Evolver One on Hollywood bill at Worldwide Radio Summit


Johannesburg, 23 March 2011: Johannesburg-based rock band Evolver One has been selected as one of 16 acts internationally to perform at a showcase at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood on 29 – 30 April 2011.

The band, selected via a rigorous selection process from submissions through ReverbNation.com, will perform live in front of American and international label presidents, A&R and publishing executives, film, TV and interactive music supervisors, talent bookers and promoters as well as press and new media executives.

“We are ecstatic at this opportunity to perform in front of some powerful international music executives and hope that this experience will give us some legs to break into international territories,” said Peter Pote, lead singer and guitarist, Evolver One, “The experience will be very valuable in assessing how our music is received by audiences outside of South Africa and this will assist us in the creative process when writing and recording future material.”Evolver One’s self-titled third album came with a name upgrade and was released in 2010 having spawned no fewer that three radio singles, most notably Criminal which made the top 20 on 5fm and can still be heard on most radio stations across the country. The band has toured South Africa extensively over the last 12 months and being on the road, together with a strong social media following, has meant a solid support base, which can only ensure that the band’s success grows from strength to strength. 2010 also saw Evolver One clench a deal with MNET and had their song World’s Gone Crazy featured on the Movie Magic Channel’s trailer in November and December.Evolver One is Peter Pote (lead vocals and guitar), Sean Murphy (keyboards and backing vocals), James Cohen (bass) and Tulsa Pittaway (drums). For more information on the band click to www.evolverone.com. .

PICTURE BY Simon Deiner

House Africa presents Andy Compton

Andy Compton – Kholofelo Remixed

Deeply prolific Devon-based house connoisseur Andy Compton has released over a dozen albums and close to 100 EPs (either under his own name or as part of The Rurals) on his essential Peng label and many others, and his mass of jazzy, soulful output has also already been the focus of three South Africa-specific collections on the House Afrika label.

Now House Afrika are adding a very special forth item to that list with the release of ‘Kholofelo Remixed’, a companion to Compton’s ‘Kholofelo’ solo album featuring a stack of remixes – and notably no less than eight of them are by South African producers.

On a recent trip to South Africa to promote the album and to soak up the adventurous house spirit that’s innate here, Compton described the original ‘Kholofelo’ album as having “influences from the African music that I love added to the deep, soulful house I produce,” and said he thought it was only natural to get his favorite local producers involved: “To give it that South African vibe.”

To this end he’s enlisted a number of SA producers he hooked up with online to reshape his original, live-sounding separates into distinctly South African shape. The roster of remixers includes Da Capo, Darque, PM Project, DJ Harris, LIPS, Deepxcape, DJ Bullet and Magic Soul, all relatively young and fresh names that perhaps don’t yet have the profile of the likes of Black Coffee and Culoe De Song (producers Compton regularly plays out) but that are part of the new breed of beat merchants snapping at their heels.

And you can be guaranteed that if they’ve got the Compton stamp of approval, they’re set for dancefloor stardom.

On the album these sizzlingly hot South Africans join international cohorts representing the cream of the deep house crop, including The Rurals themselves, Stephen Rigmaiden and DJ Bazil, while there are contributions on the master tapes from multi-instrumentalist Pete Morris, vocalists Diviniti, Oskar Castro, Pirahnahead and others, and saxophonist Charlie Hearnshaw.

Unlike the Compton showcases that preceded it – 2002’s ‘Sunday Sessions 1’, 2005’s ‘Sunday Sessions 2’ and last year’s ‘House Afrika Grooves’, which featured 4 CDs of Peng material mixed by Deep Xpressions, Tim White, DJ Strat3gy and DJ Pierre – ‘Kholofelo Remixed’ arrives unmixed, a lustrous line-up of the full, DJ-friendly 12”s and a suitably sophisticated approach for a meticulously thought-out compilation.

And it’s a collection that both represents and defines the contemporary edge of deep Afro-house, which Compton says is his “favourite kind of music at the moment because there’s a raw energy involved in it. It’s mostly done by the younger generation, who are giving house music a new injection of life. I personally love the rhythms, the beats…”

On the strength of this rhythmically-competent statement, there are bound to be many more converts in his wake.

Checkout a recent interview with Andy:



Album Contains 10 NEW Songs Including “Vivere” Featuring Tenor Jannie Moolman.

Johannesburg, South Africa – The self-titled album, ‘Brandon October’ is a statement-making album, filled with bold, keenly felt songs that showcase Brandon’s powerful vocal chops and considerable songwriting talent, as well as the versatility for which he is known. The first single ‘Kom met my’ – with its thundering rock vibe, is light years away from the tender ballad ‘As’ which couldn’t be more different than the swaggering dance track, ‘What you came here for’. Included on the album is the Italian duet ‘Vivere’ sung with operatic tenor Jannie Moolman.

“I was honoured to work with Robin Walsh as producer/guitarist (and also keys,)” says Brandon, “I think he’s brilliant, and he’s been a close friend for years. Robin Walsh is an award winning producer, who has produced for the likes of Watershed, Timothy Moloi, Harald and Lieb.

“We’ve been working on the new album for a year and a half, and I’m very happy with it,” says Brandon. I think people can appreciate a songwriter who shows different sides, and this album has many different colors,” Brandon says. When people listen to it, there will definitely be some moments on it where anybody that’s familiar with my music will go, ‘Whoa! I wasn’t expecting that!'”

A South African tour in support of the release of Brandon October will be announced in the near future with details and dates forthcoming.

Musicians on Brandon October: Robin Walsh (guitars, keyboards/bass/percussion/backing vocals) David Klassen (drums), Jaydine Baron (Keyboards), Lieb Bester (Accordion), Veronique Lalouette (backing vocals) Lara (backing vocals)

For more information, promo requests or to set up an interview, please contact:

Kathi Adams
+27 11 616 3279


: 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.


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
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
Friday 25 February 2011 St Clements, Durban 21h00 R80
Saturday 26 February 2011 Open Strings, Westville 19h00 R120 including supper
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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