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Happy 10th birthday

Nou’s dit 10 jaar later

en alles voel anders.

Today is kinda officially Kabaal klankbaan’s 10th birthday. And it’s been a weird ten years. On 2 October 2010 I played my first show as “Kabaal klankbaan”. Before that I released a couple of (badly) home-recorded songs on the internet, but I can’t remember when the first one dropped, so I guess 2 October is as officialy of a birthday as possible.

I’m pretty sure we were waiting for the Venga Bus to come.
Bus stop photos by Christelle Duvenage.

To mark the occasion, I thought it would be cool to release a song (in the form of a lyric video, for now). I wrote The Flogsta Scream a couple of years ago when I first found out about the phenomenon of students in Sweden communicating via the ritual of a 10PM anonymous and long-distance screaming session. I watched this video on YouTube and the concept fascinated me. There’s something beautiful about the primal connection with another human being made simply through sound. You know, almost like with music.
But for whatever reason, I didn’t really know what to do with the song, so I just recorded a demo on my phone and left it.

Then lockdown happened.

Suddenly, there was something super relatable about being stuck somewhere, with a constant sense of anxiety, and being cut off from most everyday forms of communication and connection with other people. The time had come to record the song. Even better, I found the idea of doing it remotely, via the internet, super appropriate. I got some drum tracks recorded via email, and put out a call on social media for people to sing along with the final chorus.
I’m very happy with how it all came out, but judge for yourself:

Okay but we also did stuff as a band.

Lockdown threw a spanner in the works, but we managed to postpone our recording plans to August. We went to High Seas Studios in Joburg, and recorded a new version of Not Tonight, Josephine. Look out for it wherever songs are found end of October.

Lastly, we’ve got a real-life show coming up

We’re playing at Park Acoustics on 25 October. Also on the lineup is Matthew Mole, Bye Beneco, and The Great Yawn. Get your tickets for R150 at – due to regulations, there’s only 500 tickets available, so act fast!

Okay here’s your summary if you skipped all the words to just get to the juice:

  • It’s our 10th birthday today. If you wanna eat cake, that’s cool.
  • The lyric video for The Flogsta Scream is on YouTube today.
  • Our new song, recorded as a real three-piece band, is coming end of October.
  • We’re playing at Park Acoustics on the 25th. It’ll be cool if you come (buy one of only 500 tickets before they sell out)

Wow. Let’s do 10 more years.

APRIL FOOLS: New cover Album: Ricky Martin

Kabaal klankbaan is proud to announce a brand new cover album, Ricky Martin.
Featuring Kabaal klankbaan’s recreations of the 14 songs from Ricky Martin’s eponymous 1999 album, we decided that 19 years is the perfect gestation period for this album — in 2018, the world might finally be ready to appreciate its artistic merit.


1. Livin’ la Vida Loca
2. Spanish Eyes
3. She’s All I Ever Had
4. Shake Your Bon-Bon
5. Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón) (featuring Madonna)
6. I Am Made of You
7. Love You for a Day
8. Private Emotion
9. The Cup of Life
10. You Stay with Me
11. Livin’ la Vida Loca (Afrikaans version)
12. I Count the Minutes
13. Bella (She’s All I Ever Had)
14. Maria

Find Kabaal klankbaan’s Ricky Martin now on iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, Deezer, and Spotify.

The Bride of Halloween 2: Plan B from Outer Space

Die Hard, Jaws, Michael Myers, The Sith – and even Freddy Krueger had their revenge. Now it’s our turn, with

The Bride of Halloween 2:

Plan B from Outer Space

And this time, it’s personal.

[LOL j/k]

Yes, it’s the unnecessary but very-much desired sequel to last year’s Kabaal klankbaan-hosted Halloween gig. Taking place on 28 October at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg, and featuring The Fake Leather Blues Band, Wolfgang Marrow, and The Black Cat Bones – all putting their best skeletal foot forward to bring you something completely different..

The Bride of Halloween 2: Plan B from Outer Space


  • What is The Bride of Halloween? The Bride of Halloween is the culmination of Kabaal klankbaan frontman Floris’ obsession with Halloween. It’s a gig where Kabaal klankbaan does a one-night-only Halloween-themed show full of songs about ghosts, robots, mad scientists, creepy stalkers, voodoo dolls, and supernatural things.
    You can think of it as a tribute concert. But instead of a tribute to The Beatles or Pearl Jam or Alien Ant Farm, it’s a tribute night to Halloween itself – focusing on a love for movie tropes from Hollywood’s Horror and science-fiction cinema of the 1930’s to 50’s.
    We’ll aim to transport you to a late-night double feature celebration of everything strange, theatrical, musical and Halloweeny. Throw back to a bygone era where stories were bold, scares were legit, and the chances of survival were slim…
  • Wait, did you say “one night only”?
    Indeed. Contrary to popular wisdom and advice to just keep doing the same show over and over again, Kabaal klankbaan likes things special and exclusive. Most of last year’s show ended up on YouTube, but this year’s won’t, so you’ll have to be there, or stay in the metaphorical dark forever!
  • I missed the first The Bride of Halloween – will I be confused?
    Not at all. Though the name contains the number 2 and a subtitle, in proper B-movie style there’s nothing to catch up, or no real plot to miss out on. It’s one-night, self-contained fun!
  • Will The Bride of Halloween be bigger/better/cheaper than another show on the same night?
    Obviously. R50 (if you’re dressed for Halloween, R60 otherwise) is pretty amazing value for money! It’s the cheapest Halloween gig in Gauteng that I know of, PLUS it’s the only one that’s as thoroughly Halloween-themed featuring some special just-for-one-night covers.
  • Why aren’t there any international acts on the lineup?
    Because they’re expensive. If you want international, catch Alien Ant Farm at The Good Luck Bar on the previous night – Friday 27 October!
  • Did you say “Halloween band”?
    Actually I didn’t. But now that you mention it – Kabaal klankbaan has once again assembled a full band to do the Halloweening with. ALL THIS STILL FOR ONLY R50!


Just kidding – that was all.

What: The Bride of Halloween 2: Plan B from Outer Space
When: 28 October 2017
Where: The Good Luck Bar, JHB
Cover: R50 if dressed up | R60 if not
Facebook event:



Nope, this has nothing to do with my song of the same name – I guess I now have to apologise for using such a terrible click-bait subject line.


But sometimes, when you really want people to get your message, you have to trick them into opening your emails. Here’s what I think is important to know: (If you hate all this support-your-local-musician nonsense, skip to the bottom of the post where there’s a new YouTube video and gig listing)

How to easily and cheaply support a musician or band

Numbers are important, as much as they suck. Not only to the band, but often also to anyone looking from the outside and judging the band (to maybe book them for an event or festival, for example). I’ve always dreamt of being one of those more-than-1000-Facebook-likes bands, but trends change and growth plateaus and you end up stuck on 600-and-something for more time than you’d like to admit:

Sorry - Kabaal klankbaan page likes

So here’s some things you can do about it:

(Not only for Kabaal klankbaan, but for all bands or musicians you like)

  • Like the Facebook page
  • Follow them on Instagram
  • Subscribe to their YouTube channel (also watch a video or two)
  • Follow them on Soundcloud
  • Stream their music on your favourite streaming service (Deezer, Google Play, Apple Music)
  • Follow them on Twitter
  • On all these platforms, also interact with the band. Comments, likes, downloads, retweets, including a song in a playlist, watch videos, etc, are all probably way more valuable than you think. Not only to make it look like the band has fans, but also to get more people noticing things.

And old-school, but not least

  • Request their songs on your favourite radio station (Kabaal klankbaan’s Robot Girlfriend has been playlisted on MixFM, KovsieFM, MFM, PUK FM, Radio Active Rock, Red Cap Radio, IFM, The Grind Radio, and maybe even one or two I’m not aware of)
  • Open the emails they send you so they don’t feel like lonely and worthless spammers
  • Tell your friends, and/or share links

And for those with a few bucks to spare, remember to

  • Buy music (CD or digital)
  • Buy merch like T-shirts
  • Go to gigs
  • Stop by the merch table at gigs and festivals

I almost forgot to tell you about our new YouTube video

It’s from our (soon-to-be annual) Halloween show, The Bride of Halloween (mark your calenders for 29 October). Here’s Kabaal klankbaan’s cover of the werewolfy Eels song, Fresh Blood:

Also, did I ever tell you about my creepy Chris Chameleon cover that went online last month? (see, that’s why you should subscribe on YouTube)

Or our rendition of Dammit Janet (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show)?

Here are some upcoming shows for the winter (but check Facebook or our website for updates)

Feel free to click the links:

11 June – Beerhouse, Fourways
14 June – Arcade Empire, PTA
17 June – To be confirmed, PTA
22 July – The Cockpit Brewhouse, Cullinan
25 July – Sinkshack, Bronkhorstspruit
30 July – Otterlake German Restaurant, PTA

Kabaal klankbaan calls it quits

Kabaal klankbaan calls it quits.


After sorting out through our creative differences, Kabaal klankbaan has decided to skip April fool’s day and just keep playing gigs. No drama here!

Here are some upcoming shows for April

Feel free to click the links:

It’ll make me happy if you come to one of these shows.
It’ll probably make you happy too.

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