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Latest Free Music On Channel 24

SAmp3.com is the official aggregator for free digital music downloads on Channel 24 (since 2004).

 Rock

The Plastics

Midnight Passion

Off the album Shark which broke this Cape Town band’s rock power to a wide SA audience.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Arsenic

Techno Planet (ft. Endz The Otherness)

A track off The First Toke from this talented Cape Town muso who breaks out on his own, carving a unique identity with his chilled out constructions.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

ETC Crew

McMission (The Phone Track)

A track off What’s In A Name from this Cape Town-based, multi-racial, cross dimensional hiphop rap group with their fresh yet energetic, jazzy sound.

 Pop

Selwyn Schneider

Pilgrims Rest

The Wind is this multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer’s latest album and is a beautiful mixture of songs and instrumentals.

 R&B/Soul/Hip Hop

Kwesta

Mr Cool

New single from this hot new South African kwaito-rap artist off the popular Cape Hip Hop album Special Rekwest.

 Dance/House/Electro

Mr Sakitumi

Secret Asian Man

The title track off the debut album by Mr Sakitumi who is an innovative, multi-instrumental musical phenomenon.

 Rock

Ramblin’ Bones

When I’m With You

Ramblin’ Bones is the alter ego of Jay Bones, former front man for the popular South African ska band Fuzigish, here with his latest musical incarnation off Ramblin’ Bones & His Bloody Agents .

 Country/Folk

Rodriguez

I Wonder

The track that started it all, from the album, Cold Fact, and the upcoming documentary Searching For Sugar Man.

 Jazz/Blues

Mzwakhe Mbuli

Now Is The Time

A track off Shifty compilation Shotdown which illustrates the label’s role in capturing and preserving a vibrant and important part of South Africa’s history of cultural resistance.

 Rock

Summer Shade

Mango Tree

World Among The Clouds is Summer Shade’s latest EP. The band (previously known as Nungarin) has remolded their already unique and refreshing sound to produce a mixture of rock, tribal, African and folk.

 Jazz/Blues

Melanie Scholtz

Zillion Miles

A track off Zillion Miles from this classically trained vocalist, composer and lyricist who is highly respected by fellow musicians in her home city of Cape Town and who has enjoyed international success as a freelance singer.

 Rock

The Genuines

Goema

Title track off the brilliant album Goema, from this Cape Town group who stars in the recent documentary on this indigenous Cape Music style, called Mama Goema.

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Brian, My Web Guy

Brian Currin is known to many of his friends and clients as “My Web Guy” and to a number of people all over the world as “a guy who knows a bit about music“.

These people say ... Brian is My Web Guy
These people say … Brian is My Web Guy

A few of his recent and current projects include:

Posted in Online Marketing, Tips and Hints

Traditional Advertising is Truly Dead | Copyblogger

Here are three steps to creating a “campaign” that will last:

  1. Build a minimum viable audience with useful, educational, and entertaining content.
  2. Listen carefully to their frustrations, fears, problems, and desires.
  3. Create or adapt products and services that better serve them.

— Robert Bruce

via Traditional Advertising is Truly Dead | Copyblogger.

Posted in Online Marketing, Social Media, Technology Made Easy

Chicken a la King(sley) James: Nando’s vs Santam

So, if your brand is still avoiding embracing technology, or the exposure of social media, for fear of dissection and criticism, alas, your time is running out. This wave of rapid conversation shows no signs of receding; if Nandos and Santam are anything to go by, it’s in full force.  – Edward Fisher

via Chicken a la King(sley) James: Nando’s vs Santam.

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The Crimson Chrysalis Project: a step-by-step guide

Rene vd Berg contacted me earlier this year, to help her establish an online presence for  her new musical project Crimson Chrysalis.

Crimson Chrysalis

Here are the steps we took to develop her online presence. Not necessarily in exact order, and one or two items may have been left off, but this will give you a general idea of the type of things to focus on.

Registered http://crimsonchrysalis.com

Registered a Free WordPress.com Blog for blogging and as a website.

Redirected http://crimsonchrysalis.com to the WordPress Blog.

Made modifications to WordPress Theme to improve look-and-feel.

Hands-on training session on how to Blog.

Set up Gmail account.

Created info@crimsonchrysalis.com email address and set it to forward to the Gmail address.

Set up Twitter profile for news broadcasting.

Set up Facebook Brand Page for regular news and fan engagement.

Set up Soundcloud profile for music streaming. Added Soundcloud Tracks tab on Facebook Page

Set up YouTube profile for videos.

Set up Fanbridge profile for email newsletters.

Syndicated profiles to update each other as far as possible.

For example a post to the blog is sent from Rene’s Blackberry. It appears on her blog website, it gets tweeted and also appears on her Facebook wall, all automatically.

Status updates on her Facebook wall will also automatically get tweeted, and her Twitter feed is embedded on the sidebar of her Blog website.

Added 6 track EP to Rhythm Music Store for digital music sales.

Added Vote page to Blog website so fans could vote on which song they would like to see as a video.

Encouraged Rene to post to her blog  regularly to help her build her fan base and keep them informed of her activities.

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Social Media in a nutshell

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