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It’s been nearly four years since the release of Vars Uitgekerf, and fans have anxiously been waiting for some new material from Afrikaans indie-folk band, Kaleidoskoop. The Great Gatsby themed launch of their new album, Gunsteling Seisoen, took place at the Atterbury Theatre from 24 to 26 March.
The eleven original songs and two English covers stay true to the band’s established acoustic sound. With a twelve-piece band accompanying Anique Jordaan and Jouba Jordaan, the listener is treated to a beautifully executed and full sound, along with some surprising use of trumpets reminiscent of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers. Anique’s vocal clarity also shines through, especially in their rendition of Emmy the Great’s “Gabriel”. Jouba’s nimble fingers also do not disappoint on the guitar or ukulele.
Cape Town based band, Al Bairre, played their last show in Johannesburg at Large on the Lawn together with Mango Groove on 26 March.
Al Bairre, consisting of Nicholas Preen, Tessa and Julia Johnson, Kyle Davis and Tom Kotze, announced their split on 21 February after five years on the South African music scene. The band made an official statement posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, saying, “Having achieved all the goals we set for ourselves the last five years – we all feel like it’s the right time to try something new.” They included a list of their farewell shows in Johannesburg on 26 March, Cape Town on 2 April, and Stellenbosch on 4 April.
Korus is one of UP’s newest rappers. The second year Theology student has already built up quite a fan base since the release of his mixtape, Sincerely Yours. The rapper, who was born and raised in Nelspruit, has always had a passion for music. He grew up rapping with his brother and his brother’s friends from the time he was young.
Korus not only raps, he also writes his own songs. He says that he draws his inspiration from his life experiences, and credits his family as his biggest motivation.
His music style reflects trap, but his songs also feature elements of Conscious Rap. He says, “I don’t want people to listen to my songs and feel the same. I want to be able to move people with my music”.
Tuks Camerata hosted an evening of pure musical enjoyment on 30 March titled “Champions of Song”. The University of Pretoria’s choir, the hosts of the event, as well as their invited guests, Akustika Chamber Singers, performed at the Musaion as one of the few concerts that the Camerata will perform before heading on their Spain trip in July. To have Camerata perform alongside Akustika, conducted by their ex-conductor Cristo Burger, was a special occasion.
The performance ran smoothly with no interruptions or technical difficulties. The convenience of barcode scanners was appreciated for those who bought tickets online. Camerata opened with seven pieces they are taking to the World Choral Symposium in Spain.
Perdeby took a look at music that you might not know about that has been released across the African continent.
Nigeria: Korede Bello – Beloved
Korede Bello is loved in Nigeria, and his music cuts across every demographic in the country. He has achieved this by making music for everyone. His 2015 single “Godwin” is the song that launched him in Africa and established him as a household name. The fear with new artists is that they will be “one hit wonders”, but this was not the case with Bello as he continued to release singles that were successful. Beloved is his first album and it has a classic Nigerian beat that will have you listening to it on repeat.
Zimbabwe: Winky D – Gafa Futi Chi Extraterrestrial
If you have a Zimbabwean friend then at some point they must have mentioned an artist from Zimbabwe named Winky D – especially after the success of his 2015 hit “Disappear”, which was particularly popular on Trace Africa last year. Zimbabwe’s music has come a long way with the emergence of artists such as Tocky Vibes and Jah Prayzah. This specific album has a reggae dancehall beat that will resonate with its listeners, and the vocals are the icing on top. Singing in his native Shona language, you will find this album interesting.