Last time a team from Cape Town visited Kings Park they left with the Currie Cup

Last time a team from Cape Town visited Kings Park they left with the Currie Cup although a more pertinent argument could be that when the Sharks and Stormers last met in a Super Rugby match, the Durbanites shocked Newlands by winning a place in the 2012 final at the cost of the SA conference winners.

Two coaches John Plumtree and Allister Coetzee, neither result will have any relevance come kick-off at 7pm tomorrow night apart from what they learned about the teams in those matches and have attempted to exploit or rectify in training.

For one thing, the Sharks have been working on their lineout ever since Western Province destroyed it at will last October, and it was much improved last weekend in Bloemfontein. Plumtree said lessons were learned but laughed off suggestions that the Sharks were in the mood for vengeance.

“It still hurts me, but it has no relevance to this contest,” Plumtree smiled. “The media love making a big thing of revenge, but it means nothing to us and has not come up in team talks. Hopefully later in the year we’ll have the opportunity to win the Currie Cup back, but right now our focus is on this game, as will theirs.

“Yes teams analyse each other all the time and they’ll have their objectives for the weekend, just like us. This is a big derby game and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to it,” the coach said.

Despite the coaches writing off history as irrelevant, the Stormers will not have forgotten the pain of losing the semi-final at home to the Sharks after having done the hard yards by winning the conference while the Sharks players were horrified to be upset in the Currie Cup final in Durban.

The bottom line to be taken from both those matches is that the winner is usually the team that mentally pitches on the day and that home ground advantage is meaningless if taken for granted.

History does tell us one thing, though. Early round games in Durban are almost always tight affairs and seldom yield a try-scoring bonus point because conditions are not conducive to running rugby. It either rains or is so humid it might as well be raining. In the last 30 matches played in February or March in Durban, on only eight occasions has a team scored four tries or more.

Sharks fans will thus be cheered by the form of goal kicker Patrick Lambie, who struck a sweet seven from seven last week against the Cheetahs while his opposite number tomorrow, Elton Jantjies, was off form both with the boot and in general play in the defeat to the Bulls.

Jantjies has been retained this week ahead of Peter Grant, who is on the bench this week following his return last week from Japan.

“It does not matter to us which of them is at 10 because both have hurt us before,” Plumtree acknowledged. The coach is alluding to some telling performances by Jantjies for his old team, the Lions, while Grant has often played well in taking the ball to the line against the Sharks.

In fact that is one of the big differences between the two Stormers’ flyhalves. Last week against the Bulls, Jantjies played too deep for his backline to be effective, and that is something that will have been noted by both coaches. Grant always plays a strong attacking game.

Plumtree said his team would have to improve at the breakdown this week, while Jean Deysel’s inclusion at loose forward for Jacques Botes gives them an extra option at lineout time.

“The Stormers hit you hard, so you need to make sure you maintain possession when they do,” said Plumtree. “We’ve worked on that in training, it’s a big focus, we need to keep the ball.”

Coetzee was not shy to talk up the hosts: “The Sharks will always be a quality side. We said right from the start that it would be a tough start for us this season – playing two games away from home and playing three of the best franchises first up (they have the Chiefs next week).

“The Sharks aren’t the favourites for nothing. They are playing well, they are coming off a good win over the Cheetahs, they have a good squad and certain players are already on song.”

Sharks: Louis Ludik, JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan, Frans Steyn (capt), Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Jean Deysel, Marcell Coetzee, Franco van der Merwe, Anton Bresler, Jannie du Plessis, Craig Burden, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jacques Botes, Charl McLeod, Meyer Bosman, Odwa Ndungane.

Stormers: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers (capt), Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: Martin Bezuidenhout, Pat Cilliers, Don Armand, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Peter Grant, Gerhard van den Heever.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan.

by Mike Greenaway

Arno Carstens for De Waal Park -Sunday 3rd March from 3pm – 4.30PM -Free

During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums (5 as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as half of the Electronica project, Bhelltower and 4 as a solo artist).   He has 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.  He has toured extensively in SA, UK, Europe and USA, headlined every major South African festival 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.

2012 is a milestone year for Arno.  Besides working with Springbok Nude Girls, and on the Arno Plus art exhibition with accompanying collaborative Blind Tiger sessions, Arno recorded his 4th solo album, which is the landmark 10th studio album of his 20-year music career.  Titled “Atari Gala” (Warning Cry), the album was written in part in New York, London, Johannesburg and Cape Town and produced by Arno and Brendan Jury.

Arno Carstens for De Waal Park -Sunday 3rd March from 3pm - 4.30PM -Free

Arno Carstens for De Waal Park -Sunday 3rd March from 3pm – 4.30PM -Free


The title Atari Gala is a Japanese translation that implies a warning cry or celebration.

I painted the Japanese word “Atari” on a recent artwork, to mimic a bird singing a message of warning, which got me thinking that it could be a great name for a piece of music.  Because this is my 10th studio album, I wanted to emphasize a kind of celebration, not only of the 12 tracks on this particular album, but of the whole creative process that has brought me thus far.  Every song is an event or a tale, a celebration or a warning cry, that stems from life’s experiences,” says Carstens.

The album flows like a concept piece, from the opening track “Two Dogs”, which is a retrospective look at life, through to “Switch off the Machine” a song about a dying man’s last confession of love to his wife.  From there on out, the album takes a spiritual turn with the song “ Road to Enlightenment” followed by a hint at reincarnation with “Be My Immortal” and a look to new beginnings with “Goodbye Crazy”. The final three tracks, “I Breathe” “Only One Law” and “Sticking It In” all deal with a life in all its dark decadent glory, as if the soul didn’t learn from its previous existence.


“With this album I wanted to capture a full band sound and represent a version of the live band that I perform with and in that I think I have managed to capture the ‘sweet spot’ between my previous solo albums and the Springbok Nude Girls sound.”


The first single, ‘Two Dogs’ was released on the 25th June.


“I wrote ‘Two Dogs’ in Johannesburg last year.  I was on tour with Springbok Nude Girls at the time; we had just gotten back to SA from London, recording and touring ‘Apes with Shades’.  ‘Two Dogs’, and the whole album in fact, deals with the beauty and intricacies of life; triumphs of spirit and turbulence of everyday living.”


The music video for ‘Two Dogs’ was directed by Ryan Kruger and produced by Ryan Kruger and Darryn Bennett.


Two people are chained to a table out of reach from each others touch, in a representation of purgatory and an endless last supper scenario.  The only way they can explore each other and fulfill their desires both good and bad is through the meal laid out before them.  We see the monotony, even though the meal is perfect, overcome them.” Says Kruger


The album art was designed by the internationally acclaimed & award winning executive creative director Rob McLennan (Network BBDO)










Melanie Carstens





Arlene Machattie




(Studio albums marked in bold *)


*Springbok Nude Girls – Neanderthal 1 (Epic, 1995)

Springbok Nude Girls – It Became a Weapon (Epic, 1996)

Springbok Nude Girls – (Epic, 1997)

*Springbok Nude Girls – AfterLifeSatisfaction (Epic, 1997)

Springbok Nude Girls – Omnisofa (Epic, 1998)

Springbok Nude Girls – OPTI MUM (Epic, 1998)

*Springbok Nude Girls – Surpass The Powers (Epic, 1999)

Springbok Nude Girls – Un-E.Z. (Epic, 1999)

*Springbok Nude Girls – Relaxor (Epic, 2000)

Springbok Nude Girls – The Fat Lady Sings / Best of the Springbok Nude Girls 1995-2001 (Epic, 2001)

*Arno Carstens – Another Universe (Sony, 2003)

Springbok Nude Girls – Goddank Vir Klank 1994 – 2004 (Sony, 2004)

*Arno Carstens – The Hello Goodbye Boys (SonyBMG, 2005)

Nude Girls – Nude Girls (Exclusive UK release)(Golden Fairy Records/SonyBMG, 2006)

*Springbok Nude Girls – PeaceBreaker (SonyBMG, 2007)

Springbok Nude Girls – Live at London’s Astoria DVD (SonyBMG, 2007)

*Bhelltower – Bhelltower (SonyBMG, 2008)

Arno Carstens – Wonderful Wild (Sony, 2010)

*Arno Carstens – Wonderful Wild Deluxe Edition (Sony, 2010)

Springbok Nude Girls – Apes with Shades (Sony, 2011)

*Arno Carstens – Atari Gala (Gallo Record Company, 2012)



Look what is going on Toffoluxe!

Look what is going on Toffoluxe!

Look what is going on Toffoluxe!

In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis -This is essential reading

In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last fifty years of popular music as only a true insider can.

In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than forty years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and hosted the world’s highest profile parties.

In this fully illustrated, personal account, Davis tells all, from becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships, to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. His wealth of experience offers valuable insight into the evolution of the music business over the past half-century and into the future.

Told with Davis’s unmatched wit, frankness, and style, The Soundtrack of My Life exposes a trove of never-before-heard stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—that will captivate and inspire all music lovers

Heinrich Frans album launch at Kaleidoscope Cafe on Sunday from 6pm (He sings with Jonathan Butler as well)

This is a friend of mine, Heinrich Frans, who will be performing and launching his album.

Beyond the Wall Music presents ‘Life-Spoken’ – Live’.

He will be performing original music off his debut EP, ‘Life-Stories’ (available on iTunes and other digital distribution platforms worldwide as of 24 February 2013) and forthcoming full-length debut album.

Heinrich Frans

In this performance and intimate setting, he will take you on a musical journey that will include material that has shaped me into the multi-faceted singer and songwriter that I am today.

With musical experiences within the classical, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel spheres and participation as a choir-member, soloist and backing vocalist with internationally renowned choirs, orchestras and recording artists, in many ways, this will be a ‘full-circle’ moment for me.

He will be accompanied by a seasoned set of musicians namely, Shaun Johannes (Musical Director and Acoustic and Electric Bass), Mark Goliath (Keyboard), Kevin Gibson (Drums) and featured guests.

This ‘one night only’ performance is set to deliver a unique and soulful experience.

This performance will take place on 24 February 2013 at 18h00 until 19h30 at Kaleidoscope Cafe (85 Main Road, Claremont (above Tin-Roof), Cape Town.

Bookings for tickets are now officially open via Computicket.

The Harlem Shake Phenomenon people could be famous for nothing!

It’s the ultimate in participation.

It all started with rap. You didn’t need training, you didn’t need to know anything about music or the music business. You just lifted a track and freestyled above it.

Then came reality television. Where suddenly people could be famous for nothing. Whether it be the denizens of the “Real World” house, Richard Hatch on “Survivor” or Kim Kardashian.

Now it’s “Harlem Shake.”

How did the prognosticators, how did the powers-that-be get it so wrong?

Hubris. Believing that they dictated culture, that they were in power, when nothing could be further from the truth. Credit the Internet, where the public’s power could suddenly be seen. Gatekeepers are passe. We live in an era of chaos. One in which not only TV producers and record labels are clueless, but so are political parties.

The hero of the 2012 election? A geek! Nate Silver! Who based his predictions on data and analysis, as opposed to bloviating and intimidation. When an entire party is beaten by one nerd and his laptop, you know things have changed.

And then there’s NBC, which recently descended to fifth place in the network race. Its mistake? Programming for an audience that doesn’t exist. Used to be network television was about blandly creating a big tent. Now the world is populated by a zillion niches. Whatever you’re interested in has a website, maybe dozens, with more depth and more edge than anything on the box. The film companies have punted. Believing that if they just bland their product out further, localize it not a bit, even remove most of the dialog, the whole world will come running. But in an era where Twitter and Facebook bring down dictators, are there truly that many unwashed and ignorant? China not only makes our electronics, it uses them too.

The movie business is having its wedding/coronation/celebration this weekend. Once upon a time, the Oscars mattered. Today they’re a dying enterprise. Because the younger generation can’t relate, the same way it passed on boxing for mixed martial arts. Oblivion is only a handful of years away, if you don’t constantly take the temperature of the populace and get down into the pit with your audience.

Yes, the tail is wagging the dog.

And nothing happens slowly anymore. “Harlem Shake” may have been released last May, but the phenomenon began only a few weeks ago. And if you think it’s got a future, you’re probably in business with PSY. Internet memes are now about coming together, providing commonality in a world with very little. This is how we connect, in an environment where we don’t watch the same television shows, don’t listen to the same music and only watch movies at home, on Netflix.

Call it democratization. Something the sold out government could not achieve. Yes, both political parties are beholden to money and lobbyists, yet the public is 100% uncontrollable. This is what the record labels can’t understand. They used to be in control…of radio, of distribution, now they’ve lost their power. Now it comes down to excellence and luck.

We’ve got no time for mediocre.

If you’re not the best, if you’re not a star, we’ve got no time for you. Whether it be a film, a TV show or music. All those flicks at Sundance? Most of them will never get distribution, most of them will never be seen. It’s the triumph of the few. In a world where everybody has access and nobody has any time.

Furthermore, barriers to success have been torn down. Used to be you needed the fat cat cigar-chomping impresario to make you a success. You had to grovel and sell out. Now you do it for yourself.

As for money…

That’s one of the fascinating things about “Harlem Shake.” The money is in the imitations, not the real thing, all those YouTube videos created and watched. Think about this, this is what the labels’ said was going to ruin the world. If copyright was loosened, if YouTube gained power, if the artist wasn’t 100% in control of his art. But just the opposite has come true. If you loosen the strings, not only do you have a greater chance of success, but there’s a ton of money to be made.

Don’t fear the future, embrace it. Because the past is never coming back.

Innovate or die. Even though “Billboard” is on its last gasp, give the magazine credit for making YouTube part of its chart. It might piss off the old men, but they’re trying to reflect reality. Something every punter on the street knows, but no one in the corridors of power wants to admit.

You can still make it.

But you’ve got to be innovative, and different. That’s more important than talent or skill. Kind of like the era of classic rock. Conception is more important than execution. Can you titillate the audience? Can you inspire it?

They’re in control.

There’s no such thing as a turntable hit anymore. Not one that lasts more than a week, that’s propped up by mainstream media.

No, now, more than ever, success has underpinnings. Whether it be the awfulness of Rebecca Black or the quality of “The Walking Dead” and the rest of the cable dramas.

All those cable shows made it on word of mouth. Took them years to rise above the rabble-rousing, the hype of the mainstream product. That’s the modern world, it works both fast and slow, and there’s nothing in between. Either it takes years to reach critical mass, for everybody to tell everybody else, to anoint what was seen as off the grid as positively mainstream, or there’s a Vesuvius effect, and something bubbles over uncontrollably, going from percolation to explosion overnight.

It’s not your grandpa’s era. It’s not the twentieth century.

It’s a brand new world. Where the public is constantly communicating on those hand-held devices oldsters say is ruining humanity, and everybody’s got the tools of creation at their fingertips. All they need is putty. Starter. Something to grab on to. Then they’ll make it their own and turn it into a huge success.

Or not.
by Bob Lefsetz

This will be essential reading if you love Music -Clive Davis -“The soundtrack of my life”

do my a favor Tottenham Hotspurs how do kids in the townships afford this get real R1500 A TICKET !

Do you know a boy or girl, aged 6 to 16 years, who would benefit from advanced style coaching based on the Tottenham Hotspur Academy syllabus?

The Tottenham Hotspur International Player Development Programme brought to you by Investec will soon be arriving in Johannesburg and Cape Town with the aim to:

  • Achieve multiple outcomes – Technical/Tactical/Physical/Psychological
  • Optimise every second for the player
  • Develop effective players and individuals
  • Develop personality and mental strength
  • Create the best learning environment

We’re taking bookings for the following venues:


Venue: Randburg Sports Complex, Malibongwe Dr, Randburg 2194, Randburg Football Club
Dates: 23-27 March 2013
Times: 09h30-12h30 and 14h00-17h00
Price: R1 500 per participant


Venue: Paul Roos Gymnasium, Piet Retief Street, Krigeville, Stellenbosch
Dates: 2-6 April 2013
Times: 09h30-12h30 and 14h30-17h30
Price: R1 500 per participant

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse on Expresso, 18th February 2013




Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse is more than just a legendary musician; he’s one of South Africa’s musical treasures and a great inspiration to many. After more than 45 years in the music industry, this 63 year old still has the commanding stage presence and vibrancy to make many younger musicians green with envy.

It was a happy crowd, then, who watched this stalwart doing what he does best; giving a sterling performance at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert series last Sunday, accompanied by his young and talented band members, Bongani and Toto on keyboards, Mashaba on guitar, David on bass, Siphiwo on drums, Mpho on trombone as well Thembeka and Nhlanhla on vocals. And to top it off, he also featured some of the Mother city’s rising musicians.

As soon as he stepped onto the stage, Bra Hotstix received a warm Mother City welcome, shot through with a rush of nostalgia as he launched into ‘Welcome Home’, a typical South African jazz track which has elements of Mbaqanga. The song featured Derrick Schippers on vocals and electric guitar, with Bra Hotstix giving an impressive solo with his tenor saxophone. Concert goers were already tapping along in appreciation.


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