Archive | March, 2013

Snowing Down South on the move.

26 Mar

Snowing Down South’s debut single “Not Your Fault” is available for free download!


Download the single here:

Snowing Down South is a four piece band, hailing from Potchefstroom. They do however not form part of the typical “Potch core crowd” – or so they say.  Their sound is stated as a fusion between older and newer rock genres – drawing influence from CCR, The Beatles, The Kooks, Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age.

The band is made up of original members from Alleen Na Desember , Simeon Kriel (Drums and vocals) and Gust Greyvenstein (Bass and vocals) – introducing new members Paul Siebert (Guitars and vocals) and Lihan Puren (Guitar and vocals).

They may not have been long on the scene, but they have already shared the stage with some of the biggest bands in the industry. These bands include; Frankie Fire, Glaskas, Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel.

Their debut video is currently on YouTube –

The video has racked up more than 1500 views to date.

The band will start recording their new EP in April this year.

Snowing Down South are endorsed by Rock Solid Music and Jagermeister.



Photo: Geran Van Zyl


The Black Cat Bones: Best Live Act in SA

26 Mar

The Black Cat Bones: Best Live Act in SA


On Sunday The Black Cat Bones walked away with the MK Award for Best Live act!

The Bones rocked over some major competition, including Van Coke Kartel, Fokofolisiekar, Bittereinder and Jeremy Loops.

Andre Kriel says: “We feel extremely honored to have won the award and are very thankful for our fans and friends who voted. We believe that the people have spoken! We are ready and very amped for the killer opportunities that will arise from this. Massive thanks to MK and everyone who made this possible!”


The band released a promotional video earlier this month featuring the self-titled track from their forthcoming coming album, The Black Cat Bones.

Watch the video here now!

Make sure to not miss any of their upcoming gigs:

29 March Otterlake festival, Pretoria

7 April Tings ‘n Times, Pretoria

25 April Café Barcelona

18 May Arcade Empire, Pretoria

18 April Lady Luck, Springs

25 May STRAB, Ponta Malongane

Photos: Louise Pieterse

Die Heuwels in ’n Rofstoeigreep en ’n SkoleJAM!

26 Mar

Stefanus Rabie en Rodeo Productions het netjies saamgewerk om ‘n wenner van die nuwe Heuwels Fantasties video te maak.

JAck Parow release form 1

Die video vir Rofstoeigreep is my gunsteling Heuwels video tot op hede.

Hunter Kennedy het die volgende te sê oor die nuwe video:

“Die aanvanklike idee was om die intro van die 90’s TV-reeks Tropical Heat na te boots. Phillip lyk nes daai ou! Maar ons het maar net ‘n lekker tyd gehad op die ou einde. Waterponies, Hobie Cats, Speedboats, Waterski, Seiljagte, Jeep jaag… Hierdie is die goed waarvoor ons lief is

Die video is in die Weskus by Oude Pos geskiet.


Rofstoeigreep kry ‘n klassieke tong in kies video – Kyk en geniet hom nou!!

En in ander Heuwels Nuus.

Die Heuwels Fantasties, MK en Blackberry vertrek binnekort op die SKOLEJAM toer. Die toer gaan die Supergroep na 12 Skole regoor Suid – Afrika neem. Pierre Greeff sê: “Dit is ‘n wonderlike platform vir ons om ons musiek te neem na mense wat nog nie ons vertonings gesien het nie. Hierdie toer sou nie moontlik gewees het sonder borge soos MK en BlackBerry nie. Dit is wonderlik en toon hul verbintenis tot die Suid Afrikaanse musiek toneel en die land se jeug.”


18 April – Hardekool Akademie, Ellisras

19 April – Hoërskool Rustenburg, Rustenburg

30 April – Grey College, Bloemfontein

1 Mei – Merriespruit Laerskool, Virginia

2 Mei – Laerskool A.G Visser, Heidelberg

3 Mei – Kriel Hoërskool, Kriel

4 Mei – Hoërskool Delmas, Delmas

6 Mei – Hoërskool Vredendal, Vredendal

7 Mei – Hoërskool Vredenburg, Vredenburg

8 Mei – Paul Roos Gimnasium, Stellenbosch

9 Mei – Parel Vallei Hoërskool, Somerset Wes

10 Mei – Hoërskool Punt, Mosselbaai

Twitter: @DieHeuwels


Lucy Kruger collaborates with reality Dutch duo.

22 Mar

On the 26th of March, Lucy Kruger will be sharing the Carnival Court stage in Long Street with Dutch Reality stars, Nick and Simon.

Lucy Kruger 2, photo by Patrick Ryan

The Dutch duo is in South – Africa to shoot a reality series in which they explore the country and its vibrant music scene. The series will also see the duo meet up and – collaborate with, some of the country’s hottest emerging talents.

One of their first creative collaborations will be with velvet voiced Lucy Kruger. They approached Lucy after hearing her music; complimenting her sultry voice, exceptional song-writing ability and inimitable on stage persona.

The collaboration will take the form of an impromptu jam session, during one of Lucy’s shows at Carnival Court.

Lucy will open her set as usual, at some point throughout her set, invite the duo to play one or two of their own songs, and eventually end the show with a collaborative effort.

Make sure you make a break for Carnival Court this coming Tuesday from 8pm onwards.

Social media links:




Photo: Patrick Ryan

REBURN returns with ‘Won’t Let Go’

19 Mar

REBURN are ready to let RIP another single off their forthcoming album – rumored to drop end of August this year.


Won’t Let go, the second single off their forthcoming album, is considered a labor of love from the side of front man Scottie Moore. According to Moore, the song came together organically – revolving around the mindset of individuals who can’t let go of past relationships, failing to see promise in the future. Says Moore about the new track: “It’s so different from our other tracks, but really gives you the feeling of where we are heading as a band. We are very proud of how this song turned out!”

Won’t Let Go is the final single to be released off the forthcoming album, before it drops end August.

Listen/download Won’t Let Go here:


Catch a REBURN gig near you: 

22 March – Mercury Live

6  April – Buckleys Bellville

19 April – VIVA Cafe

26th – 28th April –  Mossel Bay & George Tour

REBURN social realm:



Photo: Mielas Photography

aKING’s March Gig guide.

15 Mar

Our favorite rocking royals are getting ready for a busy March.

Be sure to catch aKING at one of the following gigs!

trap - Jaco S Venter - HR

Date: 16 March

Venue: Emperors Palace

Line-up: aKING & Fokofpolisiekar

Addess: 64 Jones Rd, Kempron Park

Tickets: From R150

Date: 20 March

Venue: Aandklas

Address: 43a Bird Street, Stellenbosch

Tickets: R50

Date:  22nd March 2013 Line-up: Die Heuwels Fantasties / Van Coke Kartel / aKING / Fokofpolisiekar (Acoustic Show) Venue:  Standard Bank Arena Address: New Doornfontein, Johannesburg Contact:  Dawie de Villiers: 0721508373 Time: Doors open at 17h00. Show starts at 19h00-23h00 Tickets: Golden Circle R360. Seating R250

Date: 23 March

Line-up: Festival – Rhinofest SA 2013

Venue: outside Potgietersrus (Mokopane)


Tickets: R120


Date: 23 March

Line-up: Moving House & Highway Casino

Venue: Rockabilly’s

Address: Terrance Rd, Edenvale

Doors Open: 8pm

Tickets: R50






Photo: Jaco S Venter

Come Together Tour featuring Shannon Hope & Dividable Grand

6 Mar

(Tour includes performances in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Melkbos, Jeffreysbay, East London, PE.)

The Come Together Tour will see award-winning pianist and vocal artist Shannon Hope, join forces with the fresh-faced Dividable Grand, to bring a show that promises to impress.

The show is being described as Adele meets the Beatles, with a cello, some percussion and exciting guest appearances thrown into the mix.

Come Together photo

With regards to the artists that make out this exciting tour;

Shannon Hope.

Shannon Hope has Mastercard type credit backing her career. She is known as one of the hardest touring artists in the country and she has graced the stages of most major festivals. She has two full length albums – enjoying radio play across country – to her credit. In 2011, she was awarded a Standard Bank Ovation Award by the National Arts Festival in recognition of “artistic innovation, excellence, the exploitation of new performance styles and the courage to open new conversations in the arts.”

Dividable Grand.

Dividable Grand are newcomers to the scène. They released their debut album, The Buzz, in October 2012. The album has enjoyed extensive radio play on stations like KFM, RSG, ECR and numerous campus radio stations in South Africa. The album was referred to as, “…well above average as far as debut albums are concerned”, by The Citizen’s Genevieve Vieira.

Come Together Tour Dates:

Saturday, 02 March 2013

Gingko Restaurant, Johannesburg

(61 Dundalk Ave, cnr Roscommon Ave, Parkview. Tel: 011 486 3361)

Tickets are R125

Doors 2.30pm for 3pm

Sunday, 03 March 2013

House Concert, Johannesburg

(10 Santa Fe, corner of During Street and Paul Kruger Road, Honeydew Manor)

Tickets are R50 (Tel: 083 289 4616)

Thursday, 07 March 2013

Café Barcelona, Pretoria

(Elardus Park Shopping Centre, Corner of Delmas and Barnard Street, Elardus Park, Pretoria – Tel: 012 345 3602)

Tickets are R60

Friday, 08 March 2013

Aasvoelklub, Bloemfontein

(GPS Coordinates: S29 9.099, E26 5.594 – Bloemfontein. Tel: 084 559 8991)

Tickets are R40 pre-sale and R50 at the door

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dorpstreet Theatre, Stellenbosch

(Summerhill Farm, The Shed, R44 to Klapmuts, Stellenbosch. Tel: 021 889 9158)

Tickets are R70

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Alexander Theatre, Cape Town

(76 Strand Street, Cape Town. Tel: 021 300 1652)

Tickets are R80

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Seaside Blues Restaurant, Melkbosstrand

(Cnr of 6th Avenue and Beach Road, Melkbosstrand. Tel: 021 553 2615)

Tickets are R80

Friday, 22 March 2013

Potters Place, Jeffreys Bay

(18 Oosterland Street, Jeffreys Bay. Tel: 042 293 2500)

Tickets are R70

Doors 6.30pm for 8pm

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth

(69 Mangold Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth. Tel: 041 364 1964)

Tickets are R70

Doors 7pm for 8.30pm

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Murambi Country Kitchen, East London

(Sunrise Drive, Sunrise-On-Sea, East London. Tel: 084 600 5716)

Tickets are R60 (cash bar, bring your own picnic or order from the venue)

Doors 2pm for 3pm

Some Taxi Violence for you?

6 Mar

The Cape Town based rockers are busy recording their brand new album.

After keeping things stripped down and mellow with their 2011 release, the Taxi men are eager to get back to their rock and roll roots.

Half of the upcoming album was recorded in 2012 and given to fans for free download as an early Christmas present. The first single off the upcoming album, Paint the Streets, was released in November 2011. The smash reached number 1 on Tuks FM’s SA Top 10 and Puk FM’s Top 40. The recording of the remainder of the tracks will be finished by the 15th of March 2013. The album is set for release later this year – but the Taxi ranks are tight-lipped with regards to a precise date.

The album is being produced at Heritage Sound Studio by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw. Rossouw was part of the winning team that helped record the SAMA nominated release, UNPLUGGED: Long Way From Home. The great Theo Crous from Bellville Studios has been approached to mix and co-produce the album.


Online diary vibes.

Taxi Violence are giving fans an inside peek in their recording process, by keeping an online studio diary. You can follow their diary here;

Remember that hot and steamy video we could not get enough of ?

Unholy has been nominated for a MK Award. You have till Friday to vote Taxi for Best Rock Video for Unholy.

Visit the MK website to make your click.

If you have not yet heard the new  Taxi tunes…What’s wrong with you?

Listen to Taxi Violence’s new tracks here:

·         Paint the Streets >>

·         Love Sick Rock ‘n Roll >>

Social realm.

Photo: Baden Moir

Gerald Clark on the move!

4 Mar

Hot on the heels of Gerald Clark’s Black Water release, is a headlining act at one of the country’s most respected Blues festivals, a tour to the Czech Republic and a soon to be released new full length album!


Local and international audiences can rejoice – some Gerald Clark live is heading your way.

On the 2nd of March, Clark will be occupying a headlining spot at the BIG Blues Music Festival in Kleinmond. After the BIG Blues Music Festival, Clark will pack up his guitar to set sail – or rather take flight – to the Czech Republic for a few live performances .

Some of Clark’s Czech Republic shows  include:

 12 March 2013 –  Jazz Dock, Prague

 15 March 2013 – Club Andaluzja, Poland

 22 March 2013 – Echo of Blues Alive Festival (17th anniversary)

 23 March 2013 – Jazzinec Jazz Festival (15th anniversary), playing alongside such greats as Erik Truffaz and Anna Aaron (F/CZ), the Paul Lieberman Quartet (USA/CZ), Frank Gambale Natural High Trio (USA) and the Benson McGlashan Jazz Trio (USA, CAN, CZ)

 27 March 2013 –  Piestany, West Slovakia


Clark is obviously extremely excited about the shows in the Czech Republic.

He still remembers the day he read BB King’s autobiography. King was standing in front of 100 000 people on a stage in Moscow. They didn’t understand his language, but they did not have to. His guitar and his voice were the true communicators. Clark says: “I feel honored to go to a foreign country to speak the only language I know well…and that’s the blues.”

After his Czeching adventures, Clark will return to South – Africa to release his brand new album. The album is currently in its polishing phase and promises to introduce a wider audience to his exceptional voice.

According to Clark, the new album is coming along great. The songs have been accumulated over a long period, with a few new songs composed after his vocal setback last year. The music falls outside of a specific genre box. Schalk van der Merwe helped Clark to produce an album that promises to depict a new level in musical maturity to Clark’s work.


Some of the phenomenal artists featured on the new album include; Adriaan Brand (from Springbok Nude Girls) on trumpet and accordion,  Ronan Skillen on percussion, Guy Collins (from Mean Black Mamba and Hot Water) on slide guitar and banjo and Simon Orange on piano and Hammond. The album is being recorded at T-Time studio’s, with Tim Rankin as musical dictator, mixer, engineer and drummer. Luna Paige and Karlien van der Walt feature on backing vocals. Clark proudly states: “ It’s going to sound awesome!”

 Photos: Vetman design and photography