The Masters Of Rock Head South in 2010

From SA Music

Considered as one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, Deep Purple were listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s loudest band and ranked as number 22 on VH1s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. They incorporate many sounds into their rock music including classical, blues and pop. Deep Purple is still one of the hardest touring bands in the world and has continued to tour around the world since 1968. They’re most famous for their haunting hit – Smoke On The Water.

Deep Purple will be supported by Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.

The technically brilliant heavy rock band ‘Uriah Heep’ (taken from the character featured in the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield) have sold over 30 million records and have had 5 US Top 40 albums. Their debut in 1970 was a simplistic bass driven sound from electric folk to a direct harder appeal. Uriah Heep were at the forefront of a richly embossed, fastidious style of music later to be dubbed as progressive rock.

Andy Powell, Muddy Manninen, Bob Skeat, Joseph Crabtree make up Wishbone Ash, a British rock band who were hugely successful in the mid 70s. Their popular records include Wishbone Ash, Argus, There’s The Rub and New England. Wishbone Ash are considered one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Powell and Turner to be included in the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Tour Itinerary:


Friday 28 May 2010
Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg
Tickets from R275 to R500 (incl. service charges)


Sunday 30 May 2010
Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, Durban
Tickets from R272 to R426 (incl. service charges)

Cape Town

Tuesday 1 June 2010
Grand Arena Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World Cape Town
Tickets from R297 to R476 (incl. service charges)

Tickets available from Computicket outlets, and 083 915 8000.

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Free Christmas MP3s on Channel 24

Nova Noël

Christmas in Cape Town

New Mother City band blend sassy, silky gospel vocals with a smooth contemporary jazz feel on this festive favourite off their first project, ‘Nova Noël – Christmas in Cape Town’, which is a compilation CD of popular Christmas songs, performed in their own unique style.

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Popera Diva

Fans of Sarah Brightman and Katherine Jenkins are going to love SA light classical soprano Mona’s sublime symphonic pop rendition of this timeless Xmas hymn.

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Ike Moriz

Starry Night

Classy SA crooner eases us into the festive season with this swinging Vegas lounge finger snapper off his new album ‘Starry Night’, which contains 15 beautifully arranged jazzy adaptions of popular Christmas songs.

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Good Hope FM Christmas

Good Hope FM has rallied some of Cape Town’s leading artists and invited them to make their own personal contribution to Christmas through music. The result is a stunning beautiful and heart-warming album called ‘Good Hope FM Christmas’. There are new versions of old festive chestnuts – plus brand-new compositions – all performed in a joyous Christmas spirit – celebrating Christmas …and Cape Town.

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Rouel Beukes

Rouel Beukes

Well-known opera singer, actor, nature guide and hunter shares this stirring song of faith and devotion off his album ‘I’ll Walk with God’.

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Rodriguez – – Live Review – 15 December 09

Rodriguez is a genuine Legend, a fact we are reminded of throughout tonight’s show, not only by the performance itself, but by the shouts from the audience gathered at Islington’s intimate, hallowed and usually hushed, Union Chapel. Support act, Wand (formerly Wooden Wand) send delicate, acoustic shards reverberating around the chapel, dedicating one song to the recently deceased Jack Rose (with the wry disclaimer that if it turned out badly, it would be dedicated to Maggie Thatcher). After a short break, the humble Rodriguez, dressed in black and ever-present shades, is helped on-stage by members of his young band (who can hardly have been born when his albums were first released in the early 1970s) and proceed to let loose an almighty noise. So loud, in fact, that on occasion, his vocals are totally lost in a blur of over-exuberant drum and guitar. But this doesn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm one bit. In between songs, they hang on his every word – the secrets of life (’Keep breathing!’) and love (’Free love is too expensive’) relishing every moment spent in the same room as the living legend that is Sixto Rodriguez. The crowd-pleasing set from his two, now classic albums, includes ‘To Whom It May Concern’, ‘Crucify Your Mind’, ‘I Think Of You’ (’I thought of you when I wrote this), ‘Climb Up On My Music’, ‘Rich Folk’s Hoax’, ‘Like Janis’ and, of course, ‘Sugar Man’ is greeted with cheers from the faithful of all ages, some who have waited years to see Rodrigez in the flesh. Closing with a rock’n’roll medley as an encore, Rodriguez’s smile stretches from ear to ear, he’s obviously thrilled to be back on stage, playing his music to a brand new audience. The Legend continues.

(Keith Baker)

‘God Shuffles His Beat’ Back In Stock at Mabu Vinyl

From Mabu Vinyl

God Shuffles His Beat by 7ft Soundsystem
God Shuffles His Beat by 7ft Soundsystem

Mabu Vinyl now has more CD stock of ‘God Shuffles His Beat’, the hot debut album from the new Cape Town group 7ft Soundsystem, which features Freshlyground vocalist Zolani Mahola on the first single off the album, the sure-fire summer radio smash hit, ‘Love Be The Power’.

The man behind the 7ft Soundsystem project is Cape Town musician and producer, Yves Adler, who was a founder member of the indie-ska group, Seventh Son’.

‘Love Be The Power’ picked up a ton of interest when it first appeared as a free edited download on the Channel 24 website. As a result, the first batch of CD copies of ‘God Shuffles His Beat’ sold out soon after arriving in stock at Mabu Vinyl

“Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola adds her sublime siren call to this summery brass ‘n bass filtered first single off Mother City musician Yves Adler’s new album, ‘God Shuffles His Beat’.” (Channel 24).

Listen to the mp3 of ‘Love Be The Power’ at:

Buy ‘Love Be The Power’ and other tracks off ‘God Shuffles His Beat’ at

Buy the ‘God Shuffles His Beat’ CD at Mabu Vinyl in Rheede Street in Gardens.

“Just do it!” – Tiger Van Der Westhuizen.

Top Ten Tunes: Free MP3 Downloads On Channel 24

Die Radio Kalahari Orkes with Jack Parow – Blaas Jou Vuvuzela

HeuninglandIan Roberts and his bakgat band of boeremusiek brothers team up with super romantic Afrikaans rap star Jack Parow on this tongue-in-cheeky World Cup anthem-in-the-making anthem about braaivleis, brandy and Vuvuzela blowing! Off heir third album of all star collaborations, “Heuningland”.

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Johannes Kerkorrel – Sit Dit Af

Johannes Kerkorrel leads his Gereformeerde Blues Band out of the valley of verkrampte Nationalist Party ideology on this razor sharp satire of (not) watching PW Botha on TV. Off the ‘alternative Afrikaans’ Voëlvry era classic, ‘Eet Kreef’.Download Listen Now

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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

Our HeritageHip indie dance rock combo celebrate Heritage Day (aka Braai Day) by hooking up with heavyweight hip-hop players HHP and JR, and the Grammy winning Soweto Gospel Choir. It’s a contagiously fun colab with Die Heuwels’ Pierre Greeff singing in English, HHP and JR keeping it real and the Soweto Gospel Choir adding their soaring African harmonies: “So it’s a flyday. We call it a braai day….”

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

Legendary singer songwriter maps the moment he morphed from Andre Letoit into mythical alternative Afrikaans troubadour Koos Kombuis on this classic Voelvry-era acoustic ballad off his excellent debut, ‘Niemandsland & Beyond!’.

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The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula

Mahotella QueensSpace is the place on this mellifluous a cappella gem off the queens of mbaqanga’s recent album, ‘Reign and Shine’. Fresh and dynamic, the new album maps the spaces where mbaqanga and mbube meet and greet with tracks ranging from traditional classics to brand new, original material.

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Richard van der Westhuizen – Engelliedjie

Popular Afrikaaans singer songwriter shares another piano ‘n strings coloured ballad about love off his top-selling album, ‘Songs Uit My Binnesak. Fans of Koos du Plessis’ romantic luisterliedjie craft, this one’s for you.

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Wasserfall – Hi-Jack

Asem InDewald Wasserfall (vocals, guitar) and Larry Pullen (guitar) fire off this soul searching melodic rocker about navigating life and love in the 21st century. Off their debut album ‘Asem In’, whose songs are being used in the upcoming SA film ‘Bloedspoor’.

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7FT Soundsystem – Love Be The Power

Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola adds her sublime siren call to this summery brass ‘n bass filtered first single off Mother City musician Yves Adler’s new album, ‘God Shuffles His Beat’.

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

The Heart Of A Fool “I know my language has always been my limit…/the heart of the fool lives inside of his mouth,” serenades Laudo on this spanking new symphonic rock power ballad off the indie rock darlings’ brand new CD, ‘Against All Odds’. Produced by the multiple award-winning Theo Crous.

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Merseystate – New Jersey Girl

Mother City rockers Wayne Joshua and Shai Caleb (ex-Farenheit) share this first, hook-laden single off their debut album ‘The Lucky Ones’. Fans of well-crafted Brit-pop cut from Oasis and The Beatles’ cloth, this is well worth a listen.

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The ROCKFEST is Back!

From RockFest

Greetings one and all

The Rockfest is back and we are overjoyed! After nine and a half months of holding our breaths, we have been adopted by 93.8 FM Radio Midrand which has grown in 2 years to a listener-ship of over 65000 people! You can find us on 93.8FM and can listen from Pretoria West all the way to Melville. This is our first week riding the airwaves at night and the line-up of presenters is fantastic.

This is what it will look like and we hope it makes you pleased to see many of the old presenters back on board:


20:00 – 21:00 Linda Sue
21:00 – Midnight Leon Economides


20:00 – 22:00 Ingrid Botha


20:00 – 22:00 Phil Wright
22:00 – Midnight Jurgen Becker


20:00 – 22:00 Tamara Jeunette
22:00 – Midnight Kevin Stuart


18:00 – 20:00 Rosemary Royeppen
20:00 – 23:00 David Blood


20:00 – 22:00 Max Aston
22:00 – Midnight Aris Binikos


22:00 – 23:00 Robert Laing
23:00 – 01:00 Rick Gardner

Please pass this message on to everyone you know! We have no playlists and the only pre-requisite is that we play rock! So, as of this week your radio will be capable of playing rock in all it’s genres from blues to metal and alternative to classics. This is a fantastically exciting venture and a huge leap forward for Community Radio!

Yours in rock and metal
Tamara Jeunette

Living The Good Life

By Jason Curtis

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 10 years since Masauko Chipembere and Neo Muyanga first woke up the local music scene with their self-titled debut album that included the evergreen classic “Born In A Taxi”. Tonight the city bowl welcomes Blk Sonshine back with a launch for their highly anticipated and acutely overdue second album, Good Life, at The Assembly in Harrington Street.

Never ones to rush genius, the duo has not been sitting around idle between albums. With the initial Good Life sessions beginning as early as 2006 Muyanga is quick to point out that, “some things just should never be rushed.” With the period between producing album affectionately referred to as their ‘large pause’, the drought is now over with 12 new songs set to whet appetites everywhere.

After the overwhelming support for “Born In A Taxi” the biggest challenge for the two was to take the signature sound that the world fell in love with and build upon warm melodies and multipartite lyrics, all anchored in a well-informed African and Eastern reality. “Fame wasn’t working for my particular ego,” Chipembere recalls as to what happened to the group when their status changed from starting out in the underground and then, very quickly finding mainstream success. “That side of things was not my reality and yes, my ego ruled for a while.”

“That’s why this album was so important,” Muyanga adds. “We went back to our foundation, to the thing we built Blk Sonshine out of in order to assemble songs that were informed by that place. Good Life, both in title and sentiment, is thus a celebration of these two truly gifted musicians and their journey through song. The title track pulls their collective pasts into a current reality, all with beautiful familiarity. “I find it thick with metaphor,” Chipembere says of the Muyanga penned song. “It also has something childlike and innocent about it.”

With clear intent to not write for one particular audience, their now two-strong catalogues’ mission is to extract a feeling that has the listener reflective rather than overwhelmed by flippant pop distraction. “The power of words is informed by their ability to grow,” Chipembere agrees. “Good Life

is the logical extension that bridges and marries our poetic introspection in a way that we’re really proud of.”

With the same sentiment prevalent on both albums it’s Good Life that extends itself and welcomes special guest performances from Famora Dioubate, a balafon player best known for his recordings with Mory Kante, as well as Xhosa wordsmith and singer MXO and Tumi (of Tumi & The Volume fame). “MXO and Tumi added their magic to “Nkosi”,” Muyanga explains. “It’s a beautiful gospel song we wrote back in 2002 and is quite a departure from what people may have come to expect from us, which is great!”

With invites received and honoured right around the world between albums, Chipembere and Muyanga hooked up and recorded between New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Shows booked in London and across Europe also allowed for many of the tracks that made the final cut for Good Life to be road-tested and played live before Blk Sonshine committed them to disc. “We randomly met up around the world at different times,” Chipembere recalls. What kept the haphazard nature of our process together was a strong thread of consciousness that’s always linked the music to the lyrics that we write.”

“With the world in an odd state of flux right now, people need hope,” he adds. “Good Life, both as a song and album is conduit through which we can channel positive musical energy.”

The Assembly launch includes special guests Toni Paco on drums and percussion with Sylvaine Baloubeta on bass, turning the duo into a four piece for the night. “We’re experimenting and collaborating all the time,” Muyanga says. “As I travel more and more I become more aware of our own great continent, it’s unique sounds and traditions. You’ll hear a lot of those on the new album, and on the night if you come down to the show.”

With the nine year pregnancy finally over, Blk Sonshine has given birth to a body of work that, as soon as it finds its feet, will take on a life of its own as “Born In A Taxi” did at the turn of the century. As any parent would, Blk Sonshine suffers moments of anguish at how their new arrival will integrate, but fans can rest assured that if they get down to Harrington Street they’ll hear and see Good Life take its place as one of the year’s finest late arrivals.

Tickets cost R60 and are available from The Assembly – Tel: (021) 465 7286. Doors open @ 9pm and the show commences at 9:30pm sharp.

If you have a big budget you can ignore Search Engine Optimization

Must be wonderful to have a big advertising budget like then you don’t have to worry about being web standards compliant  (32 errors and 7 warnings) or any SEO (Search Engine Optimization), because people will find you any way.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the AquaFestival is a wonderful series of events, but for those of us on smaller budgets, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SMM (Social Media Marketing) can be very cost effective tools for getting our message out to the world.

Here is analysis of the AquaFestival website.


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New Radio Rats Single released

1.Little Miss Bliss
2.Crystal Bible Girl
3.Daar’s ‘n Drol In Die Drinkwater (bonus, by popular demand)

This is disc one of the new Radio Rats ‘Love Train’ album project. Tracks will be added as “singles” as they are completed, until there are enough for an album.
Brian Currin

I believe that Pop music ought to be literary in a way, minimalistic, but not dumb.
It’s not good enough to be able to play well – the words must be even better than the pathetic playing. The words of traditional country are often superb, the playing on the other hand is standard, but still superb too. Pop can take inspiration from Country brilliance.
Well, the 7-Single project could make South Africans as good as the best Americans, if it grows.
But, I ramble . . .

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