Posted in Afrikaans Rock, Cape Town, Jack Hammer News, McCully Workshop News, Music Research, Music Trivia, New Music Now, Opinion, Playlists, Radio, Radium Wreckords News, Resources, Rodriguez, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, Vagabond Blues, Virtual Collections

A Year Of Presenting The Blues On All Jazz Radio

Dirk Ace and Brian Currin September 2013
Dirk Ace and Brian Currin September 2013

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.

My very first website I created in 1997 was called Vagabond’s World and it is still on the internet.

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

 

Posted in Brian's Best, Cape Town, Favourites, New Music Now, Radio, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest

PJ Powers in Cape Town

PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM
PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM

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.

Posted in Brian's Best, Cape Town, Events, Favourites, New Music Now, Performances, Photos, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, Vagabond Blues

Table Mountain Blues Summit – 22 – 23 November 2013 Durbanville.

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

Ballistic Blues
Them Tornados
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Blues Broers
Pebbleman
Dan Patlansky
Fox Comet

Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Robin Auld
Natasha Meister
Dave Ferguson
Ann Jangle
Fender Guitar Giveaway

Gerald Clark
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.

poster blues summit final

History:

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.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

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Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine directly inspired by Ramases | SpaceHymns.com

Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine
Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine

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.

FORMAT

LP: Nasoni Records

Digital: itunes, spotify, amazon and many others…

PREVIEW

http://www.cosmictripmachine.be/golden

www.SpaceHymns.com

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The Citizen Online | iTunes launched in South Africa – Business News

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.

via The Citizen Online | iTunes launched in South Africa – Business News.

Posted in Afrikaans Rock, Album Covers, Charts, New Music Now, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, SAMP3 Charts

SAMP3 Charts

1.

Mr Cat and The Jackal – Dig

Still one of the finest live acts in South Africa, this crazy gang and their music are always entertaining – here with a song off Sins And Siren Songs .

Download | Listen Now

2.

Gage – All That I Am

Gage is a hot new three-piece rock band from Kimberley who are about to blast SA rock fans with their upcoming new second album called Break The Silence.

Download | Listen Now

3.

Desibo – Vula Amehlo

A track from this new South African Afrosoul singer whose songs are fuelled by sensuality, motivating content and creativity and a strong desire to incorporate Afro African elements.

Download | Listen Now

4.

The Muffinz – Soldierz (Fight For Peace)

The Muffinz have unleashed their mysteriously beautiful world of eclectic soul to the South African public and they are set for world domination. Listen to the debut eleven track aural adventure called Have You Heard?

Download | Listen Now

5.

Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls

The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.

6.

Dax Butler – Global Warming Blues

First single off this debut solo album Drink In Everything featuring nine gritty songs written and composed by this old school SA music legend, who plays acoustic guitar on the CD, backed by some seriously talented musician friends.

7.Holly and the Woods

Holly & The WoodsWake Me Up (Judgment Day)

A fantastic new single from this popular Johannesburg band, known for their ferocious songs with killer hooks and lyrics that swiftly snag you in all the right places.

8.

Les JavanJohanna

As a writer, composer and musician, Les Javan’s work is dedicated to the fostering of an environment where cultural and musical differences are respectfully appreciated. Off his new album, Ek Is Lief Vir Jou.

9.

Piet Botha – Spookjam

An instrumental track off the new album from the veteran SA folk artist which contains songs from the recent TV series Wie Lê Waar?.

Download | Listen Now

 

10.

The Howlin’ Shibanski – The Cowley Road Rant

This great new blues-rock band from Jozi are playing music that evokes the fire and mythology of the old blues masters. Off their album The Howlin’ Shibanski .

Posted in Charts, New Music Now, Resources, SA Music, SA Rock Digest, SAMP3 Charts, Virtual Collections

SAMP3 Charts

1.Holly and the Woods

Holly & The WoodsWake Me Up (Judgment Day)

A fantastic new single from this popular Johannesburg band, known for their ferocious songs with killer hooks and lyrics that swiftly snag you in all the right places.

2.

The Muffinz – Soldierz (Fight For Peace)

The Muffinz have unleashed their mysteriously beautiful world of eclectic soul to the South African public and they are set for world domination. Listen to the debut eleven track aural adventure called Have You Heard?

Download | Listen Now

3.

Mr Cat and The Jackal – Dig

Still one of the finest live acts in South Africa, this crazy gang and their music are always entertaining – here with a song off Sins And Siren Songs .

Download | Listen Now

4.

Desibo – Vula Amehlo

A track from this new South African Afrosoul singer whose songs are fuelled by sensuality, motivating content and creativity and a strong desire to incorporate Afro African elements.

Download | Listen Now

5.

Gage – All That I Am

Gage is a hot new three-piece rock band from Kimberley who are about to blast SA rock fans with their upcoming new second album called Break The Silence.

Download | Listen Now

6.

Piet Botha – Spookjam

An instrumental track off the new album from the veteran SA folk artist which contains songs from the recent TV series Wie Lê Waar?.

Download | Listen Now

7.

Les JavanJohanna

As a writer, composer and musician, Les Javan’s work is dedicated to the fostering of an environment where cultural and musical differences are respectfully appreciated. Off his new album, Ek Is Lief Vir Jou.

8.

Lucy Kruger – Four White Walls

The first single off her debut album, Cut Those Strings, from this emerging and talented singer-songwriter.

9.   

Dax Butler – Global Warming Blues

First single off this debut solo album Drink In Everything featuring nine gritty songs written and composed by this old school SA music legend, who plays acoustic guitar on the CD, backed by some seriously talented musician friends.

10.

Shotgun Tori – Sweet Weather

A new single from this emerging Cape Town-based female singer-songwriter off her new bluesy-rock 5-track EP Are We Fine Yet .

Posted in Cape Town, Events, New Music Now, Performances, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, Tourism

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