Alternatief Is Groot CD Cover

Alternatief is Groot, en wil jou die kys vra

Op hoërskool, as jy ‘n oulike jong dame in die oog gehad het maar nie seker was hoe om jou gevoelens aan haar te openbaar nie, kon jy altyd ‘n mix CD maak. Dis nou oor ek in die vroeë 2000’s (na die tyd van kasette) op hoërskool was – ek vermoed hulle maak deesdae speellyste op hul gunsteling aanlyn musiekstroomdiens. Bogenoemde CD was dan propvol liefdesliedjies, sodat sy sou seker wees. As CD-maker was dit jou werk om ‘n versameling goeie liedjies te kies, hul in mekaar te laat vloei deur noukeurig die volgorde uit te werk, maar belangrikste van alles: om sonder twyfel jou verliefdheid uit te druk. Nou het die mense agter Coleske ArtistsSupra Familias, en Afrikaans is Groot saamgewerk om ‘n mix CD te maak wat vir ‘n wye gehoor van alternatiewe Suid-Afrikaanse musiekliefhebbers: Alternatief is Groot. Continue reading “Alternatief is Groot, en wil jou die kys vra”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Akkedis - Onder Ou Tafelberg

Onder Ou Tafelberg: Akkedis kyk terug na 20 jaar

Akkedis bestaan uit die bebaarde langhaar tweelingbroers van Somerset-Wes, Rudolph en Arthur Dennis, met AJ Graham as derde lid. Hulle musiek het ‘n element van klassieke eenvoud, ten spyte van hulle voorkoms. Dis ‘n soort pseudo-folk blues-rock met ‘n groot fokus op lirieke, en sterk Afrika- invloede. Hulle sing hoofsaaklik in Afrikaans, met bietjie Engels en ander tale bygevoeg vir afwisseling. Portugees kom spesifiek op een liedjie op hulle nuutste album, Onder Ou Tafelberg, voor: Nos Amamos Mozambique is ‘n ode aan Mosambiek en Ponta Malongane, en daarmee saam waarskynlik STRAB, die jaarlikse musiekfees wat dáár plaasvind. Continue reading “Onder Ou Tafelberg: Akkedis kyk terug na 20 jaar”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
About You - digital cover large Boketto

Gazing Vacantly? Boketto releases their debut album, About You

The last time I heard a groovy jazz-rock band who named themselves after a Japanese word with no English translation – oh wait, that’s never happened before. Enter Boketto. Apparently roughly translated, it means ‘The act of gazing vacantly into the distance, without thinking.’ Which is a pretty cool name for a band who produces smooth, soulful, jazzy groove-based music. Continue reading “Gazing Vacantly? Boketto releases their debut album, About You”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Ingrid Jonker by Jonel Scholz - Die Kind is nog jonger

Die kind is nog jonger – Ingrid Jonker se ‘pop’ val stukkend

Ten spyte van wat Chris Chameleon graag wil hê ons moet glo, het Ingrid Jonker nie popliedjies geskryf nie. Jonker se naam vergestalt tragedie, maar ook betowerende en bewonderde poësie. Haar dogter, Simone, saam met Ernesto Garcia Marques en Paul Blom, het ‘n tribute-projek aangepak vir die 50ste herdenking van haar dood: Die Kind is Nog Jonger is ‘n dubbel-CD waarop 36 diverse bands/musikante toonsettings van Jonker se gedigte opgeneem het. Die doel met hierdie projek is om Jonker se onsterflike woorde te laat herleef, en terselfdertyd te beskerm.

Die snitlys bevat ‘n eklektiese klomp name: Van Kalahari Surfers, Victor Wolf, Inge Beckmann, Die Naaimasjiene, Beeskraal, Mavis Vermaak, Zaria, Abraham van Geenbybel, Somerfaan, Gert Vlok Nel, Francois Breytenbach Blom (van K.O.B.U.S.), The Radio Rats, Jim Neversink, Rambling Bones, tot Terminatryx.

Ingrid Jonker - Die Kind is nog jonger

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Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Bad Peter - Let Go. Photo by Grant Difford

Let Go: Bad Peter on escape, a busy music career, and not being a political band

Everybody might not have seen Bad Peter live, but the ones who have describe the band’s spirited performance as lively, compelling, and… well… damn good. They’re one of the busiest bands in the country at the moment, and recently, after signing with David Gresham Records, released their first EP, Let GoFor a five-track EP, Let Go has a surprisingly diverse set of influences and stylistic elements. Yet it maintains a distinct “Bad Peter”-sound. It’s bright, acoustic, sparkling and hair-raising – even sexy at times – while lyrically being both spirited and serious. Bad Peter is an acoustic duo consisting of PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker, and we spoke to them about their career and their debut EP. Continue reading “Let Go: Bad Peter on escape, a busy music career, and not being a political band”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Wolfgang Marrow Bad Advice Album cover

Wolfgang Marrow dishes out some Bad Advice

There’s something about Wolfgang Marrow that always makes me think of the live music/club scene in Black Snake Moan. And I don’t know why, but I think it’s something more than the Southern swampy Blues music they’ve got in common. Yes, the movie might be seen as an exploitative look at a sexy half-naked girl who’s chained up throughout most of the film, but behind its marketing campaign, it was a celebration of classic blues music, where it really comes from, and what it truly means. And Wolfgang Marrow‘s debut album, Bad Advice, might be the same… Continue reading “Wolfgang Marrow dishes out some Bad Advice”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Albert Frost - The Wake Up album cover

The Wake Up: Albert Frost talks about turning over a new leaf

Albert Frost woke up.

For such a prolific performer, his new album, The Wake Up, comes a surprising seven years after his last solo release, Devils and Gods. And for someone who’s spent 21 years as one of the Blues Broers before quitting the band last year, The Wake Up isn’t quite as bluesy as one might expect. “I’ve been slightly pigeon-holed as a blues guitarist,” Albert Frost explains – which is just how the music business works. But actually, my influences are very wide and range way further than just the blues. And I’ve never had a vehicle to explore that or felt that my voice is ready for this.”

Until now. The Wake Up, while firmly rooted in the blues [“I can’t escape it, I love it so much,” says Frost], is varied, eclectic, and certainly very different. Continue reading “The Wake Up: Albert Frost talks about turning over a new leaf”

Floris Groenewald
Floris sometimes writes things when he’s not watching movies or playing video games or editing videos or folk-rock singing/songwriting.
Scarlotte Will - Things Unseen

Scarlotte Will launches EP, Things Unseen

Scarlotte Will, a young local band, has launched their latest EP, Things Unseen. This five track mini-album promises to whet appetites for the accompanying tour, taking them all over South Africa. Continue reading “Scarlotte Will launches EP, Things Unseen”

Nardus Groenewald
Nardus Groenewald is a geek for music, computer games, tech, gadgets, and those chocolate eggs with jelly in them that Woolies sells at the tills. In his spare time he grows a decent beard and holds down a full time job.