SA Music News

Proudly Supporting the South African Music Industry

SA Music News is a South African based online music magazine founded in August 2007 to support and promote our local upcoming bands and give our other local musicians all over South Africa a way through which they could share their music to their South African fans, as well as internationally.

In the past 7 years, we have grown from strength to strength and have had the privilege to have 'worked with, photographed, interviewed or done articles, reviews etc. with and on some of South Africa's best local bands and artists such as SEETHER, Chris Chameleon, Arno Carstens, Chianosky, Josie Field, Carli J Myers, Jmaxx, Lindsey McGuire, Fillipa (recently signed by Ryan Seacrest), Van Coke Kartel, The Graeme Watkins Project, Liani May, The Parlotones, Agro, Chix with Stix, Evolver One, Sacrifist, DJ Fresh, Roger Goode, Black Cat Bones, Colé van Diaz, Prime Circle, Just Jinger, Jack Parow, WonderBoom, Daniel Baron, Karen Zoid, The SoapGirls, Fuzigish, Volume Conflict, Mark Stent, Andy Fisher Band, Freshlyground, Die Antwoord, Springbok Nude Girls, Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, Foto Na Dans, Johannes Kerkorrel, Matthys Roets, Elvis Blue, Garth Taylor, Axene, Blackbyrd, Proverb, Casette, Duimpie se Maat, Danny K, aKing, Fokofpolisiekar, Albert Frost, Mel Botes, Goldfish, Locnville, Goodluck, Die Heuwels Fantasies, Steve Hofmeyer, Claire Johnston, Liezel Marshall Band, Straatligkinders, Die Tuin Dwergies, Valiant Swart, Watershed, Zebra and Giraffe, Sugardrive, Deity’s Muse, Chromium, 11th Hour, Debris, Architecture Of Aggression (A.O.A), Elegy, Only Forever, Autumn Sun, Warthane, Far Beyond Driven, ...and Chaos, Rebuked, The Frail, Fleshwound, Whrutz, Underbelly, Straw, Psordid, Ancient Influence, Juggernaught, Fragmented Children and Mesadoth, just to mention a few, and the list keeps on growing...

We have also had the privilege to have 'covered' events and international artists such as Shakira & Freshlyground at the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Roxette, Chris Brown, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Billy Talent, Danny Elfman (Soundtrack for new release of Alice in Wonderland in 3D), Rodriguez, Metallica (SA Tour 2010 and 2013), Bon Jovi (previous SA tour and 2013 tour), The Kongos, Rise Against, Blind Guardian, David Guetta, Kings of Leon, Chaka Khan, 30 Seconds to Mars (2011), Daughtry, KINGS OF CHAOS SA Tour 2013 (i.e. KINGS OF CHAOS band members were comprised from ex or current band members from legendary bands we grew up with, such as Guns-n-Roses, Deep Purple, Velvet Revolver, Def Leppard, Alter Bridge and Collective Soul). We have also covered R. Kelly, the "Russian Swan Lake Ballet Production, Mike & The Mechanics, Bonnie Tyler, I AM HARDWELL, Avicii, The Dave Matthews Band, Jamiroqaui, Nickelback, Lamb of God, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Ultra Festival South Africa, UB40, world's number one DJ, Armin van Buuren, Canadian death metal band KATAKLYSM, and many more international acts still to come soon... so watch this space for updates on who is visiting South Africa next.

We have also worked with and/or interviewed international artists such as Stephané Pompougnac (France), Steve Aoki (US), Dennis Stratton - USA ( “ex” Iron Maiden), Sheep On Drugs (UK), NFD or better known as New Found Disorder (ex Fields of the Nephilem - UK), Blind Guardian (USA), had an exclusive interview INSIDE the Gibson Guitars tour bus with the incredible Sabina Classen from Holy Moses (Germany) at Wacken 2008, worked with Veins Iced Over (Florida, USA), with In Flames (Switzerland) at RAMFest 2012, interviewed Jean-Francois Dagenais from Kataklysm, and last but definitely not least, and very special one-on-one interview the famous Mr. Glenn Hughes (formerly from Deep Purple, Trapeze and Black Country Communion) - interviewed by SA Music News Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Conrad Roets.

S.A. Music News have represented South Africa at the Wacken Open Air Festival 2008 in Germany, and our international correspondents also covered ''HELLFEST'' in France in 2009, and ''Bloodfest 2010'' in the UK. More international festivals will be added to our repertoire soon, as we are constantly expanding our reach and following with an average of 120 000+ views monthly from 47 countries world wide.

We are proud to be able to through the S.A. Music News Magazine, our website, our partners, affiliates and  of course our readers, supporters and fans to be able to provide our local AND international musicians and artists,  DJ's, event organisers and promoters a platform to promote and advertise their music to their South African fans, as well as to the rest of the world, and bring you the latest news on upcoming events, concerts, festivals, as well as photos and reviews on past events, interviews with bands, band members and much more...

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Everyone can be a musician at the Marimba and Steelpan Festival

Come and play a marimba and be part of the festivities during the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival, taking place on 2 and 3 August 2014 at St Benedict’s College in Bedfordview.

This festival, arguably the largest of its kind in the world, is poised to explode with a multitude of marimba and steelpan drumming bands from all over Africa.

In addition to experiencing amazing music on offer, members of the public will have the opportunity to play marimbas, steelpans and djembe drums at numerous workshops held throughout the two days of the festival. Plus, there will be dance workshops including gumboot, Greek, Riel, pantsula, hip-hop, Tswana and Indian dancing.

Various lectures and demonstrations will also be on offer at the festival, as well as the world premiere of the composition Danger Beach by acclaimed South African steelpan musician Dave Reynolds.

Besides all the music and workshops, there will be activities galore for the whole family: jumping castles, face painting and story-telling for the very young; car displays and television screens for the sport-loving dads and plenty of stalls for the shopaholic moms. Buy your Christmas presents now!

The entertainment starts at St Benedict’s College in Harcus Road, Bedfordview, on Saturday, 2 August 2014, at 8.30am and continues until 9pm. On Sunday, 3 August 2014, the music and merriment kicks off at 8.30am and comes to a close at 6pm.

Early-bird tickets for the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival may be obtained online at  for R120 for a weekend pass. Alternatively, get your tickets at the gate for R140 for a weekend pass, which includes a set of exclusive discount vouchers for a number of festival stalls as well as local and national stores.

Daily tickets are also available at R80. Children under 6 get in free and pensioners qualify for a discounted rate of R50 per day or R100 for a weekend pass.

Once you are in the gate, all entertainment and workshops are free – making for a fantastic family outing that’s great value too!

Block booking enquiries may be directed to Bongi at

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