Sebastian Burger: Lit by a solitary light at the front of the stage, Gary Thomas once again took the stage at the Lowlander on Friday, 21 February, captivating the crowd with his reverberating folk sound.
Marking the fifth stop in his country wide tour, the Lowlander gig saw the cosy environment filled with his enchantinglyrics as he belted out work from his new album, “My Memory’s Death”. The album consists of an EP that was released a while back and many B-sides from his career as a musician. It is partly what he describes as “a rock opera thing of thinginess”.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: While the invitation for the MK Awards said 18:00, it only started at 20:00. Waiting for the awards to begin meant being seated on the balcony of the State Theatre with the industry’s top performers, drinking pink drinks and devouring an out of place boerewors roll. The theme was “Rockstar” and guest’s attire ranged from ultra-hipster to outrageous and grungy.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: Unless they’ve been living under a rock since 2009, no South African has been able to avoid the long cap and satirical lyrics of Jack Parow. Parow has finally released his third album, a double offering of his usual electro-rap along with some acoustic reworks. Slotted in between these tracks are comedy skits by Radio Raps, making Nag van die Lang Pette a story book of variety.
MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: If you paid for Campus Invasion tickets, you’re one unlucky individual. Sponsored by WeChat, downloading the application meant free entrance and the ability to join the masses on the streets of Hatfield for the annual Hatfield Carnival.
David Mann: Our little university here in Grahamstown is known for many things – two of them being our great music scene and our talented lecturers. But when the two combine, then it’s something really special. Strato Copteros, who recently retired from being a Media Law and Ethics lecturer in the Journalism and Media Studies department, has replaced marking essays with making music full time in a local band called Fishwives.
The Oppidan press sat down with GOODLUCK before their performance in Grahamstown, and asked them a few questions about recording their sophomore album Creatures of the Night.
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.