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I recently had the opportunity to attend the CT Folk Fest. At one point in the evening, a man walked onto the stage.  A man, up to that point,  I knew nothing about. This man was Roger Lucey. I was to discover later, that Roger had walked a road that very few had ever walked in their lifetime. A road filled with darkness, hardship and struggle. Roger’s songs were forbidden back in the apartheid regime, but despite the police force, tear gas and the likes, nothing could stop him. Roger’s music was powerful back then, cutting deep. It  continues to this day, stronger than ever. Roger Lucey, is a living legend.

There is power in words – especially the spoken word. In this case, the spoken word through music. The kind of music, that grips you deeply and stirs you right down to your soul. I came home and started sniffing out Roger’s music on the internet. What I discovered,  literally blew my mind and heart right open. What strikes me most is Roger’s sincerity – despite his journey, he continued and never gave up hope, but above all, reaches out the hand of friendship. Roger’s music has brought change in the lives of people. One man in particular, a security police Warrant Officer by the name of Paul Erasmus – read about it here: http://www.3rdearmusic.com/forum/footsoldier.html

I watched the making of a video, which I feel every South African should watch. It is a small glimpse into the life of an incredible man. Take the time to watch this and be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster ride – it is a story about censorship and sabotage –

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Roger’s music is political, spiritual – protest music, with a strong, life-changing message.  A message of the wrongs that were committed back in the apartheid years.  His music sheds light, on those who were oppressed  through  gruesome acts during the war in our country. Sitting writing, I reflected back on those years and I realized, here is a man that defines history itself. How many others are out there, who are holding back their truth? Roger sheds light on the horrors of the past, through  his storytelling.

The reality dawned on me -we are all guilty of the past crimes against humanity, if we do not take a firm stand for truth and justice in our country – by turning a blind eye, we are just as guilty. If we believe in a Creator God, then surely, we believe that God breathed life into each of us – black/white/brown – the rainbow nation.

Roger Lucey, I salute you, for your bravery and courage – for your integrity . May you continue to touch many lives, bringing change, through your continued efforts of delivering a powerful, thought provoking message. Your music speaks deeply for the times we live in – here in our beautiful South Africa.

Read the lyrics:

Lungile Tabalaza

Lungile Tabalaza was a young man only 20
Lived in New Brighton Township just outside of Port Elizabeth
In a small house with his family He lived through violations
Went to school in Kwa-Zakele With the Bantu Education – and they call it education.
Well the cops came Monday morning and they took him on suspicion of robbery and arson, the law makes no provision.
So they handed him to plain clothes
The Special Branch elite
And it doesn’t really matter how strong you are
They’ve got ways to make you speak
They’re going to make you speak if they really want to hear you speaking
They’re going to get it out of you; they’re going to hear your voice.
Well whatever happened in that office God and the Cops will only know
The law has ways of keeping it quiet so that nothing at all will show
But at three 0 ‘clock that same afternoon, Lungile fell five floors
Lay dead below on the street outside
They quickly rushed his body behind closed doors.
Some said it was murder and some said it was suicide
But this is not the first time men have gone in there and died
And from New York and from London Came angry cries and protests
But the overseers just carry on with their game.

And from ‘You only need say nothing
And there’s teargas at the funeral of a boy gunned down by cops
They say that there are too many mourners and this is where it stops
And the moral of the episode – Is to do what you are told

To find out more about Roger Lucey and his upcoming events, follow him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/roger.lucey

Watch:

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Roger Lucey at the CT Folk Fest


Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions

Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions

blog20small blog16small Ben1small pic6small pic14smallBen, Danie, Ongama, Moskou, Albert and Inno are the guys that make up the band known as, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions.  The band was officially formed on the 1 September 2014.

I went to watch them at Cafe Roux  a month after the formation of the band, when they were part of the Marshall Music Showcase Sessions. It was an evening that literally shook Cafe Roux. The audience couldn’t stay seated as the energetic presence that is Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions, rubbed off on everyone. People danced in rhythm to the beat of the music.

blog15small pic5small bandnew1small band14smallAs I drove out to Cafe Roux on Friday night, I did so in anticipation. It was one of the coldest nights in Cape Town.  Upon entering Cafe Roux, I noticed that the place was packed to capacity. Looking around the room, I saw young ones, teenagers, middle-age people and golden oldies. Not even the rain and wind, could keep people away. I felt as if I was part of something monumental and it was about to unfold before our eyes. A warm roaring fire place made the place feel real toasty.

The people gathered, chatted excitedly and enjoyed the scrumptious burgers that Cafe Roux are famous for. Many other tasty treats tantalize the taste buds and can be found on the menu.

band2smallAt 8pm sharp, the band stepped onto the stage and from that moment, people were enthralled.

Sitting there watching and taking it all in, I realized that the band has grown in leaps and bounds. What grabbed me the most is the deep African feel/beat  to the music – it creeps into your bones making you want to move. An  experience that not only fills your heart and mind, but brings an energy that is so addictive, it fills every fiber of your being.

band8smallIt is a joy to see a band that fulfills the diversity and  rich culture that we, as South Africans know and love.  Ben Dey Tainton, the lead singer of the band, has a magnetic stage presence that reaches the fans and his quirky personality shines through. He took great delight in sharing some humorous tidbits of their trip up to Soweto recently. The talent of the band members cannot be denied –  the energetic vibe each member brings, the drumbeat and guitar playing was electric! As the show came to an end, the crowd gathered called out ‘more, more, more’…………… Ben and his band members continued performing to everyone’s delight. At the end of a brilliant performance, the band members engaged the audience comfortably.

Donovan Copley from Hot Water fame, popped through to witness this incredible act and this in itself, is testimony to what this band is all about.

These guys are legends in the making – riding a wave while taking their fans along for the ride and what a ride!

Take a listen to the band here –

Soundcloud:

Follow them on Facebook to stay in tune with all their news and events:

https://www.facebook.com/theconcretelions?fref=ts

 

 

Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions


I was looking forward to an evening of music on Monday night at the Barleycorn Music Club. A venue that I have heard only good things of, but not yet experienced – tonight would be the night! The Barleycorn Music Club has been around for more than 30 years.

In 1975 a group of musicians met to jam and share in their love of music. Over the span of 34 years, the Barleycorn Music Club has hosted many local, talented musicians, as well as visiting ones.

PIC 4The club is a non-profit organization, so all funds go directly to supporting musicians. The club is all for home grown, original tunes.  In previous years it was mostly centred on ‘traditional folk’ music with a strong ‘Bob Dylan’ focus and political protest songs were a regular feature. The MC of the evening was Nicholas le Mesurier and what a fine job he did of introducing the various artists.

To read more, check out their website, and join their mailing list to stay on top of upcoming events:

https://sites.google.com/site/barleymusic/home

Or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarleycornMusicClub

Nicholas le Mesurier

Nicholas le Mesurier

After getting a  long cold beer from the bar, we took our seats. Sitting there, I glanced over my shoulder and noticed that the place had  filled up quickly. People were chatting excitedly around me, anticipating the night’s events. I could tell that it was a popular place as the people present seemed to fit right in and were clearly regulars at the Club.

The venue in itself, is cozy and warm, with a pleasant atmosphere. Situate in the heart of Claremont, it is very easy to find and the grounds are safe.

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Craig Green

The line up for the evening including 4 different artist/bands and this was an appealing prospect.

First up was a man by the name of Craig Green.

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Craig Green

From the inset I realized that here is a man, that loves music as much as he loves playing his guitar.

Craig’s music portrays a strong message. Sitting there listening to the words, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Bruce Springsteen, who the artist clearly admires and looks up to. Craig is not new to the music scene and has been around for many years, bringing his rock sound to those who are keen to listen.

I have since established, that Craig is part of a band called Bad Scooter. The band plays gigs in and around Johannesburg.  So if you are keen to book them, or see them play, check out their website: http://badscooterband.weebly.com/

or follow them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BadScooterBandJohannesburg

Watch them on You Tube:

 

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( Johan Rautenbach

Next up was a chap by the name of JoRa (Yahyã) Rautenbach. JoRa impressed us all with his brilliant guitar playing, as well as his refined skill of playing a a Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). It was definitely a first for me. JoRa fellow artists. JoRa‘s music has a strong Flamenco influence.

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Johan Rautenbach

The music is so rich and powerful and it invoked  visions of beautiful Spanish dancers elegantly gliding across the room.

I hope to see JoRa perform again, as he is a multi-talented artist and brought a unique feel to the evening.  To listen go to his Soundcloud : 

Follow him on Facebook to find out about his events : https://www.facebook.com/johan.j.rautenbach

Declan MacKay

Declan MacKay

After a short break, a young fellow by the name of Declan MacKay took to the stage. Declan had a group of admirers sitting at the back of the room that immediately responded to him and I could tell that he had talent just from listening to the excited screams. Declan engaged the audience, which was a nice touch.  He shared that after completing his degree at UCT, he plans to head back to his country of birth, namely Zimbabwe. Declan had us all spellbound and longing for more. His voice has a rich husky  tone that grips you from beginning to end. Upon doing a little research, I discovered that Declan’s dad is also a musican, no small wonder then – it must run in the family.

Mr Soulman

Mr Soulman

As he stood there playing his guitar and singing all his original songs,  I couldn’t help but think, here is a true ‘soulman’. With a voice and personality to boot, I have a feeling that Declan has a bright shining future in the music industry and he will not want for fans. 

To catch him one last time, get down to Jackal & Hide in Cape Town this coming Thursday, 25 June. You will not be disappointed. Here is a link to their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Jackal.and.Hide/timeline

 

K, Ray and The Bird

K, Ray and The Bird

Last but certainly not least, was K, Ray and The Bird. The band has been playing in and around Cape Town for about 8 years and this was the first time I was to see them in action. To say I was super- excited would be an understatement. The time had arrived and we all sat expectantly as they took to the stage.

The band comprises of –

Karyn Stuart – bass guitar, violin, vocals
Raé Swart – piano, acoustic guitar, clarinet, saxophone, vocals
Gareth Asch – acoustic guitar, vocals
Emil Terhoven – drums and percussion
Mark Cloete – violin, piano, and occasionally the egg shaker

K, Ray and The Bird is a rock/blues band that play in and around Cape Town. Karyn has such a  beautiful voice!

Karyn Stuart

Karyn Stuart

Her voice has a dreamy/surreal quality and as her voice infiltrated the airways it settled in my heart and touched me.

Gareth Asch

Gareth Asch

Together Gareth and Karyn harmonize to perfection. What drew my attention, was the powerful lyrics which hold a strong message.

 

 

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Rae on Sax, adds a distinctive sound and what surprised me, was his ability to play several instruments.

The drummer - Emil

The drummer – Emil

Emil adds a funky groove to the band. Together the band have a unique sound and if you love Simon and Garfunkel – you will certainly love their sound. I could tell, that each and every band member, has a strong music background. Multi-talented and professional down to the last detail, this band brings so much to the table.

Two words to describe their music would be ‘uplifting’ and ‘inspiring’ – which is so needed in the times we live in. This is definitely a band for the here and now. 

Listen to them on Soundcloud :

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A Musical Evening at Barleycorn Music Club


Zandvliet

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Robertson is a valley that is known for its wine. Tourists from near and far travel to visit the town to sample the deliciously flavoursome wines on offer.   The town’s wine industry has grown significantly from 25 cellars in 1995 to more than 50 registered wine cellars as of 2015. Many have received the highest awards both locally and internationally throughout the years. Zandvliet is just one of these well known and loved estates in Robertson.

ClemenGold joined forces with Zandvliet to host a weekend of fun and activity for all ages during the Wacky Wine Festival. For those who don’t know –

ClemenGold is a delicious and refreshing soft citrus fruit.

 

To describe the taste would be to describe something which is sweet, juicy and super delicious – tantalising the taste buds and making you crave more.

The fruit is seedless and peels easily to the touch. It is a fruit that is not only packed with Vitamin C, but appeals to everyone.

I was beyond excited for the weekend and was looking forward to the great music line up and the wonderful vibe of the festival. So the day was finally upon us. As we drove into the grounds, I could see that everything was set up for a great weekend.

There was a beautiful entrance set up and inside, the marquee  was buzzing with people. From craft beer to delicious fruit drinks, yummy food and let us not forget the wine – people stood together in groups chatting excitedly amongst each other.  There was a certain expectation that was evident among the people and it rubbed off on me.

Peter Mitchell | Simon Orange | Luna Paige| Nick Turner  | Gerald Clark| Albert Frost | Chris ChamelPeter Mitchelleon were just some of the artists lined up for the weekend.

Schalk Joubert and Kevin Gibson, were the backing band for the line-up.

Peter Mitchell aka The Scotsman aka (Pietman Geldenhuys) Die Skot was the official Master of Ceremonies for the day and had everyone in stitches with his jokes. From beginning to end,  he entertained the crowd. Peter is a born entertainer and what a fine job he does.  At one stage during the afternoon, Peter proceeded to  tell us one of Tolla van der Merwe’s stories. I couldn’t believe how well he  impersonated the legendary S.A. funnyman. It felt as if Tolla was standing in front of us -it brought back sweet memories of S.A.’s well known comedian.

His rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland’ leaves me with a lump in my throat every time. The pure emotion and richness of his voice washes over me and moves me deeply.

Not only does Peter sing, but he is a comedian / songwriter / actor / impersonator / husband / private chef and producer. No small wonder the crowd love Peter so much. So if you are looking for someone to hire for a party or event, look no further. To keep up to date with Peter or contact him, follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peter.mitchell.106902

Take a look at the video of his performance of ‘Flower Of Scotland‘ –

LLUNA PAIGEuna Paige is an artist that I have come to know and love.

Her endearing personality comes through very strongly in her music – her face shines with emotion and Luna has a certain deepness about her when performing her heartfelt songs. 

LUNA PAIGE 4Two words come to mind when thinking of her voice – ‘alluring‘ and ‘appealing‘ It doesn’t end there – Luna has recorded 4 English albums and 1 Afrikaans live CD and DVD. Luna has been used for television series and programs like ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’ and ‘Ella Blue’. Luna is a highly versatile artist who has collaborated with several other artists, in and around the country.

Luna gets lost in her music, but as her voice infiltrates the hearts and minds of those gathered, we too get lost in a moment of fantasy and wonder at the sheer impact of her captivating voice.

What especially stands out for me, is her connection to people. Luna recently travelled abroad, bringing her beautiful music to the people of Netherland. To find out more about her events and news, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LunaPaige.SingerSongwriter

Listen to her on Soundcloud:

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SIMON ORANGEThe official keyboard player for The Blues Broers, namely Simon Orange, was part of the line up for the day. Simon takes everything in his stride. What I love about him, is his calm exterior – he just moulds and weaves his magic on the stage for all to see.

A musician that has touched many hearts, especially mine, is Nick Turner.

To me, Nick brings a truly home-grown sound that we as South Africans can relate to.  ‘Funkyand ‘appealing’ are two words to describe this dynamic artist. Nick’s music comes across as genuine and you can see he takes it seriously. His brand new song ‘Beurtkrag‘ that he wrote with his dad speaks volumes about our beloved country.

Nick Turner

Nick Turner

Once you have witnessed Nick sing, you have a deep longing for more.

A little background about Nick –

He became known to music lovers as one of the front men of the popular SA band, Sons of Trout (in the 90’s). Soon after Nick and singer-songwriter and violinist Mike Renny started the African influenced duo Mikanic. They travelled to, lived and performed in New York for many years, where they had a loyal following and wonderful opportunities to perform at world music festivals across the globe. Nick returned to South Africa and became involved with the Solms Delta project where he teaches and collaborates with local artists. He is currently busy with his first solo album and composed his first Afrikaans songs for “Die Ander Konsert” – a collaborative project with 7 other artists (Woordfees & KKNK, 2015). 2014 saw him perform at Oppikoppi and Rocking the Daisies – a sign that his solo career is already well on its way and his music in serious demand!

Here is the link to his latest song:

As you can see, Nick is an accomplished musician who has added a great impact on the music industry in South Africa. To find out more about Nick or his events, follow him on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nick-Turner-Music


GERALD CLARK
A while back, I had the opportunity to witness Gerald Clark at the Barnyard Theater. It was a night that rocked my world. Since the first day someone told me to watch his video ‘Black Horses‘ on You Tube, I was hooked. Gerald brings such heart and  passion when he finds himself on any given stage. When Luna and Gerald team up for their ‘Lovemore Show’  I reminisce about  Kenny and Dolly, or even the late great Johnny Cash and June Carter. There is a certain connection between them that rubs off on the audience.

GERALD AND LUNA Gerald and Luna  are so in tune with one another and one cannot help but be moved by not only the beauty of the music, but by the sincerity of their open hearts as they hold nothing back – giving their everything – every breath, every word and every emotion is visibly displayed for all to see.  

If you love blues/soul music you will certainly love this show.

A little background about Gerald –
Gerald Clark started his career as the front man of the very popular blues band Delta Blue. After the dismantling of the band, Clark flied solo and has only gone from strength to strength. He has released numerous English albums as well as one special Afrikaans album (Sweepslag) which was nominated for a SAMA award. He is a frequent main stage headliner at popular blues festivals such as the Table Mountain Blues Summit and the Big Blues Festival. He is also a familiar face at the Blues sessions at Mercury, De Vette Mossel during Woordfees and all other blues-orientated events.

Follow Gerald on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geraldjamesclark/timeline

Watch him on You Tube :

 

Heine du Toit

Heine du Toit

Hands

Hands

At one stage during the day an interesting looking man walked onto the stage. His name is Heine du Toit – he went about doing his thing in a quiet, unobtrusive way. I since learnt that he was a lyricist and artist a while ago – this came as no surprise, as he displayed a certain connection with music and the other artists. This was evident from where I was sitting.

Tonight was truly an eye opener regarding Albert Frost! Man can he play the guitar!

Albert Frost

Watching him hug his guitar close, I realized that his guitar must be one of his closest companions and I sat pondering whether he was born with a guitar in his hands.

Albert Frost

Albert Frost

Albert plays many shows in and around Cape Town as well as South Africa, bringing a strong rock and blues edge to the music scene. Albert is no newcomer to the industry and has been rocking stages for the past 20 years. He loves acoustic, as well as electric guitar.

A true ‘blues man‘ – he holds nothing back when on stage.

Albert has been with the legendary Blues broers since 1994.
A little background : He has recorded with Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon, Blues Broers and many others. He has performed with every major artist in South Africa, and with international artists like Ali Faka Toure and Finley Quaye. He has toured with Simple Minds and Rem, and supported the Rolling Stones. “Frost is one of the most versatile and talented guitarists in South Africa. Seeing him wield his myriad axes is a lesson in what is possible with a guitar” (Murray Walker, What’s On, July 2013).

To find out more about him follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/albert.frost.music1/timeline

To get a feel for what to expect at one of his shows, check him out on You Tube:

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Chris Chameleon

Chris Chameleon

I have listened with keen ears for many years, to songs on the radio of Chris Chameleon. Many have whispered of what an incredible performer he is. Today was the day that I would experience it for myself.  From the moment he walked onto the stage, the stage was his and he owned it.  Chris has a way of mesmerizing a person with his distinctive facial expressions while his vocal range delight the senses. Chris has a list of accolades that would take many pages to fill. I sat in total admiration at what was playing out before my eyes.

Chris Chameleon

Chris Chameleon

I felt like a child who receives a surprise package, rips the paper off-excited to see what’s inside – the surprise once opened is wonderful. Chris for me, was the surprise package of the evening.

Follow Chris on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrischameleon

Watch Chris on You Tube:

A little background on the backing Band for the day  –Schalk Joubert and Kevin Gibson were in top form.

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Schalk Joubert is an award-winning South African producer, composer and bass player. He has worked with the best of the best and has been invited by local and international artists to travel to and perform with them at festivals and theatres across the globe.

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson has been slamming the drums for decades and is by far one of SA’s best session drummers. He studied and lived in America where he performed with artists such as country star Jackson Browne. He has been across the world to perform at jazz festivals with fellow jazz musicians from SA and abroad. He has recorded with many South African artists and continues to do so.

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson

It was an incredible feeling to sit back and watch these guys give their every ounce of energy on the stage and loving every minute of it.

The day was most enjoyable and I can highly recommend the Wacky Wine Festival for anyone who enjoys good wine, food, music and more. The festival truly encapsulated every bit of a fun weekend for the entire family.  I for one, was delighted to be part of it and I cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for us.

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ClemenGold and Zandvliet Music Festival at Wacky Wine 2015


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WACKY WINEThe festival is just around the corner. This is going to be an amazing event which is happening at the beautiful Zandvliet Wine Estate. Great wine, friends and good music – what more could you want? The line up includes some of S.A’s top musicians. Tickets are still available.. Check out the poster for the contact information. FB_IMG_1432222867331

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The Clemen Gold and Zandvliet Music Festival


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It was great meeting up with Chris Samuels and Tashna B of Vision Music Records and chatting about the future. Here is a little snippet about this upcoming star and her journey:

Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity? I admire and look up to Celine Dion, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Leona Lewis. The person that I really would like to work with is Celine Dion. When you hear a new song that you can relate to, does it inspire you to get busy writing? Sometimes. Songs do not always inspire me to write. Sometimes  I don’t feel what I’m listening to, but yes, when there’s a song that enjoy I will start start writing immediately. If you had a chance to perform somewhere, where would that be?  The BET Awards. Do…

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I recently met up with some of the young artists from Vision Music Records and their manager Chris Samuels.  Often, people don’t really know much about the face behind the artist. One of these artists is SillyBoi. Here is a little snippet into his life, dreams and career: –

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Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity?The artist/s I look up to and admire are J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem. I would love to work with J Cole.   What is the importance of connecting with other artists?The importance of connecting with other artists is to see at what level you are and what advice you can get from that specific artist.   When you hear a new song that you can relate to, does it inspire you to get busy…

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SillyBoi from Vision Music Records


Tashna B

Tashna B

It was great meeting up with Chris Samuels and Tashna B of Vision Music Records and chatting about the future. Here is a little snippet about this upcoming star and her journey:

Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity? I admire and look up to Celine Dion, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Leona Lewis. The person that I really would like to work with is Celine Dion.  When you hear a new song that you can relate to, does it inspire you to get busy writing? Sometimes. Songs do not always inspire me to write. Sometimes  I don’t feel what I’m listening to, but yes, when there’s a song that enjoy I will start start writing immediately. If you had a chance to perform somewhere, where would that be?  The BET Awards. Do you sometimes get lost in your music? I get lost every time when I’m on stage and listening to music that I love. What does it mean to you, to be an artist? Being an artist to me, means that you have to work for what you believe in. What is your favourite food? I do not have a favourite food. I enjoy a variety of food. Do you have a hobby other then music? Working with people that can not help themselves gives me joy.  When did you first realize you want to go into the music industry? At the age of 16. 

Listen to Tashna B here: http://www.reverbnation.com/tashna_vmr

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Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TashnaB.vmr?fref=ts

Vision Music Records is an Independent Record Label, signing new upcoming artists and producing music – * Backtracks*Recording*Producing*Sound Hiring*Music Lessons*Eventsis what they are all about. The company is owned by Laurenzo Davids, who founded Vision Music Records in 2012. His right hand man is Chris Samuels. Laurenzo has a heart for young people and empowers them to use their gifts. Not only does he promote and support young people in the community, but is an artist in his own right. Laurenzo Davids is 27 years old and comes from Atlantis – he is a qualified math and science teacher and a full time music producer, singer and actor (Huis van Davids – Kyknet). Laurenzo traveled to the USA where he worked with All 4 One, Wayne Brady and wait for it…………….Stevie Wonder in 2010/2011! Since then, Laurenzo has traveled the world, namely the UK, Belgium, and Namibia, just to mention a few. Here is a video of him singing on You Tube.

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Tashna B of Vision Music Records


CHE-V is a young lady who I had the privilege to watch at Camphill Village’s 50th celebration.  Here is a little look into what Che-V believes regarding her career and dreams for the future –

Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity? Artists I look up to are international superstars such as Eve, Lisa ‘left eye’ Lopes, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj to name a few. I would love to work with Nicki Minaj because she is the biggest female rapper at this time and also Lil Wayne to see how he works his magic.    What is the importance of connecting with other artists?  It is vital to connect with other artists who are as serious about music as you are – to help each other and guide each other and its a great thing to have someone who knows exactly what you are going through at times. When you hear a new song that you can relate to, does it inspire you to get busy writing? I am always busy writing, because I am mostly motivated by situations. If I feel a certain type of way then I will write about it, but there are certain times when songs create emotions that I am already busy writing about, so it then just helps me a little more with my writing and that is fabulous.  If you had a chance to perform somewhere, where would that be?  The Superbowl halftime show is something I would LOVE to do. You know you have made it big time when you perform there, because it’s a stage for only the best of the best. Do you sometimes get lost in your music? Yes, I always get lost in my music, because it stirs such big memories for me – I mostly write about my life, so when I listen to one of them, I feel all the emotions I had when the song was created, so I either end up with tears or a very big smile. What does it mean to you, to be an artist? Being an artist means working hard on your dream, so that it  can one day inspire those who  have seen you as a role model to also follow theirs. It means creating art that can uplift and motivate people to better their circumstances.What is your favourite food? My favourite food is fast food… because its fast. I don’t like being hungry. I am also a fan of raw veggies ( onions, split peas, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, etc. Do you have a hobby other then music? I do not have any other hobbies, music is my career and my hobby.When did you first realize you want to go into the music industry? When I started at VMR I became serious about music. I quit my job and went into it full time and haven’t been happier since.

Follow CHE-V on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chev.vmr

Listen to her: http://www.reverbnation.com/chev_vmr/songs

Vision Music Records is an Independent Record Label, signing new upcoming artists and producing music – * Backtracks*Recording*Producing*Sound Hiring*Music Lessons*Eventsis what they are all about. The company is owned by Laurenzo Davids, who founded Vision Music Records in 2012. His right hand man is Chris Samuels. Laurenzo has a heart for young people and empowers them to use their gifts. Not only does he promote and support young people in the community, but is an artist in his own right. Laurenzo Davids is 27 years old and comes from Atlantis – he is a qualified math and science teacher and a full time music producer, singer and actor (Huis van Davids – Kyknet). Laurenzo traveled to the USA where he worked with All 4 One, Wayne Brady and wait for it…………….Stevie Wonder in 2010/2011! Since then, Laurenzo has traveled the world, namely the UK, Belgium, and Namibia, just to mention a few. Here is a video of him singing on You Tube.

“>www.youtube.com/watch?v=quyzFw3VgGI&w=420&h=315]

 

Che-V of Vision Music Records


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It was great meeting Chris Samuels from Vision Records and chatting about their young and upcoming artists. Clint Ceejay Van Schalkwyk is one of these artists that has signed with them. Here is a little more about him and his dreams for the future:

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Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity?Artists who have always dominated the music industry with their amazing gifts, like Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey. Both of these have always been my favourites – absolutely love Mariah haha! I would definitely want to work with her in the future, if ever I get the opportunity and with any other huge names in music today.   What is the importance of connecting with other artists?  I would say that being professional, down to earth and…

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Clint Ceejay van Schalkwyk of Vision Records


I recently met up with some of the young artists from Vision Music Records and their manager Chris Samuels.  Often, people don’t really know much about the face behind the artist. One of these artists is SillyBoi. Here is a little snippet into his life, dreams and career: –

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Which artists do you admire and look up to and who would you personally like to work with if you were granted the opportunity? The artist/s I look up to and admire are J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem. I would love to work with J Cole.   What is the importance of connecting with other artists? The importance of connecting with other artists is to see at what level you are and what advice you can get from that specific artist.   When you hear a new song that you can relate to, does it inspire you to get busy writing? Hearing a new song that I can relate to, always inspires me to write a new song.   If you had a chance to perform somewhere, where would that be?   I’d love to perform at the SAMA’s one day.   Do you sometimes get lost in your music? I don’t get lost in my music at all – ‘lol’.   What does it mean to you, to be an artist? Being an artist means more then anything to me, because now, I have the power to inspire the next person through my music or my brand.   What is your favourite food? My favorite food is home-made Pasta.   Do you have a hobby other then music? Yes – I play indoor volleyball.   When did you first realize you want to go into the music industry? In my Matric year I realized I wanted to go into the music industry.

Listen to Sillyboi: http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.datafilehost.com%2Fd%2Ffe3bc1f3&h=mAQFWmEyT

Find out more about SillyBoi on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sillyboi.vmr/timeline

To find out more about Vision Music Records follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visionmusic777 Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmr777?lang=en

Vision Music Records is an Independent Record Label, signing new upcoming artists and producing music – * Backtracks*Recording*Producing*Sound Hiring*Music Lessons*Events is what they are all about. The company is owned by Laurenzo Davids, who founded Vision Music Records in 2012. His right hand man is Chris Samuels. Laurenzo has a heart for young people and empowers them to use their gifts. Not only does he promote and support young people in the community, but is an artist in his own right. Laurenzo Davids is 27 years old and comes from Atlantis – he is a qualified math and science teacher and a full time music producer, singer and actor (Huis van Davids – Kyknet). Laurenzo traveled to the USA where he worked with All 4 One, Wayne Brady and wait for it…………….Stevie Wonder in 2010/2011! Since then, Laurenzo has traveled the world, namely the UK, Belgium, and Namibia, just to mention a few. Here is a video of him singing on You Tube.

“>www.youtube.com/watch?v=quyzFw3VgGI&w=420&h=315]

SillyBoi from Vision Music Records