Band Profile: Taxi Violence

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Taxi Violence is a South African rock band from Cape Town. The band have travelled a long and independent road to proving themselves as one of the best live acts in South Africa. Their sound can be described as blues-infused, retro rock with a pinch of sleaze and bourbon.

The group consists of George van der Spy (vocals), Jason Ling (bass), Louis Nel (drums), Rian Zietsman (Guitars)and Loedi van Renen (guitar/bass).

They have released five studio albums: Untie Yourself (2006), The Turn (2009), Unplugged: Long Way From Home (2011), Soul Shake (2013), and Tenfold (2014).

They are influenced by bands such as: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam

They have toured extensively throughout South Africa and also toured Europe in 2009. The Group have headlined many festivals including Oppikoppi, Ramfest, Rocking the Daisies, Synergy Live and Up the Creek. Taxi Violence have shared the stage with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Billy Talent, Powder finger, Seether and at My Coke Fest 2007, 3 Doors Down, Hoobastank, Staind and Evanescence.

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Cape Philharmonic – Symphony of Ghazal

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LOVERS of Indian classical music, and particularly the lighter form of ghazal, will be in for a treat when noted Indian violinist and composer Deepak Pandit premieres his new work Symphony of Ghazal in concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on February 6 at Artscape Opera House at 8.30pm.

Symphony of Ghazal is a celebration of the music of the late ghazal legend Jagjit Singh. Pandit accompanied Singh as his violinist for 23 years, performing in more than 1000 concerts across the globe. Pandit has also scored and arranged music for Singh over the years.

The new work was conceived by Inner Circle Entertainment, who also produced Singh’s last local tour. The production has been in planning for at least two years. “The work is unique in that some of the most popular items of Jagjit Singh have been rescored for orchestra. This is a dream project and I am delighted to team up with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to debut this work.

The concert introduces a cross-section of Jagjit’s repertoire including some of his ghazals which featured in movies, his compositions of great poets, and some semi-classical items which always received thunderous applause in our concerts across the world,” says Pandit.

Deepak will be joined on stage by a team of musicians from India performing with the orchestra. A strong Indian percussion section will ensure that the rhythmic nuances of Indian music are restored when accompanying the orchestra, whilst the bansuri will add the texture of the velvet voice of Singh, as he explored the many ragas which formed the basis of his prized compositions. Symphony of Ghazal hopes to bring together the styles of Indian and western classical music in a unique way. It will expose the audience to a tapestry woven from Indian classical, semi-classical, and ghazal as it interweaves the harmonisation of a 40-piece orchestra.

Says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, “Our mandate as an orchestra for all seasons is given deeper meaning by this collaboration which breaks new boundaries. A full classical accompaniment crossing into the music of ghazal will bring a new audience to the concert hall.”

The concert will be conducted by Brandon Phillips.

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Teacher Profile: Gryphon Music

AI GryphonThe Gryphon Music Academy is a guitar school based in the Plumstead and Claremont branches of Paul Bothner Music in Cape Town. They offer guitar lessons, bass lessons, song writing courses and music theory courses.

Lessons are tailored specifically to each student. Regardless of style or level of proficiency a syllabus will be written with each studnets goals in mind. If you’re looking to play acoustic pop songs, blues, a few songs around the camp fire or learn to shred, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Gryphon Music Academy.

If you want to learn Led Zepplin, you’ll learn Led Zepplin. If you want to learn Taylor Swift, you’ll learn Taylor Swift. If you want to learn Justin Beiber, you’ll learn Led Zepplin

The schools Motto is “Turning players into musicians”. “At the Gryphon Music Academy we believe in teaching players of all levels to not just play the instrument, but to think about the entire scope of the instrument in the context of music. Besides learning the practical side of playing, you will also learn music theory, song writing and instrument maintenance.” – Warwick Levey, School Founder

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Standard Bank Jazz Band Conductor Announced

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Last week, Alan Webster the director of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival announced that the Conductor of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band for 2016 would be Carlo Mombelli. He is a very successful bassist, composer, arranger and teacher who has extensive experience working with a wide variety of musicians, young and professional, in different settings.

He also announced that the Conductor of the Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band 2016 will be Dan Shout, an excellent saxophonist who has played in many bands, including many professional Big Bands, and has experience in conducting school jazz bands.

The NYJF will run from Wednesday 29 June to Tuesday 5 July 2016 in Grahamstown.

We will contact musicians/jazz educators by the beginning of February to finalize participation in the NYJF performance and teaching schedule.

They will also finalize the overarching Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown – which runs from Thursday 30 June to Saturday 9 July by early February.

“Thank you for the many impressive proposals we have received. I have not replied to everything that we have received and we will not be able to include everyone in the programme, but we will attempt to put together a festival which fairly and freshly reflects the diversity and vibrancy of South African Jazz and its interaction with the rest of the world.” ~ Alan Webster

NYJF student application forms and details will be available by the middle of February on

The NYJF is intended as a national meeting point for South African musicians, jazz teachers and students, and is an excellent opportunity for networking and seeing what is happening in the jazz world, locally and internationally. Musicians and jazz educators are invited join in Grahamstown.

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Park Off Summer Concert Series in Cape Town

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Celebrate the start of the summer season with this Stellenbosch-based outdoor concert and picnic series

Park off for a picnic and some sizzling sounds at the next Park Off picnic concert in Stellenbosch on Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Francois Van Coke
Southern Wild
Manny Walters

We may be well into summer but that doesn’t mean one stops craving those chilled outdoor activities – here’s to wishing summer never comes to an end! If that’s your vibe then best you get ready for relaxing on a picnic blanket… one can’t have too many get-togethers with your loved ones or experience too many beautiful sunsets, right? And you definitely can’t attend too many great open-air concerts.

This time, the main act is none other than famous South African singer-songwriter Francois van Coke. Indie rockers Shortstraw from Johannesburg will be performing alongside Van Coke so this is definitely one concert you don’t want to miss. Other artists performing on the day will be announced later in the month.

All picnic concerts take place at Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch; a large reserve full of beautiful indigenous plants and flowers, as well as 200-year-old trees. Spread all your picnic goodies in the cool shade, sit back, relax and enjoy great South African music.

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Brendon Alexander – Drum Teacher

AI BrendonBrendon Alexander is the in-store drumming instructor at Paul Bothner Music in Claremont.

His dedication to the art of teaching the drums has allowed his students to follow a natural yet creative path with regards to either pursuing the drumset as a hobby or playing in a band

The fundamentals of drumming are taught at a practical and methodical pace allowing the student to adapt and learn according to their specific needs and individual ability

Students are assessed and given relevant feedback on a regular basis and encouraged to adhere to a strict practice routine enabling them to progress as a musician behind the drumkit Commitment is essential therefore students are also expected to attend their lessons on a monthly basis at least once/week

Students are assessed from the age of five upwards and lessons are given Mon through to Fri afternoons in store

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Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival

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Catch this series of Stellenbosch music concerts showcasing some of the finest musical talent around

If live music in a beautiful setting seems like just what the conductor ordered, then this series of outdoor concerts will certainly tickle your fancy. If this has piqued your interest, you’ll be happy to know that the Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival starts on Saturday, 16 January and runs until Saturday, 12 March 2016.

The extensive programme highlights a variety of genres from Viennese waltz, local pop-rock to sultry salsa music and even a local take on a timeless opera. There’s bound to be something for every discerning music lover, and with the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre as a venue, guests can look forward to a concert surrounded by the beauty of Stellenbosch.

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ROCK ROYALTY Rock Stars who have rocked our world

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Get ready for an explosion of electric charge as the cast from the Banyard pay tribute to the androgynous–flamboyant and outrageous music legends of our time.

Rock Royalty will give you a music experience as close to the real thing as possible! Watch this 10-piece cast pay tribute to legends including Chuck Berry and Little Richard, classic rock icons Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Queen, eighties rockers Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Journey as well as rock divas Janis Joplin, Pink and Tina Turner and formidable rockers Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger and Meat Loaf and ever green rockers Elton John, Freddie Mercury and James Brown.

Rock Royalty is an extravaganza of note, where personality, stage presence, flamboyant stage costumes and downright diva behaviour make this the most rocking, shocking and absolutely brilliant performance you will ever see. So if you are into danger and excitement – put yourself out on a limb and get down to see Rock Royalty and you will be rocked till eternity!

Venue: Rivonia Barnyard
Run Dates: 15 Jan to 17 April
Cost R95 – R200 per ticket

To book tickets, click [here]

A taste of a few of the rocking songs you can look forward to in Rock Royalty

Let it Rock
Piece of my Heart
While my guitar gently weeps
Stairway to Heaven
Living on a Prayer
Back in Black
Thunder Struck
Don’t let the sun go down on me
Love Hurts
Bat Outta Hell Part 1
Raise your Glass
Monster on loose
Nutbush City Limit
Pour some Sugar


Vocals: Themba January
Vocals: Sjanel Vosloo
Vocals: Kyle Matthews
Vocals: Raymond Oberholzer
Vocals: Yvette Barnard
Guitar: Jared Gunston
Guitar 2: Shelds von Grimm
Drums: Brian Fraser
Keys: James Dobson
Bass: Bongani Sokhela

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KiNK’s Live Rig


Live production mastermind KiNK took DJ TechTools through the setup that he uses and how it all works together to build a show on-the-fly.

Gear in KiNK’s Live Rig:

DJ TechTools collected a handy list of the gear that KiNK has in his setup, along with direct links to product pages with more information on each:

Roland TR-8 drum machine
Numark Orbit
Akai LPD8
Novation Launch Control XL
Two Novation Launchpad Minis
CME Xkey 25-key portable keyboard
Leploop Synthesizer / Sequencer / Drum Machine
Pioneer DJM-900 NXS mixer
Source Audio Hothand wireless ring

For the original article, check out the DJ TechTools website

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Urban Beat: In Store Lessons at N1 City

AI Urban Beat topThe Urban Beat Music School, established in 2001 had humble beginnings, operating out of a church in Bothasig but destined to become one of the leading names in music tuition in Cape Town.

Today, Ian and his team can be found teaching students at either N1 City or Parklands studios, as well as various well known private and government schools across the Mother City.

AI Urban Beat bottomGreat pride is taken in the calibre of musicians that Urban Beat produces, and among other things, this is due to the exceptional quality of the instructors on the team.
All our instructors are professionally trained in their specific area of expertise and are also working musicians, practicing what they preach on a regular basis in various areas of the music industry.

Enrolling for lessons at the Urban Beat Music School means having access to a wealth of knowledge and experience just waiting to be passed down from us – to YOU…!

Urban Beat offers lessons for guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, music theory and drums.

For more info, check out their website

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