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Monday, 10 April 2017

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR makes history again

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR launched a crowdfunding campaign on 22 March 2017 via Thundafund to raise money for their first full length album in 11 years.  Their dream goal was to raise R500 000.  This amount was set to cover the album production and printing costs, music videos, marketing expenses and various crowdfunding and other expenses.

The band’s fans reacted with fire and two records were quickly shattered.  According to Thundafund, they raised the most money within 48 hours and also managed to raise the most funds for a music album in South Africa to date. Within only 9 days, Fokofpolisiekar exceeded their dream goal of R500 000 and this amount is still ticking over as fans continue to pledge for an album they clearly would do anything for to get made. 

We were all ecstatic on Friday afternoon when we struck R500 000. The campaign kicked off with a bang and the funds just kept coming in. It was quite surreal at times. We are extremely grateful to our fans for their support. We are now more amped than ever to write a killer album,’’ says Francois van Coke.

And the pledges are still rolling in…

On Tuesday morning, 4 April, Fokofpolisiekar received over R570 000 in pledges and there are still 47 days left for people to back the project.

The Fokofpolisiekar band members know that in the current state of the music industry it is very difficult to sell music and for that reason they had many other rewards available as part of this crowdfunding campaign.

State of affairs

“We know that album sales are on an all-time low and that’s one of the reasons why we decided to go the crowdfunding route. To recoup the costs of an album these days is almost impossible, especially for a band that does not produce mainstream music,’’ says Jaco S. Venter.

It is very interesting to note that of the R570 000 raised, only 446 units of the upcoming album have been pre-sold.  That amounts to only R61 580 of the R570 000 that has been raised by album pre-sales.

“It is crazy that album sales make up such a small portion of the money that we have raised. But, don’t get me wrong, we did not expect it to be any different. It just confirms the state of the industry and that we have gone the correct route. Imagine we spent R500 000 on this project and had to recoup that via album sales. We would have been screwed,” says Wynand Myburgh.

‘’We are extremely grateful to our loyal fans and the intense love they have shown towards the band. We did not expect to have raised this much in such a short time. Whether it was through selling T-shirts or signed posters, it was done and we are grateful. Now, let’s go for gold,’’ says Johnny de Ridder.

Fokofpolisiekar sets a new target

This fact leads the band to a new target for the crowdfunding campaign.  They will attempt to sell more units of the upcoming album in the next 47 days.  Fokofpolisiekar would love to reach Gold status with the pre-sales of 15 000 units from their Thundafund page. In their 14 year career they have never had a gold record and in South Africa not that many artists achieve this, especially on the day first day of release.

They encourage everyone to take the step and back them by pre-ordering either the digital MP3 album for only R80, the physical CD for only R100 or the vinyl (a limited number is available at R350).

Fokofpolisiekar makes a pledge to their fans

Fokofpolisiekar also wants to make a pledge to their fans. If they reach R700 000, they will play a free show in Cape Town (on a first come first serve basis) and if they reach R800 000 they will play a free show in Gauteng (also on a first come first serve basis).

PAROW FEST – Jack’s Own Festival in The Netherlands

JACK PAROW’s own Parow Brandy has given him the vigour and inspiration to start writing his fourth full length album!  So get ready to be excited for this release in September 2017. Johnny de Ridder from Fokofpolisiekar will be the main producer and the current working title is Africa for Beginners.

Top Notch, a record label from The Netherlands, was also elated by this news and offered Jack Parow a licensing deal to release his album there. To celebrate this joyous occasion Jack will have his own festival, aka PAROW FEST, to launch his new album in the Netherlands… dik fancy.  The festival will be held at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht on 4 November. 

Guy Buttery and Kaki King live in South Africa

South African born and raised guitar virtuoso Guy Buttery, teams up with legendary American guitarist and composer Kaki King for a tour that will take South African audiences and guitar enthusiasts by storm. This run of concerts will feature King and Buttery performing side by side for a singular performance in Johannesburg with another in Cape Town. The two met while Buttery was on tour in the USA and hit it off instantly. After shooting a video of one of their improvised jam sessions at King’s home studio in New York City, the talk of a tour together was immediately on the cards.

Hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years, the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours. In addition to her own solo work, Kaki sometimes performs accompanied by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, premiering a classical piece commissioned by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

“Guy Buttery is something of a National treasure”, says South Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury. As an internationally recognized guitar player, Guy enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. His international role has surpassed merely performing concerts to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity. Guy’s distinct unification of South African guitar music is the musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place he calls home. Buttery has worked with an incredible myriad of artists including Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, VusiMahlasela, multiple Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman, Salif Keita, Preston Reed, The Violent Femmes, Jon Gomm and countless others.

Expect high dynamics, delicate African inflections combined with inner city groove in a unique fusion by two of the greatest minds in progressive guitar playing today.

Concert details

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Rivonia Barnyard Theatre, Sandton, Johannesburg. 8pm. Tickets: R295pp

Friday, 14 April 2017
Lush Festival,  Linwood Farm (R711) Clarens, Free State. 3pm. Tickets available at – www.lushfestival.com/tickets

Sunday, 16  April 2017
The Slave Church, 40 Long Street, Cape Town. 8pm. Tickets: R250pp – www.breakout.nutickets.co.za/kakiking

Monday, 17  April 2017
Parklife Festival, Green Point Stadium Fields, Cape Town. Tickets available at – www.parklifefestival.co.za/cape/tickets

Diplo Heads To Johannesburg For One Night Only!

Dance music fans are in for an incredible party as worldwide electronic music heavyweight Diplo heads to Johannesburg on the 23rd of April for ‘One Night with Diplo’, a single evening concert experience taking place at the iconic Fox Junction event venue and The Goodluck Bar.

Diplo has crafted an impressive career as a musician/DJ/producer. The Grammy-winning producer has proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence. 2016 saw Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MØ debut at #1 on the iTunes songs chart in 58 countries worldwide and reach #1 on the U.S. pop radio chart. The song continues to top charts worldwide, with more than 861 million streams to date. Diplo also contributed two songs, “Hold Up” and “All Night,” to Beyoncé’s #1 album Lemonade and received three Grammy nominations in 2016 for Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording (for Where Are Ü Now with Skrillex and Justin Bieber), and Best Dance/Electronic Album (for Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü).

The collaboration with DJ Snake, “Lean On” featuring MØ became the most successful independently released song of all time after peaking at #1 on the Top 40 chart and being certified platinum by the RIAA. “Lean On” became the most streamed song on Spotify of all time with more than 850 million streams, and only nine months after its release, the corresponding music video for “Lean On” became one of only a handful of videos to reach 1 billion views on YouTube, and is in the Top 10 most watched videos of all time. The double platinum single “Where Are Ü Now,” featuring Justin Bieber from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, has enjoyed similar success and won the group an MTV European Music Award as well as an American Music Award for Collaboration of the Year.

Watch the video for ‘Diplo - Revolution (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai)’ - https://youtu.be/nv76KvFV748

One Night with Diplo is set to be an unforgettable event as Diplo is joined by a selection of South Africa’s top electronic acts hosted across two stages – The Fox Junction Main Stage and The Goodluck Bar Stage – each setup with a massive lighting and production rig delivering an explosive visual and sonic experience.

Local rock legends Prime Circle team up with RADA Unearthed

With six studio albums under their belt, Prime Circle aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The local rock legends have achieved more than most. Longevity aside, the band have attained multi-platinum-selling status in South Africa, they have performed the world over - recently returned from a sold-out show in London.
The success has certainly been thrilling, but victory is not the only thing these natural-born music makers are chasing. Wanting to give back a little, Prime Circle have teamed up with non-profit company RADA (an acronym for rape, alcohol, drug and abuse), and their CSI music project RADA Unearthed.

Late last year, RADA Unearthed launched a compilation album featuring a bevy of South African talent, including Prime Circle. The album’s main focus is to give up-and-coming musicians a platform to showcase their talent. Since the local rockers are certainly not in need of additional exposure, their contribution served a different purpose: to create and boost awareness of RADA and RADA Unearthed.

Formed in December 2000 in Witbank, Mpumalanga, Prime Circle are a forced to be reckoned with, giving of their very little spare time to raise awareness around RADA Unearthed and more predominantly RADA itself.
Ross says, “The world is fraught with undeniable hurt and the work RADA do is invaluable. J-P and I have known each other for some time now and getting involved with his non-profit company was an easy choice. We wanted to give back to the community, not only the music community, but the community as a whole, creating a sense of hope and inspiration for future generations.

“Keep Marching On is a song about facing the obstacles that life throws our way. Finding light in the dark that surrounds us, especially in the current climate our country faces. It’s time to be brave, to give of our best and keep marching on.”


More about RADA:

Based on statistics, South Africa is seen as the world’s rape capital. In February 2013, J-P Nobrega was sitting in traffic on his way to work. It was an ordinary day, the same old queue of cars steadily pacing the highway. Listening to his daily dose of the Breakfast Show with Darren Simpson on what was then known as 94.7 Highveld Stereo, J-P noticed something unusual, something was different today.

Every few minutes - four to be exact - a beep would echo over the air, interrupting their daily broadcast. He soon learnt that the beep symbolised every time someone was raped in the country, a rape campaign which was being broadcast in conjunction with LEAD SA. It was a hard hitting realisation. For many it was frightening, but would remain just a momentary realisation.

For J-P, it was the planting of a very important seed that would grow and be nurtured into something far greater. He had had enough. Switching off the radio, J-P went to bed that night with a black cloud hanging over his head. He knew something had to be done. After much deliberation and research - which led to the discovery of issues far broader than the uncontrollable rise in rape statistics - he decided to leave his cushy job as an accountant, sold all of his valuable possessions and started RADA, a non-profit company, together with Jacqueline Gilbert the Managing Director of RADA. J-P now eats and breathes RADA alongside his personal tax practice.

RADA adopts a holistic approach to renewal – using proactive education programmes to develop skills, behaviours and attitudes which shall lead to improved self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making, including reactive healing processes in caring for people who face adversity.

For more information, visit www.rada.co.za