MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN: The beginning of July marked the start of The Songbird Tour – an interesting new programme that is not just about entertainment but also the mentorship and upliftment of local talent. Non-profit organisation Africa Voices Trust, which aims to grow young African musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds through practical skills and knowledge, has teamed up with Laura Burhenn of Postal Service and The Mynabirds for the tour.
JOSHUA STEIN: The National Arts Festival always boasts a fine selection of guitar orientated music. This year the line-up is unique with fine guitarists playing music that expands out of the usual focus on jazz with the excitement around the Patlansky/Frost concert on 11 July building.
CHRISTINA SCHILD: The Great Field has been closed off and exams forgotten; the National Arts Festival is just around the corner. Being the 40th year anniversary, the official programme may be bursting, but there is equally as much on offer in terms of the ‘town’ programme. From classic comedic acts to face-melting music, be prepared to go big this year.
Here is a personal run-down of our recommended events and the best of Fest.
ELMARIE KRUGER: In 2012, Lucy Kruger sent her debut album out into the risky world of South African music, captivating audiences with expressive songs such as “Heart of stone”. Now, nearly two years later, she has returned with a stellar band to back her wistful vocals on their new self-titled five-track EP.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Jack White’s second solo album Lazarettois a treasure chest filled with angry guitar solos and jagged vocals, with some quieter tracks thrown in for contrast’s sake. Lazaretto is a musical odyssey guaranteed to both enchant and bewilder its listeners.
SEBASTIAN BURGER: Legendary rock band The Foo Fighters are headed our way to melt some faces this December in Cape Town and Johannesburg
The award-winning rock group, headed by former Nirvana Drummer and all-round bad-ass Dave Grohl has time and time again blown the music industry awa,y winning the Grammy for best rock album 4 separate times, one time with an album recorded in a garage.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Following the astounding success of her debut album Born to Die, Lana Del Rey returns with her soothing sophomore album Ultraviolence. The album draws its title from Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange. Despite what the title suggests, the album is a collection of slow tracks with lyrics that are very much in the same vein as those on Born to Die.
LISA KAHIMBAARA: Iso recently released their first ever EP, Passages. Perdeby chatted to lead singer and guitarist Richard Brokensha about the EP’s production, the ideas behind it and the bands plans for the future.
Why choose to release an EP instead a full album?
We have never released an EP before and we just felt like experimenting a little. We wanted our fans to focus on the 5 songs instead of a full album since these days people seem to struggle to listen to a full album.
ELMARIE KRUGER: Zef rave-rap daredevils Die Antwoord aim to shock with their third studio albumDonker Mag. Unfortunately, after releasing two previous albums rife with shocking content, the newest addition to the band’s discography is a bit of a let-down.
Tracks like “Ugly boy” and “Rat trap 666” (which samples the unsettling rhyme from the Nightmare on Elm Street film series) sound like watered-down versions of Die Antwoord’s earlier work. The tracks come across as repetitive and tedious and only pick up speed once the listener has already grown tired of the song.
UPDATE: Tickets for the 28 March and 1 April 2015 concerts have been sold out. Only a limited number of tickets for the 29 March concert remain.
Big Concerts has announced that the world famous band One Direction will be touring South Africa in 2015. The band's worldwide tour will include performances at three stadiums in South Africa.
The band, consisting of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayne Malik and Niall Horan, was first noticed on the X-Factor. Ever since, they have become world known starts in the music industry.
Ticket sales went on at 9am local time today and saw a frenzy as many rushed to get a hold of their tickets to the concerts.
There are certain age restrictions to the concerts.
Anyone under 14 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
Under 13's and those under 1.2m in height are no allowed on the field (of the concert).