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Depeche Mode: Delta Machine Album Launch and Tribute Gig

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At an intimate gathering at the World of Yamaha, Marlboro, Johannesburg, 11 artists/bands assembled to perform their respective renditions of songs performed by Depeche Mode spanning across the 32 years since their first album release. Each of the 11 were asked to perform a song from the band that has had a special meaning to them in this Tribute Gig that also marked the launch of the new album, Delta Machine, which will go on sale from Monday, 25th March 2013.

Since each of the songs performed would be renditions made personal by the performers, there was plenty of room for doubt, as hard-core Depeche Mode fans waited for the event to kick off in bated breath. After a few short thank yous and introductions, the show got underway with great aplomb. What started off as a conspicuous unknown, turned into an enjoyable event, showcasing some of South Africa’s up and coming, and existing talent, irrespective of whether you’re a fan of Depeche Mode or not. The night was separated into three sets, separated by a short break at which point a few of the tracks from the new album was played to the audience.

Set 1:

  • Newton’s 2nd Law – Heaven
  • Shotgun Tori – Somebody
  • Nakhane Toure – The Things You Said
  • Michael Lowman – John The Revelator / Personal Jesus
  • Matthew Mole – People Are People

Set 2:

  • Anti Retro Vinyls – Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Nechame Brodie – Shake The Disease
  • Julian Redpath & Kidu – Waiting For The Night
  • Cito – Judas

Set 3:

  • Spoek Mathambo – Enjoy The Silence
  • Zaki Ibrahim – People Are People

There’s no doubting the talent SA has out there, and it does the world of good showcasing artists in gatherings such as this, who will hopefully get some public recognition.

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