John Ellis talks about the making of the video for "Rights All Wrong", a song from his 2012 album "Rural", here, in an exclusive featurette filmed by video director Lee Jackson. Watch the full video for "Rights All Wrong" here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlUQR1...
Pleased to finally be able to offer John's solo debut album "Come Out Fighting" in download store! Thanks to Jake Odendaal at Broken Records, "Come Out Fighting" is now available from the Store, and to celebrate it's new availability, you can download it here for the low price of just $5 (R45)! Those of you who downloaded "Rural" might want to go and check it out!
My newest single, "Get You", continues to get airplay on South African radio stations. Thanks to all of you messaging me via Twitter (johnelliscoza) and Facebook etc telling me they're listening to the song on their car radios, very kind. Surprisingly, "Get You" has also charted on AlgoaFM's Top 30, so thank you all.
You can also download "Get You" from the SA iTunes store.
South Africans 'celebrated'Human Rights Daylast Thursday (March 21). A UN-mandated holiday, South Africans celebrate the worldwide recognition of human rights on the anniversary of theSharpville Massacreof 21 March 1960, and quite rightly so.
Unfortunately, Human Rights Day in SA in 2013 is a day for drinking, missing work and avoiding SA president Jacob Zuma's stilted, halting, poorly-delivered and utterly unconvincingspeechon 'socio-economic freedom for all'. In South Africa, 'human rights' have come to mean "the rights of the entitled and empowered to loot and pillage a powerless nation in the name of 'victory over apartheid' ".
We have managed to get our human rights all wrong. I wrote a song to that effect a few years ago, and it came out on last year's "Rural" album.
History sadly shows us that protest music cannot change the world, but that shouldn't stop songwriters from at least saying something, should it?
Watch and listen to "Rights All Wrong"here. And download the song for free, for the week of Human Rights Day in SA, here.
In light of the news over the weekend that rebels have seized Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) from President François Bozizé (an action that, by the way, led to the deaths of nine South African soldiers), have a listen to "Rebels" from John's 2010 debut release, "Come Out Fighting". Foresight is 20/20, it seems...