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The tra:mag entertainment guide gives you an overview and loads of links about the Urban life in South Africa. From music bands to live gigs - everything you need to know to have a good time in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Durban & Port Elizabeth!

Have a look and enjoy your time in urban South Africa!

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tra:mag entertainment guide Southern Africa

South African bands & artists

South Africa has a great and diverse music culture. Check the following bands & artists, watch their videos, see their websites for gigs & tour dates, check the tra:mag book & music forum for rewiews and live gigs in Southern Africa or listen to them on www.myspace.com! Some of them play only in their hometowns, some all over South Africa, and some already made it to overseas. Check them out!

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Joburg & Pretoria area

Our Silence
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/oursilenceband
http://www.oursilence.sinfree.net/

Couch Potatoes
Trip Hop / Alternative / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/couchpotatoestheband

Underbelly
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/underbellyband
http://www.underbelly.co.za

epicure
Alternative / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/epicuresouthafrica
http://www.go-epicure.com

The Hellphones
Rock / Indie / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/hellphones
http://www.hellphones.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Myepic
Alternative / Rock / Emo
http://www.myspace.com/myepicsa
http://www.myepicband.com

Scenery
Alternative / Progressive / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/sceneryband
http://www.scenery.co.za

The Parlotones
Indie / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/theparlotones
http://www.parlotones.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Misled
Hardcore / Punk / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/misledsa
http://www.misled.co.za

Arno Carstens
Alternative / Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/arnocarstens
http://www.arnocarstens.com
get his cds at the tra:mag shop

DEREK TheBandit
Trance / House / Down-tempo
http://www.myspace.com/derekthebandit
http://www.soundrepublic.co.za

The Bang
Indie / Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/bangtheband
http://www.thebangonline.com

Jaxon
Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/jaysoncalitzmusic

Gordon's Suitcase
Jazz / Lounge / Afro-beat
http://www.myspace.com/gordonssuitcase
http://www.gordonssuitcase.com

Scarlet Box
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/scarletboxband
http://www.scarletbox.co.za

Ménage à Trois
Folk Rock / Acoustic / Funk
http://www.myspace.com/menageatroissa

The New Academics
Funk Rock
http://www.newacademics.co.za

Tidal Waves
Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/tidalwavestunes
http://www.tidalwaves.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

The Narrow
Metal / Rock / Emo
http://www.myspace.com/thenarrowza
http://www.thenarrow.com

Desmond & The Tutus
Indie / Indie / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/desmondandthetutus
desmondandthetutus.blogspot.com

The Waiting Room
Rock / Pop / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/thewaitingroombandsa
http://www.thewaitingroomband.com

Chris Chameleon
Rock / Indie / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/chrischameleon
http://www.chrischameleon.com
get his cds at the tra:mag shop

Fuzigish
Punk / Ska / Disco House
http://www.myspace.com/fuzigish
http://www. fuzigish.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Sonsteek
Rock / Alternative / Progressive
http://www.myspace.com/sonsteek

The Metanoya Rockonfusion
Rock / Alternative / Progressive
http://www.myspace.com/themetanoyarockonfusion

http://www.metanoyarock.com

Rokkeloos
Powerpop / Thrash / Hardcore
http://www.myspace.com/rokkeloosband

The Kick
Rock / Classic Rock
http://www.myspace.com/thekick
http://www.thekick.co.za

Cassette
Rock / Indie / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/playcassette
http://www.playcassette.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

The SlashDogs
Garage / Rockabilly / Blues
http://www.myspace.com/theslashdogs
http://www.theslashdogs.com

AlterEgo
Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/alteregosa

Mrs. B
Rock / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/mrsbband
http://www.mrsbband.com

Fevertree
Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/fevertreeband
http://www.fevertreeband.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Movie55
Rock / Indie / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/movie55
http://www.movie55.co.za

Dubway
Rock / Metal / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/dubwaycom
http://www.dubwayfire.com

Vile Minds
Hardcore / Rock / Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/vileminds
http://www.vileminds.com

Boabab
Rock / Experimental / Indie
http://www.myspace.com/boababband
http://www.boababband.co.za

Blunted Stuntman
Alternative / Breakbeat / Electronica
http://www.myspace.com/bluntedstuntman

16Stitch
Rock / Alternative / Progressive
http://www.myspace.com/16stitch
http://www.16stitch.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

One sock thief
Rock / Indie / Ambient
http://www.myspace.com/onesockthief
http://www.onesockthief.com

Bongo Maffin
Afro-beat
http://www.myspace.com/bongomaffin
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

The Lemmings
Indie / Acoustic / Ambient
http://www.myspace.com/thelemmingssa
http://www.thelemmings.co.za

Karen Zoid
Acoustic / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/karenzoidmusic
http://www.karenzoid.co.za
get her cds at the tra:mag shop

Uju
Alternative / Afro-beat / R&B
http://www.myspace.com/ujuband

Jacob Israel
Electronica / Electro / IDM
http://www.myspace.com/jacobisrael

Johnny Neon
Electro / Indie / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/johnnyneon

Devil's Cartel
Electronica / Trip Hop / Down-tempo
http://www.myspace.com/devilscartel
http://www.devilscartel.com

Elusion
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/theelusion

WONDERboom
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/wonderboom
http://www.wonderboom.co.za

WEEZ
Hip Hop / Rap / Crunk
http://www.myspace.com/weezsa

Fourteen 40
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/fourteen40

Elaborate Station
Rock / Punk / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/elaboratestation

DayPoem
Christian / Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/daypoem

Judith
Alternative / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/judithbandsa

Fleshwound
Rock / Metal / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/fleshwoundtheband

Vinyl Chevron
Rock/Metal/Funk
http://www.myspace.com/vinylchevron

340ml
Dub / Afro-beat / Tropical
http://www.myspace.com/340ml

Hugo and Butch
Progressive / Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/hugoandbutch

CrashCarBurn
Powerpop / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/crashcarburn

Durban

Nemesis Army
Alternative / Rock / Progressive
http://www.myspace.com/thenemesisarmy
http://www.nemesisarmy.co.za

Love Jones
Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/lovejonesband
http://www.lovejonesband.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Permisson To Float
Ambient / Electronica / Experimental
http://www.myspace.com/permissiontofloat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sWfh3KVWcw

Artefacts
Alternative / Ambient / Experimental
http://www.myspace.com/artefacts

Guy Buttery
Folk / Acoustic / Experimental
http://www.myspace.com/guybuttery

Farryl Purkiss
Pop / Acoustic / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/purkissmusic
http://www.farrylpurkiss.com
get his cds at the tra:mag shop

Fox Fyre
Acoustic / Folk Rock / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/foxfyremusic 
http://www.foxfyre.co.za

Starplayer
Punk / Rock / Emo
http://www.myspace.com/starplayerband
http://www.starplayer.co.za

Driverlane
Rock / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/driverlane
http://www.driverlane.co.za

Exit The Fall
Alternative / Christian / Emo
http://www.myspace.com/exitthefallband

The Kiff
Other / Alternative / Funk
http://www.myspace.com/thekiff

His Dying Wish
Alternative / Progressive / Powerpop
http://www.myspace.com/hisdyingwish

Crossing Point
Hardcore / Metal / Punk
http://www.myspace.com/crossingpoint
http://www.crossingpoint.co.za

Newcastle, KZN

SernBand
Acoustic / Alternative / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/sernband

Cape Town

Serving Suggestion
Punk / Rock / Emo
http://www.myspace.com/servingsuggestion
http://www.servingsuggestion.com

Fokofpolisiekar
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/fokofpolisiekarband
http://www.fokofpolisiekar.co.za

Gary Thomas
Accoustic
http://www.myspace.com/garythomas

Simon van Gend
Acoustic / Pop / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/simonvangend
http://www.simonvangend.co.za
get his
cds at the tra:mag shop

Antipathy
Experimental / Funk / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/antipathybrother
http://www.antipathy.co.za

The Springbok Nude Girls
Alternative / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/thespringboknudegirls
http://www.nudegirls.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shops

Jack Mantis
Acoustic / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/jackmantis

Felix Laband
electronic music
http://www.myspace.com/darkdaysexit
get his cds at the tra:mag shops

Righard Kapp
Experimental / Shoegaze / Tropical
http://www.myspace.com/righardkapp
http://www.omtd.co.za

BROWN
Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/capetownbrown
http://www.brownrecords.org

Goldfish
Nu-Jazz / Electronica / Down-tempo
http://www.myspace.com/goldfishlive
http://www.goldfishlive.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shops

Cabins In The Forest
Acoustic / Jazz / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/cabinsintheforest

Taxi Violence
Rock / Indie
http://www.myspace.com/taxiviolence
http://www.taxiviolence.com

tAIT
Indie / Pop / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/taitsa
http://www.tait.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

3rd World Spectator
Alternative / Rock / Indie
http://www.myspace.com/3rdworldspectator

Mark Allan
Acoustic / Pop / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/markallanmusic
http://www.markallan.co.za

Piet Potent
Hip Hop / Rap / Turntablism
http://www.myspace.com/pietpotent

Fly Paper Jet
Alternative / Jazz / Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/flypaperjet
http://www.flypaperjet.com

The Eko Unit
Breakbeat / Hip Hop / Electronica
http://www.myspace.com/theekounit 
http://www.eko-unit.co.za
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Social Hazard
Electronica / Dub / Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/jpactech
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Matek's Mixez
Experimental / Hip Hop / Electronica
http://www.myspace.com/mateksmixez

Jungle Mission
Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/starburstsounds

Tristan Waterkeyn
Acoustic / Surf / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/tristanwaterkeyn

Freshlyground
Afro-beat / Funk / Folk
http://www.myspace.com/freshlygroundsa
http://www.freshlyground.com
get their cds at the tra:mag shops

Duncan Breen
Acoustic / Folk / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/duncanbreen

Soulfire
Acoustic / Folk / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/soulfirecapetown

Dirty Skirts
Indie / New Wave / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/thedirtyskirts
http://www.thedirtyskirts.com

Louis Mhlanga
Lounge / Acoustic / Neo-soul
http://www.myspace.com/louismhlanga
http://www.louismhlanga.com
get his cds at the tra:mag shop

Black Dillinger
Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/blackdillinger
get his cds (African Dope Rec.) at the tra:mag shop

sibot
Electronica / Turntablism / Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/sibot 
http://www.therealestateagents.co.za

MaxNormalTV
Hip Hop / Electro
http://www.myspace.com/maxnormaltv
http://www.maxnormal.tv

The Mix n Blend
Funk / Breakbeat / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/mixnblend

Teba Shumba
Reggae / Dub / Roots Music
http://www.myspace.com/tebashumba

Zoro
Reggae / Dub / Afro-beat
http://www.myspace.com/gugsnews

Chronic Clan
Hip Hop / Reggae / Folk
http://www.myspace.com/chronicfamily
http://www.africandope.co.za

One Day Remains
Acousmatic / Tape music / Zouk / Hawaiian
http://www.myspace.com/chickenandherb
http://www.showcaseyourmusic.com/onedayremains
get their music right now!

Kladd
Alternative / Rock / Other
http://www.myspace.com/kladdband

Damn Right
Rock / Classic Rock / Punk
http://www.myspace.com/urdamnfuckingright

Superhotjoy
Disco House / Alternative / R&B
http://www.myspace.com/superhotjoy
http://www.superhotjoy.com

Ntaba and the Stone
Reggae / Afro-beat / Gospel
http://www.myspace.com/ntaba
http://www.urbanmix.co.za/ntaba.html

Hog Hoggidy Hog
Punk / Ska / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/hoghoggidyhog
http://hoghoggidyhog.com

The Allstar Funk Four
Hip Hop / Rock / Funk
http://www.myspace.com/theallstarfunkfour
http://www.af4.co.za

Driemanskap
Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/driemanskap

The Navidson Records
Electronica / Experimental / Electroacoustic
http://www.myspace.com/thenavidsonrecordsmusic

ManINsuiT
Rock / Punk / Metal
http://www.myspace.com/maninsuit
http://officialmaninsuit.com

Myburgh
Folk Rock / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/myburghspace

David Forrister
Folk Rock / Blues / Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/davidforrister

Light Merchants
Psychedelic / Funk / Dub
http://www.myspace.com/lightmerchants
http://www.lightmerchants.com

Kelvin Declined
Rock / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/kelvindeclinedsa

Palms Up
http://www.myspace.com/palmsuplive
http://www.palmsup.co.za

Nightlife Conspiracy
Lounge / Trip Hop / Electronica
http://www.myspace.com/nightlifeconspiracy

Captain Stu
Ska / Reggae / Experimental
http://www.myspace.com/captainstuandthellamas

Sista Hope
Afro-beat / Hip Hop / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/sistahope

Meru Matu
Reggae / Roots Music / Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/empressmeru

Jahnett Tafari
Reggae / Roots Music / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/jahnetttafari2

The Doppler Effect
Metal / Punk
http://www.myspace.com/dopplereffect

Oslo Oscillator
Rock / Shoegaze / Tropical
http://www.myspace.com/boeredisco

Founders
Garage / Indie / Soul
http://www.myspace.com/thefounderscafe

The Ragdolls
Rock / Indie / Blues
http://www.myspace.com/theragdollsrazzle

Fletcher
Dub / Breakbeat / Drum & Bass
http://www.myspace.com/fletcherbeadon

Van Coke Kartel
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/vancokekartel
http://www.vancokekartel.co.za

aKing
Rock
http://www.myspace.com/akingband
http://www.aking.co.za
get their music right now!

Sista Hope
Afro-beat / Hip Hop / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/sistahope

Heather Waters
Indie / Rock / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/heatherwatersmusic
http://www.heatherwaters.co.za

Justin Bergh
Rock / Pop / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/justinbergh
get his cd right now!

IKE MORIZ
Indie / Rock / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/morizike
http://www.ikemoriz.com
get his music right now!

Nice
Pop
http://www.myspace.com/nicenicernicest

Nungarin
Roots / Rock / Folk Rock
http://www.myspace.com/nungarinmusic
http://www.nungarinmusic.com

Sommerset West

The New York Robbers
Indie / Pop / Rock
http://www.myspace.com/thenewyorkrobbers
http://www.thenewyorkrobbers.com

Port Elizabeth

The Finkelstiens
Rock / Pop Punk
http://www.myspace.com/finkelstiens
http://www.finkelstiens.co.za
get their cds at the tra:mag shop

Bloemfontein

All Will Fall
Emo / Rock / Screamo
http://www.myspace.com/allwillfallband

Plettenberg Bay

Steriodog
Electronica / Alternative / Acoustic
http://www.myspace.com/steriodog

Ladismith, Western Cape

The Jo Ellis Band
Rock / Alternative / Metal
http://www.myspace.com/joellismusic
http://www.joellis.co.za
download their current CD for free!

Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The Pretty Blue Guns
Rock / Blues / Alternative
http://www.myspace.com/theprettyblueguns

Namibia

Ras Sheehama
Reggae / Roots Music / Afro-beat
http://www.myspace.com/rassheehama
http://www.rassheehama.com

Ndeshi
R&B / Hip Hop
http://www.myspace.com/ndeshi

EeS
Afro-beat / Hip Hop / Reggae
http://www.myspace.com/eesyees
http://www.eesy-ees.com

Botswana

Wrust
Metal / Black Metal / Death Metal
http://www.myspace.com/wrust
http://www.wrustband.com

Festivals in South Africa

For some unknown reasons South Africa celebrates almost everything with a festival - from the "Prickly Pear Festival" in Uitenhage (Eastern Cape) to the "Hantam Vleisfees" in the Northern Cape.
Click here for a list of festivals in South Africa throughout the year.

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