Al Bairre8:05 am More Info
Since launching at the beginning of 2012 and taking to stages across South Africa, Al Bairre, the Cape Town based five-piece classic indie pop band, who combine cello, violins, guitars, keyboard, ukelele and drums, has played numerous successful shows alongside great acts such as The Hives, Alt – J, Skunk Anansie, Boyz noise, Dear Reader, The Parlotones, John Wizards, Fokofpolisiekar, Matthew Mole and Desmond & the Tutus.
Al Bairre draw influence from bands such as Arcade Fire, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Vampire Weekend, Dexy's Midnight runners and Ra ra riot, with their goal to take an indie band and turn it into an “ice cream of orchestral sounds”.
The band were recently nominated for two MK awards in the categories of 'best new comer' and 'best budget video' and were asked to open the award ceremony with a performance of 'Tunnels'. They returned home victorious in both categories.
Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke9:25 am More Info
Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke will tour South Africa during April and May 2014, with a show that celebrates the past 20 years of SA Rock.
The performance sees both singers on stage together for the full set, along with their acoustic guitars. Gus Warden will accompany them on drums and Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel) on electric guitar.
Together they will perform a selection of hits from Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and Arno’s solo career as well as SA Rock songs that have influenced and inspired them over the last 20 years.
Francois van Coke is the lead singer of Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. During his ten year career as lead singer of these Afrikaans rock bands, he has released 7 full length albums, 3 Ep’s and collaborated with likes of Seether, Jack Parow, Die Antwoord and Die Heuwels Fantasties. He has received 3 SAMA awards and multiple MK Awards.
Francois is currently working on new Fokofpolisiekar material, touring with Van Coke Kartel, playing solo shows and working on a new project set to be released in 2015.
During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums, had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling.
Beatenberg8:15 am More Info
Beatenberg is a fresh new face in pop music from South Africa. Or rather, three faces, handsome and young and intelligent. The faces are of Matthew Field, who also has a beautiful voice and plays the guitar, Ross Dorkin, who has beautiful hands that play the bass, and Robin Brink, who has a beautiful life-force and plays the drums like a nutcase.
Despite being in love with and schooled in ‘serious music’ like Beethoven, Debussy and John Coltrane, (Ross and Matthew studied music together at the University of Cape Town) Beatenberg is adamant that they are heard as ‘pop music’, which they believe is actually quite serious too.
Songwriter Matthew says: ‘It’s about emotions, images and fleeting senses of things: the mad stuff that everyone feels and almost understands.’
The band has become nationally famous for their hit single "Pluto (Remember You)", a collaboration with house legend DJ Clock. The song has achieved over 15 consecutive weeks at #1 on South Africa'a official airplay chart. "Pluto" has been nominated for 'Song of the year' at the MTV Africa Music Awards and the official music video has hit 300,000+ views.
The band's new album 'The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg' will be released through Universal Music SA in August 2014.
Crystal Fighters7:23 pm More Info
Crystal Fighters are a British alternative dance band, formed in London, United Kingdom in 2007.
A melting pot of cultural, musical and stylistic influences, Crystal Fighters use eclectic reference points to create their unique genre of music, stating, "We consider ourselves to be a mixture of folk, electro, punk, techno, dubstep and Spanish pop. We are kind of like the sound that would be created if The Velvet Underground and The Gipsy Kings were to travel back in time to the Pyrenees, 1980, and make a record with Skream, Madlib and Luciano on production."
Describing their style as "fast, mesmeric and passionate", the band play both electric and acoustic guitars, which adds lots of timbre, synths, drums, and incorporate traditional Basque instruments into their music. Many of their songs use a txalaparta, a wooden xylophone-like percussion instrument played by two people standing face-to-face. They also use the danbolin (a rope-tuned snare drum), and the txistu (a Basque pipe whistle).
Diamond Thug9:15 am More Info
While the name may cause you to think of four large tattooed men, the band actually only consists of two, rather-small, tattooed men: Danilo Queiros (bass & keys), and Adrian Culhane (guitar & keys & drums) and, of course, the very lovely lead lady, Chantel Van T (vox).
In just over a year, Diamond Thug have been on two tours to the highveld; released a three track acoustic EP; released a music video for their single Man Who Makes the Law, which has over 3000 views to date, and are now working on a full length album. Their name has been featured on many popular SA blogs such as We-Are-Awesome, AnotherDay and Drop Your Drink. Diamond Thug have played sets at top festivals and clubs across the country, including Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live, The Assembly (CPT), Arcade Empire (PTA) and Kitcheners (JHB), with bands like ShortStraw, Al Bairre, Locnville and more.
They are set to record their next single with the highly acclaimed SAMA and Grammy award winning producer, Darryl Torr at the end of August, as well as doing the filming for their next music video.
Through their love for music and their perpetual desire to improve their sound Diamond Thug have fast broken into the South African music scene. With their big dreams and unrivaled dedication its certainly easy to say that exciting times lie ahead!
Jeremy Loops7:24 am More Info
Jeremy Loops is a musician from Cape Town, South Africa. Folk music is his primary influence, but his eclectic style, borrowing liberally from jazz, rock and hip hop, defies genre constraints. Live Jeremy is often called a one-man band, by creating songs using a loop pedal to layer up a variety of instruments. Guitars, harmonicas, banjos, beatboxing, singing, and frequent collaborators are mainstays of his shows, while rabid crowd participation take his performance to the next level.
John Wizards7:17 am More Info
John Wizards might have started in Maputo. It also might have started in Cape Town. It certainly owes a debt to Dar es Salaam. These are the three places that band leader and producer John Withers has either travelled through or lived in, and have had a marked influence on his musical output. They also happen to be cities in which Emmanuel Nzaramba, John Wizards’ Rwandan singer, has lived too.
John met Emmanuel while he was working as a car guard outside a coffee shop in Cape Town. Emmanuel noticed the guitar strapped to John’s back and they began to talk about music. Emmanuel had moved from Rwanda to Cape Town to become a musician, and luckily John was in need of some vocals for the music he had been writing.
A year later, in 2012, John had moved house and got together some new songs and by
chance ran into Emmanuel again; they were living in the same street. John invited him
to his place to listen to reggae band The Congos. Emmanuel wasn’t a fan, but he was
impressed by some of the new songs John had written. He would listen to them once
or twice and start singing. The outcome of these evenings can be heard on their debut
John has since gathered together an ensemble of friends to help translate these songs
into an eclectic live show, combining abstract electronica, African folk, bossa nova, modern classical, musique concrète, Afro-jazz, soul, reggae, broken funk and rock.
MGMT7:51 am More Info
The 21st century is literally in its teen years and MGMT - labeled "futurist pop" in 2007, when their earliest songs "Kids," "Time To Pretend" and "Electric Feel" were palpably feeding the youthful zeitgeist - are responding to our current times with a refined, focused celebration of liberated consciousness, reflecting and refracting the human experience and our intersecting, increasingly complicated relationship with nature, technology and each other.
Both minimal and maximal MGMT’s self-titled 3rd album is the band's most fully-realized, provocative and accessible collection to-date. A dense swirling force-field of musical energies, once again shoving open the perimeters of pop.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called "the management") as fellow students at Wesleyan University in 2001. After releasing a 1000-copy EP on tiny indie label Cantora Records, MGMT miraculously signed with Columbia Records in November 2006, completing and recording their first album by the next spring. With the wide release of Oracular Spectacular in January of 2008, MGMT's reputation began snowballing, nay avalanching, on both sides of the Atlantic. The UK's NME dubbed them "the best NY band about" in typical NME style, while Rolling Stone proclaimed them one of the "Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008." Oracular Spectacular went on to hit #1 on the Billboard TopHeatseekers chart in the United States and proved especially popular with fans and critics in Europe and the UK. Today, it is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.
Without skipping a beat, the duo, along with the live band, began writing and recording their sophomore release in early 2009. Congratulations was released in April 2010, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. After touring extensively across the globe in support of the album, truly honing their show into a razor-sharp live experience, MGMT sat down in early 2012 to pin-point their mutual artistic goals for their third, self-titled LP. They wanted more space, more freedom, letting small ideas develop before self-consciously shutting them down; perhaps getting even further removed from that faintly lingering college mentality of intentionally making the listener uncomfortable.
"This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way," admits Ben. "We're trying to be accessible but we're trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we'd made something really great."
With this band, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.
Mokoomba1:35 pm More Info
Mokoomba is one of Africa's most exciting young bands. Mokoomba hails from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and they are musically vibrant and distinct combining their traditional Tonga and pan African music cultures with dashes of rap, ska, soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Since winning the Music Crossroads Inter-regional Festival Competition in Malawi in 2008, Mokoomba has toured more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, received critical attention for their recordings as well as numerous accolades.
Highlights in their blossoming career are performances at the European Development Days Awards in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2009, Festival Couleur Cafe (Belgium) and opening for the Cranberries at Colors of Ostrava Festival in 2010, the Moshito Music Conference showcase Johannesburg (South Africa), World Music Expo showcase in Thessaloniki (Greece) as well as a live appearance/performance on BBC TWO’s program “Later..with Jools Holland” in 2012.
In 2013 Mokoomba featured at HIFA 2013 closing concert collaboration with Senegal's star Baaba Maal in Harare then embarked on a 40 date summer tour with debut performances at WOMAD (UK), Roskilde Festival (Denmark) and Gnaoua Festival (Morocco) to mention a few as well as trips to South Korea, Kenya and Reunion Island. In 2014 Mokoomba has performed at WOMAD Australia, WOMAD New Zealand and a Europe tour including a 13 date UK Tour of their new acoustic set.
Momentss7:30 am More Info
Momentss is a four-piece rap band from Cape Town. Heavily influenced by 70s funk music and African music old and new. They're crafting a brand of hip hop that is as current as it is distinctly local. Well, at least they're trying.
No braggadocio, bling, or turning up here. These are serious grooves to get down to, and important issues to discuss.
Rudimental7:16 pm More Info
Rudimental are a British band who are signed to Asylum Records and independent label Black Butter. The quartet consists of Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith (Leon Rolle). Bursting out of London’s underground music scene with its thrilling world of pirate radio, crude DJ setups, improvised studios and bleeding edge beats comes Rudimental.
The group rose to prominence in 2012 when their single "Feel the Love", featuring singer John Newman, topped the UK Singles Chart and for which they were also nominated for a BRIT Award in 2013.
They were nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2013, and won several awards including the Brit Award for Best Single of the Year for ‘Waiting All Night’ featuring the then unknown singer Ella Eyre, and the Mobo Award for Best Album. Rudimental also received nominations at the MTV Europe Music Awards for Best New Act, and Best UK and Ireland act.
Rudimental have achieved multiple Platinum awards for record sales in several countries including in the United Kingdom and Australia.
The group have released further singles, including "Not Giving In" (featuring Newman and Alex Clare) and 2013 single "Waiting All Night" (featuring Ella Eyre) which also topped the chart in the UK. More recently the group released "Right Here" featuring Foxes, "Free" featuring Emeli Sandé and "Powerless" featuring Becky Hill.
Rudimental were named by the BBC as the festival band of the summer. In 2013 Rudimental’s album Home debuted at number 1 in the UK albums chart and was also nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.
Shaun Jacobs11:40 am More Info
Shaun Jacobs is a multi-instrumentalist who has been mastering his craft since High School.
His debut album, Paper Wings, caught the attention of several radio stations and managers, but it was with the release of the massive hit 'Love Can' in 2013 that catapulted the singer/songwriter into the heart of millions, and the airwaves of radio and TV stations nationwide.
Shortstraw8:45 am More Info
Shortstraw are an indie rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms, Shortstraw has taken the greatest of pleasure in rocking the most prominent live music venues and clubs in South Africa, and is well known for getting the crowd dancing.
Shortstraw is super proud to have so far seen two singles from the 2013 sophomore album GOOD MORNING, SUNSHINE placed with in the top 5 for the 5FM Top40 countdown in 2013. Shortstraw won Best Indie at the 2013 MK Awards for the music video for One Long Day, and at the 2014 MK Awards picked up BEST ALBUM for Good Morning, Sunshine and BEST VIDEO for Waterworks.
Taxi Violence2:44 pm More Info
It all started in September 2004, when best friends Rian Zietsman, Loedi van Renen and Louis Nel invited George van der Spuy to a jam session... at a military base. They played their very first show in March 2005, and the rest as they say... is history.
“Taxi Violence have never been a band to play things by the book. In their formative days they won a national ‘battle of the bands’ contest – and promptly politely refused the prize of a record company contract because it didn't offer them creative and financial control. Also, while their local peers dressed in skinny jeans and electro-neon and sought to emulate the burgeoning ‘indie’ sound, the band followed their guitar-slinging muse by delving into the original life-blood of rock 'n roll's harder edges.” – Evan Milton, Weekend Argus.
Taxi Violence have travelled a long and independent road to proving themselves as one of the best live acts in South Africa. Their sound can be described as blues-infused, retro rock with a pinch of sleaze and bourbon. Since their inception, Taxi Violence have gone on to rock every significant venue and headline every major festival in South Africa, as well as taking their unique brand of rock and quality live shows abroad.