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Kings of Leon Perform Live in South Africa


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What is it this month with South Africa and world-famous musicians? First there was Coldplay and David Guetta….later this year it’s Janet Jackson and Lil’ Wayne….and at the moment it’s Kings of Leon! It’s every blogger’s dream 🙂 The American rock band, formed in Nashville in 1999, has hit South Africa. They are performing tonight at the Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint and at the F N B Stadium in Johannesburg this weekend. They achieved initial success in the UK, with 9 Top 40 singles, 2 BRIT Awards and each one of their early albums making it into the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their album “Because of the Times” (2006-2007), reached the No.1 spot. Their album “Only By the Night“, which was released in September 2008, saw the band achieve momentous popularity in the US. The singles “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody” and “Notion” all peaked at No. 1 on the “Hot Modern Rock Tracks” chart. As if that wasn’t enough, the album itself became their first ever Platinum-selling album in the US, and was the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified Platinum 9 times. Sheeesh! These boys have done well. They’ve even got a documentary coming out of their lives… called Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21 this year and received huge praise.It was acquired by Showtime, premiering on the network on August 21.

“When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form Kings of Leon, their humble backstory garnered almost as much attention as their music.”

It features concert footage, home movies and archival material and how the rock band got their fame. It was directed by Stephen C. Mitchell. Their latest album is called “Come Around Sundown” and was released in October 2010 in the UK and the U.S. They received a Grammy nomination for best rock song in 2011 for the song “Radioactive.”

Here is a list of their albums:

We should be thanking Nokia and 5FM for bringing them to us… This is their first time ever performing live in South Africa!

Premier of Talihina Sky at the Tribeca Film Festival April 2011

My Life in Africa

Coldplay in South Africa


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When I stood at the entrance of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City in Rome last year, one song kept playing over and over again in my head. That song was “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. I guess it’s just because there are lyrics in the song that reminded me of where I was at that moment.

“Hear Jerusalem bells are ringings
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can not explain
I know Saint Peter will call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world”

Ever since their last album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”, I have been a huge fan. And now, for the first time ever, they are coming to perform live in South Africa! Their followers all over the country are gearing up for one of the best rock concerts of the year!

It’s amazing to think about their humble beginnings as an English alternative rock band which was formed at the University College London. Here we are, fifteen years later, and they’ve sold over 50 Million records worldwide! They have an album “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002) which won them ‘Record of the Year’ at the 2004 Grammys, another album “X&Y” which was the bestselling album of 2005 with world-wide sales of 11 million and a latest one (my favourite) “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”, which has become the band’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first UK number one based on download sales alone! Needless to say, they’ve won so many awards – including 7 Grammy Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 6 Brit Awards – and they’ve also headlined some huge festivals. They perform tomorrow (5 October) at the Cape Town Stadium. This weekend it’s the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Tickets were selling from between  R270 to R635. I guess we should be thanking ‘Big Concerts’, 94.5 KFM and 94.7 Highveld Stereo, as well as M-Net, for bringing them to us!