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Laurie Levine signs with top UK Booking Agent and announces UK Tour

2012 has been an incredible year for Laurie Levine. Her latest album “Six Winters” has received great praise from some of SA’s most revered journalists, Dan Roberts won the SAMA for “Best Producer” for his work on “Six Winters” and now Levine’s been signed to one of the top booking agents in the UK. Joining Bob Paterson‘s agency BPA live, Levine is due to release her “Six Winters” album in the UK in November and set off on for her first-ever UK tour.

BPA Live was formed by Bob Paterson in 2005 and the agency now boasts a roster of over forty artists including Tom Russell, Matt Andersen, Brooks Williams, The Wailin’ Jennys, Sam Baker, Otis Gibbs and Blue Rodeo. The agency continues to grow, now working with artists from varying genres including blues and folk alongside the original Americana acts… Read more

 

Kinky Robot release Debut album “Naked”!

Kinky Robot is an alternative rock band formed and based in Johannesburg South Africa, featuring Martin Bester on lead vocals, James Nelson on bass guitar and electronics, Fabio Cohn on drums and Pieter Rossouw on lead guitar.

2010 saw the recording of Kinky Robot’s first single, Hobie Beach. Radio stations across the country received it favorably and it got play listed on more than 15 radio stations across South Africa. Kinky Robot went to number 1 on stations like Cape Town’s KFM and Johannesburg’s 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Homebrew chart, MFM in Stellenbosch, Bay FM in PE, Kovsie FM in Bloemfontein, Tuks FM Most Wanted chart in Pretoria and was a top 10 hit on stations like Algoa FM in the Eastern Cape, Jacaranda 94.2 in Gauteng and Northern SA, going as far as no.3! It also went onto no.20 on 5FM’s Top 40 chart, SA’s national youth station… Read more

 

Macstanley – Lucid, Alive and Dreaming

Pop-rock band macstanley, formerly known as Flat Stanley, has just released their third album Lucid, Alive and Dreaming which went on sale on 21st September. The album, the group’s first in five years, was mastered in New York, and is being released in South Africa by 2 Feet Music, an imprint of Sheer Group.

Rob Cowling, GM of Sheer Group said, “We are excited to be involved in the release of the new macstanley album. Having been fans of the band and their music since their Flat Stanley debut in 2004, it’s wonderful to have them come full circle and join the Sheer team. We look forward to working with them. We love the new material, and we think you will too!” … Read more

 

December Street – Debut Album

It’s been an album 2 years in the making with the December Streets already claiming multiple radio hits across South African radiostations in 2011 and 2012, but it’s finally here. The December Streets launch their debut album “This Is” next week with a nationwide tour following throughout August. Fans can finally have all the hits (“My Name”, “Fire Through The Window”, “Got That Feeling”, and more) all on one album.

The band returned to the studio in April and May 2012, working once again with Jacques du Plessis and David Grevler (who both worked with other great SA acts such as Wrestlerish, Dance you’re on Fire, Fire through the Window and the City Bowl Mizers), re-recording all their hit songs, adding loads of brand new tracks and creating one of the best debut releases of 2012… Read more

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

Farryl Purkiss is currently in studio with International Producer, Kieran Kelly, recording his brand new album!! Producer Kieran Kelly has worked with Matt Johnson, Angus & Julia Stone, Sons of the West, The Receiver, Aaron Tashjan and Will Stratton, to name a few, so Farryl’s new album promises to sound incredible. We’ll let you know how things go in studio and let slip of some exclusive info, just for the 2 Feet fanbase. Find out more about Kieran on http://kierankelly.com/

Sheer Sound recognises its SAMA Award Nominees

Adam Glasser – nominated in the “Best Jazz” category for the album “Mzansi”

An album which The Sunday World proclaims is ‘an inspired record that captures the essence of South African jazz’. That Gwen Ansell says “deliberately confronts listeners’ perceptions of musical categories and what does and does not belong in the box. Glasser wants us to sit up and acknowledge the validity of the South African jazz heritage”. An album that may well earn Glasser repeat SAMA honours, having scooped a previous award in 2012 for his debut album: ‘Free at First.’

Glasser has recently performed at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival [30th March] with a lineup including Khaya Mahlangu, Pinise Saul, and Bheki Khoza. The outfit is scheduled to perform at “Bushfire Festival” (Swaziland, 27th May) & “Hilltop Live” ( 2nd June). Adam Glasser has also managed to secure sponsorship from Honer mouth organs – and has recently conducted successful harmonica workshop at the Trevor Huddleston Centre in Sophiatown, as well as in Gugulethu (29th March).

Joe Shirimani Na Vana Va Ndoda – nominated in the hotly contested “Best Traditional Music” category for the album “Banana”.

The undisputed King of Shangaani disco is now back to music after a noticeable gap – where he studied and became a fully fledged traditional healer. Joe goes head to head with various big names, from divergent cultures and musical backgrounds, to fight for top honours on the night. Sheer Sound wishes him well!