: Robin Auld back with sensational blues album and national tour

ROBIN AULD BACK WITH SENSATIONAL BLUES ALBUM AND NATIONAL TOUR

Johannesburg, 7 February 2011: Well-established South African musician Robin Auld will be touring the country in February and March to promote his spectacular new album Fingers In My Pocket, an eclectic collection of blues and roots.

Best known for his early pop hits including All Of Woman and Love Kills, Auld went back to the studio in late 2010 and collaborated with world beat drummer Barry van Zyl resulting a contemporary album with a mix of blues, African and Celtic sounds. Even though the album contains blues-based lyrical themes, African influences are never far away with a reggae song and a traditional Cape Town “goema” song to spice it up. Slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar styling’s and soulful vocals are what will make Fingers In My Pocket a must-have in the album collections of both blues-enthusiasts, loyal Auld-followers and South African music lovers in general.

“Blues has been in my soul for a very long time and it was a fantastic challenge for me to put together something completely different and I am certain that people will enjoy this ‘yer basic got them walkin’, credit card, institutional failure, mean women and a sore head blues again” type of album!” said Auld.

Fingers In My Pocket is Auld’s twelfth offering. He is now based in the UK and has been recording in Cape Town, London, New York and Nashville and slowly and successfully building up his profile on international blues and roots circuits. The album will be available at his shows.

Along with songs from Fingers In My Pocket, Robin will be playing acoustic versions of his SA hits in a show that will enthuse and uplift – definitely an evening of South African musical excellence not to be missed! The tour kicks off in February and Robin will be performing at venues in the Eastern and Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.

For press information and interviews, please contact Tim Hill at Tuned In Publicity on 082 888 5945 or tim.

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Eastern Cape
Friday 4 February 2011 The Barnyard, Mosselbay 21h00 R120
Saturday 5 February 2011 Quay 4, Knysna TBC Free
Wednesday 9 February 2011 Savoy Theatre, Port Elizabeth 21h00 R90
Friday 11 February 2011 Musos, East London 21h00 R80
Saturday 12 February 2011 Bathurst Arms, Bathurst 21h00 TBC
Sunday 13 February 2011 Potters Place, Jefferys Bay 20h00 R80
GAUTENG
Friday 18 February 2011 Steak n’ Ale, Pretoria 21h00 R80
Saturday 19 February 2011 Blouhound, Linden, Johannesburg 21h00 TBC
Sunday 20 February 2011 Lucky Bean, Melville TBC TBC
KWAZULU NATAL
Friday 25 February 2011 St Clements, Durban 21h00 R80
Saturday 26 February 2011 Open Strings, Westville 19h00 R120 including supper
WESTERN CAPE
4 March 2011 Dorpstraat Woordfees, Stellenbosch 21h00 TBC
Saturday 5 March 2011 Big Blue Festival 15h00 TBC
Sunday 6 March 2011 Rainbow Glen, Montague 16h00 TBC
Friday 11 March 2011 Elgin Blues Market, Elgin, Grabouw TBC TBC
Saturday 12 March 2011 Cape Farmhouse TBC R50
Wednesday 16 March 2011 Saronsberg Theatre, Tulbach TBC TBC
Saturday 19 March 2011 (with Albert Frost) Die Boer, Durbanville TBC TBC
Sunday 20 March 2011 Cubana, Hermanus TBC TBC
Tuesday 20 March 2011 The Waiting Room, Cape Town TBC TBC
Wednesday 23 March 2011 Seaside Blues, Melkbos TBC TBC

Note – Western Cape dates being finalized and will be released in due course.

Nokia Gives Jozi A Global Push

Nokia Gives Jozi A Global Push
December 01, 2010 – Global | Digital and Mobile | RB Hip-Hop

By Diane Coetzer, Johannesburg,from billboard.com

Johannesburg-based hip-hop duo Jozi has become the first South African band to use Nokia’s Ovi Music platform in multiple territories to promo its latest single.

The two-week free giveaway (Dec. 6-19) of new single “Diva” takes place through Ovi Music stores in South Africa, Italy, Middle East, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Netherlands, Germany and Indonesia. It is part of a multimedia package that highlights the group’s music, videos and achievements.

“Releasing a new single is a big thing in the music world and offering the song for free via an online music store is a huge step forward for digital music,” Dominque Silva, Ovi Music Manager for Nokia South Africa, said in a statement.

Lance Stehr, owner of Jozi’s Johannesburg-based label, Ghetto Ruff, said Jozi “have what it takes to go global.”

“The group has been together for four years and has shown it has real staying power in the urban market through albums ‘Muthaland Crunk’ and ‘Wildlife,'” he told Billboard.Biz. “The fact that Jozi has won or been nominated for awards outside South Africa – like the MAMAs and the Mobos – is also an indication of the accessibility of its music. I have no doubt the group is ready to go global.”

Jozi are in the running for artist of the year at the third MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAS) which take place in the Nigerian city of Lagos on December 11. The group was named best live performance winners at the MAMAS inaugural event in Abuja, Nigeria in 2008.

The Ovi Music package is based around the track “Diva” which will feature on Ghetto Ruff’s compilation, “Muthaland,” released this month. Also included in Ovi Music’s Jozi online feature is a “making Of” documentary that offers a comprehensive look at the group’s emergence to become one of the strongest players in South Africa’s urban music market.

I love Sting this dvd should be good out 23 Nov

Culled from Sting’s critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this exclusive live CD/DVD compilation features many of his greatest hits, including “Roxanne,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “King Of Pain,” “Fields Of Gold,” and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity!

Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin was directed and produced by the Emmy-award winning team, Jim Gable and Ann Kim of Graying & Balding, Inc., in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions and Executive Produced by Chris Roberts and Sting’s long-time manager, Kathryn Schenker, with music produced by Rob Mathes and Sting and mixed in stereo and 5.1 by Elliot Scheiner and Thom Cadley.

Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London’s Royal Albert Hall, among others:

“The real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see.” – Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“If you have the chance to hear Sting’s greatest hits performed with a symphony orchestra, it is one that you don’t want to miss.” – Diena (Tallinn)

“Pairing Sting with the orchestra is brilliant synchronicity on multiple levels. He’s a consummate showman and a willful storyteller.” – The Denver Post

“Sting proves that he is one of the greatest living musicians.” – Die Welt (Berlin)

“This is one of the must-see concerts of the year.” – The New York Post

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the late Luciano Pavarotti to such popular cultural icons as Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner, and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra are featured throughout the Symphonicity world tour.

Sting is also joined by a group of accomplished musicians comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting’s longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).

Freshlyground founder launches prison singing sensation

Freshlyground founder launches prison singing sensation

On Monday 13th December 2010, Larry Joe, an exceptionally talented singer and songwriter, will be released from the Douglas Correctional Centre in the Northern Cape and step straight onto a stage in the prison grounds to perform songs from his first solo album, Crazy Life. This day will mark the start of his new life as an artist and free man.

On World Aids Day in 2008, Larry was invited to perform at a government function in Douglas. There he met Aron Turest-Swartz who was performing with Freshlyground, the well-known multi-award winning South African band that he co-founded in 2002. Impressed by Larry’s outstanding voice and the original songs he had written, Aron approached Larry and the prison authorities with a proposal to work with him to develop his skills and produce a solo album.

Before being incarcerated, Larry, who plays both guitar and keyboard, primarily performed cover versions of well-known songs.Whilst being behind bars however, he has composed over 40 original songs in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Spanish and Portuguese, collaborating with fellow inmates, as well as one of the wardens, who have helped him translate his songs. With the invaluable support and co-operation of the officials at the facility, Larry and Aron have been able to record an album in highly unusual and challenging circumstances.
Larry was born and bred in the Northern Cape, South Africa. His life’s journey took him down a tough road of crime that in turn led to his imprisonment after he handed himself over to the authorities in 2008. By December 2010, he will have served half of his 5 1/2 year sentence with the Parole Board having decided to grant him an early release for good behaviour.

Aron has been a friend and mentor to Larry over the past 18 months and has driven this project with great determination and limited resources, believing strongly in Larry’s gift and in his future as a professional musician. Aron himself is a multi-talented musician and composer, perhaps most widely known for starting Freshlyground. He now works as a music producer and runs Quietly Cape Town (QCTmusic), working with promising artists by developing and producing their music and songs, and creating opportunities for them wherever possible.

Larry’s album, Crazy Life, was recorded in a single cell in the Douglas Correctional Centre and will be released on 13th December 2010. Larry Joe is a living testimony of someone who has undergone a truly remarkable inner transformation with music being at the very core of this process.

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The Cape Town Show launches at the Rainbow Room

The Cape Town Show launches at the Rainbow Room

When ten talented youngsters were chosen to be part of a brand new experiential show at The Rainbow Room at Mandela Rhodes Place in the heart of Cape Town’s Old City, little did they know that their lives would change irrevocably.

As the first young adults selected for the Rainbow Academy, a non-profit organisation aimed at young adults who are passionate about the performing arts but lack the resources for tertiary training, here was their chance to shine as a contributing cast member in a brand new production.

Five months of intensive rehearsals later and these youngsters who hail from suburbs across the Peninsula, from Mannenberg to Retreat, Fish Hoek to Mitchells Plain, have proved their passion. Under the professional guidance of acclaimed performer Denay Willie with the assistance of co-director and pianist Godfrey Johnson with choreographer Didi Moses, they have danced, sung (under the tutelage of Ryta Zmuro) and acted their way through to present a show that is the epitome of the Cape Town scene. The professional team of actors and musicians, “ Dobs” Madotveni, Josh Prinsloo and Jade de Waal lead the show and mentor these enthusiastic young hopefuls to light up the Cape Town stage.

The Cape Town Show, written and directed by Willie is hot and happening from the first week in November. Supported by the Cape Argus the Cape Town Show is set to sizzle on the stage of the Rainbow Room, and, as these youngsters tread the boards and release their energy in this stimulating and fast paced show; this will be a must-see on the Cape Town circuit. The young adults will be working as waiters, bartenders and, as performers, showing off their singing, dancing, acting and musical skills at each show

The show uses music, dialogue and audio visuals to explain the history, struggle and eventually the freedom of the people of South Africa. The essence of this show is Cape Town contextualized in a way that finally tells the Mother City’s story.

Celebrating many of the unsung heroes, our shameful and magical moments in history but above all Cape Town’s unique people whose tenacity, endurance and hilarious sense of humour has prevailed, the Cape Town Show captures our unique history.

Sizzling, soulful, energetic and a cultural celebration of our rainbow nation and the city’s people, lives and heritage you’ll be taken on a historical journey in two acts defining six decades of our struggle and fight for freedom. The city’s colorful and collective past and present is told through the works of legendary & contemporary musical and performing greats: Robbie Jansen; Winston Mankuku, David Kramer, Taliep Pietersen, Miriam Makeba , Johnny Clegg and more. Across the divide of color, race and ethnicity this unified voice of protest for freedom and equality laid the foundations for the Rainbow Nation as we know it today.

Founders of the Rainbow Academy and co-owners of Rainbow Room, Frank Gormley and Alison McCutcheon both agree that the performers have exceeded their expectations.

“The Academy is fulfilling its mandate of offering students the opportunity to earn while they learn in a creative and live entertainment environment. Their talent has been honed and grown through a mentorship programme which centred round tuition in the performing arts and most importantly has provided them with the business skills to create a sustainable future in the show business world.” Says Gormley, whilst McCutcheon adds “From Cape Jazz, Goemma and the Kaapse Klopse – Township jive, Kwela and Mpantsula-to “Liedjies”, “Grappies”,”Pata Pata” and gum-boot dancing, the Cape Town show captures the very heart and essence of our people, our legacy and the soul of our city. The vitality and commitment that we have seen during the rehearsal period has been extraordinary and the audience is going to be blown away when they see the results”

The ten youngsters have put in many hours of work over the intensive rehearsal period but with one voice they all attest to the growth and understanding that they have enjoyed during the time. As a team they all agree that every moment has been worth it and that they now have a realistic vision of what the future can hold.

Walied Fortuin, 21 years old from Mannenberg, along with fellow Academy performers; Sinethemba Dorame, 18 years old from Khayelitsha, Thabo Spelman, 19 years old from Phillippi East, Justin Kok, 19 years old from Heathfield, Angus Swarts, 19 years old from Retreat, Sinovuyo Nzukuma 20 years old from Mannenberg, Amy Petterson, 18 years old from Fish Hoek, Roxanne Abrahams, 20 years old from Mitchells Plain, Nokubonga Manyawya, 20 years old from Khayelitsha, Nakeshia Kerchhoff, 20 years old from Mitchells Plain, sums up this extraordinary experience that has changed their lives “ I have learnt to respect our different cultures and understand that if we work together we can make a difference in everyone’s life”

Where: The Rainbow Room in Mandela Rhodes Place, Cape Town

When: From 5 November (watch the press for details) every Wednesday and Friday from 7pm.

Cost: R295 per person which includes a three course dinner or R120 per person (show only)

For more information: contact Alison on 021 422 1418 / alison.

THE CAST IS

Denay Willie (Director and Lead)

Godfrey Johnson (Co-Director and pianist)

Mvaskalisi Dobs Madotveni (Lead male actor, vocalist – tenor, musician – traditional instruments)

Josh Prinsloo (male actor, vocalist and musician)

Jade de Waal (saxophonist)

Rainbow Academy

Angus Swarts (drums and vocals)

Justin Kok (guitarist and vocals)

Sinethemba Dorane (soloist and vocals)

Walied Fortuin (vocals and dancer)

Thabo Spelman (vocals and dancer)

Sinovuyo Nzukuma (vocals and actor)

Amy Petterson (vocals)

Nakeshia Kerrchhoff (vocals)

Roxanne Abrahams (vocals)

Nokubonga Manyonya (soloist and vocals)

Show Dates

1ST November – Monday : Final Dress Rehearsal

3rd November – Wednesday : Invited Guests preview

5th November – Friday : Opening night to the public

From then on shows on Wednesdays and Fridays

Matinee Dates for December: Sat 04 Dec, Sat 11 Dec, Sat 18 Dec

Times: All 14h00rs start time.

Pricing: Adults R150, Under 12 years R100

Price includes Cup cakes, Popcorn.

The Rainbow Academy

The concept behind The Rainbow Academy is to provide Rainbow young adults who are passionate about the performing arts the opportunity to be part of an experiential show as contributing cast members. Their talent will be honed and grown through a mentorship programme which centers round tuition in the performing arts and most importantly provides them with the business skills to create a sustainable future in the show business world. Through an extensive search ten talented kids between the ages of 17 – 21, who have not had the opportunity of tertiary education, were chosen to join the Rainbow Academy. The talent of the ten kids staggered and amazed the judges and their all round performance skills in singing, dancing and acting landed them this opportunity of a life time.

The Rainbow Academy is a non-profit organization run by professionals in the business who are determined to make a difference and give of their time to talented youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity. The mentorship programme centres around the tuition provided by Denay Willie who is a teacher of music and vocal performance and the director of The Rainbow Room’s CAPE TOWN SHOW. The key principal vocal performers and musicians of the Cape Town Show will be contracted in addition to their Show performances to mentor The Rainbow Academy students in so doing giving back to the arts in a genuine and meaningful way. They must be prepared to share their knowledge with our students.

The team at Rainbow are approaching professionals, corporate companies and the Department of Arts and Culture for both financial support of the Academy and quantifiable mentorship hours so that the students may benefit from a measurable and structured study programme aimed at making them outstanding, enterprising performing artists.

For further information: Alison McCutcheon,The Rainbow Experience, Alison

(021) 422 1418

Harry Brooks JNR debut album ‘5th Of April’ to be released in September

Harry Brooks JNR a superb young English singer/songwriter has just signed to Sony Music Africa!

25 year old Harry Brooks JNR moved to South Africa from the UK in late 2009.

‘I love South Africa’ says Harry, ‘the lifestyle, the weather, the people, the landscapes, and the diverse cultural melting pot, that South Africa is .

Harry’s musical background is an interesting one, based largely in song writing, he’s composed music with Busbee (Nashville, USA), Roger Sanchez, John McLaughlin & Studio B. Harry co-wrote ‘Baby Goodbye’ for Friday Hill which entered the UK Charts at #5 in 2005, he co-wrote ‘Bad Girl (At Night)’ for Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia (whichwas granted the ultimate stamp of approval by becoming Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune & signed immediately by Apollo / Universal, going on to be a massive club hit). Harry has worked with producers like Lee Russell (David Grey, Ryan Adams) & with top Swedish producer Murlyn who produced hit records for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Milian, Celine Dion & Sugababes.

Harry Brooks JNR started work on a solo album some 7 years ago with old friend and fellow musical genius (& producer) Mathias Wollo. Mathias has produced and/or written music for Lemar, Rascall Flatts, Meatloaf, Wiley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Bananarama & Dannii Minogue, achieving a cluster of Top 5 singles in the UK & US in the process. He started out as a singer/songwriter and was signed up as a recording & live performance artist on V2 Records.

Mathias Wollo played all of the instruments on ‘5th Of April’ and instigated a lot of the songwriting in Nashville, USA with other A-List songwriters.

The album ‘5th Of April’ has been a labour of love, involving a huge amount of song writing & recording over a substantial period of time. ‘The album took a while to bring together’ says Mathias ‘we’re two artists with a strong respect for each others abilities, so we knew we’d finish it eventually’.

Fast forward to 2010, Harry Brooks JNR signs to Sony Music Africa’s South African Music division, resolute that he will begin his career as a recording artist in South Africa. ‘I want to start here’ says Harry, ‘hopefully I can grow alongside South Africa in the world in general over the next few years’.

‘Harry Brooks JNR is an unbelievably gifted artist, of a standard comparable to the very best in the world’ says Sean Watson, head of SA music at Sony Music Africa, ‘we’re expecting to take the current standard of local contemporary music in South Africa to the next level with Harry Brooks JNR…..Harry should be viewed as a local artist as he will be beginning his recording & performance career with us in South Africa, essentially joining the ranks of Sony Music Africa’s South African stars’.

Harry Brooks JNR’s debut album is titled ‘5th Of April’ and is scheduled for release in South Africa in September 2010.

Album single #1 ‘Take Me Home’ goes to radio on July 25th.

The music video for ‘Take Me Home’ was shot & directed by Thomas Ferrera on a 3 day shoot across the beautiful landscapes of South Africa.

To preview the new single & video & go to:

http://www.myspace.com/harrybrooks