVVEN teamed up with RADA Unearthed to release Fight For Love, a power ballad that will bring you to your knees.

The song follows the release of an array of successful titles from the non-profit, whose purpose is to give artists a platform to showcase their talent and spread a message of hope through music. Fight For Love is the perfect fit.

SEVVEN was initially brought on board to produce songs for the RADA Unearthed compilation, working alongside a bevvy of talented artists. When J-P Nobrega - founder of RADA – heard SEVVEN’s original material, he was immediately added to the line-up of acts set to feature on the album.

SEVVEN says, “Fight For Love was already written at the time, and it was a perfect fit, but it wasn't produced yet. I almost missed the album deadline, but managed just in time.”

RADA Unearthed was born from a desire to change the world through music. Because music is so integral to human life, J-P is of the opinion that it has the power to change lives. RADA Unearthed is a division of RADA. The project contributes to the arts and strives to assist all artists from all genres of music.

“RADA is a way to help make a difference, and anyone can get involved,” SEVVEN says. “It's not just a cool logo to have on your website, or something to make you feel better about yourself. It's real people helping other people make positive change when they need it.”

When asked about the meaning behind the song, he says, “I think we are afraid of what we don't know. Sometimes we hold onto ideas that aren't the best ones, just because we are afraid to change our thinking. This song, is about being brave, and fighting for that one thing that will always be the higher choice, which is LOVE.”

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-907321870-649209287/sevven-fight-for-love

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lady Antebellum to tour South Africa for the first time

Well it's about time! Lady Antebellum will be touring South Africa for the very first time in 2017 performing in Cape Town on 13th October 2017 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest followed by Johannesburg on 15th October 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome.

Presented by Channel 24 and kykNET. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Lady Antebellum formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hilary Scott (lead vocals), Charles Kelley (lead, background vocals and guitar) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano and mandolin). With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, seven-time grammy award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned six platinum singles, nine chart topping hits, countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row.
Their first three albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). The albums have produced sixteen singles of which nine have reached number one. Their longest-lasting number one single is “Need You Now”, which spent five weeks at that position in 2009.
Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought the multi-platinum trio together, Lady Antebellum returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good,” while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album heart break as well as s 2017 world tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday 3 March 2017 at 09:00 from Big Concerts. Discovery Card holders get an exclusive 48 hour pre-sale on Wednesday 1 March  2017 February and Thursday 2 March 2017. More info at www.discovery.co.za