Laudo Liebenberg (the lead vocalist of Cape Town based rock band aKING) is one of the artists who is part of Blood Brothers 2018. The 4th edition of this annual event takes place this weekend in Cape Town and next weekend in Centurion.
I recently had a chat to Laudo about this and a few other things, this is what he had to say:
It’s the first time that you’re going to be part of Blood Brothers 2018. How do you feel about it?
Very excited and honoured to be on board this year. It’s a great line-up with great songs and an truly talented band leading the show.
When you think of Blood Brothers, what comes to mind?
Vrede Foundation. It’s for a great cause. I hope it raises a lot of awareness and funds to further the support of young people with cancer.
What have you been up to lately?
Acting, recording new aKING songs and an Afrikaans single that I’ll release under my own name later this year.
What are your thoughts on the current state of SA Music?
I think the industry is in a bit of a strange place, although the music coming out is amazing. The limbo we’re in between physical sales/streaming/downloading makes it difficult to finance new material if you’re not already established.
It’s tough if you have to rely on gig-income to pay for recordings etc. Let’s hope all artists can start benefiting more from the releases of their music and be encouraged/inspired and supported to create and thrive.
What can we expect from you at Blood Brothers 2018?
An energetic performance alongside great artists. The dynamic and production is different to any other show I’ve been a part of so I can’t wait to be up there singing my little heart out and enjoying every second.
It is an honor to be a part of this campaign. I really believe more can be done to create awareness and funds to further the research to fight cancer amongst young people. All of us in this group have lost a dear, young friend (Herman Pretorius) in the industry to cancer, and he inspired the birth of this foundation.
Thanks to everyone from the Vrede Foundation for having me on this years show, and endless respect for what you are doing for this cause.
I’d like to thank Laudo for this interview and I wish him all of the best with Blood Brothers 2018. If you don’t have tickets for the shows at Zip Zap Circus (in Cape Town) or at Platteland (in Centurion), make sure that you get yours on plankton.mobi.
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