Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert

Music Exchange – South Africa's independent music summit | 21-22 March 2013

Triple M Entertainment books Founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue to perform a FREE Concert in De Waal Park on Sunday 2 Dec 2012

Robin Levetan was the lead vocalist and founder of iconic SA band Bright Blue whose uniquely infectious blend of pop, rock and mbaqanga established them at the forefront of the progressive music scene in the 80’s and 90’s.

Robin’s writing extended to the theatre and his highly acclaimed counter-culture play, “Skyf” broke attendance records at The Baxter and Market Theatres. His second play “Mrs Kaplan and the Witchdoctor” was also performed at The Baxter and was later staged at various festivals in Eastern Europe by students at UCT.

After leaving Bright Blue, Robin continued to write songs and, in 2009, teamed up with producer / musician, Roger Bashew. The pair were joined by Willem Moller (guitar), Paul Tizzard (drums), Selwyn Schneider (keyboards, vocals), Tonia Selley (vocals, percussion), Shaggy Scheepers (keyboards), Buddy Wells (sax) and Jessica Levetan (vocals), together with Bright Blue band mates Ian Cohen (bass) Dan Heymann (piano) and Tom Fox (guitar).

The resulting 12 track album, “A Far Country”, was launched at the CTICC in 2011.

Robin has been performing with a group of top local musicians who will join him at De Waal Park on 2 December from 4pm till 5.30pm (Entrance is free ..) where they will perform songs from the album as well as new material and some Bright Blue favorites. CD’s will be on sale at the event.

The line-up will be:

  • Robin Levetan (vocals)
  • Tonia Selley (vocals, guitar, percussion)
  • Selwyn Schneider (vocals, guitar)
  • David Bass (keyboards)
  • Roger Bashew (bass)
  • Paul Tizzard (drums)
  • Willem Moller (guitar)

Robin Levetan
For more info or 083 4484475

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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 or Tickets can be booked on

daniel bedingfield
daniel bedingfield

The Virtual Braai

Twitter is like those newspaper headlines that you see on lampposts. Just a quick bit of news to encourage you to investigate more. Minute-by-minute information of what is happening right now.

Facebook is like a newspaper that you buy and scan through, picking out the interesting bits and throwing the rest away. Day-by-day information of what is happening in your world.

A Blog is like a magazine, that you read more thoroughly, and perhaps even keep for future reference.

A Website is like a coffee table book with lots of detailed information on a subject you are really interested in.

And all of this is so we can stand around our Virtual Braai and discuss topics that are close to our hearts.

A Website is the perfect solution for Musicians

These people say ... Brian Currin is My Web Guy
These people all say … Brian Currin is My Web Guy is the perfect website solution for people who want to:

  • promote their music
  • connect with their fans
  • do their own updates
  • showcase their videos
  • showcase their photos
  • showcase their music
  • save money

Some Questions People Ask

Q. What are the benefits of

A. There are many benefits, here are some of the main ones:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free web themes
  • Free Content Management System
  • Ability to include own header and background on most themes
  • Google-friendly
  • Mobile-friendly
  • YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Maps, etc can be embedded
  • Contact Form – helps reduce spam
  • Social Media feeds can be embedded
  • Blog can update Social Media platforms automatically
  • Analytical Information
  • Premium themes and upgrades available at reasonable prices


Q. Aren’t websites expensive?

A. They don’t have to be. Depending on your requirements, you really don’t need to break the bank. A website can be set up without incurring costs for web hosting, graphic design and web development. Read more.

Q. What is the difference between and

A. Basically a website is ideal for people who want to get on with focussing on running their business. is great if you are happy to pay for web hosting and pay a web developer for their time.  Read more.

My Currin(t) Projects

Cape Town Small Business Websites

Since 1997, I have been helping bands, brands and businesses establish a presence on the internet.

A fan website, officially endorsed by Rodriguez and his family.

The original Ramases fan website, set up in October 1997.

Music Choice

UK-based Music Choice is the Audio Channel supplier for TopTV. Since April 2010 I have been consulting on 3 South African channels; SA Modern, SA Traditional and SA Gospel.

This online music store was established in August 2006 and I am the content editor and involved with their online marketing.

I co-founded this project in 2002, and it has been the official supplier of free mp3s to Channel24 (MWeb) since 2004.

South African Rock Encyclopedia

I founded this website in 1999 and I am still the curator.

SA Rock Digest

Co-founded this e-mag in 1999 with Stephen Segerman and it ran weekly until April 2004. It was re-established in 2009, as part of Sugar Music, embracing social media tools and platforms.

1001 SA Songs You Need To Hear Before You Go Deaf

Project created by John Samson in May 2011. I provide technical support and music research.

Up the Creek Music Festival 3 – 5 February 2012

Up The Creek

Up the Creek Music Festival, Breederiver, Swellendam – 3 – 5 February 2012.

With the silly season on our doorsteps and so much to look forward to we thought we’d just remind you to diarise your favourite festival. It is almost time for you to pack those bags and head back to the banks of the Breede River for a weekend of frolicking, fun and festivities.Yes Up the Creek Music Festival is now officially around the corner, the dates for 2012 have been set. From the 3rd to the 5th of February we urge you to leave the hustle and bustle of your regular routines for the serene surroundings of the riverbank, magical muso’s and the faces of your favourite people.

The line up for Up the Creek 2012 is nothing short of phenomenal and we are happy to let you know that the following bands and artists have been contracted for the weekend:

Kongos,aKing, Akkedis, Black Cat Bones, Blues Broers, Cameron Bruce, City Bowl Mizers, 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.

In typical Up the Creek tradition we will be running the main stage, the MK river stage and the all-night-long BOS Breede River bar stage once again.

Thursday night special early show:

In 2011 we decided to give the die hard creekers a chance to enjoy a sneak preveiw 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.

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


Lobster lilos, Indian canoes, floating bars and human tube chains are making a comeback in 2012. Following the splashing, singing, howling success of last year’s float competition, the benchmark has been set. So put your creativity to the test and we’ll be giving away some awesome prizes for a variety of creative floats this year. Bos Iceb Tea are sponsoring the competition with an absolutely to- die- for winners package prize.

Participants are encouraged to think outside of their beach gear boxes in order to stand a chance to win these incredible prizes.

At this stage, categories include anything from the best design and most floatable contraption to the most luxurious device on the Breede River.


In 2012, we will bring you the same of what worked last year and more: More food vendors to get you through the days in style, including coffee maestros that can deliver your caffeine to your tent-step, more stalls and more bars throughout the festival. Once again, there will be dedicated life-guards to ensure maximum safety.

“The winner takes it all”

For those of you who buy your tickets before the first of January 2012, thank you for attempting to win our biggest give-away! One winner will walk away with a grand weekend prize consisting of:

  • 2 tickets for Up the Creek Fest from 3 – 5 Feb.
  • Acommodation in a chalet for the weekend.
  • R1000.00 spending money.
  • The refund of your original ticket purchase.
  • The winner will be announced on 10 January 2012 on facebook.


LIKE’ our facebook fan page and be entered into a lucky draw to win tickets to Up the Creek 2012. The lucky winner stands to win 2 free tickets to Up The Creek 2012 and the draw takes place on 30 November and the winner will be announced on facebook.

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 15th December 2012.

Ticket prices:

Tickets are available from directly from our facebook page.


Type Presales At the Gate
Thursday 4pm – Sunday 4 pm R575.00 R620.00
Friday 4pm – Sunday 4pm: R475.00 R525.00
Saturday and Sunday: R375.00 R425.00
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.

What to bring to Up the Creek:

Bring: Your ticket, ID Book, tent, mattresses, camping chairs, torches, sleeping bag, duvet, sun block, insect repellent, toilet paper, camera, cap or hat, something warm, towel, pillow, headache pills, money, sunglasses, condoms, swimming kit, anything that floats – lilo, paddle, boat – and lastly, your buddies

If you don’t want to pitch your tent, just pitch up for your pre-booked tented accommodation. Check out the TICKETS PAGE on the different camping options available.

Up the Creek 2012 promises to be yet again one of the highlights on the Festival Calendar in the Western Cape.

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 Up the Creek would like to thank the sponsors for UTC 2012: MK, BOS Ice Tea and Converse.

Liny Kruger

Palila Publicity

021 556 1726

082 464 1926

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

river pic up the creek
river pic up the creek
panoramic up the creek
panoramic up the creek

Thank you from Moshito

Dear Mr. Currin

Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition 2010, South Africa

The Moshito Board would like to extend its sincere thanks to you for your participation in the 7th edition of
what we believe is the leading music industry event on the African continent.

Your stimulating and informative contribution was appreciated by this year’s delegates and plays a role in
helping develop the South African music industry into a unified and dynamic force, poised for the future.
Your valuable input also helped us address the objectives pinpointed by the South African government’s
Department of Arts and Culture as key to developing and stimulating the music industry – as well as ensured
we were able to successfully present themes that confront the key issues facing the African and global music
industry right now.

Andre le Roux

Why doesn’t my website show up in Google or other search engines?

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. 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.

For example, I would like to have music people (musicians, studios, labels, shops) who live in Cape Town, and who are looking for help with online marketing, find me.

Search “online music marketing cape town” on Google and see the results.

And then search on Bing, another popular search engine.

Or Yahoo.

And try searching for “marketing south african music on the web

So who are you talking to about your online marketing?

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