SA’s biggest fully orchestrated rock musical, Rockville 2069 to premiere at Artscape

South Africa’s biggest, fully orchestrated, technologically sophisticated rock musical production, Rockville 2069, will have its world première with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at Artscape Opera House in August.

Set at the 100th anniversary of Woodstock, Rockville 2069 is a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world. Featuring a cast of 25 with lead singer Joseph Clark (of Queen at the Opera) and the Kyle Peterson seven-piece rock band with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, it combines artists and musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds to bring a new, sometimes discordant, always thrilling voice to the rock musical scene.

The lead roles will be played by Joseph Clark (Papa), Vicki Jayne (Mama), Stephan Van Huyssteen (JohnnyReb) and Josie Piers (Danielle). With fast moving scene changes, the use of 3D animation and a 100m2 LED screen, technology plays a key role in creating this believable, constantly shifting production.

Rockville 2069 has been in the making for five years and is the artistic brainchild of composer, Johnny Ray. The end result is an emotionally soaring journey of caution, hope, optimism, rebellion and joy which aims to transform and create music while sending a powerful message of change through a sustainable way of life.

The plot tells of an earth destroyed by man’s neglect and climate change. Only Rockville, a small archipelago of islands, survives and is now home to a group of peace-loving rockers, sound technicians and musicians.

“The addition of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is a show-stopping element”, says Johnny Ray, “and we know that all theatre management eyes are on this production which we hope to take from Cape Town to the rest of the world.”

The glittering Red Carpet Première takes place on 30 August 2014 at Artscape, with the grand foyers themed out by Jay Jays and Bothners /Roland and the menu includes complimentary wine (Hill & Dale) and canapés.

Uber has partnered with Rockville 2069 and is offering a FREE ride to the value of R 200 to all new users. Simply sign up with Uber and use the promotional code RV2069 to travel to and from the concert in style.

Please Note: The credits are only valid for transport to and from the Rockville 2069 concert, remaining credits are not transferrable.

The shows will take place from 29 August – 7 September 2014. Tickets range from R 100 to R 290 and are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421-7695. The Rockville 2069 graphic novel and CD are available through EMI or online at www.rockville2069.com and from The Greek Merchant at all the shows.

For more information visit the website at http://www.rockville2069.com.

Find Rockville 2069 on Facebook by searching for rockville2069arockmusical and never miss a post by following Rockville 2069 on Twitter @Rockville2069.

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Pictures of Glastonbury 2014: 19 Amazing New Acts You Can’t Miss – Photos – NME.COM

John Wizards

John Wizards

Glastonbury 2014: 19 Amazing New Acts You Can’t MissJohn Wizards The Cape Town-based act mixed traditional African influences, funk and gentle electronica on last year’s well-recieved self-titled debut LP. Reminding critics of everyone from Vampire Weekend to Parliament, we’ll just say they’re experts when it comes to magical, wide-eyed pop.

via Pictures of Glastonbury 2014: 19 Amazing New Acts You Can’t Miss – Photos – NME.COM.

‘Crossing Borders, Driving North’ – 25 years down the road with NIBS

“This excellent career overview shows a voice full of wonder and humility of the songs it sings.” Rolling Stone **** (August 2013)

“Each and every song on this collection is remarkable testament to what a truly original and consummate talent Nibs is and one of the best representations of truly original South African music.”

“The mark of any half decent guitarist is the ability to become one with the instrument. Nibs is that kind of guitar player where he becomes the guitar.”-Music Review SA

“Nibs is probably one of South Africa’s most underrated musicians. Hopefully this anthology can help change that, showcasing the broad range of this extraordinarily talented musician.” AVSA (South Africa’s leading audio visual magazine)

 

Acclaimed South African guitarist and songwriter, Nibs, made his first profiled performances 25 years ago. From his humble beginnings at the Durban Folk Club to International stages, it has culminated in the newly released, deluxe (2CD) anthology album ‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’. It spans the creative and diverse body of work from his 9 highly acclaimed solo albums. The bonus second disc, ‘Catching Trains’- Nibs solo live through Europe, traces his footsteps through his many tours through France, Germany and the UK. These intimate solo ‘live’ performances were recorded in theatres, music halls, open air festivals and from within the walls of a maximum security prison.

It seems almost poetic justice that “Crossing Borders, Driving north” should translate into “a journey without limitations”, so it is a fitting retribution to the rites of passage of his work to date and for what is still to come.

His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following for its intelligent folk, World and African overtones. He has been nominated 7 times at the South African Music awards, perform with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and share stages across the world with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal.

Nibs is also busy with the filming of a documentary about himself and his career which will be screened at his upcoming launches in the second half of 2013.

‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’ is available on CD and digital download atand on iTunes and will be available at each concert.

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT nibsmusic / +27728024129 / www.nibs.co.za

‘Crossing Borders’ 25 yearsTour Dates:

Sunday 15 September, 8pm – The Halfmoon, Putney, London UK. with Dan Patlansky

Tuesday 17 September, 8pm – The Greennote, Camden, UK. with Dan Patlansky

Wed 18 September, 8:30pm – “Engel’s Coffee” – Maison Engelmann, Mulhouse, France

Thursday 3 October, 7:30pm – Durban Launch, Italian Club, 82 Fairway, Durban North, 031 564 2567

Friday 11 October/ Saturday 12 October, 8pm – Slow Life, 152 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town. 021 788 5849 slowlifesouthafrica

Sunday 13 October – Alma Cafe, Rosebank, Cape Town. 021 685 7377 dictait

Johannesburg Launch dates – TBC

Table Mountain Blues Summit – 22 – 23 November 2013 Durbanville.

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that`s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA`s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage:

Friday 22 November – 16h00 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete (2 song intro)

Mean Black Mamba
Robin Gallagher Band

Ballistic Blues
Them Tornados
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Blues Broers
Pebbleman
Dan Patlansky
Fox Comet

Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Robin Auld
Natasha Meister
Dave Ferguson
Ann Jangle
Fender Guitar Giveaway

Gerald Clark
Albert Frost Trio
Boulevard Blues and Guests
Black Cat Bones

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and also Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

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History:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 20 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars. Note: Own food and drinks are not allowed.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is only available for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/750817225/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013.

Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013. Photo: Irene McCullagh

Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013.
Photo: Irene McCullagh

www.FallingMirror.com

SA music comes up trumps at Music Exchange 2013

South African music is entering an exciting era of opportunity and progress as new markets open up for homegrown sounds. This was one of the key messages emerging from the 2013 Music Exchange Conference, which saw industry moguls and musicians congregating at the iconic Cape Town City Hall to talk about the serious business of music.

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Music Exchange 2013

Trevor Jones, Randall Abrahams

For three days, from 21 to 23 March 2013, the City Hall was abuzz with the sound of music – with a full programme of workshops and panel discussions on making it, marketing it, getting it heard on various platforms and ensuring that it moves with the times.

This independent music conference, now in its third year, attracted hundreds of experts and delegates from across the music spectrum – from composers and publishers to record company executives and media – to share knowledge and ideas, network, perform live showcases and identify opportunities to boost South African music locally, regionally and abroad.

Among the high-profile music creators spotted at the conference were Vicky Sampson, Mynie Grové, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, RJ Benjamin, Chad Saaiman, Jimmy Nevis, Mark Haze, Dub Masta China and Arno Carstens, as well as industry heavyweights such as Universal Music A&R consultant Benjy Mudie, Cape Town Jazz festival founder Rashid Lombard and Rolling Stone SA editor-in-chief Miles Keylock.

The international speakers on the programme included acclaimed house music producer and remixer Charles Webster (UK), music promoter Doug Davenport (USA) and Africori CEO Yoel Kenan (France).

One of the conference’s undisputed highlights was the keynote address by Trevor Jones, moderated by Universal Records managing director Randall Abrahams. Now based in the UK, Jones was born in District Six and is considered one of the top five film score composers in the world, with several Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations as well two ASCAP Awards in the bag.

Jones has made an indelible mark on the global entertainment industry, scoring international blockbusters such as Notting Hill, The Last of the Mohicans, Mississippi Burning and The Mighty and working with the likes of U2, Sting, David Bowie, Sinead O’Connor, Britney Spears, Elvis Costello and Charlotte Church.

Jones became overcome with emotion after being given a standing ovation by delegates, who warmly welcomed him back home.

During his inspirational talk, he spoke about the importance of music education and his desire to give something back to South African music industry: “Key to South Africa’s success is hard work and building a positive perception of our country and us a nation,” he said.

Award-winning local singer, songwriter and guitarist Arno Carstens, who spoke at the conference about the song that made him famous, said it was an honour to be part of Music Exchange and it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many enthusiastic people attend and share their experiences and knowledge.

Joining Carstens on the stellar line-up of artists speaking about the song that made them famous, Vicky Sampson acknowledged songwriter Alan Lazar (formerly of Mango Groove, and now a successful composer based in Los Angeles), who wrote African Dream. “I am grateful that Alan gave me the song and did not pass me up for Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston,” Sampson quipped. She spent every minute of the conference absorbing and learning, as well as reconnecting with her mentor Benjy Mudie and her old friend RJ Benjamin.

Versatile singer, composer and teacher Benjamin, who has been invited to be a vocal coach for the upcoming season of Idols and will be composing SABC2’s new signature tune, continuously urged delegates to make use of social media platforms to reach new audiences. Benjamin stood out as one of the speakers to whom delegates were drawn and his presentations proved to be extremely popular.

After the weekend’s proceedings wrapped up, local music legend Hotstix tweeted: “What a conference; what great speakers and delegates – wow!”

Added a delighted Music Exchange founder and board member, Martin Myers: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve received, and the animated conversations on social media platforms about the success of Music Exchange.

“Recording and performing artists, as well as composers and other industry players, have complimented the conference for being relevant, engaging and thought-provoking. There was a strong focus on the business side of music, which elevated this event above a mere talk shop: they left with useful, practical information that will undoubtedly be of immense value in their various professional ventures.”

Visit www.musicexchange.co.za to find out more about next year’s Music Exchange conference, or follow @musicexchange on Twitter.

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Music Exchange – www.musicexchange.co.za

Life and Photography

Inspirational.

Photography and Marketing

I had to major realisations today about my future regarding photography (my hobby and part-time income) and marketing (my degree in progress and possible career) and how they are connected.

Firstly, I realised that fashion photography sells a product, clothes, a lifestyle or brand image. it is known as “commercial photography”, while the art side is what you do in your own time or with creative open briefs.
In that area of photography, it seems my the purpose photos on my computer, in print or online portfolio have main purposes… to attract other talented people to work with; an invitation so I can do more test shoots, or to get me hired (do more shoots and make me money). It lacks the part of art for the sake of art, or emotion, or creativity.
I guess I can ask someone to convey an emotion in an expression or pose, but…

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International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup

International superstars, COLLECTIVE SOUL, added to HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks 2012 lineup

 

Symphonic Rocks
Legendary rock group, Collective Soul, will be adding international flavour to this year’s HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks, with the announcement that frontman, Ed Roland, will be joining the already impressive lineup. Roland will perform at both Cape Town and Johannesburg legs of the tour when he hits SA shores especially for the event at the end of September.HEINEKEN® Symphonic Rocks is a world class, cross-genre live music show ranging from rock to pop, adult contemporary, R&B, hip hop, electro and soul, all set against the breath-taking onstage backing of a 65-piece symphonic orchestra.

Roland joins a list of impressive artists including award-winning MiCasa and Zahara, Tumi and the Volume, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola and Ard Matthews, as well as the soulful ChianoSky and pop-rock band MACSTANLEY. In addition, the show will also offer unique performances from multi-award winning Van Coke Kartel and Afrikaans Rock favourites F*ofpolisiekar; electro-pop singing sensation, Toya Delazy; and finally, popular rock hit-makers, aKING.

Collective Soul, who have produced double and triple-platinum albums with hits such as ‘Shine’, ‘December’ and rock anthems ‘Where the River Flows’ and ‘The World I Know’, have performed sold out concerts in SA twice before, where they wowed audiences with their unapologetic classic-rock sound. This year, Roland has returned to perform the band’s most iconic hits, with the spectacular symphonic backing of the Cape Town Pops orchestra.

Andy Mac, the event’s creator, says that Collective Soul were the natural choice for the event. “We wanted to really raise the bar for this year’s show, and while we’ve always had only top quality musicians in our lineup, having international rock royalty like Ed Roland on the bill just adds that extra something special this year,” explains Mac. “Collective Soul are no strangers to performing with symphonic backing, having done a live concert DVD with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2005. This mind-blowing performance, coupled with the simple fact of Ed’s pure musical genius, meant that he was undoubtedly my first choice and I’m over the moon to have him on board.”

HEINEKEN® marketing manager, Tjeerd Veldhuis, also voiced his excitement over Roland’s inclusion in the lineup. “The diversity of world-class talent in this year’s show goes without saying. However, the addition of Ed Roland, as Collective Soul’s frontman, is a testament to our ongoing commitment when it comes to offering extraordinary consumer experiences. We are unbelievably proud to be associated with an event involving this much talent, and look forward to watching the SA music calendar’s most memorable experience come to life.”

The 2012 event takes place at The Grand Arena Grand West Casino in Cape Town on 29 September, before moving onto The Big Top Arena, Carnival City on the 6 October. Tickets cost R200 to R225 in Cape Town and R225 to R250 in Johannesburg, and can be bought through Computicket from Thursday, 21 June 2012. Capacity at each of the venues is limited so fans are advised to book in advance.

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Contact

For more information please contact
Jenna Wilson on jenna.wilson [AT] mcsaatchiabel.co.za
or 021 421 1024 / 076 736 1852