Chelsea Haith: Playing at Champs Action Bar, Grahamstown on 19 April singer/songwriter Michael Lowman is working his way into the South African consciousness with guitar skills described as 'panty-dropping' and several charted hits including Your Lovin' Ain't Right and Girl Saves Boy.
His debut album Crayon Boxes was nominated for a SAMA in the 'Best Adult Contemporary Album' category and Lowman earning an MK Award nomination for 'Best Newcomer'. Lowman will be touring South Africa with Tori Amos in June and July this year.
Leila Stein: Ending off the first term of 2014 Monastery hosted DJ Das Kapital. As one of South Africa’s premier DJ’s, he has played at almost every festival in South Africa. Most recently he has drawn attention, not as Das Kapital but rather through his new charity fund, the Kyle Brinkmann South African National Cleavage Day Breast Cancer Survivor Project.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: To metalcore fans around the world, Asking Alexandria is anything but an unfamiliar name. With three albums and multiple international tours already completed, this five-piece band from York, England, will perform two much anticipated concerts in South Africa in early May. Ahead of their trip, Perdeby chatted with Ben Bruce, lead guitarist and original founding member of Asking Alexandria, about their latest news and possible space travel.
The 13th annual Ghoema music awards were held on Sunday, 13 April 2014 at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City. The event is a celebration in honour of the Afrikaans language and its achievements through music.
Apart from the award ceremony itself, the night also saw performances by some of South Africa’s top artists, including Corlea Botha, Elvis Blue, Joshua na die Reen, Jay, Kurt Darren and Riana Nel.
The night saw an atmosphere of excitement and honour as the winners for each category were presented with their awards. The ceremony was concluded with Corlea Botha’s song, Black Coffee.
Sasha Ross: South African musician Jeremy Loops has been performing around the country for several years now and has built up an almost fanatical following. His debut album Trading Change will leave none of them disappointed.
Equipped with his guitar, harmonica and loop machine, Loops may be a capable one-man band but his album includes the rapping skills of Motheo Moleko, the groovy saxophone of Jamie Faull and the nostalgia-inducing voice of Adelle Nqeto.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year marks 25th year of South Africa’s longest-running music festival, Splashy Fen. Once more Underberg, a town in the southern Drakensberg, will come alive over the Easter weekend. The brainchild of Peter and Almary Ferraz, the five-day festival is known for promoting local music and attracts around 10 000 people each year.
This year’s lineup caters to everyone’s musical taste and includes indie favourites Jeremy Loops and Matthew Mole, an acoustic collaboration set by Francois van Coke and Arno Carstens, blues acts Dan Patlansky and The Black Cat Bones, as well as electro sets by Bittereinder and Das Kapital.
Durban-based electronic duo, Veranda Panda, were hosted by Mixlab at Prime on the 26th of March and Oppi TV was there to capture the excitement.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Foster the People charmed and captivated us with their happy-go-lucky Grammy-nominated debut album Torches. Their hit single “Pumped up kicks” dominated the airwaves for months, but the band’s sophomore offering Supermodel moves in a very different direction to what fans know.
Foster the People has taken a big risk with Supermodel. The majority of the tracks on the album fight desperately to shift away from the dance-worthy beats and pop-fuelled synths that were present in Torches. However, not all of them succeed.