Kingfisher FM’s annual ‘Do You Rock?’


Kingfisher FM’s annual ‘Do You Rock?’-music competition has become a feature in Nelson Mandela Bay’s calendar, with local young musicians looking forward to this highlight towards the end of each year.


This year entrants will compete for a prize valued in excess of R200 000, including a 3-track CD recording, music video, website & the opportunity to perform live on national TV.


Partners in this year’s ‘Do You Rock?’ include big brands like Rooftop Productions, Ad Hoc Productions, Drop & Roll Studios & Urban Brew’s DsTV Channel, One Gospel.


‘This year’s competition is the biggest yet’, said Luthando Shosha of the Kingfisher FM Breakfast Show team. ‘The prizes are amazing. Even if you just make it to the top-10 you’re already a winner.’ The top-10 will perform live on 18 November for a crowd of eight hundred fans. At this event the well-known musician John Ellis will be the guest artist. Ad Hoc Productions will run a spectacular multi-media production & record the event with multiple cameras for a ‘Do You Rock?-live’ DVD release.


Tickets for the event of the eighteenth will be available from Computicket.


Musicians interested in entering ‘Do You Rock?’-2011 can get entry forms & details from


Entries close on the 8th of November.


Christmas Celebration

Anel van Deemter (Flute)

ChrisnaViljoen (Vocals)

Emmerentia Emmerich(Vocals)

Hanlie Young (Choir Conductor)

Jason Fereirra (Acoustic Guitar)

J.F Viljoen (Violin)

Leon van Heerden (Drums)

Luwellan Wenaar (Bass Guitar)

Nagel Myburgh(Vocals and Piano)

Reghardt Labuschagne(Electric Guitar)


Centrestage goes Rock Befonk!

In a first for the 14-year old entertainment company, Afrikaans rock music will take Centrestage as their own brand new music review entitled ‘Centrestage is Totaal en Al Rock Befonk!’ opens a 2 week season at Lighthouses at the Boardwalk on Wednesday 27 October.

Showing a completely different side to Centrestage, this is a feel-good show which features a wide range of musical styles and eras. While ‘Afrikaans music at its best’ given the Centrestage stamp is promised, this is a show which should not be missed by anyone, irrespective of their home language.

Drawing from many eras, the main focus of this show is the fun Afrikaans rock music of the past couple of years which has been made enormously popular by the likes of Bok Van Blerk, Dozi, Ray Dylan, Gerhard Steyn, Kurt Darren, Steve Hofmeyer, Pieter Koen, Nicholas Louw, Liani May, Eden, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Juanita Du Plessis, The Campbells and Karen Zoid, amongst others.

Interspersed in between are favourite hits from the big name Afrikaans legends who have become an integral part of our upbringing and whose songs are sung around braai-fires and at parties – from the likes of Anton Goosen, Koos Kombuis, David Kramer, Sonja Herholdt, Johannes Kerkorrel, Jannie Moolman, Laurika Rauch and Lize Beekman.

Musically directed by Wayne Kallis once again, Centrestage will be taking their usual high-paced, entertainment-focused, harmony filled approach as they introduce four very experienced newcomers to the Centrestage fold and to the newly formed Centrestage Gatskop band.

Veteran singer, songwriter and himself a larger than life livewire entertainer, Pieter Kruger joins the band on bass and vocals, whilst Jeffries Bay resident and vocal coach Elsabe Rademeyer adds the female touch to the show.

The golden voiced body-builder and finalist on several television talent shows, Robert Gillmer, joins talented young   drummer Russel Sneyd, whilst Centrestage regulars Arno Erasmus (guitar, keyboards, bass and vox), Will Jenson (keyboards and vox) and Emile Doubell complete the Gatskop lineup.

Having formed the Aweregse Afrikaans Musiek Klub along with Piet Van Niekerk and Roline Norval between 1997 and 2003, Centrestage owner Gary Hemmings has had a long affinity with Afrikaans music and this show is a natural continuation of that work.

“During that golden time at the PE Club and later at the Harbour Sports Café, we regularly brought down and staged many of the top Afrikaans performers of those times – including most of the earlier performers we feature in the show. One of my proudest moments was buying the Koos Kombuis album ‘Die Blou Kombuis’ – and reading a thank you from him on the CD sleeve for helping him with the album concept!”

Describing his approach to the show, Kallis says “We’ve tried to stick to the spirit of the music, with its often carefree, feel-good Abba-esque attitude, as well as make sure we retain the weight and emotion of the songs when necessary. It’s been great to work with a bunch of guys who are this passionate about Afrikaans music!”

Popular recent hit to look forward to include Baby Tjoklits, Hokaai Stop Die Lorrie, Skud Jou Biscuit, Kaptein, Jessica, 54 5de Straat, Soen My Nie Meer Nie, Toe Stop My Hart, Aan Jou Vas, Mengelmoeskardoes, Drie Pikkewyne and Spieeltjie, amongst others.

Al le Die Berge Nog So Blou, Lisa Se Klavier, Halala Afrika, Hemel op Tafelberg, Ou Ryperd en Kinders Van Die Wind are but a few of the earlier hits included.

Rock Befonk! runs until 6 November at Lighthouses and tickets are available from Computicket at between R70 and R110.

The Centrestage Gatskop Band (Rock Befonk 1) comprises of Back L tot R – Arno Erasmus (guitar), Will Jenson (keyboards), Robert Gillmer (vox)

Front L tot R – Pieter Kruger (bass), Emile Doubell (vox), Elsabe Rademeyer (vox), Wayne Kallis (musical director), Russel Sneyd (drums)


A few weeks ago… Robert was invited to take part in an audition. The awesome news is…….now Robert also performs for Centrestage!!! Since the audition, Robert has performed at a few corporate functions, organised by Centrestage and joined their boyband (Escape) for an awesome show in Hogsback (Christmas in July).

Kom ons Karaoke

Recently Robert was in Sun City to perform at the Idols Audition (will be televised very soon). Just landed back in Port Elizabeth and will soon return to Gauteng to compete in an all new game show called “Kom ons karaoke!”.

Robert and two of his friends entered a Karaoke competition and was told that their group was chosen as one of 6 groups to go to “Jozi” to compete in the next round (three standby groups and 3 that will definitely take part). The next morning Robert received a call that they were one of the standby groups.

Later that afternoon whilst helping his two friends with a gym training session at Planet Fitsmart , they were surprized by the KykNet camera crew. They were told that the whole thing was a prank and that their group is definitely performing in Joburg!

Tune in to KykNet.

This will be broadcasted on the 10th of July at 8pm

Tick tock… counting the hours

Time is ticking and I’m getting my things ready, went shopping for a new outfit or two…. And now I’m packing my bags, and preparing the last few things before I go up to visit Sun City for the first time!! I’m soooo excited! I’m not exactly sure what to expect, but I know that I’ve prepared my songs and ready to wow the Judges and to prove to Gareth Cliff that he should give Port Elizabeth another chance , and to show them what Port Elizabeth is made of.

Keep your fingers crossed, send up a little prayer and let’s hope everything works out. I’m going to need all your support… Keep your eyes on the newspapers and the T.V tuned in to Idols for the latest Idols news, or visit the official site on

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