MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Three years ago, a brand new concert brought British rockers Bloc Party to our shores. Vodacom InThe City, now in its third year, is doing it again with a phenomenal lineup hosted in the vibrant, urban environment of Newtown, Johannesburg. The event, which takes place on 3 October, sees MGMT, Crystal Fighters, The Presets and Rudimental perform to screaming fans for the first time in South Africa.
One of the biggest hits of 2009, “Electric Feel” was a clear chart-topper. This original sound will now be presented live courtesy of MGMT. The psychedelic rock/futurist pop band has since then won a Grammy, four NME awards and released two more albums. In an interview with Channel24, lead singer Andrew van Wyngarden said that they were excited about their upcoming trip. “We’ve never been to South Africa or even the continent of Africa so it seemed like a great trip to make and that’ll be sort of a once in a lifetime experience or maybe it’s not. Maybe we’ll come back, that would be cool too,” said van Wyngarden.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: It’s been six years since Greg Carlin burst onto the local music scene with a solo-written album under the name of Zebra & Giraffe. After a recruited band, two more albums and a change in members, they’re presenting us with their fourth musical offering Knuckles.
LISA KAHIMBAARA: Over the years Spring Day has lost a little bit of its lustre – it is no longer the grand affair of years past. Much to our relief, the good people over at Lekker Lentedag provided UP students with a way to enjoy one of the best holidays on the student calendar.
The Pretoria National Botanical Garden played host to a day of live music and fun under the sun. Sweltering temperatures set the scene for a glorious day off from the hustle and bustle that the second semester brings. Students came in their numbers to spend the day hanging out with friends and enjoying firm favourite local entertainment. The organisers of the event provided a bus service every 15 minutes or so from Aandklas to the Botanical Garden and back. This service was the answer to lazy drivers’ prayers and prevented drunk driving. The only problem was that hordes of students all had the same idea– mini stampedes ensued in the quest to secure a seat on the bus.
YANGA TYIKWE: Spring has sprung and all roads led to one destination: the Zwartkop Resort in Centurion for this season’s HomeComing Picnic.
In the survival rules, the HomeComing team told us that we were never ready, to not fight the fun, and that all are friends and should let live and be free.
This years’ HomeComing Picnic was the biggest one yet, with 7 000 tickets presold and hundreds more itching to get one after they were soldout. The gates opened at 11:00 and the crowds slowly sprawled in carrying an arrangement of cooler boxes, picnic blankets and food, with great company in tow. The main acts included DJ Warras, Kid X, Thebe, Kwesta, Maggz and Blackmotion together with Leo Large, Slip Inc, DJ Somebody, DJ Timo, Dot.Com, Voqul, Peter Doz, PH and Twins on Decks. There were also surprise performances from Dream Team and Anatii.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Most famous for being the lead vocalist of iconic rock band Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has been releasing successful solo albums since 1982. His latest solo offering Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar attempts to amalgamate music from various cultures by using a variety of interesting instruments such as djembe drums, banjos, fiddles and bendirs (tambourine-shaped drums with snares from North Africa).
The album opens with a traditional American folk song called “Little Maggie”, which Plant manages to rearrange into a banjo and fiddle entanglement with unique electronic undertones. Plant’s arrangement of the song is a daring, yet successful, one if one considers that the song has been rearranged and performed by a multitude of other musical greats such as Bob Dylan.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: This year’s annual Spring Day holiday for Tuks students took place on 10 September. In years past, students have spent the day at the TuksRag-organised event that took place on the Rag Farm and consisted of music and drinking.
This year’s event was organised by the SRC and aimed to celebrate the diversity of the student body, create interaction as well as remind the students of their inner-child. Entrance was free but only open to those who possessed a valid 2014 student card.
The Rag Farm was set up with a number of fun activities such as a water slide, mechanical bull, beach soccer arena and a bungee trampoline.
TAYLA-PAIGE VAN SITTERT: Music is a muse. The mind-heart roving along various soundscapes is directly and immediately exerted upon the soul as inspiration. Listening to a mix of African folk, country, Flamenco, world music, acoustic rock, classical, ragas, Cape jazz, bluegrass, and Celtic music with a little neo-soul and swamp blues, is enough to make me want to do beautiful things in the world.
These sounds culminated at the annual Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, staged at the Baxter Theatre’s Concert Hall on 30 August. The evening included collaborations from 24 local artists including Ard Matthews, Vusi Mahlasela, Derek Gripper, Dave Ferguson, Mark Haze, Farryl Purkiss, and Reza Khota. This a glorious celebration of genre-bending, inspiration-kindling, afro-jazz and folk-acoustic mingling. Yes please.
Every voice is rich and novel. The opening two acts were artists that won the Music Experience competition; solo-artist Jennifer Eaves and the band Hatchet Man, whose music is as dazzling as the Baxter theatre’s roof of tea-candle lights.
Van T topped this week's TuksFM's SA Top 10 with What do you do.
Van T knocked previous number 1, Shortstraw - Mo Money (ft. Zubz Last Letta), down to second position, while Sweef by Van Coke Kartel rose 2 positions to claim third position.
See below to see who else is topping the SA charts on TuksFM and give their songs a watch or listen.
LIZL LOMBAARD: Second-year Tuks drama student Chante Geary progressed to the top 16 of this season’s Idols. She told Perdeby she was very shocked after receiving the news that she made it through. “Having the judges believe in me when I didn’t even believe in myself was humbling and amazing and made me want to work harder and learn more,” said Geary.
She impressed the judges at her very first audition in Pretoria with her rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny love” accompanied by a ukulele.
LISA KAHIMBAARA: Whether music lovers are still bathing in the afterglow of Oppikoppi or the month of August is favoured by the party gods, no one can be sure, but this year’s Grietfest held at Town Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg was one for the books.
Griet pulled out all the stops to bring Gauteng’s electronic music fans an event to remember. Grietfest is known for bringing international electronic heavyweights to their annual festival. The brand has brought the likes of Bart B More, Pelussje and F.O.O.L to name a few, and this year was no different – Koan Sound, Black Sun Empire, Far Too Loud and Para One made their way to our shores.