An informative and inspiring motivational talk about the Rodriguez phenomenon.
For the past 20 years, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman has been involved in the rediscovery of, and resurgence of worldwide interest in, Sixto Rodriguez. This legendary and internationally acclaimed American folk-rock singer-songwriter, who was a huge success in South Africa from the ‘70’s onwards, was believed to be dead but was found alive and well and living in Detroit in 1997. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength following a series of international tours, the re-release of his albums, and the success of the Oscar-winning film about this extraordinary story, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’, in 2013.
Now you can enjoy hearing Stephen “Sugar” Segerman talk about this whole musical adventure. “Sugar” as he is popularly known, has travelled around South Africa and overseas giving these talks and answering questions for the past few years, following the success of the film. He attended the Academy Awards ceremony in 2013, followed by the publishing of his best selling book in 2015, called “Sugar Man – The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez”, co-written with his fellow “Musical Detective” in the story, Craig Bartholomew Strydom.
Stephen “Sugar” Segerman lives in Cape Town and is the owner of the iconic record store, Mabu Vinyl, in Gardens. Along with Malik Bendjelloul, the director of the film ‘Searching For Sugar Man’, Sugar spent over six years working on the documentary which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Festival, where it won two awards. The film then spent the rest of 2012 being shown at many Film Festivals around the world where it won a host of awards, including the Bafta Award, and then in 2013, the Oscar award for Best Documentary.
To find out the details involved in booking Stephen for a talk at your venue, which lasts approximately an hour and a half and includes a question and answer session, please contact:
South African music is entering an exciting era of opportunity and progress as new markets open up for homegrown sounds. This was one of the key messages emerging from the 2013 Music Exchange Conference, which saw industry moguls and musicians congregating at the iconic Cape Town City Hall to talk about the serious business of music.
For three days, from 21 to 23 March 2013, the City Hall was abuzz with the sound of music – with a full programme of workshops and panel discussions on making it, marketing it, getting it heard on various platforms and ensuring that it moves with the times.
This independent music conference, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of experts and delegates from across the music spectrum – from composers and publishers to record company executives and media – to share knowledge and ideas, network, perform live showcases and identify opportunities to boost South African music locally, regionally and abroad.
Among the high-profile music creators spotted at the conference were Vicky Sampson, Mynie Grové, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Mark Haze, Dub Masta China and Arno Carstens, as well as industry heavyweights such as Universal Music A&R consultant Benjy Mudie, Cape Town Jazz festival founder Rashid Lombard and Rolling Stone SA editor-in-chief Miles Keylock.
The international speakers on the programme included acclaimed house music producer and remixer Charles Webster (UK), music promoter Doug Davenport (USA) and Africori CEO Yoel Kenan (France).
One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.
Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mighty and working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.
Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.
During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said.
Award-winning local singer, songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, who spoke at the conference about the song that made him famous, said it was an honour to be part of Music Exchange and it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people attend and share their experiences and knowledge.
Joining Carstens on the stellar line-up of artists speaking about the song that made them famous, Vicky Sampson acknowledged songwriter Alan Lazar (formerly of Mango Groove, and now a successful composer based in Los Angeles), who wrote African Dream. “I am grateful that Alan gave me the song and did not pass me up for Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston,” Sampson quipped. She spent every minute of the conference absorbing and learning, as well as reconnecting with her mentor Benjy Mudie and her old friend RJ Benjamin.
Versatile singer, composer and teacher Benjamin, who has been invited to be a vocal coach for the upcoming season of Idols and will be composing SABC2’s new signature tune, continuously urged delegates to make use of social media platforms to reach new audiences. Benjamin stood out as one of the speakers to whom delegates were drawn and his presentations proved to be extremely popular.
After the weekend’s proceedings wrapped up, local music legend Hotstix tweeted: “What a conference; what great speakers and delegates – wow!”
Added a delighted Music Exchange founder and board member, Martin Myers: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve received, and the animated conversations on social media platforms about the success of Music Exchange.
“Recording and performing artists, as well as composers and other industry players, have complimented the conference for being relevant, engaging and thought-provoking. There was a strong focus on the business side of music, which elevated this event above a mere talk shop: they left with useful, practical information that will undoubtedly be of immense value in their various professional ventures.”
Visit www.musicexchange.co.za to find out more about next year’s Music Exchange conference, or follow @musicexchange on Twitter.
In 1997, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman set up a website, called ‘The Great Rodriguez Hunt’, with the intention of finding any information about the mysterious US musician of ‘Cold Fact’ fame. In the same year Brian Currin established ‘Climb Up On My Music’, a tribute site to the life and works of Rodriguez.
In 1998, when Rodriguez was discovered, alive and well and living in Detroit, the search was over and those two websites were combined into one central online repository for all information about Rodriguez.
Brian Currin will be holding a one-hour workshop on the various cost effective tools and platforms that musicians and music-related businesses can and should be embracing for online marketing and sales.
Brian loves the internet. He is a freelance Web Marketer and Music Consultant who lives, works and plays in Cape Town, South Africa.He has been involved in the sales and marketing of technology products since the early 80′s, holding various sales, marketing and management positions with Panasonic, Hicor and Sony.
Since 1997, Brian has been helping many South African brands, bands and businesses establish a presence on the internet.
He is a sought-after speaker and has spoken at many conferences and workshops. Included among these are Music Exchange, Moshito Music Conference, Locksmith Association Of South Africa, Campus Of Performing Arts, Varsity Newspaper Conference (UCT) and The Academy Of Sound Engineering. His well-received presentations cover topics such as Cost Effective Web Marketing, Getting Your Brand Online, and How To Be Self-Employed.
He has two adult sons with whom he is well-pleased. He enjoys laughing, cooking, eating, music, reading, dragons, science fiction, watching TV and can usually be found on the internet.
You undoubtedly are aware that every October in the SA Music Scene is a rather busy one.
Dubbed BandAcademy, 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, BANDACADEMY 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 headphonesJ), please could you forward this info to them?
Rock out with Seether, Enter Shikari, Bullet For My Valentine, Eagles of Death Metal and KONGOS at the Grand West Casino’s Grand Arena on 9 August.Doors open at 14h00 (2pm)
The South African power trio of vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan, bassist Dale Stewart and drummer John Humphrey that is collectively known as Seether makes a welcome return to South Africa since their last visit in June 2008.
Seether has sold millions of albums to date worldwide and are mainstays in the touring circuit averaging more than 275 performances per year.
Seether have had 11 #1 singles and 17 Top 5 hits across multiple formats at radio.
The South African trio’s latest single “No Resolution” from their Wind-Up Records release, Holding Onto Stings Better Left To Fray, hit #1 at Active Rock marking the first time the band has had 3 consecutive chart topping tracks from the same album. “No Resolution” follows in the footsteps of previous #1 singles, “Country Song” and “Tonight,” and continues the band’s undeniable dominance at the format. “Country Song” spent an amazing 11 weeks at #1 over the course of the year, achieved Gold status for sales of over 500,000 units digitally by the RIAA and was named Active Rock Song of the Year by Billboard. “Here and Now” will be the next single to make waves at radio around the world including the US and South Africa.
Originally founded in Johannesburg, South Africa by Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart, Seether made its initial impact on U.S. hearts and eardrums with 2002’s Disclaimer. Seether’s hit “Broken” featuring Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee became a massive international hit for the group. In 2004, Seether remixed and remastered Disclaimer, adding eight new songs and new cover art to create the two-disc set Disclaimer II, which went Platinum.
In 2005, Seether released Karma & Effect, which is certified gold and followed that release up in 2007 with the now Platinum Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces, which went Gold in South Africa and is well on its way to being certified Platinum. Finding Beauty also went on to win Best Rock album at the SAMA’s 2008 and Seether was also awarded Best Alternative Act at the 2010 MTV African Music Awards. Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, was released in May 2011 and debuted at #2 on Billboard Top 200. The album has sold over 300,000 copies to date.
Kerrang! magazine presented Enter Shikari with the Best Live Band award on 7 June 2012 and in August we get to see just why – live! Enter Shikari (the name comes from a boat belonging to Rou’s uncle), made their debut in 2003 with a unique mesh of hard-core punk and break-beat techno; determined to do things their own way, the DIY way, the right way. A Flash Flood Of Colour is their third full-length studio album; the follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Common Dreads. An incandescent snapshot of the modern age – of globalisation and recession, repression and protest, commerce and control, activism and engagement – it’s music for a newly jolted generation, a soundtrack for the mosh-pit, the dance floor and the front lines. This is your only opportunity to see and hear them – adrenalised, beats-heavy punkrockdubstephardcoremetalambienttechnonoisecore, custom-built to shake Grand Arena foundations.
“We are the generation that are going to change the world,” says vocalist Rou Reynolds. “We have more power than any generation that has come before us. We have the power to choose whether we continue as a species and prosper or just literally ruin everything. We’re already seeing the signs of the collapse of our world and it’s got to that point now where we absolutely have to start changing. Or it’s game over.”
Bullet for My Valentine comprises lead singer & rhythm guitarist Matthew Tuck, drummer Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas, lead guitarist & backing vocalist Michael ‘Padge’ Paget and bassist & backing vocalist Jason ‘Jay’ James. The group, named Best British Band in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by metal magazine Kerrang!, formed 10 years ago in their hometown of Bridgend as Jeff Killed John, covering Metallica and Nirvana songs. Citing Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer as influence they found their niche in 2002 on signing a five album deal with Sony BMG dropping The Poison in 2005, Scream Aim Fire in 2007 and Fever in 2010. With over one million albums in the United States and exceeding 2 500 000 worldwide sales, Bullet For My Valentine’s debut for their South African fans has been a long time coming.
Just when you thought it was safe to take your lady-friends out again, Eagles of Death Metal are perched and ready to swoop in. Unlike their name, the Californian cult heroes Eagles Of Death Metal however do not play death metal but rather a combination of “bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals.” Capetonians will get to see why Jesse Hughes is known for his enthusiastic interaction with audiences at live performances
KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of multi-million-seller British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are now based in Phoenix, AZ. They return to South Africa, hot off the heels of their stellar 2011/2012 SA tour and sold-out performance at Hatfield Carnival. No relation to Cheick Kongo, the conga drum, the Congo people of Africa, Donkey Kong, Kongos Norman, Kongos pizza, Kongos Club in Oklahoma, twitter.com/kongos, Kat Kongos, Lasse Kongos, the Japanese class of battleship or Kevin Bacon.
Gates open at 14:00 and tickets will be available from Computicket and are priced as follows:
Golden Circle – R450 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees
General Standing – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees
Seated – R380 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees
Disabled – R400 excluding Computicket service and credit card fees
Apple has launched their new social media for music product called “Ping“.
Here is my brief take on it so far … firstly it is a social network that requires software (iTunes 10) to be downloaded to your computer or iPod, or iPad, etc. Which I did immediately, of course.
Ping seems to be only accessible on iTunes by enabling the iTunes store.
Now I love iTunes; it has been my PC jukebox of choice for many years, and I spend hours every day browsing and listening to my music using it. I no longer even play music through my hi-fi system, my PC is the exclusive source of music in my home.
However Apple does not allow South African credit card holders to buy from their store, so the store is not for me, which probably means that Ping won’t be either.
I am open to hear more thoughts and ideas on how Ping works, but right now it is not a place I will be spending time on or recommending to others.
Don’t think my opinion is going to affect Apple’s share price by very much, though.
(Oh, and Ping sounds very similar to Bing, doesn’t it? A not-very-subtle dig at Microsoft … and Ping.com is the website for the golf clubs, so lots of web traffic coming their way soon, I am sure.)
Also contributing this year is a who’s who of South African-based music business experts including Brian Currin of Brian Currin Music, a well-known Media Marketing Consultant; Thabiso Khati, CEO of Johannesburg-based Street Music; Yoel Kenan, the founder and CEO of online digital music marketing company, Africori; Jacob Sibiya, Communications Manager at UJ FM; Eugene Ulman Director at Zimbabwe’s Elegwa Arts; Nick Matzukis of the Academy of Sound Engineering lecturer; DJ Christos, CEO of Katsaitis Music; Charlie Beuthin, MTV Base’s Talent and Music Manager and Deon Maas, MD of Meerkat Media.
This is probably the question I get asked most from people who have put up websites and then sat back waiting for the world to find them.
“Why doesn’t my website show up in Google or other search engines?“
As much as we might like to think otherwise, the world is not looking for you specifically. If they were, they could just type your web address i.e. briancurrin.com directly into the address bar of their favourite browser and up would pop your website.
What people on the internet are looking for is solutions to their problems, and if your website offers the right solution, then it needs to appear on the first page of search results.
Must be wonderful to have a big advertising budget like http://aquafestival.co.za 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.
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