Vocal Microphones

by Marlyn Ntsele

Products31031-1200x1200-69562As an artist, it’s advisable to have your own professional microphone that you use for your performances. Typically, microphones found at venues are often liable to wear and tear and are full of bacteria (remember, they’re used weekend in and weekend out for hours on end).

The DJ - A Snapshot

Hey DJ, bring that back…..hey DJ, turn it up……..hey DJ play that song!

by Russel Hlongwane

These requests sound all too familiar to the DJ, maybe a little too familiar. And ‘’WHY’’ you may ask, well because he/ she is the life of the party.

The acronym DJ actually stands for Disc Jockey. In essence, the DJ sets the pace for the party; he/ she guides the party and most importantly purveys the flavor to the dance floor. You dare not confine the DJ to only the club scene. He could also be the radio DJ. As time passed, DJ’s put out mixtapes of their mixes to circulate and gain popularity and this ultimately create a demand. To really understand the importance of DJing, one needs to look no further than hip hop’s origin. Kool Herc (who is said to have invented hip hop and now hailed as hip hop’s godfather) was a DJ. And this importance is not only understood by hip hop fans but house music, which almost cannot exist without the DJ understands the DJ’s role all too well.


Free marketing workshop for musicians

Concerts SA largeThe Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Concerts SA, under the auspices of the SAMRO Foundation, present Introduction to Marketing workshops for musicians.

Introductory marketing workshops for musicians, promoters and music venue owners are being hosted in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town by Concerts SA in partnership with the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT). A limited number of seats are available, and this is the first in a planned series of workshops.

Musicians, managers of music venues or groups, and music promoters across all mediums and genres at any level of experience are invited to participate. The workshop will feature an abbreviated version of ACT’s two-day Building Blocks Marketing in the Arts Master Class and aims to provide participants with marketing and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.

“Artists need to market themselves, get their names out there, create possibilities for their music to be experienced in different ways, and brush up on the tools that benefit their own careers,” says Nailla Dollie, Project Manager of Concerts SA.

The three-hour workshops will cover both theory and practical tools of marketing. They will provide participants with a broad overview of marketing in the arts as well as offer practical suggestions on advancing their careers, organisations, music venues or bands.

Cultural practitioner, music researcher and academic Brett Pyper will facilitate the workshops. Pyper’s broad-based marketing and entrepreneurial knowledge, coupled with his specialised research and experience in the discipline of music, will ensure that participants gain an understanding of the importance of innovative marketing endeavours for the arts.

The workshops are free of charge and will take place from 2-4 December 2013, starting in Johannesburg, then in Durban and Cape Town, respectively.

As capacity is limited to 20 participants per workshop, interested parties are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is 21 November 2013. To apply, please complete the application form, which can be found at:

http://tinyurl.com/pfn4kdx or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1K7tgu3uT0t9pTsYLKUvkp0Gs_JP2KGeJwnXeRA67s_k/viewform

For more information contact Karabo Legoabe on 011 712 8410 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This workshop is aligned with the ACT Building Blocks Programme, which aims to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations, practitioners and artists. “By strengthening the infrastructure that supports arts and culture programming and services, the ACT Building Blocks Programme strengthens local organisations through cultural planning, technical assistance, master classes and other developmental efforts,” says Pieter Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of ACT.

Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative housed under the auspices of the Stakeholder Hub within the SAMRO Foundation; it receives financial, administrative and technical support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SAMRO Foundation and Rikskonsertene. The project aims to support live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms. This workshop programme of Concerts SA intends to give musicians and those who keep music alive enhanced skills to market themselves. “For us at SAMRO, live performance is the lifeblood of an industry, placing money directly into the pockets of artists and keeping venues afloat. Our aim is not only to grow audiences who pay for concerts, but also to develop the audience of the future through our music-in-schools programme,” notes André Le Roux, Managing Director of SAMRO Foundation.

The workshops are set to take place on:

Monday 2 December – SAMRO House in Johannesburg

Tuesday 3 December – The BAT Centre in Durban

Wednesday 4 December – The Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town


By Siphesihle Msomi

Jonathan Heidorn is an interesting young musician from Hannover, Germany.  I sat down with him to speak about his unavoidable interest to the drum kit as he puts it: “I was trained as a musician who plays the trumpet.  This started when I was very young performing with a very large orchestra at the school called Ratsban with brass instruments, percussions and various other instruments.  After sometime playing other instruments are developed a love for the rum instrument.  This love has been a long term one as it has taken considerable time to gather this full kit I now possess”

The guitar

by Siphesihle Msomi & Marlyn Ntsele Inspired by "De muzikantengids, by Jan Van der Plas & Tijs Vastesaeger With a little help from Chillie Stent

The guitar is an instrument that has taken the forefront amongst other instruments.  It has definitely shared the spotlight with various lead singers for striking acoustic and electronic reasons.  The next few paragraphs will give some insight into the instrument that made legends, the guitar.

Acoustic Guitar
The model of guitar we all know and which was the first one to be invented is the acoustic version. The history of this guitar goes back many centuries. The oldest and widely spread model is the “Spanish Guitar”. In the old days the strings of this guitar were made of cat bowels, nowadays the acoustic guitar uses nylon strings.

You will hear the Spanish guitar in a lot of folk and classical  (that is why it is often called “classic guitar”). Even though the name might make you think otherwise, this guitar is produced all over the world. Especially Japan is a big producer of Spanish guitars. In the cheapest price range there are many brands. The better guitar is available from about R2,500/ R3,000. Known brands in this category are Admira, Alhambra, Burguet, Esteban, Martinez, Ramirez, Rodriquez, Ruben and Yamaha. The top of the range models are being crafted by hand by specialists. In this category prices start around R8,000.


By Marlyn Ntsele, inspired by "De Muzikantengids by Jan van der Plas and Tijs Vastesaeger
With a little help from Lindz Ngonelo & Vulane Mthembu.

On the soul front there is "Talking Book" who recorded with ARP's and Kraftwerk is another big name that worked lots with Synthesizers in their electro. ON the hall of fame is the Yamaha dx7, ARP 2600 and Moog. The Rhode weights as an important electronic instrument, that changes character depending on player. Amongst famous players are the likes of Donald Fagen, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis and James Poyser.
No idea what we are talking about? Read this article and find out all there is to know about keyboards.

Synthesizers and Samplers
Instruments with keys have been around since the Middle Ages, however keyboards like we know them from popular music, only originated in the 90’s with thanks to Robert Moog who developed the synthesizer. To put into context, the synthesizer basically creates sounds by use of electronics. Initially you could only use one key at the time (monophonic), but at the end of the 70’s the first polyphonic synth was sold.

The Bass Guitar

By Marlyn Ntsele & Russel Hlongwane

A dear friend once said to me, ‘’I stay away from bass guitarists, they trouble. I’ve been broken far too many times by bass guitarists. But I love the instrument, gosh I do’’. That which is produced by the bass guitar is commonly known as the ‘’anchor sound’’, it’s the instrument that cements the whole ensemble, arguably.



The bass guitar as we

Your Music & The Internet

internet musicBy Marlyn Ntsele and Russel Hlongwane

Over the past years, the internet has changed a lot of things. It is a curse as much as it is a blessing to the music industry. We, at Onexus, believe that the Internet offers tons of new, exciting possibilities to musicians. In this article you will learn how you can use the Internet to your advantage.

What is a music publisher?

publisherby Russel Hlongwane & Marlyn Ntsele

Somewhere within the music industry value chain is the role of a publisher. The publisher is probably one of the most integral of all the links that form this chain. You can refer to the publisher as the “Silent Engine” of the industry. The publishing company usually plays a HUGE role in creating a hit song. There is a lot of confusion around publishing, this article seeks to bring clarity to this confusion.

Do you think you're the next Red Bull Thre3style World Champion?

logoThre3style is a competition that gives you the opportunity to showcase all of your DJ skills – technicality, originality, creativity, the art of gauging the crowd and selecting tracks, stage presence, energy and ultimately your ability to lure people on to the dance floor and keep them going wild. Use the form on the Red Bell Thre3style website and apply. Tell them a bit about yourself, upload one of your mixes and that's it. It is free and easy to register. Do it HERE.

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