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JOY OF JAZZ

Ever wondered what it would be like to control the music that a live band was playing? Have you ever wished for that guitar riff to play just a little longer or for the vocals to sing a little more? Well, this Sunday on 11 September, you will have the power in your hands when you get to participate in …

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BLOOD BROTHERS

10 of South Africa’s biggest music heroes. One stage. Three Hours of non-stop power hits. South Africa’s first rock super group, Blood Brothers, formed in 2015 to join the Vrede Foundation in the fight against cancer. They are back and ready to perform another 3 hour concert of their own non-stop power hits, as well as the songs that inspired …

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THUNDERMERWE

Johannesburg’s very own Electro, rap, rock maestro’s Thundermerwe have just released a brand new video for new single “South I Freak On”. Shot on location in and around Joburg the track is an uplifting ode to our beautiful country and its people! The band had this to say Thundermerwe has always been and always will be passionate about South Africa …

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JAZZ IN THE CRADLE

Join us this Sunday 4 September for the 6th volume of Jazz in the Cradle. This program showcases the prodigious talents and contributions of women to the contemporary South African jazz scene. A full day of music, food, art and nature. Tickets and info available from www.jazzinthecradle.net

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JAPANESE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Experience the magic of Japanese Jazz and Culture. South African audiences will get the opportunity to experience two world-class performances during September and October 2016. World-renowned Japanese Jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino, accompanied by his Quintet and the female Japanese Taiko drumming group Himiko, will stage two combined concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The world class pairing of Terumasa Hino …

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HELEN DESBOIS: LIKE I NEED YOU

Now, after years of absence, Helen is back with a bang as she releases her comeback single ‘Like I Need You’. After watching Madonna live, Helen approached Benjy Mudie, to whom she was signed before and still has an incredible relationship with. He played her another song by Pam Sheyne, the writer who penned her smash hit ‘Anything’. Helen instantly …

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JAZZ ON THE LAKE

The Arts Alive Festival’s biggest event, JAZZ ON THE LAKE is not to be missed! It takes place at Zoo Lake on Sunday 4th September. It will start at 10am and run until 5:30pm, and it returns permanently to the Zoo Lake venue. The event celebrates the beginning of Spring and launches the entire festival. It is free to the …

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DIE ANTWOORD FREAKS OUT AUDIENCE

Die Antwoord managed to freak out absolutely everybody at Leeds Festival. By Barry Nicolson Towards the end of Die Antwoord’s set on the Main Stage, the camera lands on the image of a cherubic toddler raving it up on his father’s shoulders, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. To be fair, he does look like he’s having the time of …

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WHY MUSICIANS STRUGGLE IN SA

How much money does a musician gets from CD sales in South Africa? A new report reveals where your money goes when you buy a music CD in South Africa. A recent article by Rapport revealed that an artist gets just under 10% of the money from a music CD sale in South Africa. Many local artists have said that …

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GARETH CLIFF: MEDIA DISRUPTOR

Gareth Cliff is a very busy man. Dividing his time between being a judge on Idols, his own business CliffCentral and other ventures, it was almost impossible to get an interview with him. After quitting 5FM radio in 2014 after 16 years, Cliff embarked on something completely new, boldly launching CliffCentral.com. It began with the idea of just broadcasting Gareth …