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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FreshlyGround to Headline Concerts in the Park on Sunday 7th April at De Waal Park

Sunday 17th March at De Waal Park -Gardens with Jimmy Nevis

On Sunday Jimmy Nevis and the Rockets and Saudiq Khan will be at De Waal Park in Gardens

R20.00 gets you in

Music starts at 2pm

CONCERTS IN THE PARK is pleased to announce that at 2pm on the 3 February 2019, at De Waal Park in Cape Town we will be starting the Concert Season with star studded lineup.

Sipho “HOTSTIX” Mabuse
The Rudimentals
Supported by Mmino

For the first time ever, the legendary Sipho “HOTSTIX” Mabuse will be performing at DeWaal Park. Sipho is an integral part of the entertainment industry, and his contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is appreciated and honoured by music lovers the world over. In fact, throughout the course of his 54-year career, Sipho has become a musical ambassador for South Africa.

Sipho late last year had a sold out show at the Baxter and is busier than ever. He remarked about De Waal Park ‘ I will be playing all the songs fans have come to associate with me like Jive Soweto, Shikisha and of course Burnout and we will throw in some surprises as well.’

Second on the lineup CONCERTS IN THE PARK are so pleased to welcome our long standing friends THE RUDIMENTALS. 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 headliners will be supported by the newly formed band MMINO.
The band members are based in Khayelitsha. The band was formed by Mohau Moahloli after playing for multiple bands around Cape Town. Mmino’s music is original and is influenced by the diverse African culture it has the fusion of African pop, Afro soul disco, Mbhaqanga jams with a twist of reggae making it more current and relevant music. All instruments are played live on stage , the music is inspired by the everyday experiences in the second largest township of South Africa. Being an example for the youth, they create music that caters for young and old across all races.

This first Concert will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience these amazing artists at ALMOST NO COST. Tickets will cost R20.00 per person and will be available for sale at Computicket from later this week and also at the gates on the day of the concert.

We look forward to seeing everybody for our Nation Building, community concerts for a Sunday of unbelievable entertainment.

Sipho Mabuse and the Rudimentals and Mmino for De Waal Park – Sunday 3rd Feb

Legendary South African artist Sipho Mabuse creates another milestone in his career with a 1st time ever performance at De Waal park in Upper Orange Street Gardens.

on Sunday 3rd February from 2pm with the Rudimentals and Mmino who performed with Sipho last year at a sold out Baxter Concert Hall in October 2018.

Sipho remarked their are so few place to perform in major cities and when the organisers approached my manager Martin Myers ,I had no hesitation in saying Yes
Why not do different places he said.

We are playing in a band stand that goes back many years The Concerts will be staged in the original Edwardian bandstand which was manufactured by Messrs Walter McFarlane & Co of Glasgow and presented to ‘the corporation’ in Cape Town by the Traders-Market & Exhibition Ltd. London in 1904.

It was moved from the original exhibition space in Green Point to De Waal Park some years later.

Book via Computicket R20.00

citp poster sipho copy

Roeshdien Jaz up for ESP young legends award -please vote

A good friend and hard working artist Roeshdien Jaz is up for ESPYOUNGLEGENDS AWARD IN 2019

Do click on this link and vote Please

http://www.espafrika.com/finalists-2019/

Fostering Fever, spearheaded by Sophia Foster at the Artscape Arena Theatre on 20 and 21 July 2018

Fostering Fever, spearheaded by Sophia Foster, will showcase 12 young artists backed by a young seven-piece band at the Artscape Arena Theatre on 20 and 21 July 2018.

Each act in Fostering Fever will present their creative journey in the face of challenging odds. These are real-life stories

This Fostering Fever empowerment initiative includes the first-hand retelling of real-life stories of each artist, depicting what happens in their neighbourhoods.

Mentored by Sophia Foster, one of South Africa’s entertainment pioneers, the cast will present two performances guided by Sophia and musical director Celeste Williams.

Celeste has worked with Loyiso, Emo Adams, Soli Philander, Alistair Izobell and Gloria Bosman. She has also collaborated with Josh Groban, Diana Ross, Michael Bublé and Foreigner. Her TV work has included being the anchor for Lieriekeraai.

Sophia Foster will feature in the show as the catalyst who opened the door to mentor and train these young performers through her foundation, The Fostering Foundation. She will share the stage with her students in showcasing their journey and the development of their talent.

Actor Jody Abrahams has thrown his support behind the foundation and will direct the show. Abraham’s began his professional acting career in the role of Broertjie in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s District Six – The Musical and worked for almost two years on this show, including a tour to Johannesburg and finally Edinburgh. Other roles include Kat and the Kings, Poison, Ghoema and Second Time Around.

Through the involvement of the Fostering Foundation in the Youth Jazz Festival, held in March 2018 at Steenberg High School, Sophia auditioned singers and dancers. Out of that experience, a group of girl dancers were enrolled into The Fostering Foundation and will appear as part of the Fostering Fever showcase.

The band members were sourced through the Celeste Williams development project, which is focused on the development of previously disadvantaged young musicians of the Western Cape.

“Local support is fundamental in providing a platform for the development of our youth within the arts. We need to ensure that the talent of our kids is encouraged, appreciated and showcased whenever the opportunity arises,” Sophia Foster adds. “We are truly grateful for the opportunity that Artscape has afforded us enabling dreams to turn into reality through the Fostering Foundation Initiative.”

What: Fostering Fever
Where: Artscape Arena Theatre
When: 20, 21 July 2018 at 8pm
Fostering Fever tickets Artscape: R120 each

Info: Martin Myers martmyers

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