Tuesday, April 10, 2007
It's a SA music week!
There is so much work that gets put into a gig like this; months of behind the scenes stuff that the audience never knows about!
Len & Denise from our side, with Shelly Coetzee, Melanie (Carstens) & Mel’s mom Arlene Machattie from Arno's side have spent hours of talk-time and forests of email planning & preparing, then its over before you know it!
Sitting in a brightly lit venue after the show; once the crowds have sung their way down the road, and the clean-up has to start, you're left feeling drained & elated at the same time. The music & the energy from the audience pulls you through to that point; seeing the pleasure and blood-pumping appreciation during the show, making one feel very proud to be a part of South African music.
The S.A.M.A's are on Saturday; creating new stars, celebrating old stars and hosting a great party I am sure. There are a few artists I am keeping an eye on, and so I will be doing some build-up features before we get there.
So I think its apt that I share a shout-out from one of the nurturers of our traditional music; music from the roots of this country; that real music that is the foundation of all our rhythm. Mzwandile Qotoyi, the oldest (and I say that in the nicest possible way MZ!) founding member of Amampondo, knows about taking the past into the future, as can be heard by the kick-ass sound clip, Hule Lam, by Juno Reactor & Amampondo I’ve included in it.
I’ll be filming something special tomorrow – for you, all my Peakers – another exclusive shout-out by a way cool dude whose passion I want to share with you – so watch this space!
(Rouvanne shouts-out) HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!