Taxi Violence teams up with Zakes Bantwini for 5FM MashLab

South African rock ‘n roll veterans, Taxi Violence are currently working on an exciting collaboration with sophisticated dance music extraordinaire, Zakes Bantwini. This project forms part of 5FM’s MashLab feature.

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Hosted by DJ Rob Vember and conducted by expert producer, Jon Savage, 5FM’s audience are invited to collaborate with their favourite South African band or musician. The artists will then go into the studio to write and record a brand new track, based on the theme voted for by the public.

This project allows some of South Africa’s best musicians to produce the best in music entertainment, as well as possibly seeing remarkable collaborations.

The winning theme for this particular MashLab came from Alison Canter…

Hi guys

I know the deadline is up for this month’s MashLab, so feel free to use this for next month’s one!

I think you could write a song about music and how you can lose yourself within it. That feeling you get when you listen to music and it takes you to strange and wonderful places. Warm and fuzzy places! That feeling of being on the dance floor, with the room spinning and losing yourself into the people around you.

When we are kids, music inspires you to travel the country, travel the world, and travel the universe. With two different artists such as the legend Zakes and Taxi Violence, they come from such different backgrounds, but still have the same experience of music.

What to expect

Taxi Violence and Zakes are currently in pre-production at Kill City Blues Studios in Cape Town. The track should be completed early in March, and ready to be unleashed for the 5FM audience.

But for now, you can check out a short sneak preview of the pre-production phase over here.

For progress updates, follow them on Twitter:

@Taxi_Violence_ @ZakesBantwiniSA @JonSavageRocks @5FM

10 years of Taxi Violence

The boys are celebrating their 10th anniversary year in 2014, and planning to do it in style. April will see them heading for the studio to record a brand new album, which they plan to release in September. And if this Facebook post is anything to go by, Taxi fans and audiophiles could be very excited about the possibility of a vinyl release.

The band already started off their big year with a bang at Up the Creek 2014. You can watch the entire live performance over here.

Taxi Violence will be on their way to RAMfest 2014 this coming weekend. The band will be performing at the Cape Town, as well as the Johannesburg leg of the festival. Go to for more information.


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