Pretoria, South Africa: recently returned from Europe, Ruff Majik readies itself for another go at the local national circuit. Fans of doom-sludge in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga are in for a treat with Ruff Majik‘s Season of The Witch tour in October, and kicking off at Krank’d Up music festival on 29 September.
Season of the Witch Tour
Still riding in the wake of it’s well-received international release of the album Seasons, Ruff Majik has yet to bring the album into different parts of South Africa; including its founding members’ home town in the Mpumalanga Province. With Krank’d Up 2018 and a main stage slot along with other SA and international greats, the festival serves as a perfect springboard for a series of inter-provincial shows during the bewitching month. Dates are as follows:
29 September @ Krank’d Up Music Festival, Alberton, Johannesburg
12 October @ The Grind Bar, Pretoria
13 October @ Sundowners, Johannesburg
20 October @ The Winston Pub, Durban (KwaZulu-Natal)
26 October @ Jam Jar Lounge, Lydenburg (Mpumalanga)
“We’re extremely excited to be hitting the road for a few select dates with some good friends! Each show will be an entirely different experience with these line-ups, so we can’t wait!” ~ Johni Holiday (vocals/guitar, Ruff Majik)
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More music, coming sooner than you think!
We are also told that whilst the tour promotes Ruff Majik‘s 2018 release of Seasons, the band is in fact already returning to the studio this month. They are recording a follow-up full length album to be released in 2019. Irrespective of the genre, this band is certainly not “sludging” around with it’s free time!
“The more metallic moments stand out. ‘Last of the Witches’ is fuzzy funk led by Ben Manchino’s busy drums and Johni Holiday’s guitar which goes from Eddie Hazel to Tony Iommi in the blink of an eye. ‘Gone Down in the Woods Today’ and ‘Hanami Sakura (and the ritual suicide)’ are better than most of the Zeppelin-come-lately clones that littered the landscape not too long ago.” ~ Invisible Oranges