Archive for April, 2009

Flat (Mac) Stanley back home

Posted in English Rock with tags , , on April 24, 2009 by Rouvanne
Macstanley, or to us, Flat Stanley

Macstanley, or to us, Flat Stanley

I received an update from the Flat Stanley (Macstanley) crew who have recently returned from their second promotional tour of Germany. The group is really looking forward to being able to tour South Africa again, and they will be kicking it off with shows in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and then finally Cape Town.

I have a history with Andrew Mac, having gone to high school with him, and dealt with his previous business, but thus far have only had the pleasure of enjoying one show of theirs, at the Baxter Theatre, last year September. But I have listened to their album many times over, and I just know that they are going to make it in Europe. Continue reading

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Chris Chameleon goes Ap(i)e, and tours

Posted in Afrikaans pop with tags , , , , on April 21, 2009 by Rouvanne

Chris Chameleon

Chris Chameleon

Chris Chameleon is a vocal genius. Whether he is singing in English, in Afrikaans, monkey language or alien speak, his vocal range and ability to paint a picture for the ear keep him shining as one of the most exciting language cross-over artists in South Africa.

Nominated for 4 South African Music Awards for his 2008 release Klassieke Chameleon, including Best Male Artist and Album of the Year, and also MTN Record of the Year for Sterredank – Chris proves to us again and again, year after year, what a class act he is. Continue reading

Some Goldfish for your weekend!

Posted in Electronica with tags on April 18, 2009 by Rouvanne
Goldfish - pic thanks to Cindy :)

Goldfish - pic thanks to Cindy 🙂

I have really enjoyed watching Cape Town’s own Goldfish rise from the first time I saw them live at the old Rhodes House.

And because it’s a Saturday evening and it’s a wonderful weekend, I wanted to celebrate with a new little live video from a performance at Spiers Amphitheatre on 21 March 2009.

Here’s Fort Knox, featuring Sakhile Moleshe, from the aldum Perceptions of Pacha (CDCLL7072). Continue reading

Plush Rage On

Posted in ROOTs Review with tags , , on April 18, 2009 by Rouvanne
Rage On (Delux Edition) by Plush

Rage On (Deluxe Edition) by Plush

Every now and then an album comes along that touches one personally; that draws one it’s lyrics and melodies; and that ends up living in your CD player. An album that you want to sing out loud once the words have imprinted themselves on in your brain; and album that grips you emotionally every time you hear it!

At the end of 2008 Sheer Sound sent me the newest release from Cape Town based Plush, the Deluxe Edition of Rage On (SEED 117); their third album, but first without Chas Smit who was tragically killed in 2005 the night they released their second album A few blinding views. Continue reading

Interview at the Pan African Space Station

Posted in Music notes with tags , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Rouvanne

melt-logo1I was fortunate enough to spend an evening at the Pan African Space Station (PASS) with DJ Ntone Edjabe, while he was interviewing Robert Trunz and playing a wide selection of tracks from MELT albums.

The PASS podcasts are streamed out during the festival months of July to October, and so you’ll have to wait a while before you’ll be able to get insight into Ntone’s passion for music for the label, and of course to hear some of Roberts stories from the early days of his first musical trips to South Africa in the 1990’s. Oh – and I give a little punt for this new blog too – as by then there should be loads more interesting material on this site! Continue reading

Getting down to it

Posted in Music notes with tags on April 7, 2009 by Rouvanne

A root cause is an initiating cause of a causal chain which leads to an outcome or effect of interest. (Wikipedia)

Traditional Xhosa mouthbow player

Traditional Xhosa mouthbow player Madosini

This easily describes World Music and the continual evoltion of the cultural sounds that have developed with time. I want to talk about this music, and some of the genres that it has developed into as we come closer to home, and todays global music.

I will present stories that not only look to today new world music, but also celebrate yesterdays inspirations.

This will be about music, and the people who create timeless tracks, albums and live shows that lift our souls!

This will be my journey – join me along the way.