Tuesday, 15 November 2016
We are so pleased to announce that world-celebrated South African musical virtuoso Guy Buttery returns with a brand new approach to South African musical landscapes in his latest self-titled musical offering, which is now available on South Sea Records.
Seamlessly merging traditional musical genres with ambient and groove driven psychedelia.
The highly anticipated release is almost two years in the making and see’s Guy collaborating with some of the country’s finest musicians, including Vusi Mahlasela, Dan Patlansky, Nibs Van Der Spuy, Shane Cooper, Derek Gripper, and Chris Letcher – as well as French based singer Piers Faccini, and one of Guy’s lifelong musical heroes, multi-Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman.
A multi-award winning musician and one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world today, Guy continues to bring his deep sense of musical understanding into his compositions – his songs are delicate, yet fierce, profoundly deliberate, yet still spontaneous and playful.
“For me the record speaks of a different South Africa. One that acknowledges tradition but is more interested in individualism and finding a new voice to tell that story – an international South Africa, if you like?”
The recording took place in a small, secluded farmhouse in Zululand and originally spurned the ‘Farm Demos’ – tracks that largely established the vision and the production aesthetic for the album to come. But for Guy it’s the collaborations that make the record what it is. Being fortunate enough to work with such great musicians is something he doesn’t take for granted and he refers to working with Vusi Mahlasela as a ‘career highlight’.
Having spent a great deal of time outdoors in the composition process, Guy allowed the environment to seep into his creations. Nature holds a big place in his heart and the space of adventure, exploration and freedom affected his music deeply, pushing his exploration thereof even further.
A true masterful experience, Guy Buttery has stretched the boundaries again with this album. Not only is it pressed on CD format, but also on hand numbered, limited edition vinyl for music lovers of the tangible sort.
Visit guybuttery.bandcamp.com/ to listen to the album.
Monday, 8 August 2016
Cape Town's loved 'Medicine Boy' unveils their debut LP in the beautiful, intimate setting of The Magnet Theatre in Observatory (Cape Town).
“The album is a natural collection of influences – from soaring psychedelia & fuzzed out noise to primal blues rhythms & country/folk balladeering, all baptized in reverb.” – Medicine Boy.
Saturday 13 August | 20:00 for 20:30.
Tickets are R120 & extremely limited. Get your at http://
Vinyl, CD's, shirts & posters will be on sale.
You can wear anything, as long as it's black.
Friday, 20 May 2016
We are proud to be associated with this brand new South African music festival taking place in the worlds smallest desert on the southeast coast of KwaZulu Natal.
The first ever Red Desert Moon festival takes place over the full moon on Saturday 21st May & will feature an unplugged acoustic line up of some of South Africa's most loved folk musicians, including phenomenal acoustic guitarist Guy Buttery, Madala Kunene, univerally hailed as "The King of Zulu Guitar" as well as a collaboration between Aden Hinds (Hinds Brothers) and world renowned musicologist Richard Haslop.
Short walks to the mystical Red Desert and a cascading waterfall offer glimpses into a breathtaking and ancient world.
Tickets are limited and can be prebooked at http://www.quicket.co.za/
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
The new album by the King of Zulu guitar- Madala Kunene
Kunene was born in 1951 in Mkhumbane (Cato Manor), a vibrant mixed community just outside inner Durban (on the south east coast of South Africa). The son of a carpenter, Kunene was raised by his grandmother — a staunch academic who wanted him to be something of a bookworm. At the age of eight, in the year 1959, Kunene and some members of his extended family were trucked off by the Apartheid government to go live in the then relatively new township of KwaMashu.
“People can’t imagine what it’s like when you see bulldozers demolish your home in the middle of the night,” recalls Kunene. “The worst thing was that when they moved us, they came at night and packed my family into the back of a truck and then went to another area to pick up another family there and so on. So you were not just separated from your home, you were stripped of your friends and neighbours in the process. It was a very calculated act,” Kunene adds.
As a meditation on his history Kunene now releases his latest album 1959, the album explores dense and often melancholic subject matter, especially Kunene’s own history as a victim of forced removal. “I’ve never spoken about those experiences in my music in an earnest way. I wanted to recall them and most importantly make a personal album that was looking internally at my personal history rather than looking out,” says Kunene. 1959 is a blues album with slightly more muscle—a personal catharsis and an attempt to exercise the muscle of memory through music. Insistent and unrelenting, 1959 is Kunene’s urban war cry. It is a portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man of faith, a sonic investigation that tries to make sense of the gradual process of sanitizing history—how the real past is purged for the sake of a historical sound bite.
“Music is the best medium to record and tell history. As African people, the way we know and understand our past is very influenced by music,” Kunene says. “So if I can add one layer of context that can help in understanding this period in our history, then that is great.”
The album “1959” was co-produced and engineered by Marius Botha and Neil Snyman. It started out as a simple acoustic guitar and voice project but as soon as Madala’s many friends learned that he was busy recording in his own backyard things took on a life of their own. An outpouring of love for Bafo followed with everyone wanting to bring his or her love for Bafo to this project. Madala gratefully acknowledges the many appearances of friends amongst others Lu Dlamini, Bra Hugh Masekela, Sthembiso Hlela, Max Lässer, Vishen Kemraj, Sazi Dlamini, Steve Newman, Guy Buttery, Bernard Mndaweni, Paki Peloeole, Eric Duma, Sihlanga Zulu, Mdu Magawaza, Njeza Dlamini, Zamo Mbutho, Sipho Nxumalo & Smanga Ngubane.
Interest in Madala has extended into a documentary film currently in development. The idea for a film sparked the interest of Alan Irvin and Darren Gordon, a film production team based in Johannesburg, when Madala was invited to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall in November 2014. Initially the film was seen as an exploration of Madala’s life “from Cato Manor to Carnegie Hall”. However, through the process of getting to know Madala and the deep respect that surrounds him as a “musician’s musician”, worshiped by those with a discerning ear who have had the good fortune of crossing his path, the film has taken on a far more important role of recognition and preservation of cultural icons and their upliftment. Hence, the phrase “The king who is yet to be crowned” has become more apt. Alan, the films director says, “it’s been a journey of discovery into the magic of this man… a story that has unfolded layer upon layer, which will leave the audience enriched and inspired”
"It's you again. I wish you could play for me everywhere I go,”
- Nelson Mandela (after seeing Madala Kunene for the second time during a charity gig in Durban.)
“Madala Kunene is without doubt one of South Africa’s ethno-music stars,”
- Max Majapelo (from his book Beyond memory.)
“Music is immersed in Madala’s soul,”
- The late great Syd Kitchen
“Very much a musician’s musician, this unique Zulu artist has collaborated, recorded and shared the stage with some of the best in the business,”
- The Witness.
“Kunene has been part of some of the most distinctive sounds to have come out of Durban,”
- Paddy Harper for the City Press
Monday, 12 October 2015
Russ Barenberg - The Grammy Award Winning Guitarist from Nashville Gears up for Exclusive Shows in South Africa
‘The Nashville native Russ Barenberg is one of the best Acoustic guitar players in the world today. With a career spanning over four decades, five solo albums and a fifteen year residency as the house band guitarist for the BBC show, the Trans Atlantic sessions. Russ has long been at the forefront of the acoustic music scene, pushing the boundaries with experimental improvisation and crossing the cultural borders, by fusing styles such as Bluegrass, Calypso, Celtic and Jazz. All of the above makes Russ one of the greatest composers and players, but his genuine strength lies in his sense of melody. Russ’ songs truly transport you to a magical realm, where the authentic voice of roots and acoustic dance music still thrives.’
Grammy nominated acoustic guitarist and composer Russ Barenberg is known for his
melodic playing, beautiful tone and memorable instrumental compositions. Long at the
creative forefront of the acoustic music scene, he has collaborated with many of its finest
artists, including Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck,
Emmy Lou Harris, Maura O’Connell, Jesse Winchester and Tim O’Brien. Russ’s most
recent album, When at Last, adds to an “exquisitely original” body of work with
more vibrant new melodies and rich ensemble arrangements. The record earned
Russ a Grammy nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance and was
nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album
of the Year. The album is described well by Nashville writer, Jon Weisberger:
“…while ensemble interplay is the foundation of When at Last, its heart and soul
ultimately is to be found in Barenberg’s tunes…and in his glistening playing. Few
guitarists so perfectly blend a mastery of roots music traditions with melodic originality,
or so finely balance muscularity with delicacy, and each moment of the album is shaped
by these artistic dualities…”
Skip, Hop & Wobble, the award-winning 1993 release by Russ’s long-time trio with
Dobro master Jerry Douglas and acoustic bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, influenced an entire
generation of musicians. Russ has also recorded with legendary jazz bassist, Charlie
Haden and with actor and Grammy-winning banjo player, Steve Martin. His playing has
graced numerous film soundtracks, most notably Ken Burns’ documentary, The Civil
War and the 2010 release, Get Low, starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Since
1995, he has been a member of the house band as well as a featured performer on
the acclaimed BBC television programs, The Transatlantic Sessions. Produced and
filmed in Scotland, the programs feature collaborative performances by top
musicians from America and the British Isles.
South African shows include Durban & KZN, Gauteng & Cape Town with guest performances & collaborations with Hinds Brothers Band, Richard Haslop & Wiam Otto to name a few.
For more info contact 0823712107
“This is new acoustic music of the highest order.” – Music Row
“Tremendously coherent and exquisitely original.” – Bluegrass Now
“A modern classic.” – listen!nashville.com
“Russ is a musician’s musician. For many years he made every film he played on for us
better. His talent and his heart always announce his presence.” – Ken Burns
“Acoustic guitar maestro.” – USA Today
Monday, 24 August 2015
Thomas Krane is no stranger to the South African 'cult circuit', the new album Bone Tower, is the result over 5 years of song writing and 9 months of recording. The album has been 100% financed through a crowd source campaign run on Indiegogo.com; the band’s fanbase proving their loyalty through the pre-purchase of albums more than a year before the album’s release date. Bone Tower is a very different animal to its predecessor, both Dan and the band have come a long way in their development as musicians and songwriters.
The theme of this album shifts away from KRANE’s early development and follows the characters’ obsession with an unnamed love interest, as he rejects friends, family and God in blind pursuit, eventually resulting in marriage and divorce.
Hampton refers to himself as a character musician – musically untrained and everything is done by ear through a process of trial and error repeated often enough that it has become instinctual. Though this unstructured process of learning the craft is painstaking, it has resulted in a style and a sound that is exclusively his own – the beauty in its limitation. With diverse influences, the band’s sound contains elements of folk and classic rock, tied together by a pop sensibility.
THOMAS KRANE has had many members over the years. Every show has a different set of arrangements - one of the bands major appeals as a live act. Drumming prodigy Sheldon Yoko (Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois Van Coke) has been a regular feature of the band since 2012, and is the only other musician to feature on all 9 of Bone Tower’s tracks.
Other contributors to the new album include percussionist Bronwen Clacherty, guitarists Gary Jennings and Colin Von Berg (Us Kids Know), bassist Franco Schoeman (ISO), singer-songwriter Cherilyn MacNeil (Dear Reader), haunting songstress Faye Oakes (Faye & Wren) and spoken word artist Toast Coetzer (Buckfever Underground) and produced by Dirk Hugo in Newlands, Cape Town.
Bone Tower is available for pre-order here and tickets to the album launch (18th Sep @ New Space Theatre Cape Town) can be obtained here.