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STAGE IS OUT (article first published : 2004-07-26)

The June–Aug issue (nr. 26) of Stage Magazine features the award-winning troupe from Mean Mr Mustard on the cover.

Other news is that, after two editions of taking a break as editor of Stage Magazine, and focusing more on production and layout, publisher Gustav Andor is again at the steer of things with Lizl Strauss in the position of editor.

The edition is jam-packed with reviews of all kinds: live music reviews from all over SA, and the latest movie, CD, DVD, Playstation, book reviews and previews. Actually, since we could nearly not keep up with the high standard of South African CD releases, we decided to dedicate this edition’s review section to SA bands with notable albums. Some of them are: Waverley, summersalt, Cofield Mundi, Danny K, Just Jinger, Mean Mr Mustard (Best Of), The Dolly Rockers and Tree63.

The Stage Awards this time go to Summerville Restaurant in Camps Bay (Best Trendy Restaurant with Live Music), A Handful of Keys (Best Musical Theatre Production), The Dolly Rockers (Die Hard Rockers Award) and to Going Nowhere Slowly on SABC 3 (SA Music TV Support Award). See Stage Magazine 26 for why they were awarded.

Stage welcomes back Dave Chislett as a main contributor and gave him a column on ‘Pop-Rock SA’. The regular clubbing column by DJ Nick Matthews is a bit controversial this time, giving the lowdown on today’s dreaded music evil – music piracy. Readers can make a decision about copying music after reading Orly Stern’s notes on SA prison life (on the same page). Guy Willoughby’s theatre/acting column graces the pages with a fresh take on “onse” Charlize Theron, saying: “She is her own creation, owing nothing in her rise to stardom to her home country...” Also, Louise Carver asks why shouldn’t a successful South African album be a successful album worldwide? A headline from Paul Blom’s “Alternative” column reads: “SA has never really seen an Afrikaans punk band of significance – until Fokofpolisiekar, that is.” Another new column, on fashion, looks at hot and happening gear for this winter and always features something in celebration of SA models and starmakers.

Don’t miss interviews with Danny K, who was nominated for four SAMA awards this year!, and (supported by Levi’s Original Music) Albert Frost and Tumi of Tumi and the Volume. Regulars, like news on new music gear, guitar tabs (this time the song is Secret Places by Mean Mr Mustard) and ‘Know Your Instruments’ (Cymbals) by Mike Laatz is a must for music lovers.

For more information visit www.stagemagazine.co.za




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