MINNAAR is the latest musical venture of design and music video guru
Louis Minnaar. This time, he's teamed up with his sister Magdalene to
deliver a powerful electronic rhythm sublimely complemented by his
sister's haunting operatic vocals. They have recently released their
second EP, titled Safe & Sound.
The second video, "Shadow of the Earth", seamlessly combines with the
track to produce an alluringly mechanical abstract escapade that hits
you like shrapnel, and looks and feels like it too.
"Dream like a kid, act like an adult; you can balance it out, a steak with the salad," riffs Smiso Zwane, aka Okmalumkoolkat, from the JHB-based kwaito outfit, Dirty Paraffin.
In a recent interview with Sunglass Hut in their Through The Lens series, which focuses on young creatives, Smiso Zwane speaks his mind on contemporary music in South Africa. "The music scene is still very young in South Africa," he says, and with Durban cross-pollenating with Joburg, Joburg with Cape Town and vice versa, he believes there's a new South African crowd attending his shows, a culturally mixed audience.
Music is his primary outlet, fashion a close second, which is evident in his videos. He's got fashion and design as a bow and arrow, "I can just put it on fire, and that's it, a lotta people get it."
He expressed the youth need to put in work, because where he's from, most of the parents didn't attend school, they didn't have money. This should be the generation teaching the younger one, saving money for their kids.
"People will follow you when the product is there." Keep on grinding, get that social media going, and focus on the product.
To kick start season 3 of The Anne Hirsch Show the (S)talk-show crew travelled to Darling for the annual Rocking the Daisies festival over the weekend. Hirsch stalked some festival-goers while they were waking up in their tents, partied with The Plastics, Gangs Of Ballet and Catherine Grenfell of 5FM.
How does a house vet step out of his bubblegum-pop comfort zone? Well, how does inviting KZN guitar god Phuzekemisi round for a maskandi-house mash-up, grab you? It's a frenetically funky kwaai-house roots rock teaser off his new double CD of all star collaborations, Es'khaleni Soul/Es'khaleni 9.
Had Dear Reader been a touch more self-assured in their early incarnation... well, Bye Beneco gives a vision of what may have been: Eleanor Friedberger fronting gentle gypsy-folk with a smutty-blues streak and Roma twinkle. A twilight video for moony berceuse, this video lulls the listener into a world of pinto ponies, tame wolves, two-headed snakes and campfire dances, foregoing a straightforward narrative for the scattered images of a dream.
"Môregloed" is the first single off Van Coke Kartel's upcoming album titled Bloed, Sweet & Trane, dropping on the 4th of October 2013.
The footage for the video was captured during their Afrikaans Verower Harte Tour in The Netherlands and Berlin during July 2013.
Hailing from Springs in the '70s, SA rock legends The Radio Rats put their original line-up together to record their upcoming album, Cyanide Lake, dropping in December this year.
The album was recorded in a dining room in Springs over Easter 2013 and overdubbed and mixed at Radium Wreckords in Hilton with Jonathan Handley on lead guitar and backing vocals, Dave Davies on lead vocals, Herbie Parkin on bass and Leonard Dixon on drums.
On Monday the band released a haunting video for the first single "Cyanide Lake".
"Murray Park/Cyanide Lake is a big holiday resort/caravan park/ex-Paul Kruger farm outside Springs, with mine dumps (yellow slime dams) on the eastern side," lead guitarist Jonathan Handley (aka Jonathan Rat) told Rolling Stone.
"The water was said to have cyanide in it (from gold extraction) and hence the name. We were told not to swim there. There was a yacht club there too, very spooky in my memories - the yachts on the blue-black water. H-CN is the chemical formula for cyanide - a mitochondrial poison. People committed suicide with cyanide, so as a child I had a horror of the word. I dreamed of the lake - hence the images, with an Arthurian arm coming out of the water to catch the flung guitar - the Lady of the Lake, King Arthur. The resort is now a wasteland and yet still beautiful and ghostly - a perfect title for an album set in Springs. Cyanide Lake is where we had fun, but now it's empty and dead and in ruins - yet we dream of places like this because they're indelible."
In the video the song also shows photographs of Karen Raubenheimer (who passed away in 2011), Lindsey Crosby, Carmen Clark and Julie Coetzee - friends of the group who hung with them during the era when they released their seminal album Into the Night We Slide in 1978/79. This era "ended with the death of Henry Jantzen [Corporal Punishment] on Grootvlei Gold Mines in 1982, and when I moved to Welkom", said Handley.
The video was assembled from footage shot over three decades and also features Steve Howells [Asylum Kids/Dynamics], Jimmy Florence [Dynamics] and Jannie Hannepoot van Tonder [Gereformeerde Blues Band]. Also making a cameo in the video is Gary Herselman, aka Piet Pers [Die Kêrels/ Gereformeerde Blues Band] who has a new album coming soon which will feature a cover version of The Radio Rats' big hit, "ZX Dan."
The Radio Rats will be performing in the vicinity of the "Bermuda Triangle of the East Rand" in 2014 - Springs, Brakpan and Nigel, in 2014 – dates to be confirmed soon.
"4 Cups Of Dust" is the first official single and video from William Welfare (previously known as Willim Welsyn) taken off his upcoming debut album 'Like Mountains', set to be released in November 2013.
The video sees Welfare and drummer Kyle Gray recording the track live at Blooroom Studio in Ladismith, South Africa and then traveling to the Oppikoppi Bewilderbeast 2013 Festival.
Yesterday saw the release of Woodstock Mafia's video for their third single, "Trigger And Gun", off their forthcoming debut album Defiance, available 13 September 2013.
The concept of the video slightly resembles the black & white polarity-waaib Van Coke Kartel had going on their 2008 clip for "Verdoof, Vergiftig, Verskoon My." Towards the end of the clip though the stage starts swivelling and you meet the gravity defying yin and the yang of Woodstock Mafia – not bad for a video that was shot on fokkol budget.
The Capetonian quartet is currently gearing-up for their national album-launch tour, which kicks off in Cape Town at Mercury Live on the 13th of September with guest bands Ballistic Blues and Dead Lucky.
Here's the rest of the tour:
Thursday 19 September
with Set for the Sky
Music Kitchen, PE
with Special Guests
Friday 27 September
Friday 27 September
The Boh, Mellville, JHB
with Jet Black Camaro and Sticky Fingers
Krank'd Up Music Festival, Sundowners, Alberton
with Dead Letter Circus (AUS), The Narrow and many more
R300 at the gate
Doors open 10AM
Sunday 29 September
Mama's Shebeen, Greenside
with Special Guests
After playing at every festival and venue in South Africa for the past 4 years, DJ Naaldekoker, the man behind Jack Parow's beats, felt it was time to branch out and also pursue his own solo career.
Rolling Stone's Willim Welsyn met up with the man at OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast to find out how he's going to skei die koring from the kaf with his new brand of electronic house music.
Naaldekoker's debut, 'Melting Down' is due out in October.