Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. In one of my first Next 48hOURS columns I wrote of bumping (literally) into rock god Mike Rutherford of Mike + The Mechanics and Genesis fame.
It was during the summer and Mike was spending time at his Bantry Bay holiday home soaking up the hot Cape sun. I met him at a studio where he was recording voice ads for a possible Mike + The Mechanics SA Tour. Four months later and the tour is confirmed and happening!
Mike + The Mechanics’ repertoire includes the hit singles ‘Word of Mouth’, ‘Over My Shoulder’, ‘Silent Running’, ‘All I Need is a Miracle’ and ‘The Living Years’. The group was formed as a Rutherford side project whilst he was a guitarist for Genesis (led by Phil Collins) in 1985. 25 years later the band still plays, but with a mostly refreshed line-up since vocalist Paul Young died in 2000. Rutherford leads the band and has signed up Andrew Roachford of Roachford fame and Tim Howar from UK rock band Van Tramp. Mike + The Mechanics have never toured in South Africa, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see them live. The will perform on August 17 at Sun City, August 18 at Carnival City and in Cape Town on August 20 at the Grand Arena, Grand West.
In other local music news, South Africa hosted the first annual Wawela Awards – the first of its kind to honour songwriters and composers.
The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who have to submit entries accompanied with motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer. Kgomotoso was based in Cape Town until recently. She grew up in a musical family in Soweto – her Dad was music compiler for Metro FM and she later hosted the midday show on 94.5 Kfm.
Lira won the award for Songwriter of the Year and the legendary Tumi And The Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. Joburg boy Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer. His hits include ‘All Over Now’, ‘So Much More’ and ‘A Different Feeling’ and have seen him hit number one on SA pop radio.
Lastly, Danny K has released the follow-up to his wildly successful hit ‘Brown Eyes’. Danny’s new song is also upbeat but with a very strong 1980s influence. Think early Prince; Rick James; pop funk.
Danny is clever with his use of social media and released the teaser to the song exclusively on his Twitter handle @DannyKMusic this week. Follow him on Twitter or listen to it on his soundcloud page at www.soundcloud.com