Watch: Spoek Mathambo with Special Guest Zoe Modiga LIVE at Rocking the Daisies 2013 | Full Set

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He’s here to start a riot in this mother!

The show ended with a concluding statement by the MC dubbing him the “most innovative artist” from South Africa, and it’s just as well, because if you have yet to encounter the creative tour de force that is Spoek Mathambo you’ll have no choice but to agree after watching this set.

Spoek Mathambo took over the main stage at this year’s Rocking the Daises with one goal in mind: to cause a riot up in that mofo. Performing all his hits, including fan favourites, “Control”, “Father Creeper” and “Let Them Talk”, a mask-clad Mathambo turned things into a mosh pit!

Known for his eccentric style, this performance was a lesson in stage costume. A tribal print jumpsuit paired with a yellow coat and gold mask completed the first of two outfits for his RTD set. It wasn’t long before the finale would see him lose both coat and mask for a Native American chief’s hat.

But this wasn’t before he was to invite his special guest Zoe Modiga on to the stage who tinged the alternative hip hop set with her cocoa butter, earthy sound, allowing us to see her fragile side with her acoustic solo. A duo (or two) was in order and the seamless gelling of the two distinct sounds reaffirmed the length and breadth of Mathambo’s innovative prowess.

He’s one of the country’s most valuable exports and there is no better experience of the genius that is Spoek Mathambo than the live experience. Got yours below.

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Watch: Swedish-South African Hip Hop Crew, Kwaai Take Way Out West Festival

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Kwaai shut the Way Out West Festival down!

When a group of Swedish musicians and rappers made the trip to South Africa to record a new album they had no idea that they would leave with more than just a collection of kwaai tracks.

The culmination of that trip is the Swedish-South African musical gumbo act that goes by the simple name, Kwaai. December 2012 saw their first meeting which has since sprung up a wealth of musical genius among the musical creative think tank that is the crew.

The Way Out West Festival in Göteborg, Sweden is one of Sweden’s biggest music festivals. This year saw the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys and Miguel making the top of the headliner set list. But the Gothenberg music junkies knew what they were really there for and so did festival managers. Kwaai was set as one of the festival’s closing acts and judging by the fans’ reaction, it was definitely a best for last performance set.

Kwaai invite us on their delayed (by certain crew members) travels to Way Out West on their tour bus. You’ll get to meet every last eccentric character that makes up the eclectic crew and their tongue-in-cheek, take-no-prisoners tour manager.

A collaboration that works as effortlessly as this happens once in a lifetime – experience the magic in this 12-minute visual tour diary.

Watch: Olmeca Tequila Presents The Soul Candi Sessions 2014 SA Tour Highlights

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The very best from this year’s Soul Candi Sessions Tour.

The Soul Candi Sessions Tour is the party of the year to look forward to. All your favourite DJs plus the hottest up-and-coming talent – who could ask for more?

The tour rocked some of the hottest clubs in the country in places from Soweto to Durban. While the Soul Candi crew caught up with Mi Casa at Chaf Pozi, DJ Ganyani, DJ Naves and DJ Game were ready to share the good times at Cube in Durban. Garankuwa was not be left out and The Ruffest made sure we knew why when they stopped for minute after their set at Taliban to weigh in on their experience.

If you missed out on The Soul Candi Sessions 2014 SA Tour, or you’ve just been dying to relive the experience, check out the best of the tour below.

Watch: Mathew Gold LIVE at Rocking the Daisies 2013 | Full Performance

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He’s no ordinary guy. He’s the Gold standard.

He’s had a more than notable rise to the top of the charts and now he’s stealing hearts at Rocking the Daisies!

His name is Mathew Gold and amidst the stoners, the drunks and the believers in aliens, he gave a jumping 40-minute set of some of his hit singles from his debut album, The Rush. Even though the Darling wind tried to keep things cool, a CSquared-clad Gold turned up the heat as he performed all of his fan favourites from the infectious Goodluck collaborative “Taking It Easy” to his breakout number one hit single, “No Ordinary Guy”.

Check out the complete set list below:

Prelude
Last Summer
Life is Short
Taking It Easy
Vocal Freestyle
No Ordinary Guy
Universe
Higher Than the Sun
Where Are You Going?

In case you missed out on the show or want to relive the experience all over again, watch the full set below.

Be sure to purchase The Rush on iTunes or at your nearest music store today.

Watch: Dear Reader Announces ‘The Rivonia Tour Part II’

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Dear Reader set out on second installment of European tour.

While we hope that Cherilyn MacNeil might consider touring South Africa soon, we’re excited to announce the Dear Reader European tour. The Rivonia Tour Part II is set to kick off at the Pressure Air Festival in Oberhausen, Germany next Friday before curtain call in Osnabrück.

Check out dates for your city below:

22.11.13 Oberhausen, Pressure Air Festival
23.11.13 LUX – Luxemburg, Sonic Visions Festival
24.11.13 Bielefeld, Falkendom
25.11.13 Kassel, Schlachthof
27.11.13 CH – Will, Gare de Lion
28.11.13 CH – Bern, ISC
29.11.13 A – Innsbruck, Treibhaus
30.11.13 A – Göfis, Vereinshaus
01.12.13 A – Wien, Chelsea
02.12.13 Jena, Rosenkeller
03.12.13 Gießen, MuK (Akustisch)
01.01.14 Berlin, Volksbühne Neujahrskonzert
15.01.14 Nürnberg, Muz
16.01.14 Stuttgart, Pop Freaks
17.01.14 Regensburg, Alte Mälzerei
18.01.14 Mannheim, Alte Feuerwach
19.01.14 Frankfurt, Brotfabrik
21.01.14 Aachen, Musikbunker
22.01.14 Bochum, Bahnhof Langdreer
23.01.14 Halle, Objekt 5
24.01.14 Bremen, Tower
25.01.14 Osnabrück, Kleine Freiheit

For ticket purchases, make your way to concert promoter Gastspielreisen Rodenberg’s official website.

LATEST: Big Concerts Announces Carlos Santana LIVE in South Africa

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The man with the funkadelic guitar is coming to South Africa.

Legendary guitarist and multi-award winner Carlos Santana is set to perform live in South Africa next year. Premier concert promoter Big Concerts made the announcement today.

Carlos Santana is famous for hits such as “Black Magic Woman”, “No One to Depend On” and “Everybody’s Everything”. He has collaborated with a slew of high profile musicians, not to mention the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. 10 Grammys, a Billboard Latin Music Awards 2009 Lifetime Achievement honour, a Billboards Century Award in 1996, an induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and over a 100 million records sold worldwide – these are but some of the tokens that stand testament to that legend that is Carlos Sanatana.

Santana is set to play two Cape Town shows at the Grand Arena in February of next year. He will then move to Johannesburg to kick off the month of March with his final South African performance.

Tickets to both shows go on sale tomorrow, 13 November, at 9am SAT and are available from Big Concerts and Computicket. Check out dates and details for your city below:

Cape Town
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Ticket Price: R510 – R850

Johannesburg
Saturday, 1 March 2014
FNB Stadium
Ticket Price: R350 – R1030

Check back soon for updates leading up to Santana’s show live in South Africa.

Watch: Shadowclub “Goodbye Wild Child” EPK | Just Music Sessions

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Shadowclub debut their second album & learn how to make music quickly.

Arguably one of the most progressive new bands in the country, Shadowclub are a world-class act of note.

The three-man band is made up of accomplished musicians in their own rights who come together to create a sound all their own. It’s everything you love about rock ‘n roll, soul and jazz amalgamated into smooth melodic crashing guitar platter.

Shadowclub is on to their sophomore album with Goodbye Wild Child. The new album, due for release this December, features ballads for the first time from the local rockers. With lyrics as piercing as “My heavy heart could burn a hole through the floor”, “Dirt & The Rubble” is one such ballad that’s bound to see more G-string throwers attending the band’s concert and, more importantly, more accolades like SAMAs.

Watch the band talk their experiences recording and cutting the album below and check back soon for a full review of Goodbye Wild Child.

LATEST: Electric Light Orchestra Supported by The Muses LIVE in South Africa

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South Africa is in for a treat of legendary and rising stardom.

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), under the the leadership of the incomparable Phil Bates, is making its way to South Africa early next year. Jo’burgers and Capetonians alike are set to be dazzled by the musical troupe that rocked the live music scene from the 70s to the 90s and now bring with them forty years of music magic for their South African fans.

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Joining the legendary electro string group is a local group that has won the hearts of many with both their strings and their looks. The four blushing belles go by the accurate name of The Muses. Following on from the premise of their debut album, the string quartet comprised of two violin players, a viola player and a cellist, are set to thrill audiences with covers from some of the biggest singles in the world. Look out for singles from their sophomore album, Pop On Strings 2 featuring some new hit singles. We have a feeling that between David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” you’ll be more than fired up to get jamming to ELO.

Check out dates in your city below:

Johannesburg

Venue: Emperors Palace
Date: Thursday, 13 February 2013
Ticket prices: R220 – R430

Venue: Emperors Palace
Date: Friday, 14 February 2013
Ticket prices: R220 – R430

Cape Town

Venue: Liqui Fruit Aphitheatre, Paarl
Date: Saturday, 15 February 2013
Ticket prices: R290 – R495

Tickets are available now from Computicket.

LATEST: Electro Pop Diva Alison Moyet LIVE in South Africa for First Time + WIN Tickets!

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Electro Queen Alison Moyet set to rock Johannesburg & Cape Town this December.

When Emperor’s Palace celebrate a birthday, the mandate is one: go big or go home! To that effect, they were sure to secure a legendary and iconic star to celebrate their mid-teen years.

Alison Moyet’s electro pop dominating career spans almost three decades and she shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Which is just as well: with millions of records sold and hits such as “Only You” and “Don’t Go” with former band Yazoo, South African fans will be in for quite a treat. Britain’s best-selling female solo act of 1984 to 1987 will also be performing hits from her solo career including all the favourites from “Love Ressurection” to “All Cried Out”.

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Two shows are set for Emperors Palace’s birthday celebration in Johannesburg with an extra one planned for the Culitvaria Summer Concert series in Cape Town-neighbouring Paarl. Tickets range from R295 to R475 for both shows and are available through Computicket. Check out dates for your area below:

JOHANNESBURG SHOW DATES

VENUE: The Centre Court, Emperors Palace, Jones Street Kempton Park
DATES: Friday, 13th and Saturday, 14th December 2013
TIME: 8PM (DOORS open at 7PM)
DURATION: 90 minutes (no supporting programme)

CAPE TOWN SHOW DATE

VENUE: The Liquifruit Amphitheatre, Pastorie Avenue Paarl 7676
DATES: Sunday 15th December 2013 (Rain plan: 16th December 2013)
TIME: 7PM (DOORS open at 5PM)
DURATION: 90 minutes (no supporting programme)

Courtesy of AfroAsia Management, Feedback Musiq is giving away one double ticket to Alison Moyet’s 13 December show at Emperors Palace! All you have to do, is follow us @feedback_musiq and Alison Moyet @AlisonMoyetSA on Twitter and tweet us your favourite Alison Moyet song! Simple as that!

Competition closes 9 December and winner will be announced on 10 December.

Watch: Gangs of Ballet LIVE at Rocking the Daisies | Full Set

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Gangs of Ballet turn RTD into a sweet world.

When we caught up with them during their yes/no/grey. Album Launch Tour, Durbanite rockers Gangs of Ballet told us that they were the kind of band that put the effort into their live performances. We see no falsities in that declaration.

The annual Rocking the Daisies Festival was back in the small Cape Town-neighbouring town of Darling and it was simply better than ever. Gangs of Ballet were scheduled to begin rocking the RTD crowd just before dusk and lead them into a festival goer’s bliss right into the evening. Performing all their hit singles from “This Love” to “Daydream” and, of course, “Hello Sweet World” in a thrilling 45-minute set, the crowd belted out all the ooo’s, aah’s and hooks, much to the delight of the Durban quartet.

If you ignore the RTD branding and the fact that you’re likely to spot someone you know in the crowds (even if this person is yourself), it’s not so hard to imagine this performance on any of the world’s great festival stages from Lollapalooza to Reading, Glastonbury and everything in between. Another thing we learnt from our exclusive interview with them is that one of their wishes is to see the day a local act headlines a stadium tour. From what they gave at RTD, this day might be closer than they think.