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DENIM (article first published : 2005-09-22)

South African singing sensation Denim will perform at Krakatoa at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom on September 29 and 30.

Denimís members are Pendry (Bobo) Seretsane; Leonard Moloi; Baldwin (Baldez) Manye; Tumelo (Tumi) Mashigo and Tumelo (Sangoma) Setlalekgosi. In 2003 they recorded their first album and did two trips to Europe where they performed at over 14 shows in some of the hottest clubs in Zurich, various festivals and international conferences and conducted numerous public appearances and media interviews.

During their last trip they shot the music video for their first single Letís Go Dancing (Kool & The Gang) which was submitted to the various radio stations in Johannesburg with great success. The track was play listed on Highveld Stereo (listed as #6 in their August í03 press release), YFM, Lesedi FM, Kaya FM and was soon requested by various other stations across the country.

The music video received (and is still receiving) extensive coverage on television. Their second single release saw them do the unexpected; something that was soon to became a Denim trademark, by releasing two very different tracks simultaneously. Iíve Got What You Want and Msheli Wakhe were submitted to all the regional and national radio stations and the response was incredible! They instantly charted across the country with requests coming in from the smaller stations for copies of the tracks.

Iíve Got What You Want changed the general perception of Denim from an excellent cover group to that of a serious original band. The industry stood up and took notice. Since the release of the single they receive extensive media support including an article naming them one of SAís Top Brands for 2004 in the prestigious Top Brand supplement of the Sunday Times as well as substantial articles in Drum Magazine, Fashion Fusion and the cover of the Sunday Times Magazine.

Their third single release alleviated any doubts anyone had about the calibre of their original material and secured them the reputation of one of SAís top original band. No Ordinary Love was another unexpected release though, a group who were strongly hitting the mainstream commercial market released an R&B track. The release was backed up with a phenomenal music video (produced by Red Pepper) that once again had the industry talking. Every television program wanted interviews and all the television stations had the video on high rotation. Their second album will be released in April 2005.

Denim performs at Krakatoa at Sibaya on September 29 and 30. Doors open at 20h00 and tickets R50. More information or to book on 031 580 5000. Tickets also available at the door on the night.




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