Witchdoctor Productions buys Mercury Live

Witchdoctor Productions announced this week that they have purchased The Mercury Live in Cape Town.

On the 01/04/2015 they will Officially be the new owners of this landmark Cape Town venue.

The Mercury Live Cape Town is one of , if not the longest running live music venue in the Western Cape. Aiming to continue to build on the solid foundation laid by Kevin Winder (current owner) , who for over 12 years has worked tirelessly to keep the scene alive. Along with this venture, Witchdoctor Productions is looking to launch The Mercury Live – Johannesburg towards the middle / end of 2015.

“Witchdoctor Productions is proud to have the The Mercury Live brand as part of its stable. The goal is to have a decent platform for South African and international bands of a certain size to showcase themselves.”

A new website is being launched soon www.themercurylive.com and all the developments and updates can be followed on there.

Mauritz Lots Album Launch

Mauritz Lots is going to be launching his latest Album on the 29th of March at the Atterbury Theatre in Daventry Street Pretoria. His line-up will include:Vinnie Henrico – Drums
Denny Lalouette – Bass
Jaconell Mouton – Keys

Mauritz Lotz is an acclaimed guitarist, well respected producer and composer.His work can be heard on over 4000 recordings. With a career spanning over 30 years, this award winning artist has earned himself a rightful place in South African music history.

Mauritz Lots is probably one of the most used guitarists in South Africa. He has worked with the likes of Chris de Burgh, Shawn Phillips, Ice Cube, Margaret Becker, Lokua Kanza, Scott Wesley Brown, Dave Matthews, Marta Gomez, Stef Bos, Cristian Mangano, Dave Koz, Maude Myra, Krzesimir Debski, Patrizio.

His band, “Razor” has shared te stage with various SA artists opening for the likes of Roberta Flack, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, Ronan Keaton, Eric Clapton, Sting, Midnight Oil, Joan Armatrading, OMD, Trevor Rabin, Spice Girls, Dana Winner, Belinda Carlisle.If you would like to have a listen to some of his music, click [here].

RJ Benjamin at Paul Bothner Claremont with Music Exchange

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Don’t miss this FREE workshop by Idols trainer and award winning vocalist, composer, and producer. Fresh from being Musical Director on IDOLS 10 and releasing his EP, “5th Story”, RJ Benjamin will be hosting a FREE workshop on Saturday 31 January in conjunction with Music Exchange and Paul Bothner Music in Claremont.

Workshop Title: Understanding Your Voice – Tips And Tools Of The Trade

RJ has coached Lira, two Idols Winners – Elvis Blue and Vincent Bones, Naak Musiq, Tumi Masemola (Gang Of Instrumentals) and Vusi Nova. He’s also done in-studio vocal coaching (a.k.a. vocal producing) with artists such as Danny K and Vicky Sampson.

Speaking to RJ from Johannesburg he remarked: “It’s important to give back to the industry that I love. I’m in town for the Can Skylark shows at Roxy Review bar. I sing the song ‘So High’ in the show with Can. The program Music Exchange must be one of the leading events in SA. I’ve been involved for the last 2 conferences, and these series of workshops are important to me as they will give attendants practical take home tips to apply to their voice.”

It will be from 10 -12 noon with plenty of time for questions.

Please phone – Paul Bothner Music’s Claremont branch at 021 6744030 to book, or email martin@martinmyers.co.za

Where: Paul Bothner Music Claremont, Shop PO1, Stadium on Main, Claremont
When: 10am – 12pm Saturday 31 Jan

Author: Martin Myers from Music Exchange.
More Info link: Music Exchange Website
Twitter: musicexchangeSA
Facebook: Music Exchange

More on RJ

Metro FM, Channel O Awards and SAMA Awards

RJ’s album “Swimming in the Soul of Music”, won the award for Best R ‘n B Album at the Metro FM Awards in 2008. It has roots and influences from Soul, Jazz and Funk. His House Music hit, “Change The World”, was featured on “Soul Candi Session 4″ and gained fame on radio stations and dance floors all over South Africa. The track was nominated for Channel O Awards and SAMA (South African Music Awards) for Best Dance Video and Song of the Year, respectively. Following the huge success of Change the World, RJ released the album, House Bound. He remixed some of the tracks featured on House Bound, as well as other popular House tracks on which he was featured, with Dr Duda, DJ Kent and DJ Fresh, to create a new album entitled, “Inside”.

Idols SA and TV Work

RJ Benjamin was chosen as the head vocal coach on the music talent TV reality show, entitled Project Fame. He was voted the most popular teacher on it. In 2013 he was the musical mentor of M-Net’s music reality show, “Clash of the Choirs South Africa” and “Idols”.

Jimmy Nevis and Reuben Crowie at Kirstenbosch

On Sunday the 25th of January, Jimmy Nevis and Reuben Crowie took the stage at Kirstenbosch gardens as part of the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

If you would like to stay updated on who is playing and when they are playing, check out The Kirstenbosch Summer Conserts Website

Born and raised in Cape Town, Jimmy Nevis is a young alternative pop singer/ songwriter and producer. His sound comprises of quirky lyrics, acoustic tones and catchy melodies. He has had extensive radio play with 3 charted hit singles. Jimmy Nevis released his debut album titledSubliminal whose success has brought the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for distribution in the United States of America. One of the Top 5 Nominees for the Kia Record of the Year category at the SAMAs 2014, Nevis is currently working on his 2nd Album entitled The Masses.

Blues Broers at Playhouse Theatre Somerset West

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R5 from every ticket sold goes to Helderberg Hospice! Tonight, 8pm Friday 23 January 2015!
The band features Albert Frost (Guitars), Simon Orange (Keyboard), Rob Nagel (Bass, Harmonica and Sax) and Jonno Sweetman (Drums).

Catch The Blues Broers Live at Playhouse Theatre on Friday 23 January. Tickets only R135 each and can be purchased through the link below. 

The Blues Broers have made a name for themselves over the years with their original songs and sounds, which have influenced a slew of younger performers. The show includes a skiffle set – a music genre played on found or home-made instruments such as tin washboard and tea-chest bass.

Remember: R5 from every ticket sold goes to Helderberg Hospice.

Where: Corner Lourensford Road & Swalle Road, 7130 Somerset West
When: 8pm, Fri 23 Jan 2015
Admission fee: R135
Buy tickets online

COPA’s Open Day!

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Endorsed by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Don’t miss their Open Day! Campus of Performing Arts (COPA) was founded in 2001 and is a contemporary music college with campuses in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban). Their courses are taught by trained facilitators who are also music industry specialists and professional musicians, which gives their students one of the most rounded and intensive practical programmes, currently available anywhere in the world.

Performance Art and Business

COPA offers full-time courses in: Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals and Sound Technology (including Music Production/Sound Engineering) and Music Business. Students are not only trained in their chosen instrument, but also in modules such as Music Business and Stage Craft to ensure that they are well prepared for a successful career in the music industry. Each campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities with a recording studio, a technology centre, a performance venue and practice facilities for use by its students. All courses offered by their unique institution are accredited locally and articulate using RPL into qualifications offered internationally.

Helping the disadvantaged

Full accreditation by the CATHSSeta also allows COPA to train previously disadvantaged individuals in Learnerships (as and when Government SETA Funding permits), with courses found on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

International Accreditation

Internationally, COPA has signed a franchise agreement with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in the UK, which means that COPA also offers a full complement of ACM courses which are internationally accredited using RPL at the FET level. This allows COPA learners to transfer to any of ACM’s international partners to continue or further their studies (conditions apply).

To supplement their local Higher Education programmes COPA has an agreement with the University of Chichester in the UK through RLP for students to obtain recognition internationally.

Over the past 17 years ACM has developed some of the most innovative music industry education currently available anywhere in the world and offers full and part time courses in Music Performance (including Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals), Audio Production and Music Business.

Whether you enrol on a part time entry level beginners course or a ground-breaking full time course, you will receive a truly highly class vocational education from their internationally acclaimed faculty and have access to some of the finest education facilities available anywhere in the world.

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“I think ACM is such a great place to learn and get into a band… or anything in the music business. This is the facility to do it.” Chad Smith from superstar performers Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Open Day Times

COPA JHB: 24 January 2015 @ 10am – 1pm
COPA CPT: 24 January 2015 @ 10am – 2pm
COPA KZN: 24 January 2015 @ 11am – 2pm
COPA PTA: 24 January 2015 @ 11am – 3pm

Check out their website for more details: www.copasa.co.za

RØDE NT1 Kit vs Neumann Mic

The NT1 is a lot more affordable. But can it possibly sound just as good?
Great quality tone in an affordable package, complete with a shockmount and detachable pop shield. The RØDE NT1 kit really is superb! It has a really warm lower-midrange, user-friendly performance, with a natural, breathy dynamic range.

Everything you need

The NT1 is available in two configurations – either as a complete kit with the SMR (NT1-KIT), or by itself, to be used with the RM2 stand mount (NT1-SINGLE).

Dual Lyre system

The unique Dual-Lyre suspension system of the SMR was developed by RØDE’s engineers to improve the overall effectiveness of the shock mount. The smaller inner Lyre acts as a tension element, to maintain each Lyre in its neutral position where it is most efficient at cancelling vibration.

The Capsule

The HF6 is the perfect example of RØDE’s state-of-the-art fusion of artistic design approaches coupled with cutting-edge manufacturing techniques. The NT1s have a sound signature which is reminiscent of the classic tone of those famous mics of old, but with extremely low noise.

Click the link to see more product details.

Check out a video comparison between the NT1 and a Neuman U47.

Valdez Brantley – From Usher to Li’l Wayne and More

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Valdez Brantley is a great keyboardist who uses great quality Roland gear, accessible to you. From chops to sound and ideas, here’s a musician who knows what needs to be done, to survive in the world of megastars.

The Detroit native has built an impressive list of credits over his many years in the business. Valdez is both a keyboardist and programmer and has enjoyed a rich musical career, touring and recording with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Keith Sweat, Li’l Wayne, and more!

He’s worked as musical director for megastar Usher, and their worldwide OMG Tour was one of the highest-grossing concert series of 2011.

During a recent hiatus in his busy touring schedule, Roland’s Insider artist magazine had the opportunity to chat with Valdez at length. They discussed his long history as Usher’s musical director, as well as the extensive array of Roland gear he’s relied on, through the years.

Valdez also offered some excellent advice for up-and-coming keyboard players and aspiring musical directors, including how to stand out on stage, the background needed to get high-profile gigs, how to choose the right tools to get the job done, and more.

Click here to read more about this virtuoso.

COPA’s Audio Training

COPA SA’s Production School boasts state of the art equipment, to turn dreams into reality. These include Apple Mac equipped Technology rooms, Production Suites and a recording studio for the exclusive use of its students.

COPA offers a wide range of courses with top-end facilities, which also includes Music Performance, Music Business, and DJ School.

“Our Production School is totally unique from the point of view that besides doing ‘live sound’ for the performance students in their first production year.

They get to record students in their second production year and beyond, with their work being distributed on the Taste of the Talent CD’s.” – Garth Farrant COPA Founder & Managing Director. COPA currently has four campuses around South Africa.

Cape Town
COPA’s Cape Town campus boasts the largest Live Performance Venue of all campuses. Facilities include rehearsal rooms, a demo room (production suite), a resource centre and a recording studio also hosting an Apple Mac equipped technology room.

COPA’s Johannesburg campus is the largest of all campuses with over 300 students. Facilities include a resource centre, rehearsal rooms, demo rooms (production suites), an Apple Mac equipped technology room, recording studio and a Live Performance Venue.

COPA’s Pretoria campus is very centrally located. Facilities include a resource centre, rehearsal rooms, demo rooms (production suites), a recording studio also hosting an Apple Mac equipped technology room and a Live Performance Venue.

Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN)
COPA’s KZN campus is the newest campus. Facilities include a resource centre, rehearsal rooms, a demo room (production suite), a recording studio and a Live Performance Venue.

See more at: copasa.co.za/

Loop Champs Finalists to Be Announced

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Loop Champs Finalists will be announced soon.

You play a part in the final decision! The general public have 20% voting power toward the final score. We await the results from the competition with great hope! Last year’s winner, the outstanding, multi-talented Sean Ou Tim, a.k.a Dr Sakitumi was absolutely brilliant. R12 000 worth of BOSS gear is up for grabs! The competition closed on Sunday 18 January 2015.

Five Finalists will be selected. Keep up to date and see their videos on the Roland South Africa Facebook Page.

Make sure to watch the Roland South Africa facebook page to vote for your favourites.

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New BOSS RC-1 – The Simple Boss Looper

The BOSS RC-1 is their simplest, most user-friendly Loop Station ever! On the top panel, there’s a new, innovative loop indicator, which consists of a 24-segment LED laid out in a circular pattern. You can quickly and easily determine the current status of the Rec/Overdub/Play modes. With a maximum 12 minutes of stereo recording time, it’s capable of capturing any extended performance that you can create! The recorded phrase is retained in memory, even after the RC-1 is turned off.

Click here to read more

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