James Stewart for Alma Cafe show Sunday 31st July 2016

After a sellout performance with stellar music colleagues at the Folk Festival last weekend James Stewart will be performing at the now-legendary Alma Cafe in Rosebank on Sunday the 31st.

This is a not-to-be-missed performance by this Emmy-nominated, multi-SAMA award winning and chart-topping singer songwriter who in his own words ‘is only just starting to get good.’

Expect a wholesome meal in a reverently music appreciative atmosphere hosted by owners Richard & Retha Tait.

Booking is essential as seating is limited to 50 maximum.

Call to book on 021 685 7377 (leave a message if prompted and you will be contacted)”

Arno Carstens solo album ‘Lightening Prevails’ receives a SAMA nomination

Arno Carstens 5th solo album ‘Lightening Prevails’ received a South African Music Awards nomination in the Best Adult Contemporary Album Category earlier this month.

Other nominees in this category are:

BlackByrd – Home

Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot

Josie Field – S’bongile

Niemand – Back Again

The ceremony takes place on 21st April 2015.

Arno started working with SAMA winning producer Dan Roberts in 2013 with the intention to re-write and record an acoustically driven album to include some orchestral versions of some of his most popular career tracks.

Two months later, they emerged from studio with something completely different.

As Dan says: “Arno would come into the studio and we’d be set up for Another Universe or something and then he’d have this idea from the night before… So we’d digress and by lunchtime have a brand new song going.Arno is an artist in the real sense of the word, prolific, experimental and lyrically very strong.

‘Lightning Prevails’ boasts a seductive departure from the comfortable and familiar Arno Carstens sound. There are the same thought provoking, profound lyrics and melodies that soak into the skin, but this time the marriage of organic sound and electronic beats are made lusher, with a big brass section and the powerful backing vocals of Jamali’s Mariechan.

The album is almost entirely made up of new songs, and completely inspired by my musical history, past and present” says Carstens.

We decided to keep Bubblegum on my Boots on the album, the version we recorded worked very well with the new songs and I added two covers, which are so vastly different from the originals.

ACDC’s Highway to Hell was such a big part of my musical influence growing up and Sam and Dave’s Hold On (I’m Coming) was Dan’s idea and I love where the track took me. When I went into the studio, my intention was to make an album of old hits for the fans that come to my acoustic shows, but what fate had in mind took us all by surprise.”

Arno Carstens is also a celebrated fine artist, who paints in oils on canvas (www.arnocarstensfineart.com). The album cover for ‘Lightning Prevails’ was designed using an original painting done by Arno a few years ago

4 more shows added this week for Pops Mohamed & Dave Reynolds tour of Cape Town

What an amazing week -Sold out show across 3 venues in Cape Town for Pops Mohamed & Dave Reynolds .

They have added 4 more shows starting on Thursday 12 March and culminating in fantastic intimate house concert in Pinelands on Sunday 15th March at 3.30pm with special guest Auriol Hays

Pops Mohamed is SA’s leading indigenous-contemporary-crossover artist. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays kora (African harp), mbira (thumb piano), Khoisan Bow, and various percussion effects. He has released 37 albums in his career, won awards such as the ACT Lifetime Achievers, recorded and made movies with the Khoisan people in the Kalahari, and toured globally with performers such as Andreas Vollenweider and Baaba Maal. Recently Pops featured on the TV show 21 Icons

Dave Reynolds is SA’s leading steel-pan player, a SAMRO Award winning composer and acoustic guitarist. He has performed and recorded all over the world with Steve Newman, Hugh Masekela, the late Gito Baloi, Tony Cox, the late Sipho Gumede, Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata.

Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds will be joined by is folk singer / bass player Sylvain Baloubeta for some of the concerts. He is the regular bassist for Neo Muyanga and the Frank Paco Ensemble.

Thurs 12 March

Kronendal Music Academy, Hout Bay

NGO providing music in Hout Bay

Public workshop / performance / master-class

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Tickets: R80

Book: At the door

With Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds & Sylvain Baloubeta

Friday 13 March

The Forge, Kalk Bay

Time: 8pm

Tickets: R 110 – Quicket

With Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds & Sylvain Baloubeta

Sun 15 March

House Concert

12 St Heliers Rd, Muizenberg

Brunch provided

Time: 10am

Tickets: R140 – Quicket

Sunday 15th March – PINELANDS in a private home

(near Howard Centre ) tickets R120.00 with special guest Auriol Hays

to book email martin or phone 083 448 4475

HEART : SA TOP 10 of 2014 – Proud to get our friend R J Benjamin into the Top 10

In June 2014 we had the honor of working and doing the pr for RJ Benjamin on his new single with CanSkylark called -“So High “.

On first listen the song was a hit -no doubt about it , but never did we expect it to spend 14 weeks on the charts like it did . The melody and mood of the song is bright and happy with a fabulous chorus . Diggy Bongz broke the song on his show.

The song is number at number 7 on the Heart 104.9fm Top 10 for 2014 ahead of the likes of Danny K and Mi Casa

SA TOP 10 of 2014
POS. ARTIST SONG TITLE PEAK WAP W.O.C.
1 Bo Seretsane Rise 1 7 21
2 Lloyd Cele feat. Casper Just Be Mine 1 7 13
3 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy 1 4 16
4 Nathan Mayor feat. Justin Chalice Do It All 1 3 17
5 Kelly Fortuin Do You Know 1 3 12
6 DJ Clock feat. Beatenberg Pluto (Remember You) 1 2 15
7 RJ Benjamin & Can Skylark So High 1 2 14
8 Deslyn How 1 2 11
9 Sundae feat. Ashleigh Davids High On Life 1 2 15
10 Citizens Banned feat. Diggy Bongz The Liberation’s Over 1 2 10
Other Songs that Never made it into the Top 10
POS. ARTIST SONG TITLE PEAK WAP W.O.C.
11 Danny K Dream 1 2 15
12 Mi Casa Turn You On 1 2 13
13 Danny K feat Donald & Heavy K Personal Paradise (GoodLook Remix) 1 2 10
14 Tucan Tucan Sondela 1 2 13
15 Muzart Long Long Time 1 2 11
16 Mi Casa feat. Jimmy Nevis Feel The Love 1 2 9
17 Mi Casa Your Body 1 2 6
18 Chad Saaiman All On The Wall 1 1 12
19 Mario Ogle Wishing On A Star 1 1 11
20 Jonathan Rubain Reason To Smile 1 1 9

RJ Now has an EP out called the 5th Story which was released in Dec and is available on iTunes.

RJ will be back in Cape Town in January 2015 to appear at the CanSkylark album launch and will sing the duet live with Can.

Justin Bergh releases new single

SAMA nominated singer songwriter Justin Bergh is back with Miss You, the new self-penned single that has been put together by multiple award-winning producer Brian O’Shea. The soft rock track showcases Bergh’s highly acclaimed abilities as a prolific songwriter and vocalist whilst at the same time is brought to 2012 with modern elements of production that give this ballad an additional edge.

Miss You was mixed by Brian O’Shea and Crighton Goodwill, engineered by Brendyn “Rusti” Rossouw and mastered by Steve Fallone at `Sterling Sound in New York. The song can be previewed here http://soundcloud.com/tunedinpublicity/justin-bergh-miss-you

“The English music market is incredibly competitive and local artists are up against many international artists for a spot on the play list and it made sense for me to uplift a great track with production by one of the country’s best producers,” said Bergh, whose hits include Love The Sinner, Not The Sin, Here With You, Out Of My Hands and Miss America, “I am very excited about this song and with the addition of Brian’s production magic, I am sure that it will go down well.”

Justin Bergh shot to fame in 2000 with his debut album Love The Sinner and the hit No Ordinary World featured on the Big Brother soundtrack. His following album Out of My Hands received a SAMA nomination in 2003. Justin performed the South African National Anthem to 85,000 rugby fans at Twickenham in 2006. His song Special was used by American Cable Giant Showtime to advertise their satellite Network in 2007 and he was personally invited by the now Princess of Monaco to perform at her 30th birthday in 2008. Justin toured South Africa as Bryan Adams’ support act in 2010.


Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse Interview on OFM 17 August 2011

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse – My City: Soweto

my city soweto

my city soweto

My City Soweto.pdf

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