Frank Turner Plays Solo at Mercury

OMC_18_coverSmallUK singer-songwriter Frank Turner will play Mercury Live on Sunday 23 March. Turner will unfortunately miss the Cape Town leg of Parklife with KT Tunstall and Donavon Frankenreiter, but committed to the Sunday show to make it up to Cape Town fans.

Turner is the former vocalist of Million Dead, a post-hardcore band. These days he is usually supported by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd (guitar, mandolin), Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano) and Nigel Powell (drums).

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KT Tunstall Falls into the Parklife Experience

OMC_18_coverSmallTATIANA BAEZ

SINGER-songwriter and guitarist KT Tunstall will make her first-ever South African appearance at the Parklife festival in Cape Town. Parklife, described as an urban lifestyle music experience, will feature headlining acts from abroad as well as some of the country’s top local artists.

Tunstall’s music career launched in 2004 after performing live on the renowned British music television show Later…with Jools Holland. Her song, “Black Horse and The Cherry Tree”, became one of the most-played songs of 2005 in the UK, later gaining her both commercial and critical success.

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Donavon Frankenreiter: ‘The Man with the Moustache’

OMC_18_coverSmallFONDLY referred to as the “man with the moustache” who just happens to surf and play music, Donavon Frankenreiter is living every indie-lover’s dream.

The American musician was born in California in 1972 and began his pro-surfing career after signing with Billabong at the age of 15. He began playing guitar at 16, and joined his first group, Peanut Butter and Jam three years later.

It was on a surfing trip that a friend taught Frankenreiter three guitar chords that had him instantly hooked. Eric Clapton and Hendrix were his first musical idols, which later inspired him to charmingly name his sons Hendrix and Ozzy.

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Laurie Levine and Josie Field – ‘Side by Side’

OMC_18_coverSmallJOSIE Field and Laurie Levine are back in their tandem show, which was such a success on a recent collab and tour.

The blues-infused vocal-rock of Field (Best Female SAMA 2012) connects with the intimate folk country styles of  Levine (Best Produced Album, Six Winters, SAMA Winner 2012) to create a unique and intimate musical experience, featuring their hit singles as well as select covers.

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CT Int’l Jazzfest A City Highlight

OMC_18_coverSmallJULIA JOUBERT

“AFRICA’s Grandest Gathering” – the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) – this month looks to deliver a star-studded line-up that is sure to entice both impassioned jazz devotees and mainstream music lovers.

Since its inception in 2000, the CTIJF has become the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa and is recognised as the fourth-largest jazz festival in the world. The festival has grown to host in excess of 37 000 music lovers, with fans from across the globe travelling to South Africa to attend.

The grand gathering boasts a selection of more than 40 artists each year, and being a locally-produced event, the CTIJF sports a unique programme that consists of a 50/50 split between South African and international artists respectively.

Some of South Africa’s greats have graced the stage of previous festivals, including those among the country’s most noted cultural ambassadors, Hugh Masekela and the late Grammy Award-winning singer Miriam Makeba, and famed Afro-pop group Mafikizolo, to mention just some of the high-class local artists.

This year, jazz lovers and audiophiles can again look forward to performances by a number of South Africa’s most-loved artists, including trombonist/composer Jonas Gwangwa, master musician Abdullah Ibrahim, as well as bassist Shane Cooper, who won the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for jazz.

The organiser’s selection of local entertainers extends this year to include Mi Casa, AKA and Da.L.E.S, The Muffinz, Philip Tabane and many more.

Hailed by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, as a festival that reflects “how far we have come as a nation”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a local job-creator and provides a financial boost to the city’s coffers annually.

 Friday 28 March & Saturday 29 March 2014. Cape Town Iinternational Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town. UPDATE: ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. 

Back to School for Heal the Hood Practical Hip Hop School

OMC15FEW people know that Cape hip-hop icon and activist Emile YX? is a qualified school teacher who has created a hip-hop school for some of the youth from Lavender Hill. It has become the Heal the Hood Projects Practical Hip Hop School, called “Mixed Mense”.

This year, the school starts its second of a three-year course, created by Emile, who is from the group Black Noise and a judge on the etv dance show, Step Up or Step Out.

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