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Ashlinn Gray’s upbeat debut anthem South Africa will love

Ashlinn Gray is barely out of high school and already her music career is soaring. The 17-year-old singer songwriter began drama, singing and piano lessons in Grade 4 and unlike her acting ability, singing didn’t come naturally.   Instead of being a deterrent, it became her motivator. She practised day and night ...

Kabaal klankbaan releases preview of upcoming album with Phone Calls free download

[Press release] “Your late-night text message makes me realise I'm not so alone But all you are at that moment is a bunch of letters on my phone. I miss your bad pronunciation – I miss your phone calls.” The independent folk-rock band Kabaal klankbaan released its new single, Phone Calls, on Friday 30 ...

Idris Elba makes a Mandela album with SA musicians

Wait, what? Nope, that's correcto. As Stereogum said, after Elba spent eight months playing the iconic leader, we didn't exactly expect that that would be the last we'd hear of it. He is apparently already musical - DJing in Ibiza, and as we heard, making friends with Mumford and Sons while directing one of their ...

#WeLeadYou – BLK JKS, Lebo Mashile, Nova, Word N Sound Collective, and Nicole Daniella live

Some of South Africa's leading musicians and poets are coming together at Shikisha in Newtown on September 19th to help us raise our voices and unite South Africans in the fight against climate change. Come and watch BLK JKS, Lebo Mashile, Nova, the Word N Sound Collective, and Nicole Daniella. Join us! To stand a ...

Introducing the Kings of Afri-Pop

The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg, the band's big label debut is finally out and available for download on iTunes. The first brush the masses around the country had with this band of three was when they sang about the mysteriously song-worthy Chelsea Blakemore. Everyone clicked with the GQ hipster trio that was pushing ...

Interview: BCUC on great audiences and musical legacies

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) is a collective of life-like musicians hailing from the suburbs of Soweto. They believe in the narrative of music, playing with their ancestors on stage and are all for the age of authenticity. I managed to find some time before their set at Oppikoppi to sit down with them. ...

More than just a girl and a guitar

Attending musical launches can be hit and miss. Hits occur when you find a gem you cannot get out of your playlist, no matter how many times you sync your iPod. Misses are those times you find the cupcakes given are more entertaining than the music. So Natasha Meister’s EP launch at Aces and Spades last week had ...

Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS confirmed as Foo Fighters opening acts in SA

If you were in a band, would you like to come and open for another act that pretty much every rock fan in the country has been waiting for ages to see, knowing the fans were wishing you'd hurry up and bring on the main act already? Yes, you probably would. So give a cheer for Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS who'll be ...

WIN: The Get Out Of The Garage Top 10 album

One of our favourite finding new talent competitions, Converse's Get Out Of The Garage band search, is gearing up for this year's run (btw: you can still enter until the end of this week. Details are here.) To remind you what great things this competition accomplishes, we're giving away a compilation album of last ...

Calling all indie bands and future rockstars!

[Press Release] Converse Get Out Of The Garage is back for its third year in a row. This unique competition encourages artists from all across South Africa to upload their demos to SoundCloud or YouTube and then submit them to Converse via http://www.myssl.co.za/converse/ In 2012, Matthew Mole was crowned the ...

WIN: Tickets to Park Acoustics’ 4th birthday

This is a big 'un, you're not going to want to miss out. We're giving away one double ticket to Park Acoustics' fourth birthday bash on the 1st of June. Here are the details: Time: Gates Open at 10AM Venue: Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria Tickets: R250 Online at www.parkacoustics.co.za / R250 at Gate Free for ...

Goodbye, Plush, and thanks for all the good times

Plush just played their last gig, a sad day for music, especially as I missed it. Years ago, when Plush moved to Jo'burg to frequent Gauteng clubs with their musical stylings; they were one of my favourite university sounds.  I always follow good music around and there is no such thing as seeing a good band live ...

SA Music Scene presents The Fluffy Fundraiser Festival

[Press release:] What started out as a quick visit to one of Cape Town's largest animal shelters, Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre, ended up in a full blown day festival. Uitsig Animal Centre has been notified to vacate their current premises in just 3 months which provides a secure home for 500 of our furry friends. In ...

DOWNLOAD: the catchy debut single from David Meulen

Let me tell you how you get directly into my brain with music: You start out with a quiet, but sure acoustic beat. you don't overproduce it or whisper your words annoyingly, you sing like you mean it. And then you drop your song into an upbeat and earnest howl of a chorus the beat of which will stay with your ...

Interview: Gangs Of Ballet talk summer tours and music with a message

© Tink Photography Gangs Of Ballet have been one of the most spoken-about bands in SA over the past year or so, and for very good reason -- their brand of honest, driving rock music has been climbing up charts, and garnering them fans nationwide. Their debut album, Yes/No/Grey, is getting nominated for every set of ...

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