Two Awards at Sundance for Searching For Sugarman

From 2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Awards

The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary was presented by Edward James Olmos to:
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN / Sweden, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.

A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit was presented by Richard Pena to:
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN / Sweden, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.

Channel 24: Latest Free South African Music Downloads (part of Sugar Music) has been the official supplier of free mp3s to Channel24 since 2004.




A song off the self-titled debut album featuring the smooth melodic Bosmont jazz of Isja on the Shifty Records anti-apartheid record label, which always provided a platform for independent SA music with a social message.


Rea Le Roux

Daar’s n Vrou wat Wag

The debut album, Al’s Van Jou from this vibrant and enthusiastic singer, actor and in-demand MC is a not to be missed pop-tinged album filled with potential hit tracks.


12th Avenue

Time Bomb

Still riding the wave of his Idols’ success, here’s Mark Haze and his rock band with a song from the album, Sober.


Kenny Ray Daniel

Following a Shooting Star

On his debut album Feelings Out Of Sight, this old-school countryish musician still plays his Yamaha FG180 from the sixties on some of the songs he has written over the years.


Gil Hockman

Elvis Presley Blues

Some downbeat blues from the enigmatic troubadour from Jozi off his debut solo album, Too Early In The Journey.


Lara Frances


Young, gorgeous and gifted. This describes the talented Lara Frances in a nutshell. Her new album, Little Rendition, is a delicious mixture of nu-folkish pop with the merest hint of rock.

Rodriguez Does Sundance – Day 1 – Part II

I soon realize this is feeling more like a Rodriguez convention, gathering some familiar and unfamiliar faces from Rodriguez’s life and career. Seeing Rodriguez for the first time in over a year is an immediate high. He looks great in a black suit and scarf, calm and classy as always. You can see the smile on his face when we chat about the film and the people surrounding us. It felt a little too good to be true. I quickly meet my heroes, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew, the two South Africans who started all this madness. – Matt Sullivan

via Rodriguez Does Sundance – Day 1 – Part II « Light in the Attic Records.

Craig Bartholomew and Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman
Craig Bartholomew and Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman

Slave – Lucky Dube

1001 South African Songs You Must Hear Before You Go Deaf

Slave – Lucky Dube

After Peter Tosh died, Lucky Dube became the biggest selling living reggae star in the world until his tragic death in 2007. Not bad for someone who didn’t start out as a reggae artist. Dube’s early musical efforts were in the Mbaqaga style and it was only about 3 years after his first release that he switched to reggae. His reggae career didn’t start well with the release, ‘Rasta Never Die’ being a flop, but the follow up, ‘Think About The Children’ went gold.

Released in 1987, ‘Slave’ was one of his most popular songs which, contrary to what one might think about a song called ‘Slave’ during the apartheid years, was actually about alcoholism. The influence of the likes of Peter Tosh can be clearly heard on this track, but there is also the distinctive township keyboard sound that shows its South African roots.


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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Sold at Sundance

Sony Pictures Classics struck first blood, buying North American rights to Searching for Sugar Man, Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut. Following the rise, seeming demise, and reemergence of an obscure but influential Mexican-American folk singer named Rodriguez, the movie premiered Thursday to tears, cheers, and a standing ovation from festival attendees. – Chris Lee


Falling Mirror Launch show – Coming out of retirement concert

After 10 years in retirement from live performances the core members of Falling Mirror are coming out with their guns blazing to perform live. For the last couple of months they have been working very hard at their new show under the creative direction of well known and respected music director Jonny Blundell. “Thru the Mirror” is a nostalgic trip down memory lane … it tells the story behind the influences that wrote the songs.

Falling Mirror Launch show

Coming out of retirement concert

2 sets of 30 to 35 mins.

Alma Cafe Rosebank

Tues 7th Feb. 7pm for 7.30pm.

Bookings on 021 685 7377.

R130 including 1 course meal

Fully licensed R20 corkage.

“Thru The Mirror”

“A nostalgic trip down memory lane…. the story behind the influences that wrote the songs.”

Music Director : Jonny Blundell

Narrator and vocals: Neilen Mirror

Unplugged : Allan Faull, Jonny Blundell, Roger Bashew.

Up the Creek Together with Bacardi: Running order of bands announced

Press Release: The running order of bands for the weekend!

Up the Creek Music Festival together with Bacardi – Breederiver, Swellendam: 2 – 5 Feb 2012:

Creekers, here it is: The schedule of the music for the weekend! Up the Creek Together with Bacardi Festival 2012 will be running live music on 3 stages throughout the weekend: The Bacardi Main Stage, the MK river stage and the all-night-long BOS Breede River bar stage.

Please find the complete schedule attached. Excited much? We are! The line up includes:

Kongos,aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, December Streets, Fox Comet, The Great Apes, Holiday Murray, Hot Water, Karen Zoid, Louwtjie Rothman, Machineri, No One’s Arc, Piet Botha, Taxi Violence, Wrestlerish, Jeremy Loops, Luna Paige, Shadowclub, Sterling EQ, Andra, Peachy Keen, AC/DC Tribute, Southern Gypsey Queen.

Thursday night special early show:

In 2011 we decided to give the die hard creekers a chance to enjoy a sneak preview of the weekend with an intimate show on the Thursday night. This year we are bringing back the iniative, Thursday the 2nd the doors will open at 16h00 for the first 400 music lovers. The artists that will be performing on Thursday evening are: December Streets, Dan Patlansky, Akkedis and Piet Botha.

Gates open at 16h00 on Thursday, see ticket prices for details of Thursday – Sunday passes.

SMS and win tickets.

sms CREEK to 33782 and fill out our short survey to stand a chance to WIN tickets to UTC 2012.
SMS’ @ R1.50 Free SMS’ dont apply T&C’s apply.
The winner will be announced 25th January 2012

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available from directly from our facebook page.


Type Presales At the Gate
Thursday 4pm – Sunday 4 pm R575.00 R600.00
Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm: R475.00 R500.00
Saturday and Sunday: R375.00 R400.00
Day pass – Sunday: R150.00 R150.00

* Please note that day tickets for Friday and Saturday are not available.

* Children 13 and younger enter for free, children 14 years and older pay full price.

Gates open on Friday 3 February 16h00 for those of you who are not joining us for the Thursday evening.

Facebook Address:

Twitter address: Upthe_Creek


General queries: info

Red Hot Events and Blue-Moonwould like to thank the sponsors for UTC 2012: Bacardi, Converse, MK and BOS Ice Tea


Regards and thank you,

Liny Kruger
Palila Publicity
021 556 1726
082 464 1926
Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Final UTC 2012 Play Order


Thursday BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

2-Feb 8pm 1. December Streets

9pm 2. Piet Botha

10pm 3. Dan Patlansky

11pm 4. Akkedis

Friday Bacardi Main Stage

3-Feb 7pm 1. Jeremy Loops

8pm 2. Blues Broers & Albert Frost

9:30pm 3. Machineri

10:30pm 4. aKing

11:30pm 5. Taxi Violence

BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

12:30am 1. Southern Gypsey Queen

01:30am 2. Great Apes

Saturday BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

4-Feb 9am 1. Luna Paige & Schalk Joubert
MK River Stage

12pm 1. Cameron Bruce Band

1pm 2. Louwtjie Rothman

2pm 3. Peachy Keen

3pm 4. Sterling EQ

Bacardi Main Stage

6pm 1. Fox Comet

7pm 2. City Bowl Mizzers

8pm 3. Shadowclub

9pm 4. No One’s Arc

10pm 5. Karen Zoid

11pm 6. Kongos

12pm 7. Hot Water

BOS Iced Tea Bar Stage

1am 1. SA/DC Tribute

2am 2. Black Cat Bones

Sunday Breakfast

5-Feb 9am 1. Andra

MK River Stage

10am 1. Siv Ngesi (Comedy)

11am 2. Holiday Murray

12pm 3. Wrestlerish

1pm 4. Piet Botha & Friends

Interview with filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul

Extract from an interview with filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, whose “Searching For Sugarman’ opens this week at the Sundance Film Festival.

What have you learned over the course of making the film?

I learned that it’s possible to live your life on your own terms. Even if it means huge sacrifice, it’s your life and you will regret it if you don’t try. Rodriguez didn’t want to conform to any format or rules. He said what he wanted to say, and then he waited for people to embrace his music and his ethos, and not the other way around. I think that’s something we can all learn a lot from. Maybe more success or more money could come by compromising your dreams, but don’t go there! Rodriguez used to repeat the adage “you shouldn’t take candy from strangers.” That could apply to filmmaking. Filmmakers might go to a film institute for financing and think that all problems will be solved, but it comes with sacrifices. Maybe you’ll get the money, but maybe it’ll be a year too late and you’ve lost your inspiration and passion. If you want to be true to yourself you need to set your own rules – use your own money, and if you don’t have much then make a cheap film. This is much easier with cheap digital technology. If it turns out to be a good film, you can sell it and from the surplus you can make the next film. Times have changed – filmmaking just isn’t that expensive anymore. My cinematographer Camilla Skagerstrom won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes last year for a short film she made using $3000 of her own money. She didn’t compromise. If you want to make a film, it needs to be your film, made on your terms and with the energy you only can get from the possible misconception that all is possible and all your dreams can come true. Don’t wait for the money until you’ve lost the spark – just do it anyway.

In the same way, Rodriguez eventually found his audience his own way. Why: because he stayed true to his ideals. So much so that it seemed like he was almost purposely hiding his talent and avoiding success. But in the end, it turned out to be the other way around. His creativity was uncompromised and therefore flawless. I think this is really something any artist needs to consider carefully. Their true treasure is their own integrity, dignity, inspiration and passion. Protect this at all costs.

Full interview at

David Bowie’s 2002 Predictions About Music are Pretty Close | TheNextWeb

Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen. – David Bowie

via David Bowie’s 2002 Predictions About Music are Pretty Close.

Latest Free Music from Channel 24 (part of Sugar Music) has been the official supplier of free mp3s to Channel24 since 2004

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Ras Sheehama

Kings Music

A track from the reggae master off Afromagic, a spellbinding feast of magical African music showcasing the best artists on the African continent.


Card On Spokes

Touchy Touchy

First single off In You Go, the debut album by Card On Spokes – the solo electronica/hip hop/afrikaans/instrumental project of Cape Town based musician and producer Shane Cooper.


Justin Swart

One for the boys

Brighter Than The Sun is the debut six-track EP from this talented young Cape artist who began building his skills as a lapslide guitarist which has now become his signature instrument.


Lara Frances


Young, gorgeous and gifted. This describes the talented Lara Frances in a nutshell. Her new album, Little Rendition, is a delicious mixture of nu-folkish pop with the merest hint of rock.


Pretty Blue Guns

Shed Your Skin

This first single and title track off the Stellenbosch rockers’ new second album, topped 5fm’s local rock chart.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop


Don Wanna Go to Work

A hip hop artist, songwriter, singer, and record producer from KZN whose newly-released Durban Kings album rocks the house with pumping sounds and great beats.



Love Sweet Dreams

There’s a lot of interest around this new trio and their excellent 100% independent debut album Painting With Sound.



100 000 Keer

Pieter Smit and Ben van Zyl, two young musicians from Pretoria, combine their talents on this impressive English and Afrikaans album When This Whistle Blows.


Ike Moriz

Not About You

This radio-friendly, catchy and infectious love song is off the new album Breathing Dreams, on which he composed, produced and recorded 16 beautifully crafted, unique, brand-new Rock/Pop songs.


Simply Dead

Emoticon Breakdown

Simply Dead is Toast Coetzer, Jane Breetzke and Jon Savage. The band formed in Cape Town in 2011 and have just released their first album, Emoticon Breakdown.

 World Music

John Edmond

Did You Ever See A Kudu Cry

From the album Wild and Beautiful and Free, an album about the conservation of our wild creatures, from the rhinoceros to the blue whale, together with environments such as our natural forests.


Jim Neversink

All Apaches To The Snow

Some typically A-grade indie folk-rock from the Johannesburg musician’s recent album, Skinny Girls Are Trouble.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ To Open 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’, a new documentary about Rodriguez by Swedish film director, Malik Bendjelloul, will be one of the three opening films at next week’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The film will have its international premiere next Thursday 19th January, at the Sundance Festival as a representative of the World Documentary section of the Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ was completed over the past three years and was filmed in Cape Town and Detroit, and other South African and US locations.

More Info: – Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. Day One Film.

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