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Monday Sounds Like A Bad Word, Oh Snap! It’s Monday

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Eve Rakow of The Frown

Someone once said, life is a movie, too bad there will never be a sequel. Honestly what could ever equal a sequel when the main character is no longer around? How I see it, a sequel doesn’t have to be bound by the existence of the main character. Life is bigger than we think, and once we see that, we will realise that we aren’t the main characters, but the things we believe and stand for are. Our actions are proof of our existence, and once an action causes a ripple effect like what’s happening right now, our existence is immortalized in that action. As long as someone takes inspiration or strength in something we’ve said or done, we’re invisible alive, we’re the whispers in the scream. We are alive in architecting a dream, we are the silent fuel, the unseen spark that ignites the VOICE that will take an individual, a generation forward.

Adding to my thoughts above, we all have different views as far as the afterlife and heaven go, but we all know that none of us are permanent residents of this beautiful yet painful to land on soil, Earth, we are all meer mortals, our flesh is defenseless against time, no heavy crime could ever steal time but it’s the ideas we have that can last forever, this post is in good rhythm with my last two post as I’ve been talking about the reworking of songs.

Going on a little tangent, something I’ve learned in my twenty odd years on this planet is how profoundly sober and quiet true heroism is, I was recently reminded of this when a brother came up to me and told me how a simple favour I had done for him had impacted him, how he was able to go visit his then sick daughter because of a bit of selflessness, it reminded me of a brother who once gave a helping hand in my family’s life, though he helped, I doubt he has any idea how much we really needed his help and how deep my appreciation still is almost ten years after the event.

We can never know the full consequences of everything we do, we can start something though we seldom see how it really ends, if it ever ends. Discovered by others, our actions, ideas, intentions take a life of their own.

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When American funk rock band N.E.R.D released “Rock Star” as their second single from their 2001 debut album, they had no idea if South African band The Frown would ever exist, let alone rework their song to electronic pop perfection, Ladies and gentlemen, this is most definitely one of the best covers you’ve yet to hear, though side by side the two songs seem like two sides of a coin, the heart is all the same, pure genius.

Though The Frown seem to be taking a break from the scene, those silky vocals that served as the soul of the duo live on. Yeap, Eve Rakow has been seen as the “it girl”, a trend setter and an all-round artist in everything she does though between putting on her daring outfits she still finds time to do music, currently touring with Stolen Pony on their The Rumors Are True tour around Gauteng. Catch her and the band live on their 2 remaining dates, download every song she has ever done, solo or otherwise, you wont regret it. Cheers!

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Gray Noise

It’s that time of the year again.
The birds are humming the bees are buzzing… well, it’s Spring Day in South Africa
What’s new? definitely not Spring or any of the four seasons for that matter.

“Perfect skies are blue and strange, just to think of what has been arranged
And a bloom of flowers here
But my boots are still too tight
Standing here day by day
All I want to say, all I want to say, all I want to say
Is I think I know what’s wrong with me now”

The Springbok Nude Girls rocking the crowd

The Springbok Nude Girls rocking the crowd

Something spectacular happened in South Africa 20 years ago… Freedom, yes, but what I’m about to talk about right here is our first post-apartheid rock band… Yeap, You guessed it…
Lead by Arno Carstens, The Springbok Nude Girls were voted the Best South African rock band in a poll conducted by 5FM. As far as music is concerned, that’s the least of their achievements.

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The Springbok Nude Girls on stage

Above I quoted lyrics from A Springbok Nude Girls classic, “Bubblegum On My Boots”. This number swings from being a shy-trumpet accompanied arm waving sing along tune to a full on rock n roll head banger.
The song seems to be about a big fish in a small pond, procrastination and all his friends.
It’s about a moment when one realises the  boundless-ness of  their potential and how they’ve allowed circumstances to keep them from going forward thus far.

What Arno Carstens has done with this number on his 2014 solo release Lightning Prevails is a treat to old and new fans… it’s something you have to hear for yourself.

Like every one else in this world, I’m convinced that I have the best taste in music, and as a person with a good ear for music (that I am), I dub Arno Carstens as one of the greatest rock stars of our time, I’m not basing this as just a fan but because as a musician, he proved that he isn’t The Springbok Nude Girls, that he could make it work with or without his band… I could name a few band leaders who’ve went solo without much success, but I wont.
When The Springbok Nude Girls went on an indefinite hiatus in 2001 not all was lost as two years later (In 2003) Arno Carstens went on to release one of the most anticipated solo projects in South African music history in the form of “Another Universe”, his debut solo album.
Becoming the biggest selling South African English rock album this side of the millennium, “Another Universe” did not only go platinum but won a SAMA for Best Rock Album the following year.

Black music?

Black music?

White music?

White music?

At the wake of my palate as sound was just like the others, no, I mean colour was just like the others, Yes, it was only later that I learned that music had colour, and when I did, it felt like I had been living my whole life in another universe, see what I did there? (What I’m trying to say is that I think classifying music as either white or black music is total rtyuihg)

 

“Another Universe” is another classic Arno Carstens reworked… this time, with the help of the legendary Johnny Clegg… This song alone deserves its own blogpost… watch this space.

It’s quite obvious that Arno Carstens is a force to recon with which is why I’m so excited to see him as one of the judges/mentors in X Factor SA starting this weekend on SABC1.

Lightning Prevails album art

Lightning Prevails album art

Lightning Prevails is out now! treat yourself.

“Lets play the mellow music slow, leave the car on the highway and go
Nobody needs to know another universe, Make a distance between us and them
Lonely, lonely, never us again”