Pedro Barbosa Interview

Whether you’re in Nelspruit, Pretoria, or Mozambique; chances are… You’ve heard of Pedro Barbosa & have had his track ”Crazy Love Is” playing in your car on full volume.

Pedro was born in Maputo, Mozambique in 1979 and discovered his love for Music at an early age. He started writing his own songs and learnt to play the guitar at aged 15 but didn’t know that music would turn out to be his career until he was 20 years old. Pedro has also recently been nominated for best Pop Performance at the IPMA awards, and has been selected for the people’s voice awards.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

He studied Marine Biology for a year before realizing that Music
was his calling. We asked him what his turning point was and what made him decide to start a career in music, ”Funny you ask this my mom asked me that question yesterday. At first I didn’t think that Music could be a career. I knew how hard it could be and in Mozambique there wasn’t much prospect in that”. Pedro Explains that while studying Marine
Biology he realized that his focus was more on the shows than in the studies, ”and at some point I had to choose between a exam and a massive show for 6000 people. And then I realized my heart was in the music”.

Pedro did a 3 year National Diploma course in Jazz, Performance and
Sound Technology. When asked how has this helped him come where he is today, he explains that it helped him a lot in understanding the technical part of music, especially in the writing and arranging of Music, as well as his guitar playing improved, ”Jazz is the most complex style of music and to go through that process adds so much vocabulary to your playing and enriches your musical language. With the sound part I never really worked in sound but I do my own productions at home so it helped me a lot in a personal level recording wise”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

When asked how he would, in detail, describe his music style and sound, He explains that he doesn’t have a sound per say, ”I think I started in a Rock background and I have released songs that go from African to Dance music”. He goes on to explain that he doesn’t like to be associated with one specific sound and that he appreciated music from a deep emotional aspect, ”luckily I have always been open to many styles of music, for example my new thing is I want to rap, so I have been practicing writing rap tunes, and I love it. So there might some rap tunes coming out sometime, you never know”. Pedro explains that it all depends on the mood or phase of his life which in he’s going through, ”SO to describe my sound is kinda hard. Maybe the best way is to say, SUIT MY MOOD MUSIC”.

In January 2017, Pedro decided he wanted to record a few songs with a more international flavor and with higher standards than his previous recordings so he approached Mark Beling, a well known Producer in South Africa and who is also a SAMA (South African Music Association) winner.

We asked Pedro what it was like working with Mark Beling and how this helped him career wise. He described their relationship as ”now inseparable”. Pedro explained that Mark wanted to work with him since
the Mrs. B days, ”I had no idea, but working with him changed everything,
that was the tipping point of my career, working with an international sounding producer just elevated my Music to a new dimension, and it was the first time I felt ok this sounds great! I owe him a lot in that respect”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

There are a lot of crazy things that can happen on tour or during a gig, and Pedro describes two of his craziest; ” I once had to stop a gig cause I started crying on stage, and I had to stop the show walk out and come back. Just randomly, I still don’t know what happened but I couldn’t stop crying” and the other being when opening for Brian McFadden from West life and him inviting Pedro on stage during one of their songs, ”I didn’t want to go and realized I didn’t know the lyrics so I rapped in Portuguese when we came out of stage he was saying that was probably the best version of the song, I think it was called world of our own or something like that”.

A few other questions were asked such as his favorite venue to play, his being Platteland, and our signature question which we ask in every interview we do: If you could change one thing about the South African Music Scene/Industry, what would it be and why?

”I would try make musos realize the importance of a quality recording. And a good producer. Reason being is I don’t think musos realize that, they just want to release music, but we don’t see the importance of quality and international standard. And I saw that with me how it changed everything, yes its expensive but save up and record properly”.

We asked Pedro how he has been able to get through the Lockdown and how he has ensured that he stays on top of his music game, ”I am not sure I have been able to get thorough it yet” he says with a laugh, ”I have been exercising and studying online and I have been writing quite a bit, I haven’t
been playing much though but a break is good when u were coming from 5
shows a week”.

Photo: Keshli Lindemann

We asked Pedro where his fans could donate to him during this difficult time, a time where musicians can’t play to earn money, and he said ”if you
would like to donate I would say please rather give to a fund that really helps those who are in need”.

You can follow Pedro Barbosa on facebook by clicking HERE, and inquire more with him through fatgrooveproductions@gmail.com. Take a look at his brand new Music Video “Lock Me Down” HERE,

We thank Pedro for sitting down and chatting with us!

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Interview with Voodoo Kudu

Voodoo Kudu is a Rock ‘n Roll, Nelspruit based band with the love for old-school music.
They play original songs and covers and describe themselves as “a group having fun playing great rock music and sharing this with other like-minded folks.”

After many suggestions and disagreements, Alan Wicks (Bass) compares it to being in the same difficulty league as naming a baby! They wanted something that related to the Lowveld, hence the “Kudu”. “Voodoo just rhymes and has a bit of a Rock n Roll Jimmi Hendrix kinda vibe. So the name doesn’t really mean anything, we just thought it was cool….and of course we give it horns!”.

The band members are all mates who enjoy music and have played in various bands. When they met Mike (Lead Vocalist), who had just moved to Nelspruit, they got together for a jam and Voodoo Kudu was born.

Brett Coates

When asked what they enjoy the most of being in the Local Lowveld music scene, they mentioned that they get a real kick out of seeing people having fun and relating to the music. “The local music scene is like a big family and we’ve met some really special people though being part of it.”

From left to right: Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

We asked them some quickfire questions: 

Who are the bands biggest influences?

“Many influences ranging from old style blues, classic rock bands like Hendrix, Bad Co etc,  through to more grungy stuff like Collective soul. Also South African gems like Springbok Nude Girls and Seether.”

What is the craziest thing that has happened while playing a gig?

“Besides the technical gremlins and power cuts etc, there was one crazy night when we played Puddle of Muds’s “She F*cking Hates Me” a bunch of old folk jumped up from their table and bounced around the dance floor singing the chorus in full voice…..the benefits of Tequila ha ha!”

What is the song-writing process like?

”We play mainly covers, but the few originals that we have written have started out with Brett coming up with a guitar riff and lyrics. Once we try it out each band member interprets it in his own way and it morphs into something unique.”

How would you uniquely describe your music style?

”Basically old school rock. We like to play the songs that are not generally covered by your typical Pub band, but of course you need to play the familiar favorites as well, It’s what a lot of people want to hear.”

When can we expect an album from Voodoo Kudu and will it have cover songs on it or only originals?

”We are heading to the studio to record a few original numbers next month, not an album as such, but maybe when we have enough tracks down.”

From Left to Right: Brett Coates , Michael Clarke, Alan Wicks, Trevor Thompson

Contact Mike For Bookings:

Mike 071 764 6181 or Brett 082 774 5821

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

Interview with Hollowbody

Hollowbody is a Bluesy Pretoria based acoustic duo with the love for old-school music.
Tomas Taljaard and Dirk Jordaan play original songs and covers – mostly “pre-war blues and vintage folk”, but you might also find the occasional bluegrass tune and some “foot-stomping swamp music”.

Hollowbody sings interesting and innovative music using combinations of a Dobro resonator guitar and a mandolin.

Hollowbody covers songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Leadbelly, Doc Watson, Dylan, John Hiatt, and many more. Their originals are composed with “more modern lyrical content but the same honest grounded feel.”

We had the pleasure of speaking to the lead singer, Tomas Taljaard.

I asked him some quickfire questions about Hollowbody- 

How did you guys get into music? What was that one thing that made you think “This is what I want to do”?

“This is a tough question and I don’t think I can answer it accurately. I suppose it’s just something that happened naturally. Some of my earliest memories are of me listening to some of my parents’ tapes.”. Tomas went on to explain that as a toddler, he would listen to artists such as Guns & Roses and The Rolling Stones. He carries on, “There’s never been one defining moment. But there’s an honesty in playing music and performing that I haven’t experienced through any other endeavour.”

What has been your favourite place to play? 

“We were lucky enough to play STRAB in May, in Ponta Malongane.”

He explains that the other half of Hollowbody, Dirk Jordaan, couldn’t make it, but that he was quite blessed to have Peter Toussaint and Dale McHardy join him on stage. He explains that it was an “Overall a life-changing experience.”.

Photo courtesy of “Hollowbody” FB Page
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Tomas goes on to explain that they like to call themselves blues musicians if they had to describe their music style. As per the explanation, the band’s style draws heavily from the early 20th century and even late 19th-century swamp and delta blues, but also folk revivalist, country, bluegrass and all of these elements can be found in their songs. “We like to make music that comes from a time before machines became part of our everyday lives.”.

Photo: Helene Cilliers
Dirk Jordaan & Tomas Taljaard

Their plans for the future are to try to keep busy in and around their hometown Pretoria. Tomas mentions that he wants to “write new songs and play them as often as possible. That’s pretty much it”.

They are going to be at Kaapsehoop this weekend to play the Rocking the Trails festival at 15h00 – 15h45 on Saturday.

Contact Dirk For Bookings: 082 776 6856

Like their Facebook Page: HERE

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