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.

acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) to perform with Hotstix Mabuse at the Baxter on Friday 26th October

The internationally acclaimed South African Youth Choir (SAYC) is one of the most exciting choral projects in the world today.

Since its inception in 2005, the choir has showcased its vast abilities on both local and international platforms entertaining a variety of audiences across the globe.

The Choir has positioned itself as one of the most sought-after performance choirs in South African and regularly performs and records with various local and international artists.

The Choir currently consists of 54 high school learners and students between the ages of 13 – 25 years from all over South Africa representing the diverse culture of the country.

The SAYC is a celebration of unity within cultural diversity.

Featuring on the concert this Friday at the Baxter is the 14 piece ensemble that have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the US performing in New York and Washington.

The bill also includes Tony Cedras ,Mmino, Siphokazi Jonas ,Roeshdien Jaz and Sipho’s band commonly know as the Hotband

Book at web tickets

SIPHO “HOTSTIX” MABUSE AND TONY CEDRAS, LIVE! this Friday 26th October

After an absence of more than 30 years, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and his band, including Paul Simon friend and respected muso Tony Cedras, will ignite the stage at this weekend’s 30-years-in-the-making, once-off, night at The Baxter!
Tony Cedras, one of Cape Town’s rarely celebrated living legends, will be on stage come Friday 26 October, alongside his long-time friend and peer, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.

 

Tony, along with a host of other great talent will take to the stage at The Baxter Theatre in support of Sipho’s much-anticipated Cape Town show.

 

Accomplished Elsie’s River-born accordion, harmonium, keyboard and guitar player, Tony’s discography is eye-wateringly impressive. Think Winston Mankuku, Robbie Jansen, Basil Moses, amongst others, and know that Tony’s magic has imbued and travelled right around the world over the past 40 years. From living in London, to touring the world with Paul Simon, his musical palate and field of reference is vast, beyond!

 

Sipho’s long-overdue Mother City return is set to be a night worth capturing in time, if only because the new (Siphokazi Jonas, Roshdien Jaz and Mmino) and the tried-and-tested powerhouse that’s “Hotstix” will all deliver a one-of-a-kind performance on the night. “Sipho and I share a crisscross frame of references and we’re entirely connected each time we perform together,” Tony shares. “The magic will happen in the room, on the night. That excites me, as it should the fans who’ll be coming out to share in Sipho’s return to Cape Town.”

 

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Presenting music that rose above the politics of yesteryear, Tony and Sipho’s talent and influence that has actively fed a cultural curiosity, will be on display when these two greats grace the stage together. “I need to be inspired,” Tony explains. “Where better than The Baxter to celebrate “Hotstix” in full flight?”

“If you weren’t there 30-years-ago, now’s your chance,” Sipho teases. “We’ll be doing be delivering some riveting performances.” Promoted as an intimate experience, this show is going to be special. “I’m as excited for the audience to see and hear some of the new talent too,” Sipho says. “We’ll share the stage, not have it divided.” Always motivating and inspiring young talent, “Hotstix” is the silent ambassador giving future generations an opportunity and voice in a space where they would otherwise be mute. “Once you have a gift, share it,” he insists. “Share the gift. Pass it on. For me, it is very important that these young musicians and wordsmiths take the baton and run with it.”

“Hotstix” has actively influenced and help shape the South African popular music songbook over the past 50 years. Those lucky enough to have secured a ticket to this show will get to enjoy it all, played out in rare live performance. “We’ll be bringing a narrative many people don’t realise. It’s so important in entrenching belief in ourselves of what we make here, at home. Tony and I are living proof of that with the music we’ve made and continue to invest in. “Tony’s talent is beyond belief!” Sipho asserts. “Fans will see that on the night. I’m excited for us all!” the “Burn Out” and “Shikisha” hitmaker concludes. “The Baxter holds fond memories for me. We intend honouring the iconic venue with a stunning one-night show, playing all the hits and throwing in a few surprises along the way too.”

 

Tickets cost R200 each and the show will run for 90 minutes, with no interval. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought at The Baxter ticket office or online at webtickets.co.za

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

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