If there was a common thread or theme between speakers at the first day of the fourth annual Music Exchange conference at Cape Town City Hall it was about self-belief.
By Ruth Cooper 12 Mar 2014 10:30
Transitioning from producer to artist a few years ago, Ross Jack has been steadily increasing his reach and fans since EP, "Chandeliers" and debut album, "Notes from the Wild". We had an email chit chat with him to find out more.
By Ruth Cooper 11 Mar 2014 08:00
How does one define a designer these days? Designers are so much more than building constructors, typography poets and chair and vase crafters. Designers are creators, activists, humanitarians, revolutionaries, risk takers, visionaries.
By Ruth Cooper 3 Mar 2014 09:18
The three founding members of UB40: Astro, Mickey Virtue and Ali Campbell have reunited amongst a fair amount of controversy. They touch down in SA in April this year. We emailed lead singer Ali Campbell a few questions to find out more.
By Ruth Cooper 24 Feb 2014 11:51
It's just gone 2.30pm in the heart of Cape Town as my fellow Creek-chers and I battle our way through the early Friday traffic and soaring temperatures. Destination: the hallowed land; that beautiful sanctuary boarded by the welcoming Breede River and temporary home to many music-loving lovelies. Up the Creek we're a' coming for you.
By Ruth Cooper 6 Feb 2014 10:25
It's been almost two years since likeable Cape Town comedian Nik Rabinowitz has performed at the Baxter Theatre and, as he mentioned, two years away from the stage equals a helluva lot of material - especially if you just so happen to live in this colourfully crazy country of ours.
By Ruth Cooper 5 Dec 2013 12:03
Our #SpierNewJourney experience started off on rather a damp note - and by damp I mean torrential rain, coal-coloured clouds and significant flooding were in the mix.
By Ruth Cooper 22 Nov 2013 09:48
How about a little local rock n' roll fairy tale? Once upon a time, a small somewhat obscure band managed to win backstage passes to an event that featured one of their favourite international bands. Cue an encounter and handover of EP to a member of said band and the offer to come to record a debut album in his studio.
By Ruth Cooper 14 Nov 2013 12:04
American rock band Red Jump Suit Apparatus will be making their South African debut as the headline act at both the Cape Town and Joburg Synergy Live festivals this year. We chatted to singer Ronnie Winter who, among other things, set the record straight about their Cokefest no show back in 2009.
By Ruth Cooper 13 Nov 2013 11:22
You might not have heard of Michael Lowman yet, but with his debut album "Crayon Boxes" hot off the press and plans to conquer the States, Michael Lowman might just become a name that will start sounding much more familiar. We phoned the singer/songwriter last week to find out more about his musical journey thus far and his future plans.
By Ruth Cooper 4 Nov 2013 10:57
Mix n Blend have just released "Mother City", their brand spanking new EP and it's just so happens to be available for free download so all you lovelies can get your hands on their latest afrolicious beats. We interviewed founding member Kevin Ribbans to find out more about this fresh new EP as well as chat creative collaborations and mzanzi musical flavour.
By Ruth Cooper 23 Sep 2013 11:32
With a hot-off-the-press debut album flying up the charts and a national tour currently underway we jumped at the chance to book a few minutes with popular Durban band Gangs of Ballet during their Cape Town stopover last week to talk dedication, figuring things out and embracing uncertainty.
By Ruth Cooper 10 Sep 2013 10:31
What comes to mind when thinking of the sexiest most manly hero archetype? Brain surgeon? Sure. Fire-fighter? Of course. Air force pilot? Oh yeah (gotta love a man in uniform), but an astronaut - now that's just on another level. Or so the marketing team at Axe would like us to think, an astronaut trumps all in making the girls swoon.
By Ruth Cooper 20 Aug 2013 13:31
"I got shook right out of my shoes." Oh, indeed, and then some - apt lyrics from Taxi Violence's George van der Spuy who, with fellow band mates, shook up their summoned soul shakers upon Assembly's unholy dance floor for their album launch last Saturday.
By Ruth Cooper 31 Jul 2013 10:24
Online radio in South Africa has recently been spreading its wings and waves worldwide. We chat to Craig Steyn, founder of EuroTrashMusic, an online radio station and blog that aims to give an equal platform to all, to find out more about the future of online radio.
By Ruth Cooper 1 Jul 2013 09:27
With new album "Say It To My Face" just released and a national tour currently underway, BizLounge grabbed the opportunity to interview chart topper and well-known SA songstress Louise Carver about recording processes, ex-boyfriends and Russian love.
By Ruth Cooper 25 Jun 2013 12:06
The Frown's short-and-sweet seven-track second album is an immersion into a creatively twisted techno twinkly nightmare, carefully and creatively constructed by singer Eve Rakow's eerie little girl voice and Klein Bass's beat constructions.
By Ruth Cooper 24 Jun 2013 10:31
Ever wondered how the character of Basil Fawlty was born, what inspired the mad-cap brilliance of Monthy Python or why John Cleese hates Michael Palin so much? These questions and more are all answered during John Cleese Live - his current and second South African tour.
By Ruth Cooper 20 Jun 2013 09:39
You know you're at a classic old-school rock shindig when the elderly gentleman (with the manic bouncing knee) sitting next to you has brought binoculars. Granted, we were seated rather far back and even my youthful(ish) eyes could have used the aid of some magnification.
By Ruth Cooper 11 Jun 2013 10:25
Ever embarked on a bus to a mysterious destination, become one with multi-hued powder and people or trod lightly amongst the daisies? Hopefully you have taken part in at least one of these happenings and were one of the many who attended any of the #5GumExperiences, the sold-out events for the We Are One festivals or the ever-popular Rocking the Daisies.
By Ruth Cooper 27 May 2013 12:07
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