Bass Guitar Buyers Guide
So you’ve decided to play bass? Good choice! This Bass Guitar Buyers guide hopes to guide you to finding the perfect starter bass. You are the soul of the band. You’re there to keep everyone together when the guitarist goes off on a tangent. So it’s important to get a bass that can do the job.
Buying a good first bass can be a complicated process. But if you’re armed with the right information, then you can be sure to take the guesswork out of the process!
So, what should you be looking for?
Bass Guitar Buyers Guide Tips:
Electric vs Acoustic
Most bass players start off with an electronic bass. Many aren’t even aware that there is an acoustic option. No, I don’t mean a big double bass. I mean an acoustic bass guitar.
While the electric bass is more popular, it isn’t as convenient. I’m sure you’ve been to a braai and seen “that guy” with his acoustic guitar strumming along. The bass has the option to be “that guy” as well!
Both the electronic bass and the acoustic bass have different sounds and applications, but the acoustic bass is less versatile. You can comfortably play an electronic bass in an acoustic band and fit in tonally, but you cannot use an acoustic bass in a situation where distortion is needed.
In all honesty, an acoustic bass is a great second bass, but not a great first bass. Unless you know that all you ever want to play is acoustic and folk style music, in which case, go for the acoustic!
There is no one bass that is a “Jack of all trades” so to speak. There are however a few bases which have been built for a specific purpose.
If you want to play metal, and metal only, then go for a single function bass. If however, you like an eclectic and varied style of music, then look for something that can handle a variety of tones. Something like the Fender P-Bass is great for many rock tones, while the Jazz Bass is awesome for jazz and acoustic tones.
The Cort Action bass sounds even better than it looks! The ideal 5 string student bass!
Passive vs Active Pickups
The differences between active and passive pickups are vast. Just about everything from construction to tone are different.
The practical difference between the two is that passive pickups are in essence transducers, whereas active picks are electromagnets.
A passive pickup is made by wrapping copper wire around a magnet. This causes the string above pickup to magnetise. When the string moves, this disrupts the magnetic field which in turn creates an electronic signal in the copper wire.
Active pickups use copper coilings as well but require far fewer. Their circuitry is powered by a 9volt battery and includes an active preamp. This preamp is needed to boost the signal and the EQ.
The big advantage of an active pickup is that it eliminates noise. However, many players say that the noise created by pick-ups gives certain instruments a distinctive tone.
So ultimately, when selecting which to go for, listen to both and decided for yourself which is better. Here is a link to more information on passive vs active pickups. http://www.jimdunlop.com/blog/whats-the-difference-between-active-passive-guitar-pickups/
The action of the bass is the distance between the strings and the fretboard of the bass. The higher the strings are, the harder it is to push them down. When you start playing, your fingers will get sore. This pain will be amplified if you have to push harder than you really need to.
The action on basses can be modified. Ask the salesman helping you whether or not the action on the guitar has been lowered. If not, ask the store to lower the action as much as possible before you buy it.
The Cort Action Junior is a traditional 4 string bass, in a slightly smaller size. This is one of the easiest basses to start playing on!
Where you buy the bass
Where you buy the bass makes a huge difference. Second-hand shops are less selective about what products they stock. Most music stores, on the other hand, will ensure that the stock they carry is suitable for learning on.
Building a relationship with your local music store will offer benefits like advice from professional guitarists on everything from music lessons to repairs and more.
You don’t need to break the bank in order to get your first bass. It is, however, important that you don’t buy a poor quality one either. Higher quality instruments will have better components that will help your guitar stay in tune longer.
When you first start learning to play the bass, your ears will still be untrained. Because of this, it is important that you get a guitar that can stay in tune for longer. You don’t want to train your ears to think that an out of tune bass sounds ok.
When you get your first bass, it should be something that will last you for years. Ensure that you find a music store that offers backup service. Even if nothing ever goes wrong with the guitar, you will still need to have new strings put on the guitar every 6-8 weeks depending on how often you play. Some players change their strings as often as every 3 weeks!
Cort Action Junior
This is the perfect bass to start learning on. It has the traditional 4 strings and a slightly smaller size. This means that children and people with smaller hands will be comfortable playing this bass
For more information on this guitar, or to request a quote, simply pop into the nearest Paul Bothner Music store or drop us an email.
Cort Action 5 string
The Cort Action 5 string bass are great basses at an even better price. They sound fantastic and look so good you’ll want to hang one on your wall! This is perfect for any beginner bass player who wants to either start on a 5 string bass, or who wants to move onto a 5 string bass from a 4 string.
For more information on this guitar, or to request a quote, simply pop into the nearest Paul Bothner Music store or drop us an email.
It’s time to take your band from the garage to the stage! Expose Yourself is a programme designed specifically for new and emerging bands in the Western Cape. This is the perfect opportunity for your first ever big gig!
If your band wins, you will get the opportunity to play at the next Unscene event. Furthermore, you will win R3000 in Bothner’s vouchers! In addition, your band will also be provided with professional backline for the event. Your band will be given the perfect foothold to launch yourselves!
If that isn’t enough, the winning band will also have their online profile boosted. Paul Bothner Music will feature the band profile on their website. The band profile will also be sent out to the entire Paul Bothner Music database and be shared on the Bothner’s Facebook page.
How to Enter
First, you need to put together a press kit for your band. The press kit must include photo’s of the band, the band’s biography as well as a write up on each band member. Tell us about the band, what you style of music you play and where you played your last gig; if you’ve had one.
You will also need to send a Cover Letter. The cover letter must include your motivation for entering the competition.
Each application must include a basic demo recording. The recording does not have to be professional quality. We are looking for raw talent, so for this purpose, we can overlook recording quality.
To be sure we can get in touch if you win, you must also send the contact details for all your band members.
In order to enter, simply set up a dropbox with all your bits and pieces. Then send the dropbox invite to Zain from The Unscene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zain will contact winners directly.
The Nitty Gritty
The ground rules:
The Unscene is exclusively responsible for the judging. Therefore, Paul Bothner Music will have no influence on the final outcome of the competition.
Six bands will be selected once the entries close. If selected, your band will move into the battle section of Expose Yourself.
The battle section will take place on Saturday mornings during October and November.
Each of the 6 selected bands will be given the opportunity to play at a Paul Bothner Music store. In addition to playing at the store, the band will also be given drumsticks and strings/bass strings.
Judges from The Unscene will attend each performance and will secretly score the performing band. Once each of the 6 participating bands has played, the winner will be selected.
R3000 in Paul Bothner Music Vouchers
Social Media and Digital boosting of the winning band’s profile
The opportunity to play at the next Unscene event (details to follow)
Jean Village Music Fender Centre Launch
Join us for the launch of the Fender Centre at Jean Village Music
“10am. 22 October 2016. At Jean Village Music Centurionon.”
Fender Centre Expo
On the 22nd of October 2016, Jean Village Music will be hosting the launch of their Fender Centre. This is the first Fender Centre in South Africa!
Most music stores carry Fender guitars. The brand is iconic and every guitarist knows what a Fender is; in the same way that every biker knows what a Harley is. However, while most stores carry Fender guitars, not many have the space for a huge selection of guitars and basses from across the board. Enter the Fender Centre.
The Fender Centre is a unique destination for all guitar fans. The centre has the biggest selection of guitars available. If you’re looking for an entry-level Squier, or if you want a top of the line American Stratocaster, you will find it at the Fender Centre. All the guitars are grouped together. Because of this, you never have to search high and low to find your perfect guitar fit.
There are separate sections for Telecasters, Stratocasters, acoustics, bass guitars and others. It’s a real life, physical Fender catalog come to life.
Now you can truly experience the difference between ranges of guitars, hear how various woods sound and find your dream guitar. Nowhere else in the country is something like this on offer!
Fender guitars strive to transform music worldwide with revolutionary instruments and iconic designs. Come down to the launch and experience the Fender difference first hand!
Live Performance Demo
The day will start off with Jason Bradley playing a live performance. Jason Bradley is not just an undeniable country music force but with his larger-than-life personality, steely determination and proven ability, he’s a force that will continue to come.
Robin Gallagher will present a performance workshop after Jason has played. Robin is a master guitarist in addition to being the Fender South Africa brand manager. He is a master of hybrid picking and country sounds, yet his music is accessible and easy to listen to. For that reason, he is always a pleasure to watch.
During this performance workshop, Robin will discuss how to unlock your natural tone that exists between your guitar and amp. Afterwards, you will be given the opportunity to ask Robin a few questions.
Exclusive Giveaways and Launch Offers
There is be exclusive giveaways on the day. These include Fender hampers, T-Shirts, and caps! And if that isn’t enough, there will also be exclusive offers on some great Fender gear!
10:00 Event Starts
10:30 Jason Bradley
11:45 Fender Performance Workshop
Exclusive offers and giveaways throughout the day!
Venue Address & Map
Shop 3 Jean Village Shopping Centre
Corner Jean Avenue & Gerhard Street
Doc MacLean South African Tour
The American Deep south blues style guitarist, Doc MacLean, will be touring South Africa in November. He will be playing from Pretoria to Knysna, so be sure to catch him in action!
Who is Doc MacLean?
MacLean is the son of civil rights lawyer and harmonica player. Growing up with a parent like that almost ensured that Doc would become a “Blues Man” one day.
He spent his early teens playing harmonica and washboard in coffeehouses and at festivals. He was also a regular on radio and television variety shows.
In 1972, he and Colin Linden formed a duo and opened for acts like Muddy Waters and John Hammond. The pair famously traded in a guitar for an old dodge and set off to explore America.
During his travels, Doc met, and became friends with, older players like Son House, Tampa Red, and Robert Pete Williams.
“Who I am what I do and what I carry was gifted to me by the grandchildren of slaves,” says MacLean. “I’m a small link in a big, unbroken chain.”
In those early years, Doc went on to accompany Peg Leg Sam the Medicine Show Man, Blind John Davis, Sunnyland Slim and Rev Pearly Brown, to name just a few.
Flying Fish, a record label based in Chicago, published all of the records that Doc appeared on during this period .
In 2006 Doc moved to Canada. It was around this time that he released his critically acclaimed album, Narrow House. The album was produced by Colin Linden and featured guest performances by bassist Larry Taylor and drummer Stephen Hodges. At the time both Linden and Taylor were the core of the Tom Waits Band.
Since then Doc has gone on to perform at over 200 venues each year, spread out over Canada and the USA. Doc wanted a change of venue and has decided to come to Africa.
Doc’s touring motto is that no venue is too large or too small. In other words, he’ll even play at places lost in the folds of the map!
For more information or any media related enquiries please contact email@example.com or check out Doc’s Website.
Bad Habits to Avoid if you Gig
I remember the first gig I ever played. I was as prepared for it as I could have been. So much so that even a boy scout troop leader would have been impressed. I didn’t know about any bad habits to avoid yet. I was young and naive, but I still had my checklist of everything I needed; from cables to spare strings. I was confident that even if something went wrong I would be ready.
In my mind, I needed to be over prepared. The band I was in had guys far more experienced with gigging than I was, and I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t the weakest link.
I got to the venue early and started setting up for sound check. As I was setting up, the lead guitarist walked over and asked if I had a spare cable for him to use. I came prepared for this, and gave him my spare cable, feeling justified for overpreparing.
The drummer arrived 10min late and still had to set-up. We eventually started sound check 30 min late. By this point, the band was annoyed with the drummer, but we shrugged it off and played a great show.
Over the years, I have played in a lot of bands. Throughout this time, I have encountered some musicians with really bad gigging habits. Here is my list of 9 bad gigging habits that irritate and annoy band members:
Here is my list of 9 bad habits to avoid if you are a gigging musician:
1 Not bringing your own cables
This one is simple. If you need to plug your instrument into anything, bring your own cables! Sure, most venues will have a cable or two laying about, but why take that risk?
You should never assume that one of your band mates or the venue will provide you with basic supplies. Good quality cables are cheap enough and will last you many years if you look after them. They also take up very little space.
And always ensure you bring a spare. If you need two cables for your rig, bring three.
2 Spare batteries / Strings / DI Boxes
Consumables like batteries and strings can die at the most inconvenient time. Murphy’s law states “That if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.” You may never have snapped a string in 20 years of playing, but there will be that one night where you do.
Check your instruments to make sure that their batteries are fine, and that you bring a spare. If your active electronics in your bass die because your battery runs flat halfway through your show, you won’t be able to play!
Also, if you need a DI box, bring your own. Most venues will have a DI box for you, but I’ve seen it on more than one occasion where the venue’s DI boxes are all broken. No one knows until sound check starts and then there is a mad scramble to try to find someone with a DI Box. Seriously, if you buy one and only ever use it once, that is infinitely better than not buying one and needing it one night.
If you need help with restringing your guitar, check out this video.
3 Arriving late to sound check
If you arrive late for soundcheck, you are showing a total lack of respect to the venue, the sound engineer and everyone else who bothered to show up on time.
There is an arrogance when you arrive late. You are in essence saying that your time is more valuable than anyone else’s time. That it really doesn’t matter that everyone has been standing around for hours waiting for you.
Yes, sometimes the unexpected happens and being late is unavoidable. But if you are one of those guys who is constantly running late, you need to seriously readdress your priorities.
4 Insulting your own music/band
There have been a few instances where I’ve gone to watch a show, and at some point, during the set, one of the band members insults their own band. Saying things like:
Singer: “Thanks for coming!”
Drummer: “I’m not sure why you’re here, we’re k@k”
“We really hate this next song, but here goes”
“Well that was terrible”
If I have paid a cover fee, I want to see a band put on their best faces and perform their hearts out. If the band thinks their songs are rubbish, then why are they charging me a cover fee? It’s insulting to your audience to make them pay for a product that you aren’t happy with.
If you aren’t happy with what you are doing, talk about it with your band, not your audience. Alternatively, refund your audience. As a band, you shouldn’t get to charge me for a subpar performance.
5 Insulting your sound engineer from the stage
We’ve all had that one sound engineer who just can’t get the monitor mix right. The guy who studied at the university of Google and is basically tone deaf. It is a frustrating experience and can hinder your performance.
As a musician, though, you need to suck it up. It’s fine to ask for tweaks to your sound from the stage, but to all out insult the guy at the desk is unprofessional and won’t solve anything. Sure, next time you play that venue ask the owner for a new sound engineer. But if you’re on stage and he is doing a poor job, you need to suck it up.
6 Strings that are too old or too new
If your instrument uses strings, the strings need to be in good order.
If your strings are too old, the intonation of your instrument will be shot. A badly intonated instrument is painful to listen to, and for most musicians in the audience, this will be distracting. You need to ensure that your instrument sounds its best so that your music can speak for itself.
Furthermore, you shouldn’t restring your instrument an hour before your gig. If your guitar goes out of tune halfway through every song, and you need to spend 5 minutes after every song tuning, you are distracting your audience.
To ensure that your audience remains captivated throughout the set, reduce how often you need to retune.
7 Abusing backline and front of house gear
Many venues and festivals will provide a basic backline. Don’t rest your beer on top of the venues bass amp. Don’t put your foot on the monitors, no matter how rockstar you look.
Respect all gear, regardless of who it belongs to. If you lent out a piece of your gear, you would expect it to be treated in a certain way. Treat other people’s gear with the same respect.
Accidents do happen. If you are unfortunate enough to damage something, apologize and offer to pay for the repair.
8 Not checking in advance about if there is a backline, and what it has
You can’t just assume that the venue has a drum kit or bass amp for you to use. These are things that need to be discussed in advance with the venue as well as with the other bands you are playing with.
I have arrived at a show before where there were three bands playing, and each band thought one of the other bands would bring a kit. So all three drummers had their cymbals and hardware, and none of them had shells. There was a mad scramble to arrange a kit. The kit arrived an hour later and only then could sound check start. Because of this a show that was meant to start at 21:30 only kicked off at 22:30.
9 Gigging too much
There is always that one band who seems to be playing everywhere. They are on the bill for every club or festival, and you can find them playing just about every weekend. The problem with that is that ultimately it is hard to care about them after a certain point.
They are most likely playing the same songs, telling the same jokes and not offering anything new. If they are playing at a festival, their set is a good time to get drinks and food.
Over gigging is one of the fastest ways to ensure that your audience will lose interest in you. Just, don’t do it.
Guitar Buyers Guide
Buying your first guitar is easy. All you need to do is pay for the first guitar that comes your way, and you’re done. And yet, buying a guitar that you can actually learn on has a bit more nuance. You need to consider details like action, the fun factor, and overall instrument quality. This Guitar Buyers Guide aims to take the guess work out of buying your first guitar.
While you don’t need to buy a professional level guitar to start playing, buying one that is poor quality could actually prevent you from learning to play. There are some guitars out there that are so poorly built that even professional guitarists would struggle to play them.
Many people give up trying to play the guitar because they think it is too hard. Yet, it can often be caused by the guitar itself. You’ve surely heard the old adage “A bad workman blames his tools”. While this holds true in some cases, in other cases bad tools make a tough job even tougher. Imagine a Sushi chef trying to slice fish with a butter knife!
A poorly built guitar can make learning to play near impossible. When deciding on your first guitar, here are a few things to look for.
Where you buy the guitar
Where you buy the guitar makes a huge difference. Second-hand shops are less selective about what products they stock. Most music stores, on the other hand, will ensure that the stock they carry is suitable for learning on.
The Cort G110 Guitar and Laney LX12 Amp is a perfect combo for the student guitarist
The action of the guitar is the distance between the strings and the fretboard of the guitar. The higher the strings are, the harder it is to push them down. When you start playing, your fingers will get sore. This pain will be amplified if you have to push harder than you really need to.
While the action on some guitars can be modified, this isn’t always the case. Ask the salesman helping you whether or not the action on the guitar can be lowered. If it can, ask the store to lower the action as much as possible before you buy it.
But beware, if you lower the action too much, you can end up with fret buzz.
Fret buzz is an annoying buzzing sound that some guitars produce. If the string is touching a fret it shouldn’t be touching, you will get fret buzz. To ensure that your guitar does not have any fret buzz, ask your salesman to play each of the frets on the guitar before you buy one.
String gauge is the thickness or hardness of the strings. A thinner/lighter gauge is easier to play than a thicker/heavier gauge. The drawback of the thinner gauge, however, is that the guitar will be softer. This is especially true of acoustic guitars.
To start learning on, there is no reason to not go for the lightest gauge that your guitar can handle. You can experiment with different brands and gauges of strings as you get more experience with playing.
The Yamaha C40M Classical Guitar has great tone and will last for many years
The setup of the guitar refers to all three of the above points. Guitars don’t often come set up from the factory. So you might have a decent guitar where the action is terrible, there is fret buzz everywhere and the strings are too heavy.
These issues can be fixed with a simple set-up so ask your salesman if a setup is included in the guitar. If not, find out how much extra one would cost and do the setup before taking the guitar home. This will make one of the biggest differences in the guitars playability.
Quality of Instrument
You don’t need to break the bank in order to get your first guitar. It is, however, important that you don’t buy a poor quality one either. Higher quality instruments will have better components that will help your guitar stay in tune longer.
When you first start learning to play the guitar, your ears will still be untrained. Because of this, it is important that you get a guitar that can stay in tune for longer. You don’t want to train your ears to think that an out of tune guitar sounds ok.
The Hudson HD1-EQ NT is has everything a starting guitarist would want in a steel string guitar
Fun Factor and Music Style
Ultimately, you need to want to pick up your guitar. It needs to be a toy that you can’t put down.
If you really like heavy metal, then a traditional classical guitar wouldn’t be the right option for you. You would need an electric guitar and an amp with built in distortion. In contrast, if you like acoustic folk music, an electric guitar won’t do you any good.
Old school guitar teachers used to insist that players start with traditional gut string guitars (classical guitars), but more and more modern teachers believe that if you want to play electric guitar, then buy one as your first guitar.
If you’re not sure what guitar would be best for you, then tell your salesman what music you like listening to the most, and they’ll be able to recommend the ideal guitar for you
When you get your first guitar, it should be something that will last you for years. Ensure that you find a music store that offers backup service. Even if nothing ever goes wrong with the guitar, you will still need to have new strings put on the guitar every 6-8 weeks depending on how often you play. Some players change their strings as often as every 3 weeks!
Here are few specific examples, chosen by the guitar teachers from the Gryphon Music Academy, that would be ideal for any new student.
The G110 guitars feature a double cutaway body. This allows for comfortable playing and ease of access. This makes it ideal for the beginner guitarist.
The G110 features 2 single coil pickups and one humbucking pickup in the bridge position. This gives the guitar a large variety of tonal options. If you’re just starting out on electric guitar, you need as many tonal options as possible, so that you can go from easy going clean tone to full aggressive distortion. This makes this a perfect first guitar while you find your niche.
For more information on this guitar, or to request a quote, simply pop into the nearest Paul Bothner Music store or drop us an email.
The classical guitar is where most beginners start. The strings are soft and the tone is gentle. The C40M features an ultra-thin natural satin finish creates a rich, natural sound and incredible feel. This guitar is aimed at beginner guitarists, but will last a lifetime!
Any beginner guitarist wanting a steel string to start off with would struggle to find a better option than the Hudson HD-1. The focus with this HD1 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is on playability and tone, making it one of the most versatile options for beginners on the market today. The neck is thin and comfortable, and with a light gauge of string beginners of any age will be able to play this guitar!
Band Academy: Surviving and Thriving
Want to know the how’s, the what’s and the why’s of the SA Music Scene?
Presented by: Martin Myers
Time and Date: 22 October at 11:00am
At: Paul Bothner Music Stellenbosch
Shop 1 and 2, De Watergracht West Building
3 Merriman Avenue
This installment of Band Academy will offer expert pointers on building up a network of the right contacts. Furthermore, insight into understanding how major record labels and radio stations operate will be offered.
You will also learn the finer points of getting a team to assist you and the difference between an agent and a manager. If that’s not enough, you will also be given pointers on the press and public relations.
This is the perfect introduction to the nitty-gritty of the music industry.
By learning exactly what radio stations and record labels are looking for, you will be able to streamline your workflow. No longer will you be working off of guess work or bad information from the internet. Because of this, your band will have a distinctive advantage. With an industry that is overflowing with bands and artists competing for radio play and press coverage, every advantage helps.
If you are serious about your music and what you want to achieve, then this workshop is a must!
A publicist, music supervisor and founder of Music Exchange, Martin Myers is ideally placed to give insightful advice. You can put this advice to immediate, practical use in your career.
Martin began his career in the music industry in 1985 by running UCT Radio. This marked the beginning of his long working relationship with the legendary Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. Their relationship culminated in the 46664 Mandela Day Concert in New York. Most recently they did the acclaimed Anthems of Democracy in Johannesburg.
For over 16 years, Martin was Sony Music’s Cape Town publicist. He worked closely with local and international acts lie Vusi Mahlasela, Joy Enriquez, and John Legend.
In 2009 Martin founded Music Exchange.
Music Exchange has grown significantly and now hosts regular workshops across the year with leading figures from the world of music.
Band Academy: The Business of Music
The Music Industry is a Business just like any other. It would be naive to think otherwise.
Presented By: Lyle from GAGE
At: DV Village Music Kimberly
Shop 54 North Cape Mall
Home recording is on the rise. Because of this you can go to a local music store and buy a basic home studio set up, go home and record on the same day. Within a few days, you can have a simple album recorded. If you want a better quality product, then you can practice and learn how to record until you get it right.
Or, you could go to a studio and ask them to record your album for you. After recording, you have a finished product that you want to get out into the world. So, what’s next? How does a band go from finished product to selling their work?
That’s where the Business of Music comes in.
Indeed, anyone can record something. That is undoubtedly the easy part. Growing your band profile, however, is hard.
In the golden age of music, a record label would pay for a band to record their album. Because of their investment, the record label would then spend money marketing the band and growing the band’s profile. The record label needed to make their money back in order the justify the initial investment. This is no longer the case. Consequently, musicians now have to do most of marketing themselves.
This installment of Band Academy will teach up and coming musicians the ins and outs of the Business of Music.
What to Expect
Lyle will be covering a broad range of topics related to the music industry. He will discuss:
- How to progress as a band and individual
- Goals and Strategies
- Marketing including social media , merchandising and exposure
- Venue bookings
- Travel costs
- General life on the road
- Recording and SAMRO Procedures
- Running your band as a business: profits , reinvestments, and financial planning
Lyle is the guitarist for Gage. Gage has recently returned from their UK tour where they performed from London to Blackpool. Gage has played on some of the biggest stages in South Africa, including Oppikoppi and Splashy Fen. They are currently recording their 3rd studio album.
Lyle is intimately familiar with in the music industry. He has years of personal experience under his belt and is a great mentor to learn from.
Where and When
Saturday 15 October
Artist Profile: Mandi Mafu the Digital Sangoma
Mandie Mafu, aka, the Digital Sangoma is local electronic music producer and performer.
Based in the Cape, Mandi is a qualified sound engineer and electronic music producer. He studied his craft at Cape Audio College and has been perfecting it since he graduated.
His sound is described as a mixture of Kwaito, House, Afro-Beats and expressive vocals. This all has an undertone of electronic synths. While Mandi’s vocals are often described as soulful, he has no issues with getting an aggressive tone when needed.
Mandi performs under the alias Digital Sangoma when he is working with other vocalists, rappers and MC’s.
The Digital Sangoma is a side project that focuses primarily on African Beats. To this end, you will hear Afrobeats, SA House Music and Hip Hop in the Digital Sangoma works.
In other words, the aim of the project is to showcase local EDM on a global stage. Mandi and the guys he works with are telling a truly African and South African story. These stories are told through dance music.
An integral part of the storytelling process is the use of Afrobeat production. This allows for a way to blend the traditional and modern sounds of Africa.
The Digital Sangoma uses the newest high tech gear to re-create and perform traditionally influenced sounds. This is achieved through the use of African beats combined with Electronic Dance Music.
Thus, this project offers a uniquely diverse array of new and exciting sounds.
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Mandi uses a Roland TR-8 rhythm machine, a Rode NT-1, Ableton Push and Mpcstudio.
The TR-8 is a performance rhythm machine that melds the legendary sound and vibe of the TR-808 and TR-909 with features and functions for the modern age. Genre-defining sounds, classic effects, unprecedented live pattern manipulation, and solid, intuitive performance controls. It’s the TR…evolved.
The Unscene Presents: 18 Till I Die
18 Till I Die is a recurring event that is open to all ages. The event offers up and coming Metal bands an opportunity to showcase their talents. In addition to this, they get to play alongside some of the biggest established bands in the scene.
Heavy Metal bands with members who are under 18, often have a tough time finding a venue to perform in. Almost all venues that cater to heavy metal music are clubs or bars and don’t allow entry to anyone underage. A young jazz band will often be allowed to play at schools or in the local church. In contrast, heavy metal bands seldom get these opportunities. That is why this series of gigs is so vital to the improvement of the local music scene.
The brainchild of Zain Domo from UnScene, this event is hosted at ROAR. Every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of all those in attendance. The event offers Metal Fans of all ages the opportunity to not only play but to watch some of the biggest bands in the country play.
“It has been amazing to see the local scene’s response to this concept of all-ages events making a fresh comeback, with virtually everyone agreeing that youth-focused events are a necessity. We’ve definitely started this journey on a positive note” ~ Zain Domo
Since the dawn of rock and metal music, under 18’s have tried to sneak into bars and clubs to watch their favourite bands play. The 18 till I Die series of gigs takes away the need for this behaviour. The young fans of the music finally have a safe place to headbang and mosh while having their heroes decimate their eardrums!
Lineup for the Evening:
- 5pm: Nethercyst
- 6pm: Not My Pharaoh
- 7pm: Verona Walls
- 8pm: MOMENT OF CLARITY
- 9pm: Raptorbaby (JHB)
- 10pm: Infanteria
- 11pm: Strident
When: Saturday 9 October 2016
Lower Main Road Observatory
Open to all ages
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