Levi's Young Guns - ETC Crew and Jitsvinger
Where's it at?:
14 Hope Street, Cape Town
When is it?
22 May 2008
Time Doors open round 20:00
excuses. In your face. Raw and emotive. Packed with
talent. But also uplifting, inspired, unique and like a breath of
fresh air. That’s the legacy that Levi’s® Young Guns has created
in the past two years, tearing across the country and spreading the
sounds of alternative, immediate, energetic music to their thousands of
fans across South Africa. These are the big names of tomorrow,
the young who never settle for less and are intent on making a mark
that is unique, overpowering and hard-hitting. So put on your
brave face, leave your inhibitions in the closet and venture out to
enjoy this tour de force, a countrywide programme brings a few upstarts
to a town near you.
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Halls BeatBox Choir
South Africa's favourite lozenge, is inviting talented South Africans
to 'free their voices' and enter the country's hottest talent contest
to stand a chance of becoming part of a Hip Hop musical sensation – the
Halls BeatBox Choir.
The Halls BeatBox Choir
talent search aims to launch a purely acapella hiphop group. The search
is on for three beat boxers and one free style MC with judges Lance
Stehr of Ghetto Ruff and Bongani Fassie looking for unproduced talent.
talented foursome will win a record deal with Ghetto Ruff that includes
a music video, and the opportunity to work with top producers like
The official search kicks off
on May 10 at Carfax in Johannesburg, followed by two more regional
events – one on May 24 at the Bat Centre in Durban, and another on May
31 at Distrix Café in Cape Town. The final event will take place on
June 13 at Carfax.
Be part of it. The auditions start at Carfax, Johannesburg this Saturday (10 May) from 11h00 - 16h00
Visit www.cadburyschweppes.com to learn more
Cadbury South Africa
Kobus! to Perform at Magic Circle Festival - Germany
They have been honored with an invitation to perform at the gargantuan
Magic Circle Festival ‘08 in Germany. Headlined by the legendary
Manowar, it features the likes of Alice Cooper, Stormwarrior, WASP and
HolyHell among many others in a truly spectacular line-up in
celebration of heavy metal. The festival runs over four days in Bad
Arolsen, Germany from 09 – 12 July 2008.
KOBUS! was formed in 2000 after Theo Crous (Springbok Nude Girls) and
Francois Breytenbach (VOD) Blom realized that they did not like
anything that the Afrikaans music scene had to offer. They decided to
create music that they themselves would like to hear in Afrikaans. With
brilliant lyrics, unique music and brain shattering live shows they
soon became one of the most talked about and popular Afrikaans acts.
SWAARMETAAL is their third album.
The Almighty Armchair Laid to Rest
is my solemn duty to inform anyone of you that doesn't already know
that the bastion of local music and coolness, the Independent Armchair
Theatre has closed it's doors. This is a sad day in the local industry.
The Chair will be loved and missed by all. The following emotional
letter was released by the owner, Gil a few days ago...
been avoiding this press release for about a month now. To cut straight
to it, after little more than eight years of existence and an eternity
of good times The Armchair has closed.
So that there is no confusion on the matter, this is what has happened:
bought The Independent Armchair Theatre in March 2005. At the time the
business was heavily in debt and about to close. Since then we have
fought tooth and nail to not only keep The Armchair going but to make
it the best venue for live music that we could offer. But three years
later with my debts and stress levels reaching dangerous proportions,
and some expensive renovations required in order to meet the city’s
noise pollution requirements, I had to take the decision, like my
predecessor, to sell the business. However the sale has not gone as
planned and so - with The Armchair not able to reopen without the
requisite soundproofing and no money to pay for the rental - the time
has come to close.
That’s the story. I hope you
understand. The Independent Armchair Theatre is one of the finest
things to have existed in this city. It embodied loves and dreams. It
was place to belong to and that belonged to you. In all the time I
owned The Armchair, I never felt that it was really mine. It belonged
to everyone. To the fans, the musicians, the promoters, the staff. I
was simply the guy at the back holding the rudder. It was our home.
it was all about the music. When The Armchair started it had quite a
mixed line up of film, music, comedy and drama but as the years went on
it grew into a venue whose purpose of the soul was to provide for the
music of Cape Town and it’s many lovers. In the end it might have been
out downfall, but the music was all we have ever cared about and I take
comfort in knowing that we never made a decision that didn’t have the
music at heart. I would start listing all the sublime moments I had in
the place, the bands I saw, the musicians that changed my life, but the
list would be too long and I wouldn’t want to leave anyone or anything
out. The Armchair was nothing if not a sum of its parts. Plus I’d cry
That’s it. I could write all night but
that would just be avoiding the inevitable. And I don’t have enough
tissues, toilet paper and sleeves in this place.
Before I go though, some very important thank you’s:
my parents, who have gone far beyond any reasonable expectations in
supporting me and The Armchair. To Jen and Alison for being totally
fucking cool, for weathering the storms and for understanding more than
most. Thembi, Angela, Nick, Alex, Timmy and Stuart and to everyone else
who worked at The Armchair since it opened - you know who you are and
I’m not going to list names because I don’t want to leave anyone out.
One huge thanks to Ian James Watson whose value and talent can never be
underestimated and if you ever meet this man please buy him as many
drinks as possible. And of course Carl, Jess and Chris for coming up
with the idea in the first place.
to anyone who ever set foot in the Armchair. Who made the times and
enjoyed the times. The place was there for and because of you.
Till next time.
TERMINATRIX to Release Album
long awaited TERMINATRYX album is set for a May 2008 release through
ENT Entertainment, South Africa - distributed by IRIS (cat. no. CDENT
The TERMINATRYX sound is a unique one in the
South African musical milieu with the combination of striking vocalist
Sonja Ruppersberg and the music of extreme music veteran Paul Blom
(V.O.D / F8 / SAMA winners K.O.B.U.S.) blending into an
Industrial-Metal soundscape rarely found in this country.
addition there are many musical elements subtly filtering through
across the diverse songs, from Alternative-, Hard Core- and Punk
flavours, to Electronic-, Dark Wave- and Gothic hints.
the start TERMINATRYX never attempted to sound like anyone out there,
developing a sound all their own with inspiration coming from cinematic
moods rather than other musical references.
The undercurrent of the fusion-, symbiosis- and corruption of man &
technology is illustrated and supplemented with subjects ranging from
socio-political issues, individualism & independent thought,
consumerism, a critical tirade in Afrikaans, a love song alternative,
biological- and viral infection, alien visitation, instrumentals and
Reacting on the state of the world (and beyond), there is no mincing of words.
With a natural aversion to cheap commercial sentiments and a blind
consumer society, TERMINATRYX is truly a unique South African audio
adventure, looking at the world with a satirical eye as they take the
listener through a juxtaposed range of sonic intensity and calm,
merging technology with the organic in a David Cronenberg vs. H.R Giger
by Paul, the track elements were re-recorded in February 2008 at
Flamedrop Productions (with many of the original segments recorded
since 2003 retained).
All of the songs are original creations with Sonja and Paul also acting as executive producers.
March 2008 Paul joined Simon "Fuzzy" Ratcliffe across a 10-day period
at Sound & Motion Studios where mixing commenced. The final
mastering was done late-March.
Fuzzy also guests on
the instrumental track ABSINTHIUM with upright bass and a variety of
exotic flutes, adding an organic emotional element to the predominantly
electronically programmed backbone of the track.
Another guest includes original guitarist Tom Somers with lead segments on SLEEPWALKERS and WE COME IN PEACE.
Jenna Bird added a few well-placed bars of piano on SIEK+SAT.
A German nursery rhyme narrated by Christina Storm opens the song MIDNIGHT.
album cover pictures were shot by Graham Abbott (of One Productions),
with design, art-direction & post-production by Paul.
video clip MIDNIGHT is included as an enhanced CD segment on the album
(as well as a web link). The video features clips from F.W. Murnau’s
silent German classic Nosferatu.
TERMINATRYX also created an
original soundtrack for Nosferatu with collaborators from Lark,
performed live to the screen at the 2006 South African HORRORFEST Film
Festival (a DVD of which will be released in October 2008). At the 2007
Fest they gave The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari the same mood-drenched
treatment, while the TERMINATRYX live soundtrack for the 2008
HORRORFEST will be the legendary Häxan (again with special guests –
Midnight video clip (and others) are also at
www.YouTube.com/terminatryx. Two versions can be found here, with
either the new audio track or the older demo version.
Keep an eye on the gig guide for launch events...