Shortstraw to showcase songs from their ‘year-in-the-making’ new album at Midlands Forest Lodge


SHORTSTRAW’S new album, Those Meddling Kids, has been a year in the making. The Indie band has been releasing one single a month, with its own artwork and music video, since September 2016. It’s all rather old school for a band which has been topping the charts since its launch in 2007, writes ESTELLE SINKINS. Continue reading


The Mill Sessions turn Sunday Blues into Sunday Rock

Dave Matthews Tribute Band

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will be performing in Caversham this weekend.

THE Mill Sessions are bringing rock back to the midlands in the form ofsix-piece ensemble, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band at Midlands Forest Lodge (home of the Balgowan Brewery) in Caversham on Sunday, June 11.

Also performing at the gig will be Rowan Stuart and Pillar Box Red, who will bring a folk indie-pop feel to the mix. Continue reading

Blues maestro, Dan Patlansky, set to wow fans in KwaZulu-Natal

Dan Patlansky

Blues legend, Dan Patlansky, will be one of four great acts at the Royal Rock concert on May 27. Also performing will be Locnville, Ard Matthews and the Black Lapels. Photo: Bakkes Images

ROLLING Stones legend, Keith Richards, once said: “If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”

It’s a comment that could have been penned for South African blues maestro, Dan Patlansky, who will be showcasing his incredible guitar skills and lyrical songwriting in four concerts in KwaZulu-Natal this week, writes ESTELLE SINKINS. Continue reading

Ardmore Ceramic Art gives form to mythological Zulu creatures


Ardmore will be exhibiting new work, inspired by African mythology, at the Ebony Art Gallery in Franschhoek from October 22. Photo: Supplied

MISCHIEVOUS, and sometimes malevolent, tokoloshes and tagati, are a part of Zulu mythology.


Now these creatures have been given a physical form by a group of young artists from Ardmore Ceramic Art’s Winter School for an exhibition, titled Tokkies and Tagies, which will be taking place at the Ebony Gallery in Franschhoek, from October 22. Continue reading