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

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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.

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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

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daniel bedingfield

Top Ten Tunes: Channel 24 Free MP3 Downloads

The Shamonix – Jingle Bells

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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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Ike Moriz – Let it Snow

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Mona – Holy City

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Nova Noël – The Christmas Song

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The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula

Space 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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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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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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Die Heuwels Fantasties – Our Heritage

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Ike Moriz – Let it Snow

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Mona – Holy City

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Nova Noël – The Christmas Song

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The Mahotella Queens – Amezemula

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aKING – The Heart Of A Fool

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Koos Kombuis – Lisa se Klavier

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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.

» Read the Review · Listen

Download Listen Now

Mona

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.

» Read the Review · Listen

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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.

» Read the Review · Listen

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Various

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

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Give the gift of music this Festive Season

From RhythmMusicStore

Keep the spirits high and the good vibes going over the festive season in giving gifts that your friendsand family will value.RhythmMusicStore.com offers gift vouchers and the amount that you would like to spend is entirely up to you, even just a single song for R7.00.

The most thoughtful, perfect musical gift – allowing the receiver to make their own unique selection of music on Rhythm Music Store to the value of the gift voucher you send them. Rhythm Music Store Gift Vouchers are the perfect Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine’s Day gifts.

How do Gift Vouchers work?

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To share the Rhythm Music Store catalogue of 70,000+ tracks with your loved ones, simply select a gift voucher of the appropriate size and send them the unique voucher code (by emailing it to them or writing it in a card) available in your Download Area after completing the checkout process as long as the voucher remains unclaimed.

A unique voucher code is generated for each purchased voucher, to be claimed within one year of purchase, which will show up as prepaid credit in the claimant’s account.

South African Indie Volume 1

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South African Indie Volume One

From the heartland of South African alternative music comes SA Indie Volume 1 – an album packed with cutting-edge tunes, courtesy of SA’s indie labels and its true-to-their-roots rockers.

SA Indie Volume 1 features several “first time ever on CD” releases, including aKING’s In The Twilight and Jack Parow’s Cooler As Ekke, the radio hits Something To Believe In (New Holland) and Talking To Myself (Jax Panik) as well as Pille Vir Kersfees by genre-shifting pop-electronica act Die Heuwels Fantasties.

Add to the mix such talents as SA indie kings Ashtray Electric, punk rock pioneers Fokofpolisiekar and exciting newcomers Wrestlerish – and you have an album packed with 17 sure-fire hits, making this compilation excellent value for money and a fantastic Christmas stocking filler – or gift for your favourite niece or nephew!

Guaranteed to be played on repeat in student digs, at braaiside jols and as a soundtrack to road trips all over the country, SA Indie Volume 1 captures the essence – and genius – of SA music’s thriving alternative scene.

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It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

From CapeTown Sound

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It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

It’s A GOOD HOPE FM CHRISTMAS!

Contemporary music has always played a huge role in the celebration of Christmas – for years Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ was the biggest-selling single of all time. In more recent years John & Yoko celebrated world peace with ‘Happy Xmas’ (War Is Over) and Band-Aid raised millions for starving people in Africa with ‘Don’t They Know It’s Christmas’. These are just a few examples of how pop music has played a positive role at Christmas time.

Now, Cape Town’s premier radio station, 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 stunning beautiful and heart-warming. There are new versions of old festive chestnuts – plus brand-new compositions – all performed in a joyous Christmas spirit – celebrating Christmas …and Cape Town.

The beauty of Christmas meets the beauty, peace and good-will of Christmas in this truly wonderful collection of songs by some of Cape Town’s finest – made all the more special by the fact that Good Hope FM is sharing this spirit and love with all the people of Cape Town …all those who live here – and all those who visit from all over the world.

We wish you truly Happy Christmas!

Track Listing

1. Hark The Herald Angels Sing – Karin Kortjie
2. Happy, Happy Christmas Day – Edith with The NAC Children’s Choir
3. Let It Snow – Acoustica
4. Joy To The world – Coda Ft. Zami Mdingi and Given Phike
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Richard Caesar
6. This Christmas – The Black Ties Ft. Chad Saaiman, Lloyd Jansen and Keeno Lee
7. Give Love On Christmas Day – The Rockets
8. O’ Little Town Of Bethlehem – Paul Petersen
9. Silent Night – D7
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Claire Phillips and Caramel
11. Christmas Song – Byron Clarke and Monique Hellenberg
12. O’ Holy Night – Emily Bruce
13. Christmas In Cape Town – NAC Children’s Choir
14. The First Noel – Allou April

Bonus Tracks

15. I Want You For Christmas – Akili Ft. Melissa Smit
16. Tis the Season to be Jolly – Brasse van Die Kaap
17. Auld Lang Syne – Tucats

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