Movie composer inspires pupils

trevor jonesThis week, the legendary Trevor Jones visited an Ottery School to inspire them to pursue their dreams and to “never say die”.

Trevor Jones was born in District Six in 1949 and won a scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music when he was 18. He studied at the University of York and England’s National Film and Television School where he wrote music for over twenty student projects before landing his first commissions: for John Boorman‘s “Excalibur” and Jim Henson‘s “Dark Crystal“. Since then, he has composed music for over one hundred film and television projects, many of which you’ve probably seen: “The Last of the Mohicans”, “Angel Heart”, “GI Jane”, “Dark City”, “Notting Hill”, “Around the World in 80 Days”, “Arachnophobia“, South African film-makers Craig Foster and Damon Foster‘s “My Hunter’s Heart” and a new German / South African television mini-series entitled “Labyrinth“. He also scored the 1986 “Labyrinth“, starring David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly.

Jones said he felt “rather emotional” addressing Christel House pupils at their school yesterday, because the last time he had addressed a school assembly was before he left Cape Town on a scholarship to England as a 17-year-old.

“I had a very traumatic childhood. Life was unbearable at home. Life was unbearable in the society and so my mission was to get out of there,” Jones told the pupils at the independent school, which accommodates children from some of Cape Town’s most disadvantaged areas.

He encouraged the pupils to find mentors who could help them on their way to achieving their dreams and said many people had helped him along the way. “The bottom line is people will go out of their way to help you if you are putting in the hard work. There is no short cut to success. Success as people perceive it is only the tip of an iceberg. The rest of the iceberg, 90 percent, is failure, disappointment and frustration.”

Jones said an essay he had to write as a teenager for an English assignment on “how you see yourself in 20 years’ time” had been the most important thing in his life. He told pupils to to define what it was they wanted to achieve.


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Akai Advance

Here we are again! An exciting new MIDI keyboard controller from of our favorite creators, Akai Professional. But what a second…doesn’t it look a lot like those guy’s keyboards over at Native Instruments? Yes, yes it does. However, don’t get judgmental too quickly. It’s quite obvious they’ve taken a liking to the aesthetics of NI’s Kontrol S-Series keyboards; but we’ll take that as merely complimenting them. It doesn’t look like the features list is quite the same, and these are a little more affordable than the S-Series, but not by much. Let’s take a look at what Akai has given us this time around with the Advance 25 MIDI Keyboard Controller.

Main features of the Akai Advance 25

4.3″ display (high-resolution, full-color)
8 backlit RGB trigger pads (miniaturized in this 25-key model)
8 control knobs (smaller as compared to the other key counts)
Pitch and mod wheels (rubberized)
25 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
Control any VST or plug-in via the controller
Works with Mac and Windows
Compatible with most major DAWs
Comes with 10,000+ sounds (16 GB)
Design and features of the controller

We know what you’re thinking. As soon as a new MIDI controller is out, the price is one of the most important specs to consider. Well, these are around the same price-point as the new Kontrol S-Series keyboards by Native Instruments. In fact, upon first announcement by Akai, our immediate thoughts were on the aesthetics — quite similar to each other don’t you think? Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it looks like NI has caught Akai’s attention here. This 25-key model has a bit smaller pads and knobs as compared to the 49 and 61-key models — it isn’t necessarily a ‘mini’ model, but does come with these smaller features, so it’s perfect if you want a more compact solution to add to your studio. If you do grab one, just know it can ultimately act as a standalone MIDI controller, so it’s not completely dependent on the new VIP software.

All knobs, buttons and pads are fully assignable to whatever you like. The pitch and mod wheels work as intended. It will work with most major digital audio workstations, in fact it has a preset for most of the popular DAWs. Besides that, it’s mostly a standard MIDI keyboard controller. However, that isn’t what is justifying their price point and overall attraction to this model. It’s all in the software

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Class of 2015

rock-and-roll-hof On Saturday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its class of 2015: Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Ringo Starr received the Award of Excellence, which was presented by Paul McCartney. Starr performed a series of Beatles and solo songs, and the night ended with the obligatory all-star jam of “I Wanna Be Your Man”.

Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, who performed “American Idiot”, “When I Come Around”, and “Basket Case”. Later, they came up on stage to do “With a Little Help From my Friends” with Starr and McCartney.

John Mayer inducted the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose brother Jimmy accepted his award. Later, Mayer teamed up with Dolye Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmy Vaughan and Double Trouble to do a medley of “Pride & Joy”, “Texas Flood”, and “Six Strings Down”.

The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., Sting, and Kraftwerk all earned nominations this year, but were not inducted.  

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Marimba/Steelband Festival

The annual Cape Town Marimba Festival and Steelband Festival is a joint venture between the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, Woodworx Marimbas and the Steelband Project.

Cape Town Steel Band Festival

Where: Baxter Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
When: 23 April 2015
Time: 7.45pm – 9.15pm

Cost: R 100 adults | R 50 students and seniors

Tel: 021 685 7880

The Steelband Project (Western Cape) was set up in 1997 by Liz Brouckaert and David Wickham.  The core focus of the project is to provide quality music education to young people, with a particular focus on youth in under-resourced communities and “youth-at-risk”.  The project is active in many suburban, township and rural areas.  There are currently 16 steelbands being taught by the Steelband Project on a weekly basis, with an average size of 15 members.  The Wynberg bands, although originally taught by the Steelband Project are now entirely independent and are currently taught by Keenan Oliphant.

This year the following schools and community bands  will participate:

Wynberg Boys’ High School

Riebeek Kasteel


Heideveld Secondary School

Ned Doman High School

Manenberg High School

KGB Maths & Science Academy (Gauteng)

Elkana Childcare



Cape Town Marimba Festival

Where: Baxter Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
When: 24 April 2015
Time: 7.45pm

Cost: R 100 adults | R 50 concessions

Tel: 071 712 5550 | 082 419 8442

Woodworx Marimbas is involved in the development of African music on the marimba. The organisation provides marimba teachers to schools, manufactures and supplies marimba instruments and operates as a performing band. Woodworx’ vision is to provide South African youth with the opportunity of playing African music so that they may in turn use their skills and knowledge to inspire, teach and empower others, thus their slogan, “Play it forward”. Around the Cape, Woodworx Marimbas is responsible for the tuition of approximately 400 students in marimba bands in schools and organisations. Through these opportunities students will create an African music identity for themselves, their school, their community and their country South Africa.

The following marimba groups will be performing:

Ned Doman High School
Parklands College
Manenberg High School
Bishops Diocesan College
American International School of Cape Town
Herschel Girls’ High School
amaWolseley Marimba Band
Edgemead Primary School
Rustenburg Girls’ High School
Pinelands High School
Springfield Convent
Edgemead High School
Wynberg Girls’ High School
St George’s Grammar School
Reddam House Constantia

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Protest the Hero Tour Dates


Turning Tricks Entertainment, in association with Jagermeister, proudly presents PROTEST THE HERO LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA.
In September, Protest The Hero made their live South African debut in front of a crazed legion of fans at Krank`d Up 2014. The once-off performance saw fans from all over South Africa and neighbouring countries make the pilgrimage to Johannesburg for what can only be described as a historical show.

It soon became very clear that the South African legion wanted their Canadian heroes to come back as soon as possible, and that`s all Protest The Hero needed to hear to set the wheels in motion for their speedy return.
Protest The Hero will be resuming their love affair with South Africa for 4 exclusive club shows during the course of April and May 2015. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria: Prepare to have your minds blown!

Tour Dates and Venues
Arcade Empire, Pretoria – Gauteng
Fri 24 Apr 15 8:30 PM (Open)
Sundowners Sports Bar, Johannesburg And Reef – Gauteng
Sat 25 Apr 15 8:30 PM (Open)
Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg And Reef – Gauteng
Wed 29 Apr 15 8:30 PM (Open)
Klein Libertas Theatre, Stellenbosch – Western Cape
Sat 02 May 15 8:30 PM (Open)

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Pebbleman at Die Boer

PEBBLEMAN with special Guests Doctor John & Nhoza Sitsholwana will be Rocking Die Boer se Huis.
Pebbleman Rocks Hard just like the 70’s did but with a Progressive twist and large amounts of ‘Jesse Jordan’ sauce poured over the top.

Doc John (Boulevard Blues) will add his legendary Meat and Potatoes to this fine Blues Rock Potjie.
And Nhoza will add the Soul Diva Vocal Flavour & Spices. She can turn Hard Earwax into Sweet Honey

All we need to do now is put the lid on it and let it cook.

Phone Die Boer Now and book your piece of the Blues Rock potjie 021 979 1911 or check out the Facebook page {here}

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Weekend Warriors 2015

It’s time for you to dust off your instruments, kiss your spouse goodbye and prepare for this years installment of WEEKEND WARRIORS!This year’s gig will take place on the 27th of June at the Rondebosch Golf Club.

What is Weekend Warriors?

Weekend Warriors is an international program designed to take mature musicians and give them an opportunity to play in a band again. Paul Bothner Music will, for the small fee of R450, provide you with rehearsal space, a professional music coach, instruments on which to play, and at the end of the program, we will organize a gig for all of the bands in the program to showcase their work! It’s never too late to reach for those Rock Star aspirations. All you need so you can join Weekend Warriors is some time and a good attitude. We will place you in a band of musicians of a similar skill level and with similar music tastes.

The program consists of:

  • A jam session for all potential Warriors, where bands will be formed
  • A weekly rehearsal over four weeks, working with your own Weekend Warriors coach
  • Great instruments and PA provided for you at the weekly rehearsal
  • The big Weekend Warriors gig, complete with staging, lighting, sound and roadies all working hard to make you a star!
  • If you’re not sure, come along to the jam – no charge for attending. If you like it, join up!

Click {here} to sign up or for more info

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Blues Meets Rock

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Get your kicks on April 26!

On Sunday the 26th of April, at the Hillcrest Quarry, Cape Town will experience the Blues Meets Rock festival.

Whether you’re into Blues or Rock, this is the festival for you. For those of you who might be put off about going to a festival on a Sunday, don’t forget that the 27th is a Public Holiday!

The Blues Meets Rock festival will have 9 bands and 14 artists, playing over 10 hours. There will be food stalls, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. There will also be a lucky draw worth R17 000!

Doors will open at 12:00, and entry will set you back R150 for the day.

For direct bookings, click here or call computicket on: 0861 915 8000

BAND Line-up:

Van Coke Kartel

The Black Cat Bones

Pebbleman with Jesse Jordan

The Albert Frost Trio

Gerald Clark & the Deadmen

Boulevard Blues & the Mojo Heads

Azurdee & the Blue River Band



For more information call the Hillcrest Quarry on 021-976-4959

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Introducing Platinum Studios


One of the most frustrating things about being a musician in Cape Town for me has always been finding rehearsal space, or a good studio in which to record. I then found Platinum Studios, and it really is the ideal venue to do both.

For more information you can email Platinum Studios at or check out their website

Rehearsal Studio

7 Studios for Photography, Rehearsal, Castings, Music Videos, Recording Studio & Coffee Shop all under one roof. Platinum Studios is the perfect rehearsal studio in Cape Town for bands, artists, performers, dancers, actors in church groups, and schools wanting to rehearse. The studios are clean and professional, with top of the range gear.

Recording Studio

Platinum Studios offers high-end recording facilities, with A-Class gear sourced from around the world, as well as a coffee shop, 24-hour security, CCTV camera surveillance, secure parking, professional and experienced in-house sound engineers and well-trained staff.

Their services include:

  • Audio Pre-Production;
  • Audio Post-Production;
  • Audio Recording;
  • Audio Mixing & Mastering;
  • Audio Editing;
  • Song Composition
  • Song Arrangement;
  • Song Transcription
  • Sound Design;
  • Jingles;
  • Artist Recording;
  • Voice Overs;


Gerhard Grobler

Gerhard graduated with Honours from Cape Audio College and has since been working as an Audio Engineer at The Stellenbosch University Recording Studios, while playing for both Willim Welsyn en die Sunrise Toffies & Brynmor for the past 7 years.
Gerhard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business as he is well known for his professionalism, accuracy, patience, high standards, great looks, to name but a few…

Gerhard’s portfolio is extensive and his references speak for themselves.

Brinn Tomes

Brinn has been an entrepreneur since the age of 19, choosing to follow his corporate business career ahead of his music passion and career. Over the last 4 years, Brinn has dedicated his spare time to producing his band’s album, until he decided that it was time to follow his passion in the music industry. Brinn brings a sleek and effective business side to the Studio while also having very comprehensive musical understanding.

Gerhard and Brinn are not only skilled but are very resourceful and you can only expect top quality production in studio with them and the people they work with… guaranteed!

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Ballistics EP launch at Assembly


The Assembly welcome back rock royalty aKING with friends Ballistics launching their second EP plus up-comers The Coast, Jackal & The Wind and Hey Baby Radio (DJ)!

When:11 April 2015
Where: The Assembly
61 Harrington Street, District Six, Cape Town, 8001
Contact:021 465 7286

aKING is a melodic pop-rock band. The band was formed when Hunter Kennedy and Jaco Venter from Fokofpolisiekar, teamed up with friends Laudo Liebenberg and Hennie van Halen, joining their combined creative forces in making music that expresses their shared experiences and influences.

The Ballistics are proud to announce that their new EP Gramophone is available for download. 2015 sees The Ballistic adopting more indie and pop influenced styles, while still keeping a bit of blues sound which fans can enjoy in their first single, also titled Gramophone.

Hey Baby Radio (DJ)
Jackal and the Wind
The Coast
The Ballistics

Door: R40 Before 10PM / R50 After

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