So far I’ve attended and survived three music festivals in 2014: RAMFest Johannesburg, STRAB (in Mozambique) and Oppikoppi Odyssey. Having experienced the awesome performances by some of the best acts that SA Music has to offer, I can safely that the local scene is alive and kicking. Not convinced? Well, three of SA’s top acts recently released brand new music videos: Taxi Violence, Shortstraw and Jack Parow. The quality of the music and the videos is just getting better and better as 2014 progresses.
Taxi Violence is releasing their fifth studio album before the end of 2014 and judging by the tracks that I’ve heard during their performance at Oppikoppi this year, it’s going to be a good one. This video for “Beaten by the gun” (the first single off their upcoming “Tenfold” album) was filmed and edited by Fred van Leeuwen and contains scenes from their performance at Oppikoppi this year. Pretty damn sweet if you ask me.
Want to get your monthly dose of Taxi Violence? Check them out tonight at The Assembly in Cape Town, at the Mystic Boer in Bloemfontein on the 10th of September, at the Tap in Potch on the 11th of September, at Arcade Empire in Pretoria on the 12th of September, at Rumours Lounge in Jozi on the 13th of September, at Aandklas in Stellies on the 17th of September or at Tribe One Festival on the 26th of September.
Shortstraw has taken the SA Music scene by storm over the last few years. This Joburg-based Indie act played an amazing show at Oppikoppi Odyssey this year and judging by the size of the crowd who watched them, they’ve built up one of the biggest fan bases in the local scene. Events like Park Acoustics in P-town and Rise & Shine festival has ensured that Shortstraw has become one of the must see live acts in the scene. A week ago, Shortstraw released a music video for their track, “Mo Money”. It was filmed at Oppikoppi Odyssey and features D$tyles doing all kinds of crazy shit at what has become SA’s premium music festival. Watching this video just wants me to go back to farm for my 17th edition of Oppikoppi next year, just watch it, I’m pretty sure that you’ll feel the same way.
Jack Parow released a double album earlier in 2014 and has also released a new video for the second single, “Ode To You”. The video was directed and shot by Paul Ward and produced by Wynand Myburgh (of Van Coke Kartel and Fokofpolisiekar fame). The video features working class folk of Cape Town. The video features folks working at Burger King, Selecta Fish, McCarthy Volkswagen Parow and Ryan’s Cars Wash. It’s one of the coolest videos that have been released in 2014 if you ask me.
Jack Parow is currently touring to promote “Nag Van Die Lang Pette” and you can catch him tonight at Aandklas in Pretoria and at Tribe One Fest on the 27th of September. If you live in the Netherlands, make sure that you catch him at Doornroosje in Nijmegen on the 12th of September, at Smeerboel Festival in Utrecht or at Patronaat in Haarlem on the 14th of September.
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