Chad Saaiman is a busy man. I’ve been hearing his name a lot lately and it seems our SAMA-nominated Capetonian pop star is working on many different projects all at once. Over the past few weeks I’ve heard Chad on two big local radio stations talking about his new single, ‘Dragons’. It’s got a poppy, upbeat Bruno Mars sound with just a twist of RnB. Good song, Chad! I called him about it, asking if it’s a first single off a new album.
Although there’s an album in the pipeline, for now ‘Dragons’ is a stand-alone hit. However Chad clearly has more talent than he knows what to do with. Over and above his own songs, you can currently hear three other songs that he’s collaborated on playing in clubs and on radio.
Chad is part of the Black Ties, a soul collaboration featuring Keeno Lee and Lloyd Jansen. Their cover of the Chaka Khan hit ‘Aint Nobody’ is all over the radio and they’re regular feature on the live music circuit. Have you heard of Heartbeat Café? It’s a local RnB/house vocal collaboration of which Chad is also a part. Heartbeat Café recently recorded a hit song with ‘SA Idols’ finalist Melissa Allison entitled ‘Point Of View’.
It’s an instant radio hit and heard regularly on Heart, Kfm and Good Hope FM. All this is not enough to keep Chad busy – he’s also lent his voice to a new song called ‘Staring At Clocks’, produced and recorded by DJ’s Terence & Mallum (Terence Rhoda and Ebrahim Mallum.). While all this has been going on he’s also featured in a daily social media diary produced by GQ Magazine showcasing his remarkable sense of style. So in a nutshell: he’s an award-nominated pop star with songs all over the radio; he’s good looking and he dresses well; oh, and he’s a really nice, down-to-earth guy. Chad is on holiday in Barcelona this week (it’s a tough life being a star) so follow him on Twitter @ChadSaaiman to keep tabs on his movements.
Soul sensations The Whispers made a quiet visit to Cape Town this week. The Los Angeles-based played to a crowd at His People’s Church, performing hits including ‘The Beat Goes On’ and ‘It’s a Love Thing’.
They’ve been performing since 1964 and their Cape Town show received good reviews on social media.
A less-quiet entrance was made by nine of the world’s biggest rock stars on Wednesday. The Kings of Chaos flew into Cape Town this week.
These guys have played for Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Deep Purple and more and organisers are expecting capacity crowds at Grand West this weekend. Follow their adventures in SA on @KingsOfChaosSA.
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