DOMINIC SKELTON: Ska-punk legends Fuzigish are back with Crazy Friends, a punchy broad album that delivers an array of explosive yet refined tracks.
The album has 16 songs, only one of which is longer than three minutes. This allows Fuzigish to offer a diverse collection of different subgenres, themes and emotions throughout the album.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Van Coke Kartel sat down with Perdeby to chat about their new album Bloed, Sweet & Trane . Here they talk about why they recorded the album live, their brutally honest lyrics and how they see Van Coke Kartel evolving.
DOMINIC SKELTON: The rAge expo, held annually at the Coca-Cola Dome, offered South African gamers, techno-fundis and geeks a look at what is happening in the world of computers and technology today.
As you walk into the massive circular structure that is the Coca-Cola Dome, you feel as if you are walking into the Colosseum of gaming and it is time to take your pick from new and up-and-coming entertainment. The event was very well-attended by a diverse group of people, all of whom seemed to revel in the plethora of technological products on offer.
MAGGIE ROODT: Die Ontnugterde Boerseuns are a young, up-and-coming comedy duo made up of two former Tuks students, Kobus van Rooyen and Eddie de Jager.
“Our name is derived from the fact that we realised a lot of things we were taught and learnt from Afrikaans cultural norms was in fact complete b******t and that, even though we do love our people and language and parts of our culture, we became a bit jaded with the Afrikaans way of life,” says Van Rooyen on the controversial comedy duo’s name, which essentially means “disillusioned farm boys”.
MELINA MELETAKOS: Laurie Levine’s Six Winters was praised as the album which reflects the singer-songwriter’s profound musical growth. Mail & Guardian’s Chris Roper described it as having the ability to “sound fresh at the same time as sounding chillingly, inevitably old”, while Rolling Stone South Africa’s Fred de Vries said that Levine’s new voice was “less breathy and more confident, sexier”.
Surprisingly, none of the tracks on Six Winters received any airplay, proving that the formula for getting songs playlisted on local radio stations is just as baffling as ever.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Following a long Disney-driven career, Miley Cyrus hit a celebrity mid-life crisis, going through a series of ups and downs. Still young and undeniably restless, Cyrus has never stopped and now has her sights set on being the talk of every town with her fourth album Bangerz.
LUSANDA FUTSHANE: There are two kinds of Kings of Leon fans: those who will tell you that Aha Shake Heartbreak was the last worthwhile record that Kings of Leon ever made and those “Sex on Fire” fans who are only familiar with the more commercial Kings of Leon sounds. Usually, these two groups don’t mix well, but the band’s sixth album Mechanical Bull might very well be the album to change all of that.
“I was running through the desert / I was looking for drugs / And I was searching for a woman / Who was willing to love / So I could take her like a woman. / Yeah take her like a woman,” confesses Caleb Followill in the first few seconds of “Rock City”.
MOLEBOGENG MANGOALE AND BOIPELO BOIKHUTSO: On Sunday 1 September the Centurion Rugby Club was filled to capacity as the shyest, coolest and wildest party animals came out to sink their claws into the second series of this year’s Homecoming Picnic (HCP).
Since its inception five years ago, HCP has attracted a large crowd from all over Gauteng, boasting big names in the South African music industry. The latest HCP featured artists such as Lulo Café as well as Khuli Chana, Towdee Mac and KayGizm of Morafe.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Big Sean - Hall of Fame
Big Sean has done what many current mainstream hip-hop rappers can’t do with their music: evolve. From his first releases to his current album, it is clear that Big Sean isn’t just sticking to what he is comfortable with.
Following an 18-track mixtape released in 2012, Hall of Fame is his second studio album. It clearly displays how Big Sean is able to develop his music with current trends while maintaining his own sound and style.
Among the aspects that are consistent is his hip-hop sound. Being neither low-budget basic beats, nor over thought complexities, the album stands on the border of having too many mainstream electronics and too little authentic hip-hop, satisfying an entire spectrum of listeners.
MELINA MELETAKOS: South African comedians came together to celebrate the industry’s funniest quipsters at the annual Comic’s Choice Awards which took place on 24 August.
The show kicked off with Father Vittorio Leonardi reading the Comic’s Prayer. “Don’t be k*k. Let’s LOL. Yaymen,” he pronounced and the night of side-splitting humour began.
Sporting an ironic moustache, a hat and folded jeans as the self-proclaimed Afrikaans Deep Fried Man, Schalk Bezuidenhout took home the award in the Newcomer category.