Prime Circle

Time: 15:00–18:00

De Waal Park

Prime Circle are a South African rock band, operating out of Johannesburg. The band has released six studio albums to date and achieved multi-platinum-selling status in South Africa.

After notching up six studio albums, several chart-topping singles, a string of awards and countless sold-out gigs, Prime Circle have earned their status as South African rock royalty.

In mid-2016, Prime Circle’s single Ghosts reached the top 150 of Germany’s weekly airplay charts.

Prime Circle have won several South African Music Awards for their albums and music videos, including Best Music Video of the Year at the SAMA XXI category as well as nominated for the MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Pop & Alternative Act and Best Music Video of the Year for their single DOORS off their album Let The Night In. The band was also nominated for Best Artist in African Rock at the All Africa Music Awards.

Over the past few years, they have taken their well-crafted tunes and powerful live energy to international markets while not forgetting their massive South African fan base. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Spain and Switzerland – as well as Germany, which is fast becoming the band’s second home. Says singer-songwriter Ross Learmonth: “Without the fans, we would be nothing. And I don’t ever want to do anything else. Creating music for a living is a privilege, and we never forget that.”

SUPPORTING ARTISTS

CRIMSON HOUSE

Crimson House was founded in Namibia in 2010 by Arno Van Zyl & Riaan Smit. Their mission was to find within themselves a sound that would give them the feeling of bliss they sought in their music. They recruited Christoph de Chevonnes Vrugt on drums and Jacques Jansen Van Rensburg on bass. This rhythm section was completely different from other blues bands as they were more familiar with punk and metal. The music then took a direction no-one saw coming. It went from blues, to bluegrass western punk with a Tom Waits/Joe Cocker styled vocals soaked in gypsy undertones. This unique factor and a relentless gig schedule moulded them into a live musical act that could not be contained. After coming together they wrote an albums worth of songs that would become “smoke, dust & Whiskey’. As luck would have it their bassist Jacques entered the band into a battle of the bands type competition hosted by AFM radio, and by surprise the band won the competition. This enabled the band o record their second full length album “Red Shack Rock”. While recording the album they enlisted the help of Nick Becker to add horn sections to songs like ‘Pindrop circle‘ which also featured Mr Cat & the Jackal on Accordion and the saw. In 2014 the band received multiple invitations to perform in the USA. After much planning and selling of assets only two out of the five members could make it to the states (due to budget constraints). The two members were Riaan and Nick who embarked on a 3 month journey where they performed festivals in Arizona, the Casbuh in San diego, L.A, San francisco, New Orleans, Nashville, Memphis, and multiple dates in New York City. Whilst in the states they were invited to record with Alan Sanderson, who had previously produced hit albums for Rollings Stones, Fleetwood Mac, BBKing, and Elton John. Crimson House was previously known as “Crimson House Blues’ but they dropped the blues in the name as they felt they didn’t want to limit themselves to a genre. They are known for jumping between genres with ease. In one set you can expect Latin, Gypsy, Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk, Metal, Grunge, Funk, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. While the meaning of the bands name can be attributed to Red House by Jimi Henrix is wasn’t actually intended to be. It means a house of solace, where are all are welcome in. In the Crimson House all cultures, creeds, colours, breeds and seeds are welcome. We do not discriminate here, just leave your baggage at the door.

GUGULETHU TENORS

Afro-operatic pop sensations The Gugulethu Tenors have become a household name in South Africa since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011.  They have performed at some of SA’s top events and festivals, shared stages with local and international headliners, and been featured extensively in local and international media, whilst their fan base continues to expand, covering a wide and diverse audience.Their journey to success, which started more than 10 years ago as four high school learners’ respective dreams of being on stage, has been widely publicised and serves as an inspiration to many. Performance highlights include representing SA during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, captivating thousands at Cape Town’s FanFests with their soothing harmonies and remarkable voices, boasting standing-ovations at festivals like Aardklop Arts Festival, Cultivaria and Klein Karoo Klassique to name a few, wowing corporate audiences across the country, and performing to politicians, dignitaries and superstars including Oprah Winfrey, Chris Rock and Mariah Carey.  The Gugulethu Tenors’ ambition goes beyond success as performers – collectively they aim to be role models for South Africa’s youth and, through their singing, to showcase the richness and diversity of South Africa’s cultural heritage.  

JOE EMILIO

Joe was born in Texas, USA and has been moving around all his life, from USA to Egypt to South Africa.

Joe fell in love with Stand-up Comedy at an early age, however it was only when he arrived in South Africa that he started to pursue his dream of becoming a Stand-up Comedian.

Joe is a storyteller comedian, energetic and lively on the stage. His comedy is fresh and original with interesting twists on the American and South African culture. He talks about his experiences in South Africa, as well as finding the funny in every day life. Joe in no way, shape or form mocks the South African culture but rather makes fun of himself experiencing the culture. You’ll find yourself chuckling next time you say “Awe” or “Robots”… Come find out for yourself.

He regularly uses his skills in the corporate world where he presents workshops on story, communication and presentation skills.

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