Desmond and the Tutus rocked Grahamstown at the Live Music Society's AGM on 13 September and spoke to The Oppidan Press ahead of their show at the Union about performing for students, drinking and the origin of their dance the German Modern. The band were supported by local groups Shackles and Bones and Lu-Fuki. Oppi TV reports.
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.
LUSANDA FUTSHANE: Ask people today who or what Franz Ferdinand is and they’ll likely give you a puzzled look or smugly suggest that Franz Ferdinand is that one band that had that one song about Ulysses. For the sake of this review, we shan’t explore our generation’s flimsy grasp on world history. We’ll focus instead on the band that took its name from the one-time archduke of Austria who was assassinated at the cusp of greatness, essentially precipitating World War One.
Franz Ferdinand has released their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action which, unfortunately, is destined to suffer the same dismal fate as the original Franz Ferdinand himself.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Metal is a genre that is as misunderstood as its audience. As a niche genre, metal bands that are as musically talented as they are angry are hard to come by. Even more so, it’s not every day that one comes across a Christian metal band worth paying attention to. Forfeit Thee Untrue, however, is an exception.
The South African band recently signed with American record company Sanctus Gladius. Their first EP is under their belt and now their first full-length album is under way.
Band manager and drummer Craig Palmer says that while Forfeit Thee Untrue has received support for their music internationally, local audiences haven’t quite reacted the same.
The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) today denied that the concert that will be held at Wits is for Jews only.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: As an Indian-British singer-songwriter and rapper, reaching mainstream America in 2009 was seemingly the prime of his career, but Jay Sean is not settling just yet. Returning with his fourth studio album, Neon, he still has his sights set on higher grounds.