The Scoop: Top South African talent Fantasma (feat. Spoek Mathambo), PHFAT, Fever Trails and Christian Tiger School added to the lineup.
The Spin: Sonar Cape Town is quickly shaping up to be one of the biggest electronic events of the year. Well, biggest within the realms of affordability because have you seen the prices for Ultra? You need to sell your kidneys on the black market to afford a ticket to Ultra – an event you have to pre-register for despite the line-up being unknown.
Fantasma (feat. Spoek Mathambo), PHFAT, Fever Trails and Christian Tiger School join Sibot & Toyota and Trancemicsoul as the supporting acts for The Bloody Beetroots (live), 2manydjs (dj set) and Jon Hopkins.
Fantasma featuring Spoek Mathambo, PHFAT and Fever Trails will play alongside other local talent Sibot & Toyota and Trancemicsoul on 16 December. Christian Tiger School is the first local act set to perform at the Sonar Cape Town Opening Night on 15 December.
Fantasma is a unique and diverse set of local musicians who along with Spoek Mathambo include traditional Zulu instrumentalist Bhekisenzo Cele, forefather of Bacardi House sound DJ Spoko and psychedelic rock guitarist Andre Geldenhuys. Maintaining a distinctly South African flavour, Fantasma drives an electronic pulse and forward-thinking futuristic vision with their sound.
The fresh and talented electronic rap duo PHFAT is shaking up the South African music landscape with their “homemade” electronic mish-mash rap sound. With influences ranging from glitch hop and punk to rap and folk music, Smooth Mike and Narch are best known for their current blow-out hit single “Lights Out”, which play-listed on more than 12 radio stations across the country.
Producing avant-electro-acoustic sounds as Fever Trails, Cape Town-based Nicolaas van Reenen is a multi-instrumental producer. Described as eclectic and ethereal, he combines instruments like synthesizers, guitars, drums, piano and bass into his signature mix of layered sounds.
“Dream-hop chillwave psychedelia.” That is Christian Tiger School in one line. True products of the internet age of music, Luc Veermeer and Sebastiano Zanasi have grown up listening to and sourcing sounds from home and abroad. They are known for their improvised live sets using drum pads, keyboards and electric guitars to create their own style of hip-hop, off-beat, mash-up sounds for a thrilled live crowd. The pair have played extensively in South Africa, and toured in the U.K. and U.S.A.
Limited Early Bird Passes are available. The Sónar Professional Accreditation (PRO) option offers access to priority parking, a clock room, free Wi-Fi, cellphone chargers and access to an exclusive viewing area and bar at the event. Ticket details are as follows:
Sónar Cape Town:
Good Hope Centre
One-Day Pass for 15 Dec 2014: R495
One-Day Pass for 16 December: R595
PRO Pass (Two-Day): R1350
Early Bird (Two-Day): R695
Tickets and information: http://bit.ly/SonarCT
A Taste of Sónar in Johannesburg:
Nasrec Expo Centre
Friday 12 December 2014
General Pass: R595
PRO Pass: R895
Early Bird Pass: R495
More information: www.sonarcapetown.com/jhb
The Question: What do you think of the line-up? Let us know in the comments below!