Be it late afternoons relaxing in the Kirstenbosch Gardens, summer nights spent dancing on the beach or 2am jams at Bassline in Newtown, Jack Kaminski’s Afro-Indie speaks to the heart of the South African music scene, ready to bring something from all over the continent to our dance floors. “Its always been the path I wanted to take my music,” Kaminski explained, “merging the ‘upbeatness’ of Folk and Indie with the rhythms of Afro-genres popular in South Africa and neighbouring countries.” Continue reading →
At various points in your life you need that album that evokes such raw emotion that it makes you want to sit in the middle of your bedroom floor and ugly-cry until the morning comes. As an experience, it’s cathartic as all hell and often comes at a time when you need it most, falling into your lap at the most random moment, sometimes when you are sitting in a very public place and there’s no going back when the dam walls of your eyes have burst. For me, that album is City and Colour’s, Little Hell.
My third favourite thing about blues-rock outfit Alabama Shakes is the fact that front woman, Brittany Howard, is so incredibly sexy. My first and second favourite things are the way she plays the guitar and the band’s single ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’.
A plus-size woman of colour with a tattoo of Texas on her bicep and a new side-cut curly hairdo, Howard destroys the norms that dictate who gets to be famous and why. And that’s just a different kind of sexy to Nicki Minaj’s arse. Continue reading →
Go Barefoot sound like hot summer afternoons by the pool and late night conversations on the road. They are one of the fastest growing indie bands in South Africa and some of the guys in this five-piece outfit took a moment from packing up after a gig at Wits to chat about Britney Spears, Rocking the Daisies and wearing shoes. Continue reading →
Following the release of their new album, Vana & The Oh So Serious will be finishing up their Lo-Fi Hoax tour in Grahamstown, promising a foot-stomping, jive of a time. Best described as “folk-grass”, Vana & The Oh So Serious aren’t bound by genre, but rather by feeling. And boy does it feel good. Continue reading →
Closure is crucial to a successful break-up. While Pink Floyd will clearly never get back together, the fans are feeling abandoned and in need of closure, a formal goodbye. Soft, sweet and bitterly nostalgic, Pink Floyd has in fact been wishing us goodbye for years, from the lyrics of their ground-breaking albums.
In the wake of the final break-up of the legendary Pink Floyd, I find myself going back through their discography. I lie back and wonder at the tonal glory of my favourite of their albums The Division Bell, the chart-topping The Wall and the revolutionary sound of The Dark Side of the Moon. Continue reading →
PHFat has been making some serious waves at home and abroad, releasing Caviar Dreams with Al Bairre during 5FM’s first Xperia MashLab and doing a few gigs in Australia before coming home to Oppikoppi . Chelsea Haith caught up with rapper Smooth Mike to discuss character building shows, their fraught relationship with collabs and the pursuit of happiness. Continue reading →
They write their songs from their experiences. The best part of the job is waking up late. Their last album ‘Morning After’ was released in 2014.
South African band aKING came to Grahamstown on the 31July to play at Monument. They took some time out to chat with Artbeat, discussing the band, its future and Laudo Liebenberg’s beard, which he is growing for an upcoming acting job.
The band is made up of Hennie Van Halen (bass), Laudo Liebenberg (vocals and rhythm guitar), Andrew Davenport (guitar) and Jaco “Snakehead” Venter (drums).
Ne-Yo, the superstar known for his rich tenor, impressive falsetto, and sex appeal, is excited to be back in South Africa. “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store, Durban! I hope you’re ready, because I am!” Continue reading →