Music Exchange: What a year for SA music; on to an even better 2017

Music Exchange: What a year for SA music; on to an even better 2017

By Martin Myers

As you read this you will be celebrating the festive season and perhaps reflecting on what was the good, the bad and ugly of 2016, and looking forward to 2017. Everyone has a list nowadays so I thought we should be no different .The major international media houses all seem to agree – Beyoncé was artist of the year with her album ‘Lemonade’; Justin Bieber, in South Africa in May 2017, had a stellar year with smash hits; and Mike Posner seems to be loved due to taking a Pill in Ibiza.

At home, song of the year for me was Ngud and Babes Woduma, making a late charge with ‘Wololo’.
An artist on the rise for 2017 in the Western Cape is Amy Jones from Paarl. She was involved in ‘Idols 9’ way back in the day and has a lovely single out called ‘Sunrise’, but now the hard work starts.

She needs to play everywhere and anywhere and needs to work on stagecraft.
Top Dog (Cape Town’s answer to Toto), the backing band for every Tom, Dick and Harry, need to break out to Johannesburg and get on the major festival market, but they as a band also need to write more groove material and guest with a vocalist on stage as well. Instrumental Jazz has in my opinion a limited market appeal and the sax bravado of Don Vino, to the untrained ear, sounds much like Kenny G.

By Martin Myers

By Martin Myers

Lastly, The Pedestrians are a cover band with a twist: be it Pop, Old School or Jazz, they play it in their own unique style.
The band is made up of Simon van Harte on bass, Bradley Prince on lead guitar, Keanu Harker as the vocalist and second guitarist. Keanu is a graduate of the Cape Music Institute under the mentorship of Camillo Lombard and now teaches guitar and drumming to various churches and schools. Barry Box is the keyboard player  and is a fourth year jazz student at UCT and  is also the backing vocalist. Emillio Buckton is on drums. 2017 could be their break out year .

I have seen then play many times and with a refinement of the set list the band could easily be challenging Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels.
Have a fantastic festive season. It has been a joy writing for the readers this year and asking questions and trying to find answers.
Onward to 2017 and 52 weeks of South African musical excellence.

Gig of the week

The third annual Tribute Fest will be rocking out at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville on Monday, December 26, for a solid 13-hours.
Some of South Africa’s longest standing tribute bands will be taking to the stage to perform tributes to the greatest rock, pop and reggae legends of the late 20th Century

PROGRAMME AT THE 2016 TRIBUTE FEST CONCERT AT HILLCREST QUARRY
Various tribute bands will be performing the songs of the following artists at the concerts:
1pm – Elvis Presley
2pm – Deep Purple
3pm – Neil Diamond
4pm – Alice Cooper, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker
5pm – Bob Marley
6pm – Tina Turner
7pm – Rolling Stones
8pm – Bon Jovi
9pm – Led Zeppelin
10pm – AC/DC

TICKETS TO THE 2016 TRIBUTE FEST CONCERT AT HILLCREST QUARRY
Tickets to the concert will go on sale soon via Computicket.com and will cost R160p/p.
For more information, email mike@hillcrestquarry.co.za or phone +27 (0)21 976 4959.