Rocker’s delight @ My Coke Fest
Nov13

Rocker’s delight @ My Coke Fest

Be prepared for a bunch of true Rockstars set to descend on Jozi and Cape Town next year for the MyCoke Festival in March – MUSE, Kaizer Chiefs, Good Charlotte and KOЯN –  Rockers… buy your golden circles now!!!!  Can you believe it’s almost 08! The mega-fest kicks off at the New Market Racecourse in Johannesburg on Friday, March 21 and proceeds to the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Monday, March 24. In true “Coke side of life” style, MY COKE FEST 08 features the hottest line-up to date. A blend of the finest and most sought after International and SA talent! Thousands of fans are expected to flock to the 2-day, 12-hour, 10-band, adrenalin-fuelled festival, and feast on some of the finest live bands in the world! Only Coke can quench such a music-thirst… We searched the globe, screening hundreds of hopefuls, converting some of the biggest known bands to the Coke side of life, and are excited to announce the international line-up for MY COKE FEST 08… The all-star, multi-award winning line-up includes US Rock sensation GOOD CHARLOTTE, Britain’s “Best Live Act” KAISER CHIEFS, Sound Garden and Audioslave front-man CHRIS CORNELL, “Supermassive” MUSE, and the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning KOЯN. On the local front, the first band to be announced is one of SA’s top rock outfits, PRIME CIRCLE. This is only the beginning… so grab a Coke, watch this space, tune in to 5FM and enjoy the Coke side of life!  KOЯN KOЯN has redefined the parameters of heavy music, revolutionising the genre by matching unsettling guitar textures and volcanic rhythms with jagged, introspective lyrics and intense vocal stylings.  The band -Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Fieldy and David Silveria – is one of the most popular hard rock acts in the world today, with a dedicated fan base and widely acclaimed live performances.  They have sold in excess of 25 million albums worldwide, and four of their albums debuted in the top three of the Billboard Top 200, two of which entered the charts at number one. Their bold music defies categorization – it’s blinding musical fury, dark and twisted lyrical candour also radiates a hybrid funk and medicating, metallic shimmer. The multi-media maestros were the first band to simulcast a live concert in 2002 into movie theatres across the U.S. Earlier this year they filmed “MTV Unplugged: KOЯN” at MTV’s Times Square studio, for an MTV global TV event broadcast, across the US, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. MUSE Muse is the UK’s most innovative band. The three-piece group – Matthew Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard – produces a unique blend of alternative rock, classical music, electronica, heavy...

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Allez! Jazz at Kippies in Nov
Nov08

Allez! Jazz at Kippies in Nov

You can count on the Alliance and IFAS to produce quality entertainment – bien sure – they’re going Jazzy in November at the famous Kippies venue in Newtown (well… the doppelganger). Catch Frenchie Sophie Alour  with her “jazz straight-up” on the 20 November and Tunisian Dhafer Youssef “electric sufi jazz” on the 24 November. ALLEZ! Sophie Alour is an experienced French saxophonist and composer, who likes to push the boundaries to create an original sound while incorporating other genres. “Sophie Alour alternates electric and acoustic sounds, rock inspiration for its energy and jazz inspiration for its melodies … and its researched compositions…” (Telemara, April 2003) In 2000, she was involved in the creation of the Vintage Ochestra. She has performed alongside jazz greats such as Rhoda Scott and Wynton Marsalis. In 2004, Sophie Alour was the recipient of the Tremplin Jazz de Vannes and took part in the musical project of Aldo Romano. http://www.sophiealour.net/ Dhaffer Youssef is a notable oud player, composer and vocalist. The Tunisian born jazz musician is keen on collaborations with artists from different cultures and music traditions. His music draws from his Magrebian roots and incorporates contemporary music. Some of his collaborations contain interesting sufi sounds combined with electronic Nordic jazz to produce a powerful and compelling sound. Youssef will perform alongside Norwegian musicians including his creative partner Eivind Aarset (guitar and electronics), Audun Erlien (electric bass) and Rune Arnesen (drums). http://www.dhaferyoussef.com/ Sophie Allour 20 November 8pm R80 Dhaffer Youssef 24 November 8pm R80 Kippies cnr Carr & Quinn Str, Newtown Mimi 011 836 0561 ifas@ifas.org.za www.ifas.org.za/culture Marion 011 646 1169 culture.jhb@alliance.org.za...

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FreshlyGround home at last
Oct11

FreshlyGround home at last

It’s the classic scenario with so many of our brilliant SA talents – Marcus Wyatt, JustJinger, Tumi, Siya Makuzeni, Soweto Gospel Choir and even T-Boz (yes… Mr P!) and JC (yes the waistcoat wearing white Zulu).  So often they spend more time in Europe playing to adoring foreign fans that we wonder if they’ve immigrated.  There’s something sad about the fact that our stars are lapped up overseas yet often play to half-full halls here at home with super chipile door prices that can’t make them any money – but… like a lot of things… we’re used to it.  Our wonderful musical diplomats Freshly Ground are about to go on their first national tour (well in a long time anyway) here ekhaya and we urge you to buy your ticket and get amongst… PS: Guys – thanks for your Potbelly song, it confirms what us voluptuous people always suspected – that we rock! Details below. It’s been three years since FRESHLYGROUND last released a studio album. Since then this Cape Town based seven-piece has become nothing short of a popular music sensation, selling 250 000 copies of 2004’s ‘Nomvula’, earning an MTV Europe Music Award, racking up huge radio airplay and performing live before a massive number of people. The band has toured extensively over the last two years across Southern Africa and Europe, and they have plans to tackle Australia and the US over the next couple of years. All this and Freshlyground have yet to tour South Africa! Freshlyground, Volkswagen South Africa and Gearhouse are pleased to announce that from early next month – all that will change! The band’s new album ‘Ma’cheri’ was released locally in September. Spurred by their current smash hit ‘Pot Belly’, the amazing album has already racked up Platinum plus sales status. To promote the record and re-connect with the largest possible number of their loyal South African fans, the band is to embark on a spectacular four city National Tour, running from the 2nd to the 11th of November. The band and their management decided to put the tour together themselves without the assistance of a promoter: “Firstly, live performance is key for Freshlyground, and we wish to retain total creative control over the tour. Even more importantly, we’ve chosen to do it ourselves as a move towards empowering the band – and hopefully South African musicians as a whole – who often take a back seat when it comes to supporting international tours. This country hosts major international acts every year, yet few promoters are willing to risk touring local musicians on this scale.” says Freshlyground manager Sevi Spanoudi. As the title sponsor of this tour, Volkswagen...

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Represent Review: Keith Murray and friends
Sep19

Represent Review: Keith Murray and friends

Get your dictionary’s out ‘cos the Matrix has been working out with his thesaurus again and this time round we let his words flow without cutbacks.  Reuben went to check out US HipHop star Keith Murray aka another “I’m home in the motherland” visiting artist, on our behalf – He wasn’t impressed with the women-izing but had a bash all the same.  Enjoy: “Ke mokone; Paki ya bo – Darkie ka di – Baki mpya!” , you’ll forgive me for dropping my 2 cents worth of lyrical rhyme here, but the short-lived excitement and free flow repertoires of last weekend’s mammoth rap concert at Emperor’s Palace has left me with an aura of unquantifiable satisfaction. If I’ve ever doubted Ghetto-Ruff’s ability to stage a world class event, I was wrong.  My cynicism was shoved aside by Saturday’s hip gig: shame unto anyone who still believes that an “A” grade event under the African skies is the equivalent of a shebeen bosberaad! To this end – the Matrix bows to Ghetto-Ruff’s skillful and artistic management of a world class event in a world class African City – Jozi – our Jozi. Now, back to the lecture at hand, this Saturday evening/ Sunday morning yours truly was in the East Rand to Represent all you outgoing Jozi folk in what will go down in Mzansi’s event history as “a diamond in the rough” of Jozi Hip-Hop concerts.  At first glance the venue (Former Caesar’s Gauteng), draws you into a comfortable world of plush and splendor only befitting the “have more’s”. The lobby is lit in such a way that your heart beat starts to pace as you digest the surreal magnificence that’s almost overkill. “Suprise, suprise” the artist line-up was a bit too biased in Ghetto-Ruff’s favour (but then again, this was their show!). The listings boasted the flamboyant and very “stout” (we shall get back to this…) Keith Murray and a host of Ghetto-Ruff artists and co-opting allies like: Drenco, Slice, Gum Shev, Maggz, Mr. NK, Jub-Jub, Jus Dat, Morale, Malic, Bricks, DJ Cleo, HPP, Morafe and Zola, although the latter 4 artists did not make their stage appearances (and with no public service announcement as to why not – I found this to be a bit disappointing!), however their absence was cheered up by Mandoza’s surprise appearance and the reinforced turn-table skills of DJ Speed-Cop. The Down-Low: ‘Jus’ Dat’ raised the curtains to a half-empty auditorium of fanatics who nevertheless received them with cheers and excitement. As the night advanced further Jub-Jub lashed us with his spiked whip as Emperor’s Palace got thumping to their famous single: Good time of your life!  Mandoza and Bricks got us doing moves to their “Left, Right” song… Then Keith...

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Represent Recommends: A Love for Darfur
Sep12

Represent Recommends: A Love for Darfur

You may remember Tumi’s call for action and support in mid-July, appealing to all SA artists to do their bit to highlight the current horrific situation in the Darfur Region.  Huge props to Tumi who has pursued his calling, gathering the likes of 340ml, the under-heard fabulous vocalist Lois, HHP, Siphokazi and Khethi to join him in concert at “A Love for Darfur” on the 15 September 2007 at Bassline.  Tickets are R100, do your bit friends, Represent Afrika.  Click on the flyer for more:   11 September 2007 – Since 2003 the Darfur region in Sudan, a fellow African country has been plunged into a bloody and disturbing conflict that has seen 200,000 people killed and 2 million displaced according to U.N figures. In scenes frightfully resembling Rwanda, villages have been depopulated, looted, burnt to the ground; non-combatants have suffered dismemberment and brutal killings at the hand of militias.   Acclaimed South African artist, Tumi Molekane together with fellow South African musicians are currently making a public appeal to raise awareness about the plight of the Sudanese people and to assist in providing funds to purchase supplies, medication and food for those who are displaced. ‘A Love for Dar4ur’, a concert taking place on Saturday, 15 September 2007 at  Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg will see some of South Africa’s best artists unite in showing solidarity to the plight of the people of Darfur, in raising awareness and much needed financial support for tents and vital food supplies. Also a secondary aim is to demystify the idea of benefits or charity, to simplify the process of which one could change a reality by just participating The breath-taking confirmed line-up include Tumi & the Volume , 340ml, Tumi & Papercutt, Zubz, Khethi, Kerryn Rogers , HHP, Levi pon de Mic, Njthapedi, Slikour, DJ Kenzhero, Siphokazi, Koldproduk and DJ Bionic. A series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will be initiated following the ‘A Love of Dafur’ concert. The PSAs will feature some of South Africans finest actors, television personalities, radio presenters, musicians and high profiled personalities who have been moved by this issue.These PSA’s feature Lebo Mashile, Sello Maake ka Ncube, Kyla of Freshly Ground, Sugar Smaxx of Skwatta Kamp, Andile Carelse, Akin Omotoso, Siphokazi, Lira, Lee Kasumba, Chris Cube, Toni Goroga, 340ml, Khethi and they were directed by Vincent Moloi and will be flighted for the first time at the event. Tumi appeals to his fellow South Africans ‘I am not a soldier, nor am I an aid worker. I am an artist making music inspired greatly by the beauty and troubled disturbances of this soil. Let’s get together and extend our...

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