MOSHITO MAY IT BE A FANTASTIC CONFERENCE (via Music Exchange)

Comment from Martin Myers, Music Exchange:  "It is satisfying and reassuring to see music industry personnel getting involved in the business of music at Moshito this year. Many of the speakers spoke at Music Exchange in March in Cape Town and we can vouch that the quality, knowledge and expertise of the likes of Nick Matzukis, Yoel Kenan, Gillian Ezra and Brian Currin, to name a few, is unsurpassed. These are the people we need to get the music … Read More

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Evolver One back in Western Cape this week for 3 shows

EVOLVER ONE BACK IN THE WESTERN CAPE IN SEPTEMBER

Johannesburg-based rock sensation Evolver One will be jamming around the Mother City, Stellenbosch and Mosselbay in September in a series of live and unplugged shows. Currently making waves with their top 10 hit Criminal, the band released their self-titled third album in April and the second single from the album, Say You Will, will be hitting the airwaves this September.

· 10pm: Thursday 2 September 2010, ROAR (Gandalfs), Observatory

· 9pm: Friday 3 September 2010, Purple Turtle, Long Street, Cape Town (featuring 4am)

· 9pm: Saturday 4 September 2010, Aardklas, Stellenbosch (featuring 4am)

· 8pm 8 September 2010, Barnyard Theatre Mosselbay

Evolver One is Peter Pote (lead vocals and guitar) Sean Murphy (keys and vocals), James Cohen (bass) and Tulsa Pittaway (drums) For more information on Evolver One, click to www.evolverone.com.

Evolver One is one of South Africa’s premium rock bands having completed 17 national tours; performed over 500 shows; & played just about everyone one of SA’s major music festivals & events, from charity performances to performing to 27 000. Evolver One have shared the stage with many international greats such as 3 Doors Down, Stained, Hooberstank, Snow Patrol & Oasis.

The latest self-titled album from Evolver One (2010) has become a talking point in the South African music industry, with songs such as Criminal (First single – Top 40 – June/July 2010), Move Along and The World’s Gone Crazy having been play listed on prominent radio stations. Many tracks from the album appear in the soundtrack to the movie The Race-ist.

The independent rockers signed international hit-maker Nathan Winkler to produce for this album. Nathan has worked with siblings Natasha & Daniel Bedingfield. Winkler has had great success in the UK and internationally the Evolver One’s charting single Are We Listening? was Winkler’s first effort with the band.

Read this today about Rugby before the showdown at 5pm by my mate Mike Greenaway

Read this today before the showdown at 5pm by my mate Mike Greenaway

THE sideshows that often accompany big Test matches are detested by coaches and captains who worry about the focus of the team being threatened by peripheral issues. The usual minor dramas can be blocked out but an event of the magnitude of Victor Matfield’s “ton” on his home ground, with 30 000 Matfield masks handed out at the gate, is a little tougher to ignore – and why should it be? – but the one sideshow that the team dare not mention but all know is skulking in the background are the repercussions of defeat, not only for the coaching staff but also for John Smit, Matfield and some of the other seniors.

Victory tomorrow against Australia in the Boks’ pen-ultimate Tri-Nations match would be a bone tossed the way of the scavenging hounds that are snapping at the heels of Smit and Peter de Villiers but a fifth consecutive defeat would resurrect in vivid technicolour the tempestuous days leading up to the Rustenburg Test against the All Blacks in 2006, when after five defeats it was known that a sixth would mean the sacking of White (and Smit), even though it was just a year out from the World Cup, which happens to be the case right now, funnily enough.

If the Wallabies win tomorrow, it would not be an exaggeration to quote the title of acclaimed African writer Chinua Achebe’s novel, “Things Fall Apart”, given that this time last year the Boks had won five in a row and beaten the All Blacks three times.

Despite the deadly seriousness of what is at stake, it has been a funny old week, what with Toks van der Linde named to sing the national anthem; a forgotten Springbok in Braam van Straaten pitching up out of nowhere to assist the Wallabies with their kicking; the Matfield masks; and even the interesting choice of Heyneke Meyer to present the players with their jerseys given that Super 14 title-winning Meyer was hotly tipped to take over from Jake White in 2008 but was overlooked by Saru in favour of De Villiers, precipitating Meyer’s sulky move to a coaching job in England.

In the Wallaby camp, the heat is turned up just about as much on Robbies Deans, De Villiers’ counterpart, with the difference that on one hand he has no sideshows to deflect but on the other, he has the heavy weight of historical Australian failure on the highveld to overturn.

Since the first match between the countries in South Africa in 1933, the Aussies have won just eight times in 37 matches. In the professional era (since 1996) they have won just twice in 15 matches (both wins were in Durban). Worse still, the Wallabies have not won at altitude since 1963 and have never won in Pretoria.

“This makes it a good game to win!” Deans will tell his troops, and they will be helped in their quest to rewrite history by their relative freshness given the fact that they had their feet up in their Cape Town hotel last Saturday watching the Boks sweat the marrow from their bones in their mighty (but ultimately unsuccessful) effort to beat the All Blacks.

The Boks played a “final” last week at the FNB Stadium, make no mistake, and replicating that gigantic effort will be a major test of their character and resolve.

It will help that this is the strongest Springbok team selected this season and the closest by some margin to the line-up that won five out of six last year, but the major challenge for them is keep the focus on being about the survival of this Springbok side as we know it and not about personal milestones.

As Test match centurions Percy Montgomery, John Smit and George Gregan will tell you – winning in your 100th can be a sentence as much as a celebration.

Springboks: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (capt), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.

Substitutes: Chiliboy Ralepelle, CJ van der Linde, Danie Rossouw, Ryan Kankowski, Ricky Januarie, Butch James, Juan de Jongh.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (capt), 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Saia Faainga, 1 Benn Robinson.

Substitutes: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Ben McCalman, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Faainga.

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ROD STEWART IS BACK IN OCT new record

(August 26, 2010 – New York, NY) Back by popular demand, J Records recording artist Rod Stewart’s chart-topping, multi-platinum, and Grammy Award-winning The Great American Songbook series will add a fifth title to the collection with the release of FLY ME TO THE MOON …THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V due to arrive in stores on October 19th. Reuniting Rod with his longtime collaborators Richard Perry and Clive Davis, FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V was produced by Richard Perry and was co-produced by Rod Stewart, Clive Davis and Lauren Wild. FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V is the next chapter of the Grammy-Award winning Great American Songbook series which has enjoyed unprecedented success as the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with over seventeen million copies worldwide. With an estimated 250 million in album and single sales, Rod Stewart is indisputably one of the most successful musical performers of all time.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy™ Living Legend Rod Stewart has been lauded as having one of the most distinctive and interpretive voices in musical history. ON FLY ME TO THE MOON… VOLUME V, Rod infuses his incomparable vocal style into 12 iconic standards written by the great Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, and many others, including “That Old Black” Magic, “Beyond the Sea,” “What a Difference a Day Makes,” ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” and many more. FLY ME TO THE MOON…VOLUME V is Rod’s most danceable Songbook yet! (See below for a final track listing.)

Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment and a producer of Rod’s Songbook series states “Volume V is so fresh and Rod has never sounded better, delivering one great classic after another. This album introduces a brand new element to the Songbook phenomenon: you can’t stop dancing to it. Dinner parties all over the world will never be the same.”

Comments Rod Stewart, “A couple of years ago, I had the good fortune to befriend an American GI who had served in World War II and had been actively involved in the D-Day landings. He said in a broad, Brooklyn accent, and here I quote, ‘Rawwwd, when are you gonna be doin’ some of them old songs again ’cause you make them sound brand new.’ That was all the inspiration I needed. Thank you sir and God bless you. Here’s Number 5.”

FLY ME TO THE MOON…Volume V marks Rod Stewart’s return to The Great American Songbook album series. All four of the previous Songbooks were massive Billboard Album Chart toppers: Thanks For TheMemoryVolume IV (2005) entered the Billboard album chart at #2; 2004 saw the release of Stardust, Rod Stewart’s first ever #1 debut on the Billboard album chart, and earned Rod the first Grammy of his career. As Billboard noted, Stardustalso placed Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy Living Legend Rod Stewart in the extremely rare company of veterans with more than two decades between #1 albums. The first two albums of The Great American Songbook series, It Had To Be You…the first Songbook album (released October 2002) entered the Billboard Top 200 at #4 and As Time Goes By…Volume II (released October 2003) debuted at #2 on the Top 200. The first three albums of the Songbook series were all Grammy nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category and all have been certified RIAA platinum in the US with worldwide sales in excess of 17 million copies. During the five year break between Songbook albums, Rod took a couple of genre detours – he released his first rock album in 8 years entitled Still the Same…Great Rock Classics of our Time, which entered the Billboard album chart at #1 in 2006 and Soulbook, a collection of classic Sixties/Seventies-era soul favorites in 2009 which debuted at #4.

Rod Stewart has just wrapped up a “Boxscore,” chart-topping, 33 date European summer tour which enjoyed the biggest concert gross to date this year abroad, including 4 sold out dates at London’s O2 Arena, one of Europe’s biggest venues.

FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, Volume V final track listing:

That Old Black Magic

Beyond The Sea

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

What A Difference A Day Makes

I Get A Kick Out of You

I’ve Got the World On A String

My Foolish Heart

Love Me Or Leave Me

September In The Rain

Fly Me To The Moon

On the Sunny Side of the Street

MoonRiver

[tag Rod Stewart , J Records]

Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans was coaching co-ordinator for the 2003 All Blacks who, in beating South Africa 52-16 at Loftus, inflicted the heaviest ever home defeat on the Springboks.

This is a great press release and read

I have a feeling Australia will win

The return of Quade Cooper to the flyhalf position represents the only change to the Qantas Wallabies starting XV for Saturday night’s Bundaberg Red Tri Nations Series match against South Africa in Pretoria, from that which appeared against New Zealand earlier in the month.

Cooper, who has missed the last two Test matches due to suspension, replaces his Queensland Reds team-mate Anthony Faingaa in the run on combination, with Matt Giteau moving out one position in the backline to inside centre.

Faingaa has been included among the run on reserves.

The 22-year-old Cooper’s most recent Test appearance came during last month’s 30-13 win over South Africa at Brisbane which opened the three-game Mandela Trophy series.

Australia’s starting XV for this weekend features just one change from the formation which ran on that night, with Adam Ashley-Cooper now occupying the centre position in place of the injured Rob Horne, while Kurtley Beale has come into the team at fullback.

The bench for this weekend’s Test match is notable for the inclusion of both the uncapped Queensland Reds loose forward Scott Higginbotham and the lightly tried Western Force utility forward Ben McCalman.

Higginbotham, who will become the 847th player to represent Australia in Test matches should he be required to take the field, takes the place of the injured Matt Hodgson.

He would become the 27th player to have been introduced to Test ranks since Robbie Deans took over as Qantas Wallabies coach in 2008.

The versatile McCalman, who made his sole Test appearance to date off the bench during the earlier win over South Africa, takes over from the Queensland Reds second rower Rob Simmons.

A win on Saturday would reclaim for the Wallabies the Mandela Trophy after Australia won the opening Tri Nations international between the two teams.

Australia last held the trophy in 2008, the year it last won a Test in South Africa.

Skipper Rocky Elsom, prop Benn Robinson, Giteau and winger Drew Mitchell are the sole starting line-up survivors from the 27-15 win in Durban two years ago, although both Giteau and Mitchell will on the weekend appear in different positions.

The Qantas Wallabies team to play South Africa in the Bundaberg Red Tri Nations Series and Mandela Trophy Test at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Saturday 28 August at 5pm (1am, Sun 29 August, AEST) is:

15. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)

14. James O’Connor (Western Force)

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)

12. Matt Giteau (Brumbies)

11. Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs)

10. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)

9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)

8. Richard Brown (Western Force)

7. David Pocock (Western Force)

6. Rocky Elsom (Brumbies, captain)

5. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)

4. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)

3. Salesi Ma’afu (Brumbies)

2. Saia Faingaa (Queensland Reds)

1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)

Run on reserves:

16. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)

17. James Slipper (Queensland Reds)

18. Ben McCalman (Western Force)

19. Scott Higginbotham (Queensland Reds)

20. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)

21. Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs)

22. Anthony Faingaa (Queensland Reds)

Australia v South Africa in South Africa – Historical Notes

  • This will be the 73rd meeting between Australia and South Africa at all venues. Australia has won 28, including the two most recent meetings, and South Africa 43, while one match has been drawn.
  • Just eight of Australia’s previous wins have been attained on South African soil, with the Springboks taking the other 29 matches that have been played.
  • Australia has won just twice previously at high veldt venues – in 1933 at Bloemfontein and 1963 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Wallabies have been beaten on all four previous visits to Loftus Versfeld in 1963, 1997, 2001 and 2005.
  • Australia’s most recent win on South African soil was a 27-15 win at Durban in 2008 which secured the Mandela Trophy. That success was the first achieved by the Wallabies in the Republic for eight years.
  • Prior to South Africa’s readmission to international sport in 1992, Australia had won just seven of the 31 matches played.
  • The scoreboard stands at 21 wins to Australia and 19 to South Africa, with one drawn, for the period since then.
  • Loftus Versfeld, which is home to the Super 14 champion Bulls, has hosted 29 previous Tests featuring the Springboks, from which the home side has won 21 and lost eight.
  • The ground, which houses 50,000 seats, hosted the 2009 Super 14 final where the Bulls beat the Chiefs.
  • It was also used for six matches in the recent 2010 FIFA football World Cup which was held in South Africa.
  • The ground was zoned for sport in 1914, with the first grandstand accommodating 2000 people built in 1923, and changing rooms and toilet facilities added in 1928, largely paid for out of the profits of that year’s All Black tour of South Africa.
  • Known as the Eastern sports grounds until 1932, the grounds were re-named Loftus Versfeld to honour the memory of the founder of organised sport in Pretoria, who died that year.
  • The Northern Transvaal Rugby Football Union (now Blue Bulls RFU) was established in 1938 after breaking away from the Johannesburg-based Transvaal RFU.
  • Northern Transvaal won its first Currie Cup in 1946. That team included the immortal Springbok, (Dr) Danie Craven. Last year, when the team beat the Cheetahs in the final, the Blue Bulls clinched South African domestic supremacy for the 20th time.
  • The 1997 Tri Nations Test at the ground saw Australia concede its highest ever score against South Africa.
  • South Africa has lost just two of its last 10 Tests at the ground since 2000, with both of those being won by the All Blacks, in 2003 and 2006. Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans was coaching co-ordinator for the 2003 All Blacks who, in beating South Africa 52-16 at Loftus, inflicted the heaviest ever home defeat on the Springboks.

Matt McILraith

Qantas Wallabies Media Manager

Thank you from African Fashion International

16 August 2010

Dear Martin

This past Cape Town Fashion Week 2010 was a resounding success and we would like to thank you for your time, dedication and expertise in making the shows as great as they were.

You formed an integral part of the success of this event and we truly appreciate the professionalism and hard work invested.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Sincerely

Victor Rakhale
Acting Managing Director
African Fashion International

100th cap raise a glass to John Smit for Sat

South Africa vs new Zealand – FNB Stadium, Soweto – 21 August 2010

Springbok captain John Smit is set to become only the second South African to play in 100 Test matches when he leads the Boks onto the field at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

This will be the first Test match at this venue since the stadium’s completion in 1988. For the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament the stadium was known as SoccerCity.

This test will be the 81st between South Africa and New Zealand and the 34th Vodacom Tri-Nations test between them.

South Africa’s Vodacom Tri-Nations record against New Zealand is: Played 33; Won 10; Lost 23. Tries scored 60 and tries conceded 84.

John Smit will play his 100th test match for South Africa, of which 74 would be as captain. Should John score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in tests as a hooker.

The current record is jointly held by James Dalton and Bismarck du Plessis with five career tries. John will be playing in his 26th Vodacom Tri-Nations test as captain, the most capped captain in the tournament.

The pic was taken last year by my great mate Mike Greenaway in Bloem after the blacks got smashed and the boks became the number 1 team in the world .

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