Die Heuwels speaks Liefde By Die Dam


Popular South African band, Die Heuwels Fantasties, will be performing alongside Laurika Rauch, Francios van Coke, Riana Nel, Majozi, Jo Black and many more at Liefde By Die Dam. This celebration of youth and South African music will take place on 6 August at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. Perdeby spoke to Die Heuwels Fantasties (Pierre Greef, Hunter Kennedy, Fred den Hartog and Shelden Yoko) about their new album, OKAY!, and the upcoming event.


As one of South Africa’s most recognisable and well-known bands, do you still get awestruck (or even jittery) when performing?

Sometimes! It depends. But it usually disappears when we start playing. Then you’re in, no turning back.


What would you say was the highlight of working on your new album, OKAY!?

So many highlights! But recording at sunset was the best time. Writing poolside in the burbs, writing seaside in Vleesbaai. Good times.


The new album also features several collaborations with other singers and artists. Who did you particularly enjoy working with?

All the colab artists were amazing. I have two favourites, though. JR’s performance on Kalmeer and Hiram’s sax solo on Sheila are special things I hold close to my heart.

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UP rapper Shonaman releases Rebels


Shonaman, a fourth year Social Work student at UP, has been working hard on the release of his EP entitled Rebels, and after much anticipation he is finally ready to share it with everyone.

You said that your music is related to who you are spiritually. How has your music changed on a spiritual platform?

Yeah, my music is more spiritual. I have grown up a lot and understand things a lot better. Since I got involved with church, my music and identity have changed dramatically.


What sets your music apart from other student rappers?

I don’t compare myself to other rappers. At the end of the day, the music is all universal. However, I am a Christian so my music often reflects my beliefs. I would say that that’s what sets me apart.

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Local band Friends With Leaves


Homegrown band, Friends With Leaves, has been blooming since the release of their EP, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Perdeby spoke to band members Kiara, Angelo, Cameron, Ruan, Darius, and Rouxne about their experiences on stage and behind the scenes.

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Album Review: Chris Chameleon - Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy


When you listen to Chris Chameleon’s work, you will time and time again find yourself surprised at his fresh and unique interpretation of the particular frame of mind from where that album is produced. His new album, Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy, which launched Friday 5 May at the Musiekskuur in Pretoria, is certainly no exception.

Chris Chameleon performed with Daniella Deysel – whom he has previously collaborated with on the 2014 album, Posduif. Together the two provided the audience with a sensual rendition of the album, that strongly embodied the theme of Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy. It was an intimate performance, with breaths of fresh air provided by Chris Chameleon’s magnetic on-stage charisma, as the venue only allows for a small audience. The audience was completely transfixed by the chemistry between the two performers.

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5 minutes with Slow Jack


Perdeby caught up with the pop rock band Slow Jack after the release of their brand new single “Ode to the future”. The band is currently performing across Pretoria and Johannesburg, after which they will be heading to STRAB festival from 25 to 28 May.

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