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SA singer mugged and stabbed while stuck in traffic during loadshedding
by Jean-Marie Korff on 24.05.2015 um 17:20 (UTC)
 Cape Town – Charlie Smidt, frontman for Afrikaans band Beeskraal, was robbed and stabbed with a knife while stuck in peak hour traffic in Pretoria late on Thursday.

Charlie told Channel24 that he was stuck in traffic due to loadshedding in Beatrix street right across from the Sunnyside shopping centre when it happened.

"Two guys just suddenly appeared by my window on my driver’s side. I thought they were street hawkers, but then they tried to open my car doors, which were locked", Charlie explains.

After they couldn’t get into the car, the men reached through the small space of the open window with their arms and put a knife against Charlie’s head. "They asked me to hand them my cellphone which was on the seat between my legs. They threatened to kill me. As I gave them the phone they stabbed me in the arm," says Charlie.

Charlie posted a pic of his wound on his Facebook page:

Charlie says he felt a "super calmness" come over him during the attack, but that he was numb from the shock and just focused on preventing them from stabbing him in the face or neck.

After the attack, Charlie went to a private hospital where he had to wait three hours to get treated. "Although my stab wound wasn't life threatening I was bleeding a lot. We waited for 3 hours before someone helped us. There were about 20 -30 people in the reception area with only one doctor on duty. Lots of nurses and staff were standing around kidding around and paying no attention to the patients."

Charlie also told Channel24 that there are things that can be done to prevent this from happening.

"Keep windows and doors locked at all time, be aware of any movement around your vehicle at all times, hide all electronic devices and don't make any jewellery, money or anything of value visible through the car windows. Try not to drive alone especially at night and especially if you’re a woman."
 
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Musical spectacular ‘London Goes SA’ comes to the Apollo
By TheSouthAfrican.com on 4 May, 2014 12:52 pm in Community in UK, on 06.05.2014 um 08:24 (UTC)
 South African music stars Bok van Blerk, Theuns Jordaan, Juanita Du Plessis and Riana Nel will be on stage at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo for two nights in August.

Top South African performers Bok van Blerk, Theuns Jordaan, Juanita Du Plessis and Riana Nel, together with the country’s best ensemble will be performing at the state of the art Hammersmith Eventim Apollo theatre on 1 and 2 August 2014.

The world class Springbok team of 11 musicians (each artist has achieved numerous platinum selling records and awards) will be led by Juan “Floors” Oosthuizen and his wife Deedee.

Popular songs on the line-up at London Goes SA include: ‘De la Rey’, ‘Soos Bloed’, ‘Skarumba’, ‘Tougher than the Rest’, ‘Gypsy Girl’, ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’, ‘To Love Somebody’ and many more.

This 100% South African musical production is sure to get the crowd on their feet asking for more.

The recently renovated Hammersmith Eventim Apollo is a historic and world-renowned music venue that has shared its stage with The Beatles, Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, Adele and Queen – to name a few.

Come and experience history in the making!

London Goes SA media partner Jacaranda FM 94.2 will be supporting South African music worldwide by broadcasting live from one of London’s famous pubs and giving South Africans the opportunity to feature on radio and socialise with some of the artists prior to the opening night of the show.

Tickets start at £40 pounds – grab your tickets now at www.londongoessa.com or www.eventimapollo.com
 

CANADIAN METALLERS PROTEST THE HERO ANNOUNCED AS SECOND HEADLINING ACT
South African Music News on 06.05.2014 um 08:21 (UTC)
 South African Music News

CANADIAN METALLERS PROTEST THE HERO ANNOUNCED AS SECOND HEADLINING ACT


Just when you thought KRANK’D UP 2014 couldn’t get any louder or better, Turning Tricks Entertainment has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s version the unmissable event of the year. Joining Unearth and South Africa’s best local talent will be Protest the Hero, the famed Canadian group that has redefined the genre of metal.Having developed a cult following since their inception in 2001, Protest the Hero has toured relentlessly, sharing stages across the world with acts such as Bullet for My Valentine, Underoath, Parkway Drive and Avenged Sevenfold, and released the critically-acclaimed albums Kezia, Fortress, Scurrilous and Volition. Now, South Africa will be next in line to feel the almighty power of Protest the Hero at KRANK’D UP 2014!
Watch Protest the Hero’s “Underbite” music video.

Across two stages, and featuring the best of the best in local talent, alongside Unearth and Protest the Hero, KRANK’D UP will be held at Sundowners, Alberton, on September 27, 2014. Make sure that you don’t miss out on this epic event!

KRANK’D UP Ticket Prices:

Early bird: R180 (From April 9th to June 10th)
Second phase: R220 (From June 11th to July 11th)
Final phase: R275 (From July 12th to September 27th)

50 VIP packages are available at R500 per person. This exclusive package will allow the attendee entrance to the festival, access to the VIP lounge, and a meet-and-greet hangout session with Unearth the day before KRANK’D UP 2014.

Tickets are on sale through Computicket and at Checkers stores.
Keep up to date with the latest KRANK’D UP news and announcements by joining the official Facebook page.

KRANK’D UP 2014 IS SPONSORED BY PLUG MUSIC AGENCY AND MK ONDERGROND.
- See more at: http://www.recordingstudios.co.za/south_african_music_news.html#sthash.qljzLDnf.dpuf
 

William Welfare Releases Second Single Off ‘Shunt’
http://www.samusicnews.com/news.html on 06.05.2014 um 08:11 (UTC)
 William Welfare Releases Second Single Off ‘Shunt’

South African rocker and Rolling Stone SA writer/photographer Willim Welsyn recently translated his name to William Welfare for his debut English album, Shunt, after having released five critically acclaimed Afrikaans rock albums in the past.


“I always figured that if a 1000 Afrikaans people could dig my music in South Africa, then maybe a 100 000 people could dig it world wide. The only thing keeping me back was the language barrier,” Welfare told SA Music News Magazine.

Last year he teased at the album when he dropped the single and video for “4 Cups Of Dust” - which sees him and drummer Kyle Gray recording the album and then road tripping to SA’s most popular music festival, Oppikoppi, to cover the event for Rolling Stone magazine.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qrJEvqFDgk

On Thursday 1st of May Welfare released Shunt and the second single, “Elephant Man”, a 70s inspired space-rock jam, with a video set in space scheduled to be released on the 12th of May 2014.

Link: https://soundcloud.com/williamwelfare/elephant-man

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/shunt/id871694224


“I did an online story about a gang of theatre cats who were looking to crowd fund their awesome web series, Nic Danger And The Rise Of The Space Ninjas. So I asked Nic Danger to shoot us a video using the same kind of esthetic. All I had to do was to pay for one of their costumes, which happened to be a purple alien penis monster named Cocktopus.”
 

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