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

Book at Quicket or the door

3rd most read contributor for Biz Lounge two years in a row

I have been given a wonderful platform to open the world up to well know and not so well known artists for over 2 years now on Biz Community in the portal called Biz Lounge.

We have interviewed the good and the great including :

Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music recently inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

Tony Cedras who worked with Paul Simon

the multi talented RJ Benjamin

world class poet Siphokazi Jonas

rising star Bianca Blanc

Super star Chad Saaiman,

Biggest selling artist inDecember 2018 Vusi Nova to name but a few

The articles come out once a week and if you wish to be featured do contact me

So for 2019 I was the 3rd most read contibutor for a second year running

The platform is available to all artists ,you just have to reach out to me to be featured email info

Have a fantastic 2019 and keep reaching for blue skies.

The Music Exchange dates are out for 2019 …1st week September and booking is open at Quicket.

Muizenberg High School is 120 years old and former pupil and Tv Star Chantal Stanfield comes back to school to give back this weekend

LEGACY 12O

Muizenberg High School is 120 years old! In celebration of this feat, a show has been devised incorporating the history of Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa and, of course, Muizenberg High School.

Conceived and directed by Coleen van Staden with the assistance of Celia Musikanth, “Legacy 120 – the show” will be on the boards on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October starting at 19:00.

Audiences are invited to take a journey through a series of snapshot scenes and moments that depict the last 120 years. Against the backdrop of a changing South Africa, “Legacy 120, the show”, brings to life some of the school’s history and highlights, its values and vision.

A very exciting component of this show is Chantal Stanfield, well known TV star, stage performer and singer (to mention just some of her attributes) who will be performing her song “Walk it off” with backing dancing by most of the cast.

Chantal is a proud past pupil of Muizenberg High and excitement mounts with the learners itching to accompany her on stage!

The school’s Legacy of Life Long Learning is evident in the commitment and enthusiasm that the cast of learners has shown. They are sure to take much of this journey with them into adulthood. Their contribution is the heart and soul of this production.

To book contact the school directly please:

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa

MEX Endorses Empowerment

MEX chairperson and board member SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE is making a call to all musicians in South Africa to not only attend MEX18, on 1 and 2 September in Cape Town, but to all opportunities to cultivate the broader education in our collective music economy.

“As chairperson of MEX, which is now in its 8th year, I implore musicians, managers and all music business owners to attend the KZN Music Imbizo in Durban this week, and then MEX18 the week after,” Sipho implores. “We then have Moshito, in Gauteng, thereafter. If you are in one of these centres, get there! I raise this urgent call as we have a crisis in education around the local and global business of music.”

Sipho’s known and respected as someone open to sharing his experience, committed to empowering everyone in the industry that’s afforded him an extraordinary career. “I had a question the other day, from a music school graduate that floored me,” he shares. “Even with all of their class teaching this person questioned what was more important, a publisher or a publicist? That question scared me and drove home the fact that music conferences are a critical supplement to any text-book training.”

Sipho Mabuse

“It illustrates, with alarming accuracy, the lack of life-skill, real and applicable lessons from some of South Africa’s most established tertiary education institutions,” Sipho concludes. “This is where the likes of MEX, Moshito and the KZN Music Imbizo play a critical role in empowerment.”

MEX18 will play host to a truly global list of speakers and aggregators, the likes of SAMRO, DEEZER, RISA, THE ORCHARD, MAHOGANY and JOOX. Each is a critical local touch point in any career in music, all who will be active and participating at MEX18.

Add to that extraordinary partnerships and key international relationships, MEX18 welcomes back Abbey Rd Studio’s CHRISTIAN WRIGHT to the fold for a second time.

With MEX18’s focus around all things digital, including the streaming economy, CHRISTIAN, along with MAHOGANY’s MARK MURDOCH will be unpacking the relationships between record labels, managers and the audiences they each appeal to.

pic Mark Murdoch -Mahogany

THE ORCHARD’s Vice-President (France, Benelux and West Africa) BEN OLDFIELD will also be flying in especially to talk at MEX18.

MUSIC EXCHANGE will also be hosting showcases. By attending MEX18 you will be in front of all three international speakers, as well as SA artists including RJ BENJAMIN and the keynote speakers, including publishers the calibre of DAVID ALEXANDER and JOHN FISHLOCK.

Whether you’re an established or ambitious young artist, publicist, producer, DJ, manager, venue owner, record label, agency or corporate brand looking to gain invaluable insight and learnings every delegate can actively apply and benefit from, MEX18 is the creative hub responsible for bringing it all together.

Digital monetisation in the new music economy, through to masterclasses dedicated to key disciplines, MEX18 will once again offer it all.

MEX18 will be hosted at the impressive Academy Of Sound Engineeringstudio complex, in District 6, as well as Sun Square, Mill Street, Gardens over the jam-packed two-day imbizo.

With more speakers and events to be announced over the coming three weeks, in the build-up to MEX18, follow us on Facebook to get breaking announcements as they happen.

Limited delegates tickets for MEX18 are available now through Quicket.

• Day 1 – R300 BOOK NOW

• Day 2 – R300 BOOK NOW

• Day 1 & 2 – R400 (R500 normal price) if you BOOK NOW using the following promotional code: mex18-2-day-ticket

For booking details, and more information, go to: www.musicexchange.co.za

Masterclass with RJ Benjamin -Understanding your voice Saturday 2 June

Masterclass with RJ Benjamin -Understanding your voice Saturday 2 June at Paul Bothners Claremont

RJ has vocal coached some of SA top talent ovet the years

Using various video’s as well as diagrams this masterclass will help singers, musicians, choir masters and really anybody fascinated with singing to better understand their voice as well as understand everybody else’s.

How vocal sound is created (Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this)

How breathing affects sound creation (Several breathing exercises will be used and a few volunteers will be required to show examples)
Why our voices are unique

Vocal range and registers (This is particularly important in teaching singers to know and understand their vocal range and how singing outside of this can cause serious damage and be detrimental to a singing career, Footage will be used to assist in the explanation of this)

Warm up sequence (the attendees will do a standard warmup sequence)

Explanation of Vocal Pedagogy (methodology) and which ones to avoid.

Vocal health (this will include advice on how to keep your vocal chords as healthy as possible as well as some footage showing vocal damage particularly in the form of nodules)

Q & A

Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018

Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Time: 10:30am to 12:30am

Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online or R70.00 at the door

Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont

How to make money from writing songs with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa -7 April


How to make money from writing songs
Masterclass with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa

Areas that will be focused on include:

• So you wrote a song and it’s now on the radio – how do you get paid?

• How do you get the song onto a TV programme or a film or even better – a commercial?

• How much does that pay?

• How long does it take for the money to arrive in your account? What happens if it lands up on the Internet?

• Who is supposed to look after all of these things for you as a writer?

Come and hear David Alexander explain the workings of the music publishing business and how you need to protect yourself in a world where the digitisation of everything is leading to a reduction in earnings for songwriters all over the world.

David will be available to answer any questions you may have about the music publishing business – including how you could get your song onto the next Black Panther

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont


Time: 10:30am to 12:30am


Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online VIA Quicket or R70.00 at the door


Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Poster for the CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL @Steenberg High on 11 March

Do try and Support the event on 11 March at Steenberg High

Book via the school or at Quicket

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