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Karen Zoid is drowning out the noise

23 Apr

DROWN OUT THE NOISE-KAREN ZOIDKaren Zoid is back with a new album, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

The news of this album reached me shortly after Karen’s runaway success with Francois van Coke on Francois’ solo album with the song “Toe vind ek jou” (pushing 325 000 views on YouTube as I am writing this). Epic timing, if you ask me… Even better, she has since surpassed Francois’ album to take the number one spot for album downloads on iTunes in South Africa!

The album is called Drown Out The Noise, and these are the songs on it:

  1. Drown out the Noise.
  2. Secrets and Lies.
  3. Troublemaker. (with Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground.)
  4. We`re all gonna die Someday.
  5. Smile. (with Francois van Coke.)
  6. Where there`s a will.
  7. You can show it.
  8. Justice! Justice!
  9. Nightingale
  10. People Never Learn.

These songs were written and recorded over an entire year, and we can be sure of her typical cleverly worded lyrics combined with soulful, honest vocals. Karen has never been one to beat around the bush when it comes to saying what she wants to say, so why should this album be any different? Man, I love this woman’s music! (Just had to put it in there (No, don’t make that joke now, I know what you’re thinking))

On the production side of things, Zoid teamed up with the legendary Theo Crous again, who is well known for his super-but-not-over-produced production skills.

I have been quite adamant about my stance that artists should shy away from full albums, and focus more on regular singles. However, Karen’s argument for a full album is rather compelling: “It will be sad if everyone just records singles. It doesn`t allow for a complete story to take shape.”
I hear what she’s saying. If you bring out an entire album, you have the opportunity to not only pop out great songs, but also to add meaning to those songs by making it part of a collective. The whole in this instance being greater than the sum of the parts thereof. A challenge indeed, but one I am sure that Karen Zoid, Queen of South African Rock, is more than capable of meeting.

Karen Zoid mid shot - Morne van ZylWill this be the same Zoid I fell in love with back in 2001?
No, it won’t, and there was a time in my life when this fact would have saddened me.
I grew up, however, and realised that artists *gasp shock horror* need to do that too. I have learnt to appreciate not only the nostalgia old songs bring, but the depth new material can carry with it.

Karen Zoid is drowning out the noise with songs that say something, in a way that only she can. I look forward to hearing the entire album, and join The Zoid on this next stretch of her musical journey.

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I am no longer an Oppikoppi Virgin

17 Aug

Firstly, let me get it this out of the way. Yes, I have never before been to Oppikoppi (hence the term Koppi Virgin). This does not however mean that I am a newbie in the entertainment world. I have been to more gigs, shows and festivals than I can remember. I’ve done the whole shebang from playing in a band myself to organising tours. Furthermore, I have roughed it in informal settlements for months in African countries. I’ve done survivor camps, rock climbing, river rafting on the Zambezi and many other extreme fun events. I’ve even gone shopping in Menlyn during the school holidays. So of course I was prepared for Oppikoppi.

Yeah right.

The sheer magnitude of the festival almost overwhelmed me. To see thousands upon thousands of people from such a diverse cultural spectrum all together for one event was amazing. From the white Rasta to the black punk, the boerseun in khakis and a Fokofpolisiekar T-shirt to the poppie trading her Sandton-manicure for hippie-pants and a MK-cap…  To be frank, I can go see bands any time I want, but to live the experience of Oppikoppi is, evidently, much more than just the music.

Our campsite was my base of operations. Here my days began with Black Label and ended with friends around the fire just before curling up in my dusty tent. I was privileged enough to have a really fun crowd camping with us. My fellow Koppi Virgins and I were continually enthralled by tales of previous Oppikoppi’s as told by people like Henno Kruger (doing his 13th) and others with a few Koppi’s behind them. What made these stories even more awesome was the realisation that I too, was now living the stories I would tell to next year’s campers. Aside from all the laughs and random encounters with even more random people, camping also provided me with a strange opportunity to reflect. I was surrounded by dust (and a LOT of it), noise (every surrounding campsite had its own self appointed DJ) and conversations (you’d be surprised to know what people all around your tent talk about at 3:30 am). Yet somewhere in the cacophony I found myself engaged in my own thoughts for the first time in ages. I don’t know whether it was the change of pace form the city, or the subconscious realisation of the inherent freedom that Oppikoppi embodies. All I know is that there, on the corner of Frank Frost and Freedom, I found a part of my inner self that I thought had long ago been lost.

During the day, things were a lot less mushy and the music took over. Of the 5 stages on which more than 80 bands performed, I frequented four. I left the electro/dance stage to those that actually like that type of music. My personal favourites of the festival was undoubtedly Karen Zoid, Not My Dog, Bittereinder (by far the best local act at Oppikoppi. Read my interview with them on SA Music Zone) and the Canadian band Sum41 who blew more than 16 000 people away with their old songs and new hits alike. Other bands that need to be mentioned for exceptional performances are Van Coke Kartel, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Die Tuindwergies, December Streets, the Lise Chris Band and Frankie Fire. A very special show was the David Kramer tribute, celebrating his 30 years in the SA music industry. He put is all into an amazing performance, collaborating with -amongst others- Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke, Pierre Greeff (Heuwels Fantasties) and Jaco van der Merwe & Peach van Pletzen of Bittereinder.

Certain moments at the fest just managed to put the proverbial cherry on top of the already delicious cake. On the Saturday we had a TweetUp (meet-up of various twitter folks) hosted on the Cuervo deck. I was privileged enough to be there (seeing as I helped to organise it) and meet some of South Africa’s most prominent online personalities… whilst drinking tequila.

Visits to the legendary Top Bar (especially the post-koppi party after the last shows were done) made for more epic moments than I can mention (some of which I’d rather NOT mention).

All in all I can say that my first Oppikoppi experience was a tremendously good one. I will definitely be going back next year… and every year thereafter. If YOU are still an Oppikoppi Virgin, do something about it. Oppikoppi 2012 is waiting for you!

To my Unknown Brother who traded his suit and tie for and tie-die and Doc’s…
To my Unknown Sister who used a portable ablution facility for the first time…
To the Unknown organisers and crew who made this event a reality…
I salute you. YOU are the people that make Oppikoppi the life changing experience that it is.

2011 SAMA Nominations

14 Apr

So, last night the SAMA nominations were made public. As usual, there are some names here I’ve honestly never heard of, other names are conspicuously absent, and other that I can’t imagine what they are doing there…

Anyway, here’s the list of nominees for the 17th Annual MTN  South African Music Awards


Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD

  • Benjamin Dube – Worship In His Presence with Benjamin Dube
  • Dorothy Masuku and Friends – Live at Mandela Theatre
  • Stimela – Live In Concert: 30 years
  • Uche – Live At Lyric Theatre
  • Worship House – Project 7 It Is Well With My Soul


Best Urban DVD

  • Nhlanhla Nciza – Live At The Joy Of Jazz
  • Teargas 101 – Teargas 101 Live
  • Thandiswa – Dance Of The Forgotten Free


Best Global Chart DVD

  • Locnville – Sun In My Pocket: Platinum Edition
  • Nadine – Live In Europe
  • Nataniël – Cathedral
  • Nianell – Sand & Water – Live & More
  • The Parlotones – Live Design


Best Afrikaans DVD

  • Lize Beekman – Ek Was Al Daar
  • Romanz – Treffers Live
  • Rudi En Corlea – Ons Lieflinge/Our Darlings In Konsert
  • Wian Vos – Geseënde Van God
  • Wicus Van Der Merwe – Spietkop Live


Best Jazz/Instrumental/Popular Classical DVD

  • Helena Hettema – Alive
  • Marcus Wyatt Language 12 – Live at House of Nsako – Sept 2008
  • Nibs Van Der Spuy – Live at the Vagabond Cafe
  • Sterling EQ – Live in concert at the Artscape Opera House, Cape Town


Best Multi – Artist Live DVD

  • Dr. Victor & The Rasta Rebels – Live in Concert
  • Huisgenoot Skouspel 2010 – Huisgenoot Skouspel 2010
  • Huisgenoot Skouspel 2010 Plus – Huisgenoot Skouspel 2010 Plus
  • Songs and Psalms – Live Kwa-Mashu

Best Music Video of the Year

  • Freshlyground – Chicken To Change
  • Nomfusi – Nontsokolo
  • Teargas – Goodfellaz
  • The Parlotones – The Stars Fall Down
  • The Parlotones – Life Design


Best Producer

  • Danny K – Across the Line
  • DJ Kent – I Can’t Survive
  • Goldfish – Get Busy Living
  • Leanne – The Journey
  • Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde


Best Engineer

  • CrashCarBurn – Long Live Tonight
  • Freshlyground – Radio Africa
  • Jax Panik – I am Jax Panik
  • Joe Niemand – Love
  • Stimela – A Life Time


Remix Of The Year

  • Danny K – Made To Love You
  • Flash Republic – In The Name Of Dance (Roger Goode & Tinky’s Electro Boogie Mix)
  • Louise Carver – These Days (Ryan Dent Mix)
  • Nothende – Got to Go
  • Stimela – Turn On The Sun


Best Album Packaging

  • Die See – Die See
  • Nomsa Mazwai – Nomisupa
  • Prankster – Lay Me Down
  • Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
  • Versus The Wolf – Uncovering Faces


Best Afrikaans Traditional Music Album

  • Die Teelepeltjies – Speel Boere-Country
  • Hennie de Bruyn en die Kitaarkerels – Die Kitare Praat
  • Manie Bodenstein – Iets Ouds, Iets Nuuts
  • Mooiplaas Boereorkes – Boere – Lekkerkry
  • Theo Erasmus – Classics Gaan Sakkie Sakkie


Best South Sotho Music (SeSotho) Album

  • Ea Ha Makopela Nyamatsana No.4 – Ke llela Khutso
  • Morusu – Morusu Vol. 2
  • Motseki – Motseki ka Ferene kulo (Lejoe)
  • Tsepo Maliela – Ke Tla Loana


Best Tsonga Music (XiTsonga) Album

  • G.T. The Junior Chauke – Movha
  • George Maluleke – Byela Kgokolo
  • Mhan Flow – Xibombi No.1.
  • Mr. Jambatani Nwa Mapfotlosela Vol. 5 – Bomba Muchangana
  • Thomas Chauke – Shimatsatsa No.30


Best Venda Music (TshiVenda) Album

  • Ndivhaleni Mundalamo – Ri Funane
  • Sankambe – Vhadededzi Vha Milingoni
  • Zozo Sangere Super Beat – Tshelede


Best Mbhaqanga Album

  • Impumelelo – Isihlakaniphi
  • Soul Brothers – Thul’ Ubheke
  • Themba Ngwenya – Thel’umoya


Best Maskandi Album

  • Bhek**uzi Luthuli – Imali Yabelungu
  • Ichwane Lebhaca – Omama Bengani
  • Ihashi Elimhlophe – Isililo
  • Mfiliseni Magubane – Iqhalaqhala
  • Thokozani Langa – Sthanda Ifamily


Best Popular Classical Album

  • Inette Swart – Chopin Plus
  • Ockie Vermeulen – Arena
  • Peter Martens & Luis Magalhães – Beethoven Cello Sonatas
  • Tygerberg Children’s Choir – Champions In Song
  • Zanta Hofmeyr – Cantilena


Best Instrumental Album

  • CT Tango Ensemble -Tango Club
  • Greg Georgiades, Steve Newman, Ashish Joshi – In The Clouds
  • Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra – The Boundless Music Of The Soul Brothers
  • Sterling EQ – Sterling Speel Afrikaans
  • Wouter Kellerman – Two Voices


Best Traditional Jazz Album


  • Kesivan & The Lights – Instigators of the Revolution
  • Kyle Shepherd – A Portrait Of Home
  • Lisa Bauer Quartet – Finding A New Way
  • Phillip Tabane – Live At The Market Theatre
  • Tutu Puoane – Mama Africa


Best Contemporary Jazz Album

  • Brigitte Mitchell – Don’t Explain
  • Carlo Mombelli & The Prisoners Of Strange – Theory
  • Heels Over Head – Could It Be
  • Jonathan Butler – So Strong
  • Ological Studies – OS Freedom


Best Adult Contemporary Album: English

  • Freshlyground – Radio Africa
  • John Manuel – Lost and Found
  • Karen Zoid – Terms & Conditions
  • Louise Carver – Look To The Edge


Best Adult Contemporary Album: Afrikaans

  • Albert De Wet – Die Vensters Na My Siel
  • Gemaak In SA – Jakkie Louw
  • Romanz – Romanz – Live CD
  • Rudi En Corlea – Drome
  • Steve Hofmeyr – Duisend en Een


Best Adult Contemporary Album: African

  • Siphokazi – Ethembeni
  • Skipper Tshabalala – Bekezela
  • Stimela – A Lifetime
  • Thandiswa – The Forgotten Free – Live in concert
  • Vusi Mahlasela – Say Africa


Best Urban Gospel Album

  • Dominion – I’ll Run To Him
  • Fifty 50 Family – Kazi Kuyoba Njani
  • Maira – Oh How I Need You
  • Patrick Duncan – Worship In Colour
  • Simply Chrysolite – Chrysolite Volume 1


Best African Contemporary Gospel Album

  • Benjamin Dube – Worship In His Presence
  • Group – Spirit Of Praise Vol 3
  • Mthunzi Namba – Mercy Live In Durban
  • Uche – Live At Lyric Theatre
  • Worship House – Worship House Project 7 – It Is Well With My Soul


Best African Traditional Gospel Album

  • Deborah – Awunasabelo
  • Kh***ka – Siyakuvuma
  • Lundi – Uhambo Lwami (My Journey)
  • Rebecca Malope – Uzohamba Nami
  • Sechaba – Thank You


Best Traditional African A Capella Gospel Album

  • Amadodana Ase Wesile – Ke Dumetse Ho Morena
  • Enyonini Mission – Ebumnandini
  • Macecilia A St Paul – Ngoan’A Lehlasoa
  • Rob Rodell – A Cappella Christmas
  • Vuma Zion: Original Volume 1 – Amen


Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

  • CRC Radiation – With All My Heart
  • Doxology – Doxology
  • Joe Niemand – Love
  • Rivers Creative – Above The Sound
  • Wh***hearted – Wh***hearted


Best Afrikaans Gospel Album

  • Krisstel – Opstaan
  • Rina Hugo – Ek Sing Vir Hom
  • Romanz – Ek Sal Getuig
  • Wian Vos – Geseende Van God
  • Willie Joubert – Ek Wil Jubel


Best Kiddies Album: English

  • African Treehouse – African Numbers
  • Cathy Del Mei – Angel Tunes
  • Cathy Del Mei/Additional Artists – Zeal tunes
  • Nedine Blom – Supercool 2- Partyhits
  • Wendy Oldfield – In the Womb


Best Kiddies Album: Afrikaans

  • Alta Joubert & Minki Burger – Lollos 2 – Bons Dat Dit Gons
  • Carike Keuzenkamp – Carike & Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland Vol.7
  • Graeme Sacks & Erika Strydom – Goggatjie Se Tradisionele Afrikaanse Wiegeliedjies
  • Kobie Coetzee – Kokkelollies


Best Country Music Album

  • Alan Ladd – Country – Spore
  • Die Campbells – Keep It Country Vol. 2
  • Manie Jackson – Manie Jackson
  • Ray Dylan – Goeie Ou Country
  • Various – Ons Sing Kenny & Dolly


Best Rock Album: English

  • John Ellis – My Own Way Home
  • Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
  • The Narrow – You Don’t Get To Quit
  • The Parlotones – Live Design
  • Zebra & Giraffe – The Inside


Best Rock Album: Afrikaans

  • Countdown To The Red Carpet – Countdown To The Red Carpet
  • Glaskas – Aan Die Ontmaskerde Heldin
  • Straatligkinders – Lank Lank Oorlede En Ses Voet Benede
  • Van Coke Kartel – Skop, Skiet En Donner
  • Van Diens Af – Dit Wat Was


Best Alternative Music Album: English

  • Abbott Nu Jazz – Do The Bossa Favour
  • Boo! – The Three Of Us
  • Prankster – Lay Me Down
  • Wrestlerish – The Rude Mechanical
  • Yoav – A Foolproof Escape Plan


Best Alternative Music Album: Afrikaans

  • Bittereinder -‘n Ware Verhaal
  • Die See – Die See
  • Die Tuindwergies – Die Tuindwergies
  • Foto Na Dans – Die Vloed
  • Les Javan En Die Delta Vastrapgenootskap – Hiervandaan


Best Alternative Music Album: African

  • Mwaba Na Nseka – One World
  • Ndzingah – 1976
  • Nomsa Mazwai – Nomisupa
  • Rudi Mbele – Celebration In The Motherland
  • Uju – Free


Best Pop Album: English

  • Danny K – Across The Line
  • Jax Panik – I Am Jax Panik
  • Locnville – Sun In My Pocket
  • Louise Day – Swallowed By The City
  • The Arrows – Make Believe


Best Pop Album: Afrikaans

  • Gerhard Steyn – Als Begin Eers Nou
  • Jay – Solo
  • Juanita Du Plessis – Engel Van My Hart
  • Kurt Darren – Oos Wes Tuis Bes
  • Lee Scott – Die Enigste Manier


Best Pop Album: African

  • Camagu – Camagu
  • Patricia Majalisa – Epatini
  • Rhythmic Elements – Bandorondoro – Ancestors
  • Speedy & Stoan – Second Son Rise
  • Theo Kgosinkwe – Grateful


Best Urban Pop Album

  • Chomee – Fly The Flag
  • Ernie B St. Clair – I Am Universal
  • Howza – World Premier
  • Kwela Tebza – Gauteng Made In South Africa/Mzansi
  • Ntombi Ngcobo – African Sexy


Best Sokkie Dans Album

  • Die Campbells – Komaan Kom Dans
  • Fredi Nest – Dronkverliefverslaafaanjou
  • Kurt Darren – Die Beste Medisyne
  • Ray Dylan – Ek Wens Jy’s Myne
  • Various – Ons Sing Boney M


Best Urban Dance Album

  • DJ Kent – I Can’t Survive
  • Giggs Superstar – Deep House Chronicles 4
  • Liquideep – Fabrics Of The Heart
  • Tumelo – Arise and Shine
  • Zakes Bantwini – Love, Light & Music


Best Global Dance Album

  • Byron Keno – Breathe In Love
  • Flash Republic – Killer Moves
  • Goldfish – Get Busy Living
  • Jae – Inner Voice


Best R&B/Neo-Soul Album

  • Blackkurrant – Urban Soul
  • Bryce Anderson – Music In My Life
  • Leanne – The Journey
  • TXL – Three
  • Verd – Verd


Best Rap Album

  • Amu – The Principal
  • Kwesta – Special Rekwest
  • Slikour – Ventilation Volume 3 (VV3)
  • Tuks Senganga – Tshwanelo
  • Tumi & The Volume – Pick a Dream


Best Kwaito Album

  • L’vovo Derrango – Irresistible
  • Mandoza – Real Deal
  • Professor – University Of Kalawa Jazmee
  • Sosha – 745 Mission
  • Thebe – Mujomba


Best Reggae Album

  • Denga – Reggae Hits (Sendelani)
  • Jah Seed – No Retreat No Surrender
  • Rastaman Nkushu – Mphe Sebakanyana
  • Rob Prophet – Jennifer
  • Storm – Prayer


Male Artist of the year

  • DJ Kent – I Can’t Survive
  • Loyiso Bala – Full Circle
  • Professor – University Of Kalawa Jazmee
  • Theo Kgosinkwe – Grateful
  • Zakes Bantwini – Love, Light & Music


Female Artist of the year

  • Karen Zoid – Terms & Conditions
  • Louise Carver – Look To The Edge
  • Nianell – Sand & Water – Live & More
  • Siphokazi – Ethembeni
  • Thandiswa – The Forgotten Free – Live In Concert


Duo/Group of the year

  • Flash Republic – Killer Moves
  • Kwela Tebza – Gauteng Made In South Africa/Mzansi
  • Liquideep – Fabrics Of The Heart
  • Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
  • Tumi & The Volume – Pick a Dream


Newcomer of the year

  • Jay – Solo
  • Kwesta – Special Rekwest
  • Liquideep – Fabrics Of The Heart
  • Locnville – Sun In My Pocket
  • Nomsa Mazwai – Nomisupa


Record of the year

  • Alone – Liquideep
  • Breathing – Prime Circle
  • Bum Bum – Zakes Bantwini
  • Dreamer – Arno Carstens
  • Fire Is Low – Freshly Ground
  • Get Busy Living – Goldfish
  • Hobie Beach – Kinky Robot
  • Imoto – Professor
  • It’s A Party – Jozi
  • Lovesick – The Arrows
  • Love You Better (w/ Rue-Groove) – Crazy White Boy
  • Mama (w/ Ringo) – Black Coffee
  • Ngisemthanda (w/ Joocy, DJ Tira & Dr Duda) – DJ CNDO
  • Potoko (w/ Juice Matute) – DJ Mahoota
  • Show Dem (w/ HHP) – JR
  • Turn Up The Volume – Auriol Hays
  • Twisted – Crash Car Burn
  • Warrior – Louise Carver
  • Woza – Jaziel Brothers
  • Wrong For You – Loyiso


Album of the year

  • Flash Republic – Killer Moves
  • Liquideep – Fabrics Of The Heart
  • Prime Circle – Jekyll & Hyde
  • Professor – University Of Kalawa Jazmee
  • Zakes Bantwini – Love, Light & Music


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