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 just good positioning, but the sax has earned its reputation as an instrument that is much cooler than the harp or the flute or the oboe or the clarinet. When you add a good-looking man who has a long flowing mane of hair, the explosive combo is smooth and warm, like a good brandy. Of course Kenny doesn’t just play the sax, but he has become synonymous with it. Read more
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 is held on, near Underberg in the Kwa Zulu-Natal Drakensberg area, is called Splashy Fen. Read more
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 you can be sure the coldness of the lingering winter will be around still.
No matter. You and your mates are gonna pitch a tent and gorge yourself on food, drinks and music for 3 unforgettable days. This is Woodstock in the bush, and you’re gonna love it. Read more
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 was all the rage, and they did not believe that a low-key soft ballad would hack it in the crazy and fickle world of popular music. Read more
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 in the US, and chances are good that you at least know one of his songs, some of which include “The Peacemaker,” “I’m a Train,” “It never rains in Southern California,” and “Free Electric Band.” Read more
What is it about summer that makes for a stunning concert experience?Well for one thing, the weather is gorgeous, and nowhere is this truer than in South Africa.
Provided that the thunderstorms play along, Johannesburg has deliciously balmy evenings that make for the perfect concert engagement. The recent turnout at the Vodacom in the City concert at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown had the people of Jozi rocking until at least midnight in an explosion of light and colour. And then of course there are the beautifully set concerts in the park at both the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. Read more
Simon Cowell will tell you himself that he cannot sing a note in tune. But this is the man who has slayed the dreams of many a wannabe artist – and has also been instrumental in launching the careers of a few others.
The man who started out in the mail room at EMI Music Publishing and rose to the top of the music world has an uncanny knack for sniffing out a new concept in music and turning it into gold. Enter One Direction, the latest drool-delicious eye candy material that makes young girls go weak at the knees. It’s Elvis and The Beatles all over again, with girls swooning and fainting and crying – and we love it! It makes life so interesting…
Posted on July 1, 2014