HERE’S TO THOSE WHO #FINISHGREAT
IT IS FROM THESE GREAT MINDS THAT WE INHERIT OUR PIONEERING SPIRIT
ONE THAT DRIVES US TO DREAM AND DO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT NO MATTER THE CHALLENGE,
WE FACE IT WHILE STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.
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IN 2010 HE BECAME THE FIRST COMPETITOR TO HAVE WON ALL FOUR OF THE 4 DESERTS RACES, EACH A 6/7-DAY, 250-KILOMETER SELF-SUPPORTED FOOTRACE THROUGH THE ATACAMA DESERT IN CHILE, THE GOBI DESERT IN CHINA, THE SAHARA DESERT IN EGYPT AND LASTLY THE ANTARCTICA.
IN 2003, HE WAS THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN TO SUMMIT THE EARTH’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, EVEREST (SOUTH SIDE). ON THE SAME DAY HE WAS CONGRATULATED BY PRESIDENT THABO MBEKI, ‘IN THIS, HE HAS SHOWN THE HEIGHTS WE CAN ALL SCALE IN LIFE IF WE PUT OUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL.’
IN 2005, HE REACHED THE SUMMIT OF EVEREST AGAIN, THIS TIME FROM THE NORTH RIDGE WITH SIR RANULPH FIENNES AND ALEX HARRIS.
HE’S HAD OVER 20 TOP TEN SINGLES, WON 5 SAMA AWARDS AND PERFORMED WITH U2, THE ROLLING STONES AND REM. DURING HIS 20 YEAR CAREER, HE’S HEADLINED EVERY MAJOR SOUTH AFRICAN FESTIVAL AND PERFORMED AT SOME OF THE MOST LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS INCLUDING ISLE OF WIGHT, GLASTONBURY, V FESTIVAL AND HARD ROCK CALLING.
Arno Carstens chats to Francois Pienaar
The Breakfast Special is hosting Celeb Radio on OFM with Arno Carstens as this week’s guest presenter. Today 20 years ago the Springboks won the 1995 rugby world cup and Arno Carstens gave us access to his phone book and phoned Francois Pienaar live on air while he was on the #1995reunion bus where they are celebrating their victory from 20 years ago today at Ellis Park.
OFM, the sound of Central South Africa, is once again leading the way with innovative radio content offerings by presenting “Celeb Radio” during June and July. In June and July central South Africa will hear some of South Africa’s favourite celebrities present their own radio show from 09:00 to 12:00 weekdays, for a full five day week. Each show will be hosted by the respective celebrity with the assistance of the hosts of the Breakfast Special on OFM, André Kunz and Yolanda Maartens. Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM General Manager: “Our regular mid-morning presenter, Isabel Potgieter, will be on maternity leave from the 22nd of June. At OFM we love a challenge and instead of coming up with the usual stand-in solution, we decided to up the entertainment stakes by doing something unusual and fresh. “Celeb Radio” is the result!” Celebrities in their own right but know more for their stage performances and popular music include Arno Carstens (week of 22 June), Monique Steyn (week of 29 June), Margit Meyer-Rodenbeck (week of 13 July) and Nadine (week of 27 July). “The celebrities we have chosen for this exciting new venture are some of our listeners’ favourite stars and are also loyal friends of the station. All of us at OFM is looking forward to the next few weeks and in welcoming these celebrities to the OFM family. Winter has never been this exciting!”
Live at The Riverside Lodge in Aliwal North and The Aasvoël Klub in Bloemfontein
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This week, besides presenting Celeb Radio each morning from 9-12pm on OFM, the sound of your life, Arno will be performing live in Aliwal North and Bloemfontein. The Riverside Lodge in Aliwal North is a lush haven in tranquil surroundings of Aliwal North, nestled on the banks of the Orange River. Catch Arno Carstens Live at The Riverside Lodge in Aliwal North on Friday 26 June at 8pm. Tickets are R100. Kids u/16 R50 Kids u/10 free. BOOK NOW on 079 506 5798 The Aasvoël Klub in Bloemfontein has hosted the legends of South Africa’s music scene. It has been featured countless times as one of the Top 10 places to visit in Bloemfontein and has played host to the Free State Arts Festivalfor a few years running. Catch Arno Carstens Live at The Aasvoël Klub in Bloemfontein on Saturday 27 June at 8PM. Tickets are R130 BOOK NOW on 079 796 7975
“I highly recommend you take this album for a spin. Arno will shake your beliefs in what you thought you knew about alternative music. Trust me, you will start to see sounds…”
LouisePieterse.com Aug 2014
“Lightning Prevails would appear to be his most chilled album and his most experimental. The songs, like so many of his others, are not commercially radio friendly. Yet he remains one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of our time.”
Tonight Sept 2014
“A seductive album, best enjoyed with a whiskey and the sound of crashing waves.”
Nici de Wet
YOU Magazine Oct 2014
Platinum selling, award winning, singer-songwriter Arno Carstens has released 11 albums; 5 as lead singer of Springbok Nude Girls, 1 as part of Electronica project Bhelltower and 5 as a solo artist. He’s had over 20 top ten singles, won 5 SAMA Awards and performed with U2, The Rolling Stones and REM. During his 20 year career, he’s headlined every major South African festival and performed at some of the most legendary international music festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, V Festival and Hard Rock Calling. Arno Carstens 5th solo album ‘Lightening Prevails’ received a South African Music Awards nomination in the Best Adult Contemporary Album Category earlier this month. Other nominees in this category are: BlackByrd – Home Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot Josie Field – S’bongile Niemand – Back Again The XXI Music Awards ceremony will take place at Sun City in Johannesburg on 21st April 2015. WATCH: Arno Carstens – Lightning Prevails EPK https://youtu.be/SQJHNWzmt3Y Arno Carstens – Highway to Hell (AC/DC) https://youtu.be/lj-CXo3GwJ0 Arno Carstens – Little Evil (feat. Mariechan) https://youtu.be/2z4UwiDmfgs BUY: Arno Carstens – Lightning Prevails https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/lightning-prevails/id880857130 KEEP IN TOUCH: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/arnocarstens FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/arnocarstensmusic?_rdr YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/arnocarstensmusic OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://arnocarstensmusic.wordpress.com/ ARNO CARSTENS HAS RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STUDIO ALBUMS *
- Springbok Nude Girls – Neanderthal 1 (Epic, 1995)
- Springbok Nude Girls – AfterLifeSatisfaction (Epic, 1997)
- Springbok Nude Girls – Surpass The Powers (Epic, 1999) SAMA Winner Best Rock Album
- Springbok Nude Girls – Relaxor (Epic, 2000) SAMA Winner Best Rock Album
- Arno Carstens – Another Universe (Sony, 2003) SAMA Winner Best Rock Album
- Arno Carstens – The Hello Goodbye Boys (SonyBMG, 2005) SAMA Winner Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Springbok Nude Girls – PeaceBreaker (SonyBMG, 2007)
- Bhelltower – Bhelltower (SonyBMG, 2008)
- Arno Carstens – Wonderful Wild & Wonderful Wild Deluxe Edition (Sony, 2010)
- Arno Carstens – Atari Gala (Gallo, 2012)
- Arno Carstens – Lightning Prevails (Sheer, 2014)
(*excluding DVD’s, EP’s and Best Of albums)
Arno Carstens presents The Blind Tiger Sessions feat Urban Brandy, Little Giants, Mikhail Jones, Laudo Liebenberg, Toya Delazy and Morne van Zyl
During the Prohibition, in the USA in the early 1940’s, the phrase “I’m going to see a blind tiger” was street-code for visiting a pop-up venue that offered entertainment and alcohol.
A play on this idea, The Blind Tiger Sessions; an annual event hosted by Arno to present a fusion of his personal taste in music and art; is here again, this year pushing the boundaries with a truly eclectic combination of styles.
This year, in partnership with Urban Brandy, Arno is presenting a unique fusion of photography, jazz, afro jazz, pop and rock, for one night only at Southern Sun Waterfront in Cape Town.
The Blind Tiger Sessions 2014 is by invite only.
For more information about the Blind Tiger Sessions:
Arno Carstens Fine Art
Best known for his career as a singer-songwriter and front man for the Springbok Nude Girls, multi-award winning artist, Arno Carstens, has in fact been expressing himself across a variety of creative media over the last twenty years.
“Art and Music are not mutually exclusive for me. I am a painter that sings and a singer that paints.” ARNO CARSTENS
Arno has just released his 5th solo album, ‘Lightning Prevails’ and is working on his 2nd solo art exhibition, which should be ready late 2015.
Watch the videos for ‘Lightning Prevails’ on YouTube:
Arno Carstens YouTube
“I love Toya, not just as a friend but also as an artist. She’s incredibly talented and wonderfully fresh. I’m looking forward to seeing her in a (musically) stripped down form.” ARNO CARSTENS
From obscure beginnings in the little known town of eMahlabathini in KwaZulu Natal, to a major record deal with Sony Music that spawned the mega hit ‘Pump it On’ and 3 SAMA Awards, Toya Delazy’s success story is an extraordinary one.
The 1st single ‘Forbidden Fruit’ from Toya’s 2nd album, ‘Ascension’ (28 October 2014) is accompanied by a daring music video, released throughout Africa despite the recent anti-gay wave throughout the continent.
Watch the video on YouTube
Toya Delazy YouTube
“aKing is one of my all-time favorite bands in the world so having Laudo agree to be on the bill is just too good. He is a lyrical treasure trove and an incredible guitarist and only getting better with age.” ARNO CARSTENS
Laudo Liebenberg is the singer and lead guitarist for AKING, a 4-piece rock band from Cape Town.
The band have just released their 4th full length album ‘Morning After’ and the 1st single ‘Man Unkind’ is a powerful guitar-driven track guided by Foals-esque vocals and a beautifully executed video from Xander van der Westhuizen.
Watch the video on YouTube
“This young man was born to be on stage and I believe he’s got a bright future in the music industry.” ARNO CARSTENS
Singer, songwriter, drummer and actor, Mikhail Jones embodies all that it means to be a Performer.
As a young boy, he toured Russia and London as a member of the prestigious Tygerberg International Children’s Choir. He graduated from The Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town in 2013 and on a whim, the following year, auditioned for The X Factor SA.
His rendition of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirrors’ might not have gotten him a seat in the Top 8, but impressed mentor Arno Carstens enough to invite him to showcase his skills at the 2014 Blind Tiger Sessions.
Watch the video on YouTube:
Mikhail Jones YouTube
“My wife and I first saw Little Giants at Swingers 021 Jazz Club in Wetton and these young Jazz guys just blew us away. They represent absolute musical style and are the best thing I’ve heard in the jazz format for years. The amazing voice of Kim van der Ventel is enough to replenish our faith in the future of good talent.” ARNO CARSTENS
The Little Giants was established in 1999 under musical directorship of Ezra Ngcukana and George Werner.
This group of young musicians, aged between 15 and 20 years, from the suburbs and townships of the Cape Flats and greater Cape Town, has developed into a tightly knit integrated unit, bonded by their youthful enthusiasm and shared cultural experiences and feature the haunting vocals of 18 year old Kim van der Ventel.
Watch the video on YouTube
Little Giants YouTube
MORNE VAN ZYL
“Morne has taken a couple of portraits of me over the years and is always able to capture something beyond the lens, beyond my skin that leaves me feeling exposed, in the most enjoyable way. I have a deep respect for him as an artist.” ARNO CARSTENS
African born, Cape Town based photographer Morné van Zyl has been specializing in photographing people since 2007. His natural affinity for the art of portraiture along with his comfortable and easy manner with people has made him the photographer of choice for local and international editorial clients, advertising agencies and production companies.
His extensive portfolio bears testament to his reputation as South Africa’s top celebrity and people photographer.
Morné’s two hundred-and-counting close-up portrait series has also been the subject of many print and online editorial profile features. He also shot the stunning portrait of Arno Carstens for his 4th solo album, Atari Gala.
Listen to Atari Gala here:
Arno Carstens Atari Gala on iTunes
Check out Morne’s work here
Morne van Zyl Website
URBAN BRANDY COCKTAIL ROUTE
“Brandy is such an iconic South African spirit. I’m excited to be pairing with the Urban Brandy Cocktail route for this year’s Blind Tiger Sessions ” ARNO CARSTENS
The Urban Brandy Cocktail Route is an experienced-based initiative launched in response to the increasing public demand for SA’s favourite spirit in all its guises. The route initially launched in Cape Town in March 2013 with a listing of 5 diverse city-based hotspots.
All venues featured a specially constructed menu of taste-shaping cocktails, each with a premium SA brandy at its base.
Find your nearest venue here
Urban Brandy Cocktail Route Website
27 Nov – Arno Carstens presents The Blind Tiger Sessions feat. Urban Brandy with Little Giants, Mikhail Jones, Laudo Liebenberg and Toya Delazy – Cape Town (By invitation only)
12 Dec – The Dutch – Durban
14 Dec – The House – Zululand
31 Dec – Kirstenbosch with Mango Groove – Cape Town
3 Jan – Fancourt with Jesse Clegg – George
8 Jan – Cape Vineyards – Noordhoek
10 Jan – Blue Peter – Bloubergstrand
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.