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09.08.13 Mango Groove Heads Down Under!
We are delighted to announce that Mango Groove will be performing at the incredible Red Hill Auditorium in Perth, Australia on the 21st of February 2014, for one show only. In Claire’s words: ‘’we are so chuffed about this one, and cannot wait to get back to Australia after all these years. The Red Hill Auditorium is such an exquisite venue, and performing in such a fabulous open air setting will undoubtedly make for one Huge Mango Party!’’

For further information, go to www.mangogroove.co.za, www.mangogrooveaustralia.com.au or visit Mango Groove on Facebook

For tickets and additional show information, go to www.oztix.au.com or visit www.redhillgigs.com.au


20.06.13 Finley Quaye Additional Dates Added
Southern Pulse is thrilled to announce world-renown Scottish musician, Finley Quaye is touring South Africa this August. The Reggae artist will begin the first leg of his tour on 8 August, at Mercury Live, in Cape Town. The second leg will happen on 9 August, at the OppiKoppi festival, in Northam, Limpopo. On 16 August, the final leg of the tour, will take place at Tanz Live, in Johannesburg.

Finley Quaye won the 1997 Mobo Award for best reggae act, and the 1998 BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist. He has released eight LPs since 1997, including Maverick A Strike (1997), It Ain't Necessarily So (1998), Vanguard (2000), Much More Than Much Love (2003), The Best Of The Epic Years 1995-2003 (2008), Pound For Pound (2008), Sound For Sound (2008) and 28th February Rd (2012). Furthermore, Quaye has also released two EPs namely Dice (2004) and Oranges and Lemons (2005).

Finley Quaye will be joined on stage by some of South Africa’s top musicians including Melissa Van Der Spuy, Kevin Gibson, Schalk Joubert and Albert Frost.

Tour Dates and Information:

8 August – Mercury Live, Cape Town, R120 online or at the venue - www.ticketbreak.co.za
10 August – OppiKoppi Festival, Northam, Limpopo - www.computicket.co.za
16 August – Tanz Live, Johannesburg, R120 online or at the venue - www.tanzlive.co.za


Finley Quaye Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinleyQuaye
Finley Quaye YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/artist/finley-quaye



11.06.13 Vusi Mahlasela To Support Dave Matthews Band
Big Concerts announced today that Dave Matthews Band will tour South Africa for the very first time performing in Cape Town on 30th November 2013 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest and Johannesburg at the Coca-Cola Dome on 3rd December 2013. Presented by 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net. Another Big Concerts Experience. Tickets on sale from www.bigconcerts.co.za<http://www.bigconcerts.co.za/> or Computicket from 9am, Tuesday 11th June 2013.
Dave Matthews Band – comprising Carter Beauford (drums), Jeff Coffin (saxophone), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar), Tim Reynolds (guitar), Rashawn Ross (trumpet) and Boyd Tinsley (violin) –has sold a collective 37 million CDs and DVDs combined. The group ranked as the biggest touring act worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 18 million tickets since its inception.

Dave Matthews Band will be supported by music legend Vusi Mahlasela. Vusi has shared the stage with Sting, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Josh Groban, Paul Simon, Ray LaMontange, among many others. One of his proudest moments was in 2010 when he helped ring in the World Cup at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at the FIFA Kickoff Concert. To date, Vusi has released seven studio albums on Sony Records and is signed to Dave Matthews' ATO Records in North America; his hit songs include Silang Mabele, When You Come Back, and Say Africa.

Dave Matthews Band is touring in support of its latest album, Away From The World, which Rolling Stone named as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2012 while The New York Times’ Jon Pareles noted: “The songs have grown-up concerns, from lifelong love to the entire sweep of human history, in settings that range from sparse intimacy to intricate folk-and-funk excursions.” Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the record entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, making Dave Matthews Band the first group in chart history to have six consecutive studio albums debut atop the chart.

Born in Johannesburg, Dave Matthews went to high school at St Stithians College but moved to New York in 1986. He has never performed in South Africa and this will be the first opportunity to watch Dave Matthews Band live in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Tickets go on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket..

Tour Itinerary

Cape Town – presented by 567 CapeTalk and M-NET
Saturday 30th November 2013
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Tickets on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket priced R400 – R600

Johannesburg – presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-NET
Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Coca-Cola Dome
Tickets go on sale at 9am from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket priced R400 – R675



07.06.13 Dear Reader SA Winter Tour
Dear Reader is heading to South Africa, this July, to release their upcoming album Rivonia. Their tour starts off on 20 July, at Moyo, Cape Town and will continue onto the Fugard Theatre, in Cape Town on 22 July. On the 26 July, the tour will hit Live the Venue in Durban and then will end off at Sundowners, in Alberton.

Dear Reader is an alternative and pop band from Johannesburg. The band was founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Cheri MacNeil and producer/bass player, Darryl Torr. Dear Reader is now the solo project of Cheri MacNeil. Following the release of The Younger (2006), Replace Why with Funny (2009), Idealistic Animals (2011), their much anticipated fourth album Rivonia (2013) has been released.

Now based in Berlin, Germany, MacNeil this time took matters into her own hands, conceiving her third album’s themes and techniques in advance, writing and meticulously arranging each song independently before she even reached the studio. It was the first occasion on which she’d worked without a producer – an undeniably ambitious decision – and for a long time she kept the album a secret from even her closest friends, nervous that she might fall short of her goals. But the results are an astonishing artistic and individual leap forward for her, a vindicating culmination of all that she’s learned since she started the first incarnation of Dear Reader– then known as Harris Tweed - in her homeland back in 2006.

After the dense textures of 2010’s Brent Knopf helmed Idealistic Animals, MacNeil chose to focus on a few key elements – voice, piano and percussion – and recorded much of the album in her own apartment, bringing in friends to perform the parts she’d constructed alone with little more than her voice. At times she’d set up elsewhere: Calexico’s trumpet player Martin Wenk was recorded in his rehearsal studio, The Tindersticks’ drummer Earl Harvin laid down his tracks in a small studio on a busy street near where she lives, and the woodwinds were performed by her friend Friedrich Brückner and his parents at their home in Leipzig, also the setting for the choral performance with which the album culminates. Essentially, however, Rivonia found MacNeil almost single handedly spearheading the entire endeavour until she finally handed the recordings over to be mixed by Eli Crews, whose work for Tuneyards, Deerhoof and Why? she admired.
&#8232;Unlike other records written by white musicians and inspired by South Africa, Dear Reader’s Rivonia banishes broad, crowd-pleasing political strokes in favour of a specifically human outlook. At times troubling, at times deeply moving, Rivonia is unafraid of raising more questions than it answers, and achieves this within the context of a collection of magical, dramatic, heartfelt songs.

Tour Dates and Information:

20 July – Moyo, Cape Town. R80 ticket price.
22 July – Fugard Theatre Cape Town. R80 – R90 ticket price.
26 July – Live the Venue Durban. R80 ticket price. 
27 July – Sundowners, Alberton. R80 ticket price.

Dear Reader Website: dearreadermusic.com/
Dear Reader Facebook: www.facebook.com/dearreadermusic
Dear Reader Twitter: www.twitter.com/dearreadermusic
Dear Reader YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/dearreadermusic

Music Video Links:

New video for 'Down Under, Mining':
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO2v9QXMlwk

Album Trailer, 'Victory':
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-dsjYSsnXk&feature=youtu.be



07.05.13 Shadowclub set to open for Chevelle SA Tour
Johannesburg based, award winning indie rockers, Shadowclub, have been chosen to open up for the upcoming Chevelle concert tour of South Africa. The tour will start on 31 May, Grand Arena at Grandwest in Cape Town and end on 2 June, at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City in Johannesburg.

Shadowclub brings a rootsy, bluesy rock to the stage. Inspired by classic rock acts, they are about powerful songs performed with passion. Formed in 2007, Shadowclub consists of the distinctive vocals of Jacques Moolman, Isaac Klawansky on drums and Louis Roux on bass.


Delivering an electrifying set, with their raw, tight and energetic performance, it is no wonder why,&#8232;Shadowclub are considered a band that exemplifies rock ‘n roll. Headlining all of South Africa’s major&#8232;and minor music festivals, Shadowclub has also opened for Feeder (2010); Kings of Leon (2011); The Scoundrels (2012), and Bloc Party (2012)&#8232;&#8232;In 2011 Shadowclub released their debut album, “Guns & Money” to critical acclaim and solidified&#8232;their status as one of the greatest acts to come out of South Africa since the 90s. In 2012, the band&#8232;was nominated for 2 SAMAs (South African Music Awards) in the categories, Best Rock and Best&#8232;Newcomer. They won the SAMA that year for the Best Rock category. Furthermore, Shadowclub was&#8232;nominated for 3 MK awards in 2012, for Best Rock, Best Group and Best Newcomer.

Shadowclub’s incredible live act has an undeniable stage presence and will be sure to blow crowds away at the upcoming Chevelle concerts. They definitely do not hold anything back when it comes to their music and their sound.
Tour Dates and Information:

Friday, 31 May Grand Arena at Grandwest in Cape Town (Tickets are still available).
Sunday, 2 June Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg (Tickets are sold out).

Tickets available from Computicket outlets nationwide or alternatively online at online.computicket.com/web/



18.04.13 Pestroy Voted to Open for Metallica
It has been confirmed that Pestroy, one of the main pillars in the South African alternative music scene and “Kings of the Underground” have been voted by the South African fans to open for the upcoming Metallica concert on 27 April, at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Behemoth band, Pestroy is without a doubt one of the more prominent names in the South African music industry and can justifiably be described as one of the perennial South African metal bands. It has been described, as total entropy at a Pestroy gig. Their live performance has become legendary. Pestroy’s stage presence, razor sharp sound and airtight technical prowess make them an event-organizers dream. Pestroy are a band of the highest calibre, which are constantly pushing the musical boundaries.

The Johannesburg metal band was formed in 1998, the five man band consists of lead vocalist Craig Hawkins, bass guitarist Shane Forbes, guitarist and backup vocalist Greg "Gump" Russell, drummer Dylan Hunt and guitarist Craig "Gucci" Goudge. To date, the band has released 3 full length studio albums. With their eagerly anticipated 4th album “The Speed of Dark”, to be released shortly, the upcoming concert is sure re-confirm their staggering live reputation.

Pestroy have toured the entire country numerous times and have played just about every conceivable venue and festival in South Africa. They have performed alongside international acts such as In Flames (Sweden), Pennywise, Blindside (US), Haste The Day (US), Entombed (US) ,Horse The Band (US), Becoming The Archetype (US), Spermbirds (AUS), Seether (US), Pendulum (AUS) and DJ Dieselboy (US). More recently the band was seen to open for Rise Against (US) and Bring Me the Horizon (UK), at the ever popular countrywide RAMfest tour. The band are also set to open for Every Time I Die (US) this month.

Furthermore, Pestroy, have had 3 No 1 hits on Campus stations with the songs ‘Aim to Please’, ‘Untapped’ and ‘Obligation’. They were voted No. 9 in the most loved S.A. Band of all time survey help by TUKS FM.

Be sure to catch the downright legendary band, at their spectacular concert with Metallica in South Africa!

Tour Dates and Information:
Saturday, 27th Apr 2013 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Gates open at 18h00.
Tickets available from Computicket outlets nationwide or alternatively online at online.computicket.com/web/



17.04.13 Glaskas Gears Up for East Coast Tour
Glaskas, in association with Southern Pulse are excited to present their upcoming East Coast Tour happening, this May. Taking off in Uitenhag the tour will continue around the coast to Queenstown, Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey’s Bay and East London.

Glaskas needs no introduction to the South African music scene. Since their emergence in the world of rock as winner of JIP’s Rockspaaider in the Eastern Cape in 2004, they have gained vast recognition as a name on the tips of the tongues of music insiders and the public alike. With four full-length albums to their name, Glaskas have already established themselves as one of the leading Afrikaans bands in the country. Glaskas band members are Deon Meiring (lead Vocals and Guitar), Lolke-Louis Claassen (backup Vocals and Drums) and Francois Kleynhans (backup Vocals and Bass).

In 2006, Glaskas released their debut album entitled Revolusie, Romantiek, Ruk en Rol. In 2008, they released their second album Engele Wat Skree, which was followed by their 2010 release, entitled Aan Die Ontmaskerde Heldin. Last year, the band released their much anticipated fourth album and latest album Verganklik en Afhanklik.

With the release of four albums, Glaskas have enjoyed the following accolades: nominations for a SAMA for Best Afrikaans Rock Album; VONK Music Award for Best Music Video, Best Rock Album, Album of the Year and Best Group; and most recently their 2013 Ghoema nomination for Best Rock Album. Their songs have been included on the soundtracks for the South African films Bakgat, Bakgat 2 and Superhelde.

The Glaskas tour will be an enlightening music experience for fans around the East Coast.

Tour Dates and Information:
2 May: Barklystraat Teater, Uitenhage. Cover: R80.
3 May: Queens Casino, Queenstown. Cover: R80
4 May: The Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth. Cover:  R70.
7 May: Potter’s Place, Jeffrey’s Bay. Cover: R80.
9 May: Boertroos Teater, East London. Cover:  R80.

Glaskas Website: www.glaskasband.co.za
Glaskas on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glaskas
Glaskas on Twitter: https://Glaskas' target='_blank'>www.twitter.com/Glaskas



17.04.13 Red Huxley Hit JHB & PTA this May
Red Huxley are thrilled to announce their upcoming May tour in Johannesburg and Pretoria. The band have decided to do a short tour before they embark on their big adventure in California, America, recording their debut album with musician Dave Catching, of Eagles of Death Metal and Queens of the Stone Age fame.

Red Huxley is a band made up of raw guitars, raw vocals, loud crashing drums and high energy coupled with a bluesy soul. The trio from Cape Town; with Dylan Jones on guitar, Matthew Pullen on bass, and Murray Stephenson on drums, have been gigging around the city after the release of a 4 track EP in early 2010. With a lighter garage blues side similar to early Black Keys and late 60’s Stones records to a much heavier rock sound reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age, Red Huxley’s sound is difficult to place within a single genre.

Starting out jamming in a squashed bedroom, the three discovered their sound and have since played some great gigs like Oppikoppi 2011 and alongside some of South Africa’s biggest acts including Taxi Violence, Van Coke Kartel and Shadowclub. With an expanding sound and an increasing fan base, Red Huxley will make their assault on every corner of the country and aim to play all the festivals and venues they can.

Their Gauteng tour kicks off at Rumours Lounge, Weltevreden Park on 16 May. The second leg of the tour is taking place on the 17 May at Arcade Empire in Pretoria. The tour will continue on the 18 May at Skyroom Live in Johannesburg. On 19 May the tour will end off at Tings an’ Times in Pretoria. Be sure to not miss one of their live upcoming gigs in a city near you.

Red Huxley Album Campaign:
Recently having met Dave Catching at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in South Africa, Red Huxley was offered a once in a life time opportunity to produce their new album at Catching’s Rancho de le Luna studio, in Joshua Tree, California. In order for this to happen and to cover costs, Red Huxley had to raise $25 000, with the support of friends, family and fans. The band began a Kickstarter webpage and has successfully raised the funds to cover the recording.
If you wish to support Red Huxley further with the recording of their new album, in America, please visit: www.kickstarter.com/projects/redhuxley/red-huxley-road-to-rancho

Tour Dates and Information:

Thursday, 16 May: Rumours Lounge, Weltevreden Park (Johannesburg) - with Jet Black Camaro and David van Vuuren/Free the Animals

Friday, 17 May: Arcade Empire, Pretoria - with The Plastics, Fridge Poetry, & December Streets

Saturday, 18 May: Skyroom Live, Johannesburg CBD -

Sunday, 19 May: Tings an’ Times, Pretoria (acoustic) - with Jet Black Camaro

www.redhuxley.com &#8232;www.facebook.com/redhuxleyband &#8232;www.twitter.com/redhuxley



11.04.13 Rhodes University confers on Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on Vusi Mahalsela
Vusi Mahlasela is now officially a musical doctor.

On 5 April 2013, the Rhodes University conferred on Vusi Mahlasela an honorary degree of Doctor of Lawshonoris causa, “for the role he has played in helping to unify and contributing to the building of the South African nation as a social commentator and through the medium of popular African music”.

The citation on the musician, read by Professor Paul Maylam during the graduation ceremony, states: “Rhodes University is proud to award to an outstanding, versatile musician, described in Who’s Who South Africa as ‘an accomplished guitarist, percussionist, composer, arranger, band leader and performer’. An inspiration to the anti-apartheid movement, his songs became anthems, and he remains one of South Africa’s foremost songwriters”.

In awarding the degree, the Rhodes University has illustrated that recognition of prior learning at times match academic qualifications.

In his acceptance speech Dr. Vusi Mahlasela indicated that it was indeed a surprise for him to receive such a prestigious hour in that he had not gone far in his schooling. “I am indeed humbled by the gesture and so proud to have been thought of in this light by the entire Rhodes University community.”

He indicated that even though he dreamt of being a medical doctor or priest when he was growing up, circumstances such as poverty forced him to instead end up “taking music as a full-time career in order to make a living”. However, he was made aware by certain distinguished personalities who followed his music that his was actually already preaching positive messages to people and healing them through his music. “The eminent people referred to earlier further gave meanings and identity of my music through well-considered concepts, doctrines and philosophies” reveals Dr Mahlasela. “For instance, the South African Noble Literature Laureate Nadine Gordimer once described my work as of national treasure for its social relevance”. Incidentally, Gordimer paid for Dr. Mahlasela’s formal guitar lessons at some stage.

Dr. Vusi Mahlasela is not unfamiliar to being honoured by academic institutions. In January 2012, he received the Martin Luther King Jnr, Cesar Chavez, and Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship Certificate from the University of Michigan, USA.

He however wishes that the recognitions should not be just for their own sake: “I wish that such accolades must be translated into practice whereby artists are given sustained opportunities to offer lecturers, conduct workshops, contribute towards research and publications at tertiary institutions.”

Dr. Mahlasela’s list of music accolades includes the 1998 FNB SAMA Award for the Best Vocalist and Best Album (Silang Mabele), 2007 SAMA for the best Male Artist (Naledi Ya Tsela) and 2012 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr.Vusi Mahlasela’s music has also made it into sound tracks of various film documentaries such as Lee Hirsch’s acclaimed documentary on the role of music in the anti-apartheid struggle; award-winning movie Tsotsi. He has also performed at very important occasions such as: the Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in Hyde Park, London, in 2008; Tribute to Princess Diana Concert in England; the South African leg of Live Earth in 2007; and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Concert at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto. Dr. Mahlasela is also involved in worthy social causes such as the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Social Awareness Campaign and protest actions against fracking for gas in the Karoo.

Dr. Mahlasela has become some sort of troubadour. He has performed in many shows across the world, including but not limited to, Belgium, the USA, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria, Finland, and Denmark. During these shows, he shared the stage will luminaries like Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, and many others. He has just recently returned from a month long tour of the US where he launched his live album and would be back to the country from September to October 2013 with the blues-maestro Taj Mahal.

Dr Vusi Sydney Mahlasela-ka-Zwane was born in Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, in 1965, and grew up in Mamelodi; a Pretoria township famed as a cradle of culture for producing some of South Africa’s greatest musicians and writers. He has now become a world phenomenon and music institution – a far cry from the humble beginnings as a self-taught musician who made his first guitar out of a fishing line and cooking oil can.



25.03.13 The Black Cat Bones win MK Award
The Black Cat Bones: Best Live Act in SA


The Black Cat Bones have walked away as the winners of the sought after title Best Live Act at this year’s MK Awards. Fans helped the band take top honors over Van Coke Kartel, Fokofolisiekar, Bittereinder and Jeremy Loops by voting online. The band paved the way for newcomers to explore the true roots of rock ‘n roll as they stay true to the origins of storytelling with their music.



“We feel extremely honored to have won the award and are very thankful for our fans and friends who voted. We believe that the people have spoken! We are ready and very amped for the killer opportunities that will arise from this. Massive thanks to MK and everyone who made this possible!”

-Andre Kriel, The Black cat Bones (Guitar and Vocals)



The band released a promotional video earlier this month featuring the self titled track from their up and coming album The Black Cat Bones.

To view the video go to youtu.be/9ZN4gIBx434





Make sure to not miss any of their upcoming gigs :



29 March Otterlake festival, Pretoria

7 April Tings ‘n Times, Pretoria

25 April Café Barcelona

18 May Arcade Empire, Pretoria

18 April Lady Luck, Springs

25 May STRAB, Ponta Malongane


For more info please feel free to contact me.



For bookings contact Andre kriel at andre@southernpulse.co.za