Sharks blown away in 2017 Currie Cup Final

Western Province have a glittering history of success in Currie Cup finals but seldom over the last 126 years have they completely overwhelmed a host team against expectation as they did at a mortified Kings Park yesterday.

The Sharks were favourites going into the final after being the form team of the last three months and most thought that the WP pool victory here two weeks ago was an aberration on the Sharks’ march to ultimate glory but that surprise win proved to be an ominous portent of things to come for the Sharks while a massive psychological boost for the Capetonians.

That day Province overcame a half-time deficit to run away with the game in the next 40, and yesterday lightening struck gloriously twice for the visitors.

The Province forwards were magnificent in smashing the Sharks, especially in the set scrums where tighthead Wilco Louw was huge, and the Sharks found themselves trying to play without the ball while Province grew ever confident. Without ball, the Sharks were toothless. If the classics were rewritten in rugby parlance you could say the best laid plans of man plans of man or mouse go awry when you don’t have the ball.

The signs of an upset were there from the very first scrum which saw a blue and white forward surge. The 40 000 groaned but surely it would not happen again? It did. Frequently.

On the back foot, the Sharks’ defence was also put under the blowtorch and exposed some frailties, notably in straight forward one-on-one defence.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez was gracious in defeat and did not argue that lack of possession and lapses on defence were fatal flaws.

“The WP front row was exceptional,” du Preez said. “They won that battle and that laid their foundation. It is hard to win the gain line battle when you are struggling up front. Congratulations to Province. We just could not get going in the second half. It was a game of two halves.”

The pattern of scoring illustrates that. The Shark scored their last points in the 32nd minute, a beautiful Curwin Bosch drop goal for a 21-10 lead. They never scored again.

WP scored 18 unanswered points, starting significantly with an invaluable try just before half time by Huw Jones, who would nail a second vital try in the second half for a Man of the Match performance.

It was a deserved accolade for the centre although many would have given it to Louw, whose performance would have heartened Springbok coach Allister Coetzee given the dearth of uninjured tightheads on the national front.

WP coach John Dobson said that the game was a bizarre replication of the Pool game.

‘It was a carbon copy. We weathered the storm and then took over,” the delighted Dobson said. “We knew that we could attack them up front. The first scrum was a Sharks’ put-in and we scrummed them off the ball. That laid down the marker.”

The Sharks’ two first-half tries and the kicking of Bosch became a trailing memory for the home side and Bosch not only had little possession to control the game but also failed to make hits on defence, with Province twice scoring as a result.

But it would it would be unfair to single out a single player. The Sharks were not good enough across the park, particularly up front, and that meant a ripple affect through every aspect of their game.

“There was some half-hearted defence,” agreed du Preez. “There was also disciplinary lapses which you can’t afford in finals.”

The yellow-carding of Dan du Preez is a case in point. For the Du Preez family, there was another unfortunate moment when Jean-Luc limped off in the first half with a leg injury.

Countering that was another excellent performance by Robert du Preez Jnr, and in last night’s press conference Robert Snr confirmed that his elder son is now joining the Sharks.

“Robert is coming to us and he will add good depth and competition at flyhalf,” the coach said.

Sharks (21) 21

Western Province (15) 33


Sharks: Tries: Odwa Ndungane, Dan du Preez. Conversions: Curwin Bosch. Penalties: Bosch (2). Pen: Bosch. Drop goal: Bosch

WP: Tries Huw Jones (2), Dillyn Leyds, Cobus Wiese Conversions: Robert du Preez (2). Penalties: Du Preez (3).

by Mike Greenaway at Kings Park


As a player Robert du Preez was ultra-competitve, as a coach he is possibly more so, and on the eve of the Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province, the 54-year-old refreshingly cut through the hype and hot air that will always accompany a major sporting event.

How are the Sharks are going to play? Have they anything special up their sleeves for a Province team that caught them off guard three weeks ago in Durban? Do the Sharks kick too much (they kicked more than any other team in three months of pool play)?

The taciturn coach mustered a wry grin before explaining how it will be for the Sharks: “Look too much is made of ball-in-hand rugby (or any particular brand). We want to play winning rugby. If that means we have to kick the ball a lot, we will do that.

“This year we have played to our strengths, which is our pack of forwards. Having said that, our backs have on many occasions done well for us with ball in hand. So we can do both, and it comes down to what the situation requires,” Du Preez said forthrightly.

In short, Du Preez does not want to have a pigeon-holed style of play.

“We want to build a way of playing that suits the Sharks and it does not happen overnight.

“We are not a New Zealand rugby team, we are a South African team, and we want to play a South African brand of rugby.”

Du Preez’s Sharks have led the Currie Cup from the front this season, evolving their way of playing, and it has come down to the same key elements. Uncompromising forward play and winning the gain line battle to provide the backs with opportunities to play what is in front of them — be that flyhalf Curwin Bosch spreading the ball or probing for territory with the boot.

And when without the ball, the Sharks have been brutal on defence.

How the Sharks play is not rocket science and if Province are to stop them at Kings Park, they know their forwards are going to have to trade blows in the frontline trenches. There will be no short cuts.

The Capetonians understand this full well from what transpired in the 80s minutes of their recent win in Durban. That match summed up the Sharks. For 30 minutes, when the Sharks were at full throttle, they steamrolled the opposition.

After the match, Province coach John Dobson admitted that he thought his side were goners given how the Sharks dominated that half an hour. But then the Sharks took their foot off the pedal. Suddenly the opposition could play, and they certainly did, spearheaded by flyhalf Robert du Preez jnr, who brilliantly made the most of the unexpected front-foot ball coming his way.

But the Sharks will not be as charitable in a final. Once bitten twice shy. They have come a long way this season to throw it away now.

That WP win was possibly the best thing that could have happened to the Sharks because it laid bare their strengths and weaknesses, and empathised the ruthlessness and efficiency that is required to be a champion team.

“Three months of hard work comes down to one game. There is nothing more we can do now,” Du Preez said philosophically. “We could not have worked harder than we have. I am incredibly proud of the players. Now it is about being calm and composed, and expressing ourselves as we have done all season.”

*** Du Preez has made one change to his squad for the final. Injured wing Sbu Nkosi is replaced by Odwa Ndungane and the latter’s place on the bench is taken by Rhyno Smith.

Sharks – 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Rhyno Smith.

Curwin Bosch flyhalf for the Sharks -Pic Steve Haag

Western Province – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Dan Kriel.

Kick-off: 4pm

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistant Referees: Egon Seconds & AJ Jacobs

TMO: Marius Jonker

BY Mike Greenaway

Squad named for Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour

The All Blacks selectors, Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox, have selected their squad for the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour to the UK and Europe for Tests against France, Scotland and Wales and matches against the Barbarians and a France XV.
The squad is as follows (with age, province and Test caps in brackets)


Asafo Aumua (20, Wellington, uncapped)
Dane Coles (30, Wellington, 55)
Nathan Harris (25, Bay of Plenty, 9)
Codie Taylor (26, Canterbury, 25)

Wyatt Crockett (34, Canterbury, 68)
Kane Hames (29, Tasman, 6)
Nepo Laulala (26, Counties Manukau, 10)
Tim Perry (29, Tasman, uncapped)
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (26, Wellington, 1)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (25, Auckland, 11)

Scott Barrett (23, Taranaki, 14)
Luke Romano (31, Canterbury, 29)
Patrick Tuipulotu (24, Auckland, 15)
Samuel Whitelock (29, Canterbury, 93)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane (25, Bay of Plenty, 50)
Vaea Fifita (25, Wellington, 3)
Jerome Kaino (34, Auckland, 74)
Kieran Read, captain (31, Counties Manukau, 107)
Ardie Savea (24, Wellington, 21)
Liam Squire (26, Tasman, 12)
Matt Todd (29, Canterbury, 10)


Tawera Kerr–Barlow (27, Waikato, 24)
TJ Perenara (25, Wellington, 39)
Aaron Smith (28, Manawatu, 68)

First five–eighths
Beauden Barrett (26, Taranaki, 59)
Lima Sopoaga (26, Southland, 13)

Ryan Crotty (29, Canterbury, 32)
Jack Goodhue (22, Northland, uncapped)
Ngani Laumape (24, Manawatu, 4)
Anton Lienert-Brown (22, Waikato, 19)
Sonny Bill Williams (32, Counties Manukau, 43)

Outside backs
David Havili (22, Tasman, 3)
Matt Duffie (27, North Harbour, uncapped)
Rieko Ioane (20, Auckland, 10)
Damian McKenzie (22, Waikato, 9)
Waisake Naholo (26, Taranaki, 15)
Seta Tamanivalu (25, Taranaki, 3)

The squad features four uncapped players: dynamic 20-year-old Wellington hooker Asafo Aumua; talented North Harbour outside back Matt Duffie; and Tasman prop Tim Perry and Northland midfielder Jack Goodhue, who both trained with the All Blacks squad earlier this year.

Several players weren’t considered for selection for the tour due to long-term injury and other reasons, including hooker Liam Coltman, props Owen Franks and Joe Moody, lock Brodie Retallick, and outside backs Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ben Smith.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors would firstly like to congratulate all players selected for the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour, especially Asafo, Tim, Matt and Jack who are named in an All Blacks squad for the first time. We have a talented squad made up of experienced players and a large group of newer All Blacks and this tour will be another exciting opportunity for them.

Hansen said the All Blacks had three major aims they wanted to achieve on the tour.

“Firstly, we want to play attractive rugby that we can be proud of and, of course, winning is part of that. But, just as importantly, will be re-establishing the processes that allow us to do this.

“Secondly, we have another opportunity to expose our young players to Test rugby. Whilst we’ve won the Investec Rugby Championship and retained the Bledisloe Cup, the last couple of months has also enabled us to introduce that large group of younger players to international rugby and, in doing so, grow their understanding of what’s required to prepare and perform at the highest level.

“Adding the four new players to our squad will again allow us to expose more young talent to the highest level, where, history tells us, players grow and get better. So this tour will complete a season of building depth and experience, which in the long run, will only benefit the team.

“The make-up of the Tour, with three Tests against France, Scotland and Wales, as well as matches against the Barbarians and the French XV, means we have the opportunity to come up against a range of different opposition and playing styles which will be exciting and a great learning experience.
“Our third aim is to thoroughly enjoy touring the Northern Hemisphere and its different cultures. We want to engage as much as we can with the people in the countries we visit and be great ambassadors for the game of rugby and New Zealand.”

Hansen said six All Blacks, who have carried heavy workloads this year, will not play the Barbarians match. They will spend a few more days at home to freshen up and join the All Blacks touring squad later next week. Those players are Captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles, prop Wyatt Crockett, lock Samuel Whitelock, and midfielders Anton Lienert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.

As well as the 37-man squad, the All Blacks selectors have also announced that five additional players will play for the Barbarians in the first match of the Vista Northern Tour and then assemble with the All Blacks for the French leg of the tour.

Those players are Otago loose forward Dillon Hunt, Waikato prop Atunaisa Moli, who has trained with the All Blacks squad this year, Canterbury halfback Mitchell Drummond and his provincial teammate Richie Mo’unga, who was called into the All Blacks squad in Brisbane last week as cover; and Canterbury and two-Test All Blacks lock Dominic Bird.

The makeup of the 37-man squad sees 21 forwards selected (four hookers, six props, four locks and seven loose forwards) and 16 backs (three halfbacks, two first five–eighths, five midfielders and six outside backs) and has a total of 954 Test caps experience, an average of 26 Test caps per player and average age of 25.

Meanwhile, 12 of the Mitre 10 Cup provinces are represented in the All Blacks touring squad, with six players from Canterbury and Wellington, four from Auckland, Tasman and Taranaki, three from Counties Manukau and Waikato, two each from Bay of Plenty, Manawatu and Tasman; and one player each from Northland, North Harbour and Southland.

The Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour

1. vs THE BARBARIANS, Saturday 4 November, Twickenham, LONDON

2. vs. FRANCE, Saturday 11 November, Stade de France, PARIS

3. vs. FRANCE XV, Tuesday 14 November, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, LYON

4. vs. SCOTLAND, Saturday 18 November, Murrayfield, EDINBURGH

5. vs. WALES, Saturday 25 November, Millennium Stadium, CARDIFF

All Blacks team named for final Test against Australia

The All Blacks team has been named to play the third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Suncorp Stadium, Australia, this Saturday 21 October.
The matchday 23 (with Test caps in brackets) is:

1. Kane Hames (5)
2. Dane Coles (54)
3. Nepo Laulala (9)
4. Samuel Whitelock (92)
5. Scott Barrett (13)
6. Liam Squire (12)
7. Sam Cane (49)
8. Kieran Read (106) – Captain

9. Aaron Smith (67) -pictured below with Razia Myers and me

10. Lima Sopoaga (12)
11. Rieko Ioane (9)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (42)
13. Ryan Crotty (31)
14. Waisake Naholo (14)
15. Damian McKenzie (8)

16. Codie Taylor (25)
17. Wyatt Crockett (67)
18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (10)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (14)
20. Matt Todd (10)
21. TJ Perenara (38)
22. Anton Lienert-Brown (18)
23. David Havili (2)

The team features four changes from the matchday 23 which played the last Test against South Africa and they are all in the backs: Lima Sopoaga comes in for Beauden Barrett in the 10 jersey, while Waisake Naholo comes in on the wing for the injured Nehe Milner-Skudder. TJ Perenara is reserve halfback, with Anton Lienert-Brown coming into the 23 to provide additional back cover.

Meanwhile, Sam Cane will play his 50th Test in an All Blacks career which started five years ago in June 2012 when he made his Test debut against Ireland.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said this weekend had all the makings of another great Test match.

“Both teams have their own goals and expectations. From Australia’s point of view, they’ll be desperate to win as they haven’t done so for some time. For us, our goal is to never be satisfied at where we’re at, and that means it’s greater than just the outcome. It’s about how we play, individually and collectively as a unit. We’re always striving to get better every game and this week is no different.

“As always, to do that, our preparation has to be spot on and bone deep. It’s an individual focus for each player. The job of the team management is to facilitate a training week which provides them with clarity and the right amount of intensity so that they can arrive on Saturday ready to hum.

“It’ll be another great opportunity for this young team to show what they’ve learnt throughout the year and playing at Suncorp Stadium will be another fantastic learning experience for them all. It’s a great ground with a lot of tradition and there’ll be huge support for the All Blacks, which we’re looking forward to.”

TRACE presents the first Roots music festival – 30 acts and a marriage of food, art, lifestyle and urban African music.

Roots will be hosted at the trendy Joziburg Lane venue in central Johannesburg on Saturday, 4 November 2017.

TRACE Southern Africa presents the inaugural edition of its brand new eventing property – Roots.

This first-of-its-kind festival will bring together everything that makes the African continent beautiful – from food, art and lifestyle to an array of musical sounds from some of the best urban African artists.

The event has a lineup of over 30 acts with Kwesta and Sjava as the headliners. The supporting lineup ranges from developing artists and A-listers to alternative artists and those in the forefront of shaping popular culture such as Gemini Major, DJ Sliqe, Sho Madjozi, Frank Casino, J Molley, I See A Different You and Gqom connoisseur, DJ Sandiso among many others.

Roots aims to give all who attend an explorative experience of both the dynamic TRACE brand and the African continent.

Expect to learn more about African literature with the Abantu Book Festival – friends of TRACE who established the first book festival geared at the African reader and the African author.

Your tastebuds are in for a treat as the food vendors for this festival have been carefully selected in order to sample the best cuisine from across the continent. Roots – in its entirety – will be a physical manifestation of what TRACE stands for, says TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior Vice-President, Leo Manne: “We have wanted to celebrate the vibrancy of our audience, both on the continent and in the diaspora for a very long time, honouring their diversity and urban cool. We believe we have come up with the perfect formula to bring this to life through TRACE Roots and we cannot wait for people to enjoy and own the concept. Roots is about coming home, we want everyone to feel like they have finally found a space that truly belongs to them.”

Doors open at 2PM and the celebration of urban African music will continue until midnight with over 30 live acts and Djs bringing the stage to life. Tickets are on sale at R200 and available at Webtickets.

BMI honors internationally-celebrated musician and songwriter Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai) with the BMI Pres ident’s Award at the 2017 BMI London Awards.

Music industry guests including Naughty Boy, Foals and Bipolar Sunshine filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2016.

Jay Kay received the BMI President’s Award because of his “originality, which has inspired generations of musicians and fans alike” and joins a list of past honorees that includes Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Willie Nelson, Adam Levine, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, and Toni Braxton. He was presented with the prestigious award by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill before taking to the Ballroom stage for an acoustic rendition of “Love Foolosophy” and “Space Cowboy.” He thanked his fans, family and all those who supported him over the years, including Jamiroquai founding member and co-writer Toby Smith.

Upon accepting the award Jay Kay said: “I’m very happy to receive this award tonight; it’s been 30 years since I began a career in music, and I’m lucky to still be able to do my thing and express it through songs. There’s still no better buzz really, than starting off with that ‘thing’ in your head and letting it get to the stage where you hear it on the radio, in front of loads of people, all over the world; it’s a real privilege.”

This year BMI expanded its criteria to determine the most performed songs of the year. In addition to terrestrial radio performances and television, for the first time the data also included performances from digital streaming services and satellite radio.

BMI also honored Ed Sheeran with the Song of the Year award (The Robert S. Musel Award) for “Love Yourself,” as performed by Justin Bieber. The prize is given to the most performed song of 2016 by UK or European writers in the BMI catalog. Sheeran also received the Song of the Year award in 2016 for “Thinking Out Loud.”

The Dance Song of The Year was awarded to Jamie Scott, MØ and Ed Sheeran for “Cold Water,” as performed by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ. Jamie Scott collected the award.

Foals received their first ever BMI London Award for ‘Mountain At My Gates,” and Kyla, Corey Johnson and DJ Paleface were honored for their contribution to Drake’s “One Dance,” with the song sampling their funky house track “Do You Mind.” Also in attendance was Adio Marchant, more familiarly known as Bipolar Sunshine, who was honored with a Pop Award for his track “Middle” with DJ Snake. Naughty Boy’s publishing company Naughty Words was honored with an award for “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

In addition, Norwegian songwriting duo Espionage, formed of Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund, received a BMI Million-Air award for “Irreplaceable” performed by Beyoncé. Fraser T Smith also received a BMI Million-Air award for “Set Fire To The Rain” from Adele’s record breaking, GRAMMY award-winning second album 21. Other artists to be awarded with Million-Air awards include David Bowie for “Changes,” and Modern English, who collected their award for “I Melt With You,” Queen for “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Eric Clapton for “Wonderful Tonight” and The Police for their hits “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” among others.

Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:

Song of the Year
(The Robert S. Musel Award)
(crystal awards)

Love Yourself
Ed Sheeran (PRS)
Ed Sheeran Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (PRS)

Dance Award
(lucite award)

“Cold Water”
Jamie Scott (PRS)
Ed Sheeran (PRS)
Ed Sheeran Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (PRS)

President’s Award
Jay Kay

2017 London Pop Award Songs
Sly Dunbar
Ally Brooke (BMI)
Camila Cabello (BMI)
Brian “Peoples” Garcia (BMI)
Daniel Gonzalez (BMI)
Dinah Jane (BMI)
Lauren Jauregui (BMI)
Nolan Lambroza (BMI)
Julia Michaels (BMI)
Normani (BMI)
Daystar Peterson (BMI)
Brian Derek Thompson (BMI)
Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Maidmetal Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Edvard Erfjord
Henrik Michelsen
Camille Purcell
San Remo Music
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing


Jamie Scott
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Anthony Kiedis
Chad Smith

Kurtis McKenzie
Jon Mills
Adam Levine (BMI)
Ammar Malik (BMI)
John Ryan (BMI)

Christopher Lane
John MacGillivray
Phillip Thomas
Fashion Music
Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd.

Mark Crew
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ozan “OZ” Yildirim
Bkorn (BMI)
Chris Brown (BMI)
DJ Khaled (BMI)
Lil Wayne (BMI)
BMG Rights Management GmbH
No Limits One Guido Schulz

Kevin Gomringer
Tim Gomringer
Maurice ‘Kenoe” Jordan (BMI)
Anthony Joseph Tucker (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Peter Svensson
PS Publishing

Talay Riley
Jason Derülo (BMI)
Jordan Johnson (BMI)
Ian Kirkpatrick (BMI)
Marcus Lomax (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

James Bay
Spirit B-Unique Music

Fred Ball
Joseph Angel (BMI)
Rihanna (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ed Sheeran
Josh Gudwin (BMI)
Ed Sheeran Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Markus “Mack” Sepehrmanesh
Publishing Company Ten AB

Magnus August Høiberg
Tony “CD” Kelly (BMI)
Daystar Peterson (BMI)

Peter Svensson
Jason Derülo (BMI)
Ricky Reed (BMI)
PS Publishing

Tom Barnes
Lauren Christy (BMI)
Michael Keenan (BMI)
Bebe Rexha (BMI)
Universal Music Publishing

Adio Marchant
Aaron “Aalias” Kleinstub (BMI)
Black Butter Music Publishing Ltd.
BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Jack Bevan
Walter Gervers
Yannis Philippakis
Jimmy Smith
Because Editions

DJ Paleface
Corey Johnson
Digital Music and Media Publishing
Flukes Music
Sentric Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Zayn Malik
Drop Zed Publishing
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing

Alexandra Cheatle

Ellie Goulding
Global Talent Publishing Ltd.
Spirit Music Publishing Ltd.

Alexander Palmer

Thomas Bangalter
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
Because Editions
Daft Music

Brian Bennett
EMI Production Music

Kevin Gomringer
Tim Gomringer
Qunicey “Schoolboy Q” Hanley (BMI)
Daveon “Yung Exclusive” Jackson (BMI)
Brock Korsan (BMI)
Kanye West (BMI)
Cydel Young (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Daniel Bryer
Niall Horan
Mike Needle
Jamie Scott
Catherine Songs
Downtown Music Publishing
NJH Publishing
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Özcan Deniz
Future (BMI)
Southside (BMI)
Leland “Metro Boomin” Wayne (BMI)

Cable Award
Paul Haslinger

Film Music Award
Rachel Portman

Harald Kloser
Thomas Wander

David Buckley

Alexandre Desplat

TV Music Awards
Jos Jorgensen
Andy Love

Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson

Carim Clasmann
Galia Durant

Million Performance Songs
3 Million

John Lennon

Vincent Dery
Kahouly Nicolay Sereba

David Bowie
Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Tintoretto Music/RZO Music Ltd.

Mick Jagger
Keith Richards

Amund Bjørklund
Espen Lind
Ne-Yo (BMI)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs Ltd.

Fraser T. Smith
Chrysalis Music Ltd.

Sam Smith
Naughty Words Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs Ltd.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

4 Million

Gerry Rafferty
Stage Three Music (Catalogues) Ltd.

5 Million

John Deacon
Queen Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Shania Twain

Mick Jagger
Keith Richards

Stig Anderson
Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Universal Music Publishing

Richard Brown
Michael Conroy
Robbie Grey
Gary McDowell
Stephen Walker
Universal Music Publishing

Elton John
HST Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing

Magne Furuholmen
Morten Harket
Pål Waaktaar
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

6 Million

Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

Freddie Mercury
Queen Music Ltd.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Gerry Rafferty
Stage Three Music (Catalogues) Ltd.

7 Million Performances Award

Peter Green
Bourne Music Ltd.

John Lennon

John Lennon

Eric Clapton
EPC Enterprises LLP
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

8 Million

Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Pictures from Captains walk about at Newlands which featured the All Blacks today ahead of Saturday’s 7 October date with the Springboks

André Venter presents match day jerseys to Springboks

Former Springbok flank André Venter presented the Springboks with their match jerseys on Friday morning at their team hotel in Cape Town.

photo credit -Gallo images /SA Rugby

Venter played in 66 Tests for the Springboks between 1996 and 2001 and was a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in the United Kingdom.

He has been in a wheelchair in recent years after being struck down by a degenerative syndrome of the central nervous system called transverse myelitis. He is a successful businessman and also a motivational speaker.

Venter shared some inspirational words with the Springboks before he presented the match 23 with their playing jerseys for Saturday’s clash with New Zealand.

“I can see there is something special happening within this group,” said Venter to the current crop of Springboks, and urged the players to embrace the responsibility of wearing the Green and Gold.

“It is important to believe in what you’re doing and where you’re heading. The Springboks have an unbelievable history and you must be able to write your own chapter.”

Venter had the honour to present the Bok players with their jerseys on two previous occasions, and said he was extremely grateful and blessed to do so for a third time. The honour of playing for the team and your country is something that is not easy to describe, explained Venter.

“Only when you’re no longer playing and not part of that unique circle anymore, that is when it dawns on you how special the Springbok environment is. My advice to the players is to enjoy the experience and to make a telling contribution to the rich story of the Springboks,” said Venter.

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth described Venter as probably the hardest man ever to play for the Springboks: “He epitomises everything you want in a great Springbok, so it was an unbelievable honour to receive our Test jerseys from Andre.”

The Springboks tackle New Zealand tomorrow in a 17h05 kick off at DHL Newlands, the two teams’ final fixture of the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Happy snaps of Springbok team photo Friday morning ahead of the test mach on Saturday against All Blacks

Personal Reflection from Colin Sher who was at the BMI Songwriters Camp 2017

Cape Town producer, DJ and owner of Cosher recording studios, Colin Sher (Cosher) was invited to be a producing songwriter at this year’s BMI songwriting camp in partnership with Music Exchange (MEX).
BMI (similar to SAMRO in South Africa) is the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and bridges the gap between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. BMI represents nearly 13 million musical works created and owned by more than 800,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

Since 2016, the Music Exchange Entertainment Indaba (MEX17), has partnered with BMI and attracted various writing creatives for a five-day emersion and creative boot camp.

The camp was hosted in Camps Bay at the South Beach Luxury Hotel.

There were 7 songwriters who were invited from around the globe who stayed at the hotel while a further 4 other songwriters joined for 2 day stints.

The 7 songwriters including Colin Sher, were:

– Amanda Black from South Africa (3 times SAMA winner)

– Christian Wright from the U.K. (Abbey Road engineer)

– Jan Klose from USA (Grammy nominated singer songwriter)

– Alicia Madison from USA (Top EDM singer songwriter)

– Tony Grund from USA (Producer / DJ and lecturer at SAE in New York)

– Marcela Arciniegas from Columbia (Producer with many U.K. top charting tracks)

After being treated to an amazing welcoming event with more than enough food and drinks, the songwriting week began with breakfast and the day’s briefs.

Each day the process would be similar to this; John Fishlock, a music publisher who was one of the main organizers, was in charge of the briefs which were given to everyone each morning in order to inspire the songs for the day. The briefs were supposed to budge the groups into writing songs in a certain direction, but they were allowed to do their own thing if otherwise inspired. The briefs ranged each day and always targeted certain singers who needed songs for upcoming projects such as Idols participants, the Voice winners, established local artists and international artists looking for new songs. The briefs would contain examples of their past work and links to reference songs that were along the same direction they were looking for.

Once the briefs had been read, all writers were put into groups of 3, with one producer per group. They would then head off to their respective producers’ room which would be their studio for the day.

The songwriting process was different each day according to the briefs and to the different dynamics with the groups. The goal for each day was to produce one song ,or at least, one song idea. Of course this couldn’t be forced but it was a good target.

For most of the writing days, the sessions started out with chords and melodies after landing on an agreed brief. Depending on which writer was involved, and what their strengths were, the song either started out on guitar or piano.

Each day and each song brought along different challenges that were equally met by the songwriters.

The first writing session of the week was the birth of a pop, ‘happy in love’ song with South African elements.

The idea was to incorporate a chance for the vocalist to show off her pipes and have a bit of a fun feel. The starting point of the song were the chords that ended up being the verse chords, very classy feeling chords. The chords and song structure was spearheaded by Jann, while lyrics flowed out of Amanda. The production changed shape a few times between double time fast pop, verses the half time Hip Hop feel. However middle ground was found between the music production and percussion. The songwriting process developed through the song from verse to chorus to bridge and before they knew it, they were adding final touches. The song was called ‘He knows’ (for now).

Day 2 of the writing camp was an opportunity for new groups to formulate 2 new songs!

Colin, Christian and Nyote started with the first song, a future pop track with lyrics inspired by the view from their room. The inspiration took them to a concept of being stranded, or on your own, in the ocean, but being able to have a clear mind in this desperate moment where you finally find yourself and find your “release”.

The instrumental track had a few sections where rapping could take place, so one of the big talking points was where and how to introduce the rap. At first, the rap was placed in the first verse but then towards the end of the session it was moved to the second verse where the contrast had a bigger impact. Although spearheaded by Christian, the writing responsibilities were shared with good contributions coming from all parties.

For the second track, a light hearted pop/reggae feel came into play and the inspiration came from a vocal melody that Christian came up with. It was the starting point they needed, and headed in the direction of a love song. The idea was a metaphor of an addiction relating to the feeling of being with someone that you can’t be without as the melodies leaned towards targeting the South American market. One thing that took a lot of trial and error was how to use the hook line “under the influence”. The Melody was easy to find but placing it rhythmically was the challenge.
The longer than usual bridge section offered an opportunity for a chord change, and many different catchy vocal ideas. They managed to fit most of these ideas in and the only challenge was linking it back into the final chorus which got resolved in the last line leading into the chorus. The song was called ‘Under the influence’.

Wednesday was a deserved day off, where all participants were taken to Robben Island and the Waterfront for a day of history, culture and inspiration.

Thursday was back to work and after being inspired by a reference track that was played by EDM pop singer Alicia. Colin, Ebrahim and Alicia decided to tackle this tropical pop genre.

After spending a long time trying the best chords, they landed on a key and chord progression that worked. While Alicia started working on lyrics, Colin and Ebrahim started work shopping production ideas. Chords, sounds and musical rhythms were put in place and a basic structure was laid out. The lyrical concept was along the lines of a person in a hurtful relationship and the imminent decision that would have to be made in order for that person to be happy in the future. Because of the nature of the genre, there was a high priority on coming up with catchy and memorable vocal melodies which they struggled with at first, but after playing around with a few ideas they landed on what they felt worked best.

Different stages of production were worked on throughout the day while lyrics and melodys were finalized. Two of the most challenging areas in the production was the bass line and the percussion for the drop. Once they were happy with all of these aspects of the song, they went ahead with full vocal takes. The last thing that was added was the sing-a-long chorus chant which was a great finishing touch.

At the end of a great day everyone was very happy with the finished demo song – ‘Carry on’.

Friday was the last day of this incredible camp.

Colin worked with Christian Wright again and they were joined by local singer songwriter Wandile. The first song that was tackled was called ‘I try’ and was a mid tempo ballad aimed at the John legend type market as it was written for Craig Lucas, the winner of the Voice. The song has a clear mood and beautiful melody which all comes together to create one big build up and then has subsequent anti-climatic drop, which goes hand in hand with the song lyrics. The cinematic percussion added to the dramatic feel and the demo vocals were expertly sung by Wandile.

The second song that day was a Afro-house infused song with fun lyrical content calling out ‘enemies’ to come for a drink and celebrate the success of the person they were calling out in the past. The key to this song, besides the lyrics, was the guitar lick that needed to create the mood the writers were going for and after many attempts and discussions, the correct melody was found.

At the end of the week all songs were presented at a listening session hosted by The Academy of Sound Engineering and was attended by various press and other industry professionals.

Amongst the audience was Carli Myers who had attended the writing camp the previous year and had massive success with her chart topping single ‘Crazy’ which was produced and written by Ameen Haron. All producers came up to showcase their songs and each international producer had 4 songs to play respectively while Colin had 6.

Saturday was the Music Exchange event (MEX) where everyone was invited to speak on a topic of their choosing. This was well attended by variety of people and was a great opportunity for networking in the music industry. After the event, there was one final celebration as all participants were invited to the rooftop deck at Cosher Recording Studios in Cape Town to celebrate what had been a fantastic week of songwriting.

A big thanks to Brandon Bakshi from BMI who funded this week, John Fishlock for his incredible involvement, Martin Myers for his vision and organization and drive that made all this happen

Derek Geddes who handled all day to day logistics, South Beach hotel for hosting the songwriters, Mynt and( Bevan Trevor ) restaurant for feeding everyone so well, and all the song writers who participated and made the week so memorable and enjoyable.

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