Kenny G in concert

One of the highest selling artists of all time, Kenny G has single-handedly made the saxophone a hit amongst music lovers. Perhaps it is the raspy mid-tones of the saxophone that lend it an air of intimacy, or maybe it’s Read more

Splashy Fen is the ultimate Easter concert

It’s been going since 1990, and Easter 2015 will be the 26th year for the Splashy Fen music festival. I have yet to learn why the music event is called Splashy Fen, though I do believe that the farm it Read more

Oppikoppi, a whole series of concerts rolled into one

The small town of Northam in Limpopo Province comes to life every August. Technically it’s spring if you calculate that you are halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and you don’t factor in seasonal lag, but Read more

Richard Clayderman in concert

No doubt the mysterious Frenchman’s greatest gift to the world musically has been “Ballad for Adeline.” Composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint in 1976, the co-writers could never have imagined how big the song would become, because disco Read more

Albert Hammond in concert

This is not a name that rolls off the tongue like Madonna or Michael Jackson or Elvis, but Albert Hammond has had an amazing music career anyway. A native of the UK, he has done a considerable body of work Read more

Mamma Mia! heads back to Jozi in 2015

The smash hit musical based on the music of those 4 Swedes (well, actually 3 Swedes and a half-Norwegian) returns to the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg, for a limited season run from Tuesday 24 March 2015 to Sunday Read more

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is NOT too cool for school!

On 1 October the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City hosted Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse in concert. It’s been 30 years since his hit “Burnout” tore up the charts, and, according to the write-up for his show, 50 years since Read more

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10 ways in which my day job helped me in the music industry

This is for all the people out there who have day jobs, and feel bad about how their music career is not turning out as they expected it would. Here are 10 ways in which my day job has helped me in my music career:

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Retro Review: Amadeus

As I said before, this blog only reviews movies with a musical theme. In this case, this is a re-review of an old movie. It is 1984’s Amadeus, the movie about the rivalry between composers Mozart and Salieri that won 8 Academy Awards (or Oscars, as we call them locally).

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A life in music, part 2

I, for one, am extremely proud of all that I have achieved in the music world. I have never been signed to a major label, and in the past 10 years, I have tried to go into music full-time 3 times – all unsuccessfully. But I have never let this stop me from living my dream. My greatest successes to date have included a single signed to Soul Candi Records that received national airplay and went gold in terms of sales, and a South African Music Award nomination – that’s all. And that is amazing, and I am super-grateful for my victories so far.

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A life in music, part 1

Pavarotti was quoted as saying, “I think a life in music is a life well spent and this is what I have devoted myself to.”

Indeed profound words. I get the impression, though, that a lot of people in music don’t feel the same way, and that there are those who are half in the music industry who feel that their lives have been a failure because they have never been able to make a go of music full-time.

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Michael Bublé concerts in South Africa

Michael Bublé returns to SA in March next year for four concerts.

The friendly Canadian seems to have a soft spot for our land, and often includes this neck of the woods in his world tours, which is great for local fans.

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All you need to know about the Macufe Concert

Always thought that Bloemfontein was a sleepy little city on the way to Cape Town? Well, think again. This city is coming of age musically.

Bloem is officially known as Mangaung, which means ‘place of the cheetah,’ and it encompasses a vast swathe of the Free State which includes Botshabelo and ThabaNchu, pieces of the urban fringe that have their legacy in apartheid. But Bloemain’t as small as it seems. With a metro population of over 800,000 people, it’s SA’s sixth-largest city. And as the capital of a province, it’s only right that the joint should have a major music festival and concert. Read more

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Summer concerts: all the music you can look forward to!

If you’re based in Jozi or one of SA’s other large cities, you might be gearing up to groove to awesome summer vibes.

Here’s a list of some of the music events on offer over the next few months, catering for a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life:
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Vodacom in the City promises to be a great music event

Vodacom in the City takes place on Friday 3 October at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.

Of course the timing is perfect, as the Newtown Junction Shopping Centre close by opened on Thursday 25 September, so the entire cultural precinct will receive a much-needed awareness boost. Newtown is the cultural icon and flagship of Gauteng Province’s Blue IQ Project, which was aimed at creating hubs for various sectors in various locations across the province.
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Live shows – did they ever really die? Part 1

The last 4 blog posts on music at the cusp of innovation made the argument that live shows were at one stage threatened by the advent of technologies that made it possible to experience and consume music away from the creative source. So in Mozart’s day, the best way to experience Mozart was to go to Vienna and attend a concert.
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Music at the cusp of innovation, part 5

Admittedly, some technologies have survived better than others (who will ever need a VCR again?), and I’d much rather take a paperback to the beach than a Kindle (which has more to do with books than music, obviously). There is also something far more sexy about a physical book than a digital one. Nothing smells or feels like a beautiful library full of books, and digital technology can easily get lost, damaged or stolen, which means that you lose the book unless you have a back-up. Possibly the two biggest advantages of digital books are the ready accessibility online and the relatively lower cost (and if you’re about to catch a plane, an e-book would be much easier to lug around than an encyclopaedia).
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