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.


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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.



Music Alla Kaap – Sat 27th Sept Grand West Arena Cape Town – book now

Cape Town in September is an exciting time, especially if you’re a fan of spring and Roeshdien Jaz

The day to diarise is Saturday 27 September. That’s when the “Perfect mood”, “Feel for life”, “Inside ’n out” and “Love is in the house” hit maker, along with his five-piece band, will take to The Nassau Centre’s stage on Palmyra Road in Newlands.


The theme of the Multi-talented, Singer/Songwriter, Lifestyle Coach and Inspirational Speaker’s concert is all about taking some time out, to celebrate the gift of life. To reflect on all that we have to be grateful for in our lives right now. “It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s wrong with our lives and the world right now,” Roeshdien says. “Granted, that needs to be acknowledged. There are equally as many things to be grateful for. This special evening is an invitation to everyone, and anyone, to join the amazing Siphokazi Jonas and I, in The Gratitude Café.


Inspired by a group that Roeshdien and a friend started on Facebook, The Gratitude Café, which has subsequently, evolved into a show that will play out a fusion of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Reggae and Spoken word/Poetry come 27 September 2014. The entire show promises patrons music, lyrics, socially conscious, with a commercial appeal. “It’s a show where like-minded people can connect and share the things that they are grateful for in their lives right now,” Roeshdien explains. “I will be performing all my popular radio singles and also pay special tribute to some of my biggest inspirations. Picture this…the spirit of Sir Francis Albert Sinatra, Robert Nesta Marley, Sergio Mendes, Jamiroquai, Brendan Adams to name a few, all in the same space for one night only.”


Add a remarkable opening act Siphokazi Jonas, a member of the Exodus Klan Poetry Collective, to the night’s proceedings and patrons can look forward to some socially conscious poetry. In June this year she shared the stage with two well-known American poets, Janette…Ikz and Ezekiel, on the Cape Town leg of their South African tour. Siphokazi is also part of the ‘Cape Town Collaborative’, established by the ‘Epiphany Band’, a collaboration consisting of five vocalists and two poets who recently released the women’s day song and video, “I am woman”.



Look out for the launch of the ‘Roeshdien Jaz’, new look website (www.roeshdienjaz.com), special prizes up for grabs, and the official worldwide digital release of his two popular radio singles, “Inside n out” and “Love is in the house”. (iTunes, Amazon etc.). Three of his songs have just been confirmed to be used in the popular South African weekday soapie, Isidingo. Add the promise of a full debut album to be released in the Summer 2014, and of course the much anticipated, ‘Roeshdien Jaz Live, ‘The Gratitude Café’ concert, is sure to be a night to remember…#Uplift&Inspire


Concert tickets go live on the 22 August 2014 at 9am. Early bird booking discount price of R130 up until the 31 August. Thereafter a normal price of R150 applies, all via Computicket. The MC for the evening is no other than The Distinguished Gentleman, Andre Solomon.


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

Chair Person of Music Exchange Sipho “Hotstix” to Perform at Liliesleaf

Chair Person of Music Exchange  Sipho “Hotstix” to Perform at Liliesleaf to mark & commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial  


Liliesleaf to Mark & Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s “I am Prepared to Die” Statement from the Dock during the Rivonia Trial with a Concert at Liliesleaf on Sunday 20th April, 2014
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse will perform on Sunday 20th April at Liliesleaf to mark and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s seminal statement delivered from the dock during the Rivonia Trial.
The Rivonia Trial provided the accused with the ideal platform to present their case to the world and Nelson Mandela used this opportunity to deliver a compelling argument and case as to why the Liberation Movement moved from passive resistance to armed struggle.
As we approach 20 years of democracy, it provides all South Africans with the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved, how far we have come as a country, and what events like the Rivonia Trial meant to the struggle in the fight for democracy. Nelson Mandela’s statement and in particular his closing remarks in which he said “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”, goes to the very heart and essence of what the struggle embodied and characterised.
In expressing his reason for performing at Liliesleaf on the 20th April, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, remarked that “Liliesleaf remains a monument to the fight against injustice – may the spirit of the Rivonia Trialists be forever etched in the memory for future generations”.
For more Information on the event please contact Nicholas Wolpe on (011) 803 7882 or Martin Myers (083 ) 448 4475
Tickets  can be bought thru Webtickets
Physical Address:  7 George Avenue, Rivonia,  Johannesburg,  Republic of South Africa

Sipho Mabuse coming to Welkom 26th Dec for festival with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Stimela, Condry Ziqubu, Alec Khaoli and many more gates open 11am

Sipho Mabuse coming to Welkom 26th Dec for festival

Sipho Mabuse coming to Welkom 26th Dec for festival

District Six to Hollywood

November 25 2013 at 11:04am by Terri Dunbar-Curran

From http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/district-six-to-hollywood-1.1611771#.UpNQIxbrbzJ

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MATES: Hollywood film composer Trevor Jones poses with Oscar.

AS A young boy from District Six playing truant from school, Trevor Jones spent a lot of time in the cinema. Decades later, he suspects that those hours spent in the company of an alcoholic projectionist with a habit of dozing off on the job, led to his fulfilling career as a Hollywood film composer.

Inevitably the projectionist would allow the rods to burn down and the image on screen would fade, and so Jones developed an understanding of the relationship between the image and sound. “Film needs sound to give it that realism, and make it palatable,” he says, adding that music is a direct emotional line to the audience and that it helps to bring out the meaning in films.

His days of playing truant soon passed and Jones won a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ. From there he went on to work at the BBC as a classical music reviewer. He also became the first composer to attend the National Film School in England.

Together with Music Exchange he will share stories from his rich career during a master class at the South African College of Music at UCT today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

Jones has composed scores for films like Labyrinth, Brassed Off, The Last of the Mohicans, Cliffhanger,Notting Hill, From Hell and Around the World in 80 Days. His career has seen him work with directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Sir Ridley Scott, as well as performers David Bowie, U2, Sting, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello.

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A CHORD: Trevor Jones composed the music for Brassed Off. He sees a score as a way of connecting with the audience and deepening emotion.

But he has never forgotten his beginnings and how as a teenager he left behind the world he knew to go in search of Hollywood. “I was a Kaapse skollie,” he laughs. “I only discovered consommé on the boat.” With little more than the clothes he was wearing, his adventure in England began. “The only way forwards was upwards,” he recalls.

“I wanted to be a film composer, and for a kid from District Six that was like wanting to be an astronaut. In hindsight it really was like aiming for the moon, but people did get to the moon – and I did get to Hollywood!”

At this point in his life he is focusing on giving back. He firmly believes that if it wasn’t for the opportunities he was given he could still be sitting on Chapel Street. “I’m not digging roads, building structures, or finding a cure for cancer. I’m in the entertainment world and that for me is such a privilege,” he says. “I’ve been so fortunate. I do feel I’ve had a very charmed life.” But he stresses that often it’s hard work that breeds success and that’s the message he hopes to pass on to the younger generation. “Yes, I’ve been lucky, but I did work extremely hard. What you put in you get out – investing in the bank of life.”

That desire to pass on what he’s learnt is one of the reasons he’s so excited by Music Exchange which brings together music industry figures to share their experiences and encourage others. This week’s master class gives him an opportunity to extend that dialogue.

Rather than spending the time “pontificating about the essence of film music”, how to write a score and elaborating on his own creative process, Jones aims to tailor the class to his audience. “My master classes are about the people that attend them. I want to know why you’ve come and what issues you need to address.”

During the course of answering questions he’s certain the structures in Hollywood, the technicalities of creating soundtracks and copyright laws will all “trickle out”, but his main focus is finding out what the group needs. “Depending on the questions, it could be deadly boring, hysterically funny, or a mine of information. I hope it’s the latter two,” he smiles. Either way, it’ll cover the glamour and glitz as much as the nuts and bolts of the industry.

Jones is spending more time working in Cape Town, explaining that for years he’s felt “deracinated”, but he’s beginning to feel rooted again. He believes film can give a huge injection to the local economy. He explains that once Hollywood was semi-desert. “Look at it now. It’s the fifth largest economy in the world. Why? Film!”

“We just need to be unblinkered and unfettered in the way we look at ourselves and our environment.” He adds that his generation need to rid themselves of the baggage that is holding them back and start taking pride in themselves and our future.

To book for the master class, call 083 448 4475.

Manhattans & Regina Belle moved to 2014

It is with regret that the Manhattans /Regina Belle and Adrian Crutchfield show scheduled for 26 Oct 2013 has had to be moved to early 2014.

Lifestyle Events International spokesperson Bevan Chetty remarked this morning that “Despite the efforts of both parties a 7 day window could be found in the artists schedule to get them to Cape Town prior to the event”

Lifestyle Events international insisted on the artists being in Cape Town 4 days prior to the show and the agent for both bands in the USA could not find this window in their schedule in 2013

The show will happen in 2014.

Full refunds are available from Computicket.

To all the loyal fans who have waited for news and been so patient we the Lifestyle Events International team would like to thank everyone for their understanding.


Bevan Chetty

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