Royal treat for music lovers

2015-05-28 06:00
The Parlotones will headline this year’s rock concert at the Royal Show.

The Parlotones will headline this year’s rock concert at the Royal Show.

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MUSIC lovers are in for some right royal treatment at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show, which runs from 29 May to 7 June.

Rock and pop fans will be able to enjoy performances by four of the best known names in the business - The Parlotones, Matthew Mole, The Hinds Brothers and Rowan Stuart.

Kahn Morbee, Neil Pauw and brothers Glen and Paul Hodgson - better known as The Parlotones - need little introduction.

They have been a fixture on the South African music scene since releasing their first album Episoda in 2003.

Since then the band have released five more studio albums - radiocontrolledrobot (2005), A World Next Door to Yours (2007), Stardust Galaxies (2009), Journey Through the Shadows (2012) and Stand Like Giants (2013).

They have also released two live albums, Unplugged (2008) and Live Design (2010).

The winners of two South African Music Awards for best rock album, The Parlotones have toured internationally since 2007.

Fans can look forward to hearing hits like Giant Mistake, Push Me to the Floor and We Call This Dancing, as well as new tracks from their latest release Antiques andamp; Artefacts.

Singer-songwriter Mole has enjoyed massive success with his debut album The Home We Built, a warm folk record that relies on electronics, that sounds carefully constructed but also effortlessly off-the-cuff and that has abstract lyrics that relate easily to everyday lives.

He started playing the guitar at age 11 and began singing when he was 17 because his dad told him singing might help him play better.

At college Mole formed an electro-pop duo with his best friend, and in 2010, he started playing shows alone with an acoustic guitar, drum, synths and electronic equipment. He is currently working on his second album.

The Hinds Brothers Band are an acoustic folk rock country indie group fronted by singer-songwriter brothers Aden and Wren Hinds.

For their performance at this year’s Royal Show they will be joined by Andy Turrel on drums and pedal steel and Logan Byrne on bass.

Fans can look forward to hearing tracks from their debut album Ocean of Milk, which was nominated for a Sama award in the best adult contemporary category.

Last, but by no means least, Durban singer-songwriter Stuart delivers original music that resonates with fans from all walks of life

He has released four albums, with the most recent being Hidden Doors, and has toured the country as the opening act for Watershed, Dan Patlansky, Jeremy Loops, Mole and The Graeme Watkins Project and shared the stage with Nibs van der Spuy, Gangs of Ballet and Just Jinjer.

The Royal Rock Concert takes place from 2.30pm on the first Saturday (30 May) of the show, giving fans living outside of Pietermaritzburg the chance to travel to the show and enjoy all it has to offer, without worrying about being back on the road late at night.

Royal Gospel Concert

Sponsored by Vuma FM, the Royal Gospel Concert, featuring Tender Mavundla, Thulani Ga Ndlela, Brenda Mtambo and Khaya Mthethwa, will take place at 2.30pm on the first Sunday.

Mavundla won SABC1’s Jam Alley Megastar competition and made the top four of South African Idols. She released her debut solo Afro-pop-Afro soul album Tender Moments in 2009.

Ga Ndlela, who studied music at the Technikon Natal, now Durban University of Technology, is a well-known worship leader at Ethekwini Community Church and programme director for gospel events in KwaZulu-Natal.

His arrangement for Israel Mosehla’s album Crown Him Lord, released in March 2011, has enjoyed strong airplay on radio stations around the country.

Mtambo, part of the Joyous Celebration family, has worked with an array of artists over the years and says: “All I want to do is sing music that will speak to my soul, your soul and everybody’s soul.”

Last, but not least, Mthethwa is a singer-songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and the multi-instrum entalist, best known for winning Idols season eight.

Born and raised in Durban, his father, Bhekithemba Mthethwa, is a minister at the Umlazi Oasis Fellowship Centre. He is a self-taught musician who has also established himself as an accomplished song-writer, penning many of the songs on his debut album For You.

Royal Show Afro-Fusion Night

The Royal Showgrounds will be converted into a blaze of colour at 6pm on Saturday, 6 June when Big M Production presents the Bollywood spectacular, the Royal Show Afro- Fusion Night.

The production features a cast of over 100 multi-national artists including the Bollywood Showband, Vishnu Entertainers, Ramesh Hassan, Ashok Ramchundra, Sharmaine Deol, and Bollywood duo Nazir Khan and Anusha Ramouthar.

There will also be group dance items, comedians and a fashion show, and what is sure to be the highlight of the evening, the high energy Afrofusion cast, who have performed nationally and internationally.

Their 30-minute dance extravaganza will boast outrageous costumes, special effects and music that will keep the crowd spellbound.

RSG Concert

Headlining this year’s RSG Concert in the main arena at 2.15pm on Sunday, 7 June is Bok van Blerk.

Born Louis Andreas Pepler, he became famous in 2006 for his rendition of De la Rey, which won the MK music video of the year award in 2007.

Van Blerk has been nominated for a South African Music Award for best contemporary music album and won a Sama for best selling album for Afrikanerhart.

He has also won three Huisgenoot Tempo Awards, five Vonk Awards and helped produce the rugby music album Ons vir Jou, that sold over 90 000 copies.

Also performing at the concert will be country, rock and pop singer Lianie May, rising star Priscilla Smith and Emo Adams, who is known for his work with David Kramer, and Taliep Petersen.

Symphony concert

THE KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will be returning to the showgrounds at 10.30am on Sunday, 7 June.

Listening to the orchestra play a morning concert is always a highlight for Royal Show visitors, and those heading to the showgrounds this year won’t be disappointed.

With a theme of London Calling the programme explores the idea of London as a cultural centre through the centuries.

Visiting New York-based conductor Daniel Boico directs the orchestra with soloists Shelley Maclean and Andrew Butler.

The concert will begin with the iconic Dambusters March accompanied by the closing moments of the Harvards’s aerial display in the skies above the arena. Also on the programme is Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March, Nimrod and Salut d’amour.

Maclean and Butler will perform songs from classic West-End musicals including Les Misérables, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera.

The concert is hosted by popular broadcaster, raconteur and sports personality Andy Capostagno

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