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UP’s Adelle Nqeto heads to Mieliepop

SHAUN SPROULE

Adelle Nqeto, one half of the Flint, meet Spark duo - is heading to The Republic of Mieliepop Music Festival from 17 to 20 March in Lothair. Flint, meet Spark recently released their final EP as Nqeto focuses on her solo career. Perdeby spoke to the UP alumna as she prepares for the festival.

 

You performed in Flint, meet Spark for the last four years and have just released your last EP. What did this stage mean for you and your career?

It means quite a bit, and is definitely the highlight of that stage in my life. It also is a marker for the beginning of music for me, in the sense that it’s the time that I decided I might want to do this thing for reals, as a career. Flint, meet Spark helped me break out of my shell and it was an incredible moment in time, that I’m grateful for.

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Ten minutes with PHFat ahead of Mieliepop

CLAUDINE NOPPE 
Producer PHFat will be performing at The Republic of Mieliepop Music Festival from 17 to 20 March in Lothair. Perdeby caught up with PHFat ahead of the festival.

 

Your last album was released in 2013. When can fans expect a new album to drop?

That’s a really good question. I’ll be pretty p***ed off with myself if I don’t have an album out before 2017 is done.

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Album Review: Stoker - Stoker

SHAUN SPROULE
Cape Town rock band Stoker have released their self-titled debut album. Their first full album introduces listeners to their own identity and voice better than before. Suited for seasoned rock fans as well as occasional listeners, Stoker has something for everyone.
South Africa has a relatively active rock following, so it can be hard to find a place among other successful bands such as aKing, Taxi Violence and even old veterans like Prime Circle. Stoker is a great introduction for the band as it gives a little taste of everything they have to offer. The band is made up of two sets of brothers, Chris De Wet Bornman (guitar and vocals), Jurgen Bornman (bass), Morgan O’Kennedy (drums), and Redge O’Kennedy (guitar and backing vocals).

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Album Review: Francois van Coke - Hierdie is die lewe

CHAD JOHNSTON

2 February marked the release of South African rock legend Francois van Coke’s second solo album, Hierdie is die Lewe. The blend of melodic beats and catchy lyrics makes the album easy to listen to by yourself, yet hard enough to blast on full volume on the way to a party.

The album is a good depiction of where Van Coke is in life, while the sound is simply an evolution on his first self-titled album. The first single, “Mensdom”, urges people to live in the moment and to acknowledge their flaws. Some of the harmonies and melodies are flavoured with an old-school influence that brings up a sense of nostalgia while still remaining fresh and new. Van Coke’s band, Die Gevaar, really came to the party with some electrifying melodies.

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UP Alumna in the cast of Rent South Africa

CLAUDINE NOPPE

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the hit Broadway musical, Rent. Under the direction of Byron Bure, the Stephan Fourie Production Company is bringing this musical back to life.

The critically acclaimed rock musical tells the story of struggling artists in New York City and will be coming to the Joburg Theatre from 28 April to 7 May. The cast just finished a 10-day stint at Artscape Arena in Cape Town.

Perdeby caught up with University of Pretoria Alumna, Bonolo Makhele, who is currently part of the chorus in the cast of Rent. She completed her degree in Drama at UP and received her Honours in Applied Theatre and Education at the University of Cape Town.

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