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Nicholas Hennink releases moving single Warriors: ‘A tribute to first responders’

Nicholas Henninks poignant track ‘Warriors: A tribute to first responders’ is truly astounding in so many ways.

A Paramedic and Singer/Songwriter who began his musical journey during his childhood, he embraced his acoustic guitar and created inspirational lyrics making his name well known in his homeland Cape Town, South Africa.

He creates music that gives those a voice of hope and the ability to be able to speak up about how they feel. It’s hard rock at it’s finest, his voice has this roar emotion behind it and it gives the track a whole different meaning, it’s so overpowering and hooks you in within the first few seconds.

It shares this heartbreaking story of what it’s like to be a first responder and the devastating things they have to go through daily. Nicholas has these compelling vocals, the word ‘Warriors’ is one that stands out from the rest, the overall sound gets heavier as he wants the audience to hear the most important parts.

Be sure to check out Nicholas Hennicl’s track and moving music video by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Karley Myall


Frances Clare – Go: Acoustic Guitar-Fueled Up Tempo Pop

“Go” is a wonderful blend of elevating mainstream pop and folk-pop. Looking at the bigger picture, Frances Clare’s sound could be best described as the meeting corner of Ed Sheeran and Alanis Morissette. Especially about the latter, I can definitely sense an influence in Frances’ singing.

Don’t you dig it when your uplifting pop music features some subtle violin? Musically, this is a song that in another life it could have been a part of Ed Sheeran’s catalog. The song’s backbone is a cute electronic beat -which doesn’t mean that there isn’t some actual drumming there. Acoustic guitar chords accompany the rhythm as well as a lucid bass line that is discreet yet completes the structure of the song delightfully.

“Go” features a happy-go-lucky, charming chorus which brings to mind images of people losing their hats to the wind as they’re driving in their convertible. If you have already started working on your beach body, best of luck to you. If you have already started working on your beach playlist, listen to this song and consider adding it. Listen here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis


South African Hip Hop Artist Da Les Drops Newest Single ‘Popular Demand’

Da Les reaches a comfortable balance between retro hip-hop and a crowd-pleasing club banger. Whilst he holds an unprecedented confidence, his fight or flight attitude reflects his ulterior aptitudes towards his musical career. “Popular Demand” is likeable because of its old school feel, followed by a traditional trap endeavour.

The track is launched with a solemn, eerie introduction as it fades slowly into what can merely be described as a carefree affair. The transformation of atmosphere is unexpected and propitious, where the resilient beat plays amiably with the melodic synthesizers, producing the ultimate trap hit. Where the introduction begins with resonating screeches from crows representing hollow malice, then onwards to an untroubled melody which completely renovates the balance of the mood.

Da Les breezes through the track settling easily into a charismatic position, and for this reason is why “Popular Demand” is strikingly appealing. He effortlessly lifts our spirits through an auto-tune vocal which works in an adroit manner. But whereas money and fame may seem like it takes the centre stage of the track, the dominating theme is the opposite. “I know you see money counting in your face/Don’t let it change you, you’ll regret it every day” Da Les professes, but he is determined to keep the track nonchalant as he casually reverts to, “Back by popular demand”. “Popular Demand” can be recognised to hold traits of narcissism, but when dug deeper the self-made conceit is built on the foundation of hopes and dreams.

Words: Aly Mchugh


A&R Factory Present: Christian Heath

Christian Heath is more than just your average man. A husband, father and diving instructor, the 31 year old is also a bona fide singer songwriter. While many may recognise him from the 2009 group of the same name, the Johannesburg based artist has since embarked on a solo career and is looking to take things to a new level.

Since the band’s inception, Christian has had four songs chart in top ten positions across various
stations, including 947, Jacaranda, East Coast Radio and more. Not one to brag, he believes that a good song, no matter the genre or trends of the time, will thrive. This sets the benchmark for his solo material, and those who know his previous works, will know it’s not often he fails to do so.
For many, music is a part of our daily lives, but for some, it’s as vital as the water we drink. For Christian, music was a part of growing up. Born and bred in East London, Christian started vocal training at age 7 and hasn’t looked back since. As with most singer songwriters, he spent the better part of his varsity years playing and singing in pubs and restaurants around Port Elizabeth, before relocating to Johannesburg in search of bigger and better things.

The band was a great training ground and the experiences are unforgettable. The singer recorded various singles in Hollywood and has opened for top South Africa acts, such as Prime Circle, Louise Carver, Jason Hartman and more. The most important lesson he took from this experience however, is that “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will.”

Moreover, he says: “Work hard to get what you want cause no one will do that for you.” While he misses the brotherhood of a band, Christian wanted to return to his roots. With more control over his work, he can create the kind of music he would want to listen to. He says, “I am in control of everything and every decision no matter the outcome is my own.”

Asked what inspires his songwriter, Christian cites his family. Family is 200% behind everything he does and as much apart of the journey as he is. “They are everything to me,” he says. With his priorities in check, Christian, with his guitar in arm is ready to tackle the world, one hit single at a time.