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Throwback To Thrashers with The Narrow at Aandklas

21 Dec

Do you remember Thrashers?
I do.

IMG_6658The first ever live performance that I watched was at Thrashers back in ’05. I remember that the skater girls made me nervous (I wasn’t very cool back then), while their jock boyfriends looked absolutely terrified to be there.

I remember the police raid, and the absolute panic that the jocks went into, realising that the skater girls they were ogling might just get them kicked off of the rugby team. I remember laughing myself into a stupor at the stoners rushing to get rid of any bankies that they may (or may not) have had with them.

Mostly, however, I remember the moment I heard The Narrow live for the first time. I remember being the shortest kid in the crowd in a stuffy little gig area, and trying my best to get to the front of the stage. I remember Hanu’s voice when he sang the first line of Lonely-Lonely.

IMG_6627Thursday 10 December, I got to relive that beautiful moment that solidified my love of South African Rock music. Aandklas Hatfield played host to The Narrow and The Barbosa Experience. As always, Aandklas did a fantastic job, ensuring that everyone was welcomed with a smile and that the venue did not burst at the seams.

We arrived earlyish, at 20:00, with Pedro Barbosa and the gang kicking off the Rock at 21:00. Pedro, whom I have the pleasure of having known for a couple of years, is by far one of the most entertaining frontmen that has IMG_6546ever graced a South African stage. Back in the day he was lead singer for a little-known band called Mrs. B. He has a way of entertaining everyone that sees him perform, even old Indian ladies at a very traditional Indian wedding (even though his lyrics are borderline perverse and his mannerisms on stage are somewhat provocative).

When The Narrow took to the stage, I was still outside having one of those DMC’s with my best mate that happen when you are newly single and he knows you have a penchant for making trouble when there is no-one keeping you reigned in, so I ended up being at the back of the gig area when we went inside for the show. This, however, was not an issue, as I did not need to fight my way to the bar for a drink.

IMG_6610The guys from The Narrow had total control over the stage, making it easy to still be the shortest guy in the crowd.  I had the momentary insanity of headbanging to Travellers and Lonely-Lonely again after ten years. My body isn’t what it used to be though, so the recovery took a little longer than it did after that first gig at Thrashers. And, as with that first gig, there were a couple of people that had taken their enjoyment of the evening a little too far.

Public Service Announcement: Do not take in anything other than alcohol, in decent amounts, or cigarettes when going out in public. Stay safe kids.

IMG_6673Now this is where the honourable mention to Hanu De Jong comes in. After being lovingly embraced by a girl who may have had a little bit of difficulty standing on her own, he did not (as many acts might have done) end the show or throw a hissy fit. He ensured that she was okay, making sure that she got off of the stage safely (with some help from Baas de Beer, who seems to magically appear wherever he is needed) without falling and getting hurt. I believe that the girl is okay, she may just have had to nurse a hangover from hell.

So all in all, my nostalgic trip down memory lane with the soundtrack supplied by one of my favourite South African acts was one for the books. I got to relive my glory days, realising that I will never again have the energy of a 15-year-old, and having another unforgettable evening with some of my best friends at one of my favourite places.

Post by Michael King, who occasionally finds time to write stuff in between being pretty and rocking the marketing world.

All photos courtesy of Henno Kruger Photography. Also check out his awesome blog, Running Wolf’s Rant



The Prodigy to headline Synergy Live 2012

1 Nov

South Africa is being spoilt with so many awesome international acts hauling ass over the oceans to bring us their tunes.
Linkin Park, Uriah Heep, RHCP, Bon Jovi to name but a few… And now, the news has hit the masses: THE PRODIGY is coming to South Africa!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am EXTREMELY excited!
If you have read more than 3 of my posts, you should know by now that I am not really into the electro scene much. But that’s the thing with The Prodigy, they are pretty much a genre all by themselves. So yes, I will jump, dance and generally freak out when they hit the stage.

However, international awesomeness set aside for a moment, I have to say this: The local acts alone at Synergy Live 2012 would have been enough to make me want to go! In fact, The Prodigy is kinda like a cherry on top of the cake (except it’s not a cherry, it’s a whole extra cake on top of the first cake. With a cherry on top). You can expect to see bands like The Narrow, Zebra & Giraffe, Desmond and the Tutus, Lark (Electro), Wrestlerish, Gangs of Ballet, Bittereinder, Man as Machine and Newtown Knife Gang. For the more electronically inclined amongst us, there’s the Red Bull Studio Live stage featuring Dr Khumalo, Minx, King Rat, Phizist VS Kid Robot, Twelve & Thesis, Tommy Gun, Double Adapter, Reepa and Rudeone.

Here’s one of the epic Prodigy videos

Synergy 2012 Details

Saturday, 1 December 2012
 Riversands Farm. William Nicol. Fourways
GPS Coordinates: Latitude:25º57′38.58″S` Longitude: 28º1′32.78″E

Ticket Details
R 380 – General admission Online at Webtickets
R 450 – General admission on the door
R 600 – VIP Tickets Online at Webtickets
Tickets available from www.webtickets.co.za

On twitter you can follow @SynergyLive and @The_Prodigy… Of course you can also follow @BaasDeBeer

Check out www.synergylive.co.za or search facebook for Synergy Live Music Festival for bands and schedules.

Last but not least, here’s the first Prodigy video I remember seeing. WARNING, it is most definitely NSFW:

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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