Alhoewel hy homself nie noodwendig as ’n ikoon of legende sien nie, is Valiant Swart vir seker ’n Suid-Afrikaanse kunstenaar wat respek afdwing. Hy is al etlike jare ’n prominente naam in die bedryf en wen nuwe aanhangers oor met sy strelende stem en goeie lirieke. “Dis strelend vir die ego om ’n legend of ikoon genoem te word,” sê Valiant. “Maar ’n mens moet dit nie kop toe vat nie. Eintlik is jy maar net nog ’n ou met ’n klomp liedjies en ’n kitaar wat ’n bestaan probeer maak.”
HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU! Yes we do. A new batch of music news highlights from the last week! With news from Somi, Monark, Wolf Dagger, Michael Lowman, Loui Lvndn, Michael Franti & Spearhead, MTN Bushfire, Fokofpolisiekar, and The Flow itself!
It’s not every event where you go from watching Shortstraw, to Boargazm, to PHFAT, to Mr Green in the Rave Cave. Hell, most events don’t even have a Rave Cave. Or a nice dam surrounded by grassy hills. Or a boutique festival vibe, with minimal crowds and queues, fancy food stalls, warm showers, and more than enough camping space. That’s why The Republic of Mieliepop is something special.
The prodigal son of underdog indie rock returns to the shores, high velds and low velds of South Africa during March and April. Brett Newski is already here, out and about the streets to search for his long lost love, the bunny chow, and visit his much loved friends he met five years ago when he first toured through SA.
We didn’t have any music news last week because of the faux long weekend and public holidays and everything, so here’s a collection of DOUBLE MUSIC NEWS! Featuring Tima Reece, Easy Freak, Depeche Mode, Zara Larsson, Len Muller, Apple Gule, Adventure Man, and Josh Kempen!
From the moment they gear up to take the stage with their guitars, tambourine, saxophone, and harmonica, till the closing melody of the final song, Jerry and the Bandits (JATB), emit this vibe that is lively and confident.
If you like the sound of The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons (2007), and The Head and the Heart (2011), but desire a little more frisk to your folk, then JATB is your local choice.
Taxi Violence really shouldn’t need an introduction – this Capetonian band has been making music together since 2004, and their first studio album, Untie Yourself, was released more than a decade ago, in 2006. Since then they’ve been touring up and down and played all of the major local festivals. Most recently Taxi Violence had released Tenfold to celebrate the decade of making music together. This album garnered the band’s fourth SAMA nomination, to go along with their three MK Music Awards nominations.
At the beginning of 2017, the band announced plans to release a handful of shorter EP’s throughout the year. The first of these EP’s, Shape and Form I, was released on the 13th of February, and the 3 tracks are classic Taxi Violence.
BANG BANG! It’s the Music News gun! This week: New albums announced by Erasure, Alt-J, Goldie, and JHB locals Adventure Man. Plus videos by Adventure Man, Michael Lowman, and Goldie. PLUS songs by Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid, and Loui Lvndn featuring Emamkay. So much music you might get a music-headache.
Josh Kempen sped onto my radar pretty quickly. In the last year or two, I saw him play a solo show, heard he released an EP, saw his name on all sorts of festival line-ups around the country, saw him again and again with a three-piece band, got wind that he’s signed with Warner Music, and now he’s released a debut album, The Morning Show: an intimate blend of electric guitar folk and 50’s rock ‘n roll.