McCoy Mrubata on his musical Journey
Apr25

McCoy Mrubata on his musical Journey

Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer McCoy Mrubata, who is based in Johannesburg, will be going to KwaZulu Natal to head up a quintet consisting of Durban-based talents Neil Gonsalves on keys, Paki Peloeole on drums, Sibusiso Mkhize on trumpet and Ildo Nandja on bass. For the performance at Tatham Gallery Mrubata will perform with a trio consisting of Neil Gonsalves and Paki Peloeole. The exciting band will perform lots of music from Mrubata’s forthcoming album titled: The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2. It is a special treat for the people of Kwazulu Natala because the album is not officially released yet and the audiences will be getting a little preview plus the album will be available for sale at the shows. 1. You will be in Durban performing music from your forth coming album: The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2, tell us more about the album? I started recording The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2 In 2012 and it’s the second one of the Brasskap series after the 2008 release. The Idea of these series is to bring together generations of musicians and make a rich sound that will appeal to the young and old. The series also helps the young to get accustomed to recording sessions early in their careers. 2.  What can your fans expect from it? The Durban fans can expect music that is rich, full of emotions. Most of the songs that we’ll be performing are on the forth coming album and inspired by day to day experiences. 3.  How is it different from your other projects? This album is deferent from the previous albums simply because it’s produced by a young producer and pianist, Luyanda Madope.  Luyanda brings out a fresh energetic and emotional McCoy sound. 4.  Who did you work with on this project? The Brasskap Volume 2 features : Feya Faku , Prince Lengwasa , Jabu Magubane , Paul Hanmer , Tlale Makhene and Louis Mhlanga ,  the great  and a legend  Moses Ngwenya , Peter Sklair , Vuli Yeni , Sipho Ndlovu , Mthunzi Mvubu , Mbuso Khoza, Linda Mzimela , Senzo  Sikhakhane , Sthe Bhengu from the band H3 , Lindiwe Mxolo , Thembinkosi Mavimbela , Lwanda Gogwana , Ayanda Sikade , Sisonke Xhonti and Sandile Gontsana. 5. You will be performing with Neil Gonsalves and Paki Peloeole, what are you most looking forward to? Performing with great musicians like Neil Gonzavles, Paki Peloeole, Ildo Nandja and Sbu Mkhize is going to be good as I enjoy different Interpretations of my music especially when the musicians are outstanding like these gentlemen. 6.  How do you think music has evolved from the days you started to now? The...

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A Night with Stimela, Tshepo Tshola and Kabomo.
May23

A Night with Stimela, Tshepo Tshola and Kabomo.

What do you get when you combine legends with a village pope and a massive boom? You get a night of joyous music that will go down in history as something to be witnessed by the naked eye. Its come to our attention at Represent that such a night is about to happen, this is an extraordinary event not to be missed. Details after the jump. Massive Events Live presents A Night with Stimela, Tshepo Tshola and Kabomo, a live music show on 08 June at Carnival City, Big Top Arena. With such a legendary line up of heavyweights, they will perform hits such as, Whispers in the deep, Zwakala, Where did we go wrong, Go on living your life, Turn on the sun and many more. Tshepo Tshola says; ‘The Big Top Arena at Carnival City will never be the same after this gig. Look forward to a night you will never forget and promise to be so. Me and the band are ready, be ready’. Here are the event details… Date                Saturday 08 June 2013 Time                Doors opens 18h30 show starts 19h30 Venue              Carnival City Big Top Arena Tickets             Computicket R260 to...

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5 mins with Balkanology – 12th June, 44 Stanley- Milpark
Jun01

5 mins with Balkanology – 12th June, 44 Stanley- Milpark

Up your crazy factor – dance to a brass band and fling your hard-earned cash at a miniature mongolian double humped camel at Balkanoloy next weekend the 12th of June at 44 Stanley.  Tempting? Just do it. What is Balkanology all about? We asked Ma’or, one of the organisers to break it down: Balkanology has been running for four years. The events have grown from 600 people in the first to 2500 people in the seventh.  To date there have been seven parties in CT and two in JHB. In short, Balkanology is a massive themed party. We choose our venues very carefully and put emphasis on decor and music. Music is mostly Balkan remixed. So traditional music that has a driving bass and full of electronic and modern touches making it more palatable to the western ear. Through the decor we try and create a gypsy village gone carnival, so, hay bales, wagon wheels, live stock (for real goats, chicken, sheep…) carnival lighting, food stalls etc. We also incorporate many actors. Often the punters don’t know that they are actors simply because most of the guests come in costume as well. The actors however carry a story with them. For example, the one party was Balkanology The Great Balkan wedding where two fictitious characters Milovan & Biljana got married. The flyer to the party looked like an invite to a wedding. the whole marketing campaign was based on a real wedding, interviews on the radio claimed that it was real etc. On the night a real wedding took place with actors. A Russian orthodox style ceremony down to the T. After that we had ‘War & Peace’ with similar art instillations and actors being widows, soldiers, suicide bombers etc. Then came ‘The Gypsy Wake’ where the guests were welcomed at the entrance by the grieving family. Crying on your shoulder or simply shaking your hand thanking you for coming. Sad music played while the open coffin was on display. At around 22:30 the father of the deceased  gave a speech on what a special person Milovan was and how he would have loved us all to party for him and then the party kicks off. Then there was ‘The Resurrection’ then ‘Metamorphosis’ etc. What nations make up the Balkans and what do they offer the world? The nations that make up the Balkans are: *  Albania *  Bosnia and Herzegovina *  Bulgaria *  Croatia *  Greece *  Kosovo (partially recognized) *  Macedonia *  Montenegro *  Serbia Other countries sometimes included are: *  Moldova *  Romania *  Slovenia *  Turkey They offer amazing music and a true glimpse into...

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Submerged Sunday with Goldfish at Emmarentia
Apr30

Submerged Sunday with Goldfish at Emmarentia

What a wunderbar way to spend this Autumn Sunday in Johannesburg – get out there and enjoy your hood before the hordes arrive for the footie… go go go! Old Mutual Encounter Concerts and 94.7 presents Submerged Sunday with Goldfish with special guests Flash Republic, Good Luck and DJ Dean Fuel on the 2 May, at Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. All may look forward to the electrifying surreal jazz and electronic tunes of Goldfish; the electro-tinged and funky house music of Flash Republic; one of Cape Town’s most prolific and in demand deck masters DJ Dean Fuel and Good Luck’s unique approach to dance music which has molded their sound into a blend of live instrumentation, delicious dance grooves and the sultriest of vocals on this chilled Sunday afternoon. Goldfish consists of the proudly South African, David Poole and Dominic Peters who continue to attract large audiences to their special brand of catchy electronic music using exciting new techniques to create live dance remixes. Even though they are both classically trained musicians, they moved into the genre of jazz.   Their unusual electronic sound is created by using a variety of musical equipment. Concert visitors can definitely look forward to an engaging mix of authentic and vibrant songs. Tickets are available via www.webtickets.co.za for R80 and at the gate R100. VIP Tickets (Golden Circle) are also available for R200. Book early to avoid disappointment. Patrons are urged to buy tickets before the time.  Should the concert be rained out, the ticket may be used for any of the other Encounters Shows at Emmarentia Dam for the same monetary value. Also, please remember that no alcohol, glass or cans will be allowed into the venue – there is a fully stocked bar on site. Entrance to the show is on Thomas Bowler Street. Gates open at 13:00 on 2...

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Levi’s® Vintage Sunday returns to Durban
Sep29

Levi’s® Vintage Sunday returns to Durban

Deben, it’s your turn for a bout of stunning Sundays. Topping and tailing with two of our favourite artists – Roly Struckmeyer on the 4th October and 340ml on the 25th October, not to mention the legendary Steven Newman (ex Tananas) on the 18th, the Durban line-up is packing some real punch: After taking Pretoria by storm and giving local music fans a reason to look forward to Sunday nights, Levi’s® Vintage Sundays heads down to Durban for October, turning La Scarpetta into the venue of choice for those who want to rock the new week in with their favourite bands.  For the fifth year running music lovers all over South Africa are set to have their Sunday nights reinvented and reinvigorated with Levi’s® Vintage Sundays, Mzansi’s most consistent and comprehensive showcase of local musical talent Three incredible individuals line up to kick off the party on the 4th.  A fixture on the music scene in Durban since the late 80’s, Pietermaritzburg born acoustic guitarist and vocalist Roly Struckmeyer is first to take to the stage.  With a delivery that will stop you in your tracks, he has the power to evoke and engage, making him a hit with a live audience.   Second in line is Luke Siedle who’s incredible instrumental skills are complemented by sincere lyrics, resulting in a musical narrative that finds resonance with a diverse range of devoted fans.  You’ll find the roots of folk, rock and country in his music, all reworked to reflect this rising star’s uniquely beautiful take on the world.  Farryl Purkiss rounds the evening off with his ever-soulful, always observant and beautifully composed guitar tracks. The man with a golden voice and heartfelt performances is going to show you exactly why he spends most of his time on the road gigging. Starting things off on the 11th is Gary Thomas.  He is constantly writing songs that challenge both himself, his instrument and his audience and who balances meticulously crafted songwriting with dynamic vocals and contained improvisation.  He’s followed by Syd Kitchen – his musical territory knows no bounds, and his long list of collaborations and diverse projects is testament to his insatiable love for music and performance.  A man who speaks from the heart, Syd’s compositions are truly African offerings, speaking both musically and lyrically about life on the continent. Rounding it off is Guy Buttery with his unconventional guitar and percussive techniques whose intricate soul-searching arrangements find their way into every heart that hears him. The following Sunday, the 18th, is an opportunity to experience three of South Africa’s most talented acts.   Multi-instrumentalist Greg Georgiades takes to the stage with...

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