NEW DATE ADDED FOR CAPE TOWN
Sep17

NEW DATE ADDED FOR CAPE TOWN

BASTILLE SA TOUR To the power of 5FM Seed Experiences, in partnership with 5FM, are proud to announce that a new date has been added to chart-topping UK act, Bastille’s upcoming tour to South Africa. Following the tremendous success and unprecedented response to the tour announcement two weeks ago, fans in Cape Town and Johannesburg were overwhelmed with excitement. The first show at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town sold out in under a week, leaving a high demand for tickets to the most highly anticipated show of 2014. Mark off your diaries for Friday 10th of January 2014 at Kirstenbosch Gardens when Bastille will bring Cape Town one more energetic storm of indie rock mixed with some pop without the fuzz in the form of their hit tracks ‘Pompeii’, ‘The Things We Lost In The Fire’ and many more. The second Cape Town date will give even more fans a chance to witness the brilliance of the band whose album Bad Blood reached number one on the UK charts in the first week of release. 5FM and Seed Experiences want to make sure that all loyal Bastille fans have the chance to see the powerhouse quartet live for the first time on the African continent. Johannesburg fans must act quickly as tickets are moving at rapid rate for the show scheduled on the 11th of January at Emmarentia Dam. Entertainment powerhouse 5FM is synonymous for bringing the best in music entertainment to their fans and has been at the forefront of supporting Bastille since breaking their single in 2012. It’s also no surprise that award-winning experiential marketing agency, Seed Experiences, would choose a groundbreaking act like Bastille to grow and diversify its portfolio of music events. About the tour venues and dates: Bastille tours SA takes place on Wednesday 8 January 2014 and Friday 10 January 2014 at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden from 19h15.  There will be no bars so fans can bring their own picnic baskets but are reminded that Kirstenbosch is bin free – whatever is brought in must be taken out. Fans are also asked to respect the peace and cleanliness of the residential areas when leaving. Saturday 11 January is a day concert at Emmarentia Dam from 12pm.  There will be food and drink on sale, and people can also bring their own picnic baskets. Children are welcome at both events. Tickets are on sale for only R365 at Webtickets. Cape Town – 8 January 2014 SOLD OUT Cape Town – 10 January 2014: http://www.webticket.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406080278 Johannesburg – 11 January 2014: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406080207 Get yours now. Follow Seed Experiences’ Facebook, Youtube and Twitter pages closely for announcements of the stellar local support line-up and other information, and...

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WE ARE ONE colour festival to announce Summer dates soon.
Aug12

WE ARE ONE colour festival to announce Summer dates soon.

The folks at Seed Experiences want to set the record straight regarding the many pop-ups of the colour festivals. WE ARE ONE is brought to you by Seed Experiences, and if you have colour, read more after the jump. In March and April this year tens of thousands of colour-crazy revellers covered Cape Town and Johannesburg in a kaleidoscope of green, orange, pink, yellow and blue at the original WE ARE ONE Colour Festivals. When it launched, WE ARE ONE was the first electronic dance music (EDM) event based on a colour powder festival concept to launch in South Africa. As the first festival of its kind in the country, WE ARE ONE attracted sell-out crowds in Cape Town and Johannesburg. It also set in motion a “colour festival phenomenon” that has seen several ‘copycat’ versions of the original WE ARE ONE colour festival crop up in cities around the country as promoters jump on the colour powder bandwagon after seeing the success WE ARE ONE generated. The public has taken notice of this as questions are asked online and in social media about why there are so many different colour festivals that seem so similar. As the company responsible for putting on WE ARE ONE, award-winning Seed Experiences wants to set the record straight. “We don’t claim to be the first colour festival ever and the concept of a non-religious colour festival is no longer new and many are held around the world. But to be sure WE ARE ONE is South Africa’s First Colour Festival of its kind and, as Seed Experiences, we remain committed to throwing successful colour festivals that are about music and people having a great time in the spirit of togetherness,” says Brian Little, Managing Director of Seed Experiences. Despite other versions of the first WE ARE ONE Colour Festival popping up, Seed Experiences is confident that both existing fans and new colour-party revellers will support the country’s first EDM colour festival. “Like all of Seed Experiences events WE ARE ONE set the standards in South Africa. People who attend WE ARE ONE know they are part of the first festival in the country and they know they can expect a world-class event, the best line-up, and an overall amazing experience. This is clear from our sell-out events in March and April,” adds Brian. Seed Experiences will be announcing the new venues and dates for the summer WE ARE ONE Colour Festivals very soon. The official announcements will be made on the Facebook pages and to media in the coming days. If it doesn’t say WE ARE ONE, it’s not South Africa’s First Colour Festival music and party event! Find WE ARE...

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The inaugural launch of #WawelaMusicAwards 2013
May22

The inaugural launch of #WawelaMusicAwards 2013

We received the honour of attending the inaugural  launch of  Wawela Music Awards (Wawela means GO BEYOND – the name itself is derived from the Zulu language). These awards aim to celebrate South African musicians who are breaking borders with their music, composition, creativity and not directly aimed at the popularity of an artist within his/her craft.  The awards are open to all  SAMRO members and a variety of composers were selected across the multitude of music genres. Upon arrival we were chauffeured to the venue by a shuttle, which drove us to the venue where the nomination announcement was to take place.  We had welcome drinks and snacks as we waited for proceedings to get underway and got the opportunity to mingle with media and all the invited guests which included Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Sibongile Khumalo and a host of other media personalities. Tiyane Maluleke SAMRO General Manager of Marketing did a great job as MC and getting us all up to speed regarding Wawela2013 Prior to the announcement of nominees, we watched the audio visual conception of this award show and were treated to the sounds of Planet Lindela, an up and coming band consisting of 3 members who hail from Soweto. The list of nominees was screened and songstress Lira got 3 nominations in the categories Best Creative Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year & Best female artist & composer/co-composer. Another big nominee on the day was James Barnard, and other notable nominees included the likes of Nothende, Tumi & the Volume and new comers The Soil. SAMRO Deputy CEO, Sipho Dlamini who highlighted the importance of the awards said: “These awards, the first of their kind in the country, are an important event on the musical calendar,” adding;  “On the night of 28 June, we’ll be gathering to give South Africa’s songwriting trailblazers the recognition that is due to them.” A number of Special Awards will also be handed out on the night, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Breaking through the Borders Award, and awards for Publisher of the Year and Prolific Catalogue of Works. The #WAWELAMusicAwards ceremony, will take place on the  28th of June 2013 at a venue yet to be disclosed is surely going to be a spectacular affair with major industry players in full attendance. And now the nominees are? Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary: Daniel Baron nominated for Wrongfully Detained Philip Miller nominated for Leaving Father Sven Larsen nominated for Afro Slow Best song or composition in a television production: Alan Lazar nominated for Scandal Gregory Reveret nominated for Loxion Kulca Roots James Barnard nominated for Limpopo Best song...

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International Poetry and Jazz Festival.
Apr30

International Poetry and Jazz Festival.

Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville is hosting the International Jazz Day mixed with Poetry. Each year on April 30, this important day is celebrated around the world for 24 hours to promote dialogue and peace among cultures. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ). In Celebration of UNESCO’s International JAZZ DAY on 30th April…enjoy a musical collaboration between five of South Africa’s finest Jazz musicians: McCoy Mrubata (Sax/flute), Sydney Mavundla (Trumpet/Flugel Horn), Bernice Boikanyo (Drums) Concord Nkabinde (Bass/Vocals), Mdu Mtshali (Piano) WHEN WORDS COME STRANGE CURRENCIES   25th April at 8pm www.whatispoetry.net Dinner, poetry performance and wine tasting 25 INTERNATIONAL POETS AND LOCAL HEROES Music: The MIAGI Footprint Trio This will be a very informal occasion with poetry and music happening around the normal restaurant activities. There will also be a complimentary tasting of two wines from the Klein Constantia KC Range as well as Anwilka’s Petit Frere. Please make reservations at the restaurant to enjoy modern South African food together with world class poetry and music: 011 482 5572...

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Zaki Ibrahim presents Every Opposite.
Apr22

Zaki Ibrahim presents Every Opposite.

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Canadian-born South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim. We found out what makes her the ever soulful singer that she is and to our delight, she is one musician you’d want to spend your money on. Here is what Zaki had to say… Zaki, what was it like growing up in Canada? I lived in a small town on Vancouver Island, Canada’s westest coast.  My family seemed very different from the other families on the island. We were a “bi-racial” unit or “multi-racial in many ways, with a very African percussionist and social activist Father, a blond, blue eyed school teacher Mother. We stuck out like a sore thumb.  Different families from different places in the world lived with us at any given time; Korea, Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Jordan, Afganistan and Bask Country. We always had tenants that my parents “hosted” as they emigrated to Canada, as they started programmes through the local College for refugees and families seeking a better life for their children.  Home life was always filled with stories from all corners of the world.  As a teenager, I found it to be the most boring place on earth.  But looking back, it was the bomb. Your dad Zane Ibrahim is a radio legend, what role has he played in you choosing a musical career? He’s always encouraged me to express myself, but has been wary of     encouraging me to sell that expression.  My Dad is very anti consumerism.  He believes in humility and sensibility.  I think as his baby girl, he’s always tried to strengthen me and protect me at the same time.  I think my career choice as a musician was nerve wracking for him as he knew it’s something that flows out of me, but also shows vulnerability.  The day he gave me his stamp of approval was the first time he saw me perform here in South Africa in 2009. About her Career. What motivated you to choose a career in music? I suppose I’ve been motivated most by the encouragement of my peers and found that music began to take over once I gave it a fair chance.  I always felt that I wanted to protect the thing I loved doing most and not depend on it to live just so I could love it forever. What do you think every artist [new/old] should know about the industry you are in? The thing that I’ve found is like with anything in life, there’s something new to learn. Just when you think you know it all, there’s something else to get your teeth into. It’s worth staying open to the...

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