Chad Alexander to appear alongside RJ Benjamin this Saturday at the Radisson Red from 8pm at V & A Waterfront

Chad Alexander who will help his long time friend RJ Benjamin put together an evening of neo soul and R&B at Radisson Red on Saturday 4th May 2019

Chad has an impressive body of work having worked with artists including RJ Benjamin, Ziyon, Donald ProVerb, Bongi Mavuyana Zola 7 Pebbles Nothende, Kabelo & Zwai Bala (TKZee)

I spoke to him last week :

When are you happiest?

To be honest, I’m happiest on stage making music and performing to people.

What does music mean to you?

Music has become my life. One can say music is life, but it’s the one thing that has taught me so much about people and about myself.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

The fact that I can work with amazing musicians and artists and be creative in the music industry. So in essence, music is all about people, and what I love basically is that I can work with people, create something beautiful… and create lasting friendships and lasting business relationships.

What drives you…? Ego or Humility?

Definitely humility. I was raised in a home with a verse that has been our daily bread over the years that says… “Whoever exalts (praises) himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor Matthew 23:12

Any funny moments on stage?

One time I set my keyboard up with its stand… and while playing, the keyboard stand gave in and the keyboard and the stand fell directly onto the top of me feet and there was absolutely no way I could be cool about it…

Your heroes?

I know its going to sound cheesy, but by far… my mother, Philanthea Alexander… a single mother who successfully raised her three sons. She always put us first and who was my practical example of what true sacrifice and dedication is all about. She passed on… 21 June 2016, and everything I am today and what I’ve achieved is because of her dedication to me as a mother and loving mom who sacrificed everything so I could succeed in life.

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Ryan Leslie… he’s an international musician and artist, producer and business mogul who silently and sometimes quite prominently goes about his business of making great music despite the lack of attention and spot light from the general music industry. I admire the work ethic and the fact that he functions on a Dymaxian sleep pattern, where he sleeps for 3hrs everyday with one 30 minute nap… which I find pretty incredible.

What is your most treasured possession?

This is a super tough question… because I have a few. Most people would think I would say my piano because I’m a pianist, but I’m going to have to go with my Yamaha Steel String Silent Guitar.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Well Martin as you know…I don’t drink at all. Never gone down that road. So if it were my round, I would proudly scream PASSION FRUIT AND LEMONADE ON ME!!!!!

Dream gig to do?

To perform with my favorite band of all time… FourPlay

What makes you stand out?

I would have to say my white Roland FP4 Electric Piano I’ve been playing on for around 12 years now. It has become apart of my brand as a musician. I would also say that I’ve worked very hard on developing my own sound as a musician, pianist, guitarist, bassist, producer etc. So basically I don’t sound like anyone you’ll ever come across, at least I hope so!

Nicknames?

Over my 10-12 year career, the people have given me the name The Chad… I think it has something to do with the movie Charlie’s Angels.

If you were not a musician what would you do?

I would do a few things, open up a restaurant, be a photographer. I also wanted to be an artist (as in painter) or a cartoonist.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Complex. Funny. Spiritual. Caring. Reliable

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Nacho Libre…. without a doubt!

What song changed your life?

A Quiet Place- written by Ralph Carmichael and performed by Take 6….

Who do you love?

Not sure who this refers to but I’m going to go with…My Family and friends

What is your favorite word?

Enigma

Favorite Fashion Garment

I’m torn between a good blazer and a good pair of Levi Jeans

Give us some real proper slang and what it means

“Awe Ma Se Kind”- indirect translation would be “Hey there, mothers child” but the correct colloquial laments interpretation, means…”Hey there, brother/sister from another mother”

Top of your bucket list?

Always wanted to stay in Beijing for one year.

Your greatest achievement?

Musically directing two seasons of a television music show called Stripped Down on Channel O and Vuzu on DSTV

What do you complain about most often?

Poor Service in South Africa…

What is your fear?

Being left out at sea or dropped in the middle of the Amazon jungle.

Happiness is?

A simple comfortable life spent doing what you love with people you love.

On stage I tend to?

Zone out and I become another version of myself most people don’t get to encounter.

If you are walking on stage for a keynote speech alla Barak Obama what song would you use and why?

Ah Yeah by Robert Glasper featuring Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele. Why…firstly it has three of my favorite artists in it and it’s just a smooth sexy track…

The best life lesson you have been taught

As I said earlier… “Whoever exalts (praises) himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be raised to honor Matthew 23:12.

Where would you like to be right now?

Beijing

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Oh Dam festival update from 25 to 28 April

The Rockets, fresh from winning a prestigious award at the Ghoemas last week, will be one of the main attractions at the annual Oh Dam Music Festival.

The evergreen group won the award for their Afrikaans hit Namakwa Daisy, written by former lead singer Theo Watt. They received the Lifetime Contribution Award and also performed the song.

The Rockets, with new frontman Manny Losper, N2, Jeodhouse, Vuvu Khumalo and Donveno Prins are among the headline artists at this year’s Oh Dam festival.

The festival, hosted by Camissa Solutions and the Cederberg Municipality, will take place from 25 to 28 April and will once again celebrate the heritage of the Cederberg area and surrounds. Clanwilliam is one of the ten oldest towns in South Africa and is rich not only in settler history but is one of the areas that was inhabited by Africa’s first people – the San and the Khoi.

They inhabited the Cederberg from early times, leaving a rich legacy of rock art.

Clarence Ford, executive director of Camissa Solutions, believes that the causal and friendly nature of an event such as Oh Dam helps in attracting music and nature lovers because the people from the Western Cape really appreciate the natural beauty of the area. And Clanwilliam, beautifully nestled at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains, is certainly something to behold.

“Clear starry skies, fresh mountain air, and a safe place for children, the Ramskop Nature Garden which his host to a vast number of indigenous species of flowers… and music. That is what people come for and we take great pleasure in giving them just that.”

Oh Dam is a camping event, so festival goers can not only enjoy the natural beauty of their surrounds, but also some great music, with Zami, Koekie, Loren Erasmus, Uncle Cal & 3 Tons of Fun, Phakama Arts, Lee Stagg & Brent Krus, Mofunk, Jabez, Sugar Daddy, Ladgen’s Tribute Band, Dj Portia, DJ Rory and Stan the Jazzman also on the bill.

For campsite bookings and weekend passes email admin or call 0215915208

Weekend passes for non-campers are R200 (no pass-outs).

Please contact me for interviews or accreditation.

TEAM AK MEDIA
Andrew Koopman

email: akmediaworx

CONCERTS IN THE PARK situated at De Waal Park Presents the The Rudimentals Sunday 28th April

CONCERTS IN THE PARK situated at De Waal Park Presents the The Rudimentals with support from the Gugulethu Tenors, The World of Birds, Congo Cowboys and BUSHFIRE.

Celebrated AFRICAN-SKA band The Rudimentals is a socially diverse, fun-filled act that strives to interact with people of all ages and tastes. This multi-layered musical offering is made up of highly accomplished, talented and entertaining musicians, representing a blend of youth and experience.

The band has also shared stages with some of South Africa’s top headliners, including Johnny Clegg, Lucky Dube, Hip Hop Pantsula, Freshlyground, Fuzigish; and toured extensively with the likes of The Wailers and legendary UB40….


Our headliner will be supported by Gugulethu Tenors, The World of Birds, Congo Cowboys and BUSHFIRE.

Tickets will cost R20.00 per person available for sale at Computicket and at the gates on the day of the concert.


Come and join us on Sunday the 28th of April at 13h00 at Cape Towns one and only band stand located within De Waal park, bring your friends and family along for a picnic in the park while enjoying the live music performance.

Pic Congo Cowboys

Sound On Screen Music Film Festival at the Labia in Cape Town from 26 April

Music…
Movies…
We can’t live without them.

It has been 9 years since the birth of our Sound On Screen Music Film Festival, bringing these two audio and visual art forms together with carefully curated titles from around the world and locally (and in our download era, most making their SA cinema premiere and unlikely to grace any other local theatre screen).
Join us in keeping cinema culture alive (beyond the next super-hero cash-in), reinforce your love of music via film and get exposed to fascinating genres / music culture you may not be aware of.

This year we’re bringing you another exciting collection of international music-related movies and documentaries, covering everything from Rock, Techno, Black Metal and Industrial music, to legends in the shape of Queen’s Freddie Mercury and a dress-up anniversary screening of Mike Myers’ Wayne’s World!

As always, Flamedrop Productions’ favourite independent cinema to host the festival is the Labia Theatre.

2019 SOUND ON SCREEN LINE-UP(movie details below)
Booking at Quicket: www.quicket.co.za/organisers/572-sound-on-screen-music-film-festival
Tickets: R45 each

Friday 26 April
8:30pm – FREDDIE MERCURY – THE KING OF QUEEN (SA premiere)

Saturday 27 April
6:15pm – INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY (1st SA screening)
8:30pm – WAYNE’S WORLD (27th anniversary Dress-Up Screening Party)

Sunday 28 April
6:15pm – PARIS/BERLIN : 20 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND TECHNO (1st SA screening)
8:30pm – LORDS OF CHAOS (SA premiere)

Movie Details:

FREDDIE MERCURY: THE KING OF QUEEN
Friday 26 April, 8:30pm
Renowned as one of the greatest performers of the 20th century, Freddie Mercury pushed the boundaries of art and music as he lead his band Queen to international stardom.
This new documentary looks at the man, his life and music, music industry figures adding their perspective to his legend.
His limitless vocal power and extravagant performances shocked and wowed audiences around the world but out of the spotlight he was incredibly private. With exclusive interviews and footage we uncover the story of Freddie Mercury and how a shy boy from Zanzibar became one of the most iconic figures in modern history.
First cinema screening in SA.
Directed by Jordan Hill
Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/71711-freddie-mercury-the-king-of-queen

INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY
Saturday 27 April, 6:15pm
A detailed documentary look at the very unique and multi-facetted Industrial music genre, tracing its origins and taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.
Some assume the Industrial genre is nothing but noise – far from it. This documentary also highlights the nuances of this formidable alternative music style.
Features interviews and music from Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle, NoN, Cabaret Voltaire, Re/Search Publications, V. Vale, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, Hula, Orphx, SPK, Test Dept., Industrial Records, Boyd Rice, Dirk Ivens, The Klinik, Z’EV, In The Nursery, Sonar and many more.
First cinema screening in SA.
Directed by Travis Collins, Amélie Ravalec
Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/71343-industrial-soundtrack-for-the-urban-decay

WAYNE’S WORLD Anniversary Dress-Up Screening
Saturday 27 April, 8:30pm
Party time! Excellent!
Join us for a most excellent 25th anniversary (+ 2!) dress-up screening of Wayne’s World!
Many missed this classic rock comedy on its original bodacious cinema release 27 years ago. So dudes an dudettes, (while not a prerequisite), come dressed as your favourite real and fictional Wayne’s World character hero, villain or musician – from Wayne, Garth, Cassandra, Wayne’s Dreamwoman, or Stacy, to Rob Lowe’s yuppie, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Robert Patrick’s T2 bad cop, Officer Koharski, or any random Wayne’s World rock T-shirt wearing fan! Bad wigs welcome!
What the hell, come dressed as someone from Wayne’s World 2 if you want to! (like Christopher Walken, Jim Morrison, Cassandra’s dad, any member from Aerosmith, Rip Taylor, a roadie… you name it!)
And yes, if everyone joins in on Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, it will be totally awesome!
Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/71275-waynes-world-dress-up-screening

PARIS/BERLIN : 20 YEARS OF UNDERGROUND TECHNO
Sunday 28 April, 6:15pm
From secret Parisian parties to Berlin’s infamous Berghain club, Paris/Berlin documents the underground movement of techno through the lens of two different cities. The documentary traces the evolution of techno telling the stories of the DJ’s, producers, label managers, promoters, record shops and distributors that have stayed true to its original spirit.
With Laurent Garnier, Regis, Adam X, Function, Lucy, Ancient Methods, Nick Höppner, Terence Fixmer, Tama Sumo, Dasha Rush, Milton Bradley, Lupo, Tobias Rapp and many more.
First cinema screening in SA.
Directed by Amélie Ravalec
Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/71344-parisberlin-20-years-of-underground-techno

LORDS OF CHAOS
Sunday 28 April, 8:30pm
A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.
Based on truth and lies.
South African premiere.
In the early ‘90s a new musical genre (germinated in the ’80s) rose from Norway: Black Metal
With dark, occult imagery, the renowned black and white corpse-paint and strong anti-Christian sentiments, the abrasive and challenging music went beyond imagery into true darkness, not only resulting in church burnings, but also violence, suicide and murder.
Directed by Jonas Åkerlund (known for Rammstein and Madonna music videos and films like Spun and Polar), he was also in fact a member of early Swedish Black Metal legends Bathory.
Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira, Valter Skarsgård
These events were captured in the book Lords Of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground (by Didrik Soderlind & Michael Moynihan)
Book at www.quicket.co.za/events/70820-lords-of-chaos-sa-premiere

(And, as you know by now, drinks from the Labia Theatre bar can be taken into the cinema)

[tags, Labia ,Cape Town ,Queen ,Paul Blom ,Sound on Screen Music Film Festival ]

Theo Watt announces that he is leaving The Rockets to pursue a career as a solo artist.

Theo Watt dropped a bomb on the music industry with his announcement that he is leaving The Rockets to pursue a career as a solo artist.

The man who shot to fame with his energetic performances as frontman for the evergreen Cape Town pop/dance band, will be making his solo debut at The Legends Throwback concert on 20 April at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

Watt joined the group when the legendary Colin “Bones” Delight left The Rockets and was a member for 31 years. He has been a very popular member of the group and was renowned for his Michael Jackson dance moves.

Watt, who recently turned 50, says he will always remain thankful to The Rockets for the opportunities they afforded him and says in his heart he will always be a Rocket. But at the same time, he says he felt the time was right for him to move on.

“We toured with lots of international stars, such as Usher, The Manhattans, Atlantic Star and the list goes on and on. I always wanted to be in music. Bones and the guys always practiced in my grandma’s house in Bonteheuwel, so I always watched them rehearse.

“I always wanted to be like Bones. I wanted to sing and dance like him. At the age of 7 I started to sing, sometimes even with bands at the club. After that I started taking part in Michael Jackson competitions and I won a lot because I could sing and dance.”

Now he is ready to make the big step away from the group that catapulted him to stardom. “I felt I wanted to go on my own because I had the desire to record my own CDs and to put my own personal message in the songs that I am going to write and that I have already finished writing.

“Hopefully that will be finished by the end of the year. I want it to be finished before December because I want to release it by then. I am currently busy recording in my studio at home. I am writing most of the songs, then one or two songs are written by Molly Baron (formerly from The Rockets) and Aubrey Arries (formerly from Tomorrow’s World and Bloodshed).”

He will re-record two of the songs he wrote for The Rockets last CD, Trane van die Kaap and Pappa, for his first solo album. He says music lovers can expect a bit of everything, with Afrikaans and English songs as well as his version of Tommy Saaiden’s Just Ordinary People.

Theo admits leaving The Rockets was a daunting prospect and that it took him a while to come to this decision. “I had to think long and hard but I made the decision on my 50th birthday. I told the guys a month ago ‘listen, no hard feelings, but I feel to do this on my own, to go solo.

“There were no hard feelings, we parted amicably. But if they need me for a show, I will always be available. If they need me for a show I will do it.”

He is convinced that The Rockets will not be shaken by his departure. “When Bones left The Rockets it was a setback and it took people two years to get used to the frontline of me and Marlon Roach. But I know the Rockets will carry on and keep on doing well.

“Jerry (Watt, leader of the group) said he respects my decision and we shook hands. I thanked him and his wife Alison for the opportunity. I mean, I saw a lot and experienced a lot during my time with the Rockets – things I would have never seen and experienced if I was not with the band.”

Now he is ready for a big first night as a solo artist at the Legends Throwback Show. “Molly introduced me to Tony Canham from Qai Music at a gig a while ago. When he told us he wanted to do this show to honour all the legends I decided there and then this is the right thing to do. You know when the time is right for you that you need to grab the opportunity and that is what I did.

“So this will be my first solo performance and I want to tell the fans I am gone from The Rockets but not gone from them. I will keep on doing what I have been doing for the last 31 years.” “

“The Throwback Legends Tour 2019 brought to you by Qai Music” is a five-city tour, with legends such as Felicia Marion from Joy (who had the hit ‘Paradise Road’), Steve Fataar (frontman of the the legendary group The Flames), Wilfred Aploon (aka Will B), Aubrey Arries, Guss Smythe, Herbie Blackfoot, Lindsay Burts, Molly Baron, Theo Watt, Bones Delight (from The Rockets), Sandra Butler, Henry and the Definition Band, Joey Moses, Danny Chetty, Cecil Mitchell (famous for the hits “Dear Schoolgirl”and Straight from the Heart”), Errol Stephanus and Salome.

Tour Dates: The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town on 20th April 2019, The Werehouse, Durban on 26th April 2019, Ugu Sports Centre, Shelley Beach on 28th April 2019, Boardwalk Casino, Port Elizabeth on 12 and 13 May 2019, The Dome Church, Johannesburg on 18 and 19 May 2019, The NAM Music Festival, Windhoek, Namibia on 25th May 2019.

From this Friday to Monday we are running a pre-Easter special, with pensioners paying R150 a ticket, general admission tickets going for R200, Golden Circle tickets cost R300 and VIP tickets R500.

After Monday ticket prices revert to R250 for general access, Golden Circle tickets at R450 and the VIP experience at R650. Tickets are available at Webtickets and Pick n Pay branches.

Exciting to be attending Malta Jazz Festival Launch for 2019

This will be exciting today -Music Exchange has been invited to the Launch of the 2019 Malta Jazz Festival

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