No Doubt are back…no doubt about it

No Doubt, the American ska/rock sensation, are set to tour after a five-year hiatus. Being a band that I enjoy and have listened to for many years, I was delighted to read this article in The Times, describing their tour and return to the stage.

Lead singer and face of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, went on to say that their reason for touring was to have fun and to perform their favourite songs again. This, to me, is what music is about- having fun and sharing your enjoyment with the world. The music that No Doubt writes is fun, energetic, entertaining and smooth, with Stefani’s vocals providing a unique touch to the overall No Doubt sound. The band members have, over the past five years, grown as individuals (Stefani is a mother with two solo albums under her belt). Watching musicians enjoying songs from their pasts is truly a unique experience. The passion, heart and enthusiasm given to the performance is like no other.

The band will be touring the northern hemisphere on their upcoming Summer tour. Hopefully the response from this tour (and feedback from South African fans) will spark the idea of a southern hemisphere tour? Maybe with a few South African bands on the bill? I believe this would do great things for South African music and the perception of South Africa to international bands and event management companies.


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Rocking Rockstar Sandals

 Online alternative music and merchandise store, RebelRock, has a new stock of rockstar sandals. Yes, you read correctly…sandals.

This selection of sandals showcases stalwart rock bands such as AC/DC (both mens and ladies) and Pink Floyd, while also adding revolutionary punk/rock band, The Ramones, to the list. They really give me meaning to the phrase, “rock your socks off”…unless, ofcourse, you wear socks with your sandals.
The product looks to be of a very high manufacturing standard. The Ramones sandals look particularly comfortable. 🙂

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Coca Cola Zero Fest 2009 – South African Bands

There has been a lot of excitement recently over the band line-up for the 2009 Coca Cola Zero Fest, happening in April, both in Johannesburg and in Cape Town. Having run for several years now, organised by Big Concerts in association with 5FM, the festival  has become widely known for importing big name international recording artists and placing them on stage. side by side with top of the line South African bands. According to Musical Mover and MyCoke, this year’s bill is set to include Oasis, Snow Patrol, PANIC! At The Disco and Bullet for my Valentine, as well as South African bands, Zebra and Giraffe and The Dirty Skirts.

Ska in Scarbourgh with The Rudimentals

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of taking a drive out to Scarbourgh (aka. ska’bra) to visit the Cape Farmhouse. One of my favourite South African bands, The Rudimentals, were performing there that afternoon as a part of the “Farmhouse Rocks” summer concerts series. Having seen many Rudimentals concerts over the last almost-decade (since about 2001 or so) I have seen the band grow (in numbers) and evolve in ways I could only imagine. This concert was set to be nothing short of incredible.

After the long (and beautiful) drive out to the Farmhouse, I arrived to see a steady stream of families and friends arriving at the venue. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Scarbourgh, I felt instantly relaxed and rejuvenated. I saw friends, both old & new, and was glad to be able to sit down at a beautiful venue such as this.

The concert, as expected, was amazing. It was in fact better than amazing. The crowd was alive and enjoying the music, the venue was bustling with activity and the performance was in true Rudimental form- top class.

If you missed the concert, below is a video of The Rudimentals performing “Love Riddim” (to be released on their upcoming album) as well as a few links for more info and photographs. There will be plenty more concerts this year. I hope to see you at the next few. 🙂

The Rudimentals on Zoopy
The Rudimentals on Twitter
The Rudimentals on Myspace 

Were you at the concert? How did you find it? Share in the comments. 

5+ South African bands you may (or may not) have heard

South Africa has a wealth of musical talent, spanning every genre imaginable. One can go out almost every night of the week and have a unique musical experience. Having been actively involved in the South African music industry for several years, I have come across a vast number of bands and solo musicians, both established and independant, that have caused my ears to prick up and listen closer. I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with you, both new, recent discoveries, and several with a few years of gigging, late nights and endless parties under their belts. Look out world, South Africa’s got talent…in bucketloads!