Exclusive interview with Arno Carstens prior to his Franschhoek Cellar show Sunday 15 January at 3pm

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Arno Carstens

Happy New Year and what better way to get 2017 started than chatting to the amazing Arno Carstens who only last week was on M Net on Sunday night (8 Jan) with Arno and friends and fresh from that show is at the Franshhoek Cellar this Sunday from 3pm.

Arno is a Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums He’s had over 20 top ten singles and won 5 SAMA Awards. We caught up with him over a cup of coffee last week

How are you?

I am well. Kind of ready for 2017 the adventures, curve balls, highs and lows. Bring it on and lets see.

What does music mean to you?

It’s been the backbone to my existence for many years and its not done with me yet.

Any Purple Rain moments?

Since Prince died I have been doing that song every now and then. I have been a massive fan of Prince and Bowie for many years so 2016 will always be remembered as the great cull regarding musicians.

Your hero’s?

They come and go but the legacies remain. They kind of shape your youth and give comfort when you get older. I am a fan of many I consider myself rich in that regards.

Life in Cape Town?

This question reminds me of something someone said to me about Stellenbosch.

Living in Cape Town is like living in a fool’s paradise. Being a fool is a small price to pay for living in some kind of paradise.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

It’s the last drink of the night so everyone gets a litre of water to take to there rooms.

The song you wished you wrote?

“ Slave to love” by Bryan Ferry

But there are so many other songs I love and am jealous off.

Dream gig to do?

That will be the still to be discovered breathless venue with bunch musical friends where music and sound compliment the scenery and atmosphere.

What makes you stand out?

A good interactive or appreciative audience makes parts of my body glow in the dark.

Nicknames?

Arri or Cassi or Klein Jos

If you were not a musician what would you do?

A Struggling fine artist.

Pick five words to describe your band?

Of the cuff brilliance.

5 Desert Island Discs?

It will be a compilation of many artist including Harry Belafonte, Friendly Fires and many more.

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Meet Joe Black

Who do you love?

My family.

What does the usual mean?

Feeling healthy and content or not at all, the usual is in constant fluctuation.

Favorite Fashion Garment

Vintage Garments and Kilts

Give us some slang

Sharp my Bra.

Do you have famous phone numbers on your phone?

If you mean the numbers of socially awkward people then yes.

What do you complain about most often?

Life, but it’s also the thing I celebrate most.

What is your fear?

Total health and financial failure being unable to take care of my family.

Happiness is?

A Blissful moment in time where nothing else matters.

On stage I tend to?

Loose control every now and then it sometimes works and sometimes bombs but am still working on fine-tuning the performance thing.

What are you doing next?

Id like to see Springbok Nude Girls doing something this year also I’m working on an art exhibition.

 

Around the Fire: palpable originality

Around The Fire

Around The Fire

This event excites me, no end! I know the cast, and I know how hard they work. The success of the Wrestling With Dawn production, last December, had and has led to the much-applauded producer, playwright, performer, English literature and Bachelor of Arts major, Siphokazi Jonas, returning on 31 March with Around The Fire, at Artscape. The 90-minute stage production is set to rewrite a good few rulebooks, as each of her previous three works did before it.

The entirely original South African work unfolds within a unique fusion of theatre, poetry and lives music. Two of the performers are currently on The Voice SA. All of the highly talented band members feed concepts into the melting point, and herein lies the genesis of the work called Around the Fire.

Four women, all from very different backgrounds, Mbali, Faiza, Amber and Angel, find themselves sharing a makeshift fire on a rainy Cape Town evening. Brought together by unexpected circumstances, the four form a bond as fierce and fleeting as the fire. Mbali, the homeless guardian of the fire, and Eastern Cape ‘refugee’, liberates the stories that brought them together in an effort to understand her newfound place in a city that renders her invisible.

The production takes place as part of this year’s Artscape Spiritual Festival themed Healing Self – Healing Society.  The cast is made up of a Stella line-up of talent

 

Nolan Africa, a Drama graduate from UCT, dabbled in theatre and television, briefly, before joining the educational theatre world, delivers director and set design. In 2013, he completed an honours degree in Drama Therapy at WITS.  

Music composition and direction for Around The Fire falls to Sikhumbuzo Ndebele. As a Durban University of Technology jazz scholar, the songwriter, music composer and arranger has worked with the likes of Mthunzi Namba, Lindelani Mkhize, Nqubeko Mbatha and Sibongile Khumalo, amongst many others.

The balance of the cast sees UCT-trained guitarist Germaine Leonard, who was privileged enough to have Alvin Dyers as his mentor, in the mix too.

Vocalist and much-applauded multi-instrumentalist Keanu Harker joins the powerhouse collective, having recently wrapped up performing as part of the Adam Small Be Jazzed production.

The classically-trained pianist, jazz vocalist student and SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winner and The Voice SA 2016 contestant Zoe Modiga adds her voice to the ensemble, having performed and shared stages with the likes of Gloria Bosman, Matthew Gold and Marcus Wyatt.

Keys and vocal support comes in the form of Josh Prinsloo, the 2014 Music Experience’s Cape Town Folk and Acoustic Music Festival competition winner. Singled-out and commended by David Kramer for possessing a “fresh sound” as an artist whose work contains a good balance between serious and comedic subject matter.

Bass guitar duty is the responsibility to actor, dancer, model and musician Rosco Roman. Besides representing South Africa for Hip-hop dancing in Germany, the film actor and accomplished Jazz Studies graduate from UCT Roman recently performed at the Mother City Live Music Festival 2015

Jason Skippers is the collective’s beat keeper. Drummer, composer, producer and songwriter too, Skippers cut his musical teeth more than a decade ago, playing music in His People Church, and he’s been playing there ever since. He’s kept time with Judith Sepuma, Louie Brtitz, Elvis Blue and many more.

More keys and also a The Voice SA 2016 Contestant is what Eden Myrrh Toohey brings to Around The Fire, feeding the eclectic mix with her alternative pop sensibility. The teacher and mentor completed an Access Certificate in Jazz Piano at Howard University, Durban, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing, as well as working towards completing her Classical Piano Teaching Diploma with the Royal Schools of London.

Not shy then on gifted players, this production shouldn’t be missed by those curious to sample palpable originality and entertainment worthy of proud export.

 

Gig of the weekend

 

 

Woodstock Live, Sunday 20 March 2016Trafalgar Park, Woodstock. 

 

Trafalgar Park (Corner of Searle Street and Victoria Road.)   

Gates open at 13h00

Concert from 14h00 to 24h00. 

 

GoodLuck

GoodLuck

The line up includes the following popular South African artists, who all in their own way have fascinating stories to tell in terms of their musical journeys:

 

  • Goodluck
  • Das Kapital
  • Tresor
  • Mix n Blend 
  • Los Tacos
  • DJ InviZAble feat. Computer General
  • Manny Walters
  • Ben Dey & the Concrete Lions
  • The Liminals

 

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketpro.co.za/ 

 

Children under 12 (accompanied by adult)       FREE

Learners under 18 (accompanied by adult) R80.00

Pre-Sale                                                            R120.00

At the Gate                                                        R130.00

Thirty years ago Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, wrote and recorded the most important song of his life.

In 1984 he was already a successful musician, as a member of Harari and a critically acclaimed solo artist.

He’d penned and played some of the finest original South African-born music of his generation, but it was the recoding in September 1984 of the monster-hit “Burn Out” that changed everything for its maker, catapulting him to a new level of fame and turning him into something of a superstar.

Released the year PW Botha, the former President, declared a state of emergency in, this impeccably funky township disco jive jam became the first major crossover hit in South Africa, selling in excess of half a million copies. Over the years the song has been remixed by international DJs and covered by many more South African artists, qualifying it as one of the country’s most cherished classic tracks ever.

Beyond competent and hugely applauded, the magic Mabuse continues to make, close on 50 years since he first hit a drum, learnt to play the flute and alto flute, piano, saxophone, kalimba, timbale and the African drum, his raw ability and talent has known no limits! “I’m very thankful and grateful for what “Burn Out” brought with it,” he says. “I believe in my ancestors and they’ve done a wonderful job at looking after me through the years.”

“Burn Out” evolved in his head, long before it finally hit the page. “It was directing itself, spiritually,” Mabuse explains. “When it did finally show itself it took all of 10 minutes to write! And then my life went to a whole new level. It has probably defined me. I am that song.”

Thirty years later and Mabuse’s not only celebrating many happy returns of a hit song and extraordinary career, he’s hard at work crafting the next chapter. “I believe my finest work is still to come,” the perfectionist insists. “I can’t stand still, and in many ways I feel as though I’ve come full circle.”

Whether or not that means there’s a “Burn Out 2.0” building inside the national treasure, Mabuse’s not saying. “I am evolving all the time, so perhaps my ancestors will keep on being kind,” he says with a smile. Either way fans can rest assured there will be plenty more hits and memories as long as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse elects it.

The 30 years of Burn out album is available on I Tunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/burnout-30th-anniversary-edition/id921045327

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 83 448 4475

Sipho Mabuse Timelessness at the Lyric 1 Oct 2014 with Pops Mohamed, Alec Khaloi, PJ Powers, Condry Ziqubu

Thank  you to the following team

Sound  – Sound Corporation – Mark de Klerk

Technical Production Lighting, design, concept and operation  – JP Willson

Publicity Martin Myers and Samm Marshall

Event management – Razia Myers, Casey Barclay

Ticketing – Naledi Mabuse, Palesa Mabuse

Show produced by Sipho Mabuse and Martin Myers

Lyric Theatre  – Calum Stevenson, Zara Gafney, Graham Brune

Video recording – Paul Hughes

Live sound recording – Richard Mitchell

Superstar guests to join Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse at Lyric Theatre on 1 October 2014

HEAVYWEIGHTS CONFIRMED TO SUPPORT SIPHO

On Wednesday evening, 1 October, Sipho Mabuse will perform at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, presenting a special single performance with some of the biggest names in music.

The iconic PJ Powers and the legendary Pops Mohamed, will share the night with Sipho who has entitled the show Timelessness .

The show will pay take fans on an extraordinary and unique musical journey which will pay tribute to some of the greatest figures in music.

Timelessness will comprise two sets, the first opening with the singer/songwriter,/producer and multi-instrumentalist’s debut composition.

 

Sipho will perform alongside his friends and two surviving members of his first band Harari. Om Alec Khaoli and Condry Ziqubu) will join him on stage to revive “Party Soul Fire”, one of the group’s earliest hit singles.

Besides great songs, The Lyric Theatre will witness rich and rewarding musical friendships being reaffirmed in live performance. The second half of this once-off trip down memory lane will open with“ Thabu Bosiu”, another of Mabuse’s standout classics. There will also be surprise performances that will only be revealed once the Sipho and his band are in full flight on the night.

 

The evening’s performances will be punctuated by classic renditions of songs that have inspired Sipho from The Beatles “Norwegian Wood” through to Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band’s“We’ve Got Tonight”. Sipho’s timeless renditions of unlikely favourites are sure to ignite the night whilst the staging and the lighting promises to wow the audience almost as much as Sipho and friends will enchant. A video crew will be on hand to capture the evening for posterity.

 

It has been 30 years since “Burnout” blew up the charts and changed local pop music forever –and 50 years since Sipho began his journey in song.

 

On 1 October patrons inside The Lyric Theatre will be assured of a show filled with great friends, exceptional music and remarkable stories.

Head out to Gold Reef City, and join us in celebrating these multiple anniversaries with Sipho’s friends, and peers. Expect tributes, tears and Timelessness aplenty as Sipho Mabuse unpacks, retells and delights the night with songs and stories that remain as fresh and inspiring as the man himself.

Momentous it promises to be – magic and memorable for all fortunate enough to be present.

Tickets are available from Computicket.co.za or call: 0861 915 8000

 

For more information contact:
Triple M Entertainment
Martin Myers
E-mail: martin@triplementertainment.co.za
Mobile: +27 083 448 4475

 

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