Example heads for the coast

2010-12-16 00:00

IF YOU’VE been singing along to the track Kickstarts on your radio station, then you’re in for a treat. The man behind the music, British-based singer and rapper Example, is heading to the KwaZulu-Natal north and south coast for two spectacular concerts this weekend.

Example (aka Elliot John Gleave) is best known for his album Won’t Go Quietly, which was released in June, and his current single Kickstarts, which reached number three on the United Kingdom singles chart.

He will be performing that great track and many more when he hits the stage at the Wavehouse at Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga tomorrow night and at Margate’s main beach on Saturday.

Example attended the Royal Holloway University in London, where he studied film directing. To earn some extra cash he began rapping and met Joseph Gardner (aka Rusher), the producer he would later collaborate with to produce his first concept album.

After releasing three singles through his own label, All The Chats, Example caught the attention of major­ players at British radio stations and record labels. The rest, as they say, is history.

Joining him for the Kickstart Summer Concerts will be some of South Africa’s best performers: Afrikaans rapper Jack Parow; Crazy White Boy — the brainchild of local house producers Ryan Murgatroyd and Kosta Karatamoglou; The Arrows, who have been making waves in the music scene and on the airwaves, both locally and abroad; DJ Roger Goode, who first exploded onto the dance music scene aged just 21 when he was signed to Pete Tong’s London Records for his dance track In the Beginning; Die Heuwels Fantasties, the Afrikaans electronic band from Bellville, composed of Hunter Kennedy, Pierre Greeff and Johnny de Ridder; the Pixie­ Bennett Band, whose members Pixie Bennett and Garth and Rob Warren, have performed alongside Prime Circle, Zebra and Giraffe, Loyiso, Busta Rhymes and Wonderboom; disco-funk band, Gazelle; Funky G; and MC Prawn. • The Kickstart Summer Concerts take place at the Wavehouse tomorrow (doors open at 5.30 pm). Tickets range from R195 to R300; and at Margate main beach on Saturday (doors open at 8 pm). Tickets range from R150 to R250, all available from Computicket.

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