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

Michael Jackson five years on…

It’s been 30 years since young kids (and even some adults) around the world started emulating the crotch-grab, the glove, the hat and the moonwalk. June 2014 marks five years since the King of Pop died. But the legend and the memory of Michael Jackson live on. Read more

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Get off the (You)tube! Your 15 seconds are over…

The cult of celebrity is stronger than ever. No stranger to fame himself, it was Andy Warhol who is credited with famously quipping that everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame (and to drive the point home, the concept of fame has just been mentioned four times in this sentence alone). Then someone came along and changed that to 15 megs (MB) of fame. These days, it’s more like 15 seconds of fame. Read more

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Armin van Buuren the no. 1 DJ in the world? We agree…

Saturday 14 June saw the Dome filled to the brim with people who, over a long weekend ever so close to the middle of winter, took time out to go let their hair down and party, tripping and trancing the night away. And rightly so. Jo’burgers work and play hard, so it would come as no surprise that our fair land is seeing a few more international acts, since Jozi is one the of the world’s largest cities, and peeps in this neck of the woods are hungry for great world-class entertainment. Read more

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How to make money in the music industry

Boatloads of artists are always asking me how to make a sustainable career in the music industry. This is one of those questions that always leads to the search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but it is a valid question, and it does have an answer, albeit a very difficult one.
The two-step process to becoming a successful artist that still applies today is the following: you have to be persistent and be in it for the long-haul, and you have got to have a hit. This is very difficult, but not impossible. Read more

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Nobody cares if Beyoncé’s halo has slipped down to her licious booty

Okay, so maybe their marriage is a bit like Kim and Kanye’s match made in publicity heaven. It ain’tgonna hurt either of their personal brands. Or maybe she and Jay-Z really love each other. Either way, there’s no denying that Beyoncé is pop royalty – and, like Diana Ross, she is married to a modern-day Motown Berry Gordy.
The gossip mongers are leading us to believe that Beyoncé and Jay are on the rocks, and that her Little Miss “I’m in control of everything and my life is perfect” persona is finally starting to unravel. Be that as it may – and every artist has a scandal at least once in their lives – Ms Knowles’s star continues to shine.

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Death of the CD Store? Well, that’s not news

Research suggests that South Africa’s digital retail footprint stands at about 1%, or R1 billion, of total retail sales per year. While this may not seem like much, it is a figure that just keeps on growing.
Years ago, when the Internet became a real force majeure, there was a huge panic that retail would sink because people would go online to shop, and would stop frequenting shopping centres and their stores. Then they re-thought their decision, saying that people would still come to shops because they wanted to have an experience, which online retail really could not give them, so they relegated e-commerce to the weird hi-tech few. Today, it’s a bricks-n-clicks combo, where the store in its physical form still exists, but that same store has an online component which allows them to create utter convenience for the shopper, be that physical or digital. Read more

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