It is with great excitement that the Project Room welcomes Freshlyground. With the Parlotones joining the agency in September 2014, the announcement solidifies the Project Room as arguably being one of the foremost artist booking agencies in South Africa. Freshlyground join a prestigious stable consisting of acclaimed musical acts such as Karen Zoid and Zebra & Giraffe.


Freshlyground formed in early 2002, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) & Josh Hawks (bass) is complemented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts. Freshlyground released their second studio album Nomvula in July 2004. The album sold 300 000 units in South Africa alone – earning it multi-platinum status. The first single ‘Doo Be Doo’ was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act. The award placed the band firmly on the international music map and earned them further recognition on home soil as significant South African cultural exports.

The success of Nomvula was followed by that of Ma Cheri – Freshlyground’s third studio album, released in September 2007. The album’s release was followed by a major South African tour attended by over 25 000 people across four cities. Ma Cheri sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success. In 2009 Freshlyground did four sold out tours in Europe. They also toured for the first time in China, the United States of America and Canada, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to have a successful and sustainable career both internationally and at home. 

In 2010 Freshlyground released the gold selling album ‘Radio Africa.’ The band’s forth studio album broadcast their unique sound, a sound that has turned the seven-piece into one of South Africa’s most treasured acts, to the rest of the continent and the world. While putting the finishing touches to ‘Radio Africa’ in New York in February of 2010 the band was selected to co-perform in the Official Song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Entitled ‘ Waka Waka- This Time For Africa” the song was featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,”. To date ‘Waka Waka’ has sold well over 3 million singles and reached number #1 on several charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a host of new fans across the globe.

In 2013 the band released Take me To The Dance in the United States on the Word of Mouth label, this was followed by a US tour which included a show at the prestigious New York venue, The Apollo. The release of the album was immediately followed by a rave review on the popular NPR show, All Things Considered and topped the US ITunes World Music chart. On a recent visit to South Africa in June 2013 during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of what South Africa has given the world.

“Freshlyground is without a doubt one of the most influential South African artists of our time. Their music and message is synonymous with what is means to be South African. We have always been immensely inspired by their career and it is an absolute honour to be able to contribute to their future successes.” says company director Jessica Schnehage. 


It is with great pleasure that the Project Room welcomes South African legends The Parlotones to their agency.

The Parlotones, through a career spanning over 10 years, have achieved extraordinary success, winning the hearts of fans in their home country of South Africa.

Having released their first album Episoda in 2003, they have since released five further studio albums: radiocontrolledrobot (2005), A World Next Door to Yours (2007), Stardust Galaxies (2009), Journey Through the Shadows (2012) and Stand Like Giants (2013). They have also released two live albums, Unplugged (2008) and Live Design (2010). Radiocontrolledrobot and Stardust Galaxies both won a South African Music Award (SAMA) for “Best Rock Album”.

When The Parlotones originally formed they were described as an alternative band, and were heavily influenced by British bands like The Cure, The Smiths and more recently artists such as Radiohead and Coldplay. More recently their music has been described as Indie, Rock and Pop.

The band has toured internationally since 2007, spending months on the road in the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and North America. They have also toured in South America, Canada, Australia, Japan and Russia and performed with the likes of Coldplay, Starsailor, Snow Patrol and Blue October.

Passionate about giving back, The Parlotones have been involved with Earth Hour, Live Earth, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Rhino Force, United Against Malaria and in 2012 they climbed Mt Kilimanjaro as part of a gesture to end violence against women and children in Africa.

“The Parlotones will be joining the Project Room on a non-exclusive basis. We look forward to this being an exciting and rewarding relationship.” says company director Maryke Zietsman. “We are very proud to have musicians of the calibre of The Parlotones join our prestigious stable of acclaimed musicians, which includes Karen Zoid, Zebra & Giraffe, Gangs of Ballet and Lark.”

The Project Room, co-founded by Maryke Zietsman and Jessica Schnehage, is a partnership that draws from a combined wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience collectively spanning more than 20 years.

With the focus on quality over quantity, developing collaborative and highly supportive relationships with artists and promoting more dedicated and in-detail involvement with individual careers, the vision for the agency is to assist their artists in expanding their careers on a local as well as international level.

To book The Parlotones, contact Maryke Zietsman:
082 922 0885 /


All Things Entertainment in association with The Project Room South Africa, is very proud to announce the award winning alt folk guitarist, Guyy, will be heading to South Africa this September accompanied by violinist extraordinaire, Amelia Gibsonzu as part of the Guyy + The Fox United Tour.


Guyy and The Fox will be performing at the White Mountain Festival alongside the cream of South African and other international acoustic artists.

Nominated for several awards including 2 ARIA’s, (Best Independent Release, Best Blues and RootsArtist) Guyy was crowned Australian Nation Busking Champion2013 and won the 2013 ACT Best Blues, Roots & World artist. He plays tribute to Pink Floyd ingenuity with a personal taste for Australian roots & folk and uses his music as a creative vehicle for connecting with people which he has a remarkable talent for. He has been sharing his journey nationwide throughout2013 and 2014 where he has performed solo or with accompanying musicians in festivals, markets, clubs, pubs and alleyways and anywhere he can get people to stop and listen and buy his independentEP. Guyy has a particular love of grass roots events where he can directly connect with people.

Says Guyy, “The South African tour is a dream come true. Playing the White Mountain Festival in the middle of the Drakensberg Mountain range with performances by top quality African, South African and international musicians will be an honour and a fantastic experience . Having spent the last few weeks researching the country and the music, my excitement levels are through the roof at this stage, I can’t wait to exploreJohannesburg, Cape Town, and the Drakensburg Mountains!”

Guyy will be joined on the United Tour by violinist Amelia Gibson (The Fox). Amelia, aged 19, brings on board 16 years of playing experience,blending her classical training and Celtic influences to produce afierce playing style, adding even more energy to Guyy’s already exciting performance. Amelia was classically trained from ages 3 to16 and was exposed to Celtic and folk music through her parent’s love of folk festivals and gradually the classical world and Celtic roots and folk influences started to blend together. Having worked in orchestras, quartets and as a session musician, Amelia brings an incredible amount of experience and talent to the act.


18 September2014 – Johannesburg, Tokyo Star

Address: 26Gleneagles Road, Greenside

Opening Acts:Chiba

Cover Charge:R20.00 at the door


19 September2014 – Johannesburg, Pop Art Theatre

Address: 286 FoxStreet, Main Street Life, Maboneng Precinct

Opening Acts:Josie Field, Chiba

Cover Charge: R80pre-sale or R100.00 at the door



20 September2014 – Johannesburg, Play Station Theatre

Address: Corner2nd Avenue & 16th Street (MOTH Hall), Parkhurst.

Opening Acts:Rambling Bones, Shotgun Tori

Cover Charge:R100.00 pre-sale



24 – 26 –White Mountain Festival, Estcourt KwaZulu Natal


27 September2014 – Cape Town, Bay Harbour Market

Address: 31Harbour Road, Hout Bay

Cover Charge:FREE ENTRANCE as part of the market


28 September2014 – Cape Town, Garden Court Theatre

Address: ℅ Melbourne& Coronation Roads, Walmer Estate, Cape Town

Opening Acts: GuyButtery, Wild Lettuce

Cover Charge: R90pre-sale at, R100 at the door


30 September2014 – Cape Town, Cafe Roux

Address: FarmVillage, Chapmans Peak Drive, Noordhoek

OpeningActs: Joshua Grierson

Cover Charge:R100



More dates may be added.


For more information on Guyy and the United Tour, please contact:


The Project Room

Jessica Schnehage

(021) 786 4451


All Things Entertainment


+61 (02) 9980 667710348799_513957378704243_8576631456860660799_o


The Africa Voices Trust presents their annual gala concert at the Fugard Theatre, featuring award winning programme graduates Zebra & Giraffe.


The Africa Voices Trust is proud to present their annual gala concert at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town on Monday 8 September, featuring award winning programme graduates Zebra & Giraffe who will be performing a unique unplugged and “stripped down” show including new material off their latest release “Knuckles.”

Says lead singer and founder, Greg Carlin: “The Africa Voices Programme has turned our world upside down. It has taught us new ways of thinking about our music, from how we produce it to how we perform it. The programme has re-energized the band in ways we never thought possible. I’ve personally learnt more in the past few months than I’ve learnt in my entire time in the music industry. The programme has demystified so many aspects of what makes music successful, powerful and globally accessible. It’s knowledge that’s being offered nowhere else in South Africa!”

In the 6 years since Zebra & Giraffe performed their first show to an expectant crowd at Oppikoppi in 2008, the band have headlined all of South Africa’s major festivals, toured the length and breadth of the country and performed alongside The Killers, Snow Patrol, Oasis, Sum41, Prodigy and Panic at the Disco. In 2009 they were invited to perform live at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Nairobi, Kenya, and in 2011 performed at MusExpo in Los Angeles.

“Knuckles” is the fourth studio release from Zebra & Giraffe, following “Collected Memories” (2008) which produced seven Top10 singles and won the SAMA for ‘Best Rock Album’ and the MTV All Africa Award for the band as ‘Best Alternative Band’; “The Knife EP” (2010), launched internationally and mixed at Metropolis Studios in London (Editors, Florence and The Machine, Snow Patrol, U2); “The Inside” (2010); and “The Wisest Ones” (2012) which again won the SAMA for ‘Best Rock Album’ and earned MK Music Awards nominations for ‘Best Video’, ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Rock Album’.

Africa has talent. It has an abundant wealth of exciting musical talent that needs to be nurtured.The Africa Voices Trust is a non-profit organization created to support the development of highly talented and deserving young African musicians and singers across all styles & genres. The primary goal of the Trust is to identify, educate and grow future stars and to empower them to create financially sustainable and meaningful careers. In order to make their mark in the music industry – one of the most competitive industries in the world – South African artists must be equipped with know-how and experience and have access to world-class music mentorship and facilities that will guide them to a point where they are ready to produce music that can compete with the best in the world. Africa Voices do not just aim to teach the participants valuable skills; but to identify and nurture leadership potential, to support entrepreneurial spirit and to actively inspire and empower them to take responsibility for their role as future standard bearers in the growth of the African Music Industry.

There is no academic requirement to gain entry to the programme. The financial incapability to pursue academic studies, regardless of talent and ambition, is a relevant factor and a reality in South Africa which results in great talent falling by the wayside. All the recording, performance and career development programmes presented by the Africa Voices Trust are offered free of charge to successful participants, as the Trust actively raises all funds required to facilitate these opportunities.

All proceeds of the Gala Concert with Zebra and Giraffe on 8 September will go towards the work of the Africa Voices Trust. Tickets cost R100 to R140 via 021 461 4554 or Special discounts are available for Friends of the Fugard and Students.




Its a visual lighting spectacle from front of house and when they hit the chorus of their new single Ive Been Bad, 12 000 people lose their collective shit. Zebra & Giraffe has never sounded better technically or more rock nroll!.Oppikoppi 2014 ~

Zebra & Giraffe `s new album Knuckleswill be introduced to fans with an extensive tour across the country in September and October 2014. Theeight-track album is a powerful reminder of why Zebra & Giraffe have twice been awarded the SAMA for Best Rock Album(2008 and 2014), as well as the MTV All Africa(2009) award for Best Alternative Band.

The first single off album, IVE BEEN BADwas released earlier this month. IVE BEEN BADwas written and recorded by Zebra & Giraffe, dual produced by Grammy-winning engineer Darryl Torr and performance craft maven Shy, and mixed in Los Angeles by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac).

The accompanying video for the new single was directed by Ross Garrett (who co-directed Die Antwoord’s Fok Julle Naaiers) and shot by acclaimed D.O.P Rob Malpage (The Knife, End Of The Road). It features members of the Hells Angels South Africa, a PlayboyPlaymate, a cameo by Bert Carlin and a select cast of Zebra & Giraffe fans & friend.

Listen to Ive Been Bad here:  

Watch Ive Been Bad video here:

Buy Ive Been Bad single here:

Zebra & Giraffe is currently hailed as one of South Africa`s finest live acts as proved by these raving reviews for their performance at Oppikoppi Odyssey 2014. Do not miss them on tour!

Their live set at Oppikoppi proved that The Wisest Ones, along with the taste we got of their new stuff, has not only cemented Zebra & Giraffe as one of SAs heavyweights in the genre, but showed that theyre not all about tight jeans and pretty guitars. Theyre about the music. I look forward to this next album.” – Nikita Ramkissoon, Mail & Guardian Online.

These rockers have become one of the best live acts that South Africa has to offer” – Henno Kruger, Running Wolf`s Rant.

Their new single ‘I’ve been bad’ shows exactly where the band is, dark verses,a catchy chorus, and showcasing how hard they have been working. It’s just so good! “They are sleeker and more polished than they have ever been.” – Catherine Grenfell, 5fm.

Make sure to catch Zebra & Giraffe live at the following venues in September and October:


Knuckles album Tour Details:


Mon 8 September

Cape Town, The Fugard Theatre (unplugged)

Africa Voices Gala Concert

Address: Caledon Street, District 6

Show Starts: 20h00

Cover Charge: R100.00 – R140.00 (R10 discount for students & Friends of the Fugard)

Tickets: 021 461 4554 OR / 083 915 8000


Thurs 11 September

Cape Town, Pigalle Supper Club (unplugged)

Address: 57 Somerset Road, Green Point

Show starts: 19h00

Cover Charge: R290 including 3 course meal & whisky pairing



Fri 12 September

Cape Town, German Club

Address: 6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street

Show starts: 21h00

Cover Charge: Early bird: R50. Presale and at door: R60



Sat 13 September

Port Elizabeth, Pool City

Address: 13/14 Times Square, Heugh Road

Show starts: 21h00

Cover Charge: R60


Sun 14 September

Port Elizabeth, The Cash Store (unplugged)

Address: 278 Sardinia Bay Road

Show starts: 21h00

Cover Charge: R60


Wed 17 September

Bloemfontein, Die Mystic Boer

Address: 84 Kellner Street

Show starts: 21h00

Cover Charge: R40


Fri 19 September

Durban, LIVE the Venue

Address: 166 Stamford Hill Road (Matthews Meyiwa)

Show starts: 21h00

Cover charge: Early bird: R50. Presale and at door: R60



Sat 18 October

Pretoria, Arcade Empire

Address: 265 The Highway Street, Equestria

Show starts: 21h00

Cover charge: R60.00


Thurs 23 October

Johannesburg, Hard Rock Cafe 

Address: Nelson Mandela Square, 8 Maude Street

Show starts: 21h00

Cover Charge: FREE


24 October

Potchefstroom, Arcade Empire

Address: 84 Steve Biko Street

Show starts: 21h00

Cover charge: R40.00


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Management: (Alan Shenton)

Label: Anderson)

Publicity/PR: (Liny Kruger LK Mediabook)



Here it is –  Zebra & Giraffe’s brand new music video for “I’ve Been Bad” taken off their up-coming release “Knuckles:”

The video was directed by Ross Garrett and produced by Cat Lindsay and Grant Risseeuw for Velocity Films. You can download the song on iTunes here:

 #ivebeenbad #knuckles #zebraandgiraffe





The Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival and Charl van Heyningen Enterprises are proud to present the forthcoming SA tour by chart-topping singer and songwriter Albert Hammond OBE who returns to South Africa for three concerts only this October.

This legendary singer whose chart-topping hits include It Never Rains in Southern California, Free Electric Band, I’m a Train and Peacemaker begins his tour in Potchefstroom on 9 October at the Clover Aardklop Festival commencing at 7pm. Thereafter Hammond will travel to Cape Town where he performs at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on 11 October at 7pm, followed by a final concert at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, at 6pm. Tickets now on sale at Computicket.

Perhaps better known for his hit recordings, Hammond is also an esteemed song-writer who has written some of the best-selling songs in music history including The Air That I Breathe for The Hollies. Hammond co-wrote many famous numbers such as To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, a major ‘80’s hit for Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson; One Moment in Time performed by Whitney Houston and When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross.

He collaborated with Diane Warren on Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now which became a number one hit in 1987 for Starship and for which he was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a GRAMMY Award. Hammond also wrote I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love, a hit for Chicago that peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988. Throughout his 40 year career, Albert Hammond worked with mega music stars including Tina Turner for whom he wrote I Don’t Wanna Lose You, Be Tender With Me Baby and Way of the World. On 19 June 2008, Hammond was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Soon the “Peacemaker” Albert Hammond will be on tour in South Africa. To avoid disappointment, book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit or your nearest Computicket service centre. For more tour information visit


Dates, venues, times and ticket prices:

NORTH WEST PROVINCE: 9 October: Clover Aardklop, Potchefstroom: 7pm.
Golden Circle R250pp, general admission R110pp

CAPE TOWN: 11 October: Grand Arena, GrandWest: 7pm.
Tickets R250-R395pp

JOHANNESBURG: 12 October: Big Top Arena, Carnival City: 6pm.
Tickets R250-R395pp

Bookings: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.


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The Africa Voices Trust is a non-profit organisation created to support the development of highly talented and deserving young African musicians and singers across all styles & genres. Our primary goal is to identify, educate and grow future stars as well as to create the potential for their employment.

Africa has an abundance of rare talent that, although very accomplished musicians and singers, lack the vital skills needed to turn their talents into an outcome or product that empowers them to have a financially sustainable and meaningful career – skills such as professional studio techniques, high-level stagecraft and an understanding of the local and global industry context.

Our programmes teach through practical experience and high-level mentorship. With the support of the entertainment industry, we strive to create an ever-increasing beneficial environment within which we can empower our participants. Our goal is to help young deserving musicians grow, master their chosen fields and become future leaders and mentors within their communities – using this invaluable wisdom, as well as a growing trust in their own abilities, to empower others. Successful participants work in the largest and best-equipped studios in the country and receive coaching and support from sound engineers, mixing engineers, programmers, producers, managers, arrangers, entertainment lawyers, agents and other industry professionals.

The 2014 Programme is structured to build upon knowledge and experience already gained by dedicated up and coming artists in the genre of Opera & Musical Theatre. The Africa Voices Programme is a “master class” to fast-track and elevate talented local artists to international standards and will be valuable to both individuals who have gained experiential skills, and individuals who have pursued academic studies in this field.

 Both Opera and Musical Theatre are live performance based genres, and so the programme will be focussed on refining live performance skills as well as training participants to function as effective, professional artists in this often high stress and audition-based world. Both genres require of artists to be able to work in many different environments, and so participants need to be prepared for a very intense and high level programme – designed to prepare them to work anywhere in the world, under the most challenging career conditions possible.

The programme is seeking recommendations of potential participants that come highly recommended by respected individuals and entities within the creative industry – we would like to invite you to let us know of someone you feel is showing great promise, someone you believe in and who has the potential to develop into a standard-bearer as an artist with the right guidance and support.

There is no academic requirementthat needs to have been achieved to gain entry to the programme – unlike many other professions, musical talent and potential are not effectively determined by academic accomplishment alone. However successful vocalists must display remarkable musical talent, execution, charisma and ambition distinguishing them from hundreds of applicants. Selection is not only based on musical talent – Africa Voices candidates must display creative energy, a drive to succeed and the courage to hold themselves to the highest standards.

The Africa Voices Programmes are currently held in Cape Town, but it is our goal that similar programmes will be held in Johannesburg in the near future. We will also be actively sourcing and calling for submissions from other Sub-Saharan African countries.

The Africa Voices team is determined to make a real difference in the industry and facilitate a significant impact on the lives and careers of the participants that fall under our care. We commit to our core values and beliefs as stated in our mission statement and to building a legacy of excellence and integrity.

Participation in the programme itself is at no cost to successful applicants as funds for these expenses are raised by the Africa Voices Trust.

The programme will consist of 8 to 12 young lead singers. All voice types are welcome.

 Prospective candidates will need to be formally nominated by either a music professional or an educational or other music institution by means of submitting a recommendation form. Initial selection is made from all received recommendation forms, upon which selected artists will be contacted to submit a participant application form as well as a motivational essay. Once all participant applications have been reviewed, a shortlist of prospective candidates will be required to attend a live audition and interview in front of an independent panel of judges.

Please refer to the online recommendation form here:

Should you prefer that the recommendation forms be sent to your e-mail address, please request for us to do so at

For any further queries, please contact the Africa Voices Trust Director:

Jessica Schnehage

+27 21 786 4451

+27 82 400 0640

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WR Album Launch

Wrestlerish are set to launch their latest offering “Greater Goods and Lesser Evils” in Cape Town next week. The band will be joining local rockers Goodnight Wembley and more at Sideshow on 24 May to perform their new songs as well as old favourites to Cape Town fans. This will be the first Cape Town event the band performs in over a year.

Front man Werner Olckers will also be performing several solo unplugged shows around the main event while in Cape Town.

Here are the details:

20 May – Cape Town, #TuesonFire and &Union – FREE (unplugged)

21 May – Noordhoek, Cafe Roux – R80 (unplugged)

22 May – Cape Town, The Waiting Room with Joshua Grierson – R30 (unplugged)

24 May – Cape Town, Sideshow with Goodnight Wembley, Red Tape Riots and Shout Hey! – R40 pre sale, R50 at the door, R60 after 22h00




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Necessity is the mother of invention. The multi-instrumental band, Mr Cat & the Jackal will be touring with their new baby (the third album: “SET”) in May across the country to Mozambique. But for this tour the album will only be available at a very special price digitally. This means you can bring your phone or USB stick to the show, pay a ridiculously small sum and get the new 14 track 60 minute album right there and then. The physical copy of “SET” will be out early June. Get your special digital release NOW!!

14 MAY – BLOEMFONTEIN, Die Mystic Boer

15 MAY – WELTEVREDEN PARK, Rumours Lounge (with the Carolina Bridal Party & Them Bandits)

16 MAY – ALBERTON, Sundowners (with My Be After)

17 May – PRETORIA, Road to STRAB at Arcade Empire (with Black Cat Bones, Wonderboom, Southern Gypsy Queen and more)

20 May – BRONKHORSTSPRUIT, Die Sinkshack

23 May – MOZAMBIQUE, STRAB (Ponta Malongane)