Serj Tankian, Devin Townsend, Ihsahn To Feature On Revolution Harmony Charity Single ‘We Are’ | News | Metal Hammer

We Are - Revolution Harmony - Out 18 July

Revolution Harmony, a new project dreamt up by music lecturer and journalist Ray Holroyd, will release a special charity single featuring System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, Devin Townsend and former Emperor frontman Ihsahn on July 18.

All proceeds from the single, titled We Are, will be donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa.

“It has been an absolute honour being involved with the Revolution Harmony project to bring much needed financial aid to Buskaid in South Africa,” says Serj. “Music has saved my life and has the potential to create positive change in all those young kids struggling to make themselves heard and to survive.” He continues on the single itself: “The song is a musical collage of complex yet moving colours intertwining genres and vibes.”

“Revolution Harmony is a dream come true, it’s the perfect harmonious marriage of my two callings: making music and making a positive change in the world!,” adds Ray. “We Are is the first milestone for Revolution Harmony, and to share it with three of my musical heroes, Serj, Ihsahn and Devin, who all believe in my vision, is deeply heartwarming and humbling. These musicians are overflowing with talent and compassion, and I am eternally grateful and monumentally honoured to have had them contribute to my cause by singing and playing on a piece of my music. The goal for these All-Star charity singles is to raise significant funds for various smaller charities, by making/selling creative and meaningful music that features rare collaborations by inspirational artists.”

via Serj Tankian, Devin Townsend, Ihsahn To Feature On Revolution Harmony Charity Single ‘We Are’ | News | Metal Hammer.

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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

Big Concerts adds 4th Cape Town Rodriguez show | Channel24

Rodriguez

Rodriguez

Cape Town – Big Concerts announced that another Cape Town show has been added for legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez’s tour in South Africa in February.

With three sold-out shows so far in Cape Town, the extra performance was added due to an overwhelming demand and will be taking place on Saturday, 9 February. This will also mark the first performance for Rodriguez in Cape Town.

Tickets for the extra show are on sale via Big Concert’s website, or at any Shoprite, Checkers or Computicket store.

Rodriguez is also scheduled to perform at the Big Top Arena Carnival City on 12, 13, 15, 16 and 18 February in Johannesburg. All tickets for these shows have been sold out.

via Big Concerts adds 4th CT Rodriguez show | Channel24.

Music Exchange 2013 getting down to the business of making music / Call for DEMO’s

Music Exchange

Music Exchange

Music Exchange 2013 getting down to the business of making music / Call for DEMO’s

Music Exchange, South Africa’s two day independent music conference that gets everyone in the music industry talking, is set to take place from 21-22 March 2013.

As a much-anticipated highlight on the Cape Town music calendar, Music Exchange brings the industry together to discuss, debate, collaborate and get down to the business of making music. Every year it offers artists, industry professionals and like-minded individuals the chance to network, exchange ideas and catch up on the latest industry trends.

“Music Exchange had the result of tangibly opening up the “mysteries” of the industry to people who were keen enough to attend,” said Stuart Rubin, former Senior Vice President International Commercial Marketing Group for Sony BMG, “The speakers were experienced, practical and open people who had no reason not to answer candidly when asked – this definitely benefited delegates of the Exchange program”.

In 2013 Music Exchange has taken it a step further by creating a digital album from selected artists interested in uploading their demo on http://www.soundcloud.com/musicexchange/dropbox thereby qualifying them to be selected to feature on this collaboration album, celebrating the rise and rise of South African music.

All attending artists’ submissions will be considered for selection.

Artists will also be selected to perform at a showcase and are requested to upload their demos together with a photograph and a short biography no later than Friday 15 March 2010.

Over the years Music Exchange has been able to boast a number of success stories.

Collaboration between Evolver One and International Promoter and Manager, Doug Davenport at the 2010 Music Exchange conference was key to the group successfully recording their third album. This yielded 4 radio hits. For 7th Son the introduction to Stuart Rubin, former BMG Marketing Director, at the 2009 conference led them to re-record the Australian hit “The Boys Light Up”, which went on to became their first hit.

“Music Exchange 2013 will provide an amazing platform for producers, artists and everyone interested in knowing more about the music industry, affording them the opportunity to interact with industry giants! Invest in your career in the music industry and book today!

Tickets now on sale see website:

www.musicexchange.co.za

Dates

21 and 22 March 2013

Venue

Cape Town City Hall

Ticket Prices

1 day ticket at R299

2 day ticket at R499

Music Exchange Concert 22 March 2013 Tickets R100-00 sold online or at the door

For media related queries, interviews, photos and media accreditation to attend the conference, please contact Gwen Ironsi – Tel: 072 656 1906 or e-mail: gwen@pambericommunications.co.za

For more information on Music Exchange 2013, and booking details please contact razia@triplementertainment.co.za

Or visit the website www.musicexchange.co.za

2012 has been the year of Rodriguez.

Sugar Man

Sugar Man

The NME described it best in the headline for their end of 2012 round up as the year “The World Fell In Love With Rodriguez“, and that pretty much sums it up….

We at SugarMan.org wish Rodriguez, Eva, Sandra, Regan, and all the Rodriguez Family, and of course Malik, Craig, Matt and Camilla, a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2013.

And to everyone who contributed articles, blogs, pictures, emails, stories, experiences or just messages of love and support for Rodriguez to the SugarMan.org website during 2012, we thank you with all our hearts.

It has always been a sincere privilege for us to have been a part of this great man and musician’s journey for the past 15 years, and we look forward to continuing to bring you All The Facts about Rodriguez, so keep reading and listening.

Love, Peace and Music to you all!

Sugar and Brian.

“Sugar Man, you’re the answer, that makes our questions disappear”

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Rodriguez To Tour South Africa in Feb 2013

Big Concerts have announced that Rodriguez will be touring South Africa in February 2013, with concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

15 February 2013 – Carnival City, Big Top Arena

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/rodriguez/686923210/0/51320976

20 February 2013 – Grand West Arena Cape Town

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/rodriguez/686923210/0/51320995

http://SugarMan.org

SEARCHING FOR EXPOSURE? TRY SUGAR MUSIC….

Brian Currin and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman met in 1997 through the rediscovery of Rodriguez. A mutual love of music (especially the South African kind) and sharing it with others, saw them launch Sugar Music in the early-2000’s.

Sugar Music has since become the hub for many projects including SugarMan.org, The South African Rock Encyclopedia, The SA Rock Digest, SAmp3.com, Mabu Vinyl, and a number of other joint and associated music ventures.

Since 2004, Sugar Music has been supplying Channel 24 (MWeb’s entertainment portal) with MP3s by South African artists of all genres, and from all decades, for the MP3 section of their Homepage.

These MP3s are made available as free downloads by Channel 24, to help give exposure to all these artists and their music. Some tracks are full length (if requested by the artist), but most are edited to be between 70% and 75%, as long as they are longer than 2 minutes.

An image, a short blurb, and a hyperlink are included with each entry.

If you would like to take advantage of this excellent promotional opportunity, at no cost to yourself, please supply a list of songs that you are authorising for free download and which web address you would prefer each song linked to. Sugar Music will take care of the rest.

Sugar Music submits monthly reports to NORM, of all tracks supplied to Channel 24, to ensure transparency and compliance.

For more information please contact Sugar on sugar@sugarmusic.co.za or phone 021-4237635.