06-05-2009 - ROWACA (Rockers Opposing Women and Child Abuse) is a collective of musicians, music fans and agents founded in April 2009 by music promoter, Wicked Mike, who earned his nickname for “telling it as it is”.

Disturbed by South Africa’s alarming crime levels that are the highest for any country not at war, vanishing democracy and ever increasing apathy amongst South Africa’s youth, he formed the organization to strive for the following goals:

  • Raise funds to assist children and women who are the main victims of crime through supporting charities and choosing individuals in dire straits for immediate support.
  • Raise awareness  of  the problems blighting South Africa.
  • Promote truth.
  • Encourage activism.
  • Encourage protest.

Owing to their regular platforms and peer group, “cool” factor, musicians and bands are the perfect spokespeople to target youth and make a difference. Music events will draw attention to the incredible and important work that child charities are doing whilst also expressing the assistance the public can lend.  

The short term goal is to set up music events in bars and clubs nationally, showing that in the spirit of ubuntu, artists and bands of different genres can make make a difference by improving lives.

The medium term seeks individuals whose commendable efforts will invite them onto a committee whose first agenda will be a Voluntary Association agreement, detailed constitution and consideration for registration as a non profit organization (NPO).

The long term goal is the erection of bigger, annual events whilst simultaneously gaining more productive associations with businesses and corporates.

R.O.W.A.C.A. is a transparent organiuzation. Accounting sheets will be made available every bi-annually to sponsors and members.


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=68530742613

Website: http://rowaca.wordpress.com/




The winning band in this year’s Emerging Sounds Challenge wins a R10 000 cash prize courtesy of Emperors Palace.

I am running the Pretoria leg of the Emerging Sounds Challenge which is taking place at Cafe Arc every Wednesday from the 1st April. Should any musician or band be interested in entering, please contact Simon 082 770 7524 or squire@emergingsounds.com.on to arrange your participation.

Cafe Arc is offering Castle/Black label at only R8.00, Vodka/Gin and Sours at only R5.00 and Double rum/brandy and coke at only R15.00 every Wednesday in collaboration with the weekly battle of the bands.

See below for all the information:

Now in its 13th year this event has over the years created a rich musical history.
It continues in 2009 as musicians also have the opportunity of attending a series of music workshops as well as getting feedback from their performances.
Bands, groups, soloists and duos entering early can attend all the workshops.
Monthly winners also get interviewed on the Squire’s Show on Radio Midrand 93.8FM (this show is aired Monday nights between 19:00 and 23:00 where SA music reigns supreme).
The Emerging Sounds Challenge this year has pop, rock, hip hop, metal, acoustic and kwaito all sharing the same stage which makes for an exciting and entertaining format for both musicians and fans alike.
Monsoon Lagoon, Emperors Palace is the place to be on Sunday afternoons from 15:00 when musicians from all musical spectrums singing in English or Afrikaans strut their musical talents.
Entrance into Monsoon Lagoon is free.

Thirteen years ago no one thought we would be launching the thirteenth annual RBF Challenge in 2009.
Over the past twelve years bands from around South Africa rose up to the challenge.
The rich musical history coming through this event includes Seether (Saron Gas), Freshly Ground, the Parlotones, 340ml, Pestroy, Prime Circle, One Soak Thief, Holly and the Woods, the Blk Jacks, and Plush to name a few.
The pre-launch of this years RBF Challenge takes place during the month of February at Monsoon Lagoon, Emperors Palace.

Apart from the Johannesburg leg, events will also be held in the Vaal and Pretoria, plus throughout the rest of the country.
Bands entering the Gauteng and Vaal legs will once again have the opportunity of attending monthly music workshops free of charge. Last year each monthly workshop was identical. This year there will be seven different monthly workshops. The first one takes place at the beginning of March with the last one being held in September.
The earlier the bands participate or enter the more workshops they can attend.
Bands entering during February will be able to attend all seven workshops.
Bands who book to participate in advance will also be able to attend the workshops. The sooner a band enters or books their date with destiny the more they will be able to benefit from the workshops.
These workshops over seven modules will cover all aspects of the South African music industry pertinent to bands serious about their craft.
The thirteenth RBF Challenge is open to all bands and groups irrespective of music genre or style or age. As per usual bands play themselves to some awesome prizes.
For further information or to book your date with destiny contact the Squire on 082 770 7524 or squire@emergingsounds.com.




03-04-2009 - LUCKY FISH FESTIVAL 2009


Thursday 3rd of September to Sunday 6th of September 2009
Lucky Fish Festival features over 50 local and international bands,
across multiple music genres including reggae, trance, house,
rock, pop, hardcore, punk, folk and more,
Including Australian hardcore band PARKWAY DRIVE.
(Other international artistes to be announced)

It also features Deejays, Comedy, Movies, Fashion Stalls,
Flea-markets, a New Age Village, Crafts, Beer Tents, Games, Gaming, The Pamper Room (Girls only),
Open Mic Midnight Sessions, Karaoke, Internet stations and Soap Box Stand Up.

Early Bird tickets on sale now at Computicket for just R220
until July, there after R320.   Gate tickets R350

For more info please contact Authentic Ideas on 011 646 6467


Thurs 7th May 2009 – Zeplins Rock Bar (Wonderboom PTA)
Fri 8th May 2009 – Burn (Durban)
Sat 9th May 2009 – Klein Libertas (Stellenbosch)
Sun 10th May 2009 – Tempos Entertainment Park (KyaSands JHB)
Tickets selling fast at Computicket
Supported by CrashCarBurn and other top SA Bands

For more info please contact Authentic Ideas on 011 646 6467
go and check out our new website



03-03-2009 - KOPSKOOT!




Prepare to get your head blown off!

Finally Flamedrop Productions and ENT Entertainment are doing what many have been screaming for. The wait is over.

For years Afrikaans speaking musicians have been paving the way when it comes to Alternative and Extreme music in South Africa, and this 16-ton strong compilation brings together a wide range of bands and genres - from legends, pioneers and SAMA winners, to new blood, innovators and foreign additions, all expressing themselves in the universal language of Music (in general), and one of our 11 official languages, Afrikaans (in particular).

The exciting bands on KOPSKOOT! (translated: “Headshot!”) cover everything from Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal and Hardcore, to Industrial, Grindcore and a variety of Electronic adventures.

This historic CD is set for an early-February 2009 release (distributed by IRIS - catalog number: CDENT 011). 
A press launch listening session is being planned, and the first launch show is set for Friday 13 March at The Eye Of Horus in Belville, Cape Town, with K.O.B.U.S., Van Coke Kartel and Terminatryx.
Gauteng launch shows are yet to be finalized.
All updates will appear on the official website and Facebook group.

A DVD companion piece will be released shortly after the CD and include most of the bands (not necessarily the same tracks), and many extras.

KOPSKOOT! Album Track List:

S.A. Metal Godfathers (formed in 1986) with the legendary first ever extreme Afrikaans song (written in 1993 & recorded in 1995).  V.O.D will be doing a South African reunion tour (in late-February and throughout March) after a decade of silence.

2. ANDRÉ VAN DER WALT – Pneuma (Electronic Hardcore)
New blood with a fine blend of Electronic and Hardcore.  1st appearance of the song on CD / From their forthcoming album.

3. VAN COKE KARTEL – Algehele Kontrole (Alternative Rock)
Fokofpolisiekar vocalist & bass player project.  VAMT winner / SAMA nominee.

4. LION’S PRIDE – 11 July 1302 (De Vlaamse Leeuw) (Identity/Folk Metal)
From Belgium.  A song in Flemish (which is very close to the Afrikaans language).  South African release debut.

5. TERMINATRYX – Siek+Sat (Industrial Metal)
Industrial-Metal.  A new breed of South African music.  The only female-fronted band on the collection.

6. INSEK – Satan Is Liefde (Grindcore)
Super-charged Grindcore, featuring one of the founder members of the legendary Groinchurn.

7. MIND ASSAULT – Stadig Verblind (Metal)
Superb Metal from the Cape Province.

8. BREINSKADE – Blou Moord (Extreme Hardcore-Techno)
Hard-beat electronic madness from the brain behind Battery 9.

9. DIE KRUIS – Helmasjien (Metal)
Industrial flavoured Metal project from K.O.B.U.S. vocalist.

10. F8 – SexHex (Tekno-Grind)
Pronounced: “fate”.  Bass-driven one-man project (from V.O.D drummer Paul), coining its own genre: Tekno-Grind.

11. HELSINKI – DNA (Dubstep / Disco / Punk)
Hard-edged dance cut from a brand new project which includes Battery 9 affiliates.  First ever official appearance of Helsinki on CD.

12. NUL – Elektro-Berzerk (Electronic Revolution Music) 
First time this hard Industrial-flavoured electronic track is available on CD.

13. SOMERFAAN – Die Spook (Kom Weer) remix (Alternative)
Exclusive KOPSKOOT! remix.  SAMA winner.

14. BATTERY 9 – Geen Genade (Industrial)
South African Industrial legends.  SAMA winners.

15. CONQUEST FOR DEATH – Positiewe Houding - Negatiewe Wêreld (Hardcore-Thrash)
San Francisco/Tokyo Hardcore-Thrash band with a track exclusively recorded in Afrikaans for KOPSKOOT!

16. K.O.B.U.S. – Tienerangs (Metal)
The SAMA winners who sent Afrikaans music in a whole new direction, formed by V.O.D vocalist Francois and Springbok Nude Girls guitarist Theo.

Get ready for a mind-blowing experience!

KOPSKOOT! on-line orders from OneWorld.co.za:

KOPSKOOT! Created, Produced & Compiled by Paul Blom
Co-produced by Sonja Ruppersberg
Executive producers: Rui DeSouza & Paul Blom
Mastered by Simon Ratcliffe (Sound & Motion Studios)
K.O.B.U.S. and Van Coke Kartel mastered at Sterling Sound, New York City, USA

Official Target-Skull & “Nie Vir Sensitiewe Oortjies” T-shirts available.

Best regards,



Official Website: www.flamedrop.com/kopskoot
Facebook Group: www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=29513303061


Afrikaanse Persverklaring



Wees gereed dat jou kop weggeblaas gaan word!

Uiteindelik het Flamedrop Productions en ENT Entertainment gedoen waarvoor menigte al geskreeu het.  Die wag is verby.

Afrikaanssprekende musikante het al vir jare die voortou gelei wanneer dit kom by Alternatiewe en Extreme musiek in Suid-Afrika.  Hierdie 16-ton sterk versameling smelt ‘n wye verskeidenheid groepe en genres saam – van legendes, pioneers en SAMA-wenners, tot nuwe bloed, innoverende, en buitelandse bydraes.  Almal se klankskeppings word uitgedruk in die universele taal van Musiek (in algemeen), en een van ons 11 amptelike tale, Afrikaans (meer spesifiek).

Die opwindende groepe en musikante op KOPSKOOT! dek alles van Alternatief, Harde Rock, Metal en Hardcore, tot Industrial, Grindcore en ‘n verskeidenheid elektroniese avonture. 

Hierdie historiese CD staan reg vir ‘n vroeë-Februarie 2009 uitreiking (versprei deur IRIS – katalogus nommer: CDENT 011).

‘n Spesiale pers luister-sessie word beplan, en die eerste vrystel-vertoning is vasgestel vir Vrydag 13 Maart ’09 by The Eye Of Horus in Belville, Kaapstad, met K.O.B.U.S., Van Coke Kartel, en Terminatryx wat lewendig sal optree. 
Gauteng vertonings moet nog gefinaliseer word.
Alle verwikkelinge en nuus kan by die amptelike website en Facebook groep verkry word.

‘n DVD-metgesel vrystelling sal kort na die CD uitgereik word met videos en lewendige beeldmateriaal van meeste van die groepe op KOPSKOOT!, asook ‘n aantal opwindende ekstras.


KOPSKOOT! Album Snitte:

Suid-Afrikaanse Metal stamvaders (gevorm in 1986) met die eerste, legendaries extreme Afrikaanse snit ooit (geskryf in 1993, opgeneem in 1995).  V.O.D sal ook ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse hervormings-toer doen (laat-Februarie en regdeur Maart), na ‘n dekade se stilte.

2. ANDRÉ VAN DER WALT – Pneuma (Electronic Hardcore)
Nuwe bloed met ‘n fantastiese vermenging van elektroniese en Hardcore style.  Hierdie snit is van hul komende album en verskyn hier vir die eerste keer op CD.

3. VAN COKE KARTEL – Algehele Kontrole (Alternative Rock)
Fokofpolisiekar sanger en bas-speler se projek.  VAMT wenners / SAMA en MK benoemdes.

4. LION’S PRIDE – 11 July 1302 (De Vlaamse Leeuw) (Identity Rock / Folk Metal)
Van België.  ‘n Liedjie wat uit hul volkslied se woorde bestaan, in Vlaams (wat baie na aan Afrikaans is).  Debuut vrystelling op Suid-Afrikaanse bodem.

5. TERMINATRYX – Siek+Sat (Industrial Metal)
Uitgespreek: “terminaytrix”.  ‘n Nuwe, unieke era van Suid-Afrikaanse musiek. Die enigste groep op KOPSKOOT! met ‘n vroulike voorsanger.

6. INSEK – Satan Is Liefde (Grindcore)
Energieke Grindcore – met een van die skeppers-lede van die legendariese Groinchurn.

7. MIND ASSAULT – Stadig Verblind (Metal)
Uitmuntende Metal van die Wes-Kaapse Provinsie.

8. BREINSKADE – Blou Moord (Extreme Hardcore-Techno)
Harde elktroniese maligheid van die brein agter Battery 9.

9. DIE KRUIS – Helmasjien (Metal)
Industrial-gegeurde Metal projek van die K.O.B.U.S. hoofsanger.

10. F8 – SexHex (Tekno-Grind)
Uitgespreek: “fate”.  Bas-gedrewe eenman projek (van V.O.D se dromspeler), met sy eie geskape genre: Tekno-Grind.

11. HELSINKI – DNA (Dubstep / Disco / Punk)
Dans musiek met ‘n baie harde edge.  Nuwe projek wat twee Battery 9 gegradueerdes insluit.  Eerste uitgawe ooit op CD.

12. NUL – Elektro-Berzerk (Electronic Revolution Music) 
Eerste vrystelling van hierdie harde elektroniese snit op CD.

13. SOMERFAAN – Die Spook (Kom Weer) remix (Alternative)
Ekslusiewe KOPSKOOT! remix.  SAMA wenner.

14. BATTERY 9 – Geen Genade (Industrial)
Suid-Afrikaanse Industrial legendes.  SAMA wenners.

15. CONQUEST FOR DEATH – Positiewe Houding - Negatiewe Wêreld (Hardcore-Thrash)
San Francisco/Tokyo Hardcore-Thrash groep met ‘n snit eksklusief vir KOPSKOOT! opgeneem in Afrikaans(!)

16. K.O.B.U.S. – Tienerangs (Metal)
Die SAMA wenners wat Afrikaanse musiek in heel nuwe rigting gestuur het, geskep deur V.O.D sanger Francois en Springbok Nude Girls kitaarspeler Theo.

Maak gereed vir ‘n “mind blowing” ervaring!

KOPSKOOT! on-line bestellings van OneWorld.co.za:


KOPSKOOT! Geskep, Vervaardig en Saamgestel deur Paul Blom
Mede-Vervaardiger: Sonja Ruppersberg
Uitvoerende Vervaardigers: Rui DeSouza & Paul Blom
Mastered deur Simon Ratcliffe (Sound & Motion Studios)
K.O.B.U.S. en Van Coke Kartel mastered by Sterling Sound, New York City, VSA

Amptelike Teiken-Skedel en “Nie Vir Sensitiewe Oortjies” T-hemde beskikbaar.

Vriendelike groete,



Amptelike Website: www.flamedrop.com/kopskoot
Facebook Groep: www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=29513303061


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