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: Photo by Andre Badenhorst With that said, I had a chat with guitar maestro, Jedd Kossew… Mr. Jedi! Thank you for taking some time to have a chat with us! You are taking the stage with 9 other amazing artists this year at Blood Brothers! For 10 marks, describe your excitement levels! My excitement levels are 10 out of 10, really amped to jam with these artists. You are obviously not unfamiliar with massive shows, and no doubt Blood Brothers will also be massive! How do you prepare for such huge shows? At my age I stretch my back out, warm up my fingers and drink Whiskey, then I”m ready to go. All the Blood Brothers members are scattered all across South Africa. How do you all rehearse for something such as this? Being all on your own in a way and then making it happen on the big evening? We have rehearsals in Cape Town and Joburg 🙂 . You have played massive stages and festivals, not just in South Africa, but also went abroad with Francois van Coke a couple of times. Which festival (or stage) has been your favourite to play on after all these years? In SA I would definitely say Oppi Koppi has been a favourite and overseas a festival we played in Taiwan called Ho-Hai-Yan Rock Festival was insane. This year with Blood Brothers, you will also be playing the fantastic new Platteland venue. Personally, I love what they have done with the place. Are you excited to be playing such a huge show at a new venue? Yes, I have actually played there before with Fokof, it’s an awesome venue. Speaking of Francois van Coke, you have shared the stage with him a couple of times with Fokofpolisiekar, as part of Van Coke Kartel, and now also part of Die Gevaar. The two of you must get along pretty well to be able to stick together for such a long time… Yes for sure – we get along really well and work well together; we are now also not just band members but really good friends. He is the John to my Paul, the Keith to my Mick. You are personally one of my favourite South African guitarists! At what age did you start playing the guitar? And what do you do to continuously improve yourself as a musician? Thanks very much for that :). I started playing at the age of 10 years or so. I love playing guitar so to improve, I just keep playing really and searching for the next great lick, sound or riff. No doubt you are sharing the stage with 9 of the best musicians South Africa had to offer! If you could share the stage with any musician or band in the world (dead or alive), who would it be? Chris Cornell and The Beatles. If you never made it as a musician, what else would you be doing for a living? Playing poker. Last question, what does the future hold for Mr. Jedd Kossew? More great music to come and hopefully better guitar playing, haha!