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  • December 2014

Dear SAMRO Music Creators

In this issue of Beat Bulletin, we were privileged to have been able to do an interview with Lulu Dikana before her untimely passing on December 4, 2014. Dikana, the talented soul singer and composer, was open and available to share  her insights and great musical talents with the world. We extend our deepest condolences to the Dikana family, and trust that they will be strengthened during this difficult time. We are grateful to have been blessed with Lulu’s great voice and to have known her. In her music, her legacy shall live on.

As the festive season is upon us, most of you are probably busy preparing and finalising some exciting sounds. We have compiled an awesome issue to help you better prepare for this festive season. 

We spoke with South Africa’s top make-up artist Queen Motlatle, to give us expert advice on make-up and how to get it right. We explore what it means to look as good as you sound, from complete no-no’s when you are performing, to tips on how to choose the right look for your personality and your music. 

Still on the topic of looking good, we give you tips on ways you can keep fit and energised during the festive season. Creative blocks are an inevitable occurrence for any musician. We find out the types of creative blocks and ways you can overcome these. In one of her last interviews, Lulu availed herself to share some insights on her experience with creative blocks. 

Finally, we bring you a great line-up of music events in the last month of 2014. We hope you will have a productive time this festive season and enjoy it safely with family and friends. 

We hope you enjoy this edition of The Beat Bulletin, and we look forward to your feedback, thoughts and comments. If you would like to be profiled in our newsletter please send an email request to online@samro.org.za.

Enjoy!

Yours in music,

Tiyani Maluleke

General Manager: Marketing

 

In this issue
OVERCOMING THE CREATIVE BLOCK - INTERVIEW WITH THE LATE LULU DIKANA
GETTING THE RIGHT LOOK FOR YOUR SOUND
HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE FIT TO PERFORM AT YOUR BEST THIS FESTIVE SEASON
SOUTH AFRICAN FLAUTIST AND MUSIC COMPOSER WOUTER KELLERMAN NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AWARD
FESTIVE WISHES FROM ALL OF US AT SAMRO
CONCERTS SA PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
GIG GUIDE

OVERCOMING THE CREATIVE BLOCK - INTERVIEW WITH THE LATE LULU DIKANA

In an interview, the late Lulu Dikana said that writing songs is something that she truly enjoyed but sometimes she got overwhelmed and it took her a little longer to write a song.

Creativity can be a very tricky thing, as it depends on energy, passion and the ability to reinvent, innovate and improve to do better than the last time. 

In an interview, the late Lulu Dikana said that writing songs is something that she truly enjoyed but sometimes she got overwhelmed and it took her a little longer to write a song. 

“I love writing songs, but the pace of creativity varies from day to day. To write a song can take me anything between 10 minutes and day or days. It all differs. But in the end it is the joy of having finished the track that makes me happy.”

She explained, “A creative block normally occurs you are overwhelmed, and happens to a lot of musicians, actors, and writers, because of the creative nature of our work. Sometimes it comes from the excitement and joy of finishing a product.”

“To get over this particular creative block you have to take control of the excitement by writing down every single idea that comes to mind. Whether it is a word or a beat, write it all down. Try to focus on one and follow through with it.”

Musicians rely on their creativity to build a brand and establish themselves in the industry. They cannot afford to run low on creativity or be short of ideas. For this reason it is important to have measures in place to help fight off the dreaded creative block. 

Creative blocks differ from musician to musician. It is unlikely for an individual to never experience a creative block. In fact, many can say that a creative block is the beginning of something new. Through the pressure and sometimes breakdown, something beautiful and unexpected surfaces. There are many different types of creative blocks, including mental, emotional or an overwhelming creative block. 

The point is not to run away from this creative block or look to other vices to fight it. Rather, it’s important to learn how to revel in it and understand how to overcome it in order to get to the next level. 

The mental block occurs when you just cannot seem to shift your mental thinking and are limited to what you already know. You keep envisioning the same beats, instruments and even lyrics. It becomes almost impossible to create something new. People in the music industry - from producers to composers and lyricists - will tell you that they have experienced the mental block. It does not mean you are incapable of creating something new, it just means you need exposure to something different. 

The solution to a mental creative block is to experience a different environment or a different experience. There is always something new to learn or see, and getting out and seeing people or places is a great way to get your mental juices going. 

However, other creative blocks are caused by an emotional experience. Often people and musicians themselves, forget that they are also humans and, as humans you also experience certain emotions that can block your creativity and ultimately cause procrastination. You can experience emotions from fear, pain and even embarrassment. 

Ashlee Simpson was booed off stage at the Miami's Pro Player Stadium in 2005, Christina Aguilera’s voice cracked during a tour and Britney Spears was caught by a fan while she was lip-syncing. For all these musicians, during the embarrassing moment they probably wanted to crawl under a rock and die, but then they accepted what happened and went on to create even better sound tracks and in turn got more fans. 

When experiencing an emotional creative block it is always important to remember that you are allowed to go through emotions. As a musician, you can use these emotions to your advantage. You can write a song about how you overcame a painful experience, or instead of ignoring an embarrassing moment, celebrate it because it is a reminder of how you were off track and recovered.  The experience should make you want to become better. 

Who knows? From being overwhelmed by one track, you can go on to create a whole bunch of brand new tracks!” 

 

GETTING THE RIGHT LOOK FOR YOUR SOUND

When considering what make-up look you would want to be identified by, you have to ask yourself a few questions

South Africa’s top make-up artist Queen Motlatle has worked on some of the biggest projects in the world, including make-up for the Lion King set, the 2010 Soccer World Cup events, the 2009 Confederations Cup, So You Think You Can Dance South Africa, the Metro FM Awards, Wawela Music Awards and the 2013/2014 Afcon Cup.

Queen also does Chris Rock and R Kelly’s make-up when they are on tour in South Africa, and has worked with some of Hollywood’s big names. We asked her for some expert advice on make-up and how to get it right. 

Here is what she had to say: When considering what make-up look you would want to be identified by, you have to ask yourself a few questions: Who are you singing about? What is your image, and how would you like to be seen five years from now in cover magazines and on celebrity websites. What are you trying to say in the image you are portraying? 

Where to start? 

•The trick with make-up is to wear it, and to be able to carry it with confidence. Don’t let your make up wear you. 

•You can build from simplicity, but it is often difficult to tone down once you’ve started bold. It also helps to experiment with something new before deciding on a look.

•Let your sound dictate the look and not the look dictate the sound. 

•Choose make-up that reflects your type of music, your personality, and lifestyle.

•Consulting with a professional make-up artist can go a long way towards helping you get the look you want for your sound.

•Make sure that your make-up complements your wardrobe and accessories, and the image you want to portray to your audience. 

•Always remember, that as a musician, you are a brand, and you must package the brand in a marketable and appealing way to your target audience.

•Complement your music with your look. Everything should speak, sound and look right for your genre of music. The idea is to make sure that everything is connected. 

Mistakes that all performing artists should avoid:

The mistake that a lot of musicians make is that they forget who they are performing for. You can have a great voice, but if you don’t look the part, then you’ll have an audience focused on how bad you look instead of listening to your music. A little make up can go a long way towards enhancing your image and brand.

•Do not try to be something that you are not. Trying to copy or interpret another musician’s look is a complete no-no. 

•Do not copy a make-up look that you saw in a high fashion magazine. The makeup artist put it together for that model and for that particular fashion piece. 

•Refrain from using make-up that overshadows your natural look or seems bigger than you. You must wear make-up, make-up must not wear you. 

 

Make up is not only for women, it’s for men too, and although it’s done differently for men and women, men must begin to take it seriously. It can go a long way towards enhancing your look, the look of a music video or any photo shoot. 

Remember audiences don’t just listen to your voice, you are also rated by how you look, and how you look is a big deal. 

Whether you choose a minimalistic or a dramatic make-up look, wear it with confidence, and let it do what it’s supposed to do for your image – to enhance it. 

 

HOW TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE FIT TO PERFORM AT YOUR BEST THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Eating right and, keeping healthy and fit is the best way to keep energised. With the festive season looming, we put together a few pointers to help you get through the festive season totally energised.

These simple tips will help you achieve that: 

Drink a lot of water: Two thirds of the human body weight is made up of water. Our brains are made up of 95% water; blood is made up of 82% water and lungs 90% of water. All this water is required in order to help you function at your best levels. Water helps keep the body hydrated, energised and active. 

If you wonder why you are always tired, know that even the smallest hint of dehydration could be the cause of your daytime fatigue; so get yourself a bottle of water and drink up. 

If you are not drinking enough water and often experience fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with keeping up with beats, and difficulty focusing on smaller print, such as a computer/mobile screen, then you need to drink lots of water.  (Are you having trouble reading this? Well Drink up!). Water is important. 

An apple a day keeps the doctor way. Eat some fruit. Except for the fact that it rhymes, this idea of an apple a day keeping the doctor away has been around since 1866. The phrase wouldn’t have gained so much popularity if there wasn’t much truth to it, right? 

Apples provide the body with a source of potassium that is essential for promoting a healthy heart and reducing the risk of skin diseases as well as lowering the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma.  

Apples deliver an antioxidant called quercetin that can help you by making oxygen more available to the lungs. The power of an apple will make sure you make it through that one-hour performance. 

Justin Bieber, Kelly Osbourne, Lady Gaga are examples of international acts who have fainted while on stage due to exhaustion, lack of oxygen in the brain and seizures. When asked about collapsing on stage Lady Gaga said, “I was so jet lagged… I passed out about three times on stage that night, but I got myself to the floor.” 

To avoid such an experience, try adding a fruit to your diet, like an apple, before performances to boost your strength. 

Also opt for healthier options to energise, instead of fizzy energy drinks that are only high in caffeine and only energise you for a moment, leaving you exhausted and dehydrated later.  

Another important aspect of staying fit this season is a high protein diet; this will help boost your energy levels significantly. You should try get at least 10% to 30% calories from protein. Most of this extra protein comes from animal sources like meat, eggs, fish and cheese.  

You should avoid putting yourself through extreme diet plans which tell you to eat fatty meats and not many vegetables and grains. These types of diets give the idea that you can lose weight and feel energised while eating fatty foods. Rather stick to proteins: 

•Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood

•In addition, proteins do wonders for hair and nail growth as well as tissue repair

It's also important to eat the right size and the right proteins to get healthy benefits. According to famous television doctor, Dr. Oz, you should have at least five to six servings of protein a day, as the right proteins have the ability to boost your energy level. Dr Oz says, “Animal proteins most closely mirror the kinds of protein that make up your body and tend to be the richest sources of this vital nutrient. But if you are a vegetarian you can also stick to nuts, beans, and dairy products like cheese to keep you well balanced every day.”

The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) listed these healthy tips for a busy individual: 

•You can grab a tomato and just sprinkle it with cayenne pepper and you have a nutritious booster. 

•You should shop ahead especially if you know you will be in and out; pack enough fruits like nuts and apples. 

•Stock up on some healthy snacks like lean biltong, dried fruit for a quick snack on the go, to ensure you get enough protein. 

•And we could not emphasise this enough, Drink! Drink! Drink Water. It is important and will help you get through the day. 

 

 

 

SOUTH AFRICAN FLAUTIST AND MUSIC COMPOSER WOUTER KELLERMAN NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AWARD

South African flautist music composer and SAMRO member Wouter Kellerman has been nominated for the acclaimed Grammy Award in the category 'Best New Age Album' for his album 'Winds Of Samsara' a collaboration with composer and music producer Ricky Kej.

South African flautist, music composer and SAMRO member Wouter Kellerman has been nominated for the acclaimed Grammy Award in the category 'Best New Age Album' for his album 'Winds Of Samsara' a collaboration with composer and music producer Ricky Kej. 

The album was also nominated for two Hollywood In Media Awards (HMMA),  debuting at Number 1 on the US Billboard charts, and spending another 11 weeks in the US Top 10. Kellerman’s principal instrument is the flute, which he has mastered to construct unique compositions since the debut of his first album Colour, released in 2008. 

Release this year, Winds of Samsara took Kellerman and Kej two years to complete. The album features 120 musicians from five continents. According to Kellerman, the project started out as a tribute to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, with just two songs recorded, but it ended up being a big collaboration between South Africa and India. Winds of Samsara presents a soothing, peaceful and joyful melody. In its sound, it almost echoes the values that Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi stood for, and is very well deserving of the nomination.

Among some of the awards that Kellerman has received include: a South African Music award (SAMA) in 2011 for best instrumental album, for his album Two Voices, and another SAMA award for best jazz/instrumental/popular classical DVD for his show Kellerman Colour Live in 2010. 

Kellerman has performed at some of the world’s biggest events including, his performance at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, in South Africa. In 2010, he also performed at the opening of the Midem - the world’s biggest music industry trade fair held in Cannes, France. 

In 2009, he did the opening for Johnny Clegg’s Down Under Tour in Australia. Most recently, in October 2014, he performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York.  His work has also been featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 National Geographic documentary film, Eye of the Leopard, which won an Emmy award in 2007. 

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on February 8, 2015, at the STAPLES Centre in Los Angeles, USA and broadcast live around the world.

The SAMRO family would like to wish Kellerman and Kej all the best for the Awards.

For more on Winds of Samsara visit, www.windsofsamsara.com 

 

FESTIVE WISHES FROM ALL OF US AT SAMRO

As we close off another wonderful year in music, SAMRO would like to take the opportunity to wish all its members and licensees a joy- filled festive season and a prosperous New Year.

We thank you for your unwavering support throughout 2014, and we look forward to seeing you achieve more in the coming year. 

Please note that this year, SAMRO will be closing from Tuesday, 24 December 2014 at 13h00 and we will re-open on Monday, 05 January 2015. 

 

CONCERTS SA PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Concerts SA (CSA) is a joint South Africa/ Norwegian initiative. It is supported by The SAMRO Foundation; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; SAMRO; and Rikskonsertene and focuses on the promotion and stimulation of live music in South Africa.

Concerts SA (CSA) is a joint South Africa/ Norwegian initiative. It is supported by The SAMRO Foundation; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; SAMRO; and Rikskonsertene and focuses on the promotion and stimulation of live music in South Africa. It does this through hosting and staging concerts with local, SADC and Norwegian artists in public and school concert circuits in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Circuits are being established in both urban and rural areas of the three regions during the first three years, and expansion to other provinces is on the cards.

 

Music Mobility Fund

Concerts SA recently announced the results of the 2014 edition of the Music Mobility Fund. Initiated in 2013 by the British Council’s Connect ZA and the SAMRO Foundation, this funding mechanism offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music-related activities. In this year’s edition a total of 16 applications were successful and will be supported in South Africa (10 projects) and in the SADC region (6 projects), including countries such as Botswana, Swaziland, Tanzania and Mozambique. 

Live Music Research

Research on live music in South Africa helps us to understand how the live music scene works, how it is changing, and how it can be developed. Following the 2010 research conducted by Moshito/ Mmino, Mapping of the SA Live Music Circuit, Concerts SA built on this work by conducting further research on the live music sector - which resulted in the Song Lines: Mapping of the South African Live Performance Landscape report. 

To further expand on this research, Concerts SA is currently running a survey that you can participate in, to help us understand our audiences more, and to build a strong and vibrant live music circuit in Johannesburg and beyond.

Please take our Live Music Audience Survey here and stand the chance to WIN R1000 to spend at Computicket

Where to find us

Our website  is your source for information all things CSA. Get details on how you can get involved. Facebook and Twitter are where you can get the latest updates on events and line-ups at the various venues we work with, do give our page a thumbs up and follow us too. Feast your ears and eyes on Soundcloud and YouTube with videos and sound clips of some of our favourite performances.

 

GIG GUIDE

Here is an awesome list of events lined up for the coming month.

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, Cape Town  

December 28, 2014

UK funk pioneers Brand New Heavies and British club favourites Soul II Soul join Freshlyground and Micasa for this fusion of music and food.

From 11:30 at the Greenpoint Common Grounds

Tickets from R450 

 http://www.dstv.com/News/DStv-Delicious-in-Cape-Town/103855

 

The Parlotones

•Fancourt - South Africa in George – December 27 

•McArthurs Swimming Pool Complex, Marine Drive, Port Elizabeth – December 27

•Barmuda in Port Alfred – December 29

•The Bushpig Events Bar in Kei Mouth – December 30

•Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in Grabouw – January 09 

 

Tickets available from www.computicket.com

Afro-pop meets symphony!

December 31, 2014 

Freshlyground will perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Cock in celebration of the New Year at the historic manor house on the Nederburg farm in Paarl. 

Tickets are available at Computicket and prices start from R300.

http://www.cpo.org.za/

DJ Shimza`s Annual One Man Show

DJ Shimza`s Annual One Man Show is a charity event that DJ Shimza hosts annually. The show has grown from 800 people in 2009 to over 19 000 people in 2014. This is one event not to be missed!

Cover Charge:

Tickets available for R150(General) and R300(VIP)

Booking Details:Book your tickets at online.computicket.com