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Fete De La Musique back on!

Posted by radio On July - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Fête de La Musique held in Melville in 2012 was celebrated by more than 5,000 people and was one of the first events of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. Based on  last year’s success, and now dubbed Melville Music Day, the event, with support from a range of sponsors, promises to be even bigger and better.

 

This year, as was last year, the street will brought to life up with over 30 live performances along 7th Street, within restaurants and bars!

 

This year the event will also feature a wide range of live music, food, drinks,  and also a touch of French flair. The 2nd  annual“Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day welcomes everyone, including families with the addition this year of a youth zone at Faan Smit Park, an additional food market, pop-up shops and secure designated paid parking areas.

 

Melville Music Day is free and open to the  public  and is a fun and exciting showcase of diverse local music, celebrated in a safe and inclusive atmosphere that brings commnunities together in a special moment – through music.

This year’s music line-up includes, Jeremy Labelle a DJ from the Reunion Island, Stone Aged Souls, The Means, Shadow Club, Nakhane Toure, The Muffinz, Planet Lindela, Francophone Choir, Bongeziwe Mabandla and much more.

 

Visitors will also be able to enjoy have unique experiences offered by the sponsors, Converse, Redbull, and Renault’s Va-va-voom experience, and Kaya FM who will be doing live crossovers from the event.

 

In addition meet the team of the Alliance Française in their dedicated space at Melon situated at 9 7th Street Melville, Johannesburg.  The zone is an intimate French quarter with French style catering made by our partners “Chocola J” and more.

Important information for Fête de la Musique-goers and Melville residents:

 

* 7TH Street is pedestrian friendly for the entire day

* Youth zone closes at 5pm

* Event starts from 12pm to 8pm

* Road closure: starts as early as 6am, on the day, roads will be closed in the following

perimeter: from 8th street to 5th street and from 1st avenue to 5th avenue.

* Parking: four officials designated paid parking areas

 

The “Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day, is presented by:

  • ·         The Melville Resident Association
  • ·         The Melville Business Community
  • ·         The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg
  • ·         The French Institute of South Africa

And with the generous support of

  • ·         Converse
  • ·         Renault
  • ·         Redbull
  • ·         Kaya FM
  • ·         Dibukids
  • ·         The University of Johannesburg
  • ·         Sight and Sound
  • ·         Région Réunion
  • ·         France Volontaire
  • ·         FEDER

 

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Just Music is proud to announce a performance by one of 2013’s international breakthrough artists, ROBERT DELONG live at the Just Music Sessions.

As part of their 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, Just Music has committed to making 2013 a musical year to remember, starting with DeLong performing an intimate show at The World of Yamaha Theatre in Sandton on the 12th of August.  Robert will also be performing at this year’s Oppikoppi Festival.

 

Robert Delong, best known for his 5FM Top 5 smash hit Global Concepts, with it’s catchy hook: Did I leave my life to chance? Or did I make you fucking dance?”

 

 and his latest single Happy, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist who presents a striking one-man show using keyboards, laptops, video game controllers, drums and lights, whilst delivering flawless vocals.  His energetic show builds giant songs up from scratch and is truly a rare and unique experience to see live.

 

DeLong is one-man futuristic dance party with beats as cerebral as Orbital and club-ready as Calvin Harris, DeLong is also a profoundly gifted singer/songwriter who raises questions about identity and spirituality.  Those two elements join together on his debut album ‘Just Movement’, a dazzling collection of dance beats, pop hooks and thought-provoking queries that could very well be the soundtrack for 2013. 

 

Karl Anderson, CEO of Just Music, is thrilled to have Robert coming over to SA.  “Just Music is proud to have Glassnote Records artist Robert DeLong perform at the Just Music Sessions.  Having had the opportunity to see Robert perform live at Coachella earlier this year, South African fans are in for a special performance from one of 2013’s most exciting international breakthrough artists.”

 

Internationally, he is revered as the electronica whizz-kid from Washington and is highly respected in the dance world, with his popularity rising every day.

 

“Delong is a one-man dance party who performs his music live with a setup of up to 20 instruments ranging from drums and guitar, to a hacked Wii remote and flight simulator joystick mapped to midi controllers and gyros which control voice distortions” – LA Canvas.

 

His album Just Movement is currently sitting in the Number 16 spot for Best Album of 2013….So far.

 

Witness this true one-man band who sings, plays a full drum set and controls his loops via video game controls like Wii-motes, joysticks and game controllers, rocking Jo’burg live.  Just Music is making a limited number of tickets available now through ticketbreak.co.za for R100 to catch DeLong at The World of Yamaha Theatre. 

 

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This week, two South African bands are jetting off to Spain to perform at some of the country’s major summer music festivals, thanks to a groundbreaking Spanish-South African cultural initiative supported by the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) and Touchwood are set to bring their very different but distinctively African-flavoured musical stylings to a number of popular Spanish events for two weeks in July. 

 

They earned this rare opportunity to crack the international market as the winners of the recent Johannesburg Vis-à-Vis battle of the bands competition, an initiative to promote African music by Spanish institution Casa África, in co-operation with the Spanish Embassy in South Africa and the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Following the contest in April, Spanish cultural promoters and directors of some of the main summer festivals in Spain concluded that South Africa’s young musicians were “impressive” and that the array of styles on display was a good reflection of the country’s diversity.

 

Now, between 11 and 27 July 2013, BCUC and Touchwood will be performing for audiences from across Europe that flock to Spain to experience its dynamic summer festival circuit, including at the Canary Islands’ Jazz & Mas Festival (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), the Etnosur Festival (Alcalá La Real, Jaén), Pirineos Sur (Sállent de Gallego, Huesca), La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena), Cantos de Mujer (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and Festival Mumes (Tenerife). Also on the bands’ tour itinerary are concerts in Madrid, Burgos, Zaragoza and Oñati. 

 

BCUC, hailing from Soweto, is made up of five musicians, who achieve an intimate sound through the use of a bass drum, congas, guitar and multiple percussion instruments and whistles. BCUC integrates African indigenous rhythms with styles such as funk and soul, rooted in South African music traditions. They make music “for the people, by the people, with the people” in concerts that become “mystic experiences” for the audience. 

 

On the other end of the musical spectrum, Spanish audiences will meet Touchwood. This multi-instrumentalist  four-piece outfit introduces Southern African rhythms and an interesting array of instruments to the folk genre, including using the cello as a bass, the ukulele, violin, marimbas and stirring vocal harmonies. Their contemporary sound resembles what is known as “upbeat folk”, but which they term “Afro-gypsy-folk”. 

 

During their stay in Jo’burg, Spanish promoters were struck by the diversity and richness displayed by young up-and-coming musicians on the South African music scene, boding well for the future of local music in international markets.

 

The fourth edition of Vis-à-Vis, the Spanish cultural project organised by Casa África (which leads Spain’s public diplomacy with African countries), the Spanish Embassy and the SAMRO Foundation, was held in Johannesburg in April 2013. Previous editions took place in Senegal, Cape Verde and Ethiopia. The aim is to increase the access of Spanish audiences to African music, creating direct relations between the directors of Spanish summer festivals (known all around Europe and great tourist attractions) and African musicians and producers. 

For more information, visit www.samrofoundation.org.za or check out the following video links to hear samples of the bands’ music: 

BCUC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepS5jKn57w&hd=1 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScaQQgCo5Xs

Touchwood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyZcmH3kf44 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li37wRYbBg0

 

SPANISH TOUR: TOUCHWOOD & BCUC – JULY 2013

Thursday 11th BCUC, Universidad de Burgos, Hospital del Rey, Time:19.45 

Thursday 11th Touchwood, Ciclo Cantos de Mujer, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Mala Vida (c/Clavel, 3), Time: 22.30 

Friday 12th Touchwood & BCUC, Festival Heineken Jazz y Más de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sala The Paper Club.

Saturday 13th BCUC & Festival Mumes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, Time: 20.30 

Monday 15th. Touchwood & BCUC, Festival Pirineos Sur, Escenario Sallent de Gallego’ Time: 22.30 

Wednesday 17th Touchwood & BCUC, Madrid, Sala Tempo (C/Duque de Osuna, 8), Time: 21.00 

Thursday 18th Touchwood, Zaragoza, Teatro Arbolé, Time: 22.00

Friday 19th Touchwood, Oñati (Guipuzcoa), Plaza San Antón, Time: 19.30 

Saturday 20th BCUC, Festival Etnosur, Alcalá La Real (Jaén), Escenario Etnosur, Time: 02.30 

Sunday 21st Touchwood, Festival Etnosur, Alcalá La Real (Jaén), Escenario Paseo de los Álamos, Time: 13.30 

Wednesday 24th BCUC, Oñati (Guipuzcoa)

Friday 26th BCUC, Zaragoza, Teatro Arbolé, Time: 22.00 

Saturday 27th BCUC, Festival La Mar de Músicas, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Time: 20.00 

 

[Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of SAMRO Foundation] 

 

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A dozen of the country’s most gifted young pianists have booked a date with destiny at the end of August, when they will compete for one of two sought-after R170 000 overseas scholarships offered by the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Over the past half-century the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, which is one of South Africa’s most lucrative music education awards, has cemented its status as a desirable addition to any emerging musician’s CV.

 

The 2013 competition focuses on pianists and keyboard players, and this week the SAMRO Foundation announced the six semi-finalists in the Western Art Music and Jazz/Popular Music categories, who will vie for the scholarships.

In the Jazz/Popular Music category, the semi-finalists are Lifa Arosi, Bokani Dyer, Sibusiso Mashiloane, Wandile Molefe, Gabriel Montgomery and Nicholas Williams.

 

The Western Art (classical) Music candidates are Coila-Leah Enderstein, Jan Hugo, Sylvia Jen, Nina Phillips, Megan-Geoffrey Prins and Daniel Strahilevitz.

 

They will all take part in the intermediate round of the competition at the SABC’s M1 Studio in Auckland Park on Thursday, 29 August 2013, where they will be put through their musical paces by a panel of accomplished adjudicators. Two finalists in each genre will then be selected to go through to the final round, to be held at the same venue on Saturday, 31 August 2013.

 

The duel between the two classical and two jazz pianists is always highly charged and superbly entertaining, and serves as a ringing endorsement of the standard of musical talent coming out of the country’s university music programmes.

 

What is particularly gratifying, according to André le Roux, Executive General Manager of the SAMRO Foundation, is that through its various music study awards SAMRO is helping to build a tight-knit artistic family who are influential in the music world.

 

He explains that one of the semi-finalists, Gabriel Montgomery, has previously been the recipient of music study bursaries from SAMRO – and is now trying his luck at reeling in the big fish, the Overseas Scholarship. Two  candidates – Bokani Dyer and Sibusiso Mashiloane –entered the competition four years ago and made it to the finals, and have now set their sights on bagging the main prize the second time around. Another example of how SAMRO is continually ploughing back into the South African music family is that two previous scholarship winners are now serving on the judging panel.

 

“It shows SAMRO as a patron is not just supporting one-off events, but reinvesting in growing our cultural wealth and our community of musicians over time, the culmination of which is the scholarships competition, and being involved in their career trajectories thereafter.”

 

For more information, visit www.samrofoundation.org.za, or contact Naseema Yusuf at the SAMRO Foundation on 011 712 8417 or naseema.yusuf@samro.org.za.

 

[Source: Samro]

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All the Wawela Music Awards Winners

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Original music was the big winner at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards on Friday night, at which the shining lights of South African songwriting were celebrated.

 

On Friday, 28 June 2013, a constellation of the country’s music stars gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to pay tribute to an elite group of music composers and authors whose work has made a significant impact locally and abroad. 

 

Presented by Gareth Cliff and Azania Mosaka, the event aptly illustrated the power wielded by creators of original, homegrown music as guests were entertained by the eclectic sounds of The Soil, Phuzekhemisi and Koos Kombuis, with one of the highlights of the evening being an electrifying duet between Dorothy Masuku and Nhlanhla Nciza from Mafikizolo.

 

The isiZulu word “Wawela” means “to go beyond”, and this SAMRO initiative was launched to give credit to local music creators who have achieved excellence in their craft across various platforms, including composing for film, radio and television. 

 

The awards ceremony – the first of its kind in the country dedicated to honouring composers – saw the industry uniting to applaud the leading lights, trailblazers and unsung heroes of the South African music scene.

 

The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who were required to submit entries accompanied by motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as jazzy-pop songstress Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards: for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer.

 

The sublime Lira was crowned Songwriter of the Year, while Tumi and the Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. The multi-talented self-taught musician Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer.

 

Other winners were celebrated composer Philip Miller, whose score for the film Leaving Father was voted Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, and former Via Afrika vocalist René Veldsman, whose music for the Shoprite advert was judged Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

 

Composer and sound designer Gregory Reveret took home the Wawela Music Award for Best Song or Composition in a Television Production, for Loxion Kulca Roots, while Jeramy James Barnard bagged top honours for best song or composition in a television commercial for his work on the Bells advert.

 

The judging panel, comprising respected names drawn from the industry, also handed out a number of Special Awards on the night. Among these were Inaugural Recognition Awards that honoured the immense contribution made by South Africans whose groundbreaking work has enriched the reputation of the local music industry.

 

The five awards went to Los Angeles-based film and television score composer and production music library pioneer Alan Lazar, who made his name in South Africa as a member of Mango Groove; world-renowned writer, composer and producer Mbongeni Ngema, whose Sarafina! musical took Broadway by storm; keyboard player, composer, producer, and studio and record label owner Sizwe Zako, who has taken local gospel music to dizzying heights; Golden Globe-nominated film music composer Trevor Jones, who went from District Six to the bright lights of Hollywood thanks to his twin passions for cinema and music; and Lebo M, the celebrated singer, songwriter, composer and musician whose music for The Lion King scooped a Grammy.

 

Jones also scooped the Breaking Through the Borders Award. JB Arthur, a South African Music Award- and Emmy Award-winning composer, musical arranger and producer, was rewarded for his international success with the Statistical Award for Broadcast and Live performances.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the evergreen Dorothy Masuku, a pioneering force in Southern African music who continues to perform, enchant and inspire. And Johnny Clegg, one of the country’s most beloved musical sons who has sown the seeds of South African music around the world while producing work of a consistently high calibre, received the Prolific Catalogue of Works Award.

 

 

THE 2013 WAWELA MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS 

Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary: 

Philip Miller for Leaving Father 

Best song or composition in a television production: 

Gregory Reveret for Loxion Kulca Roots 

Best song or composition in a television commercial: 

Jeramy James Barnard for the Bells commercial 

Best song or composition in a radio commercial: 

Rene Veldsman for the Shoprite commercial 

Best creative album of the year: 

Black Porcelain for Invincible Summer 

Songwriter of the year: 

LIRA 

Best South African duo/group: 

Tumi and the Volume 

Best female artist & composer/co-composer: 

Black Porcelain 

Best male artist & composer/co-composer: 

Daniel Baron 

Statistical Award

JB Arthur

Wawela Inaugural Recognition Awards

– Alan Lazar

– Mbongeni Ngema

– Lebo M

– Trevor Jones

– Sizwe Zako

Breaking Through the Borders Award

Trevor Jones

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

Johnny Clegg

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dorothy Masuku

 

 

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Melville Music Day postponed

Posted by radio On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Due to the serious condition of Former President Nelson Mandela, The Alliance Française, the Melville Resident Association and the French Institute of South Africa feel that it would be inappropriate to go forth with the Melville-Fête de la Musique this Saturday 29th of June 2013.

 

It is also felt that out of respect for Mr. Mandela and his family, it would be ill-suited to go ahead with what is essentially supposed to be a celebration. The organisers have decided to postpone the Melville-Fête de la Musique to Saturday 27th of July 2013, allowing all officials, persons, artists, sponsors involved to host a Fête de la Musique under the best conditions.

 

We trust you will understand our decision and that we will all stand by each other in this choice.

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Moshito 2013 Registration Now Open

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Johannesburg: Delegate, Exhibitor and Student Registration for the upcoming Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition officially opened last Wednesday the  19th of June  giving delegates and exhibitors just over three months to prepare for the leading music industry event in Africa.

 

As preparations for the 10TH Annual Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition gear up, the organizers report a growing interest in this year’s event which also sees the Conference celebrating a decade of cutting-edge insights, music know-how and industry accomplishments.

 

As they did at its inception a decade ago, industry professionals from across South Africa, Africa and the international music business spectrum will once again flock to the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg from Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd September 2013, to network, exchange ideas and opinions, showcase their goods and services and much more.

 

Moshito is an essential part of the diary of individuals, businesses and organizations involved in all aspects of the music industry. Online Delegate, Student and Exhibitor registration for Africa’s leading music conference and expo is now open at www.moshito.co.za (click the 2013 tab).

 

Moshito 2013 aims to broaden the business intelligence of music industry professionals, strengthen business networks for participants and inform delegates, traders and the public about the multifaceted and dynamic nature of what is truly a global cultural industry.

 

With access to the all the plenary and breakaway sessions led by renowned industry experts and exhibitions by the industries key stakeholders and service providers; delegates will not only be able to take a focused look at some of the key issues faced by the industry but also to gain perspective on collaborations with leading brands and opportunities in other industries.

 

Delegates will also be captivated by the ever popular Moshito Live Showcases which will shine the spotlight on some of the best breakthrough acts daily. While the Moshito Opening and Closing Concerts will ensure that delegates and the public’s hips sway to the pulsing rhythms of the best talent the Industry has to offer.

 

With a stimulating conference program, expanded Expo section and plenty of live events on offer in 2013, the 10TH Annual Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is not to be missed by anyone in the business of music.

 

To download the registration forms please select the relevant attachment at the bottom of this announcement. Completed registration forms can be mailed or hand delivered to the address below and must be accompanied by proof of payment.

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Mondia Media South Africa is uniquely positioned in leading the way for 360° digital music solutions that satisfy the needs of both corporates and the local music industry.

Mondia Media South Africa is the brains behind some of the most successful and innovative music technology solutions and platforms that have launched in South Africa and a range of other African countries over the past few years.

 

With its unique position as both a technology solution provider and as a music content aggregator – holding licensing rights with all major labels, almost all the established indie labels, and independent artists in South Africa – Mondia Media South Africa has been able to develop holistic, credible and sustainable digital music solutions for a range of clients across the African continent.

 

Dr Amadeo Rahmann, CEO of Mondia Media explains further:

As a global leader in digital entertainment services, Mondia Media understands both the opportunities and challenges of supplying digital entertainment solutions in emerging markets. Working in close collaboration with our team in South Africa, we are creating popular digital music services for African consumers. We are proud that Mondia Media is the South African music industry’s preferred digital partner and look forward to extending this role across the African continent!

Mondia Media has to date engaged with over 700 artists, aggregators and labels, rapidly building one of the largest catalogues of high quality digital music products in Africa. Their breadth and depth of content is complimented by technology solutions that are built for Africa and yet powered by the latest international advances and innovations from the company’s Hamburg base.

 

As the technology and content provider for clients and projects including O Music (launched by DSTV), Samsung’s pan-African music service, the upcoming re-launch of Look & Listen’s digital music retail platform, and the recent Mxit Music, Mondia Media is the one-stop solution for companies looking to find effective ways to monetize and leverage digital music platforms.

 

Mondia’s most recent success was the launch of Mxit Music – South Africa’s first socially integrated mobile music service providing fans with a monetized platform to engage with their favourite local artists.

 

Anton Van Niekerk, VP: User Monetisation at Mxit has this to say about the project,

The partnership with Mondia Media gives our users access to cost effective and legal, high quality, full track music downloads via Mxit.  With their music selection always achieving at least 95% of their international and local charts, our users can be sure to find their favourite hits.  Mondia Media’s global industry relationships and extensive experience in the digital music space, combined with their innovative approach to music dissemination, made them the right partner for us.

 

In 2012 Mondia launched an ad-funded music service for Samsung in SA, Kenya and Nigeria.  PocketmusiQ, available on the Galaxy Pocket device, has enjoyed phenomenal uptake with hundreds of thousands of Pocket customers engaging with the service.  Samsung plans to roll out this popular music service to Samsung feature phone customers across the continent.

 

Jaco Van Zyl, Product & Marketing Manager for Samsung Africa,

Cylo Digital / Mondia Media and PocketmusiQ services played a vital part in the exceptional success of the Samsung Galaxy Pocket launched in 2012.  Pocket MusiQ afforded the consumer a unique and rich localized catalogue of music that differentiated the Galaxy Pocket smartphone in the market.

 

Mondia Media is currently collaborating with Look & Listen to re-launch their digital music store that will offer SA Music fans the best of local and international hits, as well as a vast choice for independent music and back catalogue tracks.

 

Howard Lazarus, Chairman of Look & Listen explains,

 

Look & Listen is proud to announce it is working with Mondia Media in a joint venture to bring a new digital music solution to South Africa.  The solution is based on Mondia’s innovative approach and international support network that will allow South Africans to legally download high quality MP3’s as well as full albums directly to their mobile phones.

 

One of the fundamental principles that also set Mondia Media apart is their commitment to creating sustainable platforms that enable African artists and writers to earn royalties and to legally distribute their music, both locally and internationally, on multiple digital platforms.

 

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The Fête de La Musique held in Melville in 2012 was celebrated by more than 4,000 people and was one of the first events of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. Based on  last year’s success, and now dubbed Melville Music Day, the event, with support from a range of sponsors, promises to be even bigger and better.

 

This year, as was last year, the street will brought to life up with over 20 live performances along  7th Street, within restaurants and bars, and on the main stage.

 

This year the event will also feature a wide range of live music, food, drinks,  and also a touch of French flair. The 2nd  annual“Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day welcomes everyone, including families with the addition this year of a youth zone at Faan Smit Park, an additional food market, pop-up shops and secure designated paid parking areas.

 

Melville Music Day is free and open to the  public  and is a fun and exciting showcase of diverse local music, celebrated in a safe and inclusive atmosphere that brings commnunities together in a special moment – through music.

 

This year’s music line-up includes Jacaranda Muse, a jazz quartet from Zimbabwe, the French jazz pianist Laurent Coq, Stone Aged Souls, The Means, Shadow Club, Nakhane Toure, The Muffinz, Planet Lindela, Francophone Choir, BCUC, Bongeziwe Mabandla and much more.

 

Visitors will also be able to enjoy have unique experiences offered by the sponsors, Converse, Redbull, and Renault’s Va-va-voom experience, and Kaya FM who will also be broadcasting live from the event.

 

Important information for Fête de la Musique-goers and Melville residents:

 

* 7TH Street is pedestrian friendly for the entire day

* Youth zone closes at 5pm

* Event starts from 12pm to 8pm

* Road closure: starts as early as 6am, on the day, roads will be closed in the following   

   perimeter: from 8th street to 5th street and from 1st avenue to 5th avenue.

* Parking: four officials designated paid parking areas

 

 

 

The “Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day, is presented by:

  • ·        The Melville Resident Association
  • ·        The Melville Business Community
  • ·        The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg
  • ·        The French Institute of South Africa

 

 

For more information about “The Fête de la Musique” in Johannesburg, visit www.alliance.org.za and www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquejhb

 

HISTORY OF THE FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

 

Launched on 21 June 1982, on the nothern hemisphere’s summer solstice’s, the “Fête de la Musique” is above all a celebtarion of diversity through music open free to the public. Staged in outdoor spaces (streets, public parks) but also bars, restaurants or museums and hospitals, this day of music promotes the expression of all styles of music in a upbeat and community driven atmosphere.

 

The Fete’s aim to be inclusive of diverse communites and to target people from all walks of life. The events provide a safe, tolerant and above all a fun place to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

 

Over the past 30 years the “Fête de la Musique” has grown from one of the first global live music events, to also being one of the largest.  Fetes now take place on all five continents, in more than 450 cities and in 116 countries. The international growth and popularity of the event is the result of the successfful  outreach of the French cultural network abroad, with the support of local operators and sponsors.

 

In South Africa, the successful Richmond Hill Music Street Festival in Port Elizabeth (11,000 visitors in 2012), is the oldest “Fête de la Musique” in the country, celebrated since 2010.

 

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Tosin Abasi’s metal thump on 8-string guitar

Posted by radio On June - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Written By: Kagiso Mnisi]

 

The joburg Tosin Abasi guitar clinic gave a whole new light on an instrument somewhat mysterious: Ibanez’s 8 string guitar. The beguiling Abasi robed in a lacy black outfit, dished the know-how on an 8 string’s ability to play extended range sounds. Clearly perplexed by the enormous support he has on these here shores, his was a young Chuck Berry’s grin as he loomed large on a miniature stage like an enlightened sensei with faithfuls at his feet. For sake of background, Tosin is the lead guitarist to Washington DC.’s prog rock virtuosoes, Animals as Leaders and T.R.A.M

 

Abasi spoke of the guitar in Zen terms and likened it to as a vessel that can channel multiple voices. But why Ibanez? Well, it is afterall the same weapon of choice that his favourite players, one including Eddie van Halen, have laid their hands on. The guitarist relaid going to video stores as a youth, pre YouTube, to get ahold of copious amounts of tapes which featured the likes of van Halen.

 

He would then dart his eyes on the finger movements of the ‘masters’ through constant rewinds and plays, which however you look at it is admirable dedication. Primarily self-taught, Tosin later found himself at a juncture and opted to get a formal tutelage in music at the Atlanta Institute of Music.

 

Abasi’s clinic had him playing material from Animals as Leaders and T.R.A.M to a venue covered in a plume of cigarette smoke. Songs included favourites like Song of Solomon, Soraya, Behaving Badly and On Impulse.

 

Asked about how he and his band balance mainstream appeal and credibility by a person in the crowd, Abasi gave an honest: “you know what I’m the last person to ask since what we do is the antithesis to ‘making it big’ in the industry.” Abasi’s band perpetually injects metal, jazz, electronic and ambient flourishes into their overall sound, which by mainstream standards does not square up in ‘radio friendly’ mould. However, Animals as Leaders appeal has achieved worldwide acclaim especially through their electricity filled guitar clinics.

 

 

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