This September, the 4th annual Blood Brothers return to the stage with the common goal of rock ’n rolling against cancer. 2018’s line-up for South Africa’s elite supergroup has been meticulously selected, with old favourites being joined by some of the country’s most exciting, young songwriters and performers. For 4 years running and still rocking harder than ever, Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel) is still here and for good reason. He is joined by fellow alumni, Hanu De Jong (The Narrow and Not My Dog), Jason Oosthuizen (Lost&Found), Jaco Mans (Coelacanth and Ex Tidal Waves) and Chris Van Der Walt (The Black Cat Bones, Boargazm and Vulvodynia). For the very first time and a musician that needs no introduction to any rock ’n roller worth their salt, Blood Brothers welcome Laudo Liebenberg (aKing), as well as South African rock royalty Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), destroyer of six strings Jedd Kossew (Van Coke Kartel) and the woman who keeps it all together – songwriter extraordinaire, Adelle Nqeto. What? There is more? Arguably the most exciting rock ’n roll band to come out of South Africa in years: The Hellcats’ Allesandro Benigno and Warwick Rautenbach will not only be joining our Blood Brothers and Sister on stage, but will also be opening the show. It is a great honour to have Hunter Kennedy joining the company of rock royalty by lending his pen to write a #BB2018 song and making sure that this campaign lives on in your playlist long after the performances have ended. This year, this formidable heroic force will also be bracing stages in both Pretoria and Cape Town, performing the songs that brought each of them to fame, intertwined with songs that influenced their sound over the years. The 2018 setlist promises to be more diverse than previous years and fans will be introduced to a whole new side of the band. Experience the rare opportunity to witness 11 of our best local rockers together on one stage for 3 hours of non-stop rock ’n roll. It is only with persistence, that our country’s rock heroes together with The Vrede Foundation, will conquer this fight and be victorious in their quest to generate awareness regarding cancer and raise funds to provide financial aid to young South Africans with cancer. Unite with the multitude of warriors, and buy your tickets TODAY! BLOOD BROTHERS CAPE TOWN: Date: Saturday, 22 September 2018 Venue: Zip Zap Circus School, Cape Town Time: 19h00 Tickets: R180 Bookings: Facebook Event: BLOOD BROTHERS PRETORIA: Date: Saturday, 29 September 2018 Venue: Platteland, Centurion, Pretoria Time: 19h00 Tickets: R180 Bookings: Facebook Event: With that said, I had a chat with the amazing Adelle Nqeto: Hi Adelle! Thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy schedule to chat with us! You are performing with a bunch of great musicians at Blood Brothers this year! Are you very excited to be sharing the stage with the likes of Francois van Coke, Hanu De Jong, Ard Matthews and many more? Yeah, I’m really excited to be part of the team, the line-up of musicians they’ve collected is crazy! Being the only female on that lineup of great musos, surely you are something special! Please tell our readers who Adelle Nqeto is? I’m a songwriter at heart, and also a musician. I have my own band sometimes, and other times it’s just me. I love to collaborate with people, so being part of Blood Brothers is a privilege. You were a part of Flint, meet Spark when your career kick-started. How did Flint, meet Spark shape you to be who you are today as a solo muso? I learned so much about myself during that period, my confidence as a musician really bloomed in that season, and I learned so much about performing, as well as writing in that period, so there’s a lot in that time that’s shaped me. You had the privilege to work with Jeremy Loops (or shall we say Jeremy Loop had the privilege to work with you) where you did a song on his album, Trading Change. How was it working with such a rad guy? It was a really quick process actually, and Jeremy wasn’t in studio with me, but he was giving me suggestions and helping out over Skype- they knew what they wanted from the song, and I was happy to be part of it. You embarked on a journey to Europe in 2017 where you spent time ‘busking’ and playing some rad house shows! How was it heading over there, playing shows to a room full of people and spending some time in Germany? Yeah, that was an incredible time for me- getting to travel and play on my own. Some of the shows I played in that time are memories I’ll hold forever. It was great to be so well received by complete strangers. Many of the people who hosted me and that I met along that period are people I consider friends now. You went back to Europe this year to play more and bigger shows that side! How would you say the European crowds are compared to South African crowds? Did they receive you well that side? We’ve had an incredible reception- people are really open and responsive, much like South African crowds in that sense. There’s always a look on someone’s face, or a lot of movement, or people do something to show you how they feel about what you’re giving to them. It becomes a conversation. I have the same feeling about South African crowds, so that’s been amazing. Your EP, “Lights” was released early in 2017 and I have to say, I love how honest your music is! Can we expect something new from you sometime soon? Yes, I am aching to get back into the studio and lay some new music down. So, yes, soon. Back to Blood Brothers… You are not unfamiliar with large crowds and big stages, having played Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Lush, Mieliepop festival and many other massive shows! How do you prepare yourself for massive shows like Blood Brothers? Or does it just come naturally? Blood Brothers will be different from any other show that I’ve done, so I definitely have to prepare differently, and perhaps a lot more. Some of the songs I’ll do are songs I LOVE from iconic artists, so there’s pressure on me to do those songs justice, and also make them mine. We HAVE to ask, what song are you most excited to perform for the crowd at Blood Brothers? And no, we are not fishing for the setlist 😉 Well, all I’m going to say is that I’ll be sharing the stage with Ard Matthews, so that’s pretty exciting. You’ll have to come check out the show to see what we’re going to be doing. After Blood Brothers, will you be back to touring or are you taking some time off? Or is it back to touring for you? Or even better, back to the studio? We are planning a small National Tour- which will be my first, and I definitely need to get back into studio, so no time off just yet!