Tag Archives: johannesburg

The Black Hotels – “Stone Wife” [VIDEO]

The Black Hotels, an indie rock band from Johannesburg recently released their second full-length album Honey Badger.  The band formed in 2006 and spent most of 2007-08 on the road, completing six national tours in 18 months.   Films for the Next Century, their first full-length album was released in 2009 and nominated for a 2010 South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album. One of my favorite tracks from their newest album is Stone Wife.  The video is directed, shot and edited by Garreth Fradgley.  Mark your calendar now, The Black Hotels will be playing in Cape Town at The Assembly June 4th!

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Laurie Levine – “Kites” [VIDEO]

Laurie Levine has a soulful jazzy voice that is reinventing the folk music scene throughout South Africa.  Based in Johannesburg, she has played at venues across South Africa, and has started touring internationally.  In 2010 she was nominated for a South African Music Award and is steadily growing a larger fan base.  Expect great things from this artist in the future, check out “Kites” a beautiful song from her  most recent album, Living Room.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

340ml – “Fairy Tales” [VIDEO]

Originally from Maputo, Mozambique, 340ml is a Johannesburg-based band that fuses Dub, Jazz, Reggae, Afro-Jazz and Latin beats into a unique blend that is often hard to pigeon-hole.  Featuring, Rui Soeiro on bass, Paulo Jorge Chibanga on drums Pedro Pinto on vocals/ sampler and Tiago Paulo on guitar, all four members met in Maputo. Having arrived in Joburg in the mid-nineties to primarily pursue academic and career interests, the band chose to maintain their musical ambitions. Then known as Panic Orange, they turned their focus from more traditional rock to a sound that incorporated Ska and Reggae in 2001.   They have performed at various venues throughout South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, England and France.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC