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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Live shows – did they ever really die? Part 4

And here’s what I don’t like about live events. You stand in a queue for hours to get the tickets (or do the same thing in an online queue, and then your computer crashes). Then you have to pay a fortune to go and see it, if you’re even lucky enough to get tickets before they are sold out. You get there, and have to jostle with God and the world to find a parking space. Then you get herded like sheep through a pen with the crowd control measures (the ULTIMATE sheeple experience), with sweaty and annoying people crowding your personal space and rudely pushing past you, only to sit through blaring music which has the potential to damage your eardrums (I always wear earplugs at loud music events), with people dancing around you, again in your personal space (and now inebriated, so twice as annoying), trying to view the artists jumping around on stage half a mile away so you need binoculars to see them.
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Live shows – did they ever really die? Part 3

Ironically, I have never really been a fan of live shows. My sister calls me a music nihilist. I can honestly say that in all my years on this planet I have only ever been to one show: a Mango Groove concert, about 20 years ago, at Ellis Park. Well, I loved it, because I think they are a great group.
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Live shows – did they ever really die? Part 2

Certainly the number of blogs I have written about the live shows that are coming to Johannesburg and Cape Town seems to suggest that live shows are as popular as ever. When I interviewed Sergio Botelho at Soul Candi, where I used to work (I was interviewing him for the students, to get his insights into the music industry and then go and share them with those studying music business), he told me that music consumption is at an all-time high, which makes sense if you consider that there are more people alive today than at any point in the history of the world.
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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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Moshito – was it worth it?

Moshito – was it worth it?
Okay, so I wrote the first blog for Moshito before I eventually relented and decided to attend again this year. It was held at the SABC, as Sipho Sithole, who works at the national broadcaster, is the chairperson for Moshito.
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Moshito – is it worth it?

They say that familiarity breeds contempt. Well, maybe that’s true.

Moshito is the annual music conference held in Johannesburg, run in conjunction with the Department of Arts and Culture. I started attending in 2006, the third year it was held, after I did the certificate course for music marketing and management though Wits Plus at Wits University.
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I Heart Joburg – Johannesburg music festival 2014

No, you did not read it wrong – this is I HEART Joburg, not I HATE it.

For all its ills, Jozi is an amazing city in many respects. The pulsating heart of Southern Africa, its still-dusty streets rose out of nothing some 128 years ago, fuelled by that shiny yellowish stuff that even today makes the world economy chug forward: gold. Johannesburg is often compared to Sao Paulo (racy, pacey, thrilling, dangerous), and while Jozi’s fortunes were built on gold, Sao Paulo’s were built on coffee. Still, both cities are known for their pulsating energy, not their natural beauty or sedate lifestyles. Read more

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