Archive for SAMA

Tonik’s SAMA for Best Instrumental

Posted in Instrumental with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by Rouvanne
Tonik

Tonik

I recently came across a very interesting visual & musical collaboration that really caught my attention, not only because one of the members names shot out at me, but because the group TONIK won a 2009 South African Music Award for Best Instrumental Album on debut with Visitors Book!

Ronan Skillen on percussion

Ronan Skillen on percussion

Ronan Skillen was my radar last year as a member of the invigorating new jazz ensemble Babu, and so seeing his name as part TONIK, made me delve deeper into what the group is all about – and I was very pleasantly surprised!

Tonik is a trio of artists that together feature piano, keyboard, rhodes, wurlitzer, accordion accompanied by tabla, didgeridoo, percussion and a hybrid drum-kit with motion graphic design and live VJ to demonstrate a wide variety of sounds, sights and rhythms that collectively create a sublime audio & visual experience. Continue reading

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