Delighted to share the news …3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts in 2019 for 3rd year in a row

Delighted to share the news 3rd most read contributor for Biz Arts for 3rd year in a row .Please keep putting me in touch with artists to talk to as we go into the new decade

Jesse Clegg brings the heat with new single and SA summer tour

Platinum-selling artist, Jesse Clegg, has burst back on the music scene with his new single, ‘Let It Burn’. The single marks Jesse’s first new original music since the release of I’ve Been Looking in March 2018, which was the first and only collaboration he ever did with his father.

Fresh from three weeks of writing and recording new music in Los Angeles, Jesse returns to South Africa just in time to kick off his “Let It Burn” tour which will see him performing around the country from November until early January.

Jesse has also released the music video for the new track. The video features several cameo appearances including Abby Nurock, Francois van Coke, Jack Parow, Khan Morbee (Parlotones), Kim Engelbrecht, Odelle de Wet, Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle) and Sjava.

Watch the music video here:

The catchy, upbeat pop-inspired song which has charted on stations across SA explores embracing the things that you fear. “In the context of a relationship, there are always these moments when you have to make yourself vulnerable to the other person and let them into your life, and we all have fears of being hurt or disappointed. Ultimately, it’s about that moment of conquering your doubts and embracing an experience or a relationship wholeheartedly,” says Clegg.


Saturday, 14th December
Pig and Whistle, 268 Kowie Road, Bathurst
Bookings: 046 625 0673

Sunday, 15th December
Emerald Vale Brewery East Coast Resorts Road, Chintsa, East London
Bookings: Emerald Vale Brewery (Computicket – Tickets R140)

Monday, 16th December
The Music Kitchen, 69 Mangold Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth
Bookings: Music Kitchen (Quicket – Tickets R150)

Thursday, 19th December
Franschhoek Cellar, R45, Franschhoek
Bookings: Franschhoek Cellar (Webtickets – Tickets R185)

Friday, 20th December
Café Roux, Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek
Bookings: Café Roux (Webtickets – Tickets R80)

Saturday, 21st December
Café Roux Summer Outdoor Sessions, Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek
Bookings: Café Roux (Webtickets – Tickets R150)

Sunday, 22nd December
Strandkombuis, Yzerfontein, West Coast
Bookings: Strandkombuis (Quicket – Tickets R150)

Monday, 23rd December
Jagger Lounge, 74 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Bookings: Jagger Lounge (Webtickets – Tickets R170)

Friday, 27th December
Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville
Bookings: Die Boer (Tickets R175)

Saturday, 28th December
Fancourt, Montagu Street, Blanco, George
Bookings: sharonm or 044 804 0347

Tuesday, 31st December
Blue Bay Lodge, 48 Gracillaria Crescent, Blouwater Bay, Saldanha
Bookings: Blue Bay Lodge (Quicket – Tickets from R125)

Thursday, 2nd January
St Francis Brewing Company, 167 St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay
Bookings: Brewing Company (Quicket – Tickets R200)

Friday, 3rd January
The Goat Shed, R343 Kenton-On-Sea

Saturday, 4th January
Morgan Bay Hotel, 41 Beach Road, Morgan’s Bay
Bookings: 043 841 1062

Sunday, 5th January
Blend Country Restaurant & Pub, 18 George Rex Drive, Hunters Home, Knysna
Bookings: Blend (Quicket – Tickets from R120)

Manenberg Community Arts Festival held on Saturday 14th in Manenberg.

Local community members came out in their numbers to enjoy a fun day out even though the weather didn’t play its part

A variety of home industry goods were on offer for sale and great entertain was provided by; Don Vino, Mujahid George, Niyaaz Goolam, Novocaine Theband, Darion Adams, Bradley Pipers, Aziza, Phoenix and Cassidy Bailey who has recently received her South African ballroom colours.

Details for this weekend:

Hanover Park Night Market/Festive Lights Switch-On

Date : 21st December 2019

Time : Community activities from 7h00 – 14h00. Music concert will begin at 14h00 – 22h30

Venue: Hanover Park Avenue

Cost: Free

Programme: Community activities, including a fun walk and children’s focused activities at the venue. The Music concert featuring Jonathan Rubain as music director, headline artists, Loukmaan Adams, Alistair Izobell, Jarrad Ricketts, Joedhouse Band and Sean van Sion plus local community artists and DJ’s.

“Voodoo Doll” new single from iconic SA rock band, WONDERboom and they on tour 2019/20

Voodoo Doll” is the brand new single from iconic SA rock band, WONDERboom.

These rock and rollers need no introduction to the music scene, with their household name and song book of hits over the years, they are most fondly thought of as an institution.

Listen to “Voodoo Doll” here: insert orchard link

Watch the lyric video here:

The new single from premier South African rock band WONDERboom, “Voodoo Doll” takes the award winning quartet into a harder realm which fans have been calling for. Exploring a darker underside, the band’s new single is a departure from it’s well known rock roots. The song is an infectious 8th note pathology expertly framed by jagged guitars, and frontman Cito’s low-ball narrative. Mixed, engineered, and co-produced by Matthew Fink, “Voodoo Doll” rewards with a sonic tapestry of menacing energy.

“Voodoo Doll is the song Martin and I always wanted to write. It’s the pure exhilaration of composing a goth-electro dance song without inhibitions. Working from a dark groove and bassline, we had so much fun with the imagery in the lyric and jagged guitars. One of the last true alternative nightclubs in Jozi (that Ashton Nyte founded), Red Room recently closed – but their dancefloor lives on! Voodoo Doll reminds me of the Red Room dancefloor.”

WONDERboom have released a total of 9 albums over the years with their 10th album set for release in 2020 through leading indie label, Just Music. They have headlined many major South African festivals and have been nominated for 5 ‘Best Rock Album’ awards in the South African Music Awards. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands & came SECOND WORLDWIDE at the finals in the London Astoria!

A major highlight for the band is the latest news of getting the sole support slot for Guns ‘N Roses, at the South African leg of their “Not In This Lifetime” tour, 29 November 2018. A dream come true for WONDERboom

After being in the game for a remarkable 23 years, the bands energy, passion and love for music has only gotten stronger and can be experienced on and off the stage.

WONDERboom kickstart their “Voodoo Doll” tour this December. Be sure to catch them live at one of these fine venues:

To get a taste of what WONDERboom is like live, check out the Santana Sessions, recorded and filmed early in 2015:

For more on WONDERboom, follow:

Facebook –

Twitter – @WONDERboomBand

Soundcloud –

Instagram – @wonderboomband

Deezer’s Most Streamed Music of 2019 Revealed

  • Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist for 2019 in South Africa and across the globe.
  • Joyous Celebration tops the list as the #1 most streamed local artist.
  • Mlindo The Vocalist’s ‘Emakhaya’ is the most streamed album overall by South African users.
  • Black Coffee’s ‘Drive’ remains a firm favourite, coming in as the most streamed local track for the year.

Johannesburg, December 3rd 2019; As the decade wraps up, Deezer, the global music streaming service, reveals the songs, artists and albums that South Africans listened to the most in 2019. Streaming stats show that Mzansi listeners love music from local artists such as Joyous Celebration, Nasty C, Prince Kaybee and Mlindo The Vocalist.

‘Emakhaya’ the debut album from singer-songwriter Mlindo The Vocalist has made its mark by claiming the top spot for the most streamed album overall by South African Deezer users in 2019.

Overall, Halsey’s hit ‘Without Me’ was South Africa’s most streamed track of the year, while Ed Sheeran was the most streamed artist in the country and the world!

Across the globeAriana Grande and Billie Eilish were top female favourites. Ariana had the biggest plays of all female artists, but fans have made Billie’s stunning ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’ the most played international album.

The smash-hit of 2019 belongs to Lil Nas X for his country mashup ‘Old Town Road’ claiming the top spot as the most played song on Deezer worldwide.

*Here are the ‘top five’ ‘most streamed’ in the South African music categories:

Top Five Most Streamed South African Songs 2019:

  1. Drive
Black Coffee, David Guetta
  1. Into Ingawe
Sun-El Musician, Ami Faku
  1. Fetch Your Life
Prince Kaybee, Msaki
  1. SMA
Nasty C, Rowlene
  1. Whipped
Tellaman, Nasty C, Shekhinah

Top Five Most Streamed South African Artists 2019:

  1. Joyous Celebration
  1. Nasty C
  1. Kabza De Small
  1. Prince Kaybee
  1. Sjava

Top Five Most Streamed South African Albums 2019:

  1. Emakhaya
Mlindo The Vocalist
  1. Umqhele
  1. Scorpion Kings
DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
  1. Koma
  1. Joyous Celebration 23
Joyous Celebration

*Here are the ‘top five’ in the ‘Overall’ most streamed categories for South Africa 2019:

The Top Five Most Streamed Songs Overall 2019:

  1. Without Me
  1. Sweet but Psycho
Ava Max
  1. I Don’t Care
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
  1. Old Town Road
Lil Nas X
  1. Happier
Bastille, Marshmello

The Top Five Most Streamed Artists Overall 2019:

  1. Ed Sheeran
  1. Khalid
  1. Drake
  1. Post Malone
  1. Billie Eilish

The Top Five Most Streamed Albums Overall 2019:

  1. Emakhaya
Mlindo The Vocalist
Bille Eilish
  1. Umqhele
  1. ÷
Ed Sheeran
  1. beerbongs & bentleys
Post Malone

Introducing #MyDeezerYear

For the first time, you can show off your own most played artists, tracks and podcasts with #MyDeezerYear. The shareable cards get funky by showing your biggest ‘Guilty Pleasure’, personal BPM and lyrical inspirations. It’s live on the web now, so just head to and check out your stats. Not only that, but we’ve made your very own personal soundtrack for this year. ‘Your 2019’ gives you the 50 tracks that you’ve been loving – all in a handy mix on Deezer.

“Local music has completely smashed it this year! It’s been a big one for Spanish-speaking music and the world is loving English and Spanish mashup tracks. I’m sure that in 2020 other genres like J-Pop and Afrobeat will continue to define pop music tastes around the world. I’ve personally been hooked on podcasts since Serial came about. So, it’s been great to see how they’re taking over of the world, especially in comedy and crime,” said Nigel Harding, our VP of Artist Marketing at Deezer.

Don’t forget to check out your #MyDeezerYear here and show off your own 2019 soundtrack!

Below are the ‘most streamed’ internationally on Deezer in 2019, by category:

Most streamed artists 2019 by category

International Ed Sheeran
Female Ariana Grande
Pop Ed Sheeran
Rap Xxxtentacion
R&B Drake
EDM David Guetta
Latin Anitta
Reggaeton J Balvin

Most streamed international albums

Billie Eilish
  1. thank u, next
Ariana Grande
  1. Origins
Imagine Dragons
  1. ?
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  1. ÷
Ed Sheeran
  1. beerbongs & bentleys
Post Malone
  1. Scorpion
  1. 7
David Guetta
  1. x
Ed Sheeran

Most streamed international artists

  1. Ed Sheeran
  1. Ariana Grande
  1. Queen
  1. David Guetta
  1. Billie Eilish
  1. Imagine Dragons
  1. Lady Gaga
  1. Calvin Harris
  1. Post Malone
  1. Xxxtentacion

Most streamed international tracks

  1. Old Town Road
Lil Nas X
  1. Shallow
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
  1. Con Calma
Daddy Yankee
  1. 7 rings
Ariana Grande
  1. Señorita
Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  1. Taki Taki
DJ Snake
  1. Happier
Bastille, Marshmello
  1. I Don’t Care
Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
  1. bad guy
Billie Eilish
  1. Giant
Calvin Harris, Rag’n’Bone Man
  1. Say My Name
J Balvin, David Guetta, Bebe Rexha
  1. Sweet but Psycho
Ava Max
  1. Shape of You
Ed Sheeran
  1. Loco Contigo
J Balvin, Tyga, DJ Snake
  1. Someone You Loved
Lewis Capaldi
  1. MIA
Bad Bunny, Drake
  1. High Hopes
Panic! At the Disco
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  1. Without Me
  1. thank u, next
Ariana Grande
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