Bellville, South Africa
Band Members: Laudo Liebenberg, Hennie Van Halen, Snakehead Venter, Andrew Davenport
Genre: Melodic Rock
Label: Rhythm Records
aKING is a melodic Pop-Rock band. The band was formed when Hunter Kennedy and Jaco Venter from Fokofpolisiekar, teamed up with friends Laudo Liebenberg and Hennie van Halen, joining their combined creative forces in making music that expresses their shared experiences and influences.
aKING released their second full length album “Against all Odds” in May 2009. Following the runaway success of their first full length album “Dutch Courage” “Against all Odds” is their next delivery of chart-topping power tunes.
The first single, title track “Against all Odds” is currently playlisted on 5fm, Highveld Stereo, KFM, OFM, East Coast Radio, Jacarandafm, Red Cap Radio and campus radio stations nationwide.
“Against all Odds” reached various no 1 positions on national charts:
No 1 – Highveld Stereo Homebrew Top 10.
No 1 – Kovsie FM (Bloem) Top 30
No 1 – TUKS FM – SA Top 10
No 1 – RMR SA Top 10 (Grahamstown)
No 1 – UJ FM SA Top 20
No 1 – PUK FM – SA Top 20
No 1 – MFM – Top 10
“Against All Odds is as rare and beautiful thing that shifts our collective pop rock reality into to a space that aKING now dominate uncontested.” Jason Curtis, New Media Publishing
- aKING was nominated for Best Video at the MK Video awards 2009
- aKING was nominated for a Best Alternative at the MTV Africa (MAMA) Award 2009
aKING`s debut album “Dutch Courage” (all the bandmembers are Afrikaans) was released on 1 February 2008. The album was recorded at BSharp Studios in Boksburg and contains 11 original English rock tracks.
Delivering three no 1 hit singles, “Dutch Courage” has been hailed as one of the best rock releases in SA in 2008.
The first single “The Dance” was play-listed on 5fm and reached the no 1 chart position on the 5fm Hi 5 at 5 Chart, as well as the no 1 position on the following campus radio stations: Tuks fm, UJ fm, RMR, MFM, and Kovsie fm.
A video of “The Dance” rotated on MK, SABC 2, MTV Base and MNET. The video reached and maintained the no 1 position on MK Top 10 for seven weeks in a row.
The second single “Safe as Houses” was submitted to radio stations nationwide in June 2008. The track was playlisted on 5fm, Highveld Stereo, Jacaranda fm and OFM.
“Safe as Houses” followed on the chart-topping footsteps of “The Dance” by also reaching the no 2 position on the 5fm Hi 5 at 5 chart, as well as the no 1 position on 5 campus radio stations.
A video of “Safe as Houses” was on rotation on MK and selected DSTV channels. The video reached no 1 on MK Top 10 Chart on Sat 12 July.
A third single from the album “Guilty as Sin”, is currently playlisted on 5fm, Highveld Stereo and national campus radio stations. The track reached no 1 positions on Pukfm, UJFM, Tuks FM and RMR.
Dutch Courage reached the no 3 position of Best Albums of 2008 in FHM March 2009 issue. (1st and 2n positions went to Metallica and AC/DC.)
aKING came out tops in the no 1 position on MFM Top 10 Artists for 2008. ‘Dutch Courage’ also took the no 1 spot in MFM`s Top 10 SA Albums for 2008.
Since the launch of “Dutch Courage”, aKING has been receiving rave reviews* and extensive coverage in national newspapers and magazines. They have been invited for guest appearances on various television shows including Pasella SABC 2, Nicky Greenwall`s Showbiz Report on ETV, Artcha SABC 2, KADA SABC 2, Glitterati, kykNET and Noted, SABC 3.