SA Music News

Proudly Supporting the South African Music Industry

SA Music News is a South African based online music magazine founded in 2007 originally to support and promote our friends that was playing, and still are, in some of the local upcoming band, and give our local musicians a way through which they could share their music to their South African fans.

We are a dedicated and unique team of music lovers and professionals brought together from all walks of life, from all over South Africa, all with one thing in common... our love and passion for music!

In the past 7 years, we have grown from strength to strenght and have had the privilege to have 'worked with, photographed, interviewed or done articles, reviews etc. some of South Africa's best local bands and artists such as Chris Chameleon, Arno Carstens, Chianosky, Josie Field, Jmaxx, Lindsey McGuire, Van Coke Kartel, The Graeme Watkins Project, Liani May, The Parlotones, Agro, Chix with Stix, Evolver, Sacrifist, The Narrow, 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, 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, SEETHER, 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, Rhutz, Underbelly, Straw, Psordid, Ancient Influence, Juggernaught, Fragmented Children and Mesadoth, just to mention a few... and of course the list keeps on growing as we establish ourselves even more as a ''house hold name'' within the South African and International Music and Media Industry.

We have also had the privilege to have 'covered' events and international artists such as Shakira (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 band members from Guns-n-Roses, Deep Purple, Velvet Revolver, Def Leppard, Alter Bridge and Collective Soul), R. Kelly, Swan Lake Ballet Production (Russia), Mike & The Mechanics, Skunk Anansie, Bonnie Tyler, I AM HARDWELL, Avicii, The Dave Matthews Band, Jamiroqaui, Nickelback, Lamb of God, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Ultra Festival South Africa and many more still to come. 

S.A. Music News have also been incredibly lucky to have represented the ''South African Media" (in our own small way, as this was also our very first international festival), at the Wacken Open Air Festival 2008 in Germany. Our international correspondents covered ''HELLFEST'' in France in 2009, and ''Bloodfest 2010'' in the UK. 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), worked with Veins Iced Over (US Metal Band) and very special one-on-one interview with In Flames (Switzerland) at RAMFest 2012 and last but definitely not least, the famous Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple, Trapeze and Black Country Communion.

We are proud to be able to through the S.A. Music News website and newspaper, our partners, affiliates and supporters, to be able to provide our local AND international musicians and artists with a platform to promote and advertise their music to the rest of the world.

Seeing that we did not believe in restricting ourselves to focusing on just one type of genre, we work with all types of genres, from Classical, House, Drum & Bass, Hip Hop… all the way through to Hardcore Death Metal.

We bring you all the latest news on upcoming events, festivals, as well as past events, interviews with bands, band members and much more... 

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It’s Fresh, It’s Goode…

 It's Fresh, It's Goode

In the build up to 555, 5FM is pleased to announce the next addition to the upgraded line-up. In a bold move to reinvent the morning offerings, 5FM announces DJ Fresh will take over at 5am on the 5th of May. There has been much speculation since the announcement of the new arrivals at 5FM as to the time slot of existing DJs. DJ Fresh will amplify the essence of music youth culture and entertainment on weekday mornings and will provide a new offering to the South African morning radio landscape.

The decision to start the show at 5am has been fuelled by feedback from listeners to have a breakfast show that starts their day when they do. DJ Fresh will be joined by his long standing colleagues Catherine Grenfell (Executive Producer) and Duran Collett (Sport). Newbies include Carmen Reddy (News) who has extensive TV and radio background and Sol Phenduka (Traffic) who has recently been in the Big Brother Mzansi House and has extensive morning radio experience

DJ Fresh commented “I have always enjoyed doing morning radio and the move back to AM drive is a great opportunity to create content and entertain in a new space. I am excited about the new additions to my team and guarantee the audience will be part of my journey in every aspect of the show and P.S no prisoners will be taken.”

Tim Zunckel Programme Manager commented” I am particularly excited about DJ Fresh’s move to the early part of the morning and look forward to offering the audience a varied combination of entertainment to start their day. With DJ Fresh leaving the PM drive slot, it creates a great opportunity for Roger Goode to inject some of his crazy antics from 4PM in the afternoon. “

Roger makes his move to drive time radio as a well-loved, respected DJ in the youth culture space. The audience can expect quirky content, and an uplifting afternoon show. Roger has been with 5FM for more than 10 years and will be joined by an energetic and eccentric team. 5FM’s favourite ginger Sias Du Plessis will anchor Sport and Vic Naidoo will be on News. 5FM’s newest addition, Thando Thabethe will be on Traffic.

Roger says, “Finally, they have let me out the basement of the SABC. I have had an amazing journey with 5FM and to entertain audiences during the afternoon drive time show is going to be such an epic adventure!”

Zunckel further added; “Both drive time DJs are an absolute asset to 5FM. DJ Fresh and Roger Goode will redefine drive time radio and with a new time channel offering 5FM will offer audiences across South Africa a more varied, fast paced and appropriate listening option throughout the day.”

As a pioneering brand, 5FM implements a first to market programme schedule with new timeslots. For more information on the 5FM weekday time channels CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE TO 5FM

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