Album Review: Stoker - Stoker

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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UP Alumna in the cast of Rent South Africa


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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Albums to look out for in 2017

Tremaine by Trey Songz: It’s been a while since Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl has released anything new, with his recent legal troubles taking centre stage, but this album by the RnB superstar promises to live up to fans’ expectations with many soulful ballads.

Culture by Migos: With hits such as ‘Bad and Boujee’ and ‘T-shirt’ already making waves, it’s only a matter of time before this album becomes the most downloaded album on the net. The album was released earlier in January of this year.

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Five minutes with Francois van Coke


Perdeby caught up with Francois van Coke about his new album, Hierdie is die Lewe. Van Coke is the front man for Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel.


You have recently become a dad. What is it like being a dad and a musician?
It is tiring and amazing. I never imagined the amount of work it takes to raise a child and how difficult it can be at times. Our little girl is amazing and she has added so much to our lives already. Playing music is [the] way I wake up in the morning and I will do anything in my power to keep it that way. It is just hard going on the road with a family at home.

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Rapper Rouge shines bright


She goes by the name of Rouge and is currently one of the hottest new-school rappers to grace the South African hip-hop scene.

Rouge started her music career after finishing high school. She studied Drama at UP and planned to take on musical theatre. She always sang, but it was not until her friend convinced her to try rapping that she realized that she enjoyed it more. When asked why she went on to further her studies, unlike most rappers who drop out of school to pursue their dreams, she said “School was always important to me, especially since my family moved here from the Congo so that my siblings and I could have a better life. I felt as though I owed it to them to finish my studies”.

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