I urge friends to see Soli Philander’s new show at the Baxter Theatre till 29 July at 7.30pm

I really do urge friends to see Soli Philander new show at the Baxter Theatre.

I saw the show last night with my wife Razia Myers and Kamla Pillay and Prashant Jugdeesh .

The show is a real hard look at Cape Town – warts and all .
It is filled with humor .erudite points and sadness with reflection and beauty all put together with a wonderful narrative.

The narrative holds the whole piece together .One man on stage holding you captive for 75 mins and making you think .

The show is no slapstick comedy routine .

75 mins of beautiful theatre . BEST WORK yet . If this show does not win awards I will be damned .

 

STRANGE LOVING release – a rework of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s classic Burnout out now on ITUNES

STRANGE LOVING and Gallo Record Company have released a brand new single – a rework of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse’s classic ‘Burnout’ which became the first major crossover hit in South Africa in 1984 selling more than 500 000 copies.

A spur of the moment idea, sparked by a friend who thought it would be a great idea to revive an old classic from the past, STRANGE LOVING was inspired by the 90s Daft Punk method of production to rework this 80s release into a silky offering with a hint of seduction.

Sipho remarked that he was delighted with the reworking of the track by these young artists and that it keeps to the integrity of the original song

Re-editing the track by using the exact sampling from the original record seeing as the separates from the original over 30 years back couldn’t be provided by the label, STRANGE LOVING added some fresh percussion and hats as well as their signature bassline which shines through in the end result.

Buy / Stream BURNOUT, the Sipho Hotstix Mabuse VS Strange Loving version, here!

Exclusive interview with Arno Carstens prior to his Franschhoek Cellar show Sunday 15 January at 3pm

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Arno Carstens

Happy New Year and what better way to get 2017 started than chatting to the amazing Arno Carstens who only last week was on M Net on Sunday night (8 Jan) with Arno and friends and fresh from that show is at the Franshhoek Cellar this Sunday from 3pm.

Arno is a Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter who has released 12 albums He’s had over 20 top ten singles and won 5 SAMA Awards. We caught up with him over a cup of coffee last week

How are you?

I am well. Kind of ready for 2017 the adventures, curve balls, highs and lows. Bring it on and lets see.

What does music mean to you?

It’s been the backbone to my existence for many years and its not done with me yet.

Any Purple Rain moments?

Since Prince died I have been doing that song every now and then. I have been a massive fan of Prince and Bowie for many years so 2016 will always be remembered as the great cull regarding musicians.

Your hero’s?

They come and go but the legacies remain. They kind of shape your youth and give comfort when you get older. I am a fan of many I consider myself rich in that regards.

Life in Cape Town?

This question reminds me of something someone said to me about Stellenbosch.

Living in Cape Town is like living in a fool’s paradise. Being a fool is a small price to pay for living in some kind of paradise.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

It’s the last drink of the night so everyone gets a litre of water to take to there rooms.

The song you wished you wrote?

“ Slave to love” by Bryan Ferry

But there are so many other songs I love and am jealous off.

Dream gig to do?

That will be the still to be discovered breathless venue with bunch musical friends where music and sound compliment the scenery and atmosphere.

What makes you stand out?

A good interactive or appreciative audience makes parts of my body glow in the dark.

Nicknames?

Arri or Cassi or Klein Jos

If you were not a musician what would you do?

A Struggling fine artist.

Pick five words to describe your band?

Of the cuff brilliance.

5 Desert Island Discs?

It will be a compilation of many artist including Harry Belafonte, Friendly Fires and many more.

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Meet Joe Black

Who do you love?

My family.

What does the usual mean?

Feeling healthy and content or not at all, the usual is in constant fluctuation.

Favorite Fashion Garment

Vintage Garments and Kilts

Give us some slang

Sharp my Bra.

Do you have famous phone numbers on your phone?

If you mean the numbers of socially awkward people then yes.

What do you complain about most often?

Life, but it’s also the thing I celebrate most.

What is your fear?

Total health and financial failure being unable to take care of my family.

Happiness is?

A Blissful moment in time where nothing else matters.

On stage I tend to?

Loose control every now and then it sometimes works and sometimes bombs but am still working on fine-tuning the performance thing.

What are you doing next?

Id like to see Springbok Nude Girls doing something this year also I’m working on an art exhibition.

 

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)”

Amazing press for last Mondays pop up performance in Cape Town with Hostix Mabuse

What a wonderful success Monday 18th April was with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 5pm
We as a team ( Derek Geddes ,Roesdien Jaz ,Marvin Leventhal ,Peter Lacey ,Razia Myers ,Zane Maqetuka ,Sam Roy ) and the band of course pulled of a fantastic pop up performance in Cape Town and we ended up on the front page of the Argus

Siphokazi Jonas the poet joined in along with Jason Skippers ,Germaine Leonard and Josh Prinsloo

We had poetry and Sipho doing 5 numbers including Redemption song Burn out and Shikisha

Kfm with Dion Bing came to take videos and CCTV under Rene Del Carme also filmed.

It was a glorious way to end Monday

Monday 18th April SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSE at Promenade Three Anchor Bay

Sipho “Hotstix “Mabuse will be doing something fun at 5pm at the glasses on the Promenade in Three Anchor bay Cape Town on Monday 18th April

You are welcome to join and share in the fun .

We could have a poet join, a guitar player and before you know it ,the pop up will disappear.

Why don’t you come along and see what transpires .We all need some fun to end Monday off don’t we ?

The public artwork is called” Perceiving Freedom”by Michael Ellion

You can see why we have chosen the spot due to album cover Afrodizzia below

THE HASTHAG IS #HOTSTIX twitter @siphohotstix -PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #HOTSTIX if you are coming

Thank you to the Argus and Robyn Cohen for all the support for Siphokazi Jonas

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