Q&A With KT Tunstall


UK singer songriter KT Tunstall is in SA to perform at the Parklife series of events. ONE MUSIC CITY asked her a few questions about her career, music and life in general.


“I have always felt passionate about the protection of natural environment, and I also feel that the safety, education and support of kids is of the utmost importance for a happier world.”

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New Composers/Publishers Association launched

OMC_18_coverSmallTHE formation of the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) was announced to the South African music industry at Music Exchange in March.

CAPASSO is a mechanical rights licensing agency and NPO in the process of incorporation, whose mandate will be to collect and distribute royalties to its members – music publishers and composers.

The organisation came about as a result of extensive negotiations between SAMRO (the Southern African Music Rights Organisation) and NORM (the National Organisation for Reproduction Rights in Music), with the aim of creating a proactive, responsive and progressive mechanical rights licensing hub. This hub would represent all rights-holders and would play an integral role in the copyright licensing landscape on the African continent.

CAPASSO will be communicating with the industry and prospective members in the near future with more details and developments.

The CAPASSO profile can be downloaded from here: http://www.capasso.co.za 

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Five Opportunites for Testing Your New Material

OMC_18_coverSmallTHERE’s no shortage of Open Mic evenings in the city. Here are five that are regularly attended and featured by Cape Town’s bedroom stars and pro-players alike:

Tuesdays at Zula Bar, Long Street, CBD, from 16:00.

Mondays at Villager Football Club, Claremont, from 20:00.
According to a spokesman for the club:
“Our purpose is to support and promote original music in Cape Town. We usually showcase 4 acts per evening”.
Each week at Barleycorn is curated by a different coordinator and those interested in playing should contact the presenter of their preferred date.
For details of these slots, please see the “Roster & Presenters” page at

Tuesdays at Obviouzly Armchair Theatre, Observatory, from 20:00.

Wednesdays at The Melting Pot, Muizenberg, from around 20:00.

Thursdays at Casa Nostra, Sea Point.
Facebook page: facebook.com/Openmiccasanostra. Contact Aancod for bookings: 072 499 9465


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Black Noise to Perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

OMC_18_coverSmallSOUTH Africa’s longest-surviving hip-hop crew, Black Noise, has been confirmed to perform as part of the One Mic Festival in Washington, DC, in the United States.

One of the founding members of Black Noise and hip-hop/breakdance pioneers, Emile YX?, has said that the development comes just in time to celebrate Black Noise’s 26th anniversary. Three of the members going on the trip are younger than the group itself.

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Vintage Obs Day!

OMC_18_coverSmallLower Main Road in Observatory will be closed on Sunday 23 March from 9:00 to all vehicles other than those dating from the late-1970s and earlier.  The street will be lined with parked vintage and classic motorbikes and cars for Vintage Obs Day.

The organisers of VOD say they will be encouraging members of the public to dress up in whichever period – up until late-1970s – most appeals to them. Prizes will be given to the best dressed at the event.

All the venues that will be open to the public will participate by playing music, whether live or over sound system, set in a chosen period and their staff will wear clothing depicting that same chosen decade.

The venues will have breakfast and lunch specials for those who will participate in the event by bringing along their cars and bikes to take Obs back – visually – to its glory days. A Vintage Fair and Autojumble will take place on the green opposite Spar.

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“Metal Warriors” AFFIANCE attend Aandklas

OMC_18_coverSmallMETAL band AFFIANCE hail from Ohio in the US. Their first tour to SA this March concludes with a performance at Sunfest 5 in Alberton.

Before that, though, they’ll be popping into Aandklas in Stellenbosch on 25 March. Along for the ride are SA metal acts Zombies Ate My Girlfriend and Arc Reactor.

AFFIANCE have appeared alongside familiar acts like Killswitch Engage, Protest the Hero, Architects and Darkest Hour.

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