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.

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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:

Website: http://lucykruger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyKrugerOfficial

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/lucykruger

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.

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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:

Link:  https://soundcloud.com/reburn-band/wont-let-go

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:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ReburnCT

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/reburn-band/

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!

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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 http://online.computicket.com/web/event/acoustic_rocks/711146995

Date: 23 March

Line-up: Festival – Rhinofest SA 2013

Venue: outside Potgietersrus (Mokopane)

Address: http://www.rhinofest.wozaonline.co.za/

Tickets: R120 http://online.computicket.com/web/event/rhino_fest_s_a/712365202/0/53164170

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RhinofestSa?ref=hl

Date: 23 March

Line-up: Moving House & Highway Casino

Venue: Rockabilly’s

Address: Terrance Rd, Edenvale

Doors Open: 8pm

Tickets: R50

Contact: http://www.movinghouse.co.za/

 

Links:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/aKINGband

Website: www.aking.co.za

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.

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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.

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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;

http://www.facebook.com/taxiviolence/notes

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 >> www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence/paint-the-streets

·         Love Sick Rock ‘n Roll >> www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence/taxi-violence-love-sick-rock-n

Social realm.

http://www.facebook.com/taxiviolence

www.youtube.com/TaxisRockOutTV

http://www.soundcloud.com/taxi-violence

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!

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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

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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.

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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

Goud + Goud + Goud = Die Heuwels Fantasties.

19 Feb

En dis drie in ’n ry vir die groep Fantasties, Die Heuwels Fantasties.

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Alles Wat Mal Is, die groep se derde album, het gister – soos hulle vorige twee albums – die goue status mylpaal gehaal.

Lekker – geluk manne!

Die groep is uiteraard uiters gelukkig met die derde plaatjie wat hulle op hulle mantel kan plak.

Hier is die manne se reaksie op hulle prestasie:

Pierre Greeff:  “Dat ons derde album so vinnig kon goud gaan is wonderlik! Dankie aan ieder en elke een wat ons ondersteun en ons musiek koop julle maak dit moontlik vir ons om te doen wat ons doen. Baie dankie!”

Hunter Kennedy:  “Ek is so dankbaar dat mense so gretig is om ons te ondersteun. Dis ‘n seën dat so baie aanhangers aanklank vind by ons musiek. Hierdie tipe erkenning spoor ons net aan!”

Fred den Hartog: “Super stoked!”

Philip Erasmus: “Wat ‘n eer!”

Die goue status is nie al waaroor die manne opgewonde is nie. In April slaan hulle ’n landwye toer met die hulp en ondersteuning van MK en Blackberry. SKOLEJAM gaan ’n tikkie Heuwels na kleiner dorpies en skole neem, waar hulle musiek nog nie vantevore live gevier is nie. Rakende die toer sê Pierre Greeff: “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 musiektoneel en die land se jeug.”

Die groep beplan vêrder die vrystelling van twee nuwe opwindende vidoes in die nabye toekoms. Die video’s sal vir Rofstoeigreep en Die Volkslied wees.

Hier is ’n paar Heuwels Optredes waarna aanhangers in die nabye toekoms kan uitsien.

Datum: 3 Maart 2013

Plek: Rhebokskloof, Paarl

Datum: 22 Maart 2013

Plek: Ellis Park Arena, JHB saam met VanFokKingTasties

Datum: 23 Maart 2013

Plek: Solms Delta Oesfees, Franschoek

Gaan Loer By:

Die Beloofde Land video: www.diebeloofdeland.co.za

Vir die komende optredes en meer inligting:  www.dieheuwels.co.za

Facebook: www.faceook.com/dieheuwels


Foto: Manfred Werner

Cape town Ramfest come to live in a ‘Circle of Dreams’!

14 Feb

The Cape Town leg of this RAMfest, is set to kick it up a notch.

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The notoriously rockingly loud festival will take place on the picturesque shores of Riviersonderend. Aptly named the ‘Circle of Dreams’, the 2013 venue provides the perfect backdrop for a phenomenal festival experience and promises to win over the biggest anti-campers amongst us.

RAMfest organizer, Dawid Fourie says that this venue will without a doubt become one the best festival venues in the country. Fourie further ads: “We are very excited about the amazing artists we have secured this year and we are looking forward to celebrating Real Alternative Music.”

The booming lineup Fourie refers to include; Rise Against (USA), British Metalcore band Bring Me The Horizon, Paul Harding and Ben Verse from Pendulum (Australia and England) Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Beast, Goodnight Wembley and many more.

The festival will showcase these mind-blowing artists on four epic stages:

The Red Heart Rum Stage will provide  a kind of MAIN vibe, the Monster Energy Alternative Stage will showcase the brothers and sisters in Metal, the Olmeca Tequila Electronic Stage will pump up the volume and the BOOM stage will round it all off with some good and solid rocking tunes.

TICKETS.

Cape Town, 7-10 March.

(RAMfest Cape Town tickets include camping)

http://www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1468

R350 “winter special”, includes camping (SOLD OUT)

R490 early bird, includes camping (SOLD OUT)

R550 pre-sold, includes camping

R650 at the gate, includes camping

 

The logistic bits of info you need to know:

THE LOCATION:

“Circle of Dreams” Riviersonderend / CAPE TOWN / SOUTH AFRICA GPS – 34*08’16.27”S 19*59’43.14”E

DIRECTIONS:

Venue is 170 km from Cape Town and 260 km from George. Take the N2 past Caledon to Riviersonderend. Go through Riviersonderend. Travel 7 km out of town and turn left at DR1306. LOOK FOR SIGNS! NB: Distance is relative to your desire to travel, life’s a journey, enjoy the ride.

Some other stuff that’s good to know:

RICHARGE:

You can now securely charge your phone in our password-protected locker system. Find our Cell Phone Charging Stations at the designated RiCharge stand. Watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57x7NGM1cqg&feature=youtu.be

SMART LOCKER:

Lock up your personal belongings  in 24 hour security surveyed facilities.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/smartlocker/info

Buy tickets for Smart Locker here: http://www.ticketbreak.co.za/event_details/1588

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ramfest

Grant Nash is on a mission save the Dolphins.

14 Feb

Media personality, former 5FM and Highveld DJ, Grant Nash, is on a mission to save the world’s dolphin community.5372_115723216959_4494485_SMALL1[1]

 
Grant is currently in Taiji Japan, as part of an awareness campaign against the vile slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins, porpoises and small whales. He was approached by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international non-profit marine conservation organization, to help shed light and awareness on this grotesque annual occurrence. With the backing of PURE IMAGINATION MEDIA and CANON South Africa, Grant will be documenting every aspect of his trip.

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Every year more than 20 000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales are slaughtered in Japan. From the beginning of September to March the following year, fisherman herd whole families of small cetaceans into shallow bays to slaughter them. This annual occurrence was brought to light in 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained footage and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in the village Taiji.

 

Herded in to the cove for slaughter.

Herded in to the cove for slaughter.

The widespread controversial release of the documentary, The Cove, got people talking on all social platforms. More and more people are now aware of what happens in the cove in Taiji. Continual pleas to the Japanese government to put an end to this annual slaughter have fallen upon death ears. The blind eye Japanese officials are turning to the situation, has not dampened the spirits and efforts of the hundreds of Cove Guardians.

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Through the continual documentation of the Taiji slaughter, Grant and the rest of the Cove Guardians are hoping to bring about international pressure for change. On the ground, they try to force economic pressure on the local government of Taiji, as well as the Japanese Government. Policeman and the National Guard are deployed in Taiji to keep an eye on the fisherman. They say: “If we can continue to stream in- and continue to apply this economic pressure on the killers and the captive trade, we hope to create an environment where they feel the pressure to stop the killing and captures.”

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Members part of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Grant explains his drive to help raise awareness on the Taiji cove and its killings by saying:
“The Ocean, which covers two thirds of our planet, is an extremely volatile and complicated eco-system. This eco-system thrives and functions on diversity. Once you eliminate an entire species you cause havoc on the biodiversity of the seas. Dolphins are highly intelligent, social animals who communicate and live in complex family units like we do. They play a very important role in this biodiversity. Seeing that the oceans give our planet two thirds of its oxygen supply, most scientists and biologists agree that messing with this ecology is going to have devastating effects.
In short, the issue of dolphin slaughter or the decimation of any natural resource is a global dilemma that has far reaching and devastating implications for us all, and as custodians of this planet we have the most important role to play in its conservation.”

Grant also has a message for every dolphin lover out there. He says: “Don’t support the captive trade anywhere in the world, especially here at home. I am a scuba diver who has had many direct encounters with wild dolphins; trust me when I say it’s far, far more rewarding than watching them jump through stupid hoops and smacking a ball with their tail. If you love dolphins like I do, become a SCUBA diver and see them in the wild and stop contributing to the death of thousands of these incredible creatures yearly by the direct support of marine parks and aquariums. Become a Cove Guardian!”

FOLLOW GRANT‘S TRIP ON HIS BLOG http://www.grantnash.co.za FOR DAILY UPDATES
For more information, or to become a Cove Guardian, connect with the organization online:
http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians/
http://www.grantnash.co.za
http://www.facebook.com/CoveGuardians

RED HUXLEY – ROAD TO RANCHO

4 Feb

One night in Cape Town was all it took for Red Huxley to potentially change their lives. Backstage at this particular concert the men approached theRtR_4 legendary Dave Catching from Eagles of Death Metal. They gave him a sample of their music and asked whether he would be interested in producing their debut album. Dave replied with a simplistic, “Sweet, so when are we gonna do this record?”

Dave invited the Huxleys to record at his studio, Rancho de le Luna, in Joshua Tree, California. This iconic studio has been the recording home of many of the voices behind Red Huxley’s musical inspiration. A few of names dropped  are Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Arctic Monkeys and Dave Grohl.

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This once in a lifetime opportunity – helping Red Huxley bridge the music gap between the local and the international market – does not come cheap. In a relative small industry, with a currency that makes international travel a tall order – getting the funding to back this venture is a heap of hard work. With this in mind, the Huxleys are calling on family, friends and fans to aid them in their journey. They have set up a Kickstarter project to raise money to get them to Rancho.

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Do your good deed for the year – a small contribution from your side will help aid Red Huxley in their music journey.

Get involved by following this link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redhuxley/red-huxley-road-to-rancho

You can also follow their story here:

www.facebook.com/redhuxleyband