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
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
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

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Evolver One Unplugged… for Reach for a Dream Foundation on Boxing Day at Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Evolver One Unplugged… for Reach for a Dream Foundation on Boxing Day at Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Joburg-based rock band Evolver One will be performing an exclusive Unplugged set to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Foundation. The gig is on Boxing Day on the pool deck at Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa at Century City. The show begins at 18h30 and tickets are R100. Availability is limited. Please support this great cause.

Crystal Towers Gig.pdf

Aluta & The Mystics – Jamie Catto’s new release with SA Artist

When Jamie Catto (Faithless, 1 Giant Leap) met Aluta Lichaba in South Africa to write and record her duet with Michael Stipe for 1 Giant Leap, he made a mental note in thick black marker pen to return and make a whole album with her. Just months later, they were back in the studio creating what would become Aluta & The Mystics’ debut album ‘The Struggle Continues’, a rare gem that is due for Australian release during July.

It’s not surprising that Aluta left such an impression. Aside from her musical gift and stunning features, her story is one that sounds more like a movie theme than reality. And given that story she holds a irresistible and almost defiant positivity.

Her birth name, derived from the Portuguese phrase ‘A luta continua’ which was used as a rallying cry during Mozambique’s war for independence, is translated in English as "The struggle Continues", aptly given to her when she was born during the struggle of the South African people at that time.

Due to the increasing conflict going on, and her parent’s involvement in the fight against apartheid and the injustice happening around them, the family was forced to flee from South Africa in the boot of a car. Settling in a refugee camp for a year, then moving to a home in Mazimbu, not far away from a small town called Morogoro, Tanzania provided by African National Congress (ANC). Aluta lived with her family amongst many other South African who had fled for their lives, for another 9 years before eventually being safe to return to South Africa.

"In those days in South Africa, ANC members were taken away and still nobody knows what happened with many of them. It was not safe for my parents to be in South Africa because the cops were looking for my dad"

The notions of ‘struggle’ for her, her family and her beloved country would become the cornerstone of future Aluta and The Mystics recordings, with the other cornerstone being Reggae music.

Fast forward more than ten years, Aluta and Jamie settle into in a small studio in Johannesburg to begin the recording process. With the lyrics and heritage of reggae perhaps more attuned to the present day climate of South Africa, with the rallying calls of emancipation and One Love, Catto invited renowned Reggae/Roots producer Nick "Manasseh" Raphael to collaborate.

Also a collection of acclaimed international reggae musicians contributed to the recording process, including lead and slide guitar, congas, percussion, alto sax, organ, horns, tenor and soprano sax trumpet and viola, making the album change dynamically and acoustically on each track, but keeping the tread of the album tightly woven together.

Kicking off the album by paying homage to one of Reggae’s greats, Aluta & the Mystics give their own rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘Mellow Mood’ before easing us into their rolling reggae vibe of ‘Things’. ‘Shake your Bones’ is trademark reggae at its best and will get your hips shaking and head nodding during the colder months we have ahead of us. The charming ‘Ain’t No Money’ reminds us that money wont hold your hand when you need a hand to hold – a truth that we should all remember in this life of excess that we lead. ‘Back To You’, featuring Brother Culture gives us a glimpse of what it must be like to overcome a childhood of fear, change and finding a road back to home. ‘Every Little’ features Jamie contributing his vocal talents to give a different dimension to the album.

This is a delicately beautiful album with spirit, positivity and soul-nourishing rhythm will linger in your mind and heart long after the last track has finished.

Artist: Aluta & The Mystics
Album Title: The Struggle Continues
Label: One World Music, Australia
Released: 9th July 2010

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