On the 4th of October 2012, at age 53, I started something new in my life, presenting a two-hour blues show on the then brand new internet radio station, All Jazz Radio. Despite my reluctance founder Eric Alan encouraged me to give it a go, and here we are a year later!
As my father said recently; “you are just making mixtapes like you always did when you were a teenager, except now the technology has changed, and you are getting to share you love and passion for music with other people.”
I play an eclectic mix of old, new, borrowed and blues, with a special focus on blues by South African artists.
I call the show “Vagabond Blues” because I wander around the world of music picking up scraps of information from all over and everywhere.
The Vagabond Blues show can be heard every Tuesday and Thursday between 4pm and 6pm South African time on All Jazz Radio.
Podcast from 13 June 2013 featuring interview with Piet Botha & Akkedis
Spent a wonderful two days recently in the company of music legend PJ Powers, taking her around to various Cape Town radio stations for interviews.
She is promoting her brand new album, “Destiny“, which is written from the heart and is a very vulnerable album.
The radio stations were so enthusiastic to see her and to experience their obvious love for her, her music and her story was just amazing.
Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013
Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.
The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that`s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA`s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage:
Friday 22 November – 16h00 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete (2 song intro)
Mean Black Mamba
Robin Gallagher Band
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Fender Guitar Giveaway
Albert Frost Trio
Boulevard Blues and Guests
Black Cat Bones
Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and also Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.
Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.
In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.
Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.
Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.
Whats on the Blues Menu?
- 20 top Bands over 2 days.
- Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
- Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
- Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
- Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars. Note: Own food and drinks are not allowed.
- Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
- Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.
Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:
Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.
Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.
Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws
Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is only available for both nights.
Free entrance for children under 10 years.
Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.
Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/750817225/0/55801813
Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.
082 464 1926
021 556 1726
The Golden Horus Name project was the return of Cosmic Trip Machine on stage then, from May 2012, in studio, with a new line-up: Will Z (vocals, keyboards), Majnun (guitar), oG (bass) and Sammy.
The album tells two different stories melted: the celestial cow Egyptian myth in broad outline and the story of Barrington, a cursed rock star, a Great Pharaoh reincarnation, who lived in the Swinging London and fell into a deep depression. The character is directly inspired by the life of the musician Ramases who recorded during the 60’s and the 70’s some singles and two beautiful albums.
Golden Horus Name is a return to heaviest roots of the band, with progressive structures. The release (digital and LP) is planned for 13 September 2013.
LP: Nasoni Records
Apple expanded its ultra-successful online store iTunes to South Africa on Tuesday, giving music fans access to a library of local and international hits.