PTA/STB: Tassenberg Legends Live Series in March 2009
Feb28

PTA/STB: Tassenberg Legends Live Series in March 2009

Tassies is getting it’s shoulder firmly behind South African music with a major sponsorship in March as part of their Tassenberg Legends Live Series in Stellenbosch and Pretoria. Largely featuring popular Afrikaans musicians, the Tassenberg series showcases exclusive acoustic performances by celebrated South African musical artists. We can just imagine the rooiwyn baabelaases. Geniet julle! Audiences can look forward to thrilling live stage acts from Van Coke Kartel on the 10th March at Aandklas in Stellenbosch, and a whole week of performances by renowned artists at the Dorpstraat Theatre for the annual Stellenbosch’ Woordfees. Gauteng crowds can also anticipate two superb musical acts from Ashtray Electric on the 19th March at Ting an’ Times, Pretoria and Karen Zoid on the 27th March at the Steak ‘n Ale in Pretoria. Join in on the mind-blowing and high energy live show of Van Coke Kartel on the 10th of March at Aandklas, Stellenbosch. Van Coke Kartel will be toning it down a bit by performing an acoustic show with Francois van Coke on acoustic guitar and vocals, Wynand Myburgh playing an upright bass and Justin Kruger on drums and percussion. Going slow definitely does not mean slowing down for this South African band. Cape Town based indie/rock band Ashtray Electric brings you a fresh new sound that is a tantalizing mixture of foot-tapping beats and a dynamic blend of musical style. Ashtray Electric, with its very unique look and sound, will bring something new and exciting to the Pretoria music scene. Be sure to catch this band on the 19th of March at Tings an’ Times in Pretoria. Winner of the South African Music Award for Best Female Artist in 2008 and acclaimed songwriter, Karen Zoid will be performing an unplugged set on the 27th March at the Steak ‘n Ale in Pretoria. The award-winning national icon, will definitely entertain all, with her and truly South African style music and melodic guitar riffs. The popular “Doppies” system promotion will be taking place during all the events so be sure to bring all your Tassenberg bottle tops along to claim some exclusive and limited prizes. So launch your musical year with a big bang and come and join in on an unforgettable “Tassies” musical experience. Tings ‘an Times, Pretoria Show: Tickets, can be bought at the show 19th March:          Ashtray Electric (R30) Steak ‘n Ale, Pretoria Show: Tickets, which can be bought at the show 27th March:           Karen Zoid (R80) Aandklas, Stellenbosch Show: Tickets can be bought before and at the show: 10th March:          Van Coke Kartel (R30) For more information on the Van Coke Kartel gig at Aandklas in Stellenbosch, please...

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Introducing Vula Malinga
Feb27

Introducing Vula Malinga

We recently stumbled across the soulful vocalist Vula Malinga who’s stirring up some musical waves in the UK after her success recording with Basement Jaxx. She’s an East London girl, as in Hackney luv, London, not the Eastern Cape, but born to South African parents in the States… Kinda pop meets RnB with the potential to do something different, she’s got some serious range on her- with her oodles of talent, we’re hoping she heads for an original sound. We’re hustling an interview with her soon, watch this space. Bit of PR on Vula – you can catch her on Facebook here : If you don’t already know about Miss Vula Malinga, chances are you’ve seen her everywhere and just didn’t realise. With an impressive catalog of work already under her belt with collaborations with UK heavyhitters such as Basement Jaxx and MJ Cole, she has gained respect in the UK music scene as one of the most gifted singer/songwriters on the scene and now after a sell out tour supporting Sam Sparro, Vula has dropped her long awaited E.P. “If You Want It” released under her own label “DivaGeek Records”.  With a new single due out early 2009, Keep your ear to the streets…. Vula Malinga Live on Radio –...

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Every last Wednesday at the Blues Room…
Nov26

Every last Wednesday at the Blues Room…

it’s is the only place to be if you love homegrown soulful sounds and hanging with like minded hiphop heads and minds… Click on the flyer for all. GO GO GO....

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TUMI and the Volume live and in photos
Nov25

TUMI and the Volume live and in photos

Well we’ve been waiting for a loooooong long time to give you a close up with Tumi in words, but for now, you’ll have to settle for this gorgeous photostory of the band playing at Party People in Johannesburg a few weeks back. Watch this space, who knows, maybe we’ll have better luck. Beautiful photo story by Banele Rewo for Represent. Click...

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Represent Review: MTV MAMA’s in Jozi
Nov17

Represent Review: MTV MAMA’s in Jozi

Sadly, we won’t make it all the way to Abuja, but we definitely made up for it at the pre-party in Johannesburg, with our man Reuben “the Matrix” Malema rocking up the VIP suite while shedding copious tears of joy at one of the most successful live HipHop events in South Africa to date. He loved it, and shares his night with us below – click here for Reuben’s partner in crime, Nkateko Siweya’s photostory of the bash…. It’s drizzling and my expectations are under strict check. The last American Hip-Hop “star” whose show I attended sucked big time, the crowd turn out was unimpressive and the songs performed were to a large extent very alien to us. This of cause was Keith Murray, but tonight I will be seeing The Game. Some Background The Game is as typical an American gangster as anybody can ever be: Fast cars, gold chains, a myriad of tattoos scattered all over the body, serial alcoholic, filthy rich negro and very generous philanthropist to the general public; a full on model Al Capone to the bitter end. As the story goes, it all started when Game was 12 years old; a poor Afro-American living in the notorious city of Compton on the west coast of the United States. On his way from school, Game and a couple of buddies came into contact with the godfather of  the ogg-Pound, Snoop Dogg, riding around in a hydraulic jacked low ride American muscle vehicle with gin and weed clasped in both hands.  The Dogg encourages Game to hold on to his dream of wanting to be a Hip-Hop super star and as they say…all else is history. The Event – All Roads lead to Jozi Upon approaching Ponte City it became apparent that The Game is indeed a much-loved Hip-Hop artist here in Jozi. The roads leading into the Standard Bank Arena were chocker blocked with scenes reminiscent of the motorway chaos in the movie Independence Day! We proceeded at a snail`s pace to the vip parking lot. The tempo rapidly rising, rain pouring down and our hearts violently beating against our rib cages; We have arrived. This one is the MAMA of all Hip-Hop gigs… The Who’s Who of Mzansi’s Hip-Hop scene came out in support of this inaugural concert leading to the first ever MTV Africa Music Awards (sponsored by ZAIN Telecom) to be held in Abuja Nigeria this November. South African nominees HHP, Cassette, The Parlotones and Jozi were the curtain raisers with Y-fm dj’s like Mc-G helping to pump up the mood with their house tunes. With no doubt my favourite performer...

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