House Africa presents Andy Compton

Andy Compton – Kholofelo Remixed

Deeply prolific Devon-based house connoisseur Andy Compton has released over a dozen albums and close to 100 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The Rurals) on his essential Peng label and many others, and his mass of jazzy, soulful output has also already been the focus of three South Africa-specific collections on the House Afrika label.

Now House Afrika are adding a very special forth item to that list with the release of ‘Kholofelo Remixed’, a companion to Compton’s ‘Kholofelo’ solo album featuring a stack of remixes – and notably no less than eight of them are by South African producers.

On a recent trip to South Africa to promote the album and to soak up the adventurous house spirit that’s innate here, Compton described the original ‘Kholofelo’ album as having “influences from the African music that I love added to the deep, soulful house I produce,” and said he thought it was only natural to get his favorite local producers involved: “To give it that South African vibe.”

To this end he’s enlisted a number of SA producers he hooked up with online to reshape his original, live-sounding separates into distinctly South African shape. The roster of remixers includes Da Capo, Darque, PM Project, DJ Harris, LIPS, Deepxcape, DJ Bullet and Magic Soul, all relatively young and fresh names that perhaps don’t yet have the profile of the likes of Black Coffee and Culoe De Song (producers Compton regularly plays out) but that are part of the new breed of beat merchants snapping at their heels.

And you can be guaranteed that if they’ve got the Compton stamp of approval, they’re set for dancefloor stardom.

On the album these sizzlingly hot South Africans join international cohorts representing the cream of the deep house crop, including The Rurals themselves, Stephen Rigmaiden and DJ Bazil, while there are contributions on the master tapes from multi-instrumentalist Pete Morris, vocalists Diviniti, Oskar Castro, Pirahnahead and others, and saxophonist Charlie Hearnshaw.

Unlike the Compton showcases that preceded it – 2002’s ‘Sunday Sessions 1’, 2005’s ‘Sunday Sessions 2’ and last year’s ‘House Afrika Grooves’, which featured 4 CDs of Peng material mixed by Deep Xpressions, Tim White, DJ Strat3gy and DJ Pierre – ‘Kholofelo Remixed’ arrives unmixed, a lustrous line-up of the full, DJ-friendly 12”s and a suitably sophisticated approach for a meticulously thought-out compilation.

And it’s a collection that both represents and defines the contemporary edge of deep Afro-house, which Compton says is his “favourite kind of music at the moment because there’s a raw energy involved in it. It’s mostly done by the younger generation, who are giving house music a new injection of life. I personally love the rhythms, the beats…”

On the strength of this rhythmically-competent statement, there are bound to be many more converts in his wake.

Checkout a recent interview with Andy:

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the Sharks are a happy team so far

MIKE GREENAWAY

This time last year, the Sharks were in Christchurch preparing for their first tour game, with just two points in the bank (from two narrow losses at home) and no flyhalf to speak of (Andy Goode joined the team later that week.

A year on, John Plumtree’s decidedly merrier men are top of the South African conference (on points difference) and are second only to the Waratahs on the overall log, while in Patrick Lambie they have a flyhalf that is improving with every Super Rugby outing and they have prime insurance in the position in Jacques-Louis Potgieter, who proved his worth in snaffling a pass from Blues fullback Ice Toeava that cost the Blues a try and instead gave JP Pietersen the winning score for the Sharks.

And for Plumtree, a hugely positive fact is that the Sharks have won their games without conceding a try.

“We were better than last week, weren’t we,” Plumtree asked rhetorically, and with a wry grin. “It was disappointing that we did not finish off a few more tries, but to keep a team as dangerous as the Blues scoreless was a big highlight. We knew we would have to shut down their space and scramble hard to stop their lethal back three, and be accurate in defence around the rucks – we talked about it and then went out and executed it, so I have to hand it to the boys. They really wanted that game tonight and our change room was full of exhausted bodies.”

And one extremely sore one. Eugene van Staden, the replacement prop formerly of Griquas, suffered a serious collar bone injury not long after he had taken the field and enjoyed a sprightly run down the touchline, which culminated in a grubber that was deft for a roly-poly fellow.

“Eugene won’t tour, which is a big pity for him because he has yet to leave South Africa,” Plumtree said with smile. A replacement will come from one of two up-and-comers, Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst, both of who were scrambling to get visas for Australia yesterday. One of them will join the Sharks in Perth later this week.

Plumtree said that Sherman tank flank Jean Deysel is on course to join the team in Melbourne, for the second tour game. Deysel seriously injured knee ligaments six months ago.

The other long-term injury is to Ross Skeate, who broke a finger in the Neo Africa Tri Series in Cape Town in early February, and that came not long after he had recovered from groin surgery following a gym mishap. Plumtree said that the plan with Skeate was to leave him behind to do serious conditioning and only call him up to the tour should there be second-row casualties.

Meanwhile, Blues coach Pat Lam praised the Sharks for their ability to put his team under pressure.

“We had 25 lost possessions and that effectively killed our chances of building pressure, and that is credit to the Sharks’ defence,” the former captain of Samoa said. “We had little go-forward and we were messy at set piece, again credit to the Sharks. It is a pity because this could have been a very good game. Mind you I guess it was from a Sharks perspective!”

Lam pointed out that his team had spilled the pill seven times against the Crusaders in their brilliant win over the seven-times champions the week before but this had mushroomed into that total of 25.

“The Sharks forced that error count. They are a good side and are certainly our nemesis! They will definitely be contenders if they play to their potential. They have a good core of Springbok forwards and an excellent coach in Plum. They are touring early, which is an advantage and they will be looking to reap whatever points they can and then come back to South Africa and make a charge for the play-offs.”

rugby Sharks win

SHARKS -16

BLUES -9

FROM MIKE GREENAWAY AT KINGS PARK

THE Sharks have their share of bogey teams – the Reds and the Cheetahs spring to mind – but in turn one wonders how Auckland’s finest feel about a Sharks team that yesterday extended their victory streak over them to a magnificent seven?

The Sharks have not lost to the Blues since 2005, when Kevin Putt’s team got hammered in New Zealand, and yesterday’s performance was as good – if not better – than any of the previous six. The Sharks were outstanding, and even a touch astounding, in the manner they dominated a Blues side that came close to walking on water in beating the Crusaders the week before.

If the round one win over the Cheetahs was rusty and workmanlike at best, this Sharks win was a lot more polished, and the morale and confidence boosting performance is as valuable as the eight Super Rugby log points the Sharks will pack into their kit bags when they leave for Perth tonight.

Stefan Terblanche’s team struck the right balance between keeping the ball and kicking for territory, their set pieces were very good and when the Blues began fashioning a comeback in the second half, the home team’s defence was up to the challenge.

There was also a drop of drama to boot as the game grew ever suspenseful at 19-12 and the Blues threatening to salvage a draw at least but with 10 minutes to go the mercurial Keegan Daniel, plucked a Blues pass out of the air, juggled it and then fed JP Pietersen for a 50m rebound try (had it not been for Daniel’s intercept, the Blues might well have exploited a three-man overlap to telling affect).

It is hard to believe that a year ago the Sharks were also leaving on tour at this stage of the competition, but had lost both home games, and this time around Sharks fans can realistically expect their team to build on this good start given that the first two games are eminently winnable – against the Force and then the Rebels in Melbourne.

A snapshot of the Sharks improved showing was the opening try, which was the culmination of a quite extraordinary passage of play that saw the Sharks explore their entire repertoire of tricks, starting with a big set scrum and including big charges from Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts, then a series of controlled phases and nudges ahead off the boot from Daniel and then finally Patrick Lambie, two metres from the line, who was able to regain the ball and score a superb team try just three minutes after kick-off.

The Shark attacks continued unabated from the re-start and the on eight minutes Lambie, who had a briilliant game, goaled a penalty to push his team out to 10-0, with the Aucklanders barely having visited the Sharks’ half, but when they did, they were immediately awarded a penalty when scrumhalf Mathewson was played without the ball, and Stephen Brett kicked a beauty from 40m out.

And five minutes later the Sharks infringed at a lineout near their 22 and Brett kicked his second, and at 10-6 the Sharks’ emphatic start had to a degree been nullified by ill discipline.

On the quarter mark, Blues lock Anthony Boric was penalised for playing Daniel in the air, and Lambie pushed the Sharks’ lead out to seven points.

But two minutes later The Beast was penalised for putting his hand on the deck at a set scrum. A tough call and a tough way to concede three points, but this area – a prop putting his hand down to stabilise himself – is one of the law focuses this year because there is a contention that he can then scrum powerfully upwards.

Ten minutes before half time, Mathewson was offside at a ruck in his 22, Lambie made no mistake with the boot and the Sharks were 16-9 in front.

Three minutes after the break the Sharks nailed the crucial first score of the half – after offside at a ruck – and Lambie’s fourth penalty gave his team a 10-point lead.

The Sharks ought to have put the Blues irredeemably away at this stage when first Lwazi Mvov was tackled a metre short of the line and them Alberts lost the ball while crashing over.

There was a hint of desperation about the flood of Blues substitutions 10 minutes into the second half, including Luke McAlister for flyhalf Brett, as the visitors tried to get their game going.

All Black McAlister’s early involvement was to kick a penalty to get his team in the picture at 19-12, but his team’s comeback was thwarted by Daniel’s typical opportunism.

Scorers

Sharks: Tries: Patrick Lambie, JP Pietersen. Conversions: Lambie (2). Penalties: Lambie (4)

Blues: Penalties: Stephen Brett (3), Luke McAlister.

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It is hard to believe it is 15 years since the Sharks and Blues delivered an all-time classic at Kings Park in the first ever season of Super rugby.

It is hard to believe it is 15 years since the Sharks and Blues delivered an all-time classic at Kings Park in the first ever season of Super rugby.

Gary Teichmann’s Sharks just lost to Zinzan Brooke’s All Blacks team deputising as Auckland (Sean Fitzpatrick was at hooker but was not the captain, and you-name-it was in the side from Michael Jones to Joeli Vidiri), and these two teams went on to dominate the competition for the rest of the 90s, with the Blues winning two titles and the Sharks losing in two finals.

Graham Henry, incidentally, recently described that ‘96 match in Durban as one of the favourites of his entire career (the All Black coach was the Auckland boss back then). It really was the stuff of folklore and none of the 48 000 present that day will forget Henry Honiball making two tackles with a broken hand behind his back during an endless period of Auckland possession.

Then the Crusaders and Brumbies got going and the early-pacesetters hit leaner times, but that early rivalry has persevered and the two sides have often saved their best for each other (the Blues had a brief rally in 2003 when they won their third title while the Sharks also recovered to make the final in 2001 before hitting the doldrums until the 2007 final).

In 18 Super matches between the sides the Sharks have won 10, the Blues eight; in Durban the Sharks have won six of the nine matches, the Blues three, but the revealing statistic is the Blues’ failure to beat the Sharks for five years. The last time they won was in Auckland in 2005 and the Sharks have now won six in a row (including a semi-final in 2007).

But this is the third year now that popular Pat Lam is head coach and Aucklanders believe the Blues will settle down and get their act together after a number of years of maddening inconsistency. Last year was a perfect case in point. Their season read like this: lost, won, won, lost, won, lost, won, lost, lost, won, won.

The Blues finished seventh, and ninth the year before, and their country expects them to kick on now.

Lam, an Auckland-born Samoan who captained Manu Samoa in his playing days as a tough-tackling loose forward, has long been trying to instil the “team” ethic in his side and appears to have struck a chord at last given how the Blues recovered from a big half-time deficit last week to beat the Crusaders.

For some time the Blues have matched the seven-times champions for talent but have not had the iron discipline or that priceless fabric of “tightness amongst players” that underpins the Crusaders.

And the Sharks? This is the year they are primed to be consistent across an entire season. They have the best coach in South Africa by a country mile in John Plumtree but since he took over from Dick Muir his charges have been inconsistent from the first half of a season to the second, rather than from game to game.

Last year, various circumstances conspired towards a wretched five-loss start that was grittily transformed into a seven-from-eight victory run, while the year before the Sharks had beaten all before them until the halfway mark and then disintegrated.

In summary, we have a Sharks team due to peak under a good coach and a Blues team primed for the same.

It is going to be the pick of the weekend’s games – that is the only thing you can be assured of!

The Sharks have made just one change to their starting line-up. Openside flank Keegan Daniels is fully over injury and wins his 50th cap, with Jacques Botes reverting to the bench.

Springbok captain John Smit is just about over his calf injury and has been included on the bench at the expense of Craig Burden.

Another Springbok, JP Pietersen, returns from pre-season injury to play off the bench.

The Blues have named an unchanged starting line-up.

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche (capt), 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Substitutes: John Smit, Eugene van Staden, Anton Bresler, Jacques Botes, Conrad Hoffmann, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, JP Pietersen.

Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Substitutes: Tom McCartney, Charlie Faumuina, Kurtis Haiu, Luke Braid, Toby Morland, Luke McAlister, Sherwin Stowers.
by Mike Greenaway www.iol.co.za

The Script will be performing for the first time ever in South Africa on 24th June at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg and 26th June at Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town.

Irish band The Script will be performing for the first time ever in South Africa on 24th June at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg and 26th June at Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town.

It’s been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners took on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own lives raised up by love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they notched up a handful of hit singles including ‘We Cry’, ‘Breakeven’ and ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’. Their 2008 debut album ‘The Script’ went to number one in the UK and Ireland and has sold over 2 million sales world-wide.

Highly passionate, sincere and poetically articulate The Script have fielded numerous requests to write for other artists preferring instead to focus on each other. Having caught the eye of Paul McCartney who personally asked The Script to support him on a series of his American stadium shows. They recently won Best Live Performance at the Meteor Awards (beating their mentors U2) who they have also supported on their stadium shows.

Tour Itinerary

Johannesburg

Friday 24th June 2011

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets from R246 –R399

Cape Town

Sunday 26th June 2011

Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World.

Tickets from R246 –R374

Tickets available from computicket, www.computicket.com/ 0839158000

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ROBIN AULD CAPE TOWN TOUR DATES IN MARCH

Well-established South African musician Robin Auld will be touring the country in February and March to promote his spectacular new album Fingers In My Pocket, an eclectic collection of blues and roots.

Best known for his early pop hits including All Of Woman and Love Kills, Auld went back to the studio in late 2010 and collaborated with world beat drummer Barry van Zyl resulting a contemporary album with a mix of blues, African and Celtic sounds. Even though the album contains blues-based lyrical themes, African influences are never far away with a reggae song and a traditional Cape Town “goema” song to spice it up. Slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar styling’s and soulful vocals are what will make Fingers In My Pocket a must-have in the album collections of both blues-enthusiasts, loyal Auld-followers and South African music lovers in general.

“Blues has been in my soul for a very long time and it was a fantastic challenge for me to put together something completely different and I am certain that people will enjoy this ‘yer basic got them walkin’, credit card, institutional failure, mean women and a sore head blues again” type of album!” said Auld.

Fingers In My Pocket is Auld’s twelfth offering. He is now based in the UK and has been recording in Cape Town, London, New York and Nashville and slowly and successfully building up his profile on international blues and roots circuits. The album will be available at his shows.

Along with songs from Fingers In My Pocket, Robin will be playing acoustic versions of his SA hits in a show that will enthuse and uplift – definitely an evening of South African musical excellence not to be missed! The tour kicked off in February and Robin will be performing at venues in the Eastern and Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.

MarchFri 4th Dorp Straat Woordfees, Stellenbosch, 20.15, R60

Sat 5th Big Blue festival, Kleinmond 14.45…ticket options at www.bigblues.co.za

Sun 6th Rainbow Glen, Montagu, 16.00, R100

Fri 11th Elgin Blues Market, Grabouw, 20.00, R30

Sat 12th Cape Farmhouse, 15.30, R50

Wed 16th Saronsberg theatre, Tulbagh, 20.30, R60

Sat 19th Die Boer, Durbanville, with Albert Frost 20.30, R80

Sun 20th Cubana, Hermanus, 20.00, no cover but booking essential.

Tues 22nd The Waiting Room, Cape Town. With Andy Lund, 9pm, R80

Wed 23rd Seaside Blues, Melkbos, 20.30, R80

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