Music

Al Bairre’s Johannesburg farewell performance

CLAUDINE NOPPE

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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Music for the Soul: Tuks Camerata hosts Champions of Song

TAIGA RIVE

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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Albums across Africa

 UNOSHAMISA CHIRADZA

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.

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Five minutes with UP rapper Korus

SERISHKA MOODLEY

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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Fuzigish before Mieliepop

CARLY TWADDLE
The well-seasoned punk band Fuzigish answered a few questions for Perdeby ahead of Mieliepop this weekend. Fuzigish has played at Mieliepop before, and is keen to return to the Lothair festival.


What’s on the cards for Fuzigish in 2017 with regards to new music?

Jay: If we do record some new music it will be much later in the year. We are up for it and got a few new songs lurking, but we need to decide how and when to do it.
Rockwell: I would like to do a documentary and have started collecting footage, but it is still early days.

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