Cape Times personal reflection on passing of Hugh Masekela

Thank you to the Cape Times for calling me to write a personal reflection on the passing of Bra Hugh this week

Not an easy to do

Rest in Peace -Hugh

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Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train today announced their momentous co-headline 2018 North American summer tour

Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2018) – Multi-platinum and award-winning artists Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train today announced their momentous co-headline North American summer tour, kicking off May 1 in Sacramento, CA and wrapping August 11 in Seattle, WA. Produced by Live Nation, the extensive trek will make over 35 stops across the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and more. This marks the first time legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates will tour together with fellow award winning hitmakers, Train. Fans can expect full sets from both Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, followed by a showstopping joint set.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, January 29 at 10am local time in most cities on LiveNation.com. Please see below for full tour itinerary and details.

Daryl Hall said of the summer outing, “This is going to be a tour filled with fun as well as great music. I love Train, and have a close relationship with Pat Monahan, going back to our ‘Live From Daryl’s House’ show together.”

“ Looking forward to an amazing tour with our buddies from Train and seeing all our fans around the country in 2018,” added John Oates.

“I’ve known Daryl Hall and John Oates for a few years now and after being their fan my entire life, we now get to tour with them and spend time with legends in the world of music. This will be a career highlight for all of us in Train and a show that you won’t want to miss,” said Pat Monahan.

The 2018 tour also marks the return of Daryl Hall and John Oates’ HoagieNation Festival, taking place Saturday, May 26 in their hometown of Philadelphia at the Festival Pier. The annual celebration of food, music and culture will include tour mates Train as well as special guests Fitz and the Tantrums, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, and more to be announced. There will also be a pre-party Friday, May 25 at the Fillmore Philadelphia, complete with live music and an exclusive culinary experience. Full festival details at www.HoagieNation.com .

Daryl Hall & John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, according to the R.I.A.A. The duo from Philadelphia has scored six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom.

In 2003, Daryl and John were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, they were honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And, in 2016, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Daryl Hall & John Oates with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco, CA that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album – hits include “Drops Of Jupiter,” “Hey, Soul Sister” “Drive By” and “Play That Song.” They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, amassed over a billion streams with multiple platinum/gold citations, and dozens of other honors. Last year, the band released their 8th studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, via Columbia Records spawning the lead single, “Play That Song,” which went platinum in 4 countries including the US, hit Top 5 on the US iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, charted at Adult Top 40 and holds almost 70 Million streams on Spotify alone.

Citi ® is the official presale credit card for the Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 10am local time until Sunday, January 28 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com .

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES AND TRAIN 2018 TOUR:

Tue May 01 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Fri May 04 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Sun May 06 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Tue May 08 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena
Thu May 10 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat May 12 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Wed May 16 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Fri May 18 Chicago, IL United Center
Sun May 20 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Tue May 22 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Thu May 24 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Sat May 26 Philadelphia, PA HoagieNation Festival
Tue Jun 05 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Thu Jun 07 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Sat Jun 09 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Mon Jun 11 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
Thu Jun 14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Mon Jun 18 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
Wed Jun 20 Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center
Fri Jun 22 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Sun Jun 24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Tue Jun 26 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Thu Jun 28 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Sat Jun 30 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Fri Jul 13 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sun Jul 15 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Wed Jul 18 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Fri Jul 20 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sun Jul 22 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Tue Jul 24 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Thu Jul 26 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sat Jul 28 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Tue Jul 31 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sat Aug 04 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Tue Aug 07 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Thu Aug 09 Portland, OR Moda Center
Sat Aug 11 Seattle, WA KeyArena

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com .

I think the world has gone mad…

I got this note from a friend of mine -Too good not to share

I think the world has gone mad…with Trump leading the charge.

Too much news’ bombardment…..too much attention paid to people who really do not matter

Gossip on a global scale.

Global lack of privacy, everyone is talking , but saying nothing of substance…… and no one is listening or being able to, at the very least, decipher the noise from the words that matter from the people worthy of being listened to.

The people who created social media should be arrested for crimes against common sense.

On a happy note Enjoy the view of Table Mountain .

Have a splendid week ahead .

RJ BENJAMIN TO HOST MASTERCLASS IN CAPE TOWN ON SATURDAY 13 JANUARY

RJ BENJAMIN TO HOST MASTERCLASS IN CAPE TOWN

Written by Lonwabo Marele

RJ BENJAMIN promised to Change The World one day at a time, while many may say he has been quiet for quite sometime, the man with over 15 years of experience in the music industry is back in the mothercity to host a music masterclass at the Paul Bothner in Claremont on Saturday, January 13.

Born Roy J. Benjamin, but formally known by his stage name, RJ Benjamin is an award winning songwriter, producer and vocal coach.
In 2009 he took the world by storm with his hit single, Change The World, which sparked masses and collaborations worldwide.

He has worked with local and international artists such as Tamara Dey, Lira , Ziyon, ProVerb, Slikhour, Elvis Blue, DJ Cleo, Danny K, and New York based award winning artist, Jann Klose in Johannesburg.

Some of his most successful students include winner of Idols SA season 10 Vincent Bones, Vusi Nova, Naak Musiq, Amanda Black and Anatii.

RJ Benjamin said late in 2001 and early 2002, he spent a lot of time as a music lecturer, which led him to meet a young man who asked him to play his music, in return, donating R30,000 for studio time.

RJ Benjamin said many musicians would ask when would he record his album(s), and after a spur of excitement in 2004, he released his debut album, “Who I am”.

“It was the best thing because it improved the quality of my songs and song writing. I got a lot of calls to write songs for artists,” he said.

RJ Benjamin, who recently dropped his 5th album, titled 5th Story in December last year, said technology has changed the music industry, “it has never been a better time for African sound.”

“It is not enough to just post music for streaming anymore. There are digital companies out there to assist. But artists often ask themselves: do I need to be signed on a record label? How will people who never heard of me find my music? The play field is the same worldwide,” he said.

“Producers are getting better at mimicking but are also getting their unique style. People want to be played on BBC Radio but have the same trap sound they have in America. I was a music director in Nigeria and their sound is going to take the world by storm. In SA we need to focus on creating something that is going to make you stand out. Sounds like Stimela, Hugh Masekela, Tresors, Shekhinah, Amanda Black etc, people will call them up internationally and play them often,” RJ Benjamin said.

RJ Benjamin said the masterclass will focus on how to release music in 2018, on how to get a quality printed music cover, how artists with small studios can make their music quality by using various apps, distribution companies and many more topics.

Entry is R50,00 at the door, from 10am till 12pm noon. Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont.

RJ Benjamin masterclass Saturday 13 January at Bothners in Claremont read all about it

RJ Benjamin’s Masterclass -“How to release YOUR music in 2018” is going to be nothing short of amazing.

RJ has worked with and produced for some of the top artists in SA including: Tamra Dey ,Lira ,Ziyon,Proverb to name but a few.

He also spent the better part of 2017 producing and writing songs with New York based and Grammy nominated Artist Jann Klose in Johannesburg .

In the midst of all that RJ put out the album the 5th Story late last year.

Asked why do a masterclass RJ reply was quick and crisp “If the older artists are not passing on Knowledge we have a problem .I have always loved teaching and sharing knowledge and attendees ,will have practical tools to use to bring their music to market in 2018 ”

RJ will discuss the correct way to release YOUR music with special reference to his new album the “5th Story”

Physical copies will be on sale as well, post the masterclass.

Topics to be covered include :

Album ,EP or Single.

Physical vs Digital Distribution.

What is an ISRC code.

RISA

Publishing.

How do song writing splits work.

How do you get big name artists like Ziyon to appear on the album.

Session players and payment.

Mixing and Mastering.

CD Printing costs.

Sampling radio.

Turn up Music.

Press releases

There is plenty of time for a Q and A after the talk and all that we are asking is for a R50 .00 donation at the door on arrival

Venue -PAUL BOTHNER CLAREMONT

TIME 10AM TO 12 NOON

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018

PHONE 021 674 4030 -BOTHNER STORE CLAREMONT

The master class is brought to you by TurnUp Music and Paul Bothner and Music Exchange

Delighted to be 3rd most read contributor to BizCommunity Lifestyle and Entertainment Portal in 2017

What a wonderful surprise to read the stats that our weekly piece #MUSICEXCHANGE is the 3rd most read in the Lifestyle and Entertainment Portal for 2017.

The BizCommunity website has over 2.7Million monthly page views.(31 Oct Sats )

The top 10 listed below

See you in 2018 -Any music related stories ,please email me.

Exclusive Talk To Stu Bannatyne, One Of The World’s Best Sailors, About Music And Life

 

Stu Bannatyne portrait. Dongfeng Race Team.  Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race. 24 November, 2017.

Photo by Jen Edney/Volvo Ocean Race

We spoke exclusively this week to Legendary New Zealand sailor Stu Bannatyne, dubbed the ‘King of the Southern Ocean’ who has spent a major part of the last two decades racing through that area of the world.

He is what I would descibe as the “Roger Federer” of Round the world Sailing.

He has competed in seven Volvo Ocean Races.

Bannatyne won the Volvo Ocean Race (then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race) in his first attempt, when he sailed on NZ Endeavour during the 1993–94 Whitbread Round the World Race.

He has also sailed in eight Fastnet Races, three Transpacific Yacht Races and in 11 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races.

He admits that he’s addicted to the pull of the most remote areas of the planet.

I caught up with him this week in Cape Town on board the race yacht –Dongfeng Racing prior to departure to talk music.

You are from New Zealand so which band do you love is it:  Crowded House or Split Enz or Super Groove? 

Split Enz for sure. 

Split Enz was a rock band from New Zealand that was popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was founded 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd.

I love songs like “I Got You” a number one hit for them, “One Step Ahead”, “History Never Repeats”, and “Six Months in a Leaky Boat”. Hopefully that won’t happen on leg three to Melbourne .In fact you will be reading this while we are deep in the Southern ocean on the way to Melbourne .It should take 18 days.

Leg 2. Arrivals from Lisbon to Cape Town. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 24 November, 2017.

Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

When are you happiest?

I am happiest when spending time with my family 

What does sailing mean to you?

It is my whole world. 

Any funny moments on a Volvo65?

There are many funny moments and there are a lot of funny moments that I probably can’t or won’t tell you about either. 

Do you play music on board – what is on the play list?

No I don’t listen to music. If I did have a playlist though it would be George Thorogood for getting amped up. “Bad to the bone” for example is good to get you fired up if you need it.

Your heroes?

Don’t really have heroes as such but through sailing I certainly admire people like Peter Blake for what he has achieved in the sport. More recently I am a big fan of Peter Burling too. 

Which living person do you admire most and why?

My wife, definitely! She runs our household and our family when I am away (which is a lot!) and works full time as well. She is just an amazing person. 

What is your most treasured possession?

Not sure if it really counts as a possession but my family, for sure! Other than that, I am quite fond of my tractor. I got a tractor earlier this year to get on top of looking after the grass and doing a few odd jobs at home. 

What makes you stand out?

Normally my height makes me stand out. In terms of sailing, it would probably be my even temperament. 

If you were not a sailor what would you do?

I would probably be an engineer working in the marine industry. 

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Level headed, conservative (sometimes), family man – technically five words? 

5 favorite albums of all time 

So you want to be a rock and roll star –The Byrds

Back in Black  – AC/DC

The Wall  – Pink Floyd

Split Enz Greatest Hits for sure. 

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise

Who do you love?

Family of course! 

What is your favorite word?

I have never thought about that one. I wouldn’t have a clue! 

Your greatest achievement?

My family.

What is your fear?

Losing someone close to me.

Happiness is?

Spending time with the family. 

Whilst racing I tend to?

Focus pretty hard on just the racing. Nothing else. 

The best life lesson you have been taught

It is not a life lesson as such but just live by morals and standards that you believe in.

Where would you like to be right now?

There is nowhere else I would rather be than here. 

Leg 02, Lisbon to Cape Town, day 09, afternoon on board Dongfeng. fish eye shots. Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race. 13 November, 2017.

Photo by Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Race.

Social media links

Website : https://www.dongfengraceteam.cn

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DongfengRaceTeam

Twitter : https://twitter.com/DongfengRacing

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