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2010-12-11 00:00

SUMMER in KwaZulu-Natal promises to be a heatwave of note as South Africa’s finest musical acts make their way to Durban on December 15 for the second leg of the Sonic Summer Tour.

After much international touring and acclaim, zef rap crew Die Antwoord, house beat duo Goldfish and club hitmakers Locnville will be performing at the Wavehouse in Umhlanga.

Joining them on stage will be Jax Panik. Cape Town-based music producers Jacobus van Heerden and Johnny­ de Ridder use part theatre show and art installation, and the audience can expect a mind-blowing surprise.

The pair said they initially set out to create­ a mock pop star approach, combining popular music with bubblegum visuals, and have since been acclaimed as the country’s first online musicians, releasing their music in the online space only.

Their musical style consists of an eclectic mix of pop, rock and electro with catchy hooks and sing-along refrains. This musical trend was a reaction to the traditional rock band vibe that dominated South African music and pop culture at the time. Jax Panik’s single, Dinosaur, is typical of the style.

In an interview with Weekend Witness, Jax Panik shared some views on its upcoming performance at Durban — its first in the city.

“We’re feeling very nervous, but excited too,” he said, adding that fans can expect something out there, but super cool. “The whole band is wearing the current Jax Panik disguise with LED masks that light up and flash. He-he-he ...”

Asked if playing alongside other acclaimed artists in South Africa have an element of competition, the band said: “Ja, I guess you feel somewhat threatened. But this line-up is so varied, I mean really, if you think about it, none of these bands look or sound even remotely the same.

“Nevertheless, you do feel like you have to live up somehow — especially for an underdog like Jax Panik. The rest of the acts are much bigger profile acts. So yeah, Jax Panik is a bit ... um... scared! But ready for the challenge.”

• The second leg of the Sonic Summer Tour will take place at the Wavehouse, Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga on December 15. Tickets are available online at ticketbreak.co.za priced at R145; R155 at Musica stores; or R180 at the gate. For more details log on to www.sonicsummer.co.za

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