Album Review: Gorillaz - Humanz


Everyone’s favourite virtual band is back with their fifth studio album Humanz. Over the past seven years, fans have been faced with worries that no one would hear from the British rock Hip-Hop band again. The new album does not disappoint in classic Gorillaz sound with their apocalyptic Hip-Hop production and wide range of contributing artists.

The man behind the music, Damon Albarn, animator Jamie Hewlett, and virtual band members 2-D, Noodle, Russel, and Murdoc, along with a lengthy list of contributing artists, bring their usual apocalyptic landscape in the fast-paced 125 beats or more per minute album. The album can be disappointing at times as some songs feel as if they depart from Gorillaz as a band and rather showcase Albarn and the contributors, although certain tracks do keep with the band we all know and love. Perhaps Humanz is the parting of the virtual band from their human creators, rather than the humanisation of the characters as the album cover might suggest.

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Album Review: Gunsteling Seisoen - Kaleidoskoop


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.

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Music for the Soul: Tuks Camerata hosts Champions of Song


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.

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Al Bairre’s Johannesburg farewell performance


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.

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Five minutes with UP rapper Korus


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”.

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