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.



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





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

A talent on the rise Chris Werge -Launched debut album this week in Cape Town

The show was held at Roxy Review bar at GrandWest on Wednesday evening to a full house of media and friends of the singer.

The press release describes him as “Graceful, warm, soulful and uplifting are words one would use to describe the Indie Folk sound of Cape Town singer-songwriter, Chris Werge.”

With his soothing vocals and acoustic inclination, he transports listeners into a deeper experience of the soul-bearing subject matter of his compositions.

Chris has never been short of inspiration, but lends his most maturing influences from the characteristic story-telling of Indie group, Death Cab For Cutie, the well-balanced and tasteful sound of singer-songwriter John Mayer, and the hopeful anthems of artist Phil Wickham.

In 2014, discovered and mentored by Manager, Gavin Taylor and Vocalist, Bev Scott-Brown, Chris has focused his gift and passionate heart for the upliftment of others into a debut studio album entitled “Exposure”, which is released now with all songs available on ITunes .

Having recorded the album at Thundabird Studios, his production team includes Neil Benjamin (Producer) and Gerhard Grobler (Recording Engineer).

Key band members for the album include Werner Von Waltsleben (drums), Shaun Johannes (bass), Neil Benjamin (lead guitar), and Lynne Poulsen (keyboard, string & brass arrangement).

He now needs to get out and play more shows .Hopefully adult radio( or AC radio ) picks up on his work and plays his songs .Chris could be described as a young talent waiting to bloom and with careful guidance in 2015 he could be an artist worth catching and watching now !


Rolling Stone Magazine SA has laid down “the gauntlet”. Miles Keylock, the enigmatic leader of South Africa’s most prolific music publication, took time at Music Exchange 2013 to address the vibrant crowd in attendance. Keylock, who looks every bit the “Rock Star”, told the masses that “I am ready to help” and “My door is always open, please come knock on my door”.

The Rolling Stone session at Music Exchange 2013 was surely the highlight inside Day 2 of Music Exchange 2013, Africa’s Premiere Music Conference held in it’s #1 location, The City of Cape Town, South Africa. The conference, in its 3rd year, was an eclectic display of information for the expert and novice alike. Rolling Stone Magazine stole the show on Day 2, with a panel of journalists and executives, dedicated to motivating the music community in SA.

Miles Keylock, the Editor in Chief, and leader of Rolling Stone’s quest to energize the Artist community to reinvent itself, left the conference with his reason; “Its Because I Give a Shit”. And judging by the emergence of Rolling Stone Magazine as the most important music publication in SA history, Keylock’s bold vision is not far

Music Exchange

Music Exchange

The Script will be performing for the first time ever in South Africa on 24th June at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg and 26th June at Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town.

Irish band The Script will be performing for the first time ever in South Africa on 24th June at the Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg and 26th June at Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town.

It’s been a rags to riches glory ride, an emotional rollercoaster, an all action, all star blockbuster. Three young Dubliners took on the world with music fashioned from the emotional detritus of their own lives raised up by love of pop, rock, hip hop and soul. In two years they notched up a handful of hit singles including ‘We Cry’, ‘Breakeven’ and ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’. Their 2008 debut album ‘The Script’ went to number one in the UK and Ireland and has sold over 2 million sales world-wide.

Highly passionate, sincere and poetically articulate The Script have fielded numerous requests to write for other artists preferring instead to focus on each other. Having caught the eye of Paul McCartney who personally asked The Script to support him on a series of his American stadium shows. They recently won Best Live Performance at the Meteor Awards (beating their mentors U2) who they have also supported on their stadium shows.

Tour Itinerary


Friday 24th June 2011

Coca-Cola Dome

Tickets from R246 –R399

Cape Town

Sunday 26th June 2011

Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World.

Tickets from R246 –R374

Tickets available from computicket, www.computicket.com/ 0839158000

Another BIG Concerts Experience:
(www.bigconcerts.co.za, or )

U2’s Cape Town setlist, 18/02

U2’s Cape Town setlist, 18/02


U2 - photo: Martin Myers

Tonight, U2 performed in Cape Town. In a welcome initiative, the show was broadcast live on the Internet for U2.com subscribers. It was also broasdcast on Highveld and KFM 94.5 in South Africa, alongside a live stream onDstv.com, only available throughout the African continent.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Stand By Me were performed with Yvonne Chaka Chaka. Although Stand By Me has been a somewhat common snippet, it had only been played in full once previously on the 360° Tour, way back on 7 July 2009. Its addition to the setlist was the only change from Johannesburg; otherwise, the setlist was identical to that played five nights ago. This means that unreleased song North Star got another live outing. I Will Follow, Pride, and Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me all stayed in the set, even though they are usually rotational.

By the way, City Of Blinding Lights has a new, extended intro. It features samples from Fez-Being Born and Zooropa. Unfortunately, it is just a taped intro; the band does not play any of either song live. If either song were actually snippeted by the band, it would be momentous; Fez has never appeared live in any form, while Zooropa has only been played three times.

The full setlist was:

  1. Beautiful Day
  2. I Will Follow
  3. Get On Your Boots
  4. Magnificent
  5. Mysterious Ways
  6. Elevation
  7. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet)
  8. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  9. Stand By Me
  10. North Star
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. In A Little While
  13. Miss Sarajevo
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. Crazy Tonight / Relax (snippet) / Two Tribes (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
  20. One
  21. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
  22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  23. With Or Without You
  24. Moment of Surrender

from www.u2gigs.com

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