OLD MUTUAL SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS AT KIRSTENBOSCH presents a star-studded line up for 2012/13

johnny clegg
johnny clegg

Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden.

World renowned, the concerts are on most tourists’ agenda as an opportunity to see a Garden that offers a taste of the Cape’s floral heritage in all its beauty; to soak up an atmosphere of congeniality and enjoy world-class music under the shadow of Table Mountain. This coming season launching on Sunday November 25, 2012 through until April 7, 2013 brings with it music that transcends all ages and genres. This Sunday afternoon tradition is one of the experiences that make Cape Town so unique – the chance to experience the best artists performing in one of the world’s most beautiful places.

Says Frank Brooks, Sponsorship Manager for sponsor Old Mutual: “This season marks the fifth year we have been a part of this iconic Cape Town event. We are immensely proud that the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts have become a staple on the local and international tourism calendar, and that we as a brand can help these artists do great things on such a prestigious stage”.

For the popular groups, and the exciting new performers in the country, it is a mark of achievement to have been on the Kirstenbosch stage – and to be invited back. This year’s line up welcomes back old favourites: Mango Groove, Zebra and Giraffe, Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, The Parlotones, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Goldfish and Natasha Meister and introduces some hot new acts that will thrill their audiences.

Opening the season on November 25 is international star and UK based Daniel Bedingfield. His pop wizardry is renowned, award winning and seriously funky. Having previously charted #1 in South Africa expect to hear some new material that moves adroitly between genres – the perfect way to set the season rocking. This will be one of the rare opportunities to see this UK star live whilst in the country. December 2 sees Mango Groove and lead singer Claire Johnston set the gardens rocking to SA pop while Zebra and Giraffe take Indie Rock to a dark and daring place on December 9.

Back to bring in the Christmas spirit and get the crowds rocking is Prime Circle on December 23. With a newly pressed album – their fifth – “Evidence” this 2012 release is set to capture accolades. Listen for their new hits!

Winding down to the New Year, newcomers to the Kirstenbosch stage Yoav and Tailor make their debut on December 30. Singer-songwriter Yoav uses his acoustic guitar and a live looping set up to create an awesome sound in a one-man sonic showdown. Tailor opens the show with music that flits from modern folk to blues-rock to pure pop and spooky soul.

It’s 2013 and what a way to begin the year with the ever popular Arno Carstens. With his fourth solo album just released, his performance on January 6 will ensure a sold-out concert.

Heading into mid month and January 13 is a lucky number for all music lovers as The Parlotones hit the stage. This most accomplished of SA’s rock bands will be relocating to Los Angeles in 2013 so this concert is a great opportunity to give this stalwart of SA music the rocking send off they deserve.

If it’s cool jazz and guitar wizardry then make a date for January 20 when Jimmy Dludlu brings his own brand of music to the Garden. He continues to compose and make the kind of jazz music that stirs the soul – clearly influenced by various cultures around the continent and his interaction with other musicians on the world stage. His latest album, TONOTO, introduces new facets of Jimmy and opens you up to feeling the world in a whole new way.

Old Mutual has chosen to highlight some of the incredible eclectic musical talent that this country has produced. Four of the concerts are devoted to these exciting performers.. They are; Toya Delazy with Lindiwe Suttle (January 27), Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (February 17), Ringo Madlingozi (March 17) and MiCasa with Natasha Meister (March 31). Make sure you enjoy this showcase of up and coming and seasoned musicians with their unique SouthAfrican sound.

Toya Delazy and Lindiwe Suttle will be the hot young artists on January 27. Toya Delazy has made a real impact on South African Top 40 Radio and this trained jazz pianist is influenced by many genres: from Hip Hop and Electro to Alternative and Pop. Opening the afternoon will be Lindiwe Suttle, fresh off the SA music festival stages where she launched her debut album Kamikaze Art, with her music described as organic electronic soul.

Needing no introduction and always attracting a full house Freshlyground grabs the stage on February 3. Celebrating 10 years in the South African music industry this household name has fans across all ages. Sing along to their newly released album Take Me To The Dance and groove to their smash hits including: Doo Be Doo, and 2010’s world-wide hit with Shakira, Waka Waka.

If you love folk music then 10 February is a date to diarise. The third installment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival is live on stage at Kirstenbosch. Featuring an incredible line-up of South African folk and acoustic artists – the finest musical storytelling will be heard from the personal journeys of Ard Matthews, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery and Nibs Van Der Spuy, Andrew James and Steady Tiger, Digby and The Lullaby, Robin Auld and Wendy Oldfield and Tombstone Pete.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse is one of South Africa’s proudest musical treasures and this concert honours him and his special guests on February 17. A man who loves his country as much as he does performing and with a career spanning almost 50 years this Soweto born-and-raised multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and philanthropist is an international performer. An iconic afternoon at the Garden will be enjoyed by fans across every generation.

For classical music lovers no summer sunset concert series would be complete without The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra so make a date for February 24 when the final concert of the Cape Town International Music Festival takes place at Kirstenbosch. Conducted by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal guest conductor maestro Martin Panteleev this concert will feature internationally acclaimed French violinist Philippe Graffin. The haunting strains of Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto, Rossini ‘s William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Overture Fantasy Romeo and Juliette will simply delight the audience.

Ever popular electronic duo Goldfish return to South Africa after an Ibiza summer residence to play their hearts out on March 3. Goldfish will be performing only a select amount of exclusive gigs in South Africa this summer so don’t miss their Kirstenbosch performance.

Looking for something completely different? Then March 10 has to be in your diary as Jeremy Loops will offer a new experience as this modern day one-man folk band shows how technology creates a finely woven tapestry of sounds. Using his guitar, ukelele, harmonica and beatbox skills his technique and clever manipulation creates music that leaves a crowd quite literally awe-struck. Not to be missed! Young Capetonian band Holiday Murray will open the afternoon. Consisting of four musicians with wide ranging influences and diverse musical backgrounds listen out for a refreshing and unique sound.

jeremy loops
jeremy loops

Ringo Madlingozi on March 17 sings about healing, love, patience, kindness and forgiveness. Named after the Beatles drummer – his talent on drums is exceptional – he is also a vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger with a string of awards. He has worked with renowned local and international stars, from Mandoza to UB40 and is fast making a name for himself.

Shadowclub performs on the March 24 with their rootsy, bluesy rock inspired by classic rock acts. This popular trio performs with passion and whose short, fast, banging tracks are easy for a crowd to connect with. Gangs of Ballet will be opening this concert with a sound that is captivatingly fresh. Experimenting with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance genres they bring a new sound to the stage.

The penultimate concert on March 31 sees Mi Casa & Natasha Meister giving their best. If you have not encountered Mi Casa previously this threesome is South Africa’s newest soulful house collective. The three members, Dr Duda (producer and club DJ), J-Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) blend their musical talent to create warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul. Rich and authentic the band has already won three SAMA awards since being founded in 2010.
Natasha Meister has become our very own Blues Queen in the three years since returning from Canada and has made a huge impact on in the blues/funk niche. Her captivating Motown voice coupled with her talent for song-writing, electric and acoustic guitar playing is a joy to listen to.
Drawing huge crowds, what better way to end the summer series on April 7 than with world music icon Johnny Clegg as he brings the “scatterlings” of Africa together. A dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and French knight this energetic, passionate human being has become one of South Africa’s greatest musical exports and an untiring cultural ambassador for the new South Africa.

Plan ahead to pack a picnic; spread your blanket, gather your friends and spend Sunday afternoon under the African sky surrounded by unsurpassed beauty and appreciating the best in hot music.

The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music. Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za

daniel bedingfield
daniel bedingfield

Rodriguez concert raises the question: What if?


‘Are there any Africans in the house?” joked Sixto Diaz Rodriguez as he took the stage at a sold-out World Cafe Live on Sunday night. As fate would have it, the 70-year-old psych-folk singer from Detroit owes his belated fame to the people of South Africa.

After his two critically acclaimed, early-1970s albums flopped in the United States, Rodriguez all but vanished from the music scene. But copies of those records found their way to South Africa, where they became, unbeknownst to him, the soundtrack to the antiapartheid movement. The unbelievable story – including Rodriguez’s decades-later tour of packed South African arenas – is recounted in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which spurred the most recent rediscovery of the artist. (The 2009 reissue of his albums sparked the first.)

A visibly frail Rodriguez shuffled onto stage wearing a gray suit, bolo tie, and his trademark floppy hat and sunglasses. All alone on the stage with his thin-bodied acoustic guitar, he launched into a cover of Peggy Lee’s “Fever.” Strumming nimbly, Rodriguez strung together originals (most from 1970’s Cold Fact) and covers, including Lou Rawls’ “Dead End Street” and Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things,” all interspersed with banter that was a cross between grandpa humor and Zen Buddhism.

via Rodriguez concert raises the question: What if?.

Exciting Opportunity Not to Be Missed – FREE Industry Workshop | Paul Bothner

E-Newsletter – 29 October 2012 Having trouble reading this email? View it in your browser

Greetings All

You undoubtedly are aware that every October in the SA Music Scene is a rather busy one.
Dubbed Band Academy, Paul Bothner Music, The Assembly and Assembly Radio take the opportunity to give back to the industry, by developing and sharing knowledge from more experienced musicians to those still in the process of scaling that wall.

Now in its eighth year, 2012 is no different! The emphasis, this year, is mainly based on building a strong foundation, for independent musicians.

Please note that the workshops listed below are open to all over 18s.

As you probably know by now, BAND ACADEMY is taking place on Tuesday, the 30th of October. All other details you might require, are listed below. Feel free to contact any of our branches, or visit our website for more info www.bothner.co.za.

The location will once again be The Assembly, with the time and all other details listed below.
Entry, as usual, is FREE! We hope to see you there!

Just a cheeky request: If you know of anyone that might find the information helpful (or whom could do with a set of headphones J), please could you forward this info to them?

Band Academy 2012


Brought to you by Paul Bothner Music, The Assembly and Assembly Radio


Date: 30 October 2012
Where: The Assembly

Please note – Licensed Venue:
We regret over 18s only, due to prevailing SA liquor legislation.

Cash Bar will open

Address: Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

Studio Quality Headphones and Spot Prizes sponsored by Fender and Roland!!

Free Artist Independence Workshop

Independent Recording: Achieving Higher Quality
Presented by Louis Henn @ Burning Tone Studio

Getting Your Independent Released & Aired on Internet Radio
Presented by Kevin Kai @ Assembly Radio

How to Effectively Equip Your Band for the Age of Social Networking
Presented by Mat Willis

Methods for Independent Bands to Tap into Distribution
Presented by Kyle Petersen

Lank, Lank Gelede by Al’astair

“ ‘Blou Trane’ hits Afrikaans music charts with ‘Lank lank gelede…’, and follows through with a rather unique music video….”

With his “blues & soul” original album Blou Trane  (or as he likes to calls it “my rock ’n tjank-album”) Al’astair has repeatedly been topping the charts of various Afrikaans radio stations over the past year. Al’astair, who is from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, has now followed up with a rather unique music video produced around his song “Lank lank gelede”. The visual masterpiece was directed by producer Anja du Plooy of Blixem Productions, and also includes special graphics by the iconic cartoonist Fred Mouton. Filming was done at The Origins Centre, a world class venue showcasing humanity’s origins

The song Lank lank gelede on the album Blou Trane has already achieved acclamation on various radio stations and the internet. It has achieved Nr 1 on the Top-30 on the Rhythm Records site out of more than 86 000 tracks, and has over the past two year been played almost daily on Radio RSG. It has also been played regularly on Radio Helderberg, Bok Radio, Bay FM and numerous other radio stations. Al’ astair’s reassuring As jy staan op die maan recently also achieved Nr 1 on Bay FM, Nr 1 on Rhythm Records, and the Top Ten on Radio Helderberg. A love song called Babe uit die Karoo is played frequently on various radio stations, also knocking at the doors of the music charts.Bakke vol Liefde with its strong C ape Town flavor is in the wake, and a cover version has been recorded by the Afrikaans celebrity singer Sarah Thereon. Sarah Theron has also done a cover of Neuk.

Al’astair caught the attention of world media during 1995 when he tackled Iscor and Saldanha Steel, as well as Central and Provincial Government, in a bid to limit the threatened negative environmental impacts to the ecology of the Langebaan Lagoon.

In the aftermath of the “Battle of Saldanha” he wrote a sensitive environmental song called Lied van Saldanha. The “greenies” suggested that he records the song and that it be used as a campaign song. This he did, and on the flip side he told the story of the environmental threats . In December 1995 he and his small children personally distributed these cassettes in the Langebaan area so as to maintain an awareness around the environmental threats.

During the recordings of Lied van Saldanha he was encouraged by the owner of the sound studio to write more songs. His album “My hond Fanie” was most positively received by Afrikaans music critics. Lied van Saldanha as well as two other environmental songs found their way onto this album, namely “Neuk” and the sensitive “Droomtowenaar”. A funny rock song, “Hell’s Angel”, resulted in him being listed as a South African Rock Legend in the SA Rock Digest.

More than a decade after his first album Vonk Music has now released his second album called “Blou Trane”. The album provides fourteen original and truly musical tracks. It was recorded with outstanding live musicians, and genuinely “warm” instruments, and does not at all include computerized or monotonous music. Backed by Al’astair’s soulful voice, it is a truly South African project to be proud of. The project leader for both albums was Andrew Roos, renowned for the outstanding musical quality of his productions.

Al’astair’s website is at www.rockntjank.co.za.

His two books “The Giant Puzzle” and “Nerves of Steel…perhaps in a millions years’ time” can also be read on the website. A number of poems, the lyrics of all his songs and “his story” are in addition available on the interesting site. The Blou Trane album can be obtained or ordered at Look & Listen music shops. It can also be ordered directly via the website www.rockntjank.co.za. The video is on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW7AhGEQVjo)

See more Videos at Al’astair: Afrikaanse Rock ‘N Tjank on YouTube

Searching for Sugar Man (****) | The Awards Circuit – By Clayton Davis – Academy Awards, Oscars, and Other Award Show Predictions

Life’s a funny thing…

Recently I spoke with my fellow staff writers about the importance of sitting on a film you feel is perfect or “four-star” worthy before you officially go on record with the review. It feels acceptable to say a film grew in estimation for you over a time but it can be scathed or frowned upon to retract on a statement made if it paints the film in a perfect light. It’s hard to erase what you’ve already said. Enter Searching for Sugar Man from Sony Pictures Classics.

Director Malik Bendjelloul gives an insight into one of the most fascinating artists I’ve never known. Searching for Sugar Man, the story of two South Africans that set out to find out the mystery surrounding one of their favorite artists from the 1970s Rodriguez, is likely one of the great music documentaries of all-time. Huge statement? You bet it is. As someone who is and will always is in love with film, I love art universally, in all its forms from the cinematic treasures on-screen, to the music gracing the ear drums, to the paintings of Michelangelo; I inhabit a respect and admiration for self-expression, no matter what form it’s in. Give me a film that fuses art together into a beautiful portrait of mystery, meaning, and depth, you have me at minute one.

via Searching for Sugar Man (****) | The Awards Circuit – By Clayton Davis – Academy Awards, Oscars, and Other Award Show Predictions.

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Big Concerts have announced that Rodriguez will be touring South Africa in February 2013, with concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

15 February 2013 – Carnival City, Big Top Arena


20 February 2013 – Grand West Arena Cape Town



Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Big Concerts have announced that Rodriguez will be touring South Africa in February 2013, with concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

15 February 2013 – Carnival City, Big Top Arena


20 February 2013 – Grand West Arena Cape Town



Search for Sugar Man Leads to Cape Town – Cape Town Tourism

Sugar and Eva
Sugar and Eva

Star-struck doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction on Monday 22 October, 2012 to meeting not only Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, fans of musician Sixto Rodriguez and stars of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, but also Eva Rodriguez, daughter of the music legend himself.

Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, follows Segerman’s and Strydom’s journey to unearthing the truth behind the gruesome rumours of Rodriguez’s death, the rediscovery of the living musician, and his subsequent sold-out concerts in South Africa in 1998.

The 101-minute long doccie is currently being shown at Ster-Kinekor Noveau cinemas and features stunning scenery of Cape Town, where Rodriguez performed at the Bellville Velodrome in the late 1990s.

via Search for Sugar Man Leads to Cape Town – Cape Town Tourism.

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