Karin Kortjé has a new single out, called “Live out Loud”. And it is the first song from the pen of the former SA Idols winner.

Karin releases powerful self-penned single

Karin sounds as good as ever, with the vocal abilities she displays yet again a testimony of her extraordinary God-given talent.

This song follows on the very successful single “Baby come to Me” that was a radio hit for Karin. But while “Baby come to Me” is a nice upbeat tune, “Live out Loud” is more like an anthem – with a definite message of hope to everybody finding him or herself in a tough situation.

And those struggling with the stark reality of dealing with Covid-19 and the lockdown would definitely find comfort in the lyrics that are so apt for our world that has irrevocably been transformed by the deadly virus.

Karin explains: “I wrote the song with Tyrone Marinus, he is guitarist and producer. He approached me about a month ago, explaining that this was his new venture and that he wanted to start producing songs. He said if I wanted to write and record songs, he was available.

“So, we wrote the song here at my house and then we recorded it at his house. He has a setup there – not a professional studio – but it is professional equipment. He sent the song to somebody else for remastering.”

The inspiration behind the song was Karin’s personal journey and the challenges she faced in her life. But she is cognisant of the fact that every human being faces different challenges, so the song speaks to overcoming life’s challenges in general.

“There are many problems facing people today, like rape, physical and verbal abuse, health issues, unemployment, family issues, crime… so people can basically just think about their own journey and struggles when listening to the song and hopefully find comfort and hope in it. We do survive, we do overcome our challenges, so we just need to stay strong and positive.

“Allow that to inspire you and be bold and live out loud. That is the title of the song, Live out Loud. Before the Cornavirus and Covid-19 children being murdered was in the spotlight again and that also just motivated me. I felt so helpless and I wanted to do something. So, when we started writing that was the driving force behind the song.

“I told Tyrone we are both parents and we need to put ourselves in the shoes of those parents who have lost children under those circumstances. During that time my son Cameron one evening during the week went to confirmation class at church and some guys followed him on his way home, with the intention of robbing him.

“He showed them his Bible and hymn book and fortunately they left him alone. That was the same night Taznay van Wyk was murdered. Cameron usually informs us when he’s finished, and we then fetch him but that night he didn’t. We were so worried and when the news of Taznay came through the next day, I just broke down crying thinking it could have been my son.”

The song is also giving hope to people battling to deal with the current Lockdown.

Karin does all the vocals on the song, but she has a surprise backing vocalist in her baby boy Joshua (5), who will melt hearts with his cute, sweet voice.

The song will be available on all digital platforms such as Apple Music, Google Play Music, Simfy Africa, Deezer and Tidal on 21 May 2020.

Sipho Mabuse, Sophia Foster, Alistair Izobel for Music Alla Kaap Sat 27th September Grand Arena

Cape Town’s annual music extravaganza Music Alla Kaap is back for its third year running at the GrandWest Arena in Cape Town for one night only on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 8pm.

Following 5 sold out shows in two years’, this has become a must-see event on Cape Town’s social calendar.

Music Alla Kaap will be celebrating South Africa’s music icons and the best of the mother city’s artists and entertainers coming together to perform on one stage.

The star-studded line-up will be hosted by veteran stage, film and television star Shaleen Surtie-Richards for a second consecutive year.

She was recently seen in Lara Foot’s adaptation of the stage production Scrooge and was the master of ceremonies at the 10th Cape Town Comedy Festival.

The show is a celebration of great music featuring performances by Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Alvon Collison, Nur Abrahams, Karin Kortje, Sophia Foster, Salome

The show  includes a 6-piece band headed up by one of Cape Town’s top music director’s Trevino Isaacs, Don-veno Prins on saxophone, Ryan Kierman – trombone, Lorenzo Blignaught – trumpet, Jason de Laney on guitar and Melvin Williams on bass.

Music Alla Kaap is produced and conceptualized by Alistair Izobell who will also be performing on stage with the rest of the stars, together with a few other surprising artists on the night.

For Sipho  this September  marks the 30th anniversary of the icon’s hit-makers song “Burn out”, where 500 000 copies of this selling-single changed the face and shape of Afro-pop and township jive like no other song or artist in SA  pop music history.

Mabuse is a 2005 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Chairman of the non-profit organisation Music Exchange and a 46664 Ambassador having performed at both London’s Hyde Park in 2008 and New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

The line-up of acts to join Mabuse includes Cape Town’s ‘Mr Showbiz’, Alvon Collison who’s been entertaining audiences for more than 35 years.  This all-round entertainer has appeared in a variety of shows over the years, and has made several TV appearances on entertainment programmes throughout his career.

Sophia Foster forms part of the incredible line-up as well.  Her unique talent has transcended all boundaries of music and secured her place as one of the country’s top divas of song. Today, she is one of South Africa’s pioneers and much loved ‘sisters of song’.

Foster has performed internationally and to local audiences over the past four decades. Having starred in various musical extravaganzas, it’s her one woman shows that have earned Foster her greatest acclaim.  She’s been compared to those of Billy Holiday, Lena Horn and Shirley Bassey, and is been celebrated for her unique and sophisticated style.

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Music Alla Kaap 2014

Local Cape Town singer Karin Kortje joins the ensemble of entertainers with her sultry and powerful singing voice.  Suave vocalist Nur Abrahams brings his musical charm to the show.  This seasoned artist has appeared in a number of productions.  His performed to local and international audiences as is well-known for his performances in David Kramer’s award-winning musicals and was a former member of the popular band JAG.

Singing sensation Salome Damon Johansen is no stranger to Cape Town audiences. She’s travelled and performed in various cities with Madame Zingara, and formed part of the Diva Tour featuring SA’s top female singers in Cape Town.

Tickets range from R120 – R180 and booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.


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