if there were ever a year to put south africa on the international music scene 2012 was that year. not only did our local artists, producers and performers kick it into high gear but the rest of the world began to realise how we get down in good old saffa land. south africans are unique in this regard, we live in a nation of born music lovers.
the difference between south africans and the average party goer is that once on the dance floor, nothing else matters, it is just you and the music. there are very few places in the world you will witness a crowd so immersed into an artists performance. it is for this reason that 2012 saw a massive in influx in foreign talent visiting the southern most point of africa.
think back and remember the likes of: bloc party, steve aoki, lady gaga, enter shikari, the prodigy, seth troxler, diplo, little dragon, two door cinema club, afrojack, stimming, ill gates, linkin park, bullet for my valentine, eagles of death metal, infected mushroom, in flames, netsky, drumsound & bassline smith, hudson mohawke, a- trak, the tallest man on earth and the drums, to name a few.
the only thing left is for us to hope this trend keeps on going and further more, growing. already on the bill for 2013 we have: the red hot chilli peppers, kanye west, richie hawtin and swedish house mafia. rumours around rihanna and mumford & sons making an appearance have also recently surfaced.
so if we had a choice, this is who we hope to haved in our back yard come end 2013:
1. radio head
the 5 piece british rock group from abingdon, oxfordshire, have been shredding since the summer of 85′ and are yet to experience a *real* crowd! best we get them here then, right?
2. foo fighters
this 11 time grammy award winning american rock group (formed by drummer dave grohl of 90′s grunge band nirvana) have been pleasing crowds for years with sold out performances world wide and an endless set list of classic tracks.
i had a dream the other night: me and lead man dave were having words and he told me of his intent to come to south africa and play the gig of his life. let’s hope this dreams comes to reality… soon!
lead by the dreamy vocalist brandon boyd (try resist this guy, ladies) incubus are undoubtedly one of the best rock bands of their time with albums reaching multi platinum sales and concerts sold out since 1991. incubus we really do “wish you were here”
4. frank ocean
christopher francis ocean, born and bread new orleans singer, took 2012 by storm. the bbc announced that mr ocean finished second place in its ‘sound of 2012′ poll. ocean appeared at the coachella festival as well as at lollapalooza at the end of his 2012 summer tour. hopefully 2013 will be the year he adds-sing in south africa- to his bucket list, we know it’s on ours already.
5. mac miller
previously known as easy mac, straight out of pittsburg pennsylvania, mac miller is as close to sliced bread as they come. with over 71 million views of his single ‘donald trump’ on youtube, what’s a few more in south africa? make it happen my dude.
6. wu tang clang
no introduction needed, just a one way ticket to south africa.
chicago born ryan raddon (kaskade) rose to prominence alongside producers deadmau5 and wolfgang gartner during the revival of american progressive house in late 2008-early 2009.
have a listen to his single ‘it’s you, it’s me feat jocelyn‘ then try tell me you are not urking for him to come to south africa.
8. daft punk
the house duo hailing from the land of frogs, snails and good art have been raising the roof since the late 90′s with their sexy fusion of house and synth pop. without a doubt one of the best dance acts to have ever lived. get here…now!
9. calvin harris
the world renowned scottish singer/ dj adam richard wiles, has been around the block and back. unfortunately he seemed to have by passed our lovely little slice of paradise. let’s hope he comes to his senses and gets here sooner rather than later.
lorin ashton is distinguished by his live performances and light shows. since 2005, he has been touring constantly in the states and abroad, including performances at the legendary red rocks amphitheatre in 2011 and 2012 (as well a special performance each new year’s eve). his performance for new year’s eve 2011 at the bridgestone arena in nashville sold out to 10,000 fans. we can better that, surely?
right so that’s our wishlist. now all we need to do is make it come to fruition. cross your fingers people, hopefully the music wishlist gods have heard our calls.
in the meantime, who would you like to see playing in south africa?
peace, love, music