Hairies to be honoured at Splashy Fen

Hairies to be honoured at Splashy Fen

Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters

Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters

Pietermaritzburg band, the Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, has been confirmed as the featured act for this year’s Splashy Fen Music Festival, taking place near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal from April 21-25.  The festival coincides with the 20th year of the band’s existence, and is an opportunity to celebrate a shared history that dates back to Splashy Fen’s early beginnings in 1990. [Read more…]

Alkaline Trio and Funeral for a Friend for RAMFEST 2011


Can you hear it? Can you feel it? RAM is coming!



We have had word from both Alkaline Trio and Funeral for a Friend re their upcoming performances at RAMfest 2011. Gear up South Africa, these bands are going to rock big time!

Matt Skiba, lead singer and guitarist Alkaline Trio:  “Hey it’s Matt from Alkaline Trio. We’re really looking forward to coming to South Africa. Never in a million years did I think I would ever be saying that. We’re really excited and can’t wait to see you guys there.”

Matt Davies, lead singer Funeral for a Friend:  “We’re so excited to be heading to South Africa, it’s an opportunity we won’t waste! Can’t wait to meet some awesome people and see some amazing places. It’s gonna be crazy!”

Ryan Richards, drummer Funeral for a Friend: “We’ve had a lot of requests from fans over the years to come over to South Africa to play for them, so we’re delighted to finally be able to make it a reality. It’s always great, after 8 years of being in this band, to take our music to new places and new fans. We can’t wait to make a whole bunch of new friends and hear some great music.”

This year RAMfest is brought to you at 3 venues in 3 cities, over 5 days, across 6 stages. Die Antwoord, Van Coke Kartel and Zebra and Giraffe are the local acts that will be performing at all three RAMfest events. For the rest of the regional line ups go to  Tickets available at or Musica stores nationwide.

Dates and venues:

CPT: Nekkies Holiday Resort, Worcester: 4 – 6 March.

DBN: WaveHouse: Wed 9 March.

JHB:  Riversands Farm, Fourways: Sat 12 March.

Star-studded line-up for Marula Festival

Phalaborwa – Award-winning artists like Judith Sephuma, Professor, Malatji, Candy, Liquid Deep, Future Sound and Revolution, are part of the line-up at this year’s Marula Festival in Limpopo.

Judith Sephuma - Marula Festival

Judith Sephuma - Marula Festival

Held in the picturesque town of Phalaborwa since 2008, the festival will stretch over the period, 19-26 February 2011, with the main events taking place from 24-26 February. [Read more…]

Nomfusi taking it to another level

Nomfusi and Band

Nomfusi and Band

Nominated in two categories of the 2010 Metro FM Awards, including Best Female Artist, 2011 year promises to be another stellar year for Afro-soul star Nomfusi. Bookings are flooding in from Europe and North America, and soon she’ll be embarking on her seventh international tour. Not bad for an artist who launched her debut just more than a year ago. [Read more…]

CHROMIUM reveal new single and artwork

The start of 2011 has been quite a stellar one for the internationally renowned hard rock/metal group CHROMIUM. Just having completed the crowd vocals for their upcoming third release, CHROMIUM are on a path for great things this year. Fans got a first glimpse and listen to the new album this past week and the reaction was astounding.



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SA quartet plays for peace

A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians – a luthier, four instrumentalists and a composer – have come together to form a Quartet of Peace  that will use the beauty of classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of peace, reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are the inspiration behind the quartet’s formation.

The Quartet of Peace consists of David Juritz, also leader of the London Mozart Players; Suzanne Martens, previous concert master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently part of the University of Stellenbosch’s music faculty; Gareth Lubbe, principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany; and Peter Martens, former principal cellist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently artistic administrator and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

Juritz is first violin and Suzanne Martens is second violin, while Lubbe is the violist and Peter Martens plays the cello.

The quartet kicks off its international tour with a debut concert in Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall on 15 October.

Music fosters reconciliation

The remarkable project is the realisation of acclaimed luthier Brian Lisus’ long-held dream – since Mandela’s inauguration in 1994 – to use music to foster peace and reconciliation in the world.

His vision has become a reality as friends with a passion for classical music and string instruments have rallied around him. offering their assistance to get the Quartet of Peace project off the ground.

And since the eminent musicians have volunteered their talents at no cost, the project has developed into a large initiative receiving interest and support from the French minister of arts and culture and the London Chamber Music Society, among others.

Lisus, whose instruments are sold worldwide, is hand-making brand new string instruments, which carry the inscriptions of peace, reconciliation, hope and freedom on the back, for the members of the quartet.

Message of peace

Furthermore, the musicians will take the message of peace to local and international audiences with the music of accomplished South African-born composer, percussionist and poet Eugene Skeef, now resident in London.

Skeef, who also works in conflict resolution, has composed a piece titled Uxolo (an Nguni word meaning “forgiveness”) especially for the quartet’s performances.

Skeef’s involvement in the initiative is interesting since he was a young activist during apartheid who co-led literacy campaigns in schools and communities across South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other commitments.

The prominent artists have all been inspired by the idea of taking the ideals of Mandela, Tutu, De Klerk and Luthuli to the world.

They are also motivated by the fact that concert proceeds will go towards Musequality projects that uplift and heal children who are disadvantaged and at risk. One of these, the Hout Bay Music Project, teaches 60 children to play string instruments and drums and also offers lessons in life skills. Another, Melodi Music in Soweto, starts children off on the recorder before they advance to other woodwind instruments.

The intention is also to help disadvantaged children and child refugees on the African continent, as music is proving to facilitate healing in youngsters who have experienced hardships early in life.

Working around the clock to complete the cello, the last instrument Lisus is making for the quartet, he says it is has been a long journey to see the initiative come to fruition, but the involvement of “wonderful people” has been overwhelming.

The violinmaker says he is looking forward to hear the musicians play on his handcrafted instruments and to see the concerts supporting music projects for children around the world.

“Furthermore, the Quartet of Peace must make everybody aware of the South African ideals; we want to inspire the world to peace and reconciliation – to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Tutu, Luthuli and De Klerk.”

Concert schedule

The quartet’s inaugural concert in Stellenbosch will be followed by a performance at the Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on the next day and then the first international concert in Leipzig, Germany, in St. Thomas church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried.

They move on to London’s Kings Place, a modern recital hall, on 5 December and then to Ljubljana in Slovenia, before giving an intimate performance in the L’Atelier de Picasso in Paris, France, on 13 and 14 December.

According to Skeef’s website, the quartet is awaiting confirmation from the Nobel Peace Prize committee of an 11 December performance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The composer is also currently organising a special performance of the Quartet of Peace at the home of Nelson Mandela.

A special fundraising concert takes place on 16 December, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.

Mambazo’s golden anniversary

South Africa’s beloved Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM), the Grammy-winning isicathamiya group, have embarked on a countrywide tour to celebrate their 50 years together.

Ladysmith Black MambazoIsicathamiya (from the Zulu word meaning “to walk softly”) is a style of singing that focuses on deft harmonising. Isicathamiya choral competitions are popular in South Africa.

The Back to eKasi (slang, meaning “home”, from the Afrikaans word lokasie, meaning “township”) tour sees the globe-trotting group going back to their roots and taking their unique a cappella sound to townships around South Africa between 16 and 24 September 2010.

Fans in Bloemfontein, Thokoza in Ekurhuleni municipality, Rustenburg North, Atteridgeville, Ermelo, Bela-Bela and KwaMashu near Durban are in for a treat, with performances from LBM and two local curtain-raisers at each venue. [Read more…]

Jazz greats at inaugural Tzaneen fest

Tzaneen – Jazz lovers in Limpopo can look forward to performances by the likes of Jonas Gwangwa and Maduvha at the inaugural Jazz in the Garden festival in Tzaneen on Saturday.

The festival, which will be held at the Letaba show grounds from 5pm, will also serve as the opening ceremony for the Southern Africa Inter-Municipal Games starting on Sunday.

“Jazz in the Garden will provide a safe and inviting setting for music lovers to set up their camping chairs, socialise and enjoy some of South Africa’s finest jazz in a spectacular setting,” said Tzaneen Mayor Othaniel Jambasa Mushwana.

“The jazz genre was chosen because of its ability to entertain people across all racial, cultural and age spectrums. Jazz transcends social class and standards, touching many hearts in multiple ways.”

The festival is expected to bring in much-needed support for local businesses, especially those in transport and hospitality, and help the area diversify its economy, which is mostly agriculture-based.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale said in future, people will not speak about jazz in the country without mentioning Tzaneen. “This event is the beginning of a new era for the province.”

Other acts that have been confirmed include Selaelo Selota, DJ Cleo as well as a line-up of some of Limpopo’s most talented musicians and deejays.

Food and drinks will be sold at the hospitality marquees and visitors will not be allowed to bring their own onto the premises.

Tickets cost R160 from Computicket and Shoprite outlets, and R180 at the gate. – BuaNews

Nomfusi reaches out to Aids orphans in Malawi

On 11 October Nomfusi and her band, The Lucky Charms, will be spreading their wings into Africa, to play at the Lake of the Stars Festival in Malawi. Sharing the bill with Oliver Mtukudzi and UK indie band The Noisettes, they are looking forward to three sun filled days on the palm fringed shores of the third biggest lake in Africa.

While in Malawi, Nomfusi and her band will be spending two days teaching music workshops at The Jacaranda Foundation in Blantyre, a school for Aids orphans. Nomfusi will be addressing the school in three 45 minute presentations, talking about her experience of rising above her circumstances, and liberating herself from what she calls “the poverty of the mind.” The song she wrote about the topic, Nontsokolo*, will be performed at Lake of the Stars with a group made up of students at the school, The Jacaranda Band. The project is being made possible by the Belgian NGO, Art Moves Africa.

Nomfusi will also be collaborating with Khethi, a Joburg based cross-over hip-hop afro-soul singer, to present a Mother’s Day concert in Blantyre on 14 October, that will be attended by Malawi’s First Lady, Madame Callista Mutharika.


Concert to honour female artists

Pretoria – A concert to pay tribute to some of South Africa’s top female artists will wrap up Women’s Month at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

The star-studded line-up at the inaugural Tribute to Women concert is expected to dazzle South Africans on 29 August. [Read more…]