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Rocking for West Papua: Band Review – Made For Broadway

made for broadway 05 10 2016

At the forefront of South African pop punks, a band who calls themselves ‘Made For Broadway’ have staked their claim. And we’re quite happy to let them take that honour and wear the crowns. I mean, their name screams for attention and they really know how to get a crowd going.

They’ll be jamming full frontal this weekend – 8th of October at the Wunderbar German Club in Edenvale along with fellow rockers Slippery When Wet and The Slashdogs in turn alongside bands and musos worldwide throughout the month of October who is all taking a stand against the ongoing violence and oppression happening to West Papuan civilians.

The band is made up of Brogan Thompson, Justin James, Sean Braam and Rob Storm and they found musical influence through bands such as New Found Glory, Blink 182 and The Story So Far to name but a few.

They’ve previously peaked at number 2 and number 1 on the ReverbNation Local Rock Chart as well as toured the U.S. of A with a self-promoting tour of their music. This earned them many more adoring fans as well as entry into playing at some of the most recognised venues in California – the Viper Room for one.

These guys have shown us in a very short time, what living the dream looks and feels like and if their other shows are anything to go by then this coming Saturday is going to be Awesome with a capital Aweh!

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The venue opens at 2pm and tickets are available at the door. R50 gets you in before 6pm, otherwise R80 from 18:01 onwards.

Use the tag #musicisaweapon and take a stand against oppression in West Papua, South Africa and the world.

See the Facebook event Rocking For West Papua - Gauteng, South Africa as well as the Made For Broadway Facebook page or search #R4WP16.

*All proceeds from the R4WP2016 event will go toward freeing the indigenous people of West Papua.


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Rocking for West Papua: Band Review – Slippery When Wet

They hail from the Vale. Or at least have been rocking out in pubs, cafes and pool halls for so long that the whole of the East Rand has adopted them. But us regulars know they own the town. A punk rock band started by two brothers who breathe for music as much as you and I - if not more so - and they call themselves Slippery When Wet.

These fine gentlemen are here to rock out on behalf of West Papua on the 8th of October. But before we get into that let’s delve a little deeper into just who these guys are.

Brothers Jadd and Kieron formed the band in mid 2012 along with past drummer Seth. Brad Wiggins joined the trio 2 years later with guitar in hand. Seth left in 2015 to spend more time with his family and Wally Baggins subsequently replaced him on the drum kit.

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Jadd, Kieron and Wally rock out - Photo Cred to Christelle Duvenage Photography

The guys then decided to up it a notch and Kieron (originally on bass and backing vocals) has now moved onto the trombone. Les Bainbridge (you may know him from The South Shore Ramblers) has joined the band and taken over bass and backing vocals.

The guys have shared the stage with names like Crossfire Collision, Half Price, Just Jinger and The Slashdogs to mention a few.

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Slippery When Wet in action - Photo Cred to Christelle Duvenage Photography

Jadd (lead vocals) is well known in the music scene for helping and supporting bands and musos, purely out of the goodness of his own heart. He used to organize the Sunday D-Brief sessions at Street Café in Edenvale, giving bands both well and lesser-known a chance to perform in a relaxed environment with good mates. When the venue became unavailable that didn’t deter him. In just short of a week a new venue was created a mere 400m down the road (if any) at Burnout Pub n’ Grill and the Sunday D-Brief has continued to grow from there, along with Jadd’s ultimate passion.

Come see these legends perform on the 8th of October at the Wunderbar German Club in Edenvale rocking alongside The Slashdogs once again and pop punk band Made For Broadway. The venue opens promptly from 2pm and tickets are available at the door. 50 bucks gets you in before 6pm, otherwise 80 bucks from 18:01 onwards.

Use the tag #musicisaweapon and take a stand against oppression in West Papua, South Africa and the world.

papau 2 sep 2016 

See the Facebook event Rocking For West Papua - Gauteng, South Africa as well as the Slippery When Wet Facebook page or search #R4WP16.

 *All proceeds from the R4WP2016 event will go toward freeing the indigenous people of West Papua.


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Rocking for West Papua: South Africa Joins the Global Music Phenomena

papau 1 sep 2016

Rize of the Morning Star is a global movement that began through passion, determination and a sense to create change. Their current project titled 'ROCKING FOR WEST PAPUA' is a global music revolution orientated around raising awareness in an attempt to end the atrocities to the people of West Papua that have been happening for over 50 years and still occurring today.

For a good few of us, places like West Papua are often overlooked when searching for directions on Google Maps and the same can be said for the livelihood of the indigenous people that occupy this area.

West Papua is an area a mere 150+ kilometers north of Australia where indigenous people have lived for over 50 000 years. In 1963 Indonesia invaded the land in a bitter attempt to gain ultimate power in a mineral-rich land and a regime of violence and oppression subsequently continued. Over 500 000 civilians have been murdered, raped and tortured under Indonesian rule and media and foreign aid are banned from entering this area.

This is where the power of ‘music through the masses’ comes in. Rize of the Morning Star started a call, ‘Rocking for West Papua’ to raise awareness and ultimately end the violence through a series of live music events happening worldwide from 30th September – 30th October 2016.

‘Punks for West Papua’ is an award-winning documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan that aims to raise awareness and highlight the plight of the people of West Papua, ultimately through music.

Neil Kellington, bass guitarist of the Australian punk band ‘Diggers With Attitude’, one of the founders of this movement and long time friend of Anthony asked him to film their first R4WP performance. Two weeks later leader of the Free West Papua campaign, Benny Wanda gave an interview and it’s in those stories told that the true revolution began. The event soon grew to 51 bands performing in 7 cities and then some more, with the event to date becoming a worldwide pledge.

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South Africa will also be joining the movement with performances from some of SA punk music’s best-kept secrets. However, the Rocking For West Papua cause is not only aimed at punk rockers or rock music in general for that matter.

Bands, musicians and artists from all platforns are invited to take part globally and help open the rest of the world’s eyes sheerly through the power of music. You can register for R4WP and play your own gig in your country; or purchase and display the morning star on your turntable, drum kit, or hey, even yourself, or you can paint a mural. You can also make your voice heard through the #musicisaweapon tag on social media.

Slashdogs frontman Ryan Tarboton was Anthony’s first point of contact when he was planning the event. They met in 2010 when Anthony was working on the Fifa 2010 world cup in South Africa.

And here we are. Tickets are R50 until 6pm and R80 thereafter. Food and drink will be available and all-round good vibes showing that people KNOW what is happening, are AWARE of what’s happening and will not stand for ill treatment of other human beings any longer, be it in West Papua or on our own front porch.

the slashdogs papau gig sept oct
The Slashdogs Photo credit courtesy of the Slashdogs.

slippery when wet papau gig sept oct
Slippery When Wet Photo credit: Henry Engelbrecht.

made for broadway papau gig sept oct
Made For Broadway Photo credit: Henry Engelbrecht.

For more information, you can easily find the Facebook page by searching @R4WP16 and the event via Facebook 

All proceeds from the event will go toward freeing the indigenous people of West Papua.


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