Making Waves (brought to you by Volvo Ocean Race 2014)

Here is something very cool for young songwriters:

Making Waves, is a national search for young artistic and musical talents (aged 18 to 35) who live in South Africa and are bursting with creativity and originality, organised by Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world sailing race which stops in Cape Town later this year.

The winning artist and musician will receive a prize of R13,800.

Participants have to sign up at:

from 10 September until 3 October and upload an example of their best work. Fans will vote on Facebook and a jury will choose the winners by 9th October 2014.

The winners will create an original piece of work inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race and Cape Town. Works must be submitted by 10th November 2014.

The goal is to give global exposure to artists based in every country hosting the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15, via the race’s official digital channels as well as at the stopovers and in a travelling multimedia exhibition once the race is over.


inRooms is an Online and Mobile TV show. inRooms features artists performing stripped down versions of songs in an iconic setting.  Watch Arno Carstens perform tracks from his latest album release, Lighting Prevails (2014).  

All tracks available for purchase on iTunes:






X Factor

The X Factor South Africa’s judges will be Arno Carstens, Zonke and Oskido it has been announced.

They will join The X Factor SA’s presenter Andile Ncube who was announced at the beginning of last month. The X Factor South Africa will start on SABC1 on Saturday 6 September at 18:00 and ending with a live finale in Durban on 13 December.

The winner receives a Sony Music Entertainment contract and R300 000 as a cash prize.

“This is a launch pad for somebody with talent but you also have to have the ambition, the work ethic and everything else,” says Maijang Mpherwane, SABC1 channel head.

“SABC1 is delighted that Zonke, Arno Carstens and Oskido have joined The X Factor South Africa judging panel. They have years of experience both here and abroad,” says Mpherwane.

“They are driven and hard-working and bring their extensive know-how and knowledge to the show”.

Zonke is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter and producer and a multiple South African Music Awards winner. Her father was Vuyisile Dikana, the drummer of Black Slave and the Flamingo, and her late stepmother, Anneline Malebo, sang for Joy.

Arno Carstens is an award winning solo artist and lead singer of the Springbok Nude Girls. He has toured South Africa, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Oskido is an award-winning producer, performer, radio presenter and record producer who started Kalawa Records, and is a member of Brothers of Peace (B.o.P.).


IMAGE Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke 20 Years of SA Rock 2014 photo by Jacques du Preez

Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke 20 Years of SA Rock


3rd April
Club Al Capone, Oudtshoorn, WCAPE
Tickets at Computicket

13 April
Barnyard Theatre, Cresta, GAUTENG
Tickets 011 478 5300

14 April
Barnyard Theatre, Boksburg, GAUTENG
Tickets 011 823 6933

18 April
Grant Erskine Marquee, Splashy Fen, KZN
Tickets at Computicket

27 April
Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, WCAPE
Tickets 021 914 8898

28 April
Barnyard Theatre, Gateway, KZN
Tickets 031 566 3045

7 May
Klein Libertas Theatre, Stellenbosch, WCAPE
Tickets at Webtickets

11 May
Barnyard Theatre, Parkview, GAUTENG
Tickets 012 368 1555

12 May
Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia, GAUTENG
Tickets 011 234 2033

10 July
Guy Butler Theatre, Monument, Grahamstown, ECAPE
Tickets at from May

Arno Carstens and Francois van Coke will tour South Africa during April and May 2014, with a show that celebrates the past 20 years of SA Rock.

The performance sees both singers on stage together for the full set, along with their acoustic guitars.  Gus Warden will accompany them on drums and Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel) on electric guitar.

Together they will perform a selection of hits from Springbok Nude Girls, Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and Arno’s solo career as well as SA Rock songs that have influenced and inspired them over the last 20 years.


“I am very excited to play some shows with Arno again. We had a great run of shows last year and this year is going to be even better.” says Francois.

Francois van Coke is the lead singer of Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel. During his ten year career as lead singer of these Afrikaans rock bands, he has released 7 full length albums, 3 Ep’s and collaborated with likes of Seether, Jack Parow, Die Antwoord and Die Heuwels Fantasties. He has received 3 SAMA awards and multiple MK Awards. 

Francois is currently working on new Fokofpolisiekar material, touring with Van Coke Kartel, playing solo shows and working on a new project set to be released in 2015. For more information please visit

“I think Francois, me and the guys are equally ecstatic about taking our show on the road again after last year’s success, but this time we’re adding something special and paying our respects to some of the best songs written over the last 20 years by South African rock artists, and that is an added joy. We had a meeting and discussed our wish lists, made up of sentimental personal favourites. Songs that should never be forgotten.  I don’t see this as a celebration of the past but rather an affirmation of timeless SA Rock classics.”says Arno.

During his career as the lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist, Arno Carstens has released 10 studio albums, had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 South African Music Awards and shared the stage with legends of the music world including U2, The Rolling Stones and REM and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Hard Rock Calling.
Arno Carstens 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’, will be released in 2014. Watch the video for the first single, a cover of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell online at